Last Tuesday night, we finished painting signs for the wedding and Wednesday the bride and bridesmaids got mani/pedis…. The bride asked for coral nails and blue toes with gold sparkles since she found a similar image on Pinterest. On Thursday, we drove up to Camano Island! First we stopped at the family farm for lunch! My mom had a great spread of food with lots of desserts for the Wisconsin family members flying into town. I can’t wait to post more photos soon! This week has been crazy busy. I’m flying to Irvine now for work and this weekend, we go to Walla Walla for our 10 year college reunion, plus it’s my dad’s 70th birthday!
There’s so much love in Seattle, right now. It’s incredible! Yay, Seattle and go Hawks! [As I write this, I can hear all my neighbors screaming and cheering from their houses!]
I love Russell Wilson’s interview at the end of the game, including “Why Not Us?” rephrasing the words of his father, Harrison, who often told his son to pursue his biggest dreams with the mantra.
All photos and their original sources can be found on my Seattle Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/fettbot/seattle-and-washington-state/
I haven’t made time to blog recently, since work has taken me to Fargo, ND, Spokane and Tacoma, WA in the last two weeks! Earlier this month in Fargo, it was below zero and closer to -10 degrees Fahrenheit with the wind chill! Fortunately, I dressed appropriately with many wool layers from Ibex, Patagonia and Smart Wool. It was pretty to see the snow from indoors. The sunsets are amazing in Fargo. Since Fargo, I’ve been writing lots of reports, but we did make time for….. the Hobbit. It was awesome! We saw it in 3D too.
Almost all the Christmas presents are wrapped and I’ve updated my Christmas List on Pinterest. Check it out!
Yesterday, Seattle woke up to a couple of inches of snow! This is pretty unusual and a nice treat. Our backyard looked like a winter wonderland. Luckily it all melted before my sisters, mom and my grandmother, Tootie went to the Nutcracker at the Pacific Northwest Ballet last night! It was a wonderful Christmas tradition to renew. It’s been awhile since we’ve all been together too. My sister, Katie and I, posed with all the Nutcracker statues after the ballet too. My favorite was the Rat King. Some of our other favorite family traditions include a White Elephant Christmas Exchange at my grandmother’s house, opening presents Christmas morning at my parents house and dinner at the Marriott with most of my extended maternal family! What are your favorite family traditions?
I am so thankful that I attended two Thanksgiving feasts and went to yoga that morning, beforehand. For Thanksgiving lunch, we went to my aunt’s house and saw some wild and crazy cousins under the age of 6. Later in the afternoon, we went to my sister’s house for dinner! My sister, Katie, hosted her first Thanksgiving and it was gorgeously delicious. We had an awesome turkey with bacon, several amazing types of local goat cheese from Gothberg Farms, and beautiful displays with pinecones, antlers and pheasant feathers that my parents have collected. Another one of my favorite things was a last minute divine inspiration. Katie’s boyfriend’s mom made a delicious Gothberg chevre and we put Mr. F’s handmade cranberry sauce on top! It was a beautiful meal at Katie’s house, Pinterest perfect in every way. It’s so nice to be home in Seattle. Thank you to Katie and Travis for being the perfect hosts!
Day 16 of Blogtember: Review a book place, or product.
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman was a lovely yet heart wrenching, thrilling and magical book. I enjoyed the reading the thoughts of a child who believes in magic and monsters. It was sad to read about the child’s fears and loneliness but it was hauntingly beautiful too. The story reminded me of another one of my favorite books by Neil Gaiman, Stardust. Some of the child-like charm also remind me of the Chronicles of Narnia too.
[All images can be found with their original links on my Pinterest board, Books I Love.] I finished this book a week ago and I’m still thinking about it.
What was the last book that you read that made you remember childhood? Or what was the last book that made you completely dive into that reality and not want to put it down?
Wednesday, September 4: If you could take three months off from your current life and do anything in the world, what would you do? (bonus points for fun photos from Pinterest, but don’t forget to cite the source!)
If I could take three months off, I would go to New Zealand, Patagonia, the Galapagos Islands, the Lorie Valley of France and Piedmonte and Tuscany, Italy. If I had to choose just one country, it would be New Zealand, but 3 months is a long time!
Paddleboarding and mountain climbing in New Zealand are on my bucket list. This would be awesome! Check out this blog (http://blog.vivantvie.com/2012/04/15/new-zealand/) for more amazing New Zealand pictures too!
Mr. F and I would like to go wine tasting and castle hunting in the Loire Valley too! Doesn’t the Chateau du Chamont look fantastic? I found this picture on http://500px.com/photo/14185723.
Patagonia is where Mr. F really wants to go and I’d love to see the alpacas. I’d also want to see the cool wildlife on Galapagos Islands and I associate it with my favorite biology class from college, Evolutionary Biology.
I studied ballet for 6 weeks in Perugia, Italy when I was in college and I would love to go back with Mr. F. I really enjoyed taking the train through the hill topped towns in Tuscany. Does this picture make it look so romantic?
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!