Unexpected Wonderful Weekend…

Don’t you just love when you go into a weekend not knowing what you have planned or what to expect and it ends up being fantastic? I love weekends like that – especially when I am surrounded by such amazing friends – both new and old. I must say, life has been pretty amazing lately – even with all of the crazy changes going on (I will write about those at a later date). I really thought not traveling for work was going to be a major bummer but it has been to be the total opposite. Don’t get me wrong, I miss the craziness of the airport but I have really begun to make some amazing friends in Seattle and for that I am thankful. I will admit – I would not like it up here as much if it weren’t for the friendships I have made (some still in the blossoming stage but it sure is beautiful!).

As you know (or might have read), last weekend I went to dinner and a movie with a friend and had a wonderful time. We both enjoyed each others company that we decided to get together this weekend and hang out Friday night and walk/hike some trails on Saturday morning. I was so excited to spend time with him but really excited to ride the ferry over again!

Thinking I could model for the Washington State Ferry...

Thinking I could model for the Washington State Ferry… πŸ™‚

We really got to know each other a lot more through talking and spending time together this weekend and that was awesome. I already thought he was great since he was from the south and we share a lot of the same view points on life but getting to know him on a deeper level was awesome. It is nice to be around people who understand where I am coming from. This is definitely one friendship I look forward to growing and seeing how beautiful it can be when it fully blossoms.

Saturday night had an unexpected last-minute change of plans but I will say, it turned out to be fantastic! I love having friends with little kids – especially when they welcome me into their life and let me be a part of the little ones life (who doesn’t love being an aunt?)! I was going to give mommy and daddy a night out but plans changed and we had a “family” night out – we did dinner and walked around the mall. I must say, the stories from that night are hilarious! From blow-outs to broken things in the store – definitely one for the books. Best quote of the night while I am looking at the sweet twins…”You still want kids, Julie?”.

Now, Sunday morning…my special day when I usually treat myself to brunch (my girl Kim knows if I message her Saturday night it is to figure out where we are doing brunch). Well this Sunday was different, we were having a girls brunch with an amazing lady Kim introduced me to a few weeks ago and the lady who introduced them. They had figured out a place to go (Tilikum) and made reservations. Sounds awesome right? Well, the food was delicious and I will definitely be adding it to my list of brunch places but the street signs and construction work in Seattle…not so awesome! They had all kinds of streets shut down and after going out-of-the-way by about a mile, I finally decided to park in my usual spot since the GPS said it was only .2 miles to where I was going. I started walking and walking….and walking…all the way to the freaking market! At this point, I was late (and I would have been early) and frustrated and told the girls to just eat without me and I was sorry. As I am walking up to my car, I realize that I parked right in front of the street the restaurant was on! Thanks to the construction work, the sign had been taken down on my side of the street and I didn’t even know! So, 30 minutes later, I finally made it to the restaurant and met the fabulous ladies (thankfully our table wasn’t ready on time so I was just a few minutes late – or so they told me). We had a delicious meal and fantastic conversation and even talked about planning a girls trip. After brunch, Kim and I walked down to the market and chatted about all kinds of things. We stopped at the Cherry Street Coffee Shop and enjoyed a delicious beverage and chatted some more (yep, we chat a lot!). I think the coffee cup said it all and really made me think about how fabulous this weekend was…

Yep - all you need is love!

Yep – all we need is love!

After coffee, I went home to pick up a friend who is moving here and take him to Bellevue where he will be living temporarily and to get him something to eat. Kim and Tali came out to meet us (I think it is good for him to know someone in the area he will be living in case something comes up and needs help ). We had a fantastic time chatting and getting to know each other.

Me and Tali at dinner

Me and Tali at dinner

Overall, this weekend was full of unexpected great times with even greater people. Life is looking pretty darn amazing right now and I am so excited to be able to share it with everyone.

Until next time…xoxo – Julie

A “ferry” fun weekend :)

I never like to wait a while in between blog posts; however, I had been on the go so much that I decided to take a weekend (or two) to relax and get caught up on things that come with being an adult (cleaning, laundry, cleaning, and laundry). This past weekend turned out to be a pleasant surprise full of fun with some very “Seattle” things included. I started my weekend off with a dance party at the gym (aka, zumba). I thought I was going to take a quick little power nap and then meet up with some friends…yeah, thought was the keyword there. I ended up going to bed at 9:45pm and I have no shame in that either. I also have no shame admitting that I slept until 7:30am the next morning. I would like to say that both of those are rare but that would be lying – I don’t usually sleep that late! I woke up Saturday, started some laundry and then thought about what I would do to enjoy the beautiful weather we had in Seattle. I decided to head down to Greenlake to enjoy the sunshine and try out my new running shoes.

YAY for new running shoes!

YAY for new running shoes!

The weather was awesome, the new shoes were fantastic, and the run was wonderful. The sun was shining and a cool breeze was blowing throughout the run. I must say, I couldn’t complain.

Post run selfie :) trying to get some sun while working out!

Post run selfie πŸ™‚ trying to get some sun while working out!

After the run, I stopped by Starbucks to get an iced tea and sit outside to people watch. I was lucky enough to have my friend, Rachel, come meet me and have great conversation – always a good time with her. Saturday finished up with a haircut (trim, can’t cut too much off since I am growing it out again for Locks of Love) and drinks with a friend. I woke up bright and early on Sunday to help a friend (loan the back of my car for transporting goods) then had my weekly brunch meeting (it might be a “thing” now) with Kim. We tried a new place this time –Β Alexa’s Cafe in Bothell. It had a cute atmosphere and good food – definitely worth going to if I don’t want to drive to my usual spots (Pomegranate Bistro and Brown Bag Cafe). After brunch, I ran to the grocery to get food for the week (yes, I am one of those people who is a one and done for the week) and then came home and started the prep process. Right as I was finishing up, I got a text message from my friend who I was going to meet that night so I jumped in the shower and got ready. I got ready super fast (for me at least) and jumped in the car and zoomed over to catch the Edmonds/Kingston Ferry – it was a beautiful day for a ferry ride so I was not going to miss that and be stuck driving 80 miles around to the “island”.

