Paul & I just got back from a long weekend in Seattle. He attended a writing conference and I seized the opportunity to visit with my great friend, Kelly, who very graciously let us stay with her for 4 nights. Kelly had work and school so I had a grand old time exploring Seattle by myself for a good chunk of the weekend. I got some good reading done at local coffee shops, and good exercise walking downtown and back. Oh, and Ikea was visited.



When Kelly and I did have time together, we walked down by the water and this is the best picture I got of us. Isn’t she beautiful!? Seattle suits her well, I think. She also took me to the bakery she works at, Macrina. It was so delicious and adorable. Also, Kelly is crazy talented and creative. She showed me around her school in West Seattle and I got to see a project she is working on. Baking & Pastry work is art when Kelly does it – beautiful.

We then walked down to Pike’s Market where I had to buy flowers. We stopped in a great shop and did a wine tasting. Let me tell you, wine tasting in the afternoon is my new favorite thing. Especially with this girl. We had a blast. And we could also tell you about oak aging vs. stainless steel aging if you really wanted to know about it. Image

But seriously, isn’t she beautiful?! Guys, she’s single.

We also ate very well at some great local places. This was an Irish pub where I had the best Irish coffee. 



We ate at the Athenian down in the Market for brunch one day. Apparently they filmed parts of Sleepless in Seattle there. Basically like eating with Meg Ryan. 

Kelly took me up to Queen Anne where I will spend more time next visit because they have so many cute shops there! We spent the evening playing games at a local game shop. Spokane needs a place like this – they have tables set up and bookshelves full of games to choose from. A nice cold beer, good friends, and free games! So much fun.

Spokane is small. 

I love traveling because of the perspective it gives me, and this was no exception.

A great vacation, I’d say.