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Day 1 being 31. I seem to have abandoned this blog but always have intentions of writing. New decade. New [mom] life. New intentions. New beginnings.


New Year’s Eve 2013

NYE 2013

Catholics for Marriage Equality

I approve this ad! You can find my name below:

Ad from Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington State

For my Catholic friends and family, learn about Marriage Equality:

Pope Benedict once wrote, “Over the Pope as expression of the binding claim of ecclesiastical authority, there stands one’s own conscience which must be obeyed before all else, even if necessary against the requirement of ecclesiastical authority.”

In the US bishops’ document Faithful Citizenship they write, “Conscience is the voice of God resounding in the human heart, revealing the truth to us and calling us to do what is good while shunning evil.”

We Catholics follow our consciences based on scripture, the teachings of the Church and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Our individual conscience is beyond the claim of external groups, even the official Church. On the subject of approving a civil law regarding marriage equality today in Washington State, we are following our conscience. We believe the stance of our bishops is wrong and hurtful to many.

As Catholics for Marriage Equality Washington State, we believe then new law of our state is consistent with the Gospel values of love, inclusion and fairness.


1. Fr. Joseph Ratzinger, Commentary on the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, in vol. 5 Commentary on the Documents of the Vatican II, at 134 (Herbert Vorgrimler, ed., 1969)

2. Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, 17 (US Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011)

Please vote to approve Referendum 74.

Ryan’s 30th

Ryan's 30th Birthday - 23

Here’s to the next decade, babe!

Weekend in Vancouver

Ryan and I went on a little trip to Canada this weekend to celebrate our wedding anniversary a few days early. What a beautiful (and blazingly hot) summer weekend in the Pacific Northwest! Now time for a reverse to do list!

Arrival to Vancouver
1. Drive north and stop in Everett for vermicelli bowls at a Vietnamese restaurant.
2. Cross the Canadian border with minimal wait. Realize I have a watch tan.
3. Check-in to the Westin Grand and get keys to a large corner suite(!) on 20th floor.
4. Watch Michael Phelps win his final individual gold medal on TV and meander outside.
5. Walk to the Crepe Cafe: Nutella and coconut for him, French toast for me.
6. Sleep!

1. Let sunshine into room and walk to the Twisted Fork for breakfast.
2. Eat gruyere baked eggs with amazing sourdough toast, bacon, tomato and baked beans.
3. Try the best bloody mary I’ve ever had, complete with a pickled brussel sprout.

A pickled brussel sprout in my Bloody Mary. Pretty awesome actually.

4. Browse shops on Granville (skeezy even in daylight), drive out of the city, get iced coffee.
5. Arrive at Lynn Canyon Park, hike out to the pools with the masses in hot hot heat.
6. Cross my first suspension bridge, feel wobbly legged and happy after.
7. Wade in the creek waters, lay on sun-warmed rocks, and read book.
8. Watch teenagers dive into the 30 feet deep pools, gasp at the brisk water.
9. Get really tan.
10. Hike through the park, climb beneath tree roots, listen to the sound of waterfalls.

Favorite part of weekend: wading in Lynn Creek to stay cool, reading my book atop sun soaked stones, legs in the water 8)

11. Drive back to the city and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at the hotel bar.
12. Walk over to Sutra, a modern Indian restaurant that Ryan picked out for us.
13. Eat root vegetable kofta, lentil dal, coconut curry, raita, rice, and naan. Yum!
14. Walk to the seawall and watch the Celebration of Light fireworks show.
15. Eat crepes again on the way home. Learn there is such a thing as too much nutella.

1. Wake up and head straight to the rooftop hot tub and sauna. (Such a good hotel!)
2. Pack up and look for dim sum. Eat shrimp balls of many sorts. Feel hot outside.
3. Go to Granville Island and shop the market. Enjoy the cool air off the water.
4. Buy a new notebook and two kinds of mouthwatering local honey: wildflower and blueberry.
5. Sit by the water and soak up sun while musicians play nearby.
6. Stop at the Granville Brewery and pick up a case of crisp island lager to take home.
7. Drive to a beach to see more views of the Vancouver skyline.
8. Head south and pick up some single malt scotch at the duty free store.
9. Cross the border and eat a double beef patty burger at Five Guys in Bellingham.
10. Stop along the way and buy artwork for the wall and some plastic plates (random).

New York – Day 4

1. Wake up early and grab oatmeal and hashbrowns on way to subway.
2. Go to Bryant Park and learn there’s an hour wait for next ferry to Ellis Island.
3. Stand in the line in the sun and sweat. A lot.
4. Board ferry, take in views of Manhattan and Lady Liberty.
5. Speed through the Ellis Island Museum. Feel saddened recalling anti-immigrant rhetoric.
6. Walk to the Freedom Tower. Endure more humidity and heat. Sweat some more in lines.
7. Decide it’s less stressful doing business in NYC than being a tourist in NYC.
8. Visit the 9/11 Memorial.
9. Take cab back to Soho. Find fantastic thin crust pizza place–without Internet research.
10. Eat delicious red onion, sausage, basil pizza. Decide this and falafels were fave meals.
11. Take cab to EWR, remember how pricey it is. Rack up Foursquare points and fly home.

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