picked up Nicolai after a short nap, and he somehow managed to talk
me into going to the Space Needle. I've lived here since 1996 and
I've never been. So we went.
The weather was pretty good, although the smog was pretty bad. We
took tons of pictures and looked at all the informational stuff they
had on the walls.
I actually found my Starbucks in one of the telescopes!
Nicolai also recorded footage with his Super 8 camera.
Seattle/Queen Anne/Magnolia, NW from the Needle
The sunset -
W from the Needle
Check out the
smog crawling up Mt. Rainier!
we first got to Seattle Center, there was music being played from
the fountain, and Nicolai taped it. He carries his audio recorder,
Super 8, and camera with him at all times.
While we were in the promenade I made him one of those squished pennies
with the Space Needle on it. I'm sure he will carry that with him
at all times as well (right, Nicolai?)
The sun was setting and we were in quite a rush because we still had
to make dinner to take to Josh & Emily's (Josh & Emily are
part of the Six Arms gang).
This is Carkeek Park, which
is a few blocks from my house.
Us at Carkeek
Nicolai at my Starbucks
(Brian, Robin, Nico, Andrea, Karrie)
is Jim Cave, my favorite checker at Central Market. And just so you
know - there are no photos allowed in Central Market. I have dozens
of pictures from Central on my site. ("I'm a loner, Dotty, a
Just part of the mess we made
Kolja & Alexandra at Josh & Emily's
After a great dinner
with Josh & Emily, Kolja, Alexandra, & Nicolai, and Sean & I,
we all played a board game called Settlers. Sean & I are hooked.
Big ole tub of ricotta (strain over a bowl overnight in the fridge to
strain out all the water)
Two eggs from neighbor Sylvia
Onions & garlic
2 jars Newman's Own Marinara Sauce
Big manicotti tubes
Box of frozen chopped spinach - defrost and press out water
Loads of cheese - we did parmesan and fontina
Saute onion & garlic in butter, beat/whisk eggs, then mix in ricotta,
spinach, onion & garlic, shredded parm & fontina, and salt &
pepper. Pour sauce in a pan to cover. Load tubes with mixture - Nicolai
scooped the filling into a Ziploc bag and cut off the corner, and I was
stuck with the task of holding the pasta tubes open while he plopped warm
filling turds into my hand while the filling squished out of the top between
his fingers ("The closing system isn't working!") and it made
the most *vulgar* sounds (We laughed until we cried). Give up on tubes
and slice them open, load like a taco, set in pan, cover with sauce and
shredded parm. Voila! You now have no idea what they looked like. Bake
at 350 for a really long time.