SEA & PDX Almost Killed Me


OK, so maybe that’s a slight exaggeration…but I have to say at times, it did feel like that. Two days after getting to Seattle, I started having ear problems. Pain, fullness, itching, you name it. There were countless trips to walk-in and Urgent Care clinics, doctors and ear, nose and throat specialists, one right after the other.

Sadly, the problem didn’t get any better in Portland. We suspected that it was crazy allergies giving me all the problems. Something in the Northwest does not like me.

Strangely enough, I should have known. The same thing happened to me the one and only other time we were in Seattle. We went there when we were first dating and my ears completely closed up. During that trip, we ended up driving up to Whistler—and by the time I got to the top of the mountain, I couldn’t even hear our waitress try to take my order.

This time it was much worse. The fact that I’m older now, we were there for longer, and it was more of the rainy season were probably all factors, I’m sure.

So we ran.

We ended up leaving Portland earlier than expected, hightailing it to some place drier and outside the Northwest. Originally we were thinking about Reno—just because we thought it could be fun, in a strange sort of way—but then a snowstorm hit. Chains were mandatory on cars, we didn’t have any, and we didn’t want to buy them. So, we opted for Sacramento.

Once we got there, my symptoms started to improve within days, and we knew we made the right choice. We also got a great deal on a cute hotel downtown (which I’ll post on later), perfect for a little holiday hideaway. I believe I’m on the up and up, finally. Just crossing my fingers to make sure it sticks.

So here’s some advice: if you do decide to travel like this, make sure you have health insurance. Seriously. Even if you aren’t traveling, you should have health insurance. I am a strong advocate for this, especially after my healthy, 30-miles-a-day bike fanatic husband almost died because of a heart defect. The bill for his care at that time (three years ago) would have been over $70,000 without insurance. It’s expensive, but it’s necessary. And you just never know.

Also, make sure that you know how you’re covered when you travel. I was lucky enough to have a great plan that’s part of an extended national network, so I was able to see doctors who were in-network in a bunch of different cities. It took a little bit more effort to locate them, but it was worth it.

As far as prescriptions go, we filled a lot of ours at Target pharmacies. We were already using Target in Minneapolis, and I have to say, they have been great for filling prescriptions on the road. Once you’re in their system, all their stores have your info—plus, when we were comparing the number of locations to CVS and Walgreens, Target was a winner there as well. Maybe the only problem is that a lot of their stores are located out in the suburbs, which could be a problem if you don’t have a car.

Here’s to being healthy!

All Dressed Up


A nice little set of cigarette cards we found at the Fremont Sunday Market. I may have to base an illustration off of one of these dashing men.

Ballard & 22nd

This past week we dipped out of work early to hit up a cool little nook in the Ballard neighborhood. Gathered at the corner of 22nd and Ballard Ave NW is a handful of inspiration. Here’s some of the places we found to be pretty, stylish or just plain delicious.

Souvenir Seattle Ballard
Lucca Seattle Ballard
Lucca Horns Seattle Ballard
Lucca No54 Seattle Ballard
Lucca Russa Seattle Ballard
Lucca Cards Seattle Ballard
Blackbird Seattle Ballard
NY Fashion Academy Seattle Ballard
Rudy's Seattle Ballard
Horseshoe Seattle Ballard
Cupcake Royale Seattle Ballard
Pictured above:
Souvenir
Lucca
Blackbird
New York Fashion Academy
Horseshoe
Cupcake Royale

Invisible Creature

Invisible Creature: Ryan and Don Clark
Ever since I can remember, brothers Don and Ryan Clark have been running some serious game on the Seattle design scene. Early on they worked as Asterik Studio, along with Demetre Arges. Today, Don and Ryan operate Invisible Creature, one of the most inspiring studios you’ll find.

We first met Don this summer, when he was in Minneapolis giving a talk at Target’s Spark series. We talked design and life over huevos rancheros and marveled at Twitter’s ability to connect people on opposite ends of the country. Fast forward four months and we found ourselves hanging with Don once again, this time on his turf.

Invisible Creature Studio
Don Clark and Katie Kirk
Invisible Creature Don Clark
Invisible Creature’s work is colorful, charismatic and thoughtful, spanning an intentional range of design, typography and illustration. It wasn’t easy, but we’ve selected a few of our favorite pieces created by Don and Ryan.

Invisible Creature Target Spark Poster
Invisible Creature SASE Club
Invisible Creature Sasquatch Festival Poster
Invisible Creature Target Fishing Hole
Invisible Creature Ivoryline CD Packaging
Invisible Creature Dial M

Pike Place Market

Seattle Pike Place Market Sign
Every city has its tourists’ mecca; for Seattle, it’s Pike Place Market. It’s an undeniable treasure, packed full of fish, colorful flowers and yummy treats. Frankly, you need to see it and, like everyone, we wanted to photograph it. This seemed like a good time to test out one of our many camera apps on the iPhone. Today’s experiment: The Plastic Bullet. 

Seattle Pike Place Market Musicians
Seattle Pike Place Market Fish
Seattle Pike Place Market Working Mans Special
Seattle Pike Place Market Lunch
Seattle Pike Place Market Crabs
Seattle Pike Place Market Quality
Seattle Pike Place Market The Great