Jaded Optimist

Mothering, making, and generally blathering on

I love movies July 25, 2007

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 2:38 pm

Grew up watching movies–Hitchcock with my mom and some of her friends, Star Wars/Goonies/Monster Squad with my brother, lots and lots of movies. However, I have only seen three movies in a theater since C was born (don’t get out much, do I?). And I don’t really own movies of my own–just a dedicated Netflix member.

In fact, I think I (personally–not including G’s movies here) own just five movies–Lord of the Rings parts 1 – 3, Rushmore, and the Royal Tenenbaums.

So I am very excited to hear about the fall release of this: http://www.apple.com/trailers/fox_searchlight/thedarjeelinglimited/trailerb/


Yet another funny blog I read July 18, 2007

Filed under: Personal — bonniep @ 12:56 pm

Have you read The Pioneer Woman? The (very funny) story of what happens when LA chic gets transplanted to a country ranch, bears several children, takes amazing photos, and starts blogging. She has periodic "name that photo" contests with wicked good prizes, and this time I finally came up with a worthy entry (with 800+ entrants each time the competition is fierce).

Didn’t win, but a shout out on her blog is still a thrill.

Other recent posts that I recommend: the fireworks one (not that my family used to buy fireworks when I was little or anything, because that was illegal in OH and we would never, ever, ever do that kind of thing) and I Did a Bad Thing because it is so funny, and because I have eaten that cake (baked by a friend for our group July 4 celebration) and it really is that good.


Summer of (Travel) Love July 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — bonniep @ 2:52 pm

Last summer, our first summer on the west coast, we didn’t do very much travel-wise. A few visits to the Seattle Zoo. Some local fairs/festival type things (Bellevue Strawberry festival, Kirkland Art festival, Puyallup fair). But that was about it.

This year–well, we are still a bit slim on Seattle outings, but otherwise many environs exploring experiences planned.

Eased into things with a day trip to Whidbey Island. A ferry ride, fab lunch and view at the Edgecliff Bar and Grill, walk on a driftwood covered beach, and stocking up on local wines. The day went a bit downhill from there, with the market closed before we got there, most restaurants closed on Sundays for dinner (is this a west coast thing? It seems rampant in Seattle, Portland, etc and I don’t recall this being the case on the east coast), pouring rain during our quick drive through Deception Pass and a crappy dinner at a restaurant specializing in "Americana" (iceberg lettuce and…actually, can’t remember what else they had).   

Later in June was a weekend in Portland, OR. I am a huge fan of outdoor markets–farmers markets, craft markets, etc. So it was with great delight that we headed over to the Portland Saturday Market, although the crowd was a bit overwhelming for sick little C so we ended up not eating there. But I did score some a cool retro shirt. A serious reader such as myself was thrilled to visit mecca (Powell’s) even if they didn’t have the photography book for which I have been searching fruitlessly. The other major activity was a visit to the Japanese Gardens and the nearby rose gardens, although a vicious allergy attack cut the latter short. Of course, my favorite part of travel is…the eating and we had three home runs on this trip: Autentica (non Tex Mex Mexican food),  Pambiche (amazing Cuban brunch), and Andina (upscale Peruvian food). We also stopped for cappuccino at the coffee shop across from the hotel, which turned out to be one of the best coffee shops in Portland (Stumptown, originator of the third wave in coffee). There was quite a line and looking at the magazine display, bee/human hybrid art, and other patrons I felt incredibly uncool–but it was damn good cappuccino!

Next up–a long weekend in Vancouver. We have been there once before, for just a day or so awaiting a cruise to Alaska. Given my love of markets, a trip to the Granville Market is definitely on tap. Perhaps the nearby Kids Market as well, although further reading implies this is just a collection of toy stores. Hoping to revisit Stanley Park, perhaps by bike and perhaps back to the aquarium. Haven’t totally scoped out the restaurant options yet, but have definite plans to hit Caffe Artigiano to experience this:

Towards the end of the summer, we are renting a house for a week on San Juan Island, just G, C, and me! No definite plans for any of the days–hopefully just good hanging out and good eats. I think this will be the longest period that the three of us have spent together–not visiting family, not working during the day, not vacationing with friends and/or a nanny–since G’s paternity leave. Really looking forward to this one.


Did you know…

Filed under: Uncategorized — bonniep @ 12:16 pm

You can watch *new* episodes of Flight of the Conchords online for a week after they show on TV. Episode 5 should be available tomorrow I think.

I am not sure why I love them so, I think it is because one my highest values is Cleverness, but it might be that they fit in what G pegged as my inherent appreciation for whiny white guys.

Example of cleverness:



Firsts July 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — bonniep @ 12:15 pm

First time scuba diving with sharks: October 1999

First marathon: May 2001

First time being named a "rogue ninja": Friday 13, 2007


Wow, this had me totally pegged July 10, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — bonniep @ 4:22 pm

Accent quiz: http://www.youthink.com/quiz.asp

What American accent do you have? (Best version so far)


You have a Northern accent. That could either be the Chicago/Detroit/Cleveland/Buffalo accent (easily recognizable) or the Western New England accent that news networks go for.

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Four years in Minnesota, two years in New Jersey, nine years in Massachusetts, and now a year in Seattle are not enough to wipe out my Cleveland Accent. Awwwwesome.


That’s my dawgs

Filed under: Uncategorized — bonniep @ 12:45 pm


G laughed so hard I think he wept.