Archive for December, 2009
In August, I had two of my photos published in a magazine (7×7) and Josh and I saw the Seattle Sounders play FC Barcelona.
My best friend Steph came for a visit and we had lots of fun hanging out in Seattle. We flew kites, went and saw an amazing Jim Hensen exhibit at the EMP/SFM, ate conveyor belt sushi in Fremont, did some vintage shopping, and did the robot at Kerry Park.
After Steph’s visit, Josh and I concentrated on packing our apartment for the movers to come on August 21st.
We said goodbye to Seattle the night of August 21st, and spent the next two weeks traveling through California, first spending a week in the Jackson area close to Sacramento and going to the State Fair, and then spending a week in Los Angeles before heading the rest of the way east to Austin (stopping for brief periods of time in Phoenix, Tucson, and El Paso).
We arrived in Austin at the beginning of September.
We spent September, October and most of November in Austin before we embarked on our next road trip over Thanksgiving– Michigan and back with a short stop in St. Louis.
And after some lovely family time over the holidays, we’re ending up the year in Austin with a new member of our family (our Australian Cattle Dog mix puppy, Sydney).
I look forward to capturing 2010!
For part one – look here! 2009 – Year in Review (part one)
June brought Seattle some nice weather and the start of our neighborhood farmer’s market on Queen Anne. We also started discussing leaving the Pacific Northwest and moving somewhere else, so we wanted to soak up as much of the area while we still lived there. We went to the Fremont Solstice parade, where a bunch of people paint their naked bodies and then ride around on bikes or roller blades. We also took a little day trip down to Astoria, Oregon (where the Goonies takes place/was filmed!) and Cannon Beach for a lovely afternoon of laying on the sand and enjoying the sound of the waves while wearing jeans and long-sleeved shirts.
At the beginning of July, it finally got hot! And Josh and I celebrated the 4th of July at Gasworks Park watching the most amazing fireworks show I have ever seen, right above Lake Union. We laid out in the sun all day on a blanket, saving our spot. Well worth it.
Mid-July, my parents came up to visit Seattle and Josh and I took them everywhere we could think of. Kerry Park, Seattle Center, Downtown Library, Pike Place Market, Bainbridge Island, Washington Park Arboretum and Volunteer Park, Capitol Hill, Farmer’s Market, Ballard Locks, and Kite Hill in Gasworks Park. WOW. We saw a lot of the city that week.
Towards the end of July, Josh and I took at trip up to Vancouver, BC. On the first day we walked around Gastown, downtown, and by the waterfront to watch a gorgeous orange sunset. The second day we were there, we headed to Stanley Park in the morning for a relaxing walk, had a nice afternoon lunch in Yaletown, and walked over to Granville Island which was gorgeous. As the sky started getting darker, we knew we should head back to our hotel. That night we pulled up the sofa in our hotel in front of the window and watched an amazing lightning storm.
After we got back from Vancouver, we had record-breaking heat in Seattle. Over 100 degrees, and our house with its flat roof and no air conditioning got sooo hot. It made me jealous of Texans with their air conditioners. I would wet towels to put around my neck to try to cool off. We would walk to the store and get popsicles and sit on our back porch in the shade eating them. That week.. I prayed for air conditioned buses and was always so sad when I got on a hot, sticky, smelly one. I’d take three showers each day. Sooo hot.
And that brings us to August and the rest of the year.. coming up in part three.
To sum it up, 2009 was a year of starting out in one city, and ending up in another. Of lots of traveling, but never stepping foot on an airplane. Meeting lots of new people, and reconnecting with old friends and family. For the details, read below.
I started out 2009 living in Seattle. It was cold. It snowed a few times. But it was fun. I did a lot of bundling up and walking around.
In January, one weekend, Josh and I took a little drive down to Olympia to see the Capitol building and then onto Tacoma to visit the Museum of Glass. Also, if you have seen 10 Things I Hate About You, the high school they go to is located in Tacoma. So of course, we drove by that building.
In February, we enjoyed more cold weather but went out on one of the warmer days to go to the Woodland Park Zoo for the first time! It was fun. Lions, tigers and bears. And elephants. And monkeys. And giraffes. I was very sad because the giraffes were soo far away. I wanted to see one up close, and get a good photo. I’m kinda smitten with giraffes. I had to settle for seeing elephants up close. And look at their skin!
We started out March with our friends Chris and Kathy coming to visit one weekend from Austin. We showed them around, went to the Experience Music Project/Science Fiction Museum, Pike Place Market, Downtown Library, road the monorail, went to the Seattle Center, and wound up in the University District drinking Bubble Tea while it was snowing outside. Also, the 5 Spot (a restaurant in our neighborhood in Seattle) had as their theme at the time “Keep Austin Weird.” So of course, we had to go to see if it was authentic Austin food.
One warmer April weekend, Josh and I decided to visit Bainbridge Island so we took the ferry over and had a nice afternoon walking around the town of Winslow. We also saw signs of spring popping up around Seattle with the cherry blossoms on the UW campus and flowers blooming around our neighborhood.
At the end of April, Josh and I headed off on our 9 day road trip down to California. We started in Seattle, spent an afternoon in Portland, and then next day drove through the Redwoods. They were amazing. So tall and beautiful.
And then we continued on to one of my favorite cities, San Francisco! We spent two nights in San Francisco at an AMAZING hotel (the Huntington on the top of Nob Hill). While there, we went to the Academy of Sciences, Ocean Beach, the Cliff House, the Ferry Building, Ghiradelli Square, the Ferry Building, and had a lovely dinner at a wine bar and then a windy but nice walk back to our hotel.
The next day we drove down the East Bay and then to Monterey and Carmel-by-the-Sea, where we had the best mid-day lunch at this restaurant called Casanova. Then we drove down highway 1 all the way to Morro Bay/Los Osos.
We spent a few days in the San Luis Obispo/Avila Beach/Paso Robles/Pismo Beach area enjoying the weather, wine tasting, and hanging out with some of Josh’s family and friends.
After we had our fill of beautiful beaches, wine tasting, and relaxing (um.. or maybe because our schedule made us leave), we headed up to the Jackson/Sutter Creek area of California for the weekend. And then back to Seattle!
The rest of May, we stuck around Seattle and enjoyed going out for things like the Folklife Festival at the Seattle Center and heading to the Washington Park Arboretum (designed by the Olmsted Brothers).
Josh holding our new puppy we picked up today from the Town Lake Animal Shelter! She is soo cute. And so good so far. When she sleeps, she stretches our her legs like a rocking horse. I can’t wait until she is cleared by the vet to go out places and we can take her for a walk on the Hike and Bike Trail.
I hope everyone has a great holiday! We’re off to my grandma’s house today where I will be around my 30-ish cousins and lots of aunts and uncles and babies. Then tomorrow we’re celebrating with my mom’s side of the family where I will no doubt be smitten with my cousin’s baby and watching him run around the house. Then Saturday we pick up our puppy!!! Lots of exciting things over the next few days.
Christmas is almost here. It seems so weird, because usually by this time I am listening to Christmas music, I have a tree up, and am enjoying the decorations that are around town. However, that hasn’t been the case this year. I feel like Christmas definitely snuck up on me.
So today. I officially declare myself on Christmas vacation. Which means I will wrap presents, listen to Christmas music and watch Love Actually.