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The Ketchbot wedding week!

image Last Tuesday night, we finished painting signs for the wedding and Wednesday the bride and bridesmaids got mani/pedis….image image The bride asked for coral nails and blue toes with gold sparkles since she found a similar image on Pinterest. image On Thursday, we drove up to Camano Island! First we stopped at the family farm for lunch! My mom had a great spread of food with lots of desserts for the Wisconsin family members flying into town. image I can’t wait to post more photos soon! This week has been crazy busy. I’m flying to Irvine now for work and this weekend, we go to Walla Walla for our 10 year college reunion, plus it’s my dad’s 70th birthday!

Seattle Seahawks win the Super Bowl!!! #whynotyou

There’s so much love in Seattle, right now. It’s incredible! Yay, Seattle and go Hawks! [As I write this, I can hear all my neighbors screaming and cheering from their houses!]

533386e4a2b2ad95029fb04f1e0ce8aaI love Russell Wilson’s interview at the end of the game, including “Why Not Us?” rephrasing the words of his father, Harrison, who often told his son to pursue his biggest dreams with the mantra.

“Russell Wilson End of Super Bowl interview”


All photos and their original sources can be found on my Seattle Pinterest board:

A taste of white Christmas in Fargo, ND and in Seattle!

I haven’t made time to blog recently, since work has taken me to Fargo, ND, Spokane and Tacoma, WA in the last two weeks! Earlier this month in Fargo, it was below zero and closer to -10 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill!image Fortunately, I dressed appropriately with many wool layers from Ibex, Patagonia and Smart Wool. It was pretty to see the snow from indoors. image The sunsets are amazing in Fargo. image Since Fargo, I’ve been writing lots of reports, but we did make time for….. image the Hobbit. It was awesome! We saw it in 3D too.

Almost all the Christmas presents are wrapped and I’ve updated my Christmas List on Pinterest. Check it out! 8e6e367d6668c43e8a391a6e03e0380a ca9468d7070c7e4589aa1922c4dfff68

Yesterday, Seattle woke up to a couple of inches of snow! This is pretty unusual and a nice treat. image Our backyard looked like a winter wonderland. imageLuckily it all melted before my sisters, mom and my grandmother, Tootie went to the Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet last night! It was a wonderful Christmas tradition to renew.image It’s been awhile since we’ve all been together too. image My sister, Katie and I, posed with all the Nutcracker statues after the ballet too. imageMy favorite was the Rat King. image Some of our other favorite family traditions include a White Elephant Christmas Exchange at my grandmother’s house, opening presents Christmas morning at my parents house and dinner at the Marriott with most of my extended maternal family! What are your favorite family traditions?

Thanksgiving 2013

I am so thankful that I attended two Thanksgiving feasts and went to yoga that morning, beforehand. For Thanksgiving lunch, we went to my aunt’s house and saw some wild and crazy cousins under the age of 6.IMG_2665 Later in the afternoon, we went to my sister’s house for dinner!IMG_2693 My sister, Katie, hosted her first Thanksgiving and it was gorgeously delicious. We had an awesome turkey with bacon, IMG_2694 several amazing types of local goat cheese from Gothberg Farms, and beautiful displays with pinecones, antlers and pheasant feathers that my parents have collected. IMG_2700 Another one of my favorite things was a last minute divine inspiration. Katie’s boyfriend’s mom made a delicious Gothberg chevre and we put Mr. F’s handmade cranberry sauce on top! IMG_2730 It was a beautiful meal at Katie’s house, IMG_2741 Pinterest perfect in every way. 532114_650395211102_1578944742_nIMG_2746  It’s so nice to be home in Seattle. IMG_2757Thank you to Katie and Travis for being the perfect hosts!1475959_650400715072_1645204522_n

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

Day 16 of BlogtemberReview a book place, or product.

a0fbc8ce6a192613325e54bce4ef7effThe Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was a lovely yet heart wrenching, thrilling and magical book. I enjoyed the reading the thoughts of a child who believes in magic and monsters. It was sad to read about the child’s fears and loneliness but it was hauntingly beautiful too. The story reminded me of another one of my favorite books by Neil Gaiman, Stardust. Some of the child-like charm also remind me of the Chronicles of Narnia too.

