Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Girls Night!!

My old roommates and I (Tristin, Chanel & Jamie) try to get together at least once a month for dinner and to catch up on all the good gossip. Tonight we went to PF Changs (yum, yum!). We haven't all been able to get together for a couple of months, so it was exciting that we were finally able to meet up. I have to say that these girls are the most awesome group of friends. They have been there for me through all the high and low points of my life and they have seen me at my worst and still love me (at least I think they do!.......they keep inviting me to monthly dinners so I guess I'm not out yet :) Thanks girls for the being the best friends a girl can have!

Sunday, September 7, 2008


To kick off the end of summer, Paul and I decided we needed to get away. So we went to Seattle to see my little brother, Ryan, and to have a great time! We flew into Seattle last Friday night. Ryan met us at our hotel and it was so great to see him!!! I haven't seen him in about 4 months and I've missed him! We went to dinner to catch up and then planned to meet the next day.

We started early the next morning (by early I mean 10:30) and headed to downtown Seattle to the Science Fiction Museum. I think Ryan, Paul and Nick (Ryan's friend) all enjoyed it, but I was kind of bored. Paul's favorite part was looking at the different ships from science fiction movies. He loved hearing in detail about the ships from Star Wars and Futurama. Then we headed to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was kind of lame, but they had this section where you could go into different studio's and play drums, guitars, and sing. That was awesome!!! You got to put on headphones and sing into a microphone. Then you could go into another room and learn to play the drums. I've always wanted to play the drums and it was a lot of fun to play. Then we walked to Zeek's Pizza where I had the yummiest pepporoni pizza. It was interesting to sit and people watch as we were eating. There are some interesting people that live in Seattle. :-) After that we wanted to go to Pike Street, but there were hundreds of people and we couldn't find a parking spot, so we decided to try the mall instead. We walked into the mall and OH MY GOSH! There were thousands of people there too. There was an H&M, which I was so excited to shop in, but because there were so many people, I left empty handed. Sad, sad day. Of course, Ryan, Nick, and Paul all left with plenty of bags of clothes. Does anyone see a problem with this? The fact that I'm the only one that left empty handed? After shopping, we went to Giggles, a comedy club. It was really funny, even though some of the comics were a little freaky. We went back to the hotel after that exhausted from a fun day in Seattle.

The next day we went back to Downtown Seattle and we went to the Aquarium. We saw an Octopus, and got to touch star fish and other underwater sea creatures. Ryan put on Scuba Gear and he looked hilarious (see picture). After the Aquarium we went and ate at the Crab Pot. Paul and Nick enjoyed the lobster, while Ryan and I just had chicken. I did get the Strawberry Rhubarb Cake for dessert and it was delicious! Then we went on a ferry ride to Bainbridge Island. I got the cutest coat there at this little boutique called Kennedy and Kate. The ferry ride was fun and it was cool to see the Seattle Skyline from the water. That night we went to Ryan's apartment and he made us steaks (yum, yum)! We played Curses! which is a fun game. It was exciting to see where Ryan has lived for the past 5 months.

The next day, Paul and I drove to Issaquah to see my friend Shellee and her husband Kaleo. I loved their quaint little town. It was like driving right into Stars Hollow (that's the town on Gilmore Girls, my all time favorite show). We walked from their apartment to lunch, and stopped by the hatchery on the way to check out the salmon. Then Shellee took us to the Candy store and let me tell you! Holy cow, that place is amazing. We got these pumpkin cheesecake carmels and orange vanilla squares that were delicious. Then we went to the bakery and got some pie. That town is so cute. I haven't seen Shellee in years, and it was so good to be able to catch up and hang out with an old friend. That night Paul and I went to the top of the Space Needle for a romantic dinner. I loved being able to see all angles of the city. Paul enjoyed his salmon (which he thought was the best he's ever eaten) and my steak was good too.

Our last day there, we went to Auburn to try some more shopping (where I finally found some cute clothes!) and to see Ryan one last time before we left. It was sad to say good-bye to him. He made our trip to Seattle fun and memorable. Thanks Ry, for the great time!!! We had a great time vacationing and it was nice to be able to get away for a long vacation.