Learning Mandarin and Using a Gluestick as Chapstick

I’m almost through my first few weeks as a stay at home dad and it has been very adventurous to say the least.

On a super positive note, Ava Kalea and I started to learn Mandarin yesterday – using mostly videos from YouTube.  We’ve found that there are a lot of good ones (like the one above from Jane Wang) and some not so good ones too.  When we find a good one, I try to make sure to add it to our Mandarin playlist so we can watch it every day.  Right now we are learning to count and say the days of the week in Chinese.  Hope to have that down good at some point next week – but probably really won’t know until we are able to actually test it out on someone who actually speaks Mandarin.

On the adventurous side, I am usually real good about keeping a constant eye on our little monkey baby (born in the Year of the Monkey) – BUT today I was on the phone with her Granny and had my back turned for 20 seconds ….  Ava Kalea had the cap off the glue stick and was putting it on her lips like chapstick …

What to Give Those that Already Have it All This Holiday Season: A Guide from Guide Dogs for the Blind

Guide Dogs for the Blind Holiday Gift GuideThe holiday season is just around the corner, which means it’s time to find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. But, what do you give to those who already have everything?
Give them something you can’t buy in stores. Donate to Guide Dogs for the Blind (GDB) in their name. Not only will this support these special furry friends, it will also allow GDB to continue to provide their services free of charge to people with blindness or visual impairments. Some important things to know about GDB: Continue reading “What to Give Those that Already Have it All This Holiday Season: A Guide from Guide Dogs for the Blind”

Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Offers Free Admission on “Library Appreciation Day”

Bellevue Magic Season Ice ArenaKing County Library System card holders receive free Bellevue Ice Arena admission on November 28

Begin your holidays and skate into Bellevue’s “Magic Season” for free at its ice arena on “Library Appreciation Day,” held on Tuesday, November 28, 3-9pm.

For the second year in a row, the Bellevue Downtown Association (BDA) is offering “Library Appreciation Day” during its annual Bellevue Magic Season in partnership with King County Library System (KCLS). Continue reading “Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena Offers Free Admission on “Library Appreciation Day””

What to Feed Your Toddler? Anything? Everything? Or Just Health Food?

Ava Kalea eating FroYoI’ve been staying home during the days with our 14 month old Ava Kalea now for about 10 days.  It’s a lot of fun – and as I knew before, it is A LOT of work.

I’ve been trying real hard to get her to eat more, as she is currently just a shade under 21 pounds.  I swear I’ll get her up to 23 lbs by the end of November and 25 lbs by the end of the year – that’s a goal any way …  Much different from the goals I had for Ava Kalea’s mother

One challenge is that the more mobile she gets and the more variety of foods she is exposed to, the pickier she is becoming as far as foods she will actually eat. Continue reading “What to Feed Your Toddler? Anything? Everything? Or Just Health Food?”

Overlake Medical Center Invites Public to Open House at New Sammamish Clinic Saturday November 18

Overlake Medical Center logoOverlake Medical Center invites members of the Sammamish and greater Eastside community to an open house at its new Sammamish medical clinic, Saturday, November 18, from 9 am – noon.  A ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 8:45 am including Overlake CEO J. Michael Marsh, Sammamish Mayor Bob Keller, Overlake physicians Dr. Paige Kasai, Dr. Jessica McHugh and other Overlake providers and staff. The center is located at 22630 SE 4th St., Suite 300, Sammamish, 98074.

With primary care opening on Monday, Nov. 20, and urgent care coming in January of 2018, the Sammamish Medical Clinic will offer Overlake’s high quality care services in the heart of the Plateau community. The clinic includes on-site X-ray and laboratory facilities. In addition to touring the clinic and meeting the team of providers, Overlake will offer the public free BMI, blood pressure checks and cholesterol screenings. For more information, please visit Overlake’s Sammamish clinic website.

At Del Mar Villas: Signs, Signs, Everywhere There’s Signs

If there is one thing that Del Mar Villas management is good at, it would have to be putting up signs.  Signs of all kinds – some of them are printed, but many of them are handwritten …  The latest sign, er ‘signs’ (there’s 4 copies taped to the walls and doors within 20 feet of each other is posted in the ‘gym’.Del Mar Villas sign in gym 111117

Remember: Do NOT touch the TV and do not throw away the remote control.

Kind of crazy that we need signs like this – especially so many of them!

Sign Up for the New Del Mar Villas E-Newsletter!

All residents and condo owners at Del Mar Villas are invited to sign up for the all new (and unofficial) Del Mar Villas e-newsletter at DelMarVillas.re, which will include hyper-local news, classifieds and maybe even some events.

Everyone is invited to submit news,  information or free classified ads – including units for sale or rent.

It’s our goal to give all residents and homeowners at Del Mar Villas a community resource that we can all use to make living at Del Mar Villas an even better experience for us all.  If you have any news that you would like to report, please send to News@LocalBusinessScoop with the subject line of Del Mar Villas news.

The Wolf You Feed

Two Wolves

I just saw this story on the LinkedIn profile of Steven Bohannon, the Founder of Feed Your Mind and love it.  Makes me proud to be part Cherokee – as it is really true.

“An old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside all people.

He said, ‘My son, the battle is between two ‘wolves’ inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.’

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: ‘Which wolf wins?

The old Cherokee simply replied, ‘The one you feed’. “

Kopari Pop-Up Showroom Today Thursday November 9th in La Jolla

Kopari, the San Diego-based Coconut-derived beauty brand, has just moved into a beautiful new office space in La Jolla and are throwing open their doors to the public, turning their new digs into a pop-up showroom that’s open to the public!

On Thursday, November 9th, from 11am to 3pm, they will be providing hand massages with their signature Coconut Melt and offering 25% off their entire product line for fans of the brand who stop by. The offices are located at 7911 Herschel Ave., Suite 300. Everyone in San Diego is encouraged to join!