Super Fun Saturday in Seattle

Last week, the weather was absolutely beautiful here in Seattle (so beautiful, I actually enjoyed living here a little bit) so I made plans with a friend coworker person to spend the day outside in Seattle at a Sounders game, taking in a Bite of Seattle, and then whatever else seemed exciting. When I woke up, the sun was hidden behind some very thick clouds and I was a little worried the day wouldn’t turn out as great as I had imagined. Luckily, by the time we left (in matching outfits but not on purpose) for the Sounders game, the sun had started to come out and by the time we got there, it was out in full force. Even though the game ended in a tie, it was a good time and the view was great!

Great weather and great view at the game

Great weather and great view at the game

After the game, we decided to head over and see what Bite of Seattle was all about.

Welcome to a Bite of Seattle

Welcome to a Bite of Seattle

We walked around, saw all of the different places to eat, foods to try, and interesting people walking around. I will say, there was a great mix of people there…some very Seattle-like and some that actually made me feel at home. We tried a few different “just the right size” snacks, had a beer and great conversation in the beer garden, and then took a stroll over to the wine garden. On the way, I think I had a guy flirt with me but I am so oblivious that I didn’t know until the person I was with told me – too late now but darn, that guy was cute! The music, wine, ambiance, and view were great at the wine garden.

View from my seat on a rock at the wine garden

View from my seat on a rock at the wine garden

While we were sitting on the rock, enjoying the music, and sampling wine (the person I was with doesn’t like wine but said he would try it for me), we were talking about what to do next. All of the sudden his eyes lit up…he remembered that Kurt Cobain’s house (the one he committed suicide in) was in Seattle and asked if we could go see that. We looked it up and noticed it wasn’t far so we finished our drinks and made our way to the car. We took a drive to the house, walked around exploring the area a little, taking pictures, and having conversation. We started to get hungry and decided we wanted burgers so we made our way to Lunchbox Laboratory. We had a wonderful meal and then headed home. We talked into the wee hours of the morning and then said our good-byes. It was a fantastic day filled with things you can only experience in Seattle…

Definitely a thumbs up selfie kind of day :)

Definitely a thumbs up selfie kind of day πŸ™‚

Until next time…xoxo – Julie

Manners – it is A-OK to have them!

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Think about this next time you don’t use your manners…little eyes are watching – and learning!

Newsflash people in the Pacific Northwest…it is completely okay to have and use your manners. One thing I have noticed since moving to Seattle is that people do not use their manners as much as people do in the south. I try not to let it bother me; however, sometimes I have a hard time letting it go…especially when it is adults not using their manners since they are the ones who are showing the future generations how to behave. I don’t know about you but it really irks me when I hold the door for someone (especially a man) and they do not say “Thank you”. It took me more effort to hold the door for you than the effort it would have taken you to say “Thank you”. I have thought about just letting the door slam in their face but I have taken a new approach and politely calling them out after I do something nice. For instance, when I hold the door for someone and they do not say “Thank you” I say, in the nicest voice possible, “You are welcome”. I must say, 9 out of 10 times, the person turns around, with a shocked look on their face, and says “Oh! Thank you”. I am sure the embarrassment they felt then will remind them to use their manners next time. Then, there is that 1 out of 10 that continues walking and doesn’t say anything (usually because they are too busy missing life by messing around on their phone). That person is usually accompanied by a small child which is what upsets me the most – that is the example they are setting for that child. I can only hope that the child sees the manners I use and can learn from the example I am trying to set. I know I cannot change the fact that people in Seattle do not use their manners like we are taught to do in the south; however, I do know that I can continue to use my manners like I was taught and hope it rubs off on others. Using my manners might make me stick out a little but I would rather stick out in this case than fit in.

Be true to yourself - be the fruit loop!

Be true to yourself – be the fruit loop!

Thank you for reading and until next time – xoxo – Julie

Milk Carton…not just for holding milk

Most of use milk cartons for holding milk but in Seattle…they use them for holding people in water. Since I am not traveling for work the second half of the year, I am getting the opportunity to experience some of the neat things/events that Seattle has to offer. I am extremely lucky to have great friends who think to tell me about fun things going on or I wouldn’t know about 99% of the things.

This weekend, my sweet friend Diane invited me to go with her to the Milk Carton Derby. I had no idea what to expect other than having a good time with a great friend. I must say, I was surprised at how big the event was, how much stuff they had going on, and how creative people got with the boats. The weather was absolutely beautiful which made the day that much better. The sun was shining, the breeze was blowing, and the few clouds in the sky were gorgeous!

Absolutely gorgeous day!

Absolutely gorgeous day!

One of the boats before racing

One of the boats before racing

Another boat racing

Another boat racing

Some of the boats racing...

