My Weekend

Well I finally had some excitement to share:)

This weekend I went away with a few girlfriends. We work together so it wasn’t a broadening of my very small circle, but instead a change of scenery.

We went to Osoyoos which is somewhere I had never been before. My friend owns a house up there and since she hadn’t been up since February she thought it was time to check on it.

We got there very late on Friday night as we left after work. We had a dinner of appies when we got there and stayed up talking. It was 1:30 when I finally got to bed and of course I was up at the regular five am:(

Saturday was a lot of sitting around chatting. We did get to a couple of wineries for tastings – though it was interesting to do one during a pandemic. They all have to abide by the new rules so we were often waiting outside for a few minutes while they disinfected. We tried two that were just too long of waits. Then we got into There You Go winery. I am not a huge wine fan as I like my drinks sweet, but I bought one bottle of wine here. We then hit Silver Sage which is now my favourite winery! I could have bought a bottle of all but one of their wines! We had a third one called Oliver Twist, but most of their wines were too dry for me. The final winery was called Kismet. We had an Indian lunch here that was amazing, but I didn’t try or buy any wine.

Do you think we bought enough wine?

We were up very late again Saturday night playing games. I was worried about how one friend would do when we started playing Cards Against Humanity, but she actually won! We also played taboo, what do you meme and one other that I don’t know the name of.

Finally this morning we cleaned the house, walked to town for coffee and then headed home.

It was an awesome weekend filled with laughs- the best kind, but now I really need sleep!!! And to lose the hundred pounds it feels like I gained as all we did was eat!

Have fun!

AJ

Seattle Take Two

Well we survived the second day and packed a lot in!

After sleeping in, we booked ourselves some tickets for a tour and then set off to make our way there.

We started at Pike Place Market which was absolutely packed! The flowers were gorgeous and there was a ton of jams to try. I somehow missed the cinnamon place with supposedly had df and gf, but I found the yarn stall. The yarn is dyed right here in Seattle and I picked up a skein is gorgeous fingering weight. I think the thing I liked best about Pike Place was the view from the far side out over the water.

The gym wall is right by the market. There was a steady stream of people going to look at it, but it did gross me out a bit in person! The sticky note wall as you’re walking away seemed cuter to me!

From there we headed over towards the Ride the Ducks tour. I of course found the yarn store in our way. The store was beautiful, had a large selection of a variety of yarns, a really good sale section and many books. It even had a yarn that is dyed especially for them called Market Flowers, however, the woman working in the store wasn’t the most welcoming. After a stop for beer and wings (a Kind bar for me) We ended up looking around the area of the Space Needle and the MoPOP, which are right beside each other and beside the Ducks Tour Office.

I had taken a duck tour in Boston so knew what to expect. I have to admit the annoying woman behind me from Palm Springs really didn’t help the situation!😖. Our guide was awesome and interesting though I found this tour was more looking at Seattle and hearing about things that had happened here, rather than being shown specific sites. It was amazing how many things started in Seattle though! I think I liked being on Lake Union the best!

We headed back towards the hotel and walked the waterfront the whole way . There is just nothing as nice as being near water!

We looked through the Olympic Art Centre and it was interesting to learn that 1% of a development’s construction budget, if they use any public money, has to go towards public art.

We wanted to go to Elliot’s and though they seemed to have tons of empty tables on their patio, we were told the wait would be 25 minutes so we kept walking. We ended up at Von’s, and had a lovely time sharing tacos, clams and drinks for happy hour. Well actually my friends shared, I had gf/df cod tacos to myself.

From here I was excited that my friends were willing to go on the Underground Tour. We went and bought our tickets and did the 75 minute tour. It was super interesting!!!! We all decided we would have enjoyed the later adult only tour as well as maybe it would have gone even deeper into the history.

After a quick stop at the hotel, we headed out for a walk around. We asked the doorman where he suggested and he pointed us to the Taproom. This place was huge but not super busy. They had 160 beers on tap, including about six ciders and they even had a local gf beer in cans. I decided to do a tasting flight so stuck with the ciders, though I really wanted to try the Grapefruit IPA. Oh well, my cider and chips and pico were good. We are definitely noticing they everything is bigger down here!

At that point I fell immediately asleep and am now ready for another day:)

Have fun!

AJ

Start of an Adventure

Well yesterday I set off on a girl’s weekend with two friends from work.

I ran around like a headless chicken before we left as there always seems to be too much to do!

I was driving and we made the decision to go to a further border crossing instead of waiting in line at the near one. It turned out to be a great idea as there were only two cars ahead of us and I got to see scenery I hadn’t before.

We drove with only one stop to the Tulalip outlets. We spent a couple of hours shopping. I bought a pair of shorts and a skirt from J Crew that have the cutest scalloped edge. Lyndsay won for buying the most though.

Before leaving the outlets we had happy hour at RAM. Wow they give a lot of food here. I was under the impression that I would choose either veggies, naan or tortilla chips with my hummus but it came with all three!! It was fine, but just Costco hummus.

We carried on and found our hotel, the Crowne Plaza, right downtown without too many problems. We changed and then headed out to have a look around. Lyndsay and Corianne really wanted to dance, but we never did find anywhere. We went to Purple which was quite the wine bar. The menu is actually a binder full of information about wines. I had a glass of very sweet wine there. It was okay, but nothing to write home about.

We then moved onto the Triple Doors which we were told had live music. It did but not really dance music. It was still nice and their curry fries were amazing!

We then wandered around, but didn’t find anything else to check out. By the time we finally got back to the hotel, my feet were cut up by my shoes:(

I went straight to bed as I was beyond tired!

Well, I’m going to read my book until everyone else wakes up and we start another day:)

Have fun!

AJ