Commuting just sucks in the whole Puget Sound region. The only way to make it bearable is to leave for work super early in the morning. I live over on the peninsula and work in Tukwila. My commute is probably even worse than Puyallup to Bellevue, time wise (but less time spent on the road since I take the ferry). I hope she can find a bearable option! I struggle with that too sometimes, but I also refuse to pay Seattle or Eastside prices for a house when I can get one further out for way cheaper. The trade offs we have to deal with I guess.