wish list '08

my wish list this year is pretty simple and straightforward - gift cards galore please! i'm like rachel from friends; kinda picky, hard to shop for and notorious for getting rid of things unworthy of my closet or home. so to make things real easy for my friends & family, here are some of my favorite places to spend money, starting off with the places who need things way more than i do. i'll take care of bringing home the creature comforts i want and need with my own $$$...

favorite charities - would LOVE a donation in my name (or meatball's) to these wonderful places! and FYI the bill & melinda gates foundation is my favorite of all, but they don't accept individual donations.
Seattle Humane Society
Dress for Success
United Way
Seattle Seahawks Charitable Foundation
Seattle Aquarium Society
Northwest Harvest

favorite stores (local love first)
snowboard connection
whole foods
barnes & noble
banana republic

a few favorite brands
casual industrees
cubannie links

gift card to kim ricketts book events for an upcoming cooks & books or words & wine
tickets to UFC 94, my dream fight GSP vs. BJ!
tickets to the nutcracker
suite @ the four seasons seattle for a night or two - romantic getaway in the city, hayyyy
surfing lessons
long skateboard
spa services @ gene juarez


thank you maya angelou

i just finished letter to my daughter by maya angelou. this is maya's collection of essays on lessons learned, challenges faced and blessings counted - and meant for the daughter maya sees in every woman. i am a big fan of short reads (my attention span is at an all-time low and i can't read too much on the bus before getting naseous.) because of this, the messages weren't lost on me. thank you maya, it's an honor to have received these letters.


share your holiday memories with downtown seattle!

i got mad love for DSA, Seattle Magazine and The 5th Ave. Theatre...there are some amazing people at all three organizations! please support:

Share your memorable holiday moments captured in photos for all to enjoy in this giant rotating display, viewable from the KING 5 Holiday Wonderland in Westlake Park. Photos will change daily and will be displayed from November 28 to December 30 beginning at dusk.

Visit downtownholidays.com to begin submitting your photos, there is no limit on submissions. Photos submitted by December 5 will qualify for the “favorite photo” contest and be entered to win dinner for two at Boka Kitchen + Bar and two tickets for the December 19 performance of the classic roof-raisin’ musical hit, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at The 5th Avenue Theatre.


still so freakin happy

"Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek."
-President Barack Obama