Seattle

This is an emergency 2…

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OK, getting out of Europe trip recap mode and back to reality for a minute. Check out part 1 of my emergency preparedness brain dump here.

So we’ve got all of the supplies in order. What else are we missing? Ahhh, that’s right: food and water.

WATER.
We recently purchased a Berkey water filter. Seattle water is great, but our pipes and/or water heater aren’t in the best shape so we bought this bad boy for uber water filtration. It will come in handy if we have to snag water from an alternative water source like our Water Bob 🙂 We also have 25 gallons of water stored with this cool boxed water kit. The general rule of thumb is to have one gallon of water per person for two weeks, which we don’t quite have, but hell, it’s better than nothing! I also plan on adding iodine pills to the mix down the road.

FOOD.
Out of everything that needs to be prepped, food is where I’m the weakest. I’ve never been able to figure out a good system for rotation and end up wasting a lot of items that I don’t catch before they expire. There are also items that have a great shelf life that I’d rather not eat on the regular. Here’s a list of what I try and keep on-hand.

  • Rice and beans – I like the Vigo brand
  • Peanut butter
  • Oatmeal – Trader Joe’s carries one that rocks
  • Nuts – Costco has an assorted, no salt mix that’s handy to have around
  • Pasta
  • Power bars – Larabars are my jam
  • Rice
  • Instant tea and coffee
  • Sports drinks
  • Soup and chili
  • Booze!

I like to think that my gardening skills could come in handy too if there happened to be some sort of food shortage, but I can only count on that for four or five months out of the year right now. I do plan on winter gardening next year though so that could help stretch that length of time.

Oh, and I can’t forget Miss Stella! I always pick up the largest bag of dry dog food possible to keep around. She mostly eats wet food but I can never keep up with buying enough – it’s darn expensive too. At least I know she’d be OK crunching on some dry stuff if it came down to it.

OK folks, what am I missing?

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Classpass

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Cappy’s keeping it real.

Now that I’ve been through two cycles of ClassPass, I thought it’s time to give it an ole review. My previous group class membership, FitMob, was bought by ClassPass, so it’s the only gig in town now. I was a bit bummed at first. I liked that Fitmob did not limit how many times you could visit a studio per month while ClassPass did. ClassPass only allows you to book one week out too, which I thought would be an issue, but it hasn’t been so far.

I really like the concept of having access to all sorts of gyms and studios around town. A single month long pilates studio membership can run you upwards of $80 and this pass is $70 and gives you WAY more options. This gal likes her options! Here are some of my favorite classes:

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Look at these $%^#&# guys.

Seriously. What a band of misfits! This is my third season playing intramural softball through Underdog Sports Leagues and I love it. It’s great getting to know new people and brushing the rust off of those batting skills. Wish I could say the same thing about my fielding, but hey, you can’t win ’em all. We play Sunday afternoons on various crappy fields around Seattle. If you are ever in the mood for a lil entertainment, come and check us out!

Seattle Underdog Sports League Softball

Team photo!

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Engaged.

Just thought I would share some of my fav photos from our engagement photo session a few weeks back! We decided to stick with the south end of town and went with industrial hip Georgetown and be one with nature Seward Park.

It’s difficult for us to find a weekend where there’s not a million things going on so we picked a date that we knew might not be good weather wise. The Friday before was gloriously sunny with blue skies and I was hoping that it’d transfer over to Saturday. Um yeah…about that…..Saturday, the skies were grey, rain was off and on and at one point, it snowed! Not ideal for photos, but we were booked and our lovely photographer, Jennifer Hutter was game.

Not gonna lie, taking these were pretty awkward. I don’t think the fiance and I kissed as much as we did in this photo shoot! And every pose felt funny, even though the results were good 🙂 Our fingers turned purple from the cold, the rain seemed to never stop and Miss Stella was not on her best behavior.  Overall, not the best conditions but we tried to make the best of it. Enjoy!

Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot

 

Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot

 

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Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot - Seward Park

 

Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot - Seward Park

 

Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot - Seward Park

 

Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot - Georgetown

 

Seattle Engagement Photo Shoot - Georgetown

 

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Werkout.

Working out in Seattle just isn’t cheap. We’ve got literally one gym “sort of nearby” our house on Beacon Hill and all of the gyms near my office on Capitol Hill are $70+/mo! Get outta here. I guess I didn’t realize how spoiled I was with my $30/mo. Gold’s Gym membership back in good ole K-town. Those were the days……

So instead of forking over the big bucks and having to choose just one, I’ve been keeping a close eye on those pesky deal sites in hopes of snagging some discounted memberships. I’ve been pretty lucky lately and have kept myself in a semi-regular workout schedule so far.

MODE Fitness
$45 for 2 months at their gym – includes four 30 minute personal training sessions
The good: near my office, usually not crowded, clean facility, cable TV!, free parking nearby
The bad: personal trainer didn’t always seem super excited to be training me and did not ask much about my goals and experience level, self motivating gym – not always my cup of tea

THE SWEATBOX
$50 for 2 months of hot yoga classes
The good: super cool teachers, never overly crowded, later class times, that heat! guys in those tiny, tiny shorts 🙂
The bad: $4+ parking, bathroom doors in actual studio (seriously weird layout), not near my office and a 20 min. drive from home

PURE BARRE
$100 for 10 classes
The good: near my office, lunch time classes, THE HARDEST WORKOUT EVER
The bad: THE HARDEST WORKOUT EVER, classes move along really fast sometimes so it’s hard to keep up

STAIRS
FREE.
Beacon Hill location – S Lucile Street & 18th Ave S
Capitol Hill location – Lakeview Blvd E & E Howe Street
The good: free, free parking, close to home
The bad: getting yourself motivated, the last set (though your butt will thank you later!)

And just for fun…..

NY TIMES SCIENTIFIC 7 MIN WORKOUT
FREE.
The good: free, easy to do at home whilst watching TV, it’s only 7 minutes people!
The bad: getting yourself motivated, it’s only 7 minutes?
I’ve done this workout a few times now and although it doesn’t seem like much, but I’m always sore the next day. I actually do this 3 times so I wrap with about a 30 minute workout. Not bad for free!

 

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