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Knitting Failure

Warning: This post contains upsetting stories about careless use of yarn in public.

I’m so STOOOOPID. ARGHHH! I had a beautiful afternoon. Biked around the city and ended up at Lake Union (where I think they’re having the grand opening of the park?). But then I got a little claustrophobic like I always do in crowds and picked the least crowded, sunniest place to sit-- the pier. To knit. To knit my beautiful Noro striped knee-highs. But then I had to tear back like 15 rows because I carried the yarn some stupid way and it sucked, and while I was doing that a puff of wind caught one of my balls of yarn (the one ball I wound into a very clean center-pull ball) and blew it off the edge into the water. I had no idea yarn could cause such a range of emotions. And I had to hold my curse words because there were children next to me! skalhgkjahsfkfkfkfk. I tried pulling it up but it just unwound so neatly from the center and it was soaking up water and I thought I was going to cry. Someone asked …

Wild Mushroom Dye

*Note, I took a mushroom dye class!

Carson and I went backpacking last weekend, opting to hike during the dark and rain. What an idea. The rain chased us up the trail, we set up camp quickly, and huddled into the tent to avoid getting any more soaked than we already were. At 3 am I woke up and looked outside to see that our tent was completely surrounded by a lake of water 1-2inches deep in which we were the island... kind of. We hustled outta there and straight picked up the tent, moving it about 6 feet over to avoid tragedy. The seams held and we stayed dry. *Phew! During the hike I noticed many types of different fungus along the trail where we hiked. We are having a wet fall in the Pacific Northwest that is bound to produce a good crop of mushrooms. It inspired me to do some mushroom hunting + cooking + dying maybe. I ordered a mushroom reference book (All That the Rain Promises and More: A Hip Pocket Guide to Western Mushrooms) from Amazon and hope to go searching a few days in e…

Baked Zucchini

A tasty dinner of zucchini (stuffed with cheese, onions, sesame oil and breadcrumbs) baked with lentils. Topped with a bit of tasty hot sauce and light sour cream on the side.

His Socks

The knitting is finally complete!


Ahhh. That's the sound of me relaxing every day this week. I am taking two weeks of vacation for myself before I start my new position and the days have been very nice. My first client is due to have her baby in about two weeks so I am on call (my first doula gig!) and cannot leave town, though that isn't stopping me from having a great time.

I made yeasty pancakes for breakfast and served them with a friend's home-canned blackberry preserves.

From Seattle: Year 2
Kitty and I have been spending quality time together cuddling, playing "bird" chase with the feather toy, and surprising each other around the apartment. I nearly died when I saw him balancing on the window ledge that I left open, and again when I watched kitty learn to climb the ladder. Kenobi is a big bag of love and acts more like a 2 year old every day.

From The Kitty Chronicles

Then I got bored and made up my mind to make pizza from scratch in the cast iron pans that I re-seasoned this week. The mari…

Farewell AmeriCorps VISTA

This past year came and went quickly. The blur/haze of everything stands testament to the fact that we were busy, very very busy. I love the work that I did for the Red Cross, and I love the friends that I made in the VISTA program. Our site had unusually high numbers for VISTA this year and I feel lucky that there was such a large support network of my peers.

We commiserated about the woes of living in Seattle on $950 a month (VISTA stipulates that you cannot take outside work) over clearance lunches from QFC, found the city's cheapest happy hours for Friday evening fun (NocNoc, a goth bar that had dollar PBRs and tater tots until they doubled their prices, which means it's still cheap), bounced project ideas off of one another, and held each other up during those last few months of service that are always the hardest. We took turns emailing job prospects to those interested, challenged one-to-one in sudoku during our morning coffee/tea breaks, and sometimes just walked outsi…

Best Wednesday ever.

The appeal of being unemployed in the near future is marred only by the expectation from my landlord that the apartment I live in will be paid for on the first of every month. And while my rent seems reasonable for Seattle, no rent is affordable for someone without income. *Cue job search.

I am confident that today will go well. 6.5 weeks left in my VISTA term and I'm ready, very very ready, to see a normal paycheck. The almighty internet has given me a list of about 10-15 jobs that are within my qualification range and I can see myself being mostly happy in at least three of those positions. Cheers to wishes for interviews!

Babies on the big screen

A couple films are about to make their debut, highlight the way new life is brought into and brought up in this world. Awesome!

Doula! The Ultimate Birth Companion, is a documentary (by the producer of Real Birth Stories) that follows three birth doulas and shows what sort of care these women provide to the expecting/birthing mother, her support network, and the newest family addition once it arrives. Opens June 7th in select theaters.

Babies, a documentary that follows the lives of 4 infants from around the world during their first years, opens on Mother's Day! It looks like such a cute movie. Check out the trailer!

PS. All of this reading and discussion had me wondering about my mom's birth experiences. Five beautiful birth stories and a couple heartfelt, personal accounts of miscarriage later, I am deeply grateful that she always has been honest and open to my probing questions. I asked, she answered. And tonight I feel like a more developed human being for knowing how I came…

Reading List

The Sacred Doula Workshop/class/retreat is happening in less than two weeks and I could not be more excited! It will be a week of absolute bliss, including soaking in the soothing waters of Breitenbush Hot Springs, eating wholesome vegetarian meals, and exploring the remote wilderness where I will be staying for a week without cellular reception or internet. I look forward to learning about childbirth and womanhood, reflecting through meditation, dance, yoga and art, and connecting with other women that have similar passions. This course is as much a vacation as it is an educational experience.

My eagerness to learn is being interrupted by work and I wish I could skip out and sit at home in the sunny loft and read my books. Oh, books! I have slowly been reading these three prerequisite books:

The Doula Book: How a Trained Labor Companion Can Help You Have a Shorter, Easier, and Healthier Birth

Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide (medically updated)

The Birth Partne…


My life has been hectic, but mostly I have been too happy and busy to bother writing. The Red Cross has kept me on my toes for the past few months and I'm glad to say that our efforts are producing results. In terms of shelter volunteer recruitment, intake and training, our little department of 4 worker bees has brought in nearly 700 people since October 17th.

Let me rub my eyes and repeat that. After roughly 14 training events, our largest at 130 participants, we have actually brought in and trained over 650 volunteers for sheltering alone. The media coverage regarding potential dam-related flooding locally, and the outpouring of response because of the Haiti efforts, have increased traffic to our website and our application numbers have jumped! It's all great news and we are happy to be one step closer to some higher level of preparedness, but we really want is to hide in a cave for a while.

You might wonder what it takes for a single person to become a volunteer, besides tr…