The Kirkland Wednesday Market will be kicking off the 2014 season on Weds June 4th from 2-7 at Marina Park. It runs through Sept 24th this year. Seasonal fruits and vegetables will abound along with jewelry and crafts from local artisans mixed in. Lots of vendors are getting ready for this awesome weekly event, which is always a great way to enjoy a waterfront park and support local farmers. If you'd like to volunteer at the market this year, click here to have them contact you.
I had aspirations of writing a really moving Mother's Day blog post. Because I'm basically a full-time mom, and it would be fair to assume I'm well-equipped to have some really motivating words on the subject. But, as usual, I'm behind on my to-do list. So you're going to get a random list of things that come flying off of the top of my head, but I kinda wanted to set these thoughts free. They may or may not be more interesting than the fact that "Ivy" is coming to Paisley's Cupboard old location and a "Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop" is coming to the old Tully's spot on Lake St. Those are just teasers to posts that I will add to said to-do list.
So here are a few random true stories that you can file into the good mom or bad mom category in your head. No need to speak aloud. I don't need lectures. I can laugh (and frown and sneer) at myself...and so here are my confessions of a mother...feel free to add your own to make me feel better.
-I can barely get all of my kids where they need to be. By the time I have driven them to all of their sports and circle back to watch one actually play in a game, I always seem to have *just* missed the home run or the 3 amazing strikeouts my kid pitched that inning. sigh.
-I drove my daughter all the way to violin lessons this morning with the emergency brake on. Didn't realize it til I got home.
-Thank goodness my husband can cook (love you honey!!) because I know how to open wine.
-My oldest kids are in 5th grade and I occasionally have to check the internet to clarify answers to their homework.
-I have no idea why I am spending hours collecting up my stuff for a garage sale this weekend where I'll probably make $50 (Market Neighborhood G-Sale, THIS Sat 5/17 9-2pm)
-I'm not sure if it is a woman/hormone thing or too much wine or early-onset dementia but my brain can no longer hold information. It has just given up. Maxed out. Maybe I need to buy more Mega bites? But I can tell you plenty of useless info from my childhood, but not how many outs there are at a softball game I am coaching. Little chunks or constantly changing information vaporize immediately (names especially)..it doesn't mean I love ya any less.
-Why does the UPS man always need me to sign for a package when I'm not home?
-Sometimes I get a little bit sad that my daughters will be going to Middle School next year. This is when the 'real' world stuff is going to start. I hope we've prepared them well.
-My underwear are on inside-out. They really are. I had 30 minutes to get ready today, and so I thought I was pretty awesome since I got my hair dried AND my outfit matched. Clearly I didn't get everything in the right place but at least only I knew...........until now.
-All women should read "Lean In," - the impact it has on each individual will vary but at the very least it should make you think. I have some ideas I want to send Sheryl Sandberg (whom I thank for being brave enough to write it). Please remind me to add those to my to-do list.
-Why is there ALWAYS toothpaste in the sink? How could so little make it down the drain?
- Moms would be awesome inventors if we had more time. They are like spools of thoughts in the back of my brain. I think " I should call XYZ company and tell them this idea that would make everyone want to buy their product," and then I scurry along to my next everyday menial task.
-Such as....Why does Facebook not have a feature where you can have 'carpool' friends that you track on GPS -people you trust with your children and are going to the same baseball field and gymnastics spot that you are? Imagine how much of the ozone layer we could preserve.
-Pet peeves: whistling, messy counters, your kids.
-I got a pit in my stomach this morning when I saw 4 middle school boys walking across a Market St. crosswalk-- all with their faces in their phones. Nobody even looked up. Birds? Spring air? Sunshine?
-I still sniff my kids. I mean like their skin/their cheeks in the morning- don't you love that smell? I make sure to take deep breaths so they go straight to my heart and can collect there for when they won't let me do that anymore.
That's enough for now. Alway fun to end with a photo.
<-what kind of mom doesn't have a recent photo of her whole family?! ugh. There's a kid missing here and I can't cut/paste him in. And the rest of us look like a bunch of rodeo clowns (it was a TX-themed party, in our defense).
