Sunday, May 31, 2009
My weekend ended up being much more exciting than I ever thought it would be thanks to Nick and our wonderful friends! They had been planning this for the past two weeks and not a peep was spilled to me, good job everyone!
My original "plan" for Saturday was that Brynn and I were going to go to the same restaurant, the Tap House in downtown Seattle where Meghan on a blind date. At about 5:15, after we parked, Brynn gota text message from Meghan saying that her date, Micha, (who was the nephew of a family friend and really into musical theater) stood her up!! So I get there, see Meghan at the bar by herself, and am thinking "oh no! Poor Meghan!!"
Meghan and Brynn played it off perfectly: "I can't believe I got stood up, his phone goes straight to voice mail, never let me go on a blind date again!! I am so mad, lets go to the bathroom and change and then head to the Sounders game."
So we start to walk toward the bathroom and I see some of Nick's friends in the banquet room I'm thinking "so weird Nick's friends are at the Tap House too!" (His cover was that they were doing a guys night at Sam's house, which I totally bought). So Meghan and Brynn start walking in to the room and I see Nick's friends and my friends all together in the room and of course, it still doesn't click in my head! I'm thinking "that is so weird Nick's friends and my friends are all at the Tap House too in the same room, wait, is this a party that I wasn't invited too, just happen to stumble upon? Why wasn't I invited?!?"
Then I turn to my left, see Nick in his suit and tie and it finally clicks!! He takes my hand, gets down on his knee, says his part, and pulls out my beautiful ring as I am crying and nodding and he asks and I say "yes" and everyone cheers.
My friend Angela drove five hours to come to the party, Courtney drove three hours! And right as Angela is finish up her doctorate program and Courtney has exams in medical school. They were so busy and came all the way over! And Nick's parents drove three hours as well to be there!
Everyone stayed and hung out for a few hours, then Nick and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for some appetizers (I could hardly eat I was so excited). It was where we had our first date over four years ago.
We then met up with some of our friends at Brasa, a bar in Capitol Hill for some more celebration.
I am so happy right now and feel so blessed to have amazing family (Nick drove down to my parents house two weeks ago to ask their permission, and of course they said yes and were so excited), fantastic friends in our lives and now a wonderful fiance!! I love saying that!!
More pictures to come, once more are sent my way.
I feel full of life and full of love and can't wait for what's next!
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Food shopping will never be the same after reading this book. It is an eye opener, and really makes you think about what you are eating.
Michael Pollan says that we, as eaters of the Western Diet, need to go back to eating whole foods and not the processed junk that line supermarket shelves. His advice: only eat what your great-great grandmother would have recognized as food. Would she think that bubblegum flavored "Go-gurt" in a tube was really yogurt, or toothpaste? Would she recognize the ingredients or even be able to pronounce them?
These simple seven words guide the highly enjoyable book: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Monday, May 25, 2009
Summer has finally come to Seattle and we welcomed it this weekend!
On Friday after work Nick and I headed over to my parents cabin for the weekend. We did hiking, BBQing and lots of reading and relaxing in the sun. It was so nice to get out of busy Seattle/Portland (for Nick) and relax with the fam and Nick.
We came back Sunday after dinner and spend Monday outside as well, did a run around Greenlake and relaxing outside.
Hope it was a great weekend for everyone as well! Four day week and Nick will be in Seattle!
Friday, May 22, 2009
Hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend whatever you are doing. And of course, more thanks than I could ever express to our troops out there, especially those that we remember on Memorial Day.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Now I'm rested, relaxed and ready for Wednesday!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
rating: 4 of 5 stars
A very good, inspiring book.
Sidney Poitier took an autobiography to a deeper level, beyond dates and tidbits, and into the core of what all his struggles and accomplishments taught him about the greater meaning of life.
If you choose to read this, I would actually recommend the audio version though. I found out from a friend (after I finished reading the book) that he narrates the audio version himself and I would have enjoyable hearing a lot of the stories in his own words and voice.
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Sunday, May 17, 2009
Saturday was the main event: the cheese festival at Pikes Place Market! We got there in the afternoon, had some cheese and then headed into the wine tent where we stayed for quite a few hours and took lots of pictures and had a great time. Three of my favorite things: cheese, wine, friends!
Friday, May 15, 2009
I have been looking forward to this weekend because my good friend Lindsay will be in from LA for the whole weekend! She was my big sis in the sorority and whenever she's in town it's always a good time with the girls. Happy hour downtown after work and then out and about later tonight. And Saturday, we're going to the Pike's Place cheese festival and they also have a wine garden- yum!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
- French women typically think about good things to eat. American women typically worry about bad things to eat.
- French women eat smaller portions of more things.
- French women eat more fruit and vegetables.
- French women eat with all five senses, allowing less to seem like more.
- French women don't watch too much TV.
- French women walk everywhere they can.
- French women take the stairs whenever possible.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Last year Meghan got hooked on this site call Blurb where you can make your own books. She has done multiple picture books: her Italy trip, one for her dad, and her friend's birthday. I've seen all of them that she has done, and they really do look professional, but her advice is to choose the hardcover books.
It would be great for vacations, weddings or special events, your personal photography, or anything else you would like on your coffee table to share with guests.
I would like to make one for my trips to NYC and San Francisco with Nick and the ultimate goal is to make a large book of my study abroad pictures. It could take a while to put together since I was gone for three months have have a lot of pictures (total understatement), but I'm up for the challenge and it would be a perfect addition to my bookshelf.
Check out their site and let me know if you have created one or have good ideas. Happy book making!
image: Green Mamas
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 9, 2009
image: Food Network