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I bought myself some Gerbera daisies on Friday.  Pretty, happy, and simple.  It seems as if they set the tone for the rest of the weekend. 

My husband and I wandered through some pretty neighborhoods on Saturday afternoon.  Just the two of us, enjoying each other's company and the sunshine. 

On Sunday morning, we went to Seward park for a breakfast picnic and watched a bike race with friends.

This coming week will be the last week of summer vacation before school starts.  The summer weather was late in coming to the Seattle area this year.  Perhaps that means it will be late in leaving too.  I hope so.  


Ride the Ducks

Ride the Ducks is a land and water tour around Seattle on some old WWII amphibious landing crafts.  It's wacky, it's loud, and it's fun.  I think I might have enjoyed it more than my kids though.  The hour and a half tour was a little long for my seven year old.  Though he did enjoy using his loud duck quacker/whistle thingy.  Yes, the tour was very loud.  I picked up a few more pieces of trivia about this city on the tour.  For instance, that strange looking building in the background of the photo above:  it's the Experience Music Project, a museum commissioned by Paul Allen.  I knew that, but I learned yesterday, that from the air, it looks like a smashed guitar...Jimmy Hendrix's smashed guitar, to be precise. 

My daughter looked like she was having a great time.  She even let me take her picture!  But when I asked her what she thought, she said that the tour "wasn't her thing".  She's too cool for this kind of thing.  She's twelve. 

We saw all the usual Seattle landmarks..  Here's what I didn't know before:  Pike Place Market (above) is the oldest continuously operating farmer's market in the country.  There are no chain stores here, except one...Starbucks.  Only it's the original Starbucks, so it wasn't a chain store yet when it opened, in 1971. 

The Elephant Car Wash is another iconic Seattle landmark.  I always wanted to go through it when I was little.  I thought that automatic car washes were the coolest thing ever.  Plus, I loved the sign.  I still haven't gone through the Elephant Car Wash.  I must make a point to do this.  Here's what I learned yesterday:  this is the first automatic car wash in the whole country.  It was built in the 1950's.     

Then, we drove right onto Lake Union.  That was weird.  Of course I knew that we wouldn't sink, but still....

Above, is the house from Sleepless in Seattle.  It sold for $2.2 million last summer.   I'm not sure if it sold for such a good price because it's famous, or if all the houses around it are that valuable.  I think I would like living on the water.  Instead of running, I would go kayaking for exercise.  Though the loud Duck boats might get kind of annoying.     



Work Spaces

I'm kind of digging my new work space.  I have wanted to have a dedicated area to sit and write for quite some time now.  Sitting on the sofa with the laptop tray just wasn't cutting it. The environmental cues were all wrong.  For me, a desk says, it's time to quit messing around and get to work.  I'm looking forward to the structure and discipline that comes with the return of the school year. The relaxed days of summer have been wonderful but I'm ready to get to work and start taking this writing dream of mine a little more seriously.

My daughter will be doing her work at home this year too, for school.  The picture below is her work space. 

Bakeries and coffee shops are some other work spaces that we plan on utilizing this year.  We did our first "school" activity this Sunday.  We went to The French Bakery and met some new people, mostly French expats, along with a few Americans who speak French much better than we do.  We joined a French club to supplement what Grace will be doing with the Byki language course.  It will give her a chance to actually use what she's learning.  This means I'll be learning as well.  We'll be meeting with this group once a month.  They were welcoming and patient with us, as we really didn't understand much more than "Bonjour, je m'appel..." We did a lot of smiling, head nodding, and listening...not a lot of talking.   It will be interesting to see if we can understand more next month.  We were certainly motivated to study after our meeting.  We are fortunate that our local library has a wide selection on French language books, movies, and magazines.  We went straight there after the meeting.  I brought home a big stack of French Vogue magazines to look through, and Grace checked out Le Petit Prince to read. 


Fashion's Night Out 2011

  Last year, my daughter and I stumbled onto an event that was a whole lot of fun, Fashion's Night Out, at the Bravern in Bellevue.  All we knew of what to expect was that we were going to a fashion show.  When we arrived, there was a red carpet with photographers in front of the entrance to the Bravern.  We started to walk around the red carpet, thinking it was for VIP's only, but were delightfully surprised when we were re-directed back to the carpet and asked to pose for photos.  Everyone was a VIP.  The special treatment continued throughout the night.  Champagne and appetizers, live music, and of course the fashion show, it was a a special event that my daughter and I enjoyed to the fullest.....all free.

This year's event is on Septemer 8th, and we plan on being there.  If this sounds like something you might enjoy and you live near Bellevue, check out the details, here.  Fashion's Night Out is something that happens all over country though.  So if fashion's your thing, check out what's happening in your area.

Nieman Marcus, Fashion's Night Out, Sept. 2010Fashion's Night Out, Nieman Marcus, Sept. 2010The Bravern

Red Carpet GirlFashion's Night Out, 2010

The photo above shows what my daughter and I wore last year.  Jeans were fine, but I think I want to dress up a little more this year.  I would love to wear something like one of these outfits that I found on Pinterest for this year's event.

Kate Spade, image from PinterestBanana Republic, image from Pinterest


Woodinville Wine Tasting

Celebrating a new job for my husband, we met some good friends in Woodinville last night for some wine tasting and a picnic.  There are quite a few wineries here, all within walking distance of each other.  I enjoyed wandering around, just taking in the beauty of the gardens and the buildings. 

The building above is a restaurant called The Herb Farm.  Isn't it pretty?  I still haven't had dinner here.  I want to.

I like the expressions on the faces in this photo below.  Yes, that is water in my son's glass.

Apples and hydrangeas...such a great idea.  I'm going to copy this sometime, for a centerpiece on my own table.

The Novelty Hill Januik winery is such a beautiful place for a wedding or a party.  I'm just stashing away ideas....

This is where we had our picnic, at the Columbia winery.  This was such a fun way to celebrate.