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Carrie and Aura traveled to Woodinville for a fabulous day at Novelty Hill / Januik Winery.

Both labels are produced in a beautiful (the building has won architectural design awards) state of the art, green facility.

We were part of a group of Tacoma wine buyers brought up by our lovely sales consultant, Lili from Noble Wines.  A dozen of us rode up in a van (good thing we had a driver!) and by the end of it had become quite a cozy little family (we even had a sing-a-long on the way back!)

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The goal of these events, of course is to get us introduced to and excited about the wines produced there.  It worked! Check in next week to see which of their yummy wines we add to our selection!

And did I mention they fed us?  The amazing chef (like many wineries, you can rent this one for weddings, etc) prepared a great lunch for us: trout, asparagus, beef tenderloin, roasted baby carrots….and this amazing wine sorbet (video recipe is on their Facebook page, and mine!)

We had such a greattime that it inspired us to figure out a way to have an Azarra hosted event for a handful of our wine enthusiasts.  We are looking into the cost of having a car & driver take us up.  If we figure out an afforadble way to do it, we will let you know!

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View from the 39th floor

View from the 39th floor (bonus points if you can see me in the reflection)

Want to see the before and after shots of the models? Click here to view them.

I was deep in the heart of Texas this weekend talking to some hairdressers about Kadus haircolor. I love teaching, but I gotta tell ya’, this flying thing has become tedious and downright painful. I am pretty good at booking my own flights, but on this trip, someone else took care of the travel arrangements. I was less than thrilled. I had a non-stop Seattle to Dallas on Alaska (no luck upgrading to first class, but at least they have the little personal movie machine you can get for $5.) But the trip home was some kind of endurance test. I left Dallas at 7:45 on American and went through LAX (one of my least favorite airports!) The fun part (yes, that is sarcasm you detect) was that when I landed in LA it was on American at terminal 4 and I was flying out of there from terminal 3 on Alaska. It took me two bus rides on the tarmac to get to terminal 3 and when I got there, I had to climb up a flight of stairs. Outside. In the dark. Alone. With my luggage. (Hey, Travel One, what were you thinking?)

Travel drama not withstanding, it was a good show. It was hosted by Salon Source (the local Kadus distributor) at the Ft. Worth Petroleum Club. Boy howdy; now that was a venue. I have nothing but lovely things to say about the staff there and the staff of Salon Source. I was treated well and the show was great. No complaints.

I tried to see my brother while I was in town, but our schedules just didn’t line up. Hope to have better luck in Houston with the other brother in August.

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Some of us won’t be traveling away this summer, and others have guests coming to visit.  Need ideas to keep you busy?

The Travel Tacoma website has a list of 100 things you can do in your own back yard.  They also have a visitors guide you can download.  Go check them out!

Here is their list:

