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Exciting Updates to our Cross Kirkland Corridor

Pavilion with signs
The Rotary Club of Kirkland
has developed a collection of projects to be installed at the midpoint of the Cross Kirkland Corridor, at the site of the former Northern Pacific Railroad.  The centerpiece will be a Picnic Pavilion with picnic tables and illustrated signage describing the railroad's 100+ year history in Kirkland, with old photographs of trains and the two structures that once stood on the site.  Also included will be a 60-foot section of original rails, a native plants area illustrating original vegetation along the corridor, a railroad crossing sign, and split-rail fencing.  A detailed timeline and photos can be found here.

Clearing-work-party-4-9-18-with-Rotarians-845x475 <-thx volunteers for clearing invasive plants in preparation for the native plant garden
The Kirkland Parks Foundation has approved sponsorship of the Native Plants Garden and fencing and is currently raising funding - but they are only 13% funded so far on their $3500 goal- Do you use the CKC often? Would you like to help support this project?  Here is the link to help make it happen.   

 


Dear School, Please Open Soon. Please. Please?

IMG_3614 <--someone erased Seattle?

Are we having fun yet??! I think we need to set up some neighborhood home-school services so my teenagers will stop loafing around and messing up my kitchen.  I went to BB Nails (thank you for being open) today and got my toes painted hot pink so they could remind me of springtime.  They are my secret happiness in my snowboots.   Then I went for a walk with some girlfriends and we stared at this eery site of Lake WA (photo)where we couldn't even see Seattle because of the snow and clouds. 

IMG_3617 IMG_3616 <-- photos taken through glass, everything was closed for snow

We also chatted about OrangeTheory that has opened on Park Lane and happened to notice that there's a new Club Pilates right next door.  I expect every one of you Kirklanders to be rockin' a six pack by summertime with the gym choices we have around this city.  Another hot topic of conversation was Papi's Cantina, since I just spoke with Denny Pentin, who will be running it.  It's all coming together quickly.  Danny used to be the GM of Matador in Redmond and is also currently involved in Art Marble 21 in South Lake Union and The Parlor in Bellevue.  They are planning to open Papi's on March 1st and bring a fun, amazing atmosphere with an all scratch kitchen, regional offerings and great cocktails everyday from 11am-2am.  They want to be THE spot where everyone goes. At 5pm everyday there will be a singsong announcement over a speaker letting us know that it is "Margarita Time" and you can get yourself a $5 margarita. So, who is this Papi guy, you ask? It is the nickname for Don Pedro Sanches de Tagle, the 'Father of Tequila.

More to come on these fun new spots once the snow (now slush..) clears...


What's Going on out There?

Well, let me tell ya.  People are everywhere- mostly on foot. But I've seen plenty on sleds, snowshoes and cross-country skis. You guys are creative like that, and it's fun seeing the smiles on everyone's faces.  There are a few cars out and about.  For those feeling fearful to head out, it's probably best to stay home if you can, the roads have lots of compact snow.  After deciding NOT to drive to Oregon today for Syd's gymnastics,  I did a little exploring around Kirkland (in my AWD) and took some photos for you, in case you are burrowing in and want to feel connected to the outside world. There was one bus w/chains stuck trying to make the turn onto 6th St from Kirkland Ave, but otherwise everyone was moving around ok at about 18 mph.  I also saw a few not-so-smart drivers going quickly into turns and following too closely behind the car ahead of them.... so don't be that guy, there's still slippage out there. 

Lots of stores are closed today but  people were definitely meandering around and gathering at those that are OPEN.  I got a few groceries at Met Market that had a 'normal day' number of people shopping there and 2 registers open.  Not an official list in any way, but here are shops that I noticed seemed OPEN as of 1:30 today (Sat). Chime in with others as you know them. Many businesses are updating their snow status on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

  • Hector's
  • George's
  • Isarn
  • Starbucks
  • Casa Ricardo
  • Met Market
  • Bartell's
  • PCC
  • Bombaii Cutters
  • Public House
  • Cactus
  • Rococo
  • Wing Dome (packed!)
  • Tobacco Patch 
  • Zoka
  • Cafe Ladro

Not to freak you out, but the "Big Kahuna" is still on it's way-- maybe 8-12 inches of new snow-- and it's looking like Tuesday.  See Cliff's latest update here.

IMG_3609  <--thx USPS  IMG_3609 <--DT Kirkland
IMG_3609                     IMG_3597

IMG_3597  <-Lake St      IMG_3597 <- Market St

IMG_3602 <-Park Ln        IMG_3602 <-Marina Park
IMG_3602 <---made me laugh  IMG_3602 <--stuck bus, that stinks

 


Hovering Near the PANIC button

IMG_3582 <--take THAT big bad snowstorm!


Unless you are living in your basement and haven't left the house in 48 hours, you should know there is a bit of a frenzy encompassing Kirkland and our surrounding areas.  The threat of a Snow-mageddon is upon us. This phenomenon is evidenced by extreme traffic jams, grocery store gridlock and generally frantic grouchy people everywhere. It's all my mom can talk about....slippery roads...do I have a generator...canned foods?...argh!  This storm had better be FO'REAL because there is some serious personal energy just going into the pre-management phase.

Costcoline <--that teeny little spot is the check-out guy's head at the front of the Costco line.

