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I had to read the subject line twice… first read-through it looked like my address! (6X42 37th ; hi, neighbor!)October 22, 2014 at 9:48 pm in reply to: POLL: What time do you hit the bridge in the morning? #815303
Seattle in general just doesn’t do E/W very well. I attempted to drive from Sodo to Columbia City one evening last week and it was a horrible slog, with lights timed so that as soon as I’d go through one, another would be turning red. Arrgh.
But yes, there’s definitely a bias toward N/S routing in our region. It’s really a bit strange.October 22, 2014 at 4:13 pm in reply to: POLL: What time do you hit the bridge in the morning? #815298
I commute by bus: on the 7:27 rt. 21 at 35th & Raymond, and usually arrive at 1st & Lander at 7:45ish. This morning was a little rougher than normal, because cars were lining up in the bus-only lane on Avalon, but our driver made it work. ;) On that note, bus-only means bus-only… not “bus-only, unless traffic is bad, in which case you should queue up here.”
Ridiculous. Yes, the time clock needs to be *after* the security check if Amazon requires this of its employees.September 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm in reply to: This is really "bugging" me and I could use some help ! #813678
Also dealing with this. There aren’t a ton, but there are always a few, and they drive me crazy. House and kitchen are clean, compost bin is sealed, food isn’t left out. So frustrating!
I’ve noticed a tendency in my neighborhood (Fairmount Park) for drivers heading east/west between 35th and Fauntleroy to assume they have some kind of inalienable right of way. I do not know where this impression comes from. Cars going down or up Graham, Raymond, Juneau… all just fly by with no regard for traffic on 36th, 37th, 38th, and 39th avenues. It’s bizarre.
Ditto Barry2012 and Guidosmom; it will be easiest and safest if your child has his own seat. I highly advise bringing his car seat with you on the flight. He is too small for a CARES harness still.
Not in WS, but I was rear-ended in June and was referred to Vision Collision in Burien. They did great work, were communicative, and the price seemed very reasonable (granted, the other person’s insurance was footing the bill). They’re on 154th just off Ambaum.August 9, 2014 at 5:10 am in reply to: Rant: Fountleroy/35th Ave Stoplight Sequence Change #811878
Yes. It’s horrible and is causing horrid back-ups of traffic coming back into West Seattle from the bridge
Hi LVBebe; have you started commuting yet? I am on day three driving alone and it’s clear I need to figure out another solution. :-) Vanpools in the MSFT global address book are full, so I’m trying a match through RideshareOnline. The bus options as a V- employee are cumbersome, since I can’t use the Connector. Considering the Westlake shuttle, but… I’d still need to get to Westlake initially. Anyway, I’d love to hear your plan!
LVBebe, I’m starting that commute tomorrow! Unfortunately I can’t take the Connector, as I’m a V- consultant. I plan to drive initially, then try out the bus after the first week or so.
Keep in mind the closures the week of 7/21–traffic will be exceptionally bad then.
Try the cheap house-brand cans from TJ’s: Name Tag, Simpler Times, and La Playa are all perfectly decent lagers. I haven’t bought them in many months, but IIRC they’re $4 or less for a six-pack.
Guidosmom has good advice. CSFTL can be intimidating; there’s a lot of information about car seats. :-) I can’t remember if the Cosco Scenera is like this, but know that *some* convertible seats state a lower weight threshold that would work for a newborn (like 7-8 lb.), but then the lowest strap height is too high for a baby that size. When rear-facing (which is recommended until at least age two), the straps should come from at or below shoulder level on the baby. (For forward-facing, the rule is at or *above* shoulder level.)
But the Scenera (Wal-Mart) or Cosco Apt are good choices for inexpensive convertible seats. Steer clear of the Safety 1st Alpha-Omega Elite; I’ve heard it can be very difficult to install correctly, and it can be dangerous in some install settings. Also the Graco Nautilus apparently confuses many people; they think it’s a convertible that can be rear-faced, but it’s only for forward-facing children.
I think that’s all I have to add here. You already received great guidance above.
As for the carrier… I assume you mean Ergo-type carrier? Check consignment stores. I always see a bunch at Again & A Gain and Olivia’s.
