Assortment | 1

A while back, I did a series of posts called “Something for the Weekend” where I posted a few links to interesting things around the web. There was so much pressure to get it posted on Friday, and I eventually dropped it. I still like the idea of sharing a few curated posts, but instead of making it a regular weekly thing on a specific day, I’m going to rename the series “Assortment” to take the pressure off. When I have enough fun stuff to share – like today – I’ll post!

Hope you are looking forward to an excellent weekend.

A playlist of live Prince performances:

A hilarious and insightful look inside the mind of a procrastinator and a related blog post that might make you reevaluate what you’re doing with your life – or at least schedule a visit with your parents

Even in this digital age, there is still good reason to take notes by hand

Infographic reveals 20 cognative biases that affect our decisions. Of course, another notable bias is thinking that stuff that applies to everyone (like bias) doesn’t apply to you (and me). Let’s do our best to not kid ourselves.

Not enough time to keep up with the news? In the Know on TheEverygirl.com is one of the best weekly round ups of current events. If you do nothing else today, add this to your feed reader and mark it as a must read.

Yum: skillet braised celery with dijon sauce

Must do things in/around Seattle: Tilth edible plant sale | Street Requiem

Methow Balloon Festival

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Nick and I made a last minute trip to Winthrop for some spring skiing earlier this month. We got up super early on Saturday morning to check out the Methow Balloon Roundup before hitting the trails. Having never been so close to a hot air balloon before, I was smitten by their old-timey charm.

Snuggles

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No question, Vespa loves her quiet snuggles. You can’t hear her, but she’s purring in her happy place. So is Nick…

Goat Mountain

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Last weekend promised to be the last weekend without rain this fall, so I organized a scramble up Goat Mountain, off the Mt. Baker Highway. It’s mostly a trail hike with a bit of snow and rock thrown in at the end for fun. (Earlier in the season, the upper slopes would be covered with snow and quite fun, I imagine.) The scramble is so short that Meredith exclaimed, “Is that it?!” when she reached the top.

More pictures after the jump.

Cutthroat Pass

Bombing down Cutthroat Pass

They said:

“It’s absolutely my favorite trail.”

“It’s like two rides in one!”

“Go early to avoid the hikers, mostly so you can bomb down the trail with wild abandon and not worry about running into anyone.”

“It’s got a bit of everything – rivers, big alpine bowls, gorgeous views. I think it’s the kind of trail that people from Colorado would love.”

“If you could only ride one trail in the Methow, you should ride this one.”

So we rode it. And it was awesome!