A Slice of My Life – Week 16

April 15, 2012

I did a tiny bit of work over at the Microsoft campus this week.  Randy worked there for 6½ years but I only went over there a handful of times.

Randy was out of town this week for a short trip, so the boys and I had a dinner date.

To get ready for two Spanish cooking classes this week, I needed to do some shopping at the Pike Place Market.  I always enter from the north end, instead of the iconic south end where the big sign is.  This was a sunny Tuesday afternoon.  On a sunny Saturday afternoon in August, you can barely walk through.  Each of those tiles has someone’s name on it – they were sold as a fundraiser many years ago.  Our family bought one and it came with a map of where our tile is, but we never found it.

A walk through the Market, as we locals call it, requires good shoes.  Good shoes require good peds which were in the wash that day, so please ignore the tacky sock look.

My first stop was The Spanish Table.  This store makes me happy.  The olive aisle alone is a reason to drive down here.

I wouldn’t say that architecture is Seattle’s strength, but we have some good pockets here and there.  I’ve always loved the contrast between the over 100 year old market and the modern buildings in the background.

Spring + Market = tulips.

Whether I need to or not, I always go into the Italian specialty food store DeLaurenti.  The prices are aimed at tourists but I can’t resist the treasures inside.  (Not to mention their excellent and very fairly priced puff pastry.)  A sucker for pretty packaging, I got some of this pasta.

I’m not even a cheese person and I am tempted by this case.

I also always stop in at my favorite spice shop World Spice Market.  This is a funnel for transferring bulk spices to jars.  Hello?  How did I never own one of these before?

Spencer made a planet mobile at school.  He told me that it has the sun, Earth, U-Vanus, and Nectune.  One of the things you learn to do as a mother is to laugh hysterically without actually making a sound.

I’ve decided to jump start my yoga practice at a different studio.  I’ve known the owner of Shakti since middle school and we used to teach together.  It is a great space with really good teachers and a super warm (not hot) room.  I’m digging it.  It is in Ballard, about 15 minutes from my house and a bit of a thrash to get there after school bus pick-up.  But worth it.

By the way, when I was a teenager, Ballard was known for Norwegian bakeries and fishermen.  Now it’s full of super hip condo dwellers and some of the best restaurants in Seattle.

This is a pretty house on my street.  Every spring, I look forward to this magnolia tree blooming.  It had almost peaked and then we got a rain and wind storm.

Speaking of my street.  Here is my neighbor’s house.  It has looked like this, more or less, since we moved in over 5 years ago.  Sometimes it makes me absolutely crazy.

At times like those, it’s good to think about upcoming trips.  We sent the boys’ passport applications off for a big adventure in June!


  1. I called Jeremy over to check out Spencer’s mobile. We laughed so hard at the names – he is adorable. LOVE him :) Thanks for making our day! xo

    Comment by Jen Yu — April 15, 2012 @ 4:28 am

  2. I love Spencer’s planet mobile. Too funny. It reminds me of when our boy was learning the planets and told us Mars was his favorite because it was bumpy.

    Comment by Charlotte — April 15, 2012 @ 3:49 pm

  3. Hi Dana – I enjoy your blog very much and like this addition you have started adding!

    Your comment on your classes got me thinking… I wondered if you have a link to your classes — I will be visiting Seattle this summer and would love to take one if it works out. thanks!

    Comment by Kel — April 15, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  4. I now know that I need a spice funnel! And, it’s comforting to know we’re not the only ones with a neighbor who drives us insane.

    Comment by lisaiscooking — April 15, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  5. This was a wonderful post, Dana ! Looking forward to getting together when we get back early May ! xo

    Comment by Kathy Fishman — April 15, 2012 @ 10:52 pm

  6. Spice funnel = NEED. I buy a lot of bulk spices these days but don’t want to store tons of bags in my cabinet. yet pouring is a MAJOR pain. genius.

    Comment by Joanne — April 16, 2012 @ 12:00 am

  7. Prada with Peds? Should be illegal.

    Comment by stacey snacks — April 16, 2012 @ 2:56 am

  8. The picture of your neighbor’s house-lol. I would love to hear more about your yoga practice.

    Comment by linda — April 16, 2012 @ 9:40 pm

  9. I love your slice of life posts! Thanks for update!

    Comment by Stephanie — April 17, 2012 @ 6:10 pm

  10. I have that same neighbor, they really get around! Love the mobile and your blog.

    Comment by Amelia — April 17, 2012 @ 10:06 pm

  11. I walked past that yoga studio every day for 2 weeks earlier this month! I can’t WAIT to move to Seattle and check out that spice market, oh my.

    Comment by Pamela — April 28, 2012 @ 10:45 pm

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