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Table for 15

Table for 15 Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

Last night we had the pleasure of dinner with some friends of Chris’s from high school. Elizabeth and Geoff live in Seattle with their blended family (her son and daughter plus his three sons). Elizabeth’s sister was in visiting from Boston and another Boston to Seattle transplant [...]


I wanted to thank everyone for their sympathy on the whole friend moving away issue. I really do appreciate it. I just needed to cry a little for myself so I could move forward being supportive and positive for my friend and his opportunities. Everything about this move has the possibility to be good for [...]


No, this isn’t a post about Gary Gygax.

Sorry to be so selfish but this one is all about me.

I have very few close friends who have known me for any length of time in my life. I spent my childhood moving around, city to city, school to school. Even in my adult [...]

Jolly goodness

Job related stress levels are still pretty high and Kate missed the bus this morning (though she was out at the stop at the normal time) and we had to cancel game night so you might think I’d be Miss Crankypants today but I’m actually feeling pretty good. Two small things happened today that made [...]

And the day was saved…

Kate and her friend arrived home after school and we got them all set up to take over the living room for Sleepover Extravaganza 2007. Furniture was moved, sleeping bags unrolled, Nintendo DSes were plugged in. I braced her for the bad news.

“I have some bad news…” I said. “You weren’t able to [...]

Back from camping

Roasted corn Originally uploaded by Nikchick.

We had a good time. I’ve posted many photos. We

stopped at Carek’s Meat Market to buy beef jerkyfell in the creekset up the tentsplayed horseshoesmade quesadillas on a hot rockfire roasted cornlistened to the Mariner’s game roasted marshmallowsthrew around a footballexplored the woods found a ruined log [...]


Earlier this summer Jess was lamenting that he’s been too busy to get out camping the last couple of years, breaking with a tradition that goes back to his teenhood. “We should go!” I enthused. The single time I’ve been camping here in Washington was with Jess (and several others of his now-scattered clan, including [...]


Last night Chris pointed me to a story about our friends Charles and Tammie that another friend, Monte Cook, had written up for his website. Monte’s “Line of Sight” column changes frequently, and I don’t think he keeps an archive, but for now the story is up here. I highly recommend it.