100 Things to Do in Your Own Backyard –

Tacoma

  1. Explore Tacoma’s Museum District on a Wednesday – see all three museums for discounted price!
  2. Watch artisans create with molten glass in the Museum of Glass’ Hot Shop.
  3. View fine art in permanent and traveling exhibits at the Tacoma Art Museum.
  4. Discover Washington’s fascinating heritage at the Washington State History Museum.
  5. Marvel at the glass art on the 500-foot long, pedestrian-only Chihuly Bridge of Glass.
  6. View more of Dale Chihuly‘s glass art in historic Union Station – for free.
  7. Save the third Thursday every month for the Art Walk in downtown Tacoma.
  8. Ride the free Tacoma Link light rail between the Tacoma Dome and Theater District.
  9. Take in a play, ballet or concert at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts.
  10. Phone for a tour of the 1918 Pantages Theater, modeled after Louis XIV’s opera house in Versailles.
  11. Listen to the Tacoma Youth Symphony & Northwest Sinfonietta chamber orchestra at Rialto Theater.
  12. Browse Tacoma’s Antique Row for waiting-to-be discovered treasures.
  13. Discover downtown Tacoma’s historic architecture and photogenic facades.
  14. Find the many salmon sculptures – each decorated quite differently!
  15. Explore the latest exhibit at the Children’s Museum of Tacoma.
  16. Stroll through Wright Park – and perhaps try lawn bowling.
  17. Explore the lush tropical displays at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park.
  18. Experience history through remarkable documents on display at Karpeles Manuscript Museum.
  19. See 400 vintage vehicles in Harold LeMay‘s incredible collection at Marymount.
  20. See the 85-foot totem pole in Fireman’s Park and enjoy a 180-degree view of Commencement Bay.
  21. Discover Tacoma’s maritime past at the Working Waterfront Museum.
  22. Visit Freighthouse Square, an eclectic mix of shops and eateries in a renovated railroad warehouse.
  23. Climb the Port of Tacoma’s Observation Deck and watch cargo ships being loaded.
  24. Ask the Port for a “stack” chart and identify different types of big ships.
  25. Bring your binoculars to bird-watch along the Gog-Le-hi-Te wetland and trail.
  26. Enjoy a meal on the deck of a Ruston Way waterfront restaurant and watch boats cruise by.
  27. Walk, rollerblade or cycle along the two-mile Ruston Way promenade.
  28. Kayak along Commencement Bay
  29. Visit Tacoma’s historic Proctor District for great restaurants and shops.
  30. Learn the story of Tacoma’s founder at the Job Carr Cabin Museum in Old Town.
  31. Listen to jazz, check out a microbrewery and try a new restaurant in the Sixth Ave. District.
  32. Tickle your taste buds with Asian cuisine in the Lincoln International District.
  33. Visit the 1887 Brown’s Point Lighthouse – you can even be the lighthouse keeper for a week!
  34. Take the kids to the Tacoma Nature Center and hike around Snake Lake.
  35. Visit Point Defiance Zoo‘s rare Sumatran tigers in its Asian Forest Sanctuary.
  36. Watch animals display typical behavior and learn why at the zoo’s Wild Wonders Outdoor Theater.
  37. Explore Point Defiance Park‘s Japanese Garden, Rose Garden and other specialty gardens.
  38. Step back in time to 1855 at the Fort Nisqually Living History Museum.
  39. Ride a vintage train at Camp 6 Logging Exhibit in Point Defiance Park.
  40. Bicycle Five-mile Drive in Point Defiance Park.
  41. Rent a boat at the Point Defiance Boathouse.
  42. Ride the ferry between Point Defiance Park and Vashon Island.
  43. Walk along Titlow Beach at sunset for a dramatic view of the Tacoma Narrows
  44. Play 18 holes at the new Scottish links-style Chambers Bay Golf Course in University Place.
  45. Ask for a tour of the Tacoma Dome – the world’s largest wood-domed arena.
  46. Enjoy baseball when the Tacoma Rainiers play at Cheney Stadium.
  47. Visit your favorite Farmers’ Market.
  48. Swim or do laps in the saltwater, 112,000-gallon pool at the City of Fife Swim Center.
  49. Score great bargains – ranging from sports apparel to chocolate – at Fife’s outlet stores.
  50. Learn about the city’s heritage at the Fife Historical Society Museum.
  51. Try your luck at the Emerald Queen Casino, owned by the Puyallup Tribe.
