Saturday, September 1, 2018

Discovery Park

West Point Lighthouse, Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens

As a scientist and lab rat, I don't really get out much.  Some of my labmates are good about exploring places on the weekend, but I've neither a car nor the fortitude to withstand the crippling motion sickness of traveling in one. No, I'm serious -- my motion sickness is pretty bad.  However, my partner recently visited and I was determined to do something different from zoo/aquarium/museums/city sights.  I've long heard about how amazing Discovery Park is so planned an afternoon outing for us there!

Discovery Park is situated on the western side of a Seattle and a public park with 534 acres of "wilderness."  I don't really consider it that wild, but it's as "wild" as you'll get in a city.  The park has about 12 miles of walking trails which are either paved of really well maintained.  If you're looking for a serious hiking experience, this is not the place, but the views are worth the trip.

One of the most famous sites is the West Point Lighthouse on the edge of Shilshore Bay at the park (see above!).  It's situated on a tiny tip of land and you get to it by walking along the beach.  You'll have seen some pictures I posted on Instagram of the mossy rocks on the beach, but the shores were lined with more rocks worn smooth by the water.  It's against the law to remove anything from the park, but I would've loved to have one of these in my home!  It had also been so long since I've been near a big body of water that it was incredibly soothing just to hear the crashing of waves and surf.

Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens
Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens

The beach was also lined with driftwood -- large, gray branches that decorated the sand -- that provided spots for one to sit and admire the waves.  I really wish this park was closer to where I lived because I could've sat out there forever.  I wish I'd had a model out with me because the visual setting was the stuff of photographic dreams.   Further down the beach was the South Bluff, or a tall rocky natural rock formation facing the water.  The short trail towards the bluff was lined with blackberry bushes.  Apparently, these are common all over the park. 

Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens
Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens
Discovery Park, Seattle, things to do in Seattle, Lumiére and Lens

We went on the walking trails to close out our visit of the park.  We didn't pick any one route, but rather, wandered and followed signs to go higher and higher in elevation.  Eventually, we found ourselves on top fo the bluff to be greeted with views of Shilshore Bay in Puget Sound (early post on Instagram).  The air was still smoky from all the fires in the area lately, but the sea breeze was refreshing.



And to end this post, a picture of yours truly, stepping through the driftwood to head back on to higher shores.  Exercise clothes, no makeup, and a belly full of lunch.  We ended up walking 12,000+ steps that day so it was a nice way to close out the weekend.

Have you been up to the Pacific Northwest?  What are some places you'd really want to visit?  Recommendations welcome!

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Sunday #71: Traces


Hello, friends!  First of all, I'm going to start this post off with an apology: I'm sorry I've been away for so long.  I keep saying I'll be back and blogging more, but time has flown by and before I knew it, two months have elapsed!  I've put most of my hobbies (including this blog) to the wayside in the past few months.  I know it's not quite balanced and something I need to work on.  A lot has happened in the past two months so I'll fill y'all in (if you're still even around this space).

NEARLY HALFWAY

I've lived in Seattle for nearly five months now.  I'm ashamed to say I haven't spent as much time exploring as I could have.  I'm familiar enough with the neighborhoods in Eastlake, South Lake Union, Downtown, and Capitol Hill, but could really do with venturing outside.  I've discovered a few local coffee shops I really such as Voxx, Armistice, and Caffe Ladro.  The photo above was taken at Armistice, where I set up shop both mornings this weekend.  There's no shortage of good specialty coffee shops and I'm aiming to visit as many as possible. 

There's a lot of cool things about living in Seattle.  Everyone says the summer is really nice though I'm not much a fan of heat.  However, with summer comes the South Lake Union Block Party which was closed out this year by one of my all time favorite bands, Built to Spill!  Back in LA, my partner and I would attend every show they played.  In Seattle, I saw this show alone.  I wished my partner could've been there, but it was still fun to go to a show alone, to dance, and sing to my heart's content.  I screamed when they closed with Carry The Zero.  Speaking of my partner . . . he's going to be visiting this weekend.  I'm going to aim for getting out and exploring more.  Maybe Discovery Park?

