happy new year! i hope the holidays treated you well. i’m happy they are behind us! my coping mechanism was to run off to seattle for a few days:
within an hour of arriving at my hotel, i met martha, aka sew fab martha, and we did a 5-hour photo walk along the waterfront, through pike place market, in and out of antique shops, and around downtown seattle. we ate fish and chips at ivar’s, and for dessert, she took me to the wall of gum (it’s as gross as it sounds). we made fun of the people in line at the original starbucks (because there are at least 8 more within a 5 block radius). she introduced me to the monorail, and we were horrible adults and raced to the front of the train to get the front seat, leaving a bunch of kids in our dust.
my afternoon with martha was so much fun, and it was like we have been friends forever. we’re still trying to figure out how exactly we met — martha says i’m one of her first few flickr contacts from around 19 months ago, but i’m still not sure how we found each other!
i also got to have coffee with chandler of anagram press and the tailor (aka her husband) at macrina bakery. i met chandler a few times before she moved from minnesota, and it was so nice to see her again, and to meet the tailor, and to learn more about the history of seattle and learn more about each other. she and the tailor gave me a ton of great ideas for the rest of my stay, and i couldn’t do them all so i’ll just have to go back. twist my arm.
one of their tips was to hike up a big hill to bhy kracke park: the view rivals that of the space needle, and the hike is free.
as you can see, the sun is out. it was out for the 3-1/2 days i was there. i think the “it rains here 99% of the time” thing is just a means to keep the riff-raff out.
and lastly, one of the main reasons i went to seattle was to meet and spend time with my sweet friend evalynn. we ate puerto rican. we met for coffee in the mornings. we ate sushi (it was so cheap! and yummy!).
we shopped at the daiso japanese dollar store (i had to ship my booty home – there wasn’t enough room in my suitcase.). we went to the seattle art museum to see the calder exhibit. we took the underground tour and learned that prostitution saved seattle. we walked up a massive hill to eat cheese and have a glass of wine at bricco.
i was very sad to leave seattle, because that meant returning to minnesota cold and ice, and going back to work. but the trip was a great way to end 2009. and i’m looking forward to what 2010 will bring!