  52. Picnic in Puyallup’s Pioneer Park and enjoy its Arts Downtown Outdoor Gallery of sculptures.
  53. Tour the 1890, 17-room Victorian mansion built by Puyallup’s founder, Ezra Meeker.
  54. Browse Puyallup’s Antique District with 400 dealers in 20 locations.
  55. “Do the Puyallup” every September – and the Puyallup Spring Fair, too.
  56. Stroll through dazzling spring bulb displays at Windmill Gardens and Van Lierop Bulb Farm.
  57. Tour Sumner’s historic Ryan House, built in 1875.
  58. Shop intriguing boutiques in the picturesque community of Gig Harbor.
  59. Learn about the town’s Scandinavian/Croatian heritage at the Gig Harbor Historical Museum.
  60. Tour the Minter Creek Salmon Hatchery near Gig Harbor.
  61. Take a short hike through Penrose State Park overlooking Henderson Bay.
  62. Collect sand dollars at Kopachuck State Park’s saltwater beach.
  63. Explore scenic Fox Island and its historical museum.
  64. Admire the Anastasia tulips and rare blue poppies at Lakewold Gardens.
  65. See one of the largest rhododendron and Japanese maple collections in the NW at Lakewold.
  66. Sip an old-fashioned milkshake at the Blair Drug & Hardware store in Steilacoom.
  67. Find date plaques on the historic homes in Steilacoom – the entire town is on the National Register.
  68. Visit the Steilacoom Historical Museum and 1857 Nathaniel Orr Home.
  69. Learn about the area’s original inhabitants at the Steilacoom Tribal Museum.
  70. Take the Pierce County ferry to Anderson Island and see the historic 1912 Johnson Farm.
  71. Visit Fort Lewis Military Museum and learn army history from 1803 (Lewis & Clark) to today.
  72. Discover the story of a former “company town” at the DuPont Historical Society Museum.
  73. Bet on the race horses at Emerald Downs.
  74. Meander through the Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection.
  75. Take a swim or go boating in Lake Spanaway or Lake Tapps.
  76. Experience genuine Old West flavor at the Roy Rodeo with bucking broncos, bull-riding, calf-roping.
  77. Take Northwest Trek’s naturalist-guided tram tour and see free-roaming herds of native wildlife.
  78. Let your kids experience 1880’s homestead life at Pioneer Farm Museum and Ohop Indian Village.
  79. Relax around the campground at Alder Lake Park near Eatonville.
  80. Discover Elbe’s 1906 Evangelische Lutheran Kirche, the smallest church in the U.S. (24 feet x18 feet)
  81. Ride the steam-powered Mt. Rainier Scenic Railroad 14 miles between Elbe and Mineral Lake.
  82. Treat yourself to a getaway at a cozy B&B in Ashford near Mount Rainier’s Nisqually entrance.
  83. Encounter Buckley’s heritage in its historic buildings and at the Foothills Historical Society Museum.
  84. Explore the “rails to trails” portions of the Foothills Trail on foot or bicycle.
  85. Visit Chase Gardens in Orting, a classic Pacific Northwest-style garden recognized by the Garden Conservancy.
  86. Pause for a picnic in scenic areas of Wilkeson, Carbonado and Mowich Lake.
  87. Drive State Highway 410, the only road in Washington to be designated a National Scenic Byway.
  88. Ski downhill at Crystal Mountain Resort, the Northwest’s highest, most challenging ski area.
  89. Ride the chairlift up Crystal Mountain to 7,000 feet for spectacular views winter or summer.
  90. Backpack or cross-country ski from hut to hut on the Mt. Tahoma Trails system.
  91. Take in breathtaking vistas on your drive to Mount Rainer, fourth highest peak in the U.S.
  92. Marvel at Mount Rainier’s 35-square mile ice cap and 26 major glaciers.
  93. Enjoy visitor facilities at Paradise (5,500 feet), Sunrise (6,400 feet) and Longmire (2,760 feet).
  94. Explore Paradise’s Jackson Visitor Center to see fascinating exhibits on “The Mountain.”
  95. Learn about native flora and fauna and area geology at the small Longmire Museum.
  96. Hike some of the 210 miles of trails and look for the 34 waterfalls and 62 lakes in the park.
  97. View over 700 species of flowering plants, alpine wildflowers and 600-year old trees.
  98. Watch for more than 130 species of birds and 50 species of wild animals.
  99. Go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing at Longmire – far into the spring.

