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#SeahawksMeetRachel

Over dinner tonight, I sat with my co-worker Emily discussing comparisons between Instagram and Twitter. I remember telling her that I felt a sense of urgency to always make sure that I was caught up on Instagram because I cared more about it than Twitter. With Twitter, we agreed, that there was just too much noise. There were advertisements, silly re-tweets, and much more volume than we could catch up on. Five hours later and I’m feeling guilty about what I just said. I don’t have time to read my Twitter feed during the day, but I make an effort to catch up with it when I get home and I scroll and I scroll and I scroll until I can’t anymore because I don’t want to miss anything.

Tonight while doing what I do every night, I found myself doing a double take.

Greg Scruggs

Greg Scruggs is our defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks. And Rachel Henley was a childhood friend. Her and I bonded over a weekend together along with 10 other girls from Washington while we shot photos for an issue of a magazine. She was two years younger than me, full of spunk and energy and always laughing. Her and Frankie got the cover out of the 12 girls and I remember being SO jealous. She spent most of her life battling from cancer. Though we weren’t able to keep in touch very much as we grew up, I tried to stay up to date on all of the girls I worked with back then. Social media helps you do that. I was especially happy when this video surfaced two years ago and Rachel was invited to hang out with the Seahawks. Jealous again, but also very proud of the woman that she grew up to be.

This wouldn’t be the first time that I would learn about a friend’s passing through social media, but it doesn’t change anything. Rachel had a whole life ahead of her that was taken too soon, but I know the Seattle community was strong in supporting her and that made her an even stronger fighter. Thank you Greg Scruggs for this incredible post that you wrote about Rachel and letting everyone know what a wonderful young woman she was.

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Currently Craving:

At work we have this really great tradition that we call a “Vacation Tax Table.” Whenever employees go away for a trip, they are “required” to bring back a treat or some goodies to share with the rest of the employees. We’re starting to get much bigger as a company so it’s hard to bring back enough for everyone to have a taste of something, but it’s also challenging to make sure everyone knows that it’s still a tradition! I just went away to San Diego last weekend and completely forgot to bring something back.

Last month, a co-worker of mine traveled to Wisconsin and Colorado and brought back some locally sourced bacon jam that I became OBSESSED with. Left out on the table with slices of toasted bread and crackers, I placed myself directly in front of the food and munched for a straight hour. It was too good, I couldn’t leave! I don’t remember the brand that made it, but if I did, I would have it specially delivered to me… forever. Seattle’s Skillet makes a very well known bacon jam as well so I’m headed home next month to give it a try to see how it compares! Hopefully it’s just as good and if it is…well then it will be much easier to obtain when I need it!

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Blog Roundup

– Because everyone here is obsessed with Blue Bottle’s New Orleans Iced Coffee – here’s how you can prepare your own at home! [BlueBottle] – I pretty much do the short version of this every morning at work ;)

– Our favorite Craigslist Ad of the week.

– How Slack is changing workplace culture [Slate]

– Secret shutters [Circa]

– Emily Schuman talks about how she created her successful blog [Inc.]

– Seattle start-up Tune provides for women studing computer science at UW [Geekwire]

– Kanye changes the name of his new album to “Swish” [The Fader]

– How to execute on choreographing an unforgettable music video by the choreographer who did Tinashe’s “All Hands on Deck” [The Fader]

– An acoustic performance by Lauryn Hill of “Doo Wop (That Thing)” [Pitchfork]

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Bumbershoot 2015 Lineup

Congratulations One Reel! I always seem to get the most excited about Bumbershoot over any other festival lineup and I think it’s just cause I’ve had such strong ties with it and growing up having attended so many years. This is a very exciting lineup though and every year there is such a good mix of mainstream acts along with local acts that are going to have incredible exposure during this weekend. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending for the second year in a row, but if I did, I would not miss Saturday or Monday.

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Seattle Summer Recipes Anytime

Today is the first time in a long time that it doesn’t really feel like summer in the Bay Area. All week, the forecast has been telling me that today was going to be filled with showers and a bit of lightning so we’re indoors being productive. One of my favorite things about summer in Seattle is the seafood you get to have all season long. Granted, seafood is good pretty much anytime, but it just tastes better in the summer. Plus you get to eat outdoors and stuff and oysters are more in season at the end of summer anyways! Though I’m not much of a cook anymore – let’s just call it a hiatus – that doesn’t mean I don’t have cravings. From my Pinterest board, here are five of my favorite seafood recipes that we believe were made for the summer. We haven’t tried them yet, but maybe you can and let me know what you think!

