Sunday, July 12

Jason And I Went To Seattle.

Jason and I took off for a few days to Seattle. It was a bucket list trip.

It was bitter sweet in a few ways, but the trip was glorious and Seattle is a shockingly fun city! It's one of those cities I never had intended to go to, but we are so glad we did.

Because I didn't blog during the trip, I'll spare you the back stories and just post pictures! That way you can see all the fun things we did and saw!




The airport before take off....ooh what a rough morning. Because our trip was book before, we had to leave the morning of Dan's funeral. So we sat in the airport and watched his funeral on all 7 airpot TV's. I was crying, it was awkward. I felt disloyal to my friend for not being at his funeral, but I am so thankful I got to say my goodbyes to him privatly at the memorial a few days before. 


Flying is not high on the list of my favourite things, but its sure pretty. 


I dont post many picture of Jason yet.. so here is his... hand? 




Jason Bought us new shoes the morning of our trip, so comfortable to do so much walking in. 



We stayed at the Westin, and it was beautiful, but in the morning it would creek and make oddly scary noises when the sun would cause the material to expand.
 But this view....sigh!




Seattle is exactly like Vancouver. Everyone is extremely friendly and the city feels wonderful! We dropped our stuff the second we arrived and went out exploring! 



The Original Starbucks. 




The market was wonderful, vibrant and completely alive! We did get to see them throw a fish too. 




I have never had crab cakes like we had in Seattle. All the food was a little overwhelming! 







After lunch, more market! 




The Cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea. -Isak Dinesen






The Gum wall. 
Jason and I were walking through the streets and we over heard a young boy telling his parents that he wanted to see the gum wall, so I piped up and told him to lead the way and we followed them. It was gross and bewildering all at the same time.  



It smelled so sweet down the ally, it was beautifully done but we didn't add to it. 





 This guy took himself a little too seriously when he corrected me that its a scooter...*eyeroll* 


These beauties made my heart happy! 


After dinner we made our way over the the Paramount theatre...for the whole reason we went on this trip... 




We came to Seattle to see Ingrid Michaelson play. 
This has been a bucket list dream of mine for years. The entire day was surreal and I fought tears every once in a while when I thought about what was going on this very day back home. The closer I walked to the theatre my chest was beating so hard. I kept thinking how amazing this was that on such a sad day, Dan's funeral, I was fulfilling arguably the biggest bucket list item I had. 

I thought a lot about the last time I had heard from Dan. The last text I got from him was the Monday afternoon, a few hours before he was killed. It was my first solo show on air and he had texted me wishing me good luck. He texted me that "I would shine"




The theatre was breathtaking and such a perfect venue. It is exactly how I imagined I would see her. 




We waited 3 hours, listened to 2 opening acts..and then it happened. 









She played all my favorites! I sang my face off and just held Jasons hand. I was so focused on her and being in the moment. My heart was so completely full I was shocked it didn't burst during her set. I just fought back  tears the entire time. How was this happening? The saddest day and the happiest day at the same time. I have never felt gratitude, joy and sorrow more fully then I did in that little theatre in all my 36 years of existence. 

Her music (and lots of Pinks)  has been played as the sound track for most situations in my adult life. Through all the hard times and joyful times, she was with me. She sang me through it, and now I am so close I could touch her. I wondered if show could feel how much I loved her. I hope she could. I hope she could feel the love and thankfulness I felt for her. I wanted her to feel how important of a day it was for so many reasons. 

What. A.Night! 

When we left I was completely exhausted and so full of every emotion I could possibly feel. 
 We floated back to the hotel and I slept hard that night, drained from the day and everything I felt. 


Day 2 started wonderfully. The weather was fantastic and just down a few blocks from our hotel we found this outdoor area where you can play fooseball,  ping pong and other boardgames. It was so fun, just talking to strangers and playing games with them. That is one of my favourite things about Jason, he chats with any and everyone too, just like me. He doesn't find it weird and doesn't ask me to stop. He just jumps right in and we get to meet new people together. He dosnt make me feel like i'm weird (even though I know I am a bit).






Before we went to Seattle people had told us a few things to check out when we got there. The underground tour was one everyone told us about, and they were right. Such an interesting tour! Brilliant...so brilliant in fact, we went on the same tour twice! 






