Il Primo

MA and I both love coffee and breakfast in general. Last weekend we set out to try a local classic.

Il Primo

Bretton, took our egg sandwich orders (We both had ciabattas. I had ham and cheese and  MA had sausage and cheese).

Il Primo

This cash register has seen a few days…It has lots of character, like Il Primo.

Il Primo

MA had a coffee of the day, Kenya Velvet Roast by Panache out of Seattle. I had a cinnamon roll latte (caramel, cinnamon, and vanilla syrups).

Il Primo

Here is Peter, demonstrating his expert barista-ing skills.

Il Primo

Stephanie made excellent sandwiches.

Il Primo

Il Primo is extra special because they sell all of their coffee, syrups, and chais in bulk.




I love a good manicure. Whether self-applied or professional it helps me feel more put together. I read an article in a beauty magazine that people notice your manicure before your make-up. While I’m not sure that is completely true, when you see someone with a nice paint job on their hands you kind of give them the benefit of the doubt even if they are looking a little shlumpy, am I right?

One problem. Chipping.

Ugh, one dish washing session later and adios lovely nails.

I know you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Mary Ann, just get a gel manicure already.” Well, here’s the thing. Nail injuries of any kind totally gross me out. Hearing about skin ailments, fine. Broken bones, bring it on. But injuries to one’s nails, on the fingers or toes, gag.

So I hesitated to get the gel mani having heard that, while it stays on like a dream, it tears up your nails leaving you more prone to the aforementioned nail injuries.

After much deliberation, I did it. Got the gel five days ago. And it stays one like a dream. This stuff is no joke. On an almost record breakingly warm January Sunday afternoon I washed two salt and ice melting chemical covered cars and my nail still look gorg.


But I am already anxious about when I have to take it off.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

p.s. this amazing “magic hands” linocut is by Jennifer Ament. Check out her stuff here.  



Have you taken the iPersonic test yet? It made the social media rounds a few weeks ago and I was intrigued when saw how well it described some of my friends. So I tried it.

It nailed me. This test is on par with the Myers-Briggs Personality Test as far as accuracy, and it’s only four questions.

I am a Harmony-Seeking Idealist.

  • quietly forceful

  • creative and sensitive

  • extremely intuitive about people and concerned for their feelings

  • well-developed value systems which they strictly adhere to

  • likely to be individualistic, rather than leading or following

  • practically oriented, well organized

Try it.

Cosmetology: The Art of Hair Design

My favorite quality in a hairstylist is one who can give a better haircut than you could imagine for yourself. 

Eric Fisher Salon

Mary Ann and I have both had our hair cut by Kylee at Eric Fisher Salon


My favorite thing about Kylee is that she comes up with fun hair styles that are low maintenance. 


I love this specific cut for Mary Ann. When Kylee finished cutting and styling, MA looked like she got subtle highlights. It was really just the long blended layers. 


Wow. I wish that I could cut hair! The pros make it look so easy!


Kitchen Herbs: An Experiment in Economical House Plants

Wouldn’t it be nice to have common herbs continually at your disposal? 

I thought so. This is why I have been planning to plant cilantro and parsley, two of my favorite herbs, in my kitchen. 

Unfortunately, my brief internet research lead me to the conclusion that neither of these herbs transplant well. Alas, I decided to try it anyway. 


Parsley (left) and Cilantro (right). Already, the cilantro looks a little haggard after sitting on my microwave for a week prior to the transplant event. 


According to my brief internet research about indoor herb growing, unglazed terra cotta containers are preferable. (Thank you Gardening Know How) It is also suggested to fill the bottom of the container with clean sand to allow water to move freely through the soil. 


Rocks are similar to sand? I think so. I put rocks in the bottom of my pots to increase the flow of moisture. 



Gardening Know How advises 4-5 hours of full sun for cilantro. Hopefully this window has approximately 4-5 hours of sun. 


This plant came from a friend. It has been rooting in a mason jar for a couple of months. 


Since I was planting herbs, it was a convenient time to pot this plant as well. 


I brought it back inside to sit in my kitchen by the window. 



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