Here's are some snippets of my day for you:

  • Field calls from mom. Peppered with 1,000 questions on weather/preparedness.
  • Steve locates the driveway salt in our garage. It's a good start.
  • I glare at the recycling bin in our garage that has started overflowing onto the floor. I can smell last week's trash.  Please oh please let Waste Mgmt be able to get their trucks out next week.
  • My workout partner, who has some sort of degree in weather/meteorology, raves about the accuracy of this amazing local weather blog.  Thanks for the blog, Cliff from UW, now I can check back neurotically for your daily snow status. He has us at a 1pm start tomorrow. And, unlike Monday, it will be hitting already cooled ground, allowing it to stick right away. Fab.
  • MIchelle Obama's Fri appearance at the Tacoma Dome got rescheduled for 3/24.  Relief.  No snowstorm was keeping me from her. She had to stop us.
  • My doctor's appt for Monday called to reschedule.  MONDAY (it's Thursday?!) 
  • Sent an email to all of my neighbors (hello Map Your Neighborhood Program, you've done this right?) so we have each other's current contact info handy. Reminded them of this webpage , and no less important, who has the most stocked wine cellars.  We need to check in on our elderly, find our shovels, charge our chargers, locate batteries/flashlights/warm blankets/clothes, and have non-perishable snacks and water on the ready.
  • Costco was a complete zoo. I bought a snow brush for my car just because everyone else was and it felt like a good kind of peer pressure. Every checkout line was backed up to the book section of the store, about 12 carts deep.  I had lots of new friends by the time I got to the register. And I was proud of all your selections, Kirkland shoppers!  I noticed fresh fish, Pellegrino, batteries and some wines bins were starting to run low ('The Pessimist' is decent at $16/bottle btw).  Aren't we fancy emergency planners!?
  • Mom calls. Worried about me driving to OR Sat for daughter's gymnastics meet.  And why don't we have a generator again? 
  • My kids were thrilled to text me and let me know that school is letting out 2 hours early on Friday. 
  • Stopped in O'Reilly Auto Parts and bought the last 2 jugs of windshield washer fluid (the kind that doesn't freeze)- feeling pretty prepared now.
  • Daughter's King Co Gymnastics meet gets canceled for Sat. She's sad.  I'm more sad that the OR one is still on.
  • Remembered to put my new snow brush/scraper and emergency backpack kit in my trunk right next to my hotties and space blankets. BAM!! That felt good.
  • "Hi Mom.  Yes, I heard Michelle Obama got rescheduled."  Then she reviews 14 more scenarios and steps she's taken that she learned in her CERT training. 
  • I promised the Kirkland Wine Walk folks that I would let you know they have decided to RESCHEDULE this Friday's Wine Walk event until April 26th with a 'Celebrating Spring' theme (doesn't that sound lovely about now?). There may or may not have been a little banter about how growing up in NJ, and he in Michigan, this type of snow hype was quite entertaining.
  • Met a friend at Vovina for Happy Hour (those tator tots were off the hook) that is supposed to get on a plane at 3pm tomorrow, freely spooning out empathy in anticipation of her crappy day at Sea-Tac.
  • It took my husband 2 hours to get home from Downtown Bellevue. So nice of him to help w/kids carpools anyway!
  • No call from panicked mom in a few hrs, is she ok?  Too risky to check in.  I'll write a blog post and call her tmrw.
  • I have begun to embrace the inevitable. This storm, and then the next one that is its encore on Mon/Tues, is coming whether I like it or not. The only way to manage being Type A and confined to your house for who-knows-how-many days is to make a list.  My list starts with a few snow frolics, books, movies, maybe some baking or painting nails w/kids.....but then we downshift into full-on closet cleaning, file organizing, tax document digging, document writing, researching, and maybe even a little baseboard cleaning (hi kids!).

I want you all to stay warm and safe out there.  This doesn't happen often so get yourself ready, hunker down, and make your list. ~j


Who you callin' Papi?

IMG_3560
My hubs spotted this sign at the old Milagro location on his drive to work.  Yep, he went in to work today while most of us stayed in our pj's until noon. Anyone have any scoop? I can't find "Papi's Cantina" on the beloved interwebs yet, but I think the tagline "It's Margarita Time" says a lot about their fun factor and willingness to get to know us.  Cause tequila gets me talkin', Papi. 

PS- LWSD peeps, enjoy your delayed opening tomorrow.  Anyone want to take bets that it turns into another snow day?  My kids are delighted by the idea.  The Jersey girl in me laughs a little at how a few inches of snow catches us in a 'flurried' panic. Stay safe, friends. j

 


Who you callin' Papi?

IMG_3560
My hubs spotted this sign at the old Milagro location on his drive to work.  Yep, he went in to work today while most of us stayed in our pj's until noon. Anyone have any scoop? I can't find "Papi's Cantina" on the beloved interwebs yet, but I think the tagline "It's Margarita Time" says a lot about their fun factor and willingness to get to know us.  Cause tequila gets me talkin', Papi. 

PS- LWSD peeps, enjoy your delayed opening tomorrow.  Anyone want to take bets that it turns into another snow day?  My kids are delighted by the idea.  The Jersey girl in me laughs a little at how a few inches of snow catches us in a 'flurried' panic. Stay safe, friends. j