The buildings are beautiful here, I love when plants grow up the sides of buildings like this. 



More pictures from the underground tour. This was an old icebox. 



An original toilet  "crapper" is the brand name. 




We had a brilliant pub lunch here. 



A few sweet things after lunch, this was the poor choice we made that day (chocolate covered jalapeno). It was total agony and I will never be so stupid again. 





Due to my paralyzing fear of heights, this is our experience with the needle:) 

But the EMP museum was AMAZING!! 




The EMP museum has a spot where you can learn to play instruments and record your own music. 



The Geek in me loved the Star Wars Section of the museum. All original costumes from the movies! 







Me: Hey Jason, did you have a thing for Princess Leia?
Jason: No, not at all. 
I turn around walk away, go to ask him another question and catch him doing this. 
BUSTED!! 


THEN....
THERE WAS ALSO A GAME OF THRONES SECTION!!!!! I did not play it overly cool when I saw this part! I Love GOT and these costumes made my heart sing! 




 After we had a drink and finished with the museum, we decided to go on the DUCK tour. When you walk around, you see these weird boats driving everywhere and everyone sounds like they are having a massive party on them. So we went. They drive on land, and then will drive into the water and you can tour the harbour as a boat. They are fun..ish. They are the tour equivilant of the movie Napoleon Dynamite, while you are doing it you are seriously wondering WTF, but when its done when you think about it you giggle to yourself and when you see the duck tours drive past after you can't help but wave at the people. 









Day 3 Jason decided to rent us a car and we drove North of the city to go see the Boewing factory. The airplane place. It didn't sound all that fun to me, I don't love planes and I don't get the big deal.  Some people have a serious love affair with flying...not this girl. But because Jason LOVES planes and wants to get his licence, and he never asks for anything, I of course shut my pie hoe, smiled and I went with him, happily! 










We did a flight simulator and you can clearly see I LOVED it. 


Jason on the other hand was all over this. 
We also toured the actual factory and saw where the planes were made.. that part was actually really cool. I was expecting to want to throw myself off the building, but if I am being honest, seeing how they run that place was fascinating. Our tour guide was clearly a Broadway major so she kept me entertained too. For obvious reasons we could take any pictures but let me tell you, it was impressive. 




Dinner that night on the ocean was fantastic, and then after we headed to the Baseball game! 



This blessed man took us on a bike trolly right there. 





Beer, Baseball and a beautiful night with this handsome guy! Sigh...I was in heaven! 





The baseball game was second to none! I loved it! It was perfect and brought back all my memories of my happy times as a kid at the ball diamond. I didn't realize how much I missed baseball. It was the highlight of the trip..pure joy! 



Plus there were fireworks! 


Day 4

We wondered around and on a recommendation went to this little breakfast place. 

MIND BLOWING!! 





I could have sat there and watched this women dance around her kitchen all day! She was flawless and her food was complete art! 


Savory Bread pudding with salmon eggs benny with roasted potatoes. 


J had the meat and meat and  meat plate. With a side of meat eggs and bread. 

And we ordered the baked cherry pancake to try. 




I hate the last day of any trip, we had to just kill time before we flew home, It was a nice day, but a little sad too that we had to go back to real life. 



We did sneak in a few more stops before our flight though. The Glass museum was another thing people told us to check out while there...WORTH EVERY SECOND!! 
















The aquarium was the last of our touristy things before we headed to the airport. 











Thank you Seattle for your hospitality and friendly people. Your food is amazing and our favourite pub was the Merchant Tavern where your fried chess curds with honey and hot sauce were so good we went 3 times!
Thank you for excellent coffee, music and a peaceful and restful time away from heartbreak and reality.

We will be back for baseball very soon! You are good stuff Seattle, I know I can speak for both Jason and I when I say, we have fallen in love with you!

Today:

I am grateful for time.

I am grateful for music and how it heals and sloths the soul.

I am grateful for experiencing love and friendship at the same time. Traveling with Jaosn is more fun than I would have ever believed. We like the same things and we get along shockingly well..ANNND I get to kiss him!
I am in love with a wonderful man and he seems to like me a lot too.  I'm a lucky girl!

J



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