DIRTY THIRTY

In June, I turned thirty years old.  Yep, dirty thirty!  Ana flew out to surprise me for the occasion, followed by my partner the week after, and many calls/texts as well as time spent with friends.  I felt so loved and really helped ring in a birthday I was dreading.  Nat even sent me a whale ornament!  People definitely joke and call me old now, but I can definitely feel my age (in a good way).  They say that your thirties are some of your best years and I'm hoping that's true.  Certainly, I feel a clarity of mind and understanding of myself that I lacked in my twenties.  I don't stress as much of the small stuff and despite having hard days from time to time, I've shifted my mindset to always look on the bright side.  I think I have greater stressors, but I'm also more content in my lifestyle.  There are some less fun sides to thirty such as a slowing metabolism and gaining weight, but I'll get to that in a future post! 

CREATIVE OUTLETS

Something I've really neglected in the past few months has been doing creative things outside of science.  I don't draw, play guitar, or photograph much anymore.  It seems weird because creating is such an integral part of my existence.  I've been having a hard time finding models out here in Seattle.  On top of that, I'm so tired by the time I wrap up my day (the to-do list is endless) that I've been opting to vegetate with Netflix instead of productively relaxing!  The most "artistic" thing I do is my bullet journal which I've largely used for tracking rather than creating.  


In a bid to get the creative juices going, I've picked up this notebook from Anthropologie and just started doodling in it.  Whether it's lettering or composing shapes to fill a space, I want to get back into the habit of creating images.  I've reached out to models I've photographed to ask if I might use their faces as references for drawings!  

In the vein of being creative, I'm going to aim to be better at creating on this space, too.  I've embarked on changing my lifestyle so look forward to fitness and art posts!  Anyways, I'm off to clean my house because I'm just that exciting on the weekend.  Also to buy a new cord for charging my phone because I managed to snap the end off my current one.  

RECOMMENDATIONS

•  Kim's Convenience on Netflix.  Witty.  Funny.  Aware.  ASIAN REPRESENTATION.
•  White Mustang by Lana Del Rey.  So soothing.  So good.

If there's anything else you're interested in (if you still read here, that is), feel free to drop me a line in the comments!  What fun stuff have you gotten up to this summer?

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Sunday #70: Make Yourself At Home


Happy Sunday, folks!  How are things in your little corner of the world?  Over here in Seattle, it's a sunny, lazy Sunday afternoon.  It's been a long, busy week so I'm enjoying my clean home with some Lana Del Rey playing in the living room.  I typically make no plans on Saturday and spend it doing home stuff, which includes cleaning my house so I can thoroughly enjoy it on the Sunday.  Old lady over here!  


Speaking of home, here is the "gallery" wall of my living room.  The table has a "Make yourself at home" sign a diffuser, candles, and flowers from the farmer's market.  I finally bought a guitar stand as incentive to display my baby and get back into the habit of regular playing.  Since I bleed money into rent, I decided to get as many functions out of my apartment as possible.  The living room functions as my office, music studio, gallery, home gym, and a photo studio, as you'll see below! 

ONE TIME MODEL

My best friend Gina is an expert knitter and soon-to-be mom to both a little girl as well as a knitting business.  If you recall, she made me these beautiful hand-knit cat socks last year (pattern available here)!  She was in need of a photographer and model so asked if I would act as both for her new design.  You might've seen these already if you have Instagram, but I played one time model and wore her newest knit top!  I'm not used to being behind the camera, but I got a few shots that she liked.  I also did a flatlay photographs of the detailing above the hem in the back whilst accessorizing with fresh flowers from the farmer's market.  There you go.  The one and only modeling gig I'll ever have.

NEW ROOTS

I always feel like I do the same things every week and don't go anywhere so there's not much to update y'all on, but there were quite a few new activities this week.  I'm jumping on a new (to me) project in lab which requires additional training on animal models so I've been completing a course at the University of Washington, which has been incredibly interesting!  I work with a few people in lab so I try to get in earlier nowadays to maximize productivity.  I'm usually drained by the time I leave, but it's also fulfilling so I can't complain.  I'm enjoying working with my newer colleagues a lot as well.  I also had brunch with a neighbor for the first time; it's nice to make new friends in the neighborhood.  

In other news, I'm turning 30 this upcoming Saturday.  My partner will visit me the weekend after so I'm going to have a few people over on the actual day for a small low key dinner with cooking by yours truly.  I'm thinking homemade apple pie, orecchiette with meat sauce, and a salad.  I have a lot to get done these two weeks so I can thoroughly enjoy my weekends! 

RECOMMENDED

•  The new season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt on Netflix.  I've been rewatching the show lately.  It's an incredibly witty, feminist show as well as a satirical take on modern times. 
•  Every Breath You Take on repeat.
•  Fade Into You also on repeat.  I just really like old music, ok?