Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Two Girls, Adele, and a Pizza Place


Seattle. 
I love this city. It's full of amazing coffee, delicious food, great people, and it's so green (in every sense of the word)! 
My dear friend, Kim, scored tickets to see Adele in concert in this fantastic city and I was thrilled to be her weekend getaway date. Girls weekend with Kim and Adele? 
YES, PLEASE!


Our plan was to explore the city, mostly on foot, and so we needed fuel to do that. Or at least that is what we told ourselves as we proceeded to eat our way around Seattle. First stop on Saturday morning, Cupcake Royale, for a breakfast of champions.

All breakfasts should be coffee and a giant cupcake. 
The gorgeous Kim with the awesome view to be seen at Queen Anne Park. 
Walking along the waterfront.


Time to eat again. Biscuit Bitch had the best biscuits and gravy I've had outside the South. The coffee was flavored with orange peel and that was pretty yummy, too.

How fantastic does this look?! Biscuits, gravy, fried egg, and bacon. YUM!


Saturday evening, we enjoyed the Chihuly Garden and Glass which is next to the Space Needle, so of course we rode to the top of it. It was a beautiful evening for it and I was wishing I hadn't decided to just use my phone for pictures all weekend (I opted not to carry the big camera all over Seattle).

A close-up of a much larger sea-life sculpture.
I loved the use of reflections and light in the museum.
The colors in this made me think of a gorgeous beach sunset. It was stunning.
I wasn't kidding when I said it was right next door to the Space Needle. 
Kim and I having our own fun with reflections and light out in the garden.
Sunshine, water, and mountains in the distance. So lovely. 
Space Needle selfie!
Kim. Contemplating life. And how to get a job and move here and have this view forever.
Such a great piece of architecture.
Capping off an awesome day with some ciders on tap at Queen Anne Beerhall.

Sunday morning, we took the Underground Tour. There are no pictures of this, but it was pretty neat. The tour guide was funny and informative and we both enjoyed it. We spent the rest of the day exploring different areas from Pioneer Square up to Capitol Hill. And you know that all that walking means a whole lot of eating. I chose not to take pictures of all our food since I'm not a food blogger and mostly, I was too busy eating it, but trust me, it was a panoply of deliciousness.

This is our potato pizza from Serious Pie. Kim couldn't even wait until I took the picture to start. So freaking good.
Just a short while later... 
Dessert from Molly Moon's. My favorite ice cream place. Ever. Anywhere.
Snapping a selfie with downtown and Mt. Rainier from our hotel's rooftop patio, which was awesome.
Putting my feet up and relaxing with this view. My life doesn't suck.
Seattle at sunset with the mountain out. Love.


Monday we walked down past the Pike Place Market to catch the ferry to Bainbridge Island. Getting out on the water in Seattle is always nice and the island is a lovely place to go. 

But first, breakfast at Top Pot Doughnuts. Which one to eat first... 
Obligatory selfie at Pike Place Market. 
Seattle, as seen from the water on a gorgeous sunny day!
It is very windy on the ferry. Should have gone with the ponytail.
Bainbridge Island with the Olympic Mountains in the distance. 
The ever-impressive Mt. Rainier. She's so beautiful!
Ferry selfie with Seattle in the background. It's a phone pic. What can you do.

Monday night. Adele
Her concert was fantastic. It was everything you would want it to be. Her voice was velvet and she sang a great mix of old and new songs. There was even some funny audience interaction and chitchat that I really enjoyed. She is really funny! It was like you were hanging out with a friend who just happened to burst into song. Be my friend, Adele. Please! 

Anxiously awaiting her arrival!!
Yes. To all of it. Just yes.
This section of extra stage was right in front of us.
Much closer than this picture makes it appear.
After the concert, we took in the skyline one last time from the rooftop balcony
while we tried to come down off our Adele high.
Flying home. One last glimpse of Mt. Rainier above the clouds.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Fun Florida Fourth of July



After the excitement of our trip to England, we were happy to have a relaxing weekend with friends planned for the Fourth of July. We headed down south to the Naples/Marco Island KOA with our trailer, and our friends were staying in cabins there. I have no idea what possessed me to head south in Florida in July. It was hot. And sticky. And there were a ton of annoying bugs flying about. 
Yet, we are a group who can have fun no matter what, so it was still a great time. We spent a couple days trying out different beaches in the area and that is pretty much the only pictures we took. Chris and James also spent a few hours at The Revs Institute car museum and they highly recommend it if you are in the area.

Danielle. Thinking about the vastness of the ocean? Or how far she has to swim to get away from her sister...?
Kim, as fabulous as ever, with her daughters, Tia and Danielle.
Danielle gives the stand-up paddle board a try with her mom and grandmother, Enid, looking on.
Sitting turned out to be easier.
Chris. Living the dream. Floating along.
Scuba Steve James gives the SUP a go. He prefers something less calm. No surprise there. 
Patrice, her mother Rosemary, and her daughter Tessa having fun in the water!
Tia took a turn on the SUP and she did great!
For a bit.
Then splash. 
Speaking of splashes... I totally won that fight! 
James and his great love. Not Tia. Digging in the sand.
James and Tessa. I have no idea if he is "adjusting his shorts" in this picture, but they're still cute. 
Jill and Patrice. Friends since 1999. Former NYC roommates. Always fun.