Monthly Archives: September 2009

House-warming party

After going into Seattle this morning, we went in again this evening for Stephanie & Matt’s house-warming party. I haven’t gone into Seattle twice in the same day since the day we moved to Vashon and had to make a few trips back to the old house.

We were one of the first to get to the party and the first to leave at 11pm and raced to catch the 11:40 ferry. We barely made it but had we missed it we would have been taking the 1:50am ferry and would have gotten home at 2:30am. The ferries suck.

NetJets Open House

We were invited to the NetJets open house today at Boeing Field so we went to get a chance to see what a private jet is like. NetJets is a “fractional ownership” (essentially a timeshare) plan for private jets and their partner, MarquisJet, is a pay-by-the-hour plan for NetJets planes.

NetJets Open House

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Our Simpsons Avatars

Our very own Simpsons avatars:

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Hudson's first steps

Hudson took his first steps by himself today, but just barely. He mostly falls forward while moving his feet but is starting to stand on his own and take steps. He loves it too, providing you catch him before he lands on his face.

NFL opening day

The road to the Super Bowl goes through Pittsburgh tonight as the Steelers open the NFL 2009 season tonight hosting the Tennessee Titans.

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Steelers won in overtime, 13-10. Troy Polamalu is out for 3-6 weeks with a knee injury.

Kelly took the kids to the zoo

Kelly and Tya’s mom took the kids to the Point Defiance Zoo today. Havana and her best friend, Tya:


20 Years without McDonald's

It’s now been over 20 years since I’ve eaten at McDonald’s, and greasy fast food in general. This also means that it’s been 20 years since I’ve paid to sit on uncomfortable plastic furniture. Did you know that McDonald’s designs their seating to be uncomfortable so that you leave as soon as possible?: “Give us your money, get out and please come back again.”

We ate at London's best new restaurant

The Gordon Ramsay restaurant, Murano, that we went to when we were in London was just voted London’s best new restaurant by Harden’s London Restaurants Guide. It’s definitely one of the top 3 dining experiences I’ve ever had, if not the best. It’s too bad that Seattle doesn’t have a restaurant of that caliber for special occasions.


After our meeting with the architects, we went to one of West Seattle’s newest restaurants, Porterhouse. They have a really good beer selection — Gay had a half-pint of Menage a Frog, which we knew is great, and I had the Boundary Bay Double Dry Hopped IPA which was new to us and very good as well. The food was pretty good but standard pub food. I had the burger and Gay had the salmon sandwich. They had Deschutes’ Mirror Mirror barleywine on tap and we couldn’t pass that up so we split a half-pint — it’s a lot more fun to have high alcohol beers when you don’t have to drive home — of that for dessert along with a scoop of Molly Moon’s Salted Caramel ice cream and a chocolate tart.

While on the ferry home, Kelly called to tell us the fire alarms were going off in the house. Hudson slept right through them but Havana woke up and was scared. There was no fire in the house. She took them outside and away from the noise until we got home. It turns out that the batteries in one were low so all of them were beeping (loudly) to alert us about the need for fresh batteries. I understand safety is the best policy, but perhaps a little less shrill a sound for a low battery warning would suffice?

Back to the house

The survey of the property complete, we are back to working with the architects to talk about location and basic structure of the house.

According to the survey, our property rises 50 feet (5 stories!) from the lowest point to the highest point. It sure doesn’t feel like that big a slope when you walk it, though. This makes it difficult to place the house given that moving dirt to level the grade is expensive and not always feasible.

They’ve worked up a couple ideas for the basic structure and location for the house, we gave our feedback and we’ll have another iteration soon.


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