084cd1b90f42510c1e56f45250747f4f 6e043f13fb0cefa6b110c2009446601e [All images can be found with their original links on my Pinterest board, Books I Love.]56d3a8e924f655f11ed905f7d43c148c I finished this book a week ago and I’m still thinking about it.

What was the last book that you read that made you remember childhood? Or what was the last book that made you completely dive into that reality and not want to put it down?

3 month ideal travel ideas

Wednesday, September 4: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? (bonus points for fun photos from Pinterest, but don’t forget to cite the source!)

If I could take three months off, I would go to New Zealand, Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands, the Lorie Valley of France and Piedmonte and Tuscany, Italy.  If I had to choose just one country, it would be New Zealand, but 3 months is a long time!

Paddleboarding and mountain climbing in New Zealand are on my bucket list. This would be awesome! alison's adventures | photo by sarah lee Check out this blog ( for more amazing New Zealand pictures too!

Mr. F and I would like to go wine tasting and castle hunting in the Loire Valley too! c4f45aa207f64606ce36f4d2e2d0134cDoesn’t the Chateau du Chamont look fantastic? I found this picture on

Patagonia is where Mr. F really wants to go and I’d love to see the alpacas. I’d also want to see the cool wildlife on Galapagos Islands and I associate it with my favorite biology class from college, Evolutionary Biology.

I studied ballet for 6 weeks in Perugia, Italy when I was in college and I would love to go back with Mr. F. I really enjoyed taking the train through the hill topped towns in Tuscany. fb86aff4a86646675c20ad46904504f6Does this picture make it look so romantic?

Since Michigan last week….

This time last week, Mr. F and I drove with his parents, cat, and dog from Frankfort, MI to Chicago (about four hours), spent a fun afternoon and evening with some of our favorite people and restaurants in Chicago, then flew home to Seattle. IMG_0983 The drive to Chicago was uneventful but it was fun to play with Horatio, the cat, who alternately wandered the car, IMG_0985 IMG_0993 or sat under the dog, Lee Lee.  IMG_0998 IMG_1001 Horatio is really more of a dog than a cat, but nonetheless, he made us miss our kitties.IMG_1002IMG_1001 We met Rusty’s cousin, Brian at our favorite Chicago burger place, Five Star Bar, for lunch. We missed the corn fed beef burgers with a fried egg, hot sauce and a pretzel bun!image We also saw my cousin, imageKaty and her husband, Rob, for drinks and dinner. image imageWe went to our favorite Italian restaurant, Piccolo Sogno Due!   imageOn our way to O’Hare, we drove by our old apartment and realized we had the Home Alone terminal  image when we got to the airport! We got home after midnight but slept in on Sunday. I’ll have to post more about our awesome Sunday dinner with Mohit later!

On Monday morning, I flew to Houston for work and got to see a few friends while I was in town. I saw a coworker buddy for happy hour!  image Ashley also helped distract me from my nervousness on my first monitoring performance visit!IMG_1006On Tuesday night, I met my pen pal buddy of almost 20 years (we met through the American Girl Magazine) for authentic Texas food. We had Shiner Ruby Redbird beer (it tastes like ginger and grapefruit!) and catfish po’boys. imageI may have also had a bite of a Frito pie. (This is exactly what you think it is, fritos in a pie shape, with beans and cheese.) I also met Amy’s fiancé! IMG_1007We came up with a few fun wedding ideas that I’ll expand on, in a Pinterest board for her.  IMG_1008 Here’s what I started so far, Pie Wedding Love for AmyIMG_1009I flew home to Seattle on Wednesday night and I was overjoyed to see the mountains. Phew! It’s been a busy last two weeks. I’ll share more photos soon!