West by Northwest

Here is a series of 50 photos taken a little before and during our trip up the coast to Seattle. We took well over 300 photos, many of them completely banal, so I whittled them down to a consumable morsel and tried to put everything in context.

Thank you for reading during this whole stressful relocation. I really hope you like these, you who read this website and you who make viable, useful and sometimes frequent comments. I read every comment left on this site, even the ones where you call me a xenophobic whore-bitch and tell me to bite your ass. Don’t think that I’m so cold that it doesn’t hurt or make me cry on occasion. Usually, however, you all make me giggle. Thank God for you.

  • http://www.thefalseidol.com/herhighnessness Her Highnessness

    Great photos Dooce! Makes me feel guilty for not using my digital camera enough, or at all. Hope your relocation woes are almost over. You are one of my favourite fellow misanthropes. Keep laughing at everything.

  • http://www.shanni.org Shanni

    Love the photos – God I miss Northern California! Also, Chuck is so handsome.

  • http://www.jennifermurray.net Jen

    Awww… warm fuzzies from the Dooce. Happy holiday.

  • Lisa

    What does xenophobic mean?

    Also, you posted one story (the public restroom fart story) that made me laugh so hard, that I had to print it off and give it my family to read. I love your writing style. You make bodily functions seem classy.

  • galt

    i love it when sunsets make me feel like I’m looking at hell. but from a safe distance. you got that in #33, methinks. also, i thought you married jon favreau…but I know now what i should have known then…it was Jason Lee all along.

  • http://convivial.blogspot.com Heather #2

    No, thanks for you. For your honesty. For allowing us all to walk with you, through your struggles, pains, and hardships, and through your laughs, mishaps, and sunny days. For keepin’ it ril. For utilizing your constitutional right to say fucking whatever the fuck you fucking want. For letting me know there are true blue people like you in the world. I know no one like you, miss Dooce. Definitely one of God’s little blessings. In the words of 311, fuck the naysayers.

  • http://hamlettdobbins.com dobbins

    let us know ahead of time when you might be making a roadtrip to memphis. the unofficial memphis chapter of the dooce fanclub’ll be out looking for the dooce-jon-chuck trio and their nikon coolpix. you know there’s no bar-b-que in utah? happy holidays to the dooce.

  • http://limmert.blogspot.com Antonio Monkerro

    I wish my hunny would call *me* “bearded” and “scruptious.” Instead, I usually get “Pick up your socks from the floor.”

  • http://limmert.blogspot.com Antonio Monkerro

    “Scrumptious,” that is. I’m not sure I’d want to be called “scruptious” because I don’t know what it means. And it also sounds slightly sinister.

  • http://www.newsouth.blogspot.com Shannon

    Good lord, what amazing photos. I’m now convinced that the Nikon Coolpix will be my digital camera of choice.

  • Katherine

    Great photos! I love reading your site but I’ve never commented before. So here I am. =)

  • http://alwayswrite.org Kelly

    Absolutely *gorgeous* photos. I showed the shot of Bailey’s-drunk-Chuck to one of my dogs and she said, and I quote, “chuckalicious!”

    Wishing you three much peace and happiness as you adjust to your life. :)

  • http://www.islandindigo.com Cindi

    i’ve been addicted to your site for a few months now. thank god for YOU and all the laughs you bring me in my not-so-exciting work days. hope you like it in Utah…i know i’ll miss it when i leave in a month.

  • HappyFunGirl

    Chuckles is just about the sweetest lil’ dog I’ve ever seen. What breed is he, or is he a mutt?

  • http://kustapie.blogspot.com occasional kate

    nice work on the photos. :) welcome home, again. and at the risk of ridiculous redundancy (eh?), thank god for *you*.

  • http://www.thechicagofiles.com Tom

    Love the pics Heather! I know I can always come here for a pretty good laugh, and those pictures are no exception…the captions are great!

  • http://shyeyes.org shy

    are you kiddin’, dooce? when your original site left the world of online journals, i was left with the feeling that the internet has gone to hell! now that you’re back… well, the internet is still in hell, but you make it more tolerable. plus i love your dog… he’s got personality.

  • http://shyeyes.org shy

    oh yeah… happy holiday’s! :)

  • http://www.digitalcatharsis.com The Mighty Jimbo

    You rock.

  • http://www.knitwitology.net/knitlog Morgan

    Wow! Chuck’s all growed up!

    Good luck out there Dooce. Remember we can always ship more alcohol in from the outside.

  • http://www.colorlessgreenideas.blogspot.com Kim

    Lovely lovely lovely. And I am totally in love with your dog. You invariably brighten my day (except on the days you don’t post, and then I feel horribly cheated & bereft of zingy humor that *way* outstrips my own kind-of-limp humor).
    Thank you!
    Happy Holidays!

  • ~Angel

    Mmmm…those were lovely. Thank you.

  • neil

    the yankee hotel foxtrot photo is genius.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    sorry, no pictures from Washingoton to Utah, as we had to drive a good portion of the trip another elongated 65mph through Oregon.

    Igor: you can use that first picture, but my God, for what?

    Zan: consider #34 yours. use away.

