What We Call Christmas

Our Christmas was spent in Seattle, away from our usual holiday locales of San Antonio and Philadelphia. It is fun to change things up once in a while and spend Christmas wearing hideous sweaters and drinking way to much with friends. I can say, there is way less stress hanging out with friends than with family. Why is that?? Anyhoo, we are starting to take down the decorations so here is one last Christmas post. The last few days were fun! Here’s hoping the next few are just as rad!

kasey keller day

tonight was kasey keller‘s last regular season match as captain and goalkeeper of the seattle sounders. keller had some sweet saves to end the regular season tonight vs the san jose earthquakes. we were happy to be in attendance for his last home game which brought a crowd of 64,140! check out the post match ceremonies for keller here. the mayor and governor even proclaimed october 15th to be ‘kasey keller day.’

i love the above photo…my two favorite sounders, roger levesque and kasey keller.

Music Monday: Cataldo

cataldo

local artist to: seattle washington

riyl: indie folk rock, ben gibbard, hey marseilles, alexander

cataldo is the recording project of eric anderson. an increasingly consistent though persistently shifty group of musician pals joins him live and in the studio. their music is generally of the “indie” variety–meaning pop/rock/folk which hopefully seems like it was composed by a hard worker with a mild taste for adventure. source

          

listen & like & love

i love seattle: mt rainier

mount rainier national park

we ventured south of seattle to get a close-up look at mount rainier a few weeks ago when michael’s aunt came to town. we started with a scenic railroad tour departing from the small town of elbe with the most adorable historic tiny church an incredible cup of s’mores coffee at the local coffee hut. unfortunately we could not get a good view from mount rainier from the southwest due to the fog but the ride itself was really fun. we were determined to get a look and some photos of mt rainier so we set out driving east toward the mount rainier national park which is an incredibly beautiful drive! we made our way to the east side of mount rainier and got the best view of the entire day. i can’t wait to go camping in this gorgeous national park or stay at the paradise inn about halfway up the mountain.

All photos by Annie Campos

sounds like hallelujah

the head and the heart is my current band obsession and has been for months now. it’s funny to think this time last year, they were singing in coffee shops and record stores around seattle, which is pretty cool considering they formed not too long ago, in 2009. kudos to sub pop records for snatching them up.

they are so rad, they don’t even need instruments!

ghosts

t for texas (jimmie rodgers cover)

chbp is here!

i am super psyched for this year’s capitol hill block party, which will be my first! there are some amazing acts playing that i’ve seen tons of times before as well as some fresh acts that have been on my bands-to-see list for a while. these are my picks for this weekend so far, but i plan to spend the day sampling all of the bands listed here. i am most excited for the head and the heart, which i have not seen yet despite them being from seattle. even though i got my fill of baths a few times at sxsw, i will be front row…again. and then there is explosions in the sky, an amazing and very special band.

*friday *boat *craft spells *the fresh and onlys *woods *thurston moore *ra ra riot *the head and the heart *yuck *saturday *ravenna woods *seapony *teen daze *beat connection *baths *sunday *lake *grand hallway *campfire ok *papercuts *battles *explosions in the sky *pink mountaintops

4th of july

after a stellar weekend camping in the olympic mountains, we enjoyed fireworks and patio chats at theresa’s place on south lake union. the fireworks in seattle are supposed to be top 10 in the nation. I am not sure if this is actually true, but they were quite amazing.

a refreshing and delicious watermelon wheat beer for the 4th of july! …and incredibly appropriate. i am currently smitten with the beers at 21st amendment brewery and the can designs. oh, and i just love the craft beer can movement.