Artisanal Overkill

I don’t know about you, but I’m becoming a little more wary of certain catch phrases that keep popping up in many of our consumer products today, and especially in our food. I… Continue reading

You Are What You Eat

I’ve realized that I’ve been on a burger quest most of my life.  We are relatively spoiled for choice when it comes to finding your favorite burger spot in Seattle.  If you have… Continue reading

Pessimists, Optimists, Vulnerability, and Happiness

When someone asks whether I’m an optimist or a pessimist, I joke by repeating the saying that “the glass is half-empty and filled with cyanide.”  Not exactly Schopenhauer I know, but awfully funny. … Continue reading

Corporate Babble-Speak

I’m disclosing up front that it’s been a while since this American Taitai has worked in a formal corporate office setting. And I’ve discovered that since I’ve stepped outside of the corporate and… Continue reading

Friendship and the Seattle Freeze

Did you know the Seattle Freeze is eight years old? Now I’m specifically talking about the etymology of the term “Seattle Freeze,” and not necessarily about the reserved demeanor (perceived or actual) of… Continue reading

Powered by American Electrons and Other Seattle Sightings

Something funny happened earlier this week, so I’ll keep this post short and sweet. Guess who was parked in an adjacent spot as DH and I pulled into our neighborhood grocery store?  Now… Continue reading

News Hangover

We’ve been through a heavy-hearted week of shock, disbelief, anger, and fear.  Most of us have probably been following a lot of bad news this week, be it on the atrocities of the… Continue reading


I comfortably call Seattle home now.  I’ll admit that I’ve had to reacquaint myself a bit after being away for more than fifteen years, but Seattle has certainly grown tremendously over the last… Continue reading

What to Do When Your iPhone is Stolen (or Weekend Liberation)

Last Friday night just as the weekend was getting underway, I had the unpleasant experience of having my iPhone stolen.  Bummer, but it was my own damn fault.  I’ve learned my lesson (put… Continue reading

Spring in the Quad

Dare I say it?  OK, I’m going for it: Spring is here! These last few days in Seattle have been gorgeous with ample sunshine and fluffy white clouds drifting though clear blue skies. … Continue reading