Saturday Things

With the mister off work and no school, I'm forgetting what day it is lately.  We've been busy with holiday preparation and family activities; it's been a really wonderful week.  I've even seen TWO movies: the last Twilight film with friends and my husband and I snuck out to see The Hobbit the other night.  On the flip side... it's been an awful week that I'll never forget.  I am still having a hard time with what happened in Newtown; it's difficult for me to articulate.  Thankfully someone did it really well in this Huffington Post article as did as one of my teammates, Lisa.

I have a LOT of anger about this situation and it's been exacerbated since the NRA "press conference" and the fact that I know someone who lost her nephew. (click on the link to learn more about helping the Pozner family directly)  It's a happy coincidence that I had been planning to take a week off from the social media world next week (guess I'm making it more like two weeks), as I ought to just keep my mouth shut to avoid going off the rails on a crazy train rant...

Soooooo, I'm enjoying the smell of butter and sugar with a touch of almond extract (oh yeah) while the cookies cool and the kids take a rest.  I'm sure the house will look like a bomb went off after we're done decorating them tonight - it's my favorite annual activity. 

Here's some of what we've been up to/holiday fun recommendations 'round the Seattle area:

This was the first year we decided to swing by Swansons to meet the Reindeer, and it was a hit.  Lots of stuff for the kids to enjoy and the most exciting was petting the Koi fish.  Ew.  Those things freak me out, but the kids love 'em.

This was the second year we visited the Winter Wonderland house in Woodinville and this pic just doesn't do it justice, it has to be experienced live with all of the coordinated music, etc.  It may even be worth the drive over from Seattle.  Same goes for the Bellevue Botanical Gardens:

Speaking of fun in Seattle, here's some Friday funny:

Friday playlist song is just a song I've been loving lately, not necessarily a running song, as I've been taking a bit of a break this month and I'm now realizing I haven't updated Daily Mile in over 20 days!  I've been running, I swear! 

Wild, by Royal Teeth.
Happy holidays all - I hope they are filled with love, laughter and relaxation.  I'll catch ya after the new year!
Friday playlist:
Years by Alesso featuring Matthew Koma (12/7/12) 
Walls by Sultan and Shepard (11/30/12)
Don't Wake Me Up by Chris Brown (11/23/12)
In My Mind by Ivan Gough and Feenixpawl (11/16/12)
Don't You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia (11/9/12)
Castles in the Sky by Ian Van Dahl (11/2/12)
Sanctuary by Gareth Emery, featuring Lucy Saunders (10/26/12)
You Are My Diamond by Tiesto - featuring Kianna (10/19/12)
Numb by Usher (10/12/12)
We Are by Jus Jack & Oza, featuring Aeone (10/5/12)
Chorus by Erasure (9/28/12)
Cinema by Benny Benassi (9/21/12)
Take a Walk - Passion Pit (9/14/12)
Starry Eyed Surprise - Paul Oakenfold (9/7/12)
Space Invaders - Mark Norman (8/31/12)
Beautiful People - Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi (8/23/12)
Ass Back Home - Gym Class Heroes (8/23/12)
The Veldt - Cover Pop tribute to Deadmau5 & Chris James (8/23/12)
Without You - David Guetta feat. Usher (8/23/12)
Good Time - Owl City feat. Carly Rae Jepsen (8/17/12)
Addiction - Medina (8/3/12)
We Run the Night - Havana Brown feat. Pitbull (7/27/12)
The Night Out - Martin Solveig (7/20/12)
Tell 'Em - Sleigh Bells (7/13/12)
Sun is Up - Two Times (7/06/12)
Steam Machine - Daft Punk (6/29/12)
Arguru - Deadmau5 (6/22/12)
Now or Never - Outasight (6/15/12)
Major Tom - Shiny Toy Guns Remix (6/08/12)
Young Blood - The Naked and Famous remixed by Tiesto (5/18/12)
Call me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen (4/6/12) 


  1. Thanks for linking to Lisa's post. I enjoyed reading that. Hope you are having a relaxing break with the fam. Happy New Year!