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My Vote is IN- is Yours?

IMG_1399 <-- it looks like I sprinted there, haha

Did you know there's a giant ballot box at the Kirkland City Hall building?  There's also one at the Kingsgate Library.  Here's a list of all of them around our area where you can drop your ballot 24/7 prior to 8pm on Election Day (Nov 6th).  Don't forget ! And of course there's always USPS too.

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Burger Addict
- yesterday there was a Cease/Desist notice on their locked door stating they still needed to get all of their necessary permits from the city before they can open.  We all know how snappy that process is, so hopefully you don't starve while you're waiting. Their Facebook page says it was a misunderstanding on their behalf and offers a free side of fries if you show up at their Renton location. 

Oh, and Time Out Sports Bar has officially timed out. And The Slip slipped out the back door for good.  A few farewell photos here.  


How Could I Forget Whole Foods?

Right before the first day of school I took my kids to the new Whole Foods in Totem Lake (12501 120th Ave NE ) so they could pick out some fun back-to-school snacks.  I must have been so mesmerized with my shopping experience that I forgot to share it with you. Then every time I go back I wonder, "did I ever put that blog post up?" Better late than never.

IMG_0753   IMG_0755 heirlooms make me smile

Clearly we need to start with some giant fruit photos because that's my favorite area.  But I also love the ready-made food section by the deli.  It's so expensive extensive that I sometimes wonder if I could avoid prepping and cooking altogether and trick my family by bringing home their creations every day.  Whole Foods welcomes you with a bright energy and vibrant colors, each aisle and end-cap anxiously vying for your attention.  Even my teenage daughters were immediately pulled in by its current feel, not to mention,  entertained by the pastry section that didn't have glass between the sweet treats and their faces. Someone should keep an eye on those two.

IMG_0746 <--step away from the donuts, Sydney!

You won't see any Amazon hardware around, like you do in some of their other stores, but you will find lots of blue "Prime" signs on certain items where you get an extra 10% off if you're an AMZ Prime member.  Be sure to download the Whole Foods app also and use your scan code at the register for your discount.  And hopefully you won't have to spend a 'whole' paycheck, as the saying goes.  And either I'm getting used to the tight parking lot or perhaps they decided to give us 'whole' parking spots to navigate our vehicles, children and grocery carts around. It seems more manageable than I remember.  

You'll spend less if you're in a rush, but darn it sure is FUN to take the time to discover new things. So many unique products that I discover a potential new favorite every time I shop there.   This is a company that cares about quality and also where they source their products, which is evident from the choices they give us, the consumers.  Check out their core values here, which also focus on communities and sustainability.  This also happens to be a great stop for a quick/yummy lunch, with plenty of seating at the front of the store (also where the good people watching happens). The service people have all been super friendly and helpful.  The Village at Totem Lake location is open from 8am-10pm daily and their phone is  (425) 979-3301.

OK, one more fruit photo. Then you can tell us all about what you've discovered at Whole Foods.


The Sky is Falling

I can't think of a more annoying interruption to my late morning workout than a blaring cell phone alert from President Trump.  Just when I was trying to let off some steam...perfect timing dude. Great to know you know how to find me. And also that there's not a real emergency?  There was also some mayhem on the roads of Kirkland this morning, though. At the 116th/98th, the  traffic light (in every direction) was blinking and so  we all acted like grown-ups and had to treat it like a 4-way stop.  Then as I head up Market St to the light at Forbes Creek Rd at a whopping 4 mph in standstill traffic, it appears that light is only letting 2-3 cars through per green light. Software issues? Also problems at lights in Houghton some friend mentioned. Anyone else experience this?  Maybe Trump was checking if he could jam our grids too.

Then the afternoon came around with the news that The Slip is closing. Twenty two years and done. So no more Earth burgers for you.  Heavy day, right? They will be open Thursday through Sunday until Oct 21st so you have a little time to say goodbye.  And also hello to Orange Theory opening soon on Park Lane (you read that right, another gym in the -033 now?!)