I love when you’re staring down the barrel of a lackluster weekend and out of nowhere awesome plans fall in your lap. M & J were out of town, so I was expecting that it would just be a quiet weekend for T & I. But then Bryan hooked us up with free Sounders tickets on Saturday night and Erin texted us that she was going to be in town and we made plans for a Sunday run followed by brunch.
The Sounders are a huge deal in Seattle and T had been wanting to see them play, as he’s a pretty big soccer fan. I don’t really know that much about soccer, but I generally enjoy going to sporting events, more for the vibe than the actual game. Plus attending a game seems like a rite of passage for living in Seattle. The stadium is really nice and our seats were great:
The game itself was just okay. There was lots of running back and forth and booing for the refs/opposing players. (That part was fun.) Apparently, it was the place to be. One of my co-workers was at the game, so we met up with him at the half. We also ran into our landlord, who was wasted and surrounded by bimbos in box seats. (I’m glad to see our rent money is being put to good use… )
The fun continued on Sunday. We met Erin for an easy run from Gasworks park and then had a nice brunch with her and Timmion over in South Lake Union. We totally lucked out on the weather. It was sunny for our run, pouring rain for our drive/brunch and sunny again afterward. It was great to catch up with them and we had a great time. It turned out to be a pretty action-packed weekend.
We had our first whiff of spring this weekend. Saturday got too busy with errands and what-not, so T & I vowed to get out on our bikes this morning. It was the first time I’d been outside on my bike this year. (So sad.) It was just a short ride, but felt pretty good. We also had to do the all important half-way coffee stop.
The boy was only moderately amused with my antics:
It was sooooooo nice to ride outside. Hopefully, we’ll be able to get out for more rides in the near future.
The boy’s company was opening a new store in a town north of Seattle. They were having a friends and family event, sort of a “test run” the night before store opening. It was fun to see a brand new upscale organic grocery store. Everything was all freshly stocked and colorful:
My favorite section was the bulk section. They had all sorts of crazy heirloom dried beans:
And they even had this awesome raw cereal that I thought I could only order online. Score! It was fun to wander around the store and watch T schmooze with his cohorts. I think he knows everyone in the company now. It’s pretty impressive. I also really liked their check-out lane numbering design:
So, after spending time amongst the highest quality, sustainably produced, organic food, where else should one go to dinner but the Old Spaghetti Factory? 😉 It was conveniently located down the street and I must confess it is a guilty pleasure of mine. Besides, I’m sure this was just as healthy… oh forget it…
Besides, we got to eat in a train car! You don’t get to do that everyday. It was a fun evening out, even if it was a little bit odd.
M’s birthday was this past week and rather going out for a birthday dinner on a Wednesday, she decided she wanted to go for a hike. It was a typical Seattle weather, gray and rainy. But that meant we had the trail pretty much to ourselves. And the scenery was still beautiful:
And there were giant ham sandwiches at the turnaround point:
And of course, wacky antics on the trail:
Hopefully, M enjoyed her birthday hiking and we didn’t ruin it too much with our tomfoolery. I’m still not the biggest fan of hiking, but M & J do make it fun.
I know there are way too many Groupon-like sites out now, but occasionally there will be a useful one. For example, there was a deal for two tickets to the bike expo for something like 7 bucks. Since a.) I didn’t know there was a bike expo, b.) what a bike expo might be and c.) seven dollars is pretty damn reasonable to find out. Plus, I’m always up for something different to do on a rainy Seattle Saturday. So, the boy and I braved the elements and drove over, which felt a little hypocritical until we saw the parking lot shuttle. So, we may not have been able to be as smug as the folks that rode their bikes, we could at least look down on the jokers waiting for the shuttle while we walked the quarter mile in the rain and wind. 🙂
The expo itself was interesting. There were all sorts of booths advertising organized rides and bike-related products. And a big display of historical bikes, which was my favorite part:
How they shifted bikes in the 20’s
Old-school deep racing wheels.I wonder if I could get a set of these for Slim…
We also saw a booth with beautiful wooden bikes, like this gorgeous tri-bike:
And there were of course amusing things, like this man dressed as a Cliff bar. (Now, there was a Cliff booth, but his costume looked homemade, so I wonder if it’s like when people dress up like Star Wars characters. Who knows?)
I really wanted to see the person who could ride this bike and ask them where on earth they bought pants:
All in all, it was a fun afternoon outing and well worth the seven bucks.
Wally has really been stepping up his game in the adorable department lately. He’s been supplying me with some quality Instagram material and generally just making me laugh. This was from my work at home day. I came into the living room to witness this ridiculous spectacle:
The couch is apparently a very popular place! My other favorite is this one, again of Wally on the couch:
I just love that he’s holding his red ball and has that “Won’t someone please play with me?” face on. I’ve got to say, he may be a big knucklehead, but at least he’s a cute one!