Enter Winter

It’s a rude awakening to be hiking through snow shear days since walking barefoot in the sand in the ocean.  But that’s what happened our first weekend back from Hawaii.  I’m not complaining or anything, it was almost as beautiful as the Kauai vistas, this winter wonderland.

We didn’t go straight to snow though…we were able to thoroughly enjoy three very soggy days in Seattle first.  No break in rain for us here.  We also jumped back into work, although two day weeks are better than five, and into FareStart our first full day back.  And we stayed super late at FareStart talking and eating gobs of seafood from Duke’s Chowder House with the gang.  So yeah, Thursday and Friday were rough to say the least.

Friday night was enjoyed at home with the intense movie Wind River and a Home Chef box meal and then Saturday we were up and at em early to get a jump on the day because we had many things to get done.  I spent the day at the Seattle Center to meet up with the girls for some holiday shopping.  We went to the unique and awesome Giving Marketplace at the Gates Foundation, buying items that all send proceeds back to organizations in need.  We then walked in the rain to Exhibition Hall for the packed Urban Craft Uprising market that I had been to before (even with Allie and Chad one year).  I bought many things, for gifts and for myself, but pretty pleased with all of my purchases.  I said goodbye to the girls and bussed to Capitol Hill for a facial appointment while Bryan passed me on the way to meet the boys for some bowling/pool at The Garage.

Sunday morning we woke up earlier than normal to put on our winter gear, get some fueling Starbucks and hit the road east to Snoqualmie Pass for a snowshoe hike for Philipp’s birthday.  Nine of us made it out for the snowshoe hike and it was snowing on us most of the hike, that Bryan and I dubbed “road walk”, because we essentially walked on a snow-covered road for 3+ miles and not really a trail.  Oh well, we got to catch up with some friends and enjoy the white stuff.  We all reconvened at Dru’s Brus at the bottom of Snoqualmie Ski Resort for birthday beers, root beers and ginormous pizzas from the next door pizza place.  We headed back to Seattle shortly after 1 pm.  Bryan and I stopped at City People’s Garden Store to quickly pick out our noble fir Christmas tree (no u-pick for us this year).  Once home we got it in the stand, watered and with lights and ribbon on it.  That’s about the extent of decorating of the tree we have actually done.

Bryan got in another snowshoe the week after up at Mt. Baker with just Philipp before we went to listen to some jazz by Eugenie Jones at the Sorrento Hotel fireside lounge.  Sun has been in the forecast all this week and the last and I couldn’t be happier about the weather.  We are in full holiday season now which essentially means there is a lot going on between now and the 25th.  Work Christmas Party this Saturday, I’m Dreaming of a White Russian Party tomorrow, a few FareStart Christmas celebrations and the company is currently running a donation drive for FareStart.