Sunday, September 28, 2008

Book Sale and Museum Day

This weekend was the Large McHuge Big Library Book Sale:

They even had an espresso cart, take that, podunk Boise library sale!

Then Grayson and I took advantage of the Smithsonian's Free Museum Day

and went to the Seattle Asian Art Museum

in Volunteer Park

in/on Capitol Hill on a pretty day

(where was this damn weather when Mom was here?!?)

and then went downtown to the Seattle Art Museum, all for free.

We were going to go to a million other ones, but with the book sale, there wasn't enough time to fit them all in.

Next weekend we are going to the Science Fiction Museum and Experience Music Project for the Lego Brick-Convention. Also, kitty goes in for his pre-surgery check-up. He prefers lillies if you would like to send him get-well flowers. But don't really, he'll just eat them.

Whirlwind Seattle Weekend, Starring My Mom

Because there's so much to report on, I'm writing this post in the whirlwind manner in which it was experienced.

My mom came to visit from the 18th-22nd. She got the whirlwind of Seattle while she was here. We hit Capitol Hill and downtown, including Pike's Market, then on the way home we went through Queen Anne and Wallingford on Thursday, Friday it was U-Village, Saturday we took a ferry (my first!)...

The View, thanks rain.

For Real Bainbridge Island, which was tame and cute, and milled around downtown, through the market, and went the Seattle Aquarium, and Sunday we went from the U-District, to Wallingford, to Gasworks Park,

to Fremont for FLAMING saganaki (mom's favorite), then Ballard for cupcakes (what else),

Royale with (Cream) Cheese at Cupcakes Royale!

and Dick's in Wallingford on the way home. The weather was grey and cruddy pretty much the whole time, which it hadn't been for months (what luck!) and it rained upon us almost the whole trip. Also, my phone was dead for much of the trip, so not so many photos. But we prevailed, and had an awesome, exhausting time anyway! Thanks for coming, mom!

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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Special Edition: Portland

For my awesome 23rd birthday Grayson and I went to Portland, a favorite city, because of 1. Powell's and 2. You can get there by train. Grayson and I have never been on a train, unless you count my jaunt on the Boston subway once. The whole ride was about 4 hours (technically longer than driving) but it was scenic, and unstressful, and awesome.

Tuesday, 9/9

The train, as said, was AWESOME. Spacious, comfy, pretty, scenic and RAD.

There was even a conductor in a lil conductor hat.

Here's Grayson on the lounge car, we got breakfast on the train and ate it in this great car, with tons of pretty windows. There was even a tour guide lady on the train point out sites and history. The train went through Tacoma and Steillicum and all these pretty watery areas.

Grayson got me a surprise present (since buying a bunch of books at Powell's wasn't a birthday surprise)
It's a Lucky Cat, whose head bobs and hand waves in the sun. Too cute!

Once in Portland, we stayed at the Ace Hotel on Stark, which is the Portland branch of a hotel we stayed in Seattle on a visit before our move, it was very modern and hip. They had a vintage photo booth, bikes to rent (Portland is bike-crazy!), nummy smelling soap in the rooms, and a PowerBook to surfs on for free.

Here's our daytime view:

And night time:

Wednesday, 9/10

My official birthday passed in the spacious corridors of the West's biggest bookstore, Powell' Mecca:

Damage done:

After some other adventures and walking around, my birthday dinner was a delicious pizza from some gourmet place near our hotel:

and then I got my birthday cake!!! Grayson and I found a cupcake shop in the Pearl District, and they had so many tasty cupcakes, that I couldn't settle on one, and was able to get four mini tiny ones:

We even got candles at Whole Foods for them, made from organic beeswax or something. They came with matches! Score!

The flavors are, from left to right, Chocolate-covered pretzel, "the Pearl" which was vanilla on vanilla, "Downtown Chocolate Brown," chocolate on chocolate, and Rice-krispy treat, which had real rice crispies on top, and was very nums.

Thursday, 9/11

The rest of the trip was spent pallin' around different sites. We went to even more bookshops, the Hawthorne District, Queen Bee studios, and the Gorey store. Navigating the bus system was wicked easy with our Seattle skills:

We had a delicious breakfast (Challah french toast and latkes with sour cream and apple sauce):

and exchanged our return tickets for earlier ones since our checkout was 6 hours before the train was supposed to leave. We came home, picked up kitty from his luxury hotel, and have spent the rest of the weekend chillaxing. In the time we were gone, four new restaurants in our neighborhood popped up. INSANE.

Tune in next week for: A visit from your humble narrator's MOMMY :D

Sunday, September 7, 2008

PDX, here I come!

My forthcoming 23rd birthday shall pass in Portland, Oregon, at the City of Books! My birthday cake will probably be a Voodoo Doughnut. This weekend passed mostly in preparations for the trip:

Hobbes wants to go, but he can't. He will be put up at a ritzy kitty hotel, to keep him from eating wires and starving while we are gone.


...a list of all the books I want. Because when you spend a whole day being distracted by the biggest selection of books you've ever seen, you're bound to forget the ones you meant to look for.

Watched kitty stick his tongue out at me...

...and sleep...

...then went to Wallingford, where you can buy Trainspotting at a children's bookstore...

...and eat cupcakes at Trophy cupcakes...

(there is, from left to right, carrot cake, cafe au lait [with a coffee bean on top], and triple chocolate)

...and on Friday, before work was over, I made a collage of pictures, to shun beige far away. Look and see if you made the wall of shame, if not, send me pictures!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Extra Long Weekend Edition Spectacular

What did I do with my eeeextra long weekend? NOTHING! And it was grrreat!!!

On Saturday, Grayson and I loitered in the super sweet downtown library. I figured out how the spiral works (like a parking garage! You just keep walking along, to the shelf you want, and blam-o, you've "climbed" three flights of stairs but felt like you were walking down halls of books), and got to check out books! Woohoo!

Here's Grayson reading in the library:

On Sunday, Grayson and I sent all the dirt in our apartment to the land of wind and ghosts, then we went downtown for piroshkies and cupcakes:

I cannot stress enough how awesome it is to have at my fingertips the ability to sate any insane desire that pops into my head. If I start cravin' a piroshky, I can think of two places at the top of my head that will gimme what I want. It's AWESOME. If I want cupcakes, there are like EIGHTY places I can think of. I haven't even tried them all yet. Too awesome.

This weekend was Bumbershoot, the big music festival at the Space Needle. I opted out because there weren't enough bands I wanted to see to justify the ticket prices and standing around in a crowded, hipster hell. But it did draw Marcus in, and we had brunch at my place on Monday. Then we went to Ballard for cupcakes and record stores. Then I came home and spent the rest of the day reading books and drinking tea.

And then I was well rested and able to face a grueling four-day work week. Next week is my birthday, everybody. It will be a special edition post from/about Portland.
The End.