Next post will be back to our regular programming ;-)
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMacarons! Yum. That's Lady Yum to you. Steve and I experienced these beautifully delicious little treasures in Paris recently. And now there will be a Kirkland shop dedicated to their superiority on the sweet tooth food chain. But not without a clever ask of our community for support in making their dream a reality. Megan Gordon and Shan Foisy have secured the old CeFiore location on Lake St. for Lady Yum and can't wait to share their creative macaron flavors with you. And look at the beautiful packaging too. Did I mention they are about 95 calories each? You could skip breakfast and have five. :-)
Lady Yum has a kickstarter page that has already raised $12,000 in its first 18 hours. They are trying to raise $25K before May 30th. Learn about their history, plan and vision- warning- you may shed an inspirational tear when watching the video. Do you love macarons? Better help a girl out- you could even make up your own flavor. This is how dreams are made, my friends. Opening is slated for June/July time-frame. Love the updates/photos on their Facebook page too.
While the rest of us are pulling our boats out of storage, hitting the car-wash or heading to a patio for happy hour on this sunny 84 degree day in Seattle, SleepCountry USA has their employees doing volunteer park restoration. There are about 550 volunteers all over Seattle right now. As part of their four day corporate conference, one day is dedicated to getting out into their communities and giving back with various types of volunteer work. I spotted about 30 helpers down at Juanita Bay Park, with the guidance of the City of Kirkland Parks Dept, sweating bullets over some serious restoration efforts. They looked fearless with wheelbarrows, mulch and many gloved hands. Big shout-out to the SleepCountry crew! Thank you for selflessly surrendering yourselves on one of the two sunniest days we've had so far this year. You're the best! ~j
<--who knows-maybe you will meet your Cinderella at the Clean Sweep??
What could make you feel better than volunteering to clean up your downtown at 8:30 this Saturday morning? Well, I guess I could think of a few things, but I'll keep this one toward the top of the list for the sake of community spirit AND earning a Volunteer Rewards Card. That's right. Your hours of devotion to this city will no longer fly under the radar. And for this clean sweep event, you will earn double hours for your time that can be redeemed for discounts and special offers from local participating merchants. It's kinda like a Kirkland Superstar Card. Priceless.
So wake up, drink some coffee, and put on some crappy clothes (it's not often that I recommend that). Then grab your rake, shovel, dustpan, broom, gloves and head down to the Park Lane Starbucks. Drink some more coffee. Have a treat. Then get to work and help make our streets downtown shine. Weeds, dust, garbage and winter crud will all be miraculously scrubbed free by the hands of awesome volunteers like you that take pride in our city and put in the work that makes us shine. RSVP to Barbie Collins Young at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-766-6982. ~j
Do you put slippers on your dog's paws when you walk in the rain or kiss him on the lips and then pretend like nobody saw you? Do you let your dog sleep on your bed? Then I have got a great show I think you are going to enjoy.
The Olate Dogs, the 2012 winners of NBC's "America's Got Talent," will be performing in Kirkland in early May. There are a few different ways you can have the opportunity to behold this amazing gaggle of rescue dogs that do tricks such as jumping rope, riding scooters and doing backflips, all difficult feats for most humans. Led by Richard and Nicholas Olate, these pooches pack a punch for an entertaining and high energy performance. Go check 'em out:
That's right, it's time to do some egg hunting this weekend. Thank you to the Kiwanis Club of Kirkland for sponsoring this favorite event on Easter Sunday 4/20 at 1:30pm SHARP at Peter Kirk Park. You're smart to arrive early to find your appropriate age group and hunting area. But fear not, plenty of chocolate eggs will abound for all.
Seattle Thread Company is going to be celebrating their ONE YEAR anniversary this Saturday 4/5 from 6-9 pm. STC is a small men's fashion business that carries the latest and highest quality in clothing, shoes, accessories, sport coats, formal wear and gifts at competitive prices. Go congratulate them on their big day and check out what's in for spring. They are located at 9 Lake St.
What happened at the auction to raise funds for the 4th of July? Welllllllll, the Rabuchins bought bunch of wine but that's not really newsworthy. The final numbers aren't tallied but rumor has it you all brought in about $8,000 towards the fireworks. Nice work, Kirkland supporters! But don't exhale yet- the 4th of July planners still need another $45K or so to make this July really sparkle. If you, your business, your second cousins, or anyone you know loves this annual event, it's never too late to donate. You can email email@example.com and she will get it all figured out for you.
The eagle has landed! If you have ever wanted to see Bald Eagles nesting, now is your chance. You could even be lucky enough to see a new eaglet or two later this month. I don't know why the word 'eaglet' makes me giggle? The Eastside Audubon will be at Heritage Park with their high powered spotting scopes and you are invited to join. Here are the dates: 4/6, 4/27, 5/25, 6/29, 7/4, 7/27 and all times are 9-11am EXCEPT 7/4 which is all day. Happy birding! ~j