Halloween hijinks


Last year, my boss hosted a little team-building shin-dig at his place. Since it was October, there was a Halloween theme. This year, we decided to take things up a notch. There were signature cocktails (including my sparkling apple sangria). This is Reed’s pumpkin spice latte martini:

CocktailsAs with last year, he also had a fantastic spread of food and snacks. This year, we even had a craft project:

ShrinkyDinksThat’s right, Shrinky Dinks! I didn’t know they still made them. God bless Amazon!


They came out pretty cool:

ShrinkyDinks3As tradition dictates, Mel brought accessories and we took pictures on the roof:

RoofPortrait1 RoofPortrait2I couldn’t resist getting a shot of our photographer:

PhotoBunnyAnd, of course, there had to be a silly selfie:

SillySelfieAnd some behind the scenes footage:


OuttakesAfter some more adult beverages, the night got a even more entertaining:

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At some point, T joined us and I may or may not have ended up in a gay bar wearing bunny ears at 1 in the morning. (I swear, my life is usually not this entertaining!) Poor T had to deal with getting me home. Let’s just say he’s a rockstar and I owe him big time!

Special weekend guest


Heidi came up to visit this weekend, which is always a good time. She got to witness our first couch purchase ever! (T had couches when we met and they’ve been in use since then. Time for a change, don’t you think?)

HV-NewCouchI have been wanting a more modern couch for a while and we definitely could use a more seating for all of the critters in our house:

HV-AustinCouchTo celebrate Heidi’s visit and the new couch, we headed out to a bar we’d been wanting to check out: Radiator Whiskey. It gets bonus points for being in Pike Place Market, so we got to show Heidi one of the big tourist sights of Seattle. They had very lovely cocktails for Heidi and I, plus scotch for the boy:

HV-FridayDrinkWe picked up some delicious salami, cheeses, and crackers on the way home and had a nice snacky dinner. There may have also been some wine…

The next day, we slept in. Then T was nice enough to show off his impressive breakfast-making skills and we had a nice relaxing morning. (Gotta break in that new couch!) I had a stroke of inspiration and remembered one of my “next time we have out of town visitor” ideas: Theo Chocolate factory tours. I looked it up and sure enough, we could book tickets for the 1:00. Woo hoo! We got over to Fremont early enough to show Heidi the famous Lenin statue:


Should you find yourself in Seattle, I HIGHLY recommend the Theo tour. We learned a bit about the chocolate making process, got to eat a lot of free chocolate and had a very entertaining time:

HV-TheoMeYou do have to wear hairnets, (and beard nets for the hipsters) which are VERY attractive:

HV-HairnetTrioThe factory floor:

HV-ChocolatePipeline HV-TheoFloorOne section had used empty cacao burlap bags as decor:

HV-CacaoBagsApparently, there’s a lot of sugar involved… well, for someone:

HV-TheoSugarThey make some very whimsical chocolate creations. This one is modeled after a neighborhood topiary:

HV-FremonsterBut this one was, by far, all of our favorite:

HV-ChocolateHansSoloWe chilled out at the house for a little while and then it was time for more drinks!

HV-EssexDrinksWe had to take Heidi to one of our favorite places, Delancey. And since Saturday nights usually have a longish wait time, we just had to get a cocktail (or two) at Essex next door. It was a very enjoyable evening.

For the final day of Heidi’s visit, we headed back to Ballard for a trip to my favorite breakfast spot: Skillet diner. (What can I say? You eat well at Chez Dragonfire!) We had to laugh at the name on one of the cocktails:


I splurged on the Serious Toast:


They aren’t messing around, it was AMAZING. (Plus, I was full for the rest of the day… )

Since it was a beautiful sunny day, Heidi and I spent the last day of her visit sitting in the sunshine in our backyard. It was sublime. We talked and laughed, got dive-bombed by hummingbirds, watched Austin’s crazy antics, drank some delicious cider. Honestly, I can’t imagine a more perfect way to end her visit. Then, sadly, it was time to take her to the airport and say good-bye. While I wish we lived closer and could see each other more often, at least we can pack a maximum amount of fun into a weekend!