As writers are well aware, we are in the throes of National Novel Writing (NaNoWriMo) mayhem. For those unfamiliar with the month-long event, NaNoWriMo challenges writers to complete the first draft of a novel by the end of November. Sound overwhelming? I definitely couldn't commit. NaNoWriMo is not for the faint of heart.
Erica Strauss is a self-proclaimed “edible plants hoarder.” The Northwest Edible Life blogger (nwedible.com) grows more than 100 fruits and vegetables; raises chickens and ducks; and makes beer, jam, and more in her Edmonds home.
Strauss is also a leading voice among urban homesteaders who eschew the “just buy it” philosophy in favor of DIY. That means she makes her own deodorant and laundry detergent. Toilet paper? Not there yet.
After the swirl of rumors, Amazon has finally announced that it will open a physical retail store--a bookstore called Amazon Books--in University Village. The store will be Amazon's first-ever brick-and-mortar bookstore, Geekwire reports, and will "sell top-rated books that are available on Amazon’s website and also feature Amazon hardware," all at the same price points as it does on the website.
One year ago, the Tacoma Art Museum (TAM) debuted its Haub wing, designed to house a newly acquired collection of paintings depicting the American West. Many of the works portray an imagined, culturally inaccurate version of the region (some of the white European painters had never been there), so TAM took the somewhat radical step of including personal responses from contemporary Native Americans next to the standard plaques. The responses revealed how paintings of “fierce” or “proud” Indians made actual Native Americans feel about their heritage and its appropriation in art.
Maybe Seattle’s magic is back; maybe it isn’t.
The team got a few lucky breaks on the field Sunday, including a close-call touchdown by tight end Luke Wilson (who scored by the seat of his pants) and a missed call for a too-many-men-on-the-field penalty leading to a Dallas Cowboys field goal instead of a potential touchdown.
In 1943, humble farmers were forced to evacuate their homes in eastern Washington’s Hanford–Pasco–White Bluffs region to make way for a secret military project base that would later bring devastation to Japan during World War II. Roughly 40,000 workers were recruited by the DuPont Corporation and traveled miles to participate in the Manhattan Project—of those, 6,000 were African American.
Must ScreamSeattle Symphony to Perform Psycho Score(10/30 to 10/31, 8 p.m.) End the month with a scream as the orchestra performs Bernard Herrmann’s terrifying Psycho score live while the film plays on the big screen.
It’s National Cat Day, and you know what that means: Uber kittens are out in full force. Request an UberKittens delivery today and a few fury friends will show up to hold, love or even adopt. Simply open the app between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., request some kittens and you have 15 minutes to spend with the adorable feline fur balls. There is a $30 fee, which will be used to support the Seattle Humane Society.
REI Encourages Shoppers to #OptOutside: In a bold attemt to reject the consumerist clusterf*ck that is Black Friday, the Seattle-based
outdoor and fitness co-op, REI, will shut its doors this retail holiday.
For Carey Evenson, who shares one car with her husband, Car2Go has been a lifesaver on more than one occasion. But more than a year ago, the car-sharing service, which allows members to rent cars on demand using a per-minute pricing structure, took on an even more important role in her daily life. The Columbia City resident is an avid user of public transportation, such as light rail, which takes her to her job at public relations firm C+C in downtown Seattle.
The fog practically lifts off the pages of Sea and Smoke: Flavors from the Untamed Pacific Northwest (Running Press, $40) by Blaine Wetzel and Joe Ray. Wetzel is the young chef and James Beard darling at the wildly hyperlocal Willows Inn on Lummi Island. There, Wetzel and his loyal staff craft a 10- to 20-course prix fixe (several nights a week) with ingredients farmed, foraged and fished on the island.
For those of you who can’t part with your car, a new company launched last fall promises to make getting around a bit easier. ZIRX (zirx.com), an on-demand valet parking service, works via a smartphone app, much like another popular car service.
Users let ZIRX know when they’re on their way to the office, a concert—you name it. GPS tracks the driver, then a ZIRX agent meets him or her on foot or nonmotorized scooter, and whisks the car away, parking it in one of several contracted lots. Time to go home? Reverse the process.