Category: Washington

In the Office vs. Out of the Ofrice

Take a moment to appreciate the beauty around you. Its not that hard to do on a day like today. Check out the view from my office:


The weather ended up being pretty nice yesterday, but I decided to stay in and do some much needed laundry and cleaning (thanks Ellie). Kinda regretting that decision now that I’m sitting at my desk staring at Rainier.


Mini Trip

Mini Trip

Embarking with Ellie

Took off for the Olympic Peninsula for a few days. I packed up the Subi with a few camping essentials, a few dog essentials and drove toward a little place I found on WWOOF. I was pretty stoked on this place. They were in the process of digging a subterranean house, had a bunch of goats, and just seemed like some chill people. Unfortunately, they also had some baby geese that they had free range roaming which Ellie really liked.





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Beach Belly

My stay did not last very long there.

So, I packed up and looked for the next opportunity, and found myself a little drive in camp spot along the Sol Duc river.

The next day I drove out toward La Push and Rialto Beach. Found another drive in camp spot.

Hiked around Rialto and La Push for the next couple of days.

Bought some fireworks.

Bought a cheesy book at a grocery store.

Almost froze to death. (beaches in Washington are cold.)


I just heard someone refer to Tacoma as ‘Tacompton’

I doubt anyone who uses the term ‘Tacompton’ has ever actually been to Compton. Don’t try to shit on Tacoma, a place I like, by comparing it to another place I happen to like.

When the sun Shines in Washington…

When the sun Shines in Washington...

… everything comes alive! Rachel and I spent the morning along the Tiger Mountain Trail in Issaquah, then came back down to Tacoma, had some lunch on 6th ave and walked along the Foss Waterway.

It was one of the best days I have had in Washington- I cannot wait for summer, and I think the rest of Washington agrees! Once we got back into Tacoma it was amazing to see all of the activity and people out and about on some sunny adventure. Convertibles, motorcycles, sun dresses, kayaks and SUPs strapped onto car roofs. The smell of someone barbecuing in the distance completed the picture- it felt like the 4th of July.

Thank you, Washington, for making this LA girl appreciate the sunshine.

Pictured is Rainier- forever watching over Washington from two different directions.


National Rebuilding Day in the South Sound

Article from The Suburban Times

Free home repairs for low-income homeowners

 | October 2, 2012

By Lindsay Shigetomi, Rebuilding Together South Sound

TACOMA, WA – Free home repairs are available for qualified low-income homeowners through local non-profit Rebuilding Together South Sound. Rebuilding Together South Sound, an affiliate of Rebuilding Together Inc., plans to complete 15 critical home repair projects with the help of hundreds of volunteers on National Rebuilding Day 2013. National Rebuilding Day is a major volunteer work day taking place on April 27th, 2013. Volunteers, local sponsors and community partners will work together with low-income homeowners to complete critical home repair projects that will keep occupants warm, safe and dry.

Applications for Rebuilding Day 2013 are now available and Rebuilding Together South Sound is seeking qualified homeowners. In order to be eligible for services, an applicant must 1) own their home, 2) be low-income, 3) be elderly, a person with a disability, or a family with children, and 4) live in Pierce County, Federal Way or Auburn. Applications for Rebuilding Day 2013 are due Saturday, December 1st, 2012.

Many local families have struggled in recent years to provide for their basic necessities. The economic downturn and personal crises have challenged many individuals. For low-income families, necessary home repairs and modifications often go unattended because of a lack of resources. Rebuilding Together South Sound exists to ensure that everyone has a safe and healthy home, regardless of income. The organization is working to preserve the affordable housing stock in the South Sound, and promote aging in place by keeping people in their homes as long as possible.

National Rebuilding Day is the foundational event of Rebuilding Together Inc., the nation’s leading volunteer home repair organization. The organization is based on the idea of bringing families and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners. This effort culminates on National Rebuilding Day, where thousands of volunteers help their neighbors in need. 200 affiliates of Rebuilding Together Inc. across the country participate in National Rebuilding Day, cumulatively repairing 4,000 homes nation-wide.

Rebuilding Together South Sound encourages all community members to help spread the word about the services that are available to anyone who might qualify. To request an application or learn more, please call Rebuilding Together South Sound at 253-238-0977 or visit the website

About Rebuilding Together South Sound: Rebuilding Together South Sound was founded in 2001 in response to the growing need for help in the Pierce County area where 44% of the homeowners are low-income. Their mission is to bring volunteers and communities together to improve the homes and lives of low-income homeowners – particularly the elderly, people with disabilities and families with children. Major home repairs are completed by volunteer teams on National Rebuilding Day, an annual work day in April. Home modifications, changes that increase the accessibility of the home, are completed throughout the year. With volunteer and in-kind support the community provides, each dollar raised provides a minimum of $4 worth of work for recipients. This year Rebuilding Together South Sound plans to complete a total of 50 projects.

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