Some of the boats racing…

 

 

 

 

 

 

After watching the boat races, we took a stroll around Greenlake which was wonderful – I even ran into someone I knew from San Antonio! Small world, right? We had a delicious lunch on the patio and then finished our walk to the car. Overall, I would say it was a fabulous day experiencing my first dose of Seafair…so fabulous, I slept until noon the next day!

Sunshine and Baseball…All American Weekend

Take me out to the ballgame! Take me out to the crowd!

news_EverettAquaSoxI absolutely love sunshine, good friends (especially ones that are like family), baseball, and ballpark food…and this weekend, I got all of that. Some of my good friends, who have become like family here in Seattle, enjoy a good baseball game as much as I do and invited me to attend the Everett Aquasox game with them and their adorable twins. The weather was absolutely perfect, the company was better, and the home team broke their losing streak!

What a beautiful day for baseball!

What a beautiful day for baseball!

It might not have been a MLB game but it was definitely a great day at the ballpark and I am looking forward to going again! If you are looking for a cost-effective family activity, this is definitely one I would recommend. Tickets aren’t expensive and for a simple $8.00 you can get a hot dog, chips, and drink…you could only get a beer at a MLB park for $8.00. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I absolutely love holidays; however, the last few years, I seem to get a little sad around them. I am such a family person and to me, holidays are about being with family and I am not able to do that as much since moving to Seattle. Fortunately, I have a friends here who open their home to me during the various holidays and treat me as family. I even pack a bag and crash at their place – thanks Kim, Beau, and Tali!

This morning I woke up early, ate some cereal, drank my coffee, and read my book. Apparently, I was still a little tired because I took a nap. I normally don’t take naps but for some reason the last week I have taken a few. I am not complaining at all – sometimes, you just need to bring out the inner kindergartener in you πŸ™‚ By the way, when did they take nap time away from little ones?!?! I made my new “go-to” cookies to bring to the Bannerman BBQ – hopefully Beau shares this time πŸ™‚ I was going to use the good ole holiday excuse not to work out but decided to push through a work out so I could enjoy a said cookie later. I am now sitting here stinky and sweaty while I enjoy a red, white, and blue smoothie (strawberries, blueberries, vanilla almond milk, and greek yogurt) to get into the patriotic spirit. I have been wanting to make this recipe I recently pinned on Pintrest but know it isn’t very healthy but am thinking I can use the “apple pie is so American” excuse so why not make it on this very American Holiday?!?!

Do you have any great recipes that you like to make on the 4th of July? I know my Granny V would have made deviled eggs and potato salad…but the Bannerman bunch doesn’t eat southern comfort food like that so I figured I will save that for when I head home one holiday…hope the Bannerman bunch and the boys men Kim invited over enjoy desserts!

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of the July! Until next time…xoxo – Julie

A little bit about ME, ME, ME!

Happy Wednesday everyone! The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and the heat isn’t nearly as bad today here in Seattle. Yesterday, I talked a little about why I started this new blog and promised to give a little background about myself today. Of course, I won’t write my autobiography – I am saving that for when I am famous, do something so stupid I become famous for it, or just really need the money later in life – but I am going to try to tell you a little about myself so you have a little understanding of where I come from and why I think the way I do…sound good? Great! I knew you would agree πŸ™‚

Me and my thumbs up!

Me and my thumbs up!

Alrighty, here goes… I was born and raised in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. I went to school for my undergraduate degree in Sports Management and Business at The University of Tennessee (GO VOLS!)…I sure hope I don’t have a lot of typos or I know the jokes will start coming. I was a Phi Mu during college and still pay my dues so for now – I guess the saying “Phi Mu is for life” is true…although they (a few people) tried to get me to quit my senior year…we can see how well that worked! After college, I packed my things and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where I began my career with the company I currently work for. I had never been to San Antonio, visited where I would be working, or knew a single person but I got there a week before my job started and hoped for the best. That adventure lasted all of 18 months…some might say that was 17 too long πŸ™‚ I learned a lot while I was there – some just from experiences and some from mistakes…well, since I learned from them, I don’t consider them mistakes…maybe just a life lesson! After San Antonio, I moved to Philadelphia…again, not knowing a single person or visiting the site but I thought – what they heck…if I don’t like it, I will just move again! I reached out the alumni chapter and met a wonderful Phi Mu who let me live with her while I waited for my things to arrive and searched for an apartment. She is still one of my dearest friends and one of the great things about Phi Mu. I stayed in Philly for….wait for it…18 months! I would say that while some things there were a challenge (people were brutally honest) it was one of the best experiences I have had – I loved the culture, the city, the people, and the proximity to so many cool places with sporting arenas! Upon leaving Philly, I moved to Seattle, Washington and have been here for a little over two and half years! Can you believe it? I didn’t get the 18 month itch! My current job has given me the opportunity to travel extensively and even live in Japan for 6 months (amazing experience and you can read about it on my old blog). I have not made a lot of friends here due to my crazy work life and have often questioned “what is wrong with me” but have recently found that it isn’t something I have done wrong – it is just the way life is right now. I do have some amazing friends (shout out to Kim and Diane) that I know are always there for me. I have recently started to focus on me and my happiness and that means leaving some things/people in the past and making room for the amazing new people I am meeting. I am starting to venture out and embrace the area and what it has to offer but I am not doing it without bringing my southern roots with me. I am done dressing “granola” to try to fit in…I am back to my skirts, dresses, and heels and let me just say…it feels good! I am not perfect and do not claim to be. I have made plenty of mistakes life lessons during my time and although they are painful to go through – I am thankful that I have. I have worried about things outside of my control, I have thought beauty was only skin deep, I have dated and hung around the wrong people (negative people), I have let my insecurities keep me from being the best version of myself. Well, let me tell you – that stops now! I am focusing on me, my health, and my happiness. The journey might be difficult in a place where people’s mood depends on the weather (seriously – the sun is out, people are nice and vice versa) but it is a journey that I willing to take…and share with you.

