Hello friends! Or should I say Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah and Happy Winter Solstice! The Holidays are my favorite time of year, the weather is colder, the anticipation of snow hangs in the air, lights are up around the neighborhood and decorating is in full effect!
I am a big time decorator, I count down the days until I get to turn my house into a winter wonderland! This year, I went to Wight's Wonderland of Christmas to check out their 23,000 square feet of Holiday decorating heaven and I assure you, it was just that! I actually went THREE times to make sure I knew exactly what they had, what I wanted and what I needed. I wasn't looking to do a complete decoration overhaul, but I wanted to add to the decorations I have collected over the years and spruce things up a bit, it was perfect!
My first trip was just a scouting trip; I had heard fabulous things about Wight's and I wanted to see it for myself; it was a decorator's dream! Glitter, sparkles, color schemes; I was in awe. The second trip was a mother-daughter trip; my Mum and I perused the aisles and picked up some key pieces to implement into our existing decorations.
The third trip was a girls night; so fun! A few of my fellow domestic goddesses and I took Wight's by storm and grabbed some must haves for our Holiday houses.
Last weekend ( I have to wait until after Thanksgiving, per my husband) I set out all my wares and began the task of decorating. I still have quite a way to go, but I must say, I am loving my new additions and so happy they fit in with what I had to take the look up a notch! Have a peek!
Make sure you check back to see all the ornaments I got once they're on my tree! Can't wait!
In 2011, a law in Washington State began that is known as the "Move Over, Slow Down" law.
Essentially, in an emergecny zone, you need to either slow down (which you can ALWAYS do) or move over (if you can).
The actual law explains that an emergency zone is: "...the adjacent lanes of the roadway two hundred feet before and after a stationary authorized emergency vehicle that is making use of audible and/or visual signals... a tow truck that is making use of visual red lights... other vehicles providing roadside assistance that are making use of warning lights... or a police vehicle properly and lawfully displaying a flashing, blinking, or alternating emergency light or lights."
The law goes on to explain that in the emergecny zone: "...proceed with caution and, if reasonable, with due regard for safety and traffic conditions, yield the right-of-way by making a lane change or moving away from the lane or shoulder occupied by the stationary authorized emergency vehicle or police vehicle..." This includes scenes where someone has been pulled over and flashing lights are visible.
If you are caught breaking this law, you could face reckless endangerment charges AND have your license suspended. Fines are doubled in emergency zones as well. And, on top of that, NOT doing these things puts people in serious danger.
Case and point - this morning. Around 8:30 today, a vehicle carrying a load of sheet metal spilled it all over northbound I5 at MLK Way (super illegal, btw). It caused a major delay on I5 and tow trucks were on scene to help clear it.
While it was being cleared, one of the tow trucks was struck by another vehicle, causing a NEW wreck to block part of I5 (pictured on the left). This sort of collision involving a vehicle traveling 60mph hitting a stationary vehicle could cause serious injury... or worse.
Be smart and follow the laws - they are there to protect EVERYONE, not just to get you to work on time. When behind the wheel of a vehicle, safety should ALWAYS be #1. Click here for an awesome brochure about the law.
Pls Move over for Emergency Vehicles, I-5/MLK: tow truck was struck by a car. Right two lanes are blocked.— WA State Patrol (@wastatepatrol) December 4, 2013
That's Obama, not Oprah, bt-dubs. The leader of the free world makes yet another visit to Seattle on Sunday afternoon, and while we don't have specific travel times, POTUS' plane is expected to lane at Seatac around 4:30pm.
Obama leaves the Oval Office for a fundraising mission that will take him to North Seattle for an event Sunday evening. We can assume that his route will take him from Seatac, East on 518 and north on I-5 to North Seattle, so that means closures of on & off ramps and the mainline, of course while the motorcade rolls through.
El Presidente is then expected to roll out Monday morning and is believed to be departing the Emerald City and Seatac shortly before 9am. Yep, you guessed it, that means all those closures will be happening for our Monday commute. We know what you're thinking, morning commutes are already super fun, this one will be downright delightful! ;-)
**UPDATED info- Obama is staying at the Westin in Downtown Seattle. As a result, there are some surface street closures that will remain in effect through most of the morning:
*Virginia Street closed between 4th & 6th Ave ( no access from any adjacent alleys)
*5th Ave closed between Lenora & Stewart St (parking lot b/w Lenora & Virginia is open & accessible from the alley off Lenora)
*Westin Building Parking garage is not accessible unless arrangements have been made with the US Secret Service
*Pedestrians restricted on the south side of Virginia between 5th & 6th and on the north side only when the President is coming & going.
*Be advised that Metro busses will be rerouted during this time.