Skeeter, no, not in High Point–we’re in Fairmount Park neighborhood, west of 35th, east of Fauntleroy, north of Morgan. :-) Boundaries currently have us going to Gatewood. I think you are right, and it aligns with what others said about “option” schools. It’s just funny to me that they drew the boundaries in such a way that the walk zone actually extends past the attendance area. ;-)
Edit: Like I said in my OP, I was planning *way* ahead… my kid won’t even be entering K until fall 2018 (he’s just 1.5 now), but I figured I should keep an eye on these things and try to figure out some of these aspects sooner than later!
Thanks for the answers, all. What confuses me with the FP map is that the “walk zone” extends beyond the attendance area, so like I said, our house is in the “walk zone” for FP, but we’re not actually in the attendance area (which again, I think is silly…). So I’m still a little confused, but I understand better after your explanations. :-)
Thanks, all! I’m really not excited about the commute prospect, but this would be a good step up in my career. And yes, it is a position at Microsoft (via a consulting firm). My toddler son definitely complicates things, as hanging out at work until 7 to dodge traffic isn’t really an option (I like to see the kid before he goes to bed ;-) ). But I could probably get myself out of bed a bit earlier each day to hit the road by 7 and maybe leave Redmond around 3/3:30.
Connector is apparently only available to actual Microsoft employees (not surprised), so it looks like driving or carpooling would be the viable options. Metrognome, I’d forgotten about the carpool matching site. I will definitely look at that!
Dr. Okorn at Swedish Physicians West Seattle has been a great fit for my family. She’s a family practice physician, not a pediatrician, but I love that because she was my PCP through pregnancy, she delivered my son, and now she’s his PCP as well. She’s a great mix of “crunchy” and traditional, with knowledge of the latest research and science. This works great for us.
I do hope that “hippie” for you does not mean anti-vaccination. That is one parenting choice I cannot support, because it affects so many outside of your own family.
We really like Columbia City Cuts on Rainier. Obviously not West Seattle, and admittedly it’s a little pricey for a kids’ cut, but they do a great job and are good with kids. Dinner at the family Mexican restaurant across the street is a bonus.
Ditto others’ recommendations of Dr. Kae. I switched to him from a Morgan Junction dentist last year, even though my first dentist was very convenient (walking distance from home). She just wasn’t very warm and didn’t explain much, but when my regular hygienist and the wonderful front desk manager left, I no longer felt it was a good fit for me.
I love Dr. Kae and his staff.
I just responded to the principal announcement post. Your questions do not yet apply to my family, as our son is only a young toddler (born October 2012), and thus won’t be starting kindergarten until fall 2018. But we’ve been doing preliminary research, and had decided that with Seattle schools in their current state, we’d be seriously considering private school. However, each piece of news about FP is more encouraging than the last, so if the program goes well, we’d be very interested in sending our son there. Plus, the school is within short walking distance of our home (on 37th, north of Graham). Crossing my fingers for the school, its principal, its students, and for boundaries to change so we’re zoned for FP instead of Gatewood.January 11, 2014 at 3:44 am in reply to: Back handed compliments / passive aggressive insults #802994
seaopgal: YES, that’s so awkward. Not a local thing, but I’ve heard that “bless your heart” is generally Southern for “F#!* you.”
I know I got a few while pregnant and when my son was really little, but I can’t recall any specifics.
TR, I keep waffling between, “Well, no problems so far!” and “Oh crap, we’re bound to have a house fire any day now!” With a young toddler in the house now, and remodeling plans in our future, I *think* we’re going to bite the bullet, but I’ll admit the price shocked me a bit. We may not proceed right away. Honestly, what bugs me the most about our current electrical situation is the dearth of outlets! Two outlets in a living room may have been sufficient in ’44; not so much anymore.
Parentof2 and Breezy, thanks for your input! Po2, your numbers aren’t horribly off from our bid. Did that $4500 include tax and city permitting (if applicable)?
MercyMoi, this is the basic recipe I use: http://skinnyms.com/overnight-slow-cooker-pumpkin-pie-steel-cut-oats-no-sugar-added/
Be sure to coat your slow cooker insert in something nonstick before putting everything in there, or you’ll have quite the mess to clean up. I spray mine with oil. I also use mostly milk instead of water… Mmm, creamy.