  100. Camp overnight at one of the national park campgrounds.

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Getting Energized!

June 3, 2008

Carrie and I went to Los Angeles this weekend to attend the American Board of Certified Haircolorists‘ annual Energizing Summit.  We go every year.

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I taught two sessions of the same class on branding and marketing for salon owners.  Carrie and I both assisted at two sessions of Correcting Haircolor Disasters with our buddy Jessee (kadusguy) Skittrall.

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When we weren’t busy with teaching, we grabbed some classes on motivation, creativity and coloring dark & textured hair.

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Carrie also participated in the speed foiling contest.  She did not win any prize money, but her mannequin got high marks, and she will be giving it another try next year.  Last year’s winner was competing and she didn’t place this year.  The competition is stiff, I tell ya!

Getting back from LA was a little grueling. You know the drill: delayed flights, crammed full of passengers, getting home in the middle of the night and rolling into work pretending to be awake in the morning!

We are glad to be home, energized and ready to try new things to make your salon experience even better. See you soon!

Go take this very quick quiz and find out!

When you are done, it gives you suggestions of travel you might like.

Here’s mine. I have highlighted the parts I found especially precise.

As a mid-venturer, your personality fits between venturers and those more in the center of the personality spectrum (“centrics”). You share a number of characteristics in common with pure venturers. You like to travel, especially to foreign destinations and you seek new experiences and new destinations for almost all trips you take. You are also physically active at home and on trips. But, unlike your pure venturer friends, you don’t want to take such extreme vacations and are more likely to plan your trips-set an itinerary of places you want to visit and schedules when you will be there. You also have more company. About 17% of the population has a personality that matches yours, vs. only 4% for pure venturers.

Your venturesome spirit leads you to seek out unique and interesting places to visit and especially to make each leisure trip different from others that you have taken. You may want to return to a place that seemed interesting but you didn’t have time to explore on an earlier visit, but usually you simply want to try something new. However, there’s a big difference between you and your true venturer friends: you like a comfortable bed at night (no sleeping under the stars), a warm shower, and meals that you can trust rather than taking a chance on native foods. You listen carefully to the unique travel tales of your friends and associates, or read heavily, to learn about the hidden, but interesting out of the way places that others have not yet become popular or have only recently gotten some publicity. The press has given your group a name — the jet-set. Your interest in what’s new and what’s happening leads you to be one of the first to visit destinations that seem to have a new ambience, or book a few days at a new spa or resort you read about in a travel magazine, or tour a country that until recently was closed to visitors. Travel providers absolutely love you because you are central in making new destinations popular. Airlines, hotels and restaurants should give you special treatment since they benefit from the travel choices you make. You’ll tell your friends about a great trip you just had and they will want to do the same when they get some time off.

Like pure venturers, you like adventure travel — but of a different type. Physical exertion is fine, if it isn’t extreme. If you took a bicycle tour of New England in the fall, you want to stop at interesting places for lunch and bed down at night in a quaint inn, rather than sleep out under the stars. And you prefer to have a van follow behind to pick you up and ride to the next overnight stop in case you or your partner feel a bit exhausted.

History holds a great fascination for many mid-venturers. But if you’ve seen Buckingham Palace and the Eiffel Tower, or traced Paul Revere’s route in New England, you don’t need to repeat the experience. Rather, you’d prefer to stop in lesser known old cities and enjoy the ambience created by old buildings that exude their own sense of importance and romance, especially if they’re not listed in guide books. To discover an ancient monastery, old fort or historic building quite by chance and wander through quiet interiors unhampered by crowds, offers an opportunity to imagine what mysteries it holds and tales of romance or tragedy.

Even your media habits don’t follow the norm. Typically you read more than most — books, magazines and newspapers — and watch TV less. When you turn on the “tube,” you are much less likely to prefer any of the top ten sitcoms or “soaps.” Instead, you’ll seek out dramas, special news magazine format shows, and selected sports (as football and basketball; you have less interest in baseball or hockey). Consistent with your travel interests, you particularly like fact based television shows or dramas in a historic setting, and programs that explain the workings of some of our modern marvels. You hold definitive opinions about much of what you see happening in the world, especially politics, and strongly prefer commentators who agree with your views.

Exercise and good health habits — proper diet, some use of vitamins and supplements, and following a disciplined routine to get enough sleep and exercise, even when you travel — are more likely to be part of your daily commitment than is true for most people you know. You may prefer participating in individual sports, such as skiing or singles tennis, rather than those that are more social such as golf or bowling. You are likely to own exercise equipment at home, a treadmill or a stair climber.

