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Name that STOP sign


This albino stop sign makes me chuckle every time I see it.  It's not like we live in such a sunny place that all of our stop signs get bleached out. How old is this thing?  Someone in the City of Kirkland needs to tell me (and put a replacement in the budget soon, LOL).  

Do you know where this is located? 

**Update: It only took 14 seconds for the City of Kirkland Public Works to let me know the scoop with this stop sign (spoiler alert: it's at the post office). If only my kids listened that well! Since this STOP sign is on the post office's federal property it is the post office's to maintain. The City maintains signs in the right of way and on public roads.  So for future reference, if you need help w/street, grounds, storm, water, sewer issues that are City of Kirkland, you can always call (24/7) 425-587-3900 .  I'm fine with continuing to laugh at this STOP sign. But if you wanted it replaced, better call the post office 425-739-6727 (or just walk in and tell them!). 

Better U Today (and tomorrow, and the next day...)

IMG_0874 1<--Sam, health & wellness coach (and Mila Kunis look-alike)

I recently spent some time chatting with Travis Jorgensen, owner of Better U Today that opened at 355 Kirkland Ave (across from the Kirkland Performance Center) back in May. You've probably driven by and wondered what is happening in there.  Better U Today offers a customized weight loss program, based on your specific body composition and goals.  The process starts with a free consultation which includes a trip to their super-fancy Imbody 570 scale. Even though I don't get myself on a scale very often (I prefer to let my clothes tell me the bad news), I did muster up the courage to stand on this telling device.

IMG_0871<-- yep, there's my butt

While barefoot, holding onto the handles, and keeping still for a few seconds the machine uses low impact bio-electrical currents to determine my body composition (photo). It spits out a report that breaks down my weight by intracellular water, extracellular water, dry lean mass and body fat mass. Sam, the lead health & wellness coach (photo above) explains it all to me and also reviews the graphical representation of my muscle-fat analysis, obesity analysis and segmental lean analysis (comparing weight/balance of limbs and trunk).  The real kicker is understanding the visceral fat level (ie the 'deadly' fat).  Turns out I am not a candidate for the program, but if I was, the next step would be to fill out a questionnaire and determine our goals.  

IMG_0872<--say hello to owner, Travis, on the vibration power plate ( I like to call it the fat-jiggler but he has none)

The Better U Today program focuses on nutrition.  Under a nutritionist's guidance, they supply 80% of your food. Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks are provided and they teach you how to eat healthy and choose your dinner.  Provided food is mostly smoothies and dry foods and allergies or special dietary requirements can be accommodated.   The length of the program varies based on your starting body composition and where you'd like to be.    Typically men lose 4-6 pounds a week and women 1-3 pounds (nature..hardly seems fair, right ladies? ). The focus is on how you eat, although they do encourage 30 minutes of exercise a day, even if it's a brisk walk. Clients come in once a week to meet with their coach---helloooo accountability!

Additionally, they have a red-light therapy sauna to help increase metabolism and whole body vibration power plates (photo) that helps detox your lymphatic system. Better U Today wants this to be a lifestyle change, and allows you to use the facility free of charge for a lifetime after your goal is met.  Travis prides himself on playing an important role in helping people achieve something that they haven't been able to do before that can change their life.  

Stop in and ask questions anytime at 355 Kirkland Ave (free parking in garage). The consultation and getting on that magical scale is free.  The cost of the program varies based on each case and the amount of time required to attain your goals.  Both individual and corporate rates are available.   425-332-5000. www.betterutoday.com 



Not my favorite week.  Just heard that Shamiana in Houghton is closing.  Sunday will be their last day. 

IMG_0923   IMG_0924   IMG_0925

And you may have heard that we lost a number of local businesses in a 2 Alarm fire that started in the wee hours of Weds morning on NE 85th St and 128th Ave NE.  Local coverage of the event can be found here and  here.  I snapped a few photos the day after, and was surprised they already had heavy equipment out there (helping investigation? or taking building down?) It smelled like a giant BBQ. :-(

The cause of the fire is still being investigated. Many locals frequent these shops and are rallying together to find ways to support the devastating impact this blaze has caused on the business owners.  There's already a Go Fund Me for Greenline Organics Juice Bar.


It's for the Kids

Parents---Oy! My relaxing summertime program needs to be put on the back burner so I can jolt myself into the back to school routine. Asap.  My kids were much more enjoyable this year than usual so it's a bit sad to get back to serious.  I have also been loving seeing friend's obligatory back-to-school photos on Facebook and Instagram so I can live in comfort knowing that my kids aren't the only ones whose idea of dressing up for the first day of school is wearing a hoodie sweatshirt.  

I know you are all busy signing emergency contact forms and master planning your carpools, but I am going to put a few more kid-friendly to-do's on your radar.

Strong Against Cancer
at George's-108 Kirkland Ave- Pop in for dinner Monday Sept 10th from 5-9pm you can help raise money for the fight against childhood cancer.  George's will donate a portion of all sales to Strong Against Cancer and Kirkland company, Adaptiva, will match 100% of the donation.  Can't beat that- mom doesn't have to cook and it's a good cause supporting kids- everyone wins! Mark your calendar.


Spareparts   Fredi <--Fred Lajvardi (the inspirational teacher in the book)

Kirkland Reads, Creating Conversations
is a program happening in Kirkland this fall.  It's designed to bring people together to talk about  "Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream," by Joshua Davis.  You can find it as a book, movie or documentary.  Expect to see discussions, movie nights, robotic events and talks with the teacher (above) who inspired the kids in the book.  Here is the calendar of events.  This could be a great way for you and your kids to explore themes of ingenuity, perseverance and collaboration.  And we all could use a little of that.  I'm actually  pretty excited my kids are waking up before noon these days. But anyway..

This program is sponsored by KirklandSafe and is supported by 4 Culture, the City of Kirkland, Kirkland Cultural Arts Commission, King County Library System, LWHS Robotics Club, The Book Tree, Friends of the Kirkland Library, Simple Concepts Consulting and Allegro Design.

Crossing Kirkland Sat 9/8

Sometimes I read these press releases and think to myself, "we live in such a cool place."  Here's one example of what I'm talking about.  Crossing Kirkland is like a giant city-wide block party on our beloved Cross Kirkland Corridor (CKC) on Saturday Sept 8th from 11am-4pm.  1500 fun-seekers attended last year, and with the creativity planned for this year it's sure to even more popular in 2018.  Walk, bike or take a city-provided shuttles from station to station. The event will stretch on the trail from Google to Gold's Gym. 

Here's a list of the awesomeness:

  • food trucks
  • live music
  • scavenger hunt
  • bouncy house
  • climbing wall
  • games/crafts
  • community organizations
  • selfie-hunt competition
  • prizes from local businesses (hello cookies, ice cream and beer!)
  • community mural on the trail painted by event-goers under guidance of a local artist
  • "The Kirkies"- a contest to see who can create the most original (non-motorized)way of traversing the CKC. Use your imagination! Check out some ideas and register for the  Kirkies competition here.

Are you wishing you could volunteer for this cool event? YOu're in luck.

Special thanks to: volunteer neighbors, in-kind donations from local businesses, and financial support from the Google, City of Kirkland, 4Culture, and McLeod Autobody.