Want vs Need | Coffee

Bridge on grass. Puyallup, WA

My routine for the last 11 years has been french press coffee. The french press came with my husband (he doesn’t drink regular coffee but gets a mocha when we go out). We got a nice burr grinder and a food scale when we got married. So each morning I grind beans and measure out coffee. Then I brew & mix in sugar and sometimes 1/2 & 1/2.

When I got sick of putting up with the free coffee at work I took that french press there and got a new one for the house. I grind coffee every morning to bring with me. I use the water machine at work which is good enough. It’s not as hot as I’d like but it works. The lettering on the side of the glass insert is my guide for how much to put in.

With minor exceptions here and there I haven’t felt the need to stray from the french press. It has met my needs.  Every now and then I find my self with pre-ground coffee. It works well enough in my french press but I wonder if I should invest in a pour over pot.

Last week I got free pre-ground coffee with a purchase my husband made. Some acquaintances assured him this is great coffee. I chose the medium roast (they’re all blends). I just haven’t managed to find the right formula. I went with my tried and true 3/4 oz of coffee for work. Then I had to add extra sugar and cream.

Day two at work I scaled back to 1/2 oz. But got the same results. And today I tried it at home and didn’t do any better. Various times I’ve dreamed about getting a Hario drip pot. The problem is I don’t need it. It will take up extra space in my kitchen. But if it helped me make better tasting pre-ground coffee it might be worth it.

Price isn’t a problem since I can get one with extra cloth filters for only a little more than each of my french presses cost. But do I need it?

A few years ago we had a snow storm. Enough snow to make us Washingtonians stay home. But I was out of coffee. So we walked down two blocks to our grocery store. There selection isn’t great but I picked a good sounding Starbucks Colombian. They only had it in pre-ground…I came home and promptly made a cup only to then fight with ratios. By the end I got it right but then I was nearly out of coffee and the snow was long gone.


New to Me | Camera

So a couple years ago our friends bought a house. They were giving us the grand tour when I spotted a camera hiding in the rafters of their garage. I made silly squeals because I knew what it was. They contacted the original owners and offered it back. Sunday I got word to come pick it up. They had obviously declined wanting it back.

So now I’m the proud owner of a 2nd Argus C3. I have my Grandfather’s C3 that I used for a couple years in college. I’ve forgotten what happened but I recall it stopped working right. So I shelved it and a year or so later got the Nikon FM-10.

Funnily enough this C3 is a Colormatic like my other one. The Internet says they were only produced for a couple years so they are similar age. The new one came with the 35mm & 100mm interchangeable lenses. I’m having fun trying to use this thing again. Between remembering all the steps & a winder that doesn’t always stop I’m having fun with it.

Changing lenses is a chore and I have yet to master getting one on without having to readjust it. I figure this is just a camera for fun. I’ll shoot a roll and see how well it works. I am in awe of how I managed to effortlessly use one back in the day. I guess I hadn’t discovered the ease of the modern-ish SLR yet.

Polaroid | Camera

I don’t need more Polaroid cameras but one has appeared on my watch list. It’s a SLR 680. All the great things about an SX-70 but takes 600 so I don’t have to stock more kinds of film. It just listed so I have days to decide. I imagine if more people discover it the price will be out of my budget. 

FED 3 | Camera

Years ago I was nudged into buying a camera on E-bay. It was my second purchase ever from the site. It was also from overseas. I was nervous but it was too cute to resist.

Meet my FED-3


Photo taken with my Nikon FM-10 on my in-laws table circa 2005.

I think it was the red color that had me hooked. There were many other Fed-3s to choose from on E-bay but this one was prettier. After some waiting it magically appeared.

I walked down the street to my local Fred Meyer and found some discounted Kroger 800 iso film. Then I loaded it and took it to work. Back then I worked in a tiny office park. There were half a dozen or so buildings including a parking structure. A trail went along the back fence and there were good walking paths around most buildings. One of the larger buildings in the back had just been vacated along with the parking structure. At lunch I’d wander. I had the area to myself.

The third shot is from a Dragon Boat event. We went to watch my Mother’s team compete. I only shot two or three rolls with this camera. But it has created some of my favorite shots.

The problem is the part the film winds onto doesn’t like to rewind. The film gets stuck and rips. So for each roll I’d loose a few shots. It doesn’t look like a quick fix. So someday I’ll buy another. They’re so cheap I should get two. I haven’t seen any more with this red but I’ll keep looking.

DC Day One | Travel


Here’s a not so fancy photo of my hotel room. We checked in Sunday afternoon and met up with my Cousins and Aunt. It was good to catch up. I haven’t seen most of them in many years. They all live in far away states and their home is New Mexico. With the passing of the oldest generation they don’t get to Washington State much.

That evening there was social with other guests. We snacked on cheese, meat, crackers, fruit, & cookies. The trip was for a ceremony honoring my late Uncle among others. It was good to meet many of his old friends. It was also sad to think he would have been 81 this year. But sweet to celebrate him with friends.

We turned in early. I wrote in my journal for a bit. Putting pen to paper helped me make sense of days events. It was hard to believe I was really in DC for such an occasion. After 56 years it never occurred to us he’d get rewarded for his sacrifice.

I picked up a Shinola notebook for the trip. I went with the paper cover two pack. I wanted a soft cover and I’d never tried them before. I’m really pleased. At first I thought the wider spacing would be a bad thing. Less words on each page. But it turns out my sloppy writing is easier to read when not squished by the Rhodia or Moleskine spacing. So I’d say they’re worth the premium.


Complete | Travel


Everything on my list has been acquired. I’ve packed most of it so it’s ready to go. Now it’s down to the small stuff like a lint brush for cat hair.

Tomorrow we leave arriving in the evening. Monday is packed with a meeting, ceremony, banquet, and finally a formal dinner. Tuesday and Wednesday morning we will wander around and see museums. Should be a fun time.

I’ll share pictures when I return.

Almost Ready | Travel


Pants have arrived. I went with an Arc’teryx pair that is cotton with a little wool. They look dressy but can be worn anywhere. I wanted the green color but my size was gone so I got “Black Sapphire”. It’s an almost black blue. I also picked up a pair of their chinos. I wanted something light weight for summer.

Haircut has been taken care of. I dislike going to the salon so I wait till I can’t stand the length and chop it off. This experience was better than average. I am really pleased with the results.

I bought trouser socks and looked at wallets. Didn’t see exactly what I was hoping for. The weekend was busy so I didn’t make it to the outlet mall. Looks like I’ll have Thursday night to myself so I might make the trek.

I found a pair of pajamas I’d forgotten about that will work. I’ll scratch that off the list. That means I am almost ready. Once I select tee shirts I’ll make sure everything fits in the suitcase soon.

Refocusing| Thoughts

Why I was about to give up reading fashion blogs.

I had a post planned about my failed search for the right fashion blogs to follow. They have become a time suck. Staring at other people’s giant revolving closets was doing nothing for me. I though switching from fast fashion to capsule & sustainable fashion blogs would help. After a few months now I’ve come to realize they’re just as bad. They either thrift more for less or buy a few ethical pieces every season that are outside my budget.

My big problem is I was a discount shopper for years. Last year I got rid of a pile of too long pants and ill fitting tops. Cheap clothes are only a bargain if they actually get worn.

Along this journey I was looking for a mythical blog to follow. A woman with a fixed wardrobe who did outfit of the day posts. Someone I could actually draw inspiration from. I was about to throw in the towel but today I found one. Lets hope this helps me refocus my wardrobe.