Monday, May 7, 2012

Seattle Thoughts

View of Seattle while driving Silas to work. (Technically, he was driving. I wasn't playing with my phone while driving...)
Today was my first day on my own in Seattle. I dropped Silas off at work, went to look at a house, found the Trader Joe's, took Gideon to watch the boats in the Ballard Locks, and went to the chiropractor. A pretty productive first day, if I may say so!

My first Seattle observations:

#1. Wow. Um. Everyone has a nicer stroller than me. Seriously. Most hipster stroller city ever. I had to try not to stare at some of the strollers I saw out and about today. Apparently I'm a stroller hick. The upside to this is that I just took a look at craigslist and it looks like I can get a used double jogger for super cheap.

#2. SO MANY PEDESTRIANS/CYCLISTS! While this might have something to do with the fact that this is the first week of nice weather that Seattle has had this summer, I am inclined to believe it's going to be like this all summer long. And I'm really afraid of hitting one of them with my car because they are BOLD.

#3. So many Asians. No black people.

#4. There are so many cool restaurants I want to try I don't even know where to begin. Today Gideon and I stopped in at Mighty-O Donuts for some guilt free organic treats. Best banana donut ever. Totally going back for more this weekend.

#5. Housing is expensive. Let me say this again. Housing is expensive. Today I went to look at a 2 bedroom basement apartment that would have fit inside our bedroom in our house in Pittsburgh. The living room was the size of our Pittsburgh bathroom and there was no dining room... not sure where we're supposed to eat? And the rent was twice as much as our house in Pittsburgh.

Tomorrow I have another house showing and then another on Wednesday and hopefully a few more after some people get back to me. I have until about the end of this week/beginning of next week to sign a lease. I'm not stressing about it though, at least not yet. I prayed months ago that God would provide the perfect housing situation for us and I fully believe He has a place prepared for us! I just have to find it.
Gideon watching the boats come in the locks. He calls them "Bips".


  1. I had to laugh - we're total stroller hipsters, and we don't even live in a place where we have to walk around that much to get around so we rarely use it. We bought one on craigslist for Will that had the bassinet style that was totally worth it because it was also his bed for the first few months of his life, even if it didn't go out in public much. Now we're drooling at Phil n Ted's doubles, or a Britax B Ready, or some other ridiculously named stroller. That we can take to garage sales and thrift stores where we do the rest of our shopping.

  2. Sounds like you'll have lots of new adventures. I adored Seattle when I was there, so wonderful. I hope you have fun making a home there.


  3. ElisabethSniderMay 8, 2012 at 6:18 AM

    The Phil n Ted double is one of the ones I saw that I looked up as soon as I got home! And now you've got me drooling over the Britax...

  4. The locks! I just saw those for the first time myself last year. Impressive. (Laughing about him calling them Bips. ;)

    It's so fun to hear your perspective about this move and settling in to a completely different area of the country!

  5. Cool, you're here! Too bad my family's leaving in basically a month, but I won't miss Seattle as much being able to read about it through your eyes. Or maybe that'll make me miss it more later... we'll see. If you're looking for good used children's things, I highly recommend Kids on 45th in Wallingford. They usually have some nice-looking jogging (and non-jogging) strollers of various kinds parked outside, as well as new and used things galore inside. The Vegetarian Thai restaurant right next door to it is really good (especially their monk's noodle).


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