Greenery and artwork in Seattle’s Madrona neighbourhood.
When Calgary was in the grip of the latest cold snap, I was making my way to Seattle, where the rain was a welcome change from the cold and snow. I went to recharge, think about life, and have some new experiences. Home now, I’m enjoying the sun and a Chinook is blowing in, and my life feels better for the experiences that I had in this amazing city. Seattle is pretty special and these are the things, people, and places that stood out for me on the trip:
- Sunday Dinner at The Corson Building. The history and dining experience here is incredible. I picked Sunday to go since I was on my own and met some super friendly people who made the evening a great one.
- The people. When I travelled to NYC in the fall, I didn’t find people to be rude, but they certainly weren’t outgoing or eager to chat with a solo traveller. But I had some really amazing conversations with retailers in Madrona (Annie!), at the Sunday Dinner (Grace! her partner whose name I forget! George! Cara!), and at Zig Zag Cafe (Ben!), which made me question whether the Seattle Freeze is actually a real thing.
- Jazz big band night at Tula’s in Belltown. The music was wonderful, the Manhattan’s well-shaken, and the clientele chatty.
- Breakfast, which led into coffee and wine with Amanda, one of my BFFs who has been in Seattle since 2007; our visit was long overdue.
- Spending the day in Fremont, eating bread and eggplant and sardines and ham and touring the local street art.
The troll of Fremont, at the end of Troll Street. Check out the old VW beetle under his left hand.
A rocket built into a building, also in Fremont.
- My first shellac manicure. I’m hooked!
- Finding exactly what I wanted at hitchcock Madrona, i.e., something super unique and super Krista.
Copper and leather cuff, photo from here.
Seattle, I will definitely be back.
In what can only be described as wonderful debauchery, I got 4 hours of sleep before at 6:30am international flight and forgot to pack my computer power cord. Blogger fail. I’m calling this post “Seattle edition” so that I’m not actually late. :D
1. Fleeing the -40C-with-windchill for the rainy Seattle weather. At around 10C, it’s balmy!
2. A free glass of Chateauneuf-du-Pape on my last day of work was kind of awesome.
3. Endings and new beginnings.
4. I finally got a chance to go back to barre and it was AMAZING. When I get back to Calgary I’m gonna try and make it my regular morning workout.
5. The sushi bar at Sushi Bar Zipang in Bridgeland. Way too many Calgary sushi restaurants have eliminated the sushi bar for table seeing, and that’s a total shame.
6. A totally kick ass Femmes Fatales evening. <3 bourbon and the amazing women who attend!
7. Impromptu Sunday afternoon dates with J.
8. Date nights!
9. Getting to see greenery in the month of March; a total treat for this Canadian girl!
10. The red velvet cake at Rush Ocean Prime.
11. Every single wonderful person in my life. You all know who you are!
Since I don’t have any old photos of myself laying around (note to self: go through old albums next time I’m at my mom’s), I thought I’d do a music TBT.
I had completely forgotten that this song existed until a friend (shout out, G!) mentioned it. I was taken back to junior high dances, where teen angst is so palpable it hurts. While I was worried about whether my crush would dance with me (he didn’t), the song celebrated some incredibly historic events at the time (Glasnost, the end of the Cold War) that I did not pay enough attention to in social studies class.
Watching the video, I am in awe and some of the amazing things we have accomplished as a global community. We still have a long way to go, but it’s good to be reminded that we have done what seemed impossible in the past to make the world a better place.
1. Today, I made my first blood donation since 1998. Getting to eat Oreos afterwards was an extra bonus: Calgary needs 5,000 new donors this year. Consider donating, setting up a workplace clinic, etc. Blood products are lifelines for those with illness and critical injuries. More information here.
2. Super fun double dates.
3. Making it through a dinner party where every single recipe I cooked was new. Stressful! The party was also fun :)
4. My car is finally fixed! Barre class, here I come!
5. Wednesday night catch up sessions over $15 wine at Vendome Cafe. Sunnyside/Kensington peeps: $15 wine, $15 charcuterie, $15 cheese platters every Wednesday is just too good to pass up!
6. So many friend dates!
7. Long weekends + short work weeks.
8. Booking a trip to Seattle - finally!
9. Endings and new beginnings.
10. Chatty bartenders: single girls love you!
Peeps: After trying to make the trip to Seattle since September 2007, I’ve finally booked it and made it happen. Any advice on places to check out for amazing shopping, wine, cocktails, and art would be much appreciated!
(C.D. Hermelin, NYC’s Roving Typist, image via here.)