January 29th, 2019


I got the timing just right this morning. I got in 1,350 yards and still managed to get back onto the bridge by 6 and home without stopping. By the time I got my coffee and checked, Twitter reported backups on the bridge and also on the streets from the bridge to home. So whew!

Today I hope to finish the tiny house but if not finish then, at least, get to a point where I can put it away until Thursday.

And then I'm going back into that thumb drive I got yesterday. I already found a whole folder of more photos and documents of my immediate family. It's really amazing all the work she did to gather all this stuff.

It seems like maybe I should get out and go do something but why. I swam. That should be enough. I'll get out tomorrow when the house cleaner is here.

The city council voted yesterday to create a special district for taxing purposes. The district includes the condos and businesses along the Seattle waterfront and those at both ends and a few blocks over. Me. Translation: I will get to pay $3000 to the city for living 4-5 blocks away from what they say will someday be a lovely place for tourists. Yeah, not excited about that opportunity.

This is in addition to the 40% increase in my county property tax.

Yeah I'm really jazzed about all of this.

Meanwhile, my property has decreased in value by about 30% this year from the past few years. And will likely continue to decline over the next few years.

It's a good thing I have no plans to move or sell any time soon. Between the prices and the taxes, these condos are tanking in value.

Ok, enough of that crapola. Time to get to work on the house that matters.



My dining room table is mine again. And back to its roots. (And look how cool those new ottomans - ottomen? - look!)


Whew. I still don't know what I'm going to do with this thing but it is kind of cute. There are all manner of sloppy glueing mistakes, mismatches, wonky, crooked, messy stuff here but if you squeeze your eyes when you look at the pictures, you only see cute. (In fact, there is a dust shield that came with the kit that is 3 pieces of precisely cut plastic to enclose everything BUT, I'm leaving them off because my version is not 'true' and the plastic will only point out how off it is.)

Here are two shots and the rest are in a Flickr album.



I'm not sure which one I'll get next - there are way too many to pick from... the fabric shop? the house with the pool? the other house with the pool that is actually a lap pool??? one of the smaller ones that is just one room?

Right now I'm going to have some lunch and then I'm going to spend some quality time with Grandpa's family.

Skillet Sesame Chicken - so yum

I found this recipe last week on Twitter and tried it out the other night and it was really good and really really easy. But, just now, I had some of it cold for lunch and OMG. It's even better.

1 pound chicken breast or thigh meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 large egg
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
about 4 cups cooked rice
2 to 3 green onions, sliced, for garnish.

Sesame Seed Sauce

2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon water
1/2 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
1 and 1/2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 and 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
1-inch piece fresh ginger, grated (I used squeeze bottle ginger)
2 cloves garlic, grated
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons sesame seeds


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil.

In a large bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, eggs and a dash each of salt and pepper.

Add cut-up chicken and toss in the egg mixture until coated. When the oil in the skillet shimmers, add chicken and any remaining egg mixture. Cook 4 to 5 minutes, until bottom is golden and a bit crispy, then flip the chicken over and cook an additional 4 minutes. Chicken will come off in eggy chunks when you turn it; separate the pieces when cooking side two.

While the chicken cooks, prepare the sauce. combine soy sauce, water, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and cornstarch.

When the chicken is done, add sesame seeds to the sauce mixture and pour over the chicken. Stir to coat the chicken.

Portion rice and chicken into bowls and serve topped with green onions. A drizzle of toasted sesame oil over the top makes it even better!

Sooooooo good. I think next time I might double the sauce.

Mind Blown

A long time ago, I forgot what year I was married and what year I was divorced. And I'd long ago lost any and all paperwork in various moves. I never really needed the info but good thing, because I had no way to get it. My ex-husband has even now died so there goes that option. Until today!!

Right there, in my mother's handwriting, are the details in the genealogy stuff! Thanks, Mom.

I was married on Nov. 4, 1979. And divorced Feb. 2, 1984. But we split up on New Years Day the year before. So really only married for 1980-82. Plenty of time, actually - way more marriage than I needed.

Also... I found one of my father's Christmas Chronicles. He hated the traditional family Christmas newsletters so he just went way too far the other side.

This was the 1971 edition: Collapse )