Week Recap


This week was a transitioning week for me with work and with social a bit.  I feel like my schedule this week didn’t allow for much to get done and yet most nights I arrived home late in the evening.  I didn’t fit in many workouts and I didn’t get very many hours in studying.  Hopefully this weekend allows for a little of both.

Part of the reasoning behind lack of studying was a few scheduled nights of girl time.  After one night at home on Monday I met Polly for dinner at Palomino’s before seeing the movie Lady Bird together.  I also spilled the beans to my dear girlfriend who was very happy for us and very excited.  The next night I grabbed dinner at the FareStart Community Dinner before heading to church for yoga and a meet and greet for the winter season of our women’s Practicing Presence group.  Pretty much the same girls with a few additions, which is a good thing, and I was glad that I made the effort to go to this first one, even if just to tell them the reason I won’t be making them all; the test.  We were led through 50 minutes of gentle yoga and stretching, which I realized were needed after having a few days of mostly office work with little exercise and very tight muscles.  An enjoyable session but one that didn’t really leave any time for chatting or getting to know one another.

Thursday night was a good night at FareStart, as it always is, with a fabulous meal and both of us getting to perform our favorite roll of food running.  And today we were greeted by sunny skies!  I’m back at the main office for the day for our monthly staff meeting, and moving forward I will be spending Fridays, and hopefully as many others as I can, in the main office and so happy to be here instead of up the hill.  I’m looking forward to settling in to watch the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.  I’m looking very much forward to the weekend, even if that means I have a lot of studying to do.  At least I don’t have to clean.  Bryan’s going on his first ski day tomorrow with Mark to White Pass and they have decided to spend the night there tonight so I’m thinking I might go see I, Tonya on my way home for work for a solo date.

Amazing FareStart dinner thanks to Rider restaurant. Beet and burrata salad with beet hummus, steelhead with hazlenuts and fennel puree, and the most amazing chocolate semifreddo with cream, cherries and brittle.

My three days at the Seattle Municipal Tower were not the most fun.  The office is quiet and sterile and no one talks to our group from MJA.  There are a maximum of eight of us up there at any one time but that number fluctuates throughout the week.  It is super strange to me to work in a building where you have to take an elevator up to the 40th floor to then get off and get on another elevator to take you up to the 47th floor.  Our floor has spectacular views of the city, however, I really only get to see these when I walk around or are in meetings because in Seattle Public Utility’s contract “no consultant is to have a nicer desk than an SPU employee”.  Thus, we are in the middle with super tall partitions and certainly no windows.  There is no coffee here either so Bryan makes me an espresso to take with me to work, although there is a Starbucks on the first floor if I was really desperate (but I am cutting back on caffeine intake).  My main issue with it though is that there is no conversation or social aspect to this office like there is at First Ave.  Our group talks some but everyone is so quiet around us we stick mostly to business, versus the main office which can get very rowdy and loud on a regular basis.  Absolutely no one eats lunch together in the kitchen.  The work here is mildly interesting which is the one saving grace but I’ll be looking forward to getting back to 1st Ave full time.


Halloween · Week Recap · Weekend

Spook Me Out

Thankfully the week of scare and frights has passed.  Neither Bryan nor I do well with scary…anything.  We had Halloween to thank for some of it and passed our nights this last week watching Season 2 of the awesomely scary Stranger Things on Netflix.  And yes, we were both scared to death on multiple occasions.

Aside from me dressing up as a hero for my office’s annual Halloween potluck, we had a rather uneventful Halloween.  And much of the week was the usual.  I continue to go to barre class twice a week and Bryan has jumped right back into rowing and weights…perfect timing as this month is apparently Rowvember.  We have been able to enjoy more meals at home, possibly even setting a record for number of times this week.  I’ve had my girl’s nights on Wednesday and Bryan’s men’s mornings on Saturday.  We got in our long run around Seward Park on Saturday in the rain and cold weather.  And we had another fun friend and food filled night at FareStart although Bryan was absent this past week because of a class he was taking at work.

Subpar Halloween costumes at work this year.

This weekend was mostly football and Stranger Things, food and fall cleaning.  I honestly can’t think of that much else that was accomplished and that is fine by me.  We even had an extra hour to enjoy all of this fall laziness. I am already counting down the days until we leave for Kauai.  It seems as that number decreases so do the temperatures here in Seattle.  Oh, and yeah, it has snowed here already twice.  I don’t even think it has snowed in Michigan yet!


Fall · Week Recap · Weekend

Fall is Flying By

And in a blink of an eye October has vanished.  Very quickly.  It’s been well over a week since my last post and quite a bit has happened.  All good, none bad, rejoice!

We continue to have weekends at home which is nice.  Last weekend was just Bryan and I more or less and more relaxing time than anything.  It was pouring rain for the vast majority of the weekend.  We got dinner just the two of us at Din Tai Fung, watched football, went to Billy and Val’s orchestra concert, went to church, and had a good brunch at Poquitos.

I call this death by tree. Colors are wonderful this year.

We needed a low key weekend because last week was rather eventful for us.  I had my monthly SEAW dinner meeting on a fascinating but mentally taxing topic (after a 9 hour day of work) by a professor from the University of Texas.  I managed to get to barre class twice and ran once during the week in the glorious fall sunshine.  I had my weekly girls meeting on Wednesday after a great (and free birthday) dinner at the nearby Red Robin on the waterfront by work.  Meanwhile, Bryan went to Stephen and Ewelina’s for dinner with a few friends after a long row.  And FareStart was it’s usual grand self while staying quite late talking with our FareStart friends with our departures seemingly getting later and later.

This weekend was really a fantastic weekend!  I hurried home to get dinner made for Bryan’s coworker Mark and his son who I haven’t seen for well over a year.  I was frantic in preparations but then dinner was conversationally easy and relaxing.  Saturday morning Bryan and I both watched our teams play the early game in our PJs before setting out in the absolutely gorgeous weather for our favorite lap around Seward Park.  Saturday night I hosted the first (of hopefully many) girls night in while Bryan hung out with the guys for their night “off”.  Five of us girls enjoyed baking two really delicious, and new to us, fall desserts, using the abundance of pears and apples I had on hand, talking, eating a yummy fall dinner, and then settling in with multiple bottles of wine to watch Magic Mike and eat our sweet creations.  I had a great time and Bryan did as well; grilling steaks, drinking beer and whiskey, hot tubbing and going out to the bar to drink more and play video games.

Apple tarte tatin and pear chocolate almond tart. Not pictured is Polly’s homemade whipped cream!

My night did me in less than Bryan’s and Sunday morning came around but Bryan didn’t start out on the up and up.  Instead of going to church this week we headed over to Randy’s condo overlooking Shilshole for his annual donut party.  It was good to see Marika and Randy, the donuts were good, the coffee was needed, and before long the sun was trying to come out and Bryan and I were on our way to Centurylink to go to the Seahawks vs. Texans game.  The game started fast and furious and kept up that way the whole game.  The Seahawks scored way more than usual and let up way more than usual.  It was an exciting game from start to finish.  The sun came out full force in the second quarter and I was in high heaven soaking up the sun, yelling my lungs out and thoroughly enjoying the crowd and atmosphere.  Russell Wilson proved himself again with shear seconds left and the Seahawks pulled out the victory at the very end.  We were electrified leaving the stadium and  headed to get food at the new Halal Guys in Pioneer Square (the same group as the legendary street trucks in NYC) and enjoyed our gyro platters and chicken sandwiches before heading home.  Both of us were exhausted but the epic marathon of a World Series game kept us up.

Post game noshing

Such a great weekend…friends, food, and finally all of our teams with a win!!