Sleepless in Seattle: Post 2

Tuesday, July 31, 2012 | | 2 comments
The second half of our trip included a few more touristy stops and a little local fun. In addition to what I describe below, we got to see Coty and Carolyn's new home! They bought a gorgeous 5 bedroom home with views of a beautiful valley. We are so excited for this new phase in their lives! We also saw the midnight showing of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. As we were driving home, we were devastated to read about the shootings in Aurora. It was chilling to think of those who were out for a fun evening of Batman, just like us, and ending in such tragedy.

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I was so excited to see the Space Needle! Yes, I thoroughly enjoy being a hard-core tourist when I visit new places. I bring my huge camera and I want my picture taken in front of everything. But I also enjoy the local places, too. Especially when it comes to food. I'm a huge food snob, I'm the first to admit it! Thus, we skipped eating at the restaurant on top. But I'm getting off topic. Back to the awesomeness that is the Space Needle! It was built in 1962, but it isn't as tall as the arch. That's my little St. Louis trivia for you. :)

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Next to the Space Needle was this gorgeous exhibit of Chihuly Glass. There are exhibits all across the nation and I had seen several posts from friends about it being amazing. So I was thrilled to tour the exhibit and I was in awe of the works of art on display. This was one of my favorite pices, a boat filled with glass globes. I would love just one, perhaps that turquoise striped one?! It would look fabulous on display in my apartment, don't you think?

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Coty suggested that we go on the Underground Tour of Seattle. It was an incredible experience! The city was rebuilt after a fire but was told to make their beautiful and elaborate entrances on the second floor. They made improvements on the structure of the city and built up the sidewalks a few years later. Isn't that incredible? There are images of buildings with a really drab entrance but a beautiful second story. It is really something. If you find yourself in Seattle, I highly suggest this tour! Our guide was hilarious and really knowledgeable. I just butchered her incredible storytelling above and I apologize. :)

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 We concluded our visit to Seattle with a trip to Lake Chelan. It was a gloriously relaxing trip. I spent most of the time sitting by the water, chatting with Eric, reading, watching the sun set behind the mountains, and laughing at children and dogs running around. It. Was. Perfection. I couldn't have planned it any better. We also visited the charming lake town, we especially enjoyed the little cafe called A Shot of Gratitude. 

We can't thank Coty and Carolyn enough for hosting us! We hope to visit again soon.


A Visit to The Emerald City: Post 1

Monday, July 30, 2012 | | 1 comments
Eric and I are always saying we should take more vacations. We are young and we don't have children: this is the time to travel and visit friends! This summer we finally took advantage of our time off and we traveled to visit our good friends, Coty and Carolyn Spraggs in Seattle, WA.

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Coty and Eric have been friends forever, at least since highschool, maybe even before that. Coty was the best man in our wedding. I've known Carolyn for years, we took ballet lessons together. They married almost a year ago. Click here to see my posts about their wedding and reception.

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We began the vacation with the Public Market Center and Pike's Place Market. I've been wanting to visit Pike's Place Fish Market ever since my Dad introduced me to Fish! A Proven Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results by Stephen C. Lundin, Harry Paul, John Christensen, and Ken Blanchard. It is a great book, if you haven't read it!

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Coty and Carolyn introduced us to The Market Theater Gum Wall. Nope, we hadn't heard of it either! The wall is covered in used gum several inches thick. The gum covers an area about 15 feet high and 50 feet long. It is as gross as it sounds. But we couldn't come to this attraction without participating! We each added a piece of gum.

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After we had our fill of tourist attractions, we headed by ferry to Whidbey Island (pronounced Woodby...you don't want to come across as a tourist!) It was our first time driving onto a ferry! It is rather charming. We participated in Coty's tradition of eating a bowl of clam chowder and a snickerdoodle cookie.

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I adore Whidbey Island. It is a charming little island just off the coast of Seattle and it is home to several wineries. We visited three of them and enjoyed a few tastings. I'm not sure what I enjoyed most: the wine, the views, or the dogs!



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Overall, it was a great introduction to the northwest of this beautiful country! Check back tomorrow for another post about our adventures in Seattle!

 

10 Things I Never Thought I'd Do...

Tuesday, July 10, 2012 | | 3 comments
...that I did in Ecuador
Hold a snake and smile while I did it
Follow a woman with a machete into the forest


Eat Tagua
Product development for an Ecuadorian artisan
Play with blow darts and not suck at it
Go to Cotacachi during "the festival"
See a condor
Be mistaken for Mary's daughter
Wear Eeyore on my head
Go hiking with poisonous ants and other death traps


June in Photos

Monday, July 9, 2012 | | 0 comments

1. Eating at Jacks Stacks in Kansas City, I love the burnt ends
2. My sorority sister, Alissa, gets married at Broadway Brewery
3. A new pedicure color, turned out more green than teal
4. Snuggling with my favorite dog
5. The Venus Transit of 2012
6. I helped create the social media accounts for the AMID department at IU
7. Mary and I watch a VHS on the Otavalo Market
8. I start the Course Development Institute to learn how to design really awesome classes
9. We fit our car in the garage for the first time since moving to Bloomington
10. I begin packing for Ecuador and Huxley wants to come, too
11. One of my favorite B-Town restaurants, Taste of India.
12. Another B-Town fave, warm, freshly baked, custom cookies from Baked
13. We got free tickets to see Damn Yankees!
14. We caught up on all seasons of Downton Abbey. We are their newest fans.
15. Huxley is putting on the cute.
16. I bought Eric "I am a Pole and So Can You" by Stephen Colbert for his birthday
17. Happy Father's Day!
18. Adios Amigos, I'm off to Ecuador
19. The real center of the world: zero lat and zero long
20. Designing tagua jewelry with Ecuadorian artisans
21. An epic hike to a waterfall, and I don't hike
22. Missing this baby boy
23. Relaxing for the first time since entering Ecuador
24. Enjoying the most beautiful Mocha I've ever seen
25. Buying scarves for Ming Fair Trade Imports
26. Loving everything about Otavalo
27. My first purchase at the Otavalo Market
28. Cute puppies for me to enjoy while I'm away from my Hux
29. Buying hats for Minga Fair Trade Imports
30. A few gifts I purchased at the Otavalo Market

 
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