The title says it all. You give me a super sunny weekend in the middle of winter and my mood is bursting with joy. Add to the sunny skies the birds chirping, the rose buds blossoming, and all signs pointing to spring and I will forget for a time that it is still chilly with highs in the mid 40s and that we still have months to go until summer. But sometimes its A-OK to be fooled or even foolish.
Bryan deserted me Friday night and Saturday to go skiing with Mark at White Pass just past Mt. Rainier. I say “deserted” but I’m only joking because I have basically been begging him to go as I don’t want to hold him back from going out and enjoying something I know he loves. So Friday night I had a date with myself to see I, Tonya, enjoyed a Subway sandwich and then got home in time to catch as much as I wanted of the Opening Ceremony. All in all, a pretty good night.
Saturday was S.T.U.D.Y. day with Bryan away. With only breaks for brunch at home, talking to my mom, and a 4-mile easy run in the sun, and making of some healthyish chocolate peanut butter oat bars to snack on this week, I was in the house studying away on structural steel from 10 am until when Bryan got home around 5:30 pm. But it was a good and productive day that I’m glad I had and I sat in the sun next to the window the whole day. Once Bryan was home we caught up with one another’s day before making an easy but super delicious dinner thanks to Hellofresh of moo shu pork tacos with some delicious hoisin aioli while watching the first night of the Olympic events and my personal favorite; ice skating/dancing. I was happy to have my husband back home to fight over space on the couch.
Sunday was typical and atypical. We went to church (typical) but there was a guest speaker (atypical). Nevertheless, the talk hit home and was a good one for both of us to hear (typical). We drove off in the sunlight (atypical) and headed south to Ikea in Renton (atypical…we haven’t been to Ikea since we first moved into the house 3.5 years ago) with a stop first to get more Subway for lunch (atypical…I don’t normally have a craving for Subway). We spent the next two hours browsing and shopping Ikea and managed to get everything we came for without breaking the bank. Our grocery cart was:
Two new nightstands for our bedroom that match the style and color of our bed frame.
An actually beautiful dresser (also in the same style as our bedroom furniture but in white) for use in the “nursery” as a dresser and changing table per inspiration from a blog I saw to multipurpose.
A shelving unit to use in the “nursery” closet for books, toys, etc that was also per inspiration from the same blog.
Drawer insert organizers for the wee little baby clothes in the dresser.
Cloth bins in adorable polka dots to use for storing away the toys, etc in the shelving unit.
Two rod racks with hooks to hang certain elements in the kitchen to give us more counter space along with a cute little hanging basket to hang on the rod.
I think we came out winning for sure. We headed back north, stopping to see an open house right down the street from Seward Park that was well-priced, in a neighborhood we like, and pretty cutely remodeled but we just aren’t sure about putting down an offer right now. We headed home to unload the Jeep in the middle of our living room where it still rests. Bryan went for a run in the remaining sunlight and I walked up the hill to get items for dinner. We made one of our favorite calliloo stews together, did a few household chores, watched more Olympics and of course relaxed to more TV before wrapping up the weekend before another work week.
Sun is in store for the week ahead and I’m so happy about that!
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.
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.
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.