Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sleepless in North Seattle

I have two beautiful daughters. Absolutely the light of our lives.

And yet I am so very sleep deprived, there are days I can hardly think beyond the perfunctory. Wake up, drink coffee. Get dressed, drink coffee. Change diapers, dress and feed children, and maybe one more espresso for the road en route to school drop off and work? It is no wonder working parents cannot keep up with the news, or put much thought into which local or state initiatives really matter to their families. That is why, when I do get involved in an event, I need to care enough about it.
Seattle BioMed is one of those "causes". I was so very touched by the event my husband and I attended at Seattle BioMed's Passport Event, and thrilled to see the work they are doing. Selfishly I felt the glowing pride of a "mother" who also helped to define the new brand personality of their organization. The birth of a 30 year old organization who has spread its wings, or the birth of our baby and toddler who have yet to really define their place in this world... I guess there are so many things that matter, and it is so very hard to prioritize it all. But I feel the rewards far far outweigh the sleepless nights.

Coffee and China

Most of us drink tea in our fine China, or we drink tea when traveling in China. In this case, I was drinking coffee (there is an ongoing theme of sleep deprived mama) while HEARING someone speak about China! I was at an APCO sponsored breakfast talk at an ungodly hour (like 7:00 a.m.) which featured good coffee and guest speaker James McGregor, an expert on China relations. This gathering was for the Seattle business community to learn and discuss how to effectively do business in China. James McGregor was both entertaining and compelling. At times, even depressing when he mentioned some very real problems with both the Chinese Government and the U.S. Government. But he might have been foreshadowing the recent Presidential nominee when he was giving glowing reviews about the former ambassador to China - Jon Huntsman. James seemed invincible when expressing his admiration and respect for someone who would be an incredible loss in his role as ambassador, and in the same breath he exclaimed "Jon is truly a class-act. He is presidential material". I'm probably not stating his exact words, but you get the picture. This event took place on April 26. Fast forward to earlier this week when Huntsman, officially announced his candidacy for the Republican party. Coffee talk turned presidential candidacy, now that's some breakfast!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Where are all the women?

I was looking at a new neighborhood company that sprung up in the online travel space and was excited to see a venture near Greenlake. When I went to the site, I was interested in the bios of this distinct team of executives who put it all together. To my surprise, there were no women. One founder came from Microsoft, one from Marchex, and so on. Each time I see these Seattle based tech-y start ups, I have to ask, where are the women? I think I'll go drink an iced tea and get my nails done.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Did I Mention Fiddleheads?

From the various comments I've received, many of you have been asking this question, what the heck are fiddleheads?
I was at the University Farmer's Market with mom and saw these green spirals that almost looked like alien forms from another universe. So I bought a half pound, par boiled for 2 minutes and sauteed with bacon. They were still somewhat crunchy but tasted fresh and healthy. Well, except for the bacon part of it. That part tasted decadent. Okay let's face it, bacon is a spice. So anything sauteed with bacon is mighty flavorful...Paul even subscribes to bacon and peanut butter sandwiches. But he IS Canadian, afterall.