Monday, March 28, 2011

Sunday Dinner

This  is what I made for dinner last night.  The
chicken was spicy and yummy!  I paired it with
an amazing Silverlake Riesling.  Photo and
recipe courtesy of On the Woodside .

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Making an Apron

Last week I made my daughter an apron for St. Patrick’s Day.  When 
she was young I made her a St. Patty’s dress every year but gave 
that up once she hit fifth grade.  

I found a cute Cynthia Rowley apron that was easy to duplicate without 
a pattern.

I had forgotten how much I dislike JoAnn’s fabrics.  There is their stingy 
fabric cutting as well as the way they treat their customers .

and now a new reason: they plaster their fabrics with self ads - a waste of 
good fabric!  I dislike having to pay for fabric that they have blazoned with 
their logo.

But it is the only fabric store in my town so ... I bought 
the fabric and some trim and made the apron in one night.

It turned out pretty well!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Job Hunting in the Northwest

Here are a few sites with job listings for the Northwest - specifically, jobs in Washington, 
Oregon and California.  Craigslist is great, of course, but not all employers post their jobs 
there.  If you are looking for a job in more than one area you can use Site Mash .  It is 
supposed to list entries for craigslists nationwide though it is not 100% complete.  You 
enter the type of job you want into the blank, e.g. writer, and then it will pull listings from 
all (or most) Craigslists.

One of the best sites for Seattle jobs is the Kings County job site  and if you are looking 
throughout Washington you can find state listings here

Here’s the City of Portland’s job listings .  The State of Oregon lists their openings here
and you can also check out Multnomah County’s listings.

Of Oregon, Washington and California, California has the most cumbersome job site.  Many 
of the jobs listed are only available to people who have already taken an exam in that job’s 
category.  But if you want to give it a try, it’s located here .  

This site  lists many California government entities and also lists sites for many cities and 
counties in California.

I really don’t need more job hunting competition but I can’t help but feel empathy for those 
of you who are, like me,  out there looking for work and not finding it.  Best of luck to you.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Snoqualmie Pass

My daughter is going to Emerald City ComicCon in Seattle this 
weekend.  Captain Kirk, Data, Cmmdr. Riker and the Steward of 
Gondor are all going to be there.

It’s a bad weekend for driving though.  We’ve had a few feet of 
snow this week. Today it was 38 degrees and some of the huge
mounds of snow melted away.  But to get to Seattle from Moscow 
one has to drive over Snoqualmie Pass.

This website by the Washington State Dept of Transportation
has webcams stationed along the trickier portions of Highway 90.
It updates them every 6 minutes. Thanks Washington!  I’ll probably 
be checking it all weekend.