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Home and work trips to Spokane and Chicago

10645150_696568978502_6581666454337444190_nIt was so nice to be home in Seattle for the last weekend of Summer. Mr. F and I walked around our neighborhood and biked to Golden Gardens! 10538604_696569193072_7278083486212777369_nWe saw turtles in the ponds!10644516_696569123212_6472362746767942352_n We also had our last swim in the Sound for the season.10653538_696569223012_7456489904495297253_nThe air was in the 70s but the water felt extremely cold (approximately 55 degrees)! On Sunday, I flew to Spokane for work. I love taking the smaller planes10411113_696631433342_5579441703482036814_nbecause you can see so much more of Washington and 10675638_696662276532_1990306297766287827_n the walking on the tarmac at sunset is beautiful too. My co-worker and I went for a great morning run through the Washington State University Campus10639672_696760669352_4613058373407008385_n(where my sister went to Nursing School) and along the Spokane River!10386370_696760699292_8680542856359260743_n

On Wednesday, I flew to Chicago for work! 1381489_697073707022_3975724772140229502_nI loved staying in the Loop and seeing my good friend and cousin, Katy! My clinic was right on Michigan and my hotel was a quick walk away. After work, Katy, her husband, her new baby and I walked through one of my favorite Chicago past times,10606467_697161526032_411233782853414406_nthe Lurie Garden! 10665836_697161695692_5181979916818937712_n Little G totally kept giving me the face that said, “I’m pretty sure there’s a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking.”10629613_697161655772_7071685290222168581_nHe was also born on my sister’s birthday! 10698499_697161580922_9007534550334073739_n Katy and G even indulged me and went to the Bean for a few photos!   1897819_697162089902_3367150650039262106_n

I flew home on Thursday morning from 70s and sunny, to temperatures in the upper 50s and glorious rain on my sunflowers in Seattle.10636199_697386290602_5341012573255450530_nFall has definitely arrived! Mr. F and I did enjoy a nice walk around our old neighborhood10689735_697386345492_3257473246906096347_n while it was briefly sunny yesterday afternoon.

Last night, we also celebrated my Dad’s birthday! 10689636_697300422682_1487823719965731223_n Happy Birthday, Dad!

September snapshots: sunflowers, babies, Kiki’s bachelorette and lots of traveling

image IMG_0185Over Labor Day Weekend, it poured and we went to Andrew Will’s annual release party on Vashon Island. The winery was gorgeous with tons of flowers  IMG_0188 IMG_0189and we took the ferry IMG_0196 so we had fun with our friends. IMG_0198 imageOur own garden is exploding with sunflowers too! 10408181_695667490092_7597441143140127634_n 10647224_695667574922_5230244530442096080_n10603447_694375569112_3483899481843900469_n

10653463_694084477462_8843902207267236146_nAndrea had her baby at the end of August and we finally got to meet baby Mike the first week of September. 10610602_694084557302_6128556112483951348_nI’m an Auntie Em!

My sister, Katie had her 25th birthday. 10702042_694826929582_6959658975107216982_n  906673_10204862184980187_3029196566481842522_oIt was nice to see all my family! The first week of September, I made sure to spend alot of time with Mr F swimming 10603345_694083923572_3076230312264098272_n10672334_694083873672_2396072753015978470_nand eating great food10600543_694083798822_722717522961193091_nbefore my busy traveling month.

In the last three weeks, I’ve been in Idaho Falls, 10574388_693818829822_1449199842325247606_nMilwaukee,10698482_695077432572_3208152827447816096_n Chicago, and Hawaii! 10624984_695299422702_2157281110896049662_nIn Chicago, last week, I got to see my cousin, Katy’s baby. He was born on my sister, Janie’s birthday!10689884_10101033660807510_2039298939533346564_nMy sisters and I had dinner with my cousin, Brian and his girlfriend, Sammy. Plus, we celebrated my cousin, Kiki’s bachelorette party!!10703755_10101034275994670_6657360447379049930_n 10614287_695395969222_5800049556433190268_n1622238_10101034355769800_8148629975918823593_n  We went to one of my most favorite Chicago restaurants,10687107_695422820412_2645426119823376205_nPiccolo Sogno Due! I love their homemade pastas,10431482_10101035326733980_895617977443746282_n especially the ravioli.10615398_10152257530751020_5289538437823369889_n10616385_695473009832_2508832558907441823_n We also had a ton of fun dancing at several places on Hubbard!

I’ll post about Hawaii next!

August for the Fettbots = travel, eating, swimming and reading

When I haven’t been traveling, Mr. F and I have been working from home during the day, biking to our wedding beach, swimming in the Sound imagethen reading on the beach to dry off and warm up from the 55-60 degree water. imageI’ve read so many great books in the last month, thanks to our good friend Mohit’s suggestions. I loved reading the Brilliance saga by Marcus Sakey which reminds me of X-Men and Atlas Shrugged in the best possible way. I tore through the first two books on the plane and beach within 2-3 days. I read the Breach trilogy by Patrick Lee next and finished that within 10 days. It’s also sci-fi and awesome. I think I’ve read more than 10 books in the last month including the Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy. On a more serious note, I’ve started reading Wheat Belly and the Emperor of Maladies but they are not beach reading so it’s taking me longer to finish them.image I actually tried to be gluten-free since I was inspired by Wheat Belly. I do not like fad diets but I think the science regarding today’s genetic modified wheat and the rise of diabetes, inflammatory responses, etc. is fascinating. However, I really love humbaos, crossiants, pretzel buns, cupcakes, and many other forms of gluten. I only survived 2 weeks without gluten before succumbing to pressure and eating something totally worth it and deliciously bready. I don’t even like rice that much, except in sushi. image(This is taken at my favorite sushi place, Billy Beach in Ballard). At this point, I would like to eat healthier but I will settle for everything in moderation. Or lots of swimming…. We’ve been swimming 3-4 times a week and going to yoga 3-5 times a week too!image

We celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary in Lummi Island, August 1st-3rd. imageThe tiny 25 car ferry is the first part of the awesome getaway.image It takes about 15 minutes from Bellingham to the island.imageWe stayed at the amazing Willows Inn on Legoe Bay, imagewhere our windows faced the reef netting salmon boats image and a zen garden on the other side! We had out of this world local food too!  image imageimageimageWe stopped by the farm for a fun family BBQ in Stanwood on the way homeimage from our anniversary trip.  image Mom had horse and imagecaboose cookies waiting for us too! image

The Fremont-Ballard neighborhoods (Frelard) have been graced with two new awesome burger restaurants. Mr. F and I checked out Giddy Up, Burgers and Greens when I got back from Spokane on Wednesday and it was awesome. It’s a cowboy themed, fast food, vintage styled restaurant. They have a cool patio with a lofted roof and a great beer selection. I really enjoyed the grass-fed beef burger while listening to Take Five. On Friday, we went to 8 oz Burger which also just opened in Ballard, this week, for comparison. imageThey have more gourmet burgers with cool ingredients like peanut butter, bacon, gruyere cheese and argula. It also has a huge beer selection. I think poor Pono Ranch and Little Woody’s are going to suffer from this competition.

My best friend from college just had her baby shower earlier this month! imageMandy is due in October. My best friend since Middle School, Andrea, is due TOMORROW!!! I’m excited to be an Auntie very soon!imageimage Also, the first sunflowers are starting to bloomimage in my backyard!!! The neighborhood has been bursting with sunflowers for the last month and it’s been gorgeous in summer imageeven in the rain,image which there has been very little this summer! We’ve had a lot of fun this monthimage with new restaurants, good books, friends, wine and even a few amazing home-cooked meals.  image

A break from Hawaii for a Colorado picture post!!

IMG_0108I found more pictures of Colorado on my camera and had to share them. My cousin Colleen’s house is phenomenal. She just moved in over Memorial Day Weekend, so I was one of the first family members to visit her in late June! IMG_0110 She has a spectacular view IMG_0111of the Continental Divide from Boulder Heights IMG_0112and her lovely house is filled to the brim with gorgeous succulent plants, local flowers and adorable dogs and image cats.IMG_0115 (Maybe even a direwolf!) IMG_0116  Also, delicious food is made here!IMG_0119 Colleen even made my favorite, IMG_0130Strawberry Rhubarb pie! After dinner with more cousins, Colleen and I star gazed from the hot tub! IMG_0121I hope I have another work excuse to go back to Colorado and visit Colleen in Boulder again this summer! We have so much fun together. I wish we lived closer! image

Our first day in Kauai: Hideaways and Hanalei

IMGP1860Last week, we went to Kauai with my family. We arrived at noon and immediately went to our favorite snorkeling spot from our honeymoon, Hideaways.  IMGP1862 It was awesome, just like we remembered it. IMGP1864 We saw lots of sea cucumbers, brightly colored coral, IMGP1867 and fun fish. IMGP1872 IMGP1874 We enjoyed a little time on the beach before going to dinner in Hanalei. IMGP1875 IMGP1876 It was almost like being back on our honeymoon five and a half years ago.  IMGP1878  IMGP1884image We went to Bar Acuda and had amazing fresh food, imageincluding our favorite Hawaiian dish, poke and this version had olive tapenade. imageimageWe ultimately thought the food was a little heavy for tropical weather, in particular the short rib on polenta but still good.

The rest of the trip we spent with my parents and sisters, my sisters’ boyfriends, my aunt and uncle. imageWe all stayed at an awesome condomium called Kapaa Sands. We had 3 oceanfront view rooms through vrbo.comimage and 2 garden view rooms through the main facility. The grounds were like a mini botanical garden!imageimageimageimageimageI’ll post more photos and memories from our Kauai family trip over Memorial Day weekend soon!

Flowers in Fremont

image I could wile away the hours
Conferrin’ with the flowers
Consultin’ with the rainimageSeattle is in full bloom. Here are some lovely floral photos from our neighborhood! imageimageYesterday, there were raindrops on roses, certainly enough to make the the Tin Man rust. image Today it was over 80 degrees! It’s been very unusual Spring and Early Summer in Seattle. I’m really looking forward to going to the Washington coast for the Fourth of July with my cousin, Katy and our family friends.

What are you doing for Independence Day?

Sunny Seattle days

My mom brought me peonies yesterday and they really brighten up my desk! I love having flowers and butterflies at work. image Today was so beautiful and sunny that I took a nice walk for lunch along the Burke Gilman! image     image image I grabbed a sandwich and sat by the water. imageIt was marvelous. image When I got home our New Roots organic bin had arrived filled with lovely vegetables and fruit! image This evening, Mr. F made a early summer veggie pasta image  from our organic produce bin with shaved chicken and Mama Lil’ Peppersimage

Did you know the Summer Solstice is this Saturday? We’re going to Walla Walla this weekend to visit our alma mater and check out a few favorite wineries! We’re going to visit Doubleback for their release cacd479b592544d5094388025d503fe8 and we’re also hoping to go Abeja 4dbbe8a60edad1da4a1cda7cb7ad7f22 and aMauriced369b32dba64eb22e724e0419835bb15 If we have time we’d also like to go to Gramercy Cellars 37eda387679ae6682f3a6fae5e01100e and Waters too. (All the wine photos can be found on my Pinterest.)