You like technology and probably have a heavy loading of it as part of your daily life. Typically you will not be the first to try out new hi-tech products-that distinction belongs to the pure venturers. You’re likely get on the bandwagon when they new product or service has shown that it has some relevance to your daily business or home life. But you are still willing to buy these items long before they have become so popular that they have dropped dramatically in price. More than is true for most groups included in this personality scale, you are likely to be an opinion leader. Since you show a willingness to accept innovation and change, but with a common sense attitude about it (use what is good and discard what doesn’t help in some way), others look to you for guidance and direction on what to buy, choices to make in their lives, and the kinds of trips that they might like to take. This combination of character traits-mild risk taking, common sense in the decisions you make, and a friendly and outgoing personality-usually contributes to success in your career. More than most, you are likely to hold a senior position of responsibility in your company and will continue to advance in the future.

In looking for destinations that will satisfy your intellectual curiosity, seek out those that measure higher for venturers. You share so many traits in common with that group that most of these places will help ensure that your next trip will hold the enjoyment and contribute to the kinds of memories that you want. But make certain these places have adequate hotels and restaurants.

Click here to learn which destinations provide the most satisfying vacation experiences.

Eustacia tornado

My friend, client and photographer, Eustacia Mahoney, up and moved to Atlanta (to further her career or something equally selfish.)  I image that living a life in the Pacific Northwest does little to prepare a person for a tornado; but ever the intrepid investigative photographer, she chronicled the aftermath in her neighborhood for us.  These photos remind me to be grateful that I live in a place where things like this are unlikely to occur.

Just a quick note with link to some photos I took yesterday after Friday’s tornado.  Living in the South is far from boring.  I’m okay, no damage to my place only some debris to pick up in the yard.  I certainly feel blessed as not all in my neighborhood were so lucky.  My only inconvenience was just over 24 hours without power.  The sound of that tornado coming down my street is certainly not one I will EVER forget.

You can see more photos here.

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I tried to work this weekend.

I got up in the dark. I left the house by 4:00 AM. I made it through security and got to my gate before the plane to Chicago began to board.

But something happened while I was in the air.

Record breaking snowfall of 20 inches had all flights in and out of Columbus canceled. I discovered this when I turned on my phone as we taxied to the gate in Chicago. There was a message from Aunt Cindy (who lives in Canton and was coming to meet me tonight) saying my Chicago to Columbus flight had been canceled.

I landed in the K wing of O’Hare and marched straight away to the American Airlines Admiral’s Club lounge. (Thank you American Express! Like they say, membership has it’s privileges!) In peace and tranquility I talked with an agent who informed me that there were no flights Saturday or Sunday (Saturday’s were canceled and Sunday’s were full…most likely with people who were scheduled on Saturday!) They could, however, get me to Dayton, which (they told me) was 71 miles away.

Driving 71 miles in a blizzard in a rental car did not sound appealing, but I was not going to Columbus for fun, rather for work. So, a phone call to the boss was in order. He informed me that not only was I unable to get in, but so was the other colorist coming in from Nashville. And, because the snow had also made driving difficult, the salon chose to cancel the event. Makes sense to me. I am told to skip Ohio and try to get home.

American did have a flight leaving four hours later back to Sea-Tac. The agent apologized. I was grateful that they had something the same day and that I wouldn’t have to stay the night in Chicago. I was grateful that I could spend the time waiting in the calm of the lounge instead of out in the crowed chaos of the airport with all the other travelers who’s flights were affected. I was grateful that the event had been canceled and that I wasn’t going to be known as the loser educator who can’t get a flight in.

The traveler next to me was stunned that his flight to La Guardia had been canceled and wanted to know why. He was not satisfied with the answer of “weather.”

I laughed. As you know, being pissy never helps a situation. Did he think if he griped enough, the agent would change the weather?

For the record, I almost always fly in my favorite Get Some Hairapy t-shirt, and yesterday was no exception.

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It always gets me lots of smiles and positive comments. You can buy yours here.