Since I returned from Houston last week, Mr. F has been cooking amazing meals nearly every night! Some highlights include, sweet pepper baked eggs, and BBQ chicken with a pickled eggplant and cucumber salad! We also have gone to yoga 7 times in the last 9 days! We may have also indulged in fried green tomatoes and carrot ginger soup at Dot’s Delicatessen next to yoga.
Last weekend, Mr. F also made a delicious salmon with a brown sugar soy glaze! Last Sunday, we ran errands including picking up our freshly washed down pillows at Feathered Friends. We wanted to buy most of the items in the store, but we fortunately restrained ourselves! Sunday night, Mr. F and I went to our first Sounders soccer game with my sister and her boyfriend.We scored Trophy Cupcakes as soon as we arrived! They were awesome and the Seattle Sounders beat Portland too! On Monday, Mr. F made pork tenderloin and grilled peppers with avocados, feta and a cherry tomato! On Tuesday, my grandparents, Uncle and I went to lunch at the new Skillet Dinner in Ballard. It’s a gorgeous space with a lot of the same entrees from the food truck, plus more! I got the Fried Chicken Sammy and it was divine. On Wednesday night, Mr. F made a grilled chicken with a mustard rub along with a fresh summer salad of zucchini, cherry tomatoes and summer squash from our produce box. Thursday night, we had a going away party for my cousin, who’s starting her sophomore year in college at Macalaster! It was at a lovely Italian restaurant in Ballard, called Ristorante Picolino’s. I love dinners with my grandmother, Tootie, especially when it involves delicious ravioli! We had the patio to ourselves too! Yesterday, we both got out of work early, so we went to our wedding beach for beach reading and swimming!
This time last week, Mr. F and I drove with his parents, cat, and dog from Frankfort, MI to Chicago (about four hours), spent a fun afternoon and evening with some of our favorite people and restaurants in Chicago, then flew home to Seattle. The drive to Chicago was uneventful but it was fun to play with Horatio, the cat, who alternately wandered the car, or sat under the dog, Lee Lee. Horatio is really more of a dog than a cat, but nonetheless, he made us miss our kitties. We met Rusty’s cousin, Brian at our favorite Chicago burger place, Five Star Bar, for lunch. We missed the corn fed beef burgers with a fried egg, hot sauce and a pretzel bun! We also saw my cousin, Katy and her husband, Rob, for drinks and dinner. We went to our favorite Italian restaurant, Piccolo Sogno Due! On our way to O’Hare, we drove by our old apartment and realized we had the Home Alone terminal when we got to the airport! We got home after midnight but slept in on Sunday. I’ll have to post more about our awesome Sunday dinner with Mohit later!
On Monday morning, I flew to Houston for work and got to see a few friends while I was in town. I saw a coworker buddy for happy hour! Ashley also helped distract me from my nervousness on my first monitoring performance visit!On Tuesday night, I met my pen pal buddy of almost 20 years (we met through the American Girl Magazine) for authentic Texas food. We had Shiner Ruby Redbird beer (it tastes like ginger and grapefruit!) and catfish po’boys. I may have also had a bite of a Frito pie. (This is exactly what you think it is, fritos in a pie shape, with beans and cheese.) I also met Amy’s fiancé! We came up with a few fun wedding ideas that I’ll expand on, in a Pinterest board for her. Here’s what I started so far, Pie Wedding Love for Amy! I flew home to Seattle on Wednesday night and I was overjoyed to see the mountains. Phew! It’s been a busy last two weeks. I’ll share more photos soon!
Mr F and I are having tons of fun swimming, playing tennis, eating home cooked meals and enjoying lots of beach walks. The other day, we went to tennis lessons and the Sleeping Bear sand dunes all before lunch!
We had lunch in Glen Arbor and walked around their cute Main St too.
We’ve also remembered to put on sunscreen on while we’ve read on the deck and watched the waves on Lake Michigan.
I finished reading, the Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling and absolutely loved it. It is a hilarious and dark book about small town politics in Pagford, London. It reminds me of Dowton Abbey, Breaking Bad and Roald Dahl’s books for adults. Tina Fey, on the other hand, is making me laugh out loud repeatedly and inspiring me to be an empowered feminist and businesswoman.
We’ve enjoyed watching the sun set over Lake Michigan every night and the cooler weather. It’s been in the upper 60s and low 70s during the day with evenings and mornings in the upper 50s!
Yesterday, we woke up early for fresh doughnuts at the Crescent Bakery in Frankfort. We got fresh cherry pie, bacon maple doughnuts, blueberry muffins and a few other assorted glazed and chocolate options!
We have one more night left in Michigan before we drive through Chicago and fly back to Seattle. I’m excited to get beer battered perch at the Manitou, tonight! We’re also going to the Frankfort art show!
Wow, August is even busier than I anticipated! Mr F and I have been going to yoga with every chance we get plus eating fabulous home cooked meals almost every night, like pokè tuna and steamed beans, and steak salad with chimchurri, onions, and cherry tomatoes. I’m loving this clean living lifestyle that we been adapting with our yoga practice!
I even made enough time to have lunch with my grandparents and uncle at the Whale Wins last week. We had several amazing small plates including a half chicken and angel food cake, (which is not healthy but sure tasty!)
On Friday, I returned from my third trip to Victoria, B.C. in the last month. My hotel room view, in Victoria, wasn’t as spectacular as my previous trip, but I had a balcony!I took a coworker’s suggestion and I went to a nice breakfast place, called Shine before work in Victoria, and had a Garden City Benedict! The flight home was gorgeous, yet again! We flew over my parent’s house, again, too! Mr. F made me a delicious BBQ chicken dinner with Galia melon slices, and a cucumber, cherry tomato and a avocado salad!
Yesterday, Mr F and I flew to Chicago! We met Mr F’s parents and drove a few more hours to Frankfort, Michigan. We’ll enjoy a week of swimming in Lake Michigan, playing tennis, shopping for local produce, reading and eating pie!!
When we return from vacation, I fly to Houston for a work performance visit for three days then return to Victoria for the rest of the week!!