I have an amazing family – not going to lie, they can get on my nerves, drive my crazy, and make me cry in family pictures but I wouldn’t trade them for the world. We are all unique in our own way but each and every one of them has had some soft of impact on shaping me to be who I am today. I am extremely quirky and I own my dorkiness! I have an amazing zest for life and love to explore other places. I work hard and hold myself to extremely high standards. I love photography and am always the one taking tons of pictures. What can I say – I like to capture the memories. I love my niece unconditionally and wish I had the same relationship with my nephews…one day, right? I still want my mom when I am sick – even though she is a terrible nurse! I love getting my morning text message from my dad and worry if he forgets to send it. I do most things in life with the hopes of making my family proud. I do not like failure and quite frankly – am petrified of it. I love sports and the outdoors…and from reading this blog entry – I can tell I like to type a lot and skip around from one topic to another…I guess that is a side effect of not taking medicine for your ADD! I love having great teeth and enjoy showing them off in pictures. Speaking of pictures – I tend to do thumbs up in pictures…Believe it or not, I am quite the introvert…totally fine by myself, would prefer to be alone (except if my niece is around), and can sit in a room of 1,000 people, not say a word and be totally okay! One thing on my bucket list is to see a game at every Major League Baseball Park.

Me and dad at a MLB park

Me and dad at a MLB park

Me and my niece

Me and my niece

I am sure your head is spinning by now with all of the random facts about me. If you know me and have anything you want to add about me – please feel free to leave a comment. If there is ever anything you would like me to write about – shoot me an email or leave a comment. Hope you enjoyed my novel today… now I am off to enjoy the sunshine again…day two! WooHoo!

Until next time….xoxo – Julie

Let me start by saying…

Seattle Skyline

Seattle Skyline

Well hello there! Lucky you for stumbling upon my new blog. Some of you may know me from school, back home, work,Β  my old blog, or not at all. Have no fear if you don’t know me – if you read for a while you will get to know all about me and my quirkiness! I have lived in many places and each has come with challenges but nothing like Seattle…where I moved two and half years ago! Seattle and the surrounding area is beautiful; however, there is something I just can’t seem to ignore…and neither can most transplants people I know – the Seattle Freeze! I understand it is something that most natives to Seattle pride themselves on but I just don’t understand it since I am from the south. I am not saying that my lifestyle/job hasn’t made it a challenge to meet people and make friends but for crying out loud – I have been in town a week or two each month (well, some months). Don’t get my wrong, I have met some amazing people and, well, some not so amazing people but I figured it was time to start writing about my time in Seattle. I won’t be traveling as much in the upcoming months which means there is sure to be some fun stories to tell about Seattle, the people I meet, and the things I experience.

I want to make it very clear that I am not an expert in people, Seattle, life, or anything I blog about but I do enjoy telling a story and bringing a smile and laughter to those around me. My posts are in no way meant to be mean but if the truth or my version of the truth hurts your feelings, I apologize now! Remember, it is your choice to read my blog (and I surely hope you do).

If there is ever anything you want me to write about or give my views on, please feel free to email me or leave a comment. Now that I have introduced my blog – I will work on introducing myself tomorrow. Until then, I am going to enjoy the rain sunshine….it is a beautiful day outside and for those of you who have been to Seattle…you know that is a rarity and one must take full advantage.

Until next time – xoxo – Julie

The Space Needle

The Space Needle