Beautiful view on the ride over

Beautiful view on the ride over

I had dinner and fabulous conversation with my friend and then we scooted over to the movies to see “Let’s Be Cops“…for those of you who really know me, don’t worry – I didn’t bring my movie blanket since it was the first movie outing with him – that comes next time πŸ™‚ The movie was funny and a good pick on his part. I will admit, I had to control my laughter so I wouldn’t embarrass myself (I didn’t want to pull a “my dad” on a first movie outing with someone). After the movie ended, he brought me back to my car and we parted ways..until we decided to turn around and meet back up. It “might” have been late and I “might” have had to work in the morning but the conversation at dinner was so good I couldn’t pass up the opportunity for more. I mean, I could sit in line for the ferry or I could sit with a friend enjoying their company – of course I am picking their company. We talked until after midnight when we decided to really part ways this time. I scooted on over toΒ  catch the last ferry out of Bainbridge Island – got there with two minutes to spare πŸ™‚ The ferry ride back was absolutely stunning. The Seattle skyline was lit up and the moon was bright and shining. I sat on the deck, wrapped in my blanket, admiring how beautiful and peaceful that moment was. I captured a picture but will admit, it does absolutely no justice for what I felt that moment. It was really one of those times, you just had to be there. I might have gotten home late that night and had to get up early the next day but I would do it all over again – it was a perfect night with a phenomenal ending! I might just have to ride the 1:25am Bainbridge ferry ride more often πŸ™‚

View from the ferry ride back to Seattle

View from the ferry ride back to Seattle

Until next time…xoxo – Julie

A weekend dash to Denver

Most people dread going to the airport – well not me. Since I have not been traveling for work, I really started to miss the energy of the airport. Little note: the only time I get anxious there is when I have to put my suitcase on the scale πŸ™‚ Since I have not been getting my fill of traveling for work, I thought it would be fun to take a personal trip – which is what I did last weekend when I dashed to Denver to visit my younger cousin, Lesley.

My awesome cousin, Lesley!

My awesome cousin, Lesley!

Lesley just finished her freshman year at Rice University and has been interning at Cochlear this summer. I have never been to Denver before (except for layovers) and thought why not see my cousin, a new city, and mark another ballpark off my list (my goal is to see a game at every MLB stadium)…and I did exactly that – with a few more amazing things mixed in.

Neither of us had really made an itinerary for the weekend other than going to the baseball game so we played most of the weekend by ear. Friday night, we decided to go the Denver Botanic Gardens. The weather was absolutely perfect that night – light drizzle at the beginning which made for amazing rainbows and views.

They had two perfect rainbows at one point!

They had two perfect rainbows at one point!

Me and Lesley in the gardens

Me and Lesley in the gardens

This could seriously be a postcard - yeah, I take great pictures.

This could seriously be a postcard – yeah, I take great pictures.

I love botanic gardens – or just being outdoors in general, so I was extremely happy we chose that for our Friday activity. I was even more excited when I found out that they had the Chihuly exhibit going on during that time., I went to the Chihuly Museum in Seattle when Jess and AnnaBelle came to visit and loved it – but mixing it in with the beautiful flowers, trees, water, and gardens was made his work that much more breathtaking!

Me and Lesley in front of one of the many exhibits

Me and Lesley in front of one of the many exhibits

One of the exhibits with a rainbow in the background

One of the exhibits with a rainbow in the background

Absolutely beautiful work!

Absolutely beautiful work!

Love this one!

Love this one!

Saturday was a busy day for us. We woke up and went to what we read was the biggest farmer’s market in Denver (don’t always believe what you read) – Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market. We walked around and grabbed a little snack to bring with us to Washington Park. We sat by the water to enjoy our snack and then decided to take a walk around the park. The weather was gorgeous and the atmosphere was great (I would definitely hang out there if I lived in the area).

My delicious, not the least bit healthy, snack!

My delicious, not the least bit healthy, snack!

Our view while was snacked and chatted.

Our view while was snacked and chatted.

On our way back to the hotel for an afternoon nap during the rain storm, we stopped and had another super healthy snack, home-made ice cream! We took a little nap while the rain came down and then headed over to the ballpark for the game at Coors Field. We parked for $3 (which is a killer deal if you ask me), got tickets for $15 a piece (again, another awesome deal), and some ballpark snacks for less than $20 (another awesome deal if you ask me). The weather was absolutely beautiful, the fans were great, the park was nice, and the game was exciting – 3 homeruns!

Beautiful night for baseball!

Beautiful night for baseball!

I love a good ballpark hotdog!

I love a good ballpark hotdog!

Me and Lesley at the game

Me and Lesley at the game

I had such an amazing weekend but before I could head home, I had to try a Denver breakfast (everyone says that is the meal they do best). Anyone who knows me, knows that I love brunch, so why not try out one of the Denver’s most well-known brunch spots (where the wait time is well over an hour), Snooze! The wait was long, the ambiance was pretty cool, and the food was delicious!

Worth every bit of the wait!

Worth every bit of the wait!

I was sad for the weekend to come to an end but was so happy I made the weekend dash over to Denver! There were lots of reminders of Seattle during the trip but it was nice to get away for the weekend.

Until next time…xoxo – Julie