Jenn and I took a nice long (three-day) weekend in Seattle this past
weekend, and I think it generally rocked.
Friday Jenn only worked a half day and we left by 2:00p for Seattle.
Traffic sucked. It took an hour and a half to get to the
Oregon/Washington border, and I only live like 40 minutes from the
border. Terrible, terrible traffic.
We got to Tacoma, to my aunt and uncle’s house, at close to 6:00p.
Dropped off our stuff and headed over to a different aunt and uncle’s
house for a barbecue.
It turned out the barbecue was for all of the July birthdays in the
family. My uncle George and I have the same birthday (July 23), and I
have two cousins with July birthdays.
We ate barbecue food, took a boat ride (they live on a lake), and just
took it easy. After all was said and done, we returned to the first aunt
and uncle’s place in Tacoma to stay overnight.
Got up the next morning, went to breakfast at the clubhouse (they live
on a golf course), and Jenn proceeded to get sick. I think the heat was
starting to get to her (it was like 100 degrees the whole time we were
up there) and her stomach was rumbly, too, not to mention a headache.
We returned to the house where my aunt rubbed some Tiger
Balm on Jenn’s head. Apparently she has some
sort of coworker who swears by Tiger Balm… I don’t know if I buy that,
but Jenn’s headache did go away.
We left there and headed for the W Hotel in downtown
We found it, but it was too early for check-in, so we parked at Pike
Place market and walked around there.
There is no shortage of stuff to see at the Pike Place market. From
fish vendors to fresh flowers to donuts and handmade wares, if it
exists, it’s probably at the market. We saw all sorts of crazy crap. The
first Starbucks is there - that was neat.
After that we walked around downtown and looked at the Pioneer Square
area. Again, lots of
interesting stuff to see.
We got back to the hotel, shin splints and all, by around 3:00p. We
checked in, but they didn’t have the room quite ready, so we waited for
an hour sipping iced tea and enjoying the air conditioning.
we got to the room, I have to admit, I was impressed.
Everything’s modern. The bathroom fixtures, the furniture, everything.
It reminded me a lot of Pottery Barn,
actually, mixed with Dania or
Ikea. Normally I’m not into that, but it was
The best part was the bed. I don’t like hard mattresses - we have one
of those air mattress beds - but this thing was plush. I really dug
it. I may just have to buy
The art was cool, too. Something about the sort of “fantasy” style of
the art on the key cards and postcard and such… very neat. I’m having
their concierge look up the name of the artist. I stole some of the art
and threw it up here so you could see what I’m talking about. It’s
photography, but done in a stylish and whimsical setting. Cool.
We had dinner at the “Earth and Ocean” - the restaurant in the hotel.
It was really fancy and very good food, though I have to admit places
like that where they wait on you hand and foot then charge you an arm
and a leg are intimidating to me. Regardless, very tasty. I’d eat there
By the time that was over, it was late, we were full, and we were tired
from walking all over, so we took our desserts up to the room with us.
We couldn’t stand it, though, so we ate the desserts when we got there -
raspberry parfaits (or, as it said on the menu, “She Wore a Raspberry
Parfait”) - rather than saving them for later.
The next morning we got up and headed back to the Pike Place market to
have some breakfast. We ate in a little French bakery (tasty!) and
watched the early morning crowds. After that, we headed back to the
hotel and checked ourselves out.
The drive home wasn’t nearly as bad as the drive up. We made it in
about three hours, give or take, and had enough time to unpack and get
stuff ready for Monday. We even went to see The Bourne
Supremacy (which was good, but
nothing like the book).
I had Monday off, but Jenn worked. Not that I didn’t work, mind you.
Laundry, yard work, shopping, general clean up… I kept busy. I did
find time to go get myself a couple of birthday presents (the
La Femme Nikita season
which, as of this writing, says it’s “unavailable” at Amazon - that’s
weird, because I found it just fine at the store).
All in all, not a bad way to spend one’s 28th birthday.
And now I’m back at work. I always realize when coming back from
vacation how I’m not a big fan of the whole “work” thing, but I guess
you gotta pay the bills.
Oh, and a minor note: I actually have a contractor coming in on
Thursday to deal with my drywall