Way, WAY back in October Simon had a work conference in Seattle and since I've always wanted to visit Seattle or Portland (or jackpot: both!) I tagged along. It felt almost as footloose and fancy-free as a kidless getaway because my mom so kindly and generously flew out and watched the four older kids with the help of my la-la-la-lengthy single-spaced notestructional novella and we brought the non-verbal four month along for the ride.
I remember back when we flew from Kansas to Buffalo with three-month-old Julia to one of Simon's residency interviews it felt ... taxing and anything but relaxing. But this time where my umbrella clad drink at? Because paradise in the skies was ours.
Perspective ... you funny little thing.
Gilligan and guardian ...
I may or may not have told you how much Simon loves public transportation. But, I'm telling you now that he loves it and takes advantage whenever he can. So, he was in heaven.
Gratuitous market sign shot ...
You'll never believe that my cellular snaps aren't fulling capturing the beauty of the Seattle surroundings but ... they're not.
I remembered that Jenna and Blythe had gone to this coffee shop when they were in Seattle and so of course I had to copycat.
I'm not a coffee snob or connoisseur and I made the mistake of asking if they had any flavored syrup and got the unamused stare and dee-ny. No, syrups are not for purists, G-unit.
A few people sang the praises of this little bakery and they sang right. It was so good and I've thought about the chocolate pastry of all chocolate pastries often since October. Too often.
Did I think back to Catherine's hometown date with Sean many, many times when we were walking around?
Probably. And if you have no idea what I'm talking about ... you're a better person than I.
And I think this is from the flight in since we took a redeye back to Tampa but we'll pretend it's a nice goodbye snap.
+ we got to our hotel WAY too early to check in but Bosco was ready for a nap and I was ready for some cable tv while Simon went on his merry conference way so we went anyway and not only did they let us check in early but they gave us a ridiculous free upgrade to a suite more than three times the size of one of my apartments of yesteryear.
+ one night we went to a seafood restaurant down by the water and while waiting for our table we grabbed a drink at the bar. I was wearing Bosco and was kindly asked to step out one foot to my right so that I didn't technically have a baby in a bar. Ooops.
+ you know I'm a lover of hot, hot weather but coming off of several months of humidity I thought I might appreciate the colder evenings in Seattle. Nope. It dipped down to 50 one night (crying laughing emoji) and my teeth started chattering and I was already apologizing to Florida for anticipating a humidity reprieve.
+ We were able to hit up the Starbucks Roastery where they DID have an abundance of syrups and coffee concoctions I would never to dream up outside of Seattle.
+ I could type a baker's dozen more bullets here but we're ringing in Holy Thursday eve with an abundance of rather violent flu of the stomach variety and so ... I'll just say that I can't wait to go back when the kids are (much!) older so that we can take in more of the sights.
I hope you all have a blessed Triduum and I'll see you on the flip side.
If we survive.