Crispy Salmon with Strawberry Basil Salsa via Heather Christo

*My go-to fish that I always prepared for friends

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Currently Craving:

I’ve been having a major craving for sweets lately…and Seattle. That could only really mean one thing… it’s time to book a trip home! Thanks to Cupcake Royale for posting this delicious picture that appeared on my Twitter feed today and giving me a nice hungry reminder. These chocolate cupcakes have marshmallow dipped in chocolate to top it off. Yum. Nomzzzz.

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Capitol Hill Block Party 2015

I looked at this and all I could get excited about what Jamie xx! AMAZING!

Also, I think I had the opportunity to see TV On The Radio and The Kills at CHBP a couple years ago, but great to hear that they’ll be back again.

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Song of the Day

Beat Connection – Illusion

If someone asked me which duo I crushed on the most, it would have to be Beat Connection. I promise, it’s not just because we’re all from Seattle, but I’ve been a fan of them since they first started out and after all these years, I’m still not tired of the music they put out. Plus they are pretty qt when they perform. Has anyone besides me been able to catch them yet?
Happy Sunday!

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Seattle’s Water Activating Illustrations

My home is looking to make rainy weather fun again for locals by installing illustrations and games on sidewalks that only appear when it rains. Man, this guy looks so happy. This totally defines Seattle locals so much haha

The series “Rainworks” was designed by artist Peregrine Church and isn’t a new development. In fact, some of these illustrations started popping up in the city last year. Each installation was designed to be environmentally safe with a water-repellant coating that can keep the pieces lasting anywhere from 4 months to a year. How fun for everyone in Seattle!

[Source]

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Blog Roundup

– 8 Graphs That Capture the Truths of Breaking Up [The Bold Italic]

– How addicted to the internet are you? [PsychCentral] I received a healthy score of 14! What did you all get?

– The Secrets of Highly Efficient Napping [i09]

– How my old neighborhood of Capitol Hill is evolving and unfortunately, not in a good way [Seattle Times]

– The science of why Legos are so painful to step on [Quartz]

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Currently Craving:

I have the cravings of a pregnant woman. I’m not though I swear – I’m only just saying that because… have you seen the types of things I crave on these posts?! No rhyme or reason whatsoever. Well, tonight I forgot to pick up a second dinner for myself (because today I thought I needed two meals in addition to the plate I had at work) and came home wanting to eat my right hand. I’ve been missing Seattle a lot lately and have realized that I haven’t even planned a trip to return home post-holidays. I was a lucky girl when I was living in Capitol Hill just mere blocks away from Pike/Pine and never going hungry. There were just countless times when I would either a) drag my roommate Anna or b) go out on my own and leave my place at 10:30 PM just so I could get a late night snack. Life is SOOOO hard these days because nothing is in walking distance.

I had a very strong craving for Cupcake Royale’s Whiskey Maple Bacon cupcakes which happens to be their current monthly special and one of my all time favorites. In fact, I missed it so much this evening that I even considered going to their website and ordering a box for myself and my coworkers. Unfortunately, they don’t do that and now I’m back at square one and still v. hungry.

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Cash for Dick’s [Drive In]

Cash for Dick's

So a friend of a friend created this calculator for Dick’s Drive In and this is basically something ONLY Seattle locals will understand. We’ve all been there. The club went up on a Friday and a Saturday and you closed the bar. It’s now 2:00 AM and while everyone thinks they want a street meat, you know what you really want. A good ‘ol meal from Dick’s. You’re going to walk yourself down Broadway and stand in line with all the other hungrys just to get your fix. If you want my opinion, you should always be ordering the Deluxe, fries, and a rootbeer float. If you’re a beast, you’ll also get a milkshake just because.

Basically, this is the best thing I’ve seen in a long time. Next time you’re headed to Dick’s after a long night out – click the squares that you’re trying to order and then count up your bills and change to make sure you’ve got enough! I’m not going to type out what the URL is (even though it’s great) because my parents still read my blog, but to access the calculator yourself you can click here. (and see the URL for yourself)

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Blog Roundup

– 5 of the best spots in Seattle to get your mac and cheese on [Seattle Refined]

– The profession that will get you the most dates and the professions that are attracted to each other [Refinery29]

– Careless tweeting and how it can change your life…for the worse. [NY Times]

– The time Taylor Swift gave breakup advice to a fan. [BuzzFeed]

– 9 Questions you wish you could ask Ariana Grande [Vox]

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Remix of the Day

Odesza – All We Need (ft. Shy Girls) (Beat Connection remix)

This is actually my favorite song off of the Odesza album so when I learned that Beat Connection was going to remix it up, I knew it could only get better from here.

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