Saturday, February 26, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
When the weather outside is crappy and your kids are driving you crazy, there's only one place to go- Jump Planet.
Located in Bothell's Canyon Park area, Jump Planet is a huge warehouse type room filled with enormous inflatable jumpy things like this:
Kids can be as loud as they want (all the better to drown out the non-stop radio Disney music over the PA system), and they can hurl their little bodies onto air-filled surfaces to their hearts content.
Moms and Dads can hang out in the seating area and read a book in peace. For only $6 a kid, it's a bargain. Adults can jump too, although the kids make it look really easy. A few times up this giant slide ladder, and I'm ready for a nap. But the kids can climb it all day long.
I think some parents come here with their kid just to get in a workout.
Colin and Lucy will jump until they are sweaty and red. And then they jump some more. And then I can take them home and they go to bed nice and easy. Jump Planet is the best!
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
For Colin's 3rd grade Valentine's party I knew I didn't want to be one of those parents that just taped a single piece of crappy candy to a card - I had to pass out really COOL treats to this group of kids that I don't know and will probably never meet.
But with 25 treat bags to fill, the cost can really add up. This is why I'm so thankful to live near a Dollar Update store.
Dollar Update is a dollar store, of course, but not your typical dingy, unkempt, bins o' crap kind of place. The crap at Dollar Update is nicely organized in a large, well lit store with employees I'm not kind of afraid of. They have tons of stuff in every department, and shopping there is a fun treasure hunt. It's a great place to get party supplies.
Proper gift bag making requires neatly sorted piles
The finished project
Colin came home with a crumpled paper bag full of little single candies taped to cards. He was happy to report that my valentines were the best in the class. I felt victorious.
And isn't that what Valentine's Day is all about?
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Luckily I hit that 75% off sale I was hoping for before her birthday this weekend:
Her birthday party at the bowling alley had a great turnout. It made for a LOT of chaos and several spazzed out kids.
Here's the birthday girl after a couple of hours of bowling and partying hard.
It isn't everyday your littlest one turns four years old.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
This search randomly led me to a link about the best phad thai in Seattle. According to many, many Yelp reviewers, the best phad thai in Seattle is from May, a restaurant in Wallingford. I knew I had to check it out.
It comes to your table like this (the noodles are wrapped under the banana leaves):
The server mixes it by hand according to your spiciness preferences:
The verdict? Really, really good. Using real tamarind is always key to a good phad thai. If you ever eat at a place that subs ketchup, you'll know what I mean.
Biggest drawback was the price. $14 for a lunch entree is way over my normal budget. This restaurant has a great lunch and happy hour menu with lots of dishes at lower prices, but knowing that everyone is coming for the phad thai, they capitalize on that and don't put it on the specials menu. Which is a pisser. I'd be much more inclined to bus over there for lunch on a regular basis if it were about $7 instead.
My lunch mate, Calina, and I decided that a quest for the real best phad thai in Seattle was in order. Our next stop will be Thai Tom on University Way.
If you know any Seattle area phad thai that should be included on our mission, please feel free to share.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Riding a super fast inner tube down a hill is really fun. For about two seconds. Then the ride is over and you have to drag your tube over to the rope tow to get back up the hill. The rope tow is super slow but it's really easy to be clumsy and miss the hooks going by. Also your feet sink into the snow pack and you have to walk like Frankenstein the whole time.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
I've been commuting to and from work largely by bus for over ten years now. I have come to the following conclusion: Taking the bus sucks.
People on the bus suck for these reasons:
They talk loudly on their cell phones- A regular lady that often catches the same bus home with me is ALWAYS on her frickin' cell phone. She obviously doesn't care that we all have to hear about her friends, various illnesses in the family, or her keen social insights. I've learned to let her get on the bus first and then sit on the opposite end from her, but I still hate her.
They board a bus that they know damn well will fill up with passengers and sit in an aisle seat- Why? Why in the hell do people not scoot their big asses over? It's just common courtesy. And you totally know they do it on purpose in the hopes that no one will want to ask them to get up, or hurdle themselves over their legs into the empty window seat. I really hope there's a special Hell for these people.
They put their big, stupid bag in the empty seat next to them and pretend they don't see you walking down the aisle looking for a seat- Just like their loser counterparts listed above, they know people will look elsewhere first before asking them to move their bag out of the way. Look, Mr. Large Attache Case, I know you are only pretending to be asleep. Move your damn bag over! This is just one more jerk technique to get the entire double seat to themselves for the whole way home.
They think the bus is an extension of their own homes- I sat across from a woman today that did her whole make-up routine sitting in her bus seat. Foundation, powder, eye liner, mascara. All of it. Is the bus your bathroom? No, it is not.
People on the bus smell bad- Heavy perfumes, bad b.o., rank-breathed mouth breathers, farters and a myriad of other unpleasant odors. I've sat next to all of them.
And if the people on the bus weren't bad enough, the whole bus service operation pretty much bites. The park n rides are so packed full of cars that you have to walk a mile after you park, the buses rarely run on time, and they run at intervals incompatible with most people's actual work hours. Don't most people get off work at 5:00? Yes, they do. Running your bus at 4:30 is stupid. Not running the next one until 5:30 is totally asinine.
Unfortunately, I'll be stuck riding the bus for the foreseeable future. As irritating as it is, it's cheaper than driving. Somedays I do enjoy a quiet, comfortable bus ride where I can read, watch a movie or zone out in peace. I think my enjoyment of those bus rides are what make me really hate the freaks mentioned above.