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As much as I feel like I need rest days and breaks (which I do) I truly appreciate having stuff on the agenda to keep me busy, social, and excited!  This week I had a few low key fun things to keep me on the edge while still being able to finish knocking off this sickness and resting up from Oregon.

I was able to enjoy a nice dinner out with the boy on Tuesday at Manhattan Drugs in the Capital Hill neighborhood.  It is a nice cocktail and steak place that I had a Groupon for and we had an outstanding slow meal there before heading home and getting Django Unchained on Redbox (liked it a lot).

Loved the decor and ambiance of Manhattan in Capitol Hill.
Loved the decor and ambiance of Manhattan in Capitol Hill.
A perfectly cooked flank steak with roasted potatoes, sauteed kale, and demi sauce was the entree I chose at Manhattan, along with a shared glass of Malbec with the boy.
A perfectly cooked flank steak with roasted potatoes, sauteed kale, and demi sauce was the entree I chose at Manhattan, along with a shared glass of Malbec with the boy.

Wednesday night I enjoyed my friend’s grill out on their rooftop patio near the Seattle Center.  Dining on Polish pork kabobs (pork, bacon, and onion called Szaszlyk), potatoes, corn, asparagus, salad, homemade baklava, and drinks in Seattle spring sunshine with friends was a nice middle of the week treat.  Thursday I went as Marika’s date to the Construction For Change fundraiser banquet in SODO.  It was a cocktail attire type of gala which included free unlimited drinks, a five course dinner which was amazing and served family style from Herban Feast (honey mustard seared chicken, roasted fingerling potatoes with smoked cheese, roasted delicious spring vegetables, a goat cheese, pear, and pecan salad, and dessert platter with cafe vita coffee), presentation, and live entertainment.  I got to attend for free, my only fee was having to wear a dress and high heels at work all day.  And Friday I was able to socialize with all of the colleagues during our monthly staff meeting and got to enjoy a nice taco bar catered in by Taco del Mar.  And Friday night I helped host the Meetup mixer at Gordon Biersch before volunteering a few hours to listen to some fantastic music at the Fremont Abbey Arts Center of St Paul De Vince and La Wren, both bands who are performing at Bumbershoot this year.

La Wren at Fremont Abbey Arts Center
La Wren at Fremont Abbey Arts Center

The weekend brought BEAUTIFUL spring weather for us to indulge in, 80 and sunny both days.  Saturday we decided to have a lazy breakfast on the porch and then met Mark and Jeff at Montlake Cut to watch the Opening Day Boat Parade.  The theme was a tribute to Hawaii and all of the boats were elaborately decorated, as were their passengers, there were bands on the boats too and it was actually super fun and hilarious.  We all came back to our house to spend a lazy afternoon on our porch just talking, drinking beer, listening to music, grilled some steaks, and then watching Polly’s pick of a weird kung fu movie.

Boat with a band!
Boat with a band!

Sunday after a solo yoga session, Polly, Bryan, Carina and I met up at Agua Verde to go kayaking on Lake Union.  We rode in a tandem kayak, which I regret because I was 100% soaked because of my immature boyfriend. We then all headed to the Fremont area for the 2nd annual mobile food rodeo and met up with Mikayla and Nate.  We all went last year and suffered through the lines but decided to hit the rodeo once again.  I’m glad we did because there was tons of great food to choose from including two middleeastern trucks where I ventured to.  Bryan and I tried Falafel Salam’s mixed combo platter that came with everything I would have desired and left me wanting nothing else (except that it was still not on par with Michigan restaurants).  It was still very, very delicious.

Really good falafel, shwarama, hummus, med salad, pickles, and pita on the side.
Really good falafel, shwarama, hummus, med salad, pickles, and pita on the side.
Raising of the bridge.
Raising of the bridge.
Us
Us

It was truly a great week and weekend and the warm and sunny weather is here to stay for a while longer it looks like!

Chelsea

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