    Dobbins: my 10 year high school class reunion is in 2003. we’ll be taking a long road trip possibly, and staying over for Memphis in May. that should provide us enough BBQ to last a good 40 generations.

    Katherine: welcome!

    HappyFunGirl: Chuck is a SuperMuttô

  • http://www.redmonkeyfilm.com Spanky

    Thank you so much for sharing these Heather. As always, you amaze me.
    Favorite shot: Chuck with the Baileys in his belly.

  • http://amindofamind.blogspot.com Naaman

    Oooh, look at all the pretty colors. I know I keep saying Jon looks like [insert celebrity name here], but I guess he has one of those faces cause scrumptious, bearded Jon totally looks like Jason Lee.

  • http://thetextobscured.net ismat

    Dooce, this is so not a come-on, unless you want it to be, but you have some seriously gorgeous dark kohl-lined eyes.

  • porkchop

    YHF photo is awesome. Nice work. Hope to see you two sometime soon. Come visit us in Denver.

  • http://www.bagclaim.blogspot.com/ Kelly

    I’ve been reading your site for a few weeks now and loving, loving, loving your style and your stories and this latest entry is just amazing. What gorgeous photos! What wonderful captions! Dooce…wish you guys every happiness in your life together. You’ll make amazing babies!

  • R3

    I love your pictures–they make me want to see the Northwest! Hope your life in Utah is very happy–and all that you want it to be. Get a good lawyer, though, if you get ripped off by that moving company. They shouldn’t get away with robbing you like that.–r3

  • http://www.hamlettdobbins.com dobbins

    dooce, (i know i’m running the risk of endangering the dooce-anonymity) but i gotta ask: from which high school did you graduate?
    answer or no, we’ll keep an eye out for the trio there in the hungry throngs in May. if you need anything during your stay don’t hesitate to let us know.

  • http://www.antisocialdiva.com antisocial diva

    i enjoyed the pics. and i am not a fan of beards but holy hell, jon is hot!

  • http://mydogatemydaypass.blogspot.com Summer

    Mmm.. beautiful sunsets, happy drunken puppy, and “scrumptious” breed-worthy counterpart. sigh… you got the life!

  • http://www.odessastreet.net lee

    That was groovy. And Chuck is so big and manly now.

  • http://www.dooce.com dooce

    not only is jon hot, but he can also fix things.

  • http://billdugan.com dirtybilllover

    Girl, I SO know what you mean about that man-fixing-things-aphrodisiac. There’s nothing like a bearded man with a power tool in his pants. I mean hand. In his hand.

  • http://www.dennis.ca/weblog dennis

    My beard-growing prowess is rated at moderate to midly impressive. He of hyper-follicles, Jon, has shamed me.

    Even my stronghold — Neil Young-style lambchops — are in question. Now I’ve got to re-evaluate my entire approach to life…

  • http://blab-o-rama.home.att.net Beerzie Boy

    I hope I haven’t hurt you or made you cry. You are so motherfucking festive!

  • rd

    Great photos. Didn’t like the indoor ones as much but particularly liked the ones of all the dogs. What exactly is your line of work? PR? Marketing? Graphic design?

  • http://becauseilikebold.com emily

    You make me want to go outside.

  • http://fantasyislandgirl.blogspot.com/ Fantasy Island Girl

    Beautiful sunset pictures, both of California and those other places in the cold north*g*. California misses you!

  • http://www.the-irk.com Alex Portnoy

    OK, so if I strip down and fix something, will you come over?

  • http://today.maganda.org christine

    beautiful, as always.

    (your photos are always so amazing. i showed, giddily, your wedding shots to a friend who is getting hitched in january and she was like, “are those your friends?” and i was like, “well, no, but aren’t they beautiful?”)

  • http://www.madmediastudios.com julie

    oh heather b, the pictures are *beautiful* as always! thank you for sharing those, i thoroughly enjoyed it. i especially like 16, 33, and 49, and all the pics of chuckles of course. awww puppy!

  • Steven

    Your pictures look so great! Do you use any kind of color-enhancing filters? Or are they just resized?

  • http://aprilgem.com/log April

    DirtyBillLover, when you were referring to “power tool in his pants,” you weren’t referring to Dooce nearly drilling him in the butt, were you? Or were you?

  • http://www.deliriouscool.org Donna

    So, I love the dog pictures, don’t get me wrong, but do you know any people who don’t own size XXL dogs? I know Dooce-ville is not the kind of place for yippy purse-dogs, I’m just saying….

  • http://www.antisocialdiva.com antisocial diva

    fix things? *gasp* i am stuck with someone who would rather drill nails into his own head than fix something. but at least he’d actually pick up a drill. he’s a “pay the plumber” kind of guy. yay you!

  • http://billdugan.com DirtyBillLover

    April, it was a double entendre, referring to a man’s privates while also playfully referring to the butt-drilling incident. But thanks for asking because I was afraid people might miss that.

  • http://www.markbernstein.org HurgleGurgle

    Every other day or so I come home and tell my wife the latest adventures of the Dooce. You are my favorite potty-mouthed ex-mormon, and I mean it.