2 Weekend Recaps – YIPEE

Well, it’s been a little quite around here. That’s not due to lack of content to blog about. My life has been nothing short of crazy lately with so much to do, so many people to see and just all around a full schedule. So I figured it was time for a bit of a recap :)

So, lets start waaaay back at Memorial Day Weekend, shall we? I went to San Diego!! I love San Diego, it’s one of my favorite places because it is just so beautiful and the weather (outside of May and June) is so gorgeous. This trip was exceptionally special because my very favorite person in the world, Alexis, was graduating from USD! Which makes me feel extremely old, but we’ll ignore that fact for now.

san diegoGraduation (2)So proud of that girl.

Then reality set back in, I had to travel home to Seattle and get back to work on Tuesday. Luckily, I had a pretty easy week and Thursday consisted of a baby shower for my boss and then a team outing to West Seattle. For the baby shower I got about as creative as I can handle and made some rainbow fruit glasses. Thanks Pinterest!

baby shower

And then for the outing, which I have to say was way more fun than a baby shower (for me at least) we headed up to the top of Smith Tower to the observation deck and then walked down to the Water Taxi you can take from Pioneer Square to West Seattle and headed on over to Marination Ma Kai. I’ve never been to the top of Smith Tower so forgive me for the many pictures. I just live in such a beautiful city and the 360 view from up there really proved it!

smith tower

PS. that’s the “hospital” they used for Gray’s Anatomy in the center there :) It really is a crazy beautiful building, thi spic doesn’t do it justice.

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Seriously. I can’t even handle how beautiful Seattle is on a nice sunny day. This particular sunny day was 80+ degrees which is way too hot for this Seattle girl, but I survived because we were right on the water at Marination Ma Kai.

water taxi

I had never ridden the Water Taxi and it was really, pretty cool. Plus, check out the view!!

Alright, finally we’ve made it to the weekend again! I know, I’m sorry, this post is getting long and very photo heavy. This past weekend was a good one though. I volunteered with my company at Pasado’s Safe Haven which is a really fabulous organization and animal sanctuary for animals that come from abusive homes, hoarding homes, neglected animals, etc.. The organization does a really amazing job of finding, investigating and passing off abuse cases to the correct authorities and then taking in the animals and often nursing them back to health, but even if they come in relatively healthy, Pasado’s gives them a save and loving home. All animals at Pasado’s are available for adoption and I literally had to avoid the cat and dog areas to avoid taking home any animals that I just don’t have the time to care for. Take a look at their website and spend a day volunteering if you can!!

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After Pasado’s I went to Gregg’s Cycle in Alderwood to pick up my BRAND NEW BIKE. Super excited about this! and then out to Greenlake for dinner, walking the lake, and drinks with one of my oldest and dearest friends.

greenlake

Then finnnnallllyyyyy we make it to Sunday. Sunday was full of really good food, really amazing friends, totally acceptable wine, and a fire pit which is just my very favorite thing to do when the weather is nice here in Seattle.

firepit

My Virtual Bedside Table and ALL the Books

Well, my virtual bedside table (aka my Kindle) has been getting very, very little use lately with the amazing weather we’re having here in Seattle but still, lots of book recommendations have been flowing my way and my virtual pile of books is really starting to stack high. I thought I’d make a quick list here of which books are on my soon-to-be-read list (and soon-to-be is very relative as I can’t motivate myself to do any reading whatsoever right now).

kindle books

Without further-ado, here is my list of books to read. Please chime in and let me know if you’ve read them, loved them, hated them, have them on your list as well… hopefully I’ll be bringing some book reviews here soon!

  1. Food: A Love Story by Jim Gaffigan
    I’ve been told by a friend that this is a pretty hilarious book, especially for those of us that travel often and experience the differences in cuisine from city to city and state to state. We’ll see if I ever get around to reading it…
  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
    So I’m actually really excited about this one and a little disappointed that I did indeed start a book on my vacation to San Diego this past weekend that wasn’t this one… I read both The Husbands Secret and What Alice Forgot, both by Liane and I LOVED them both. So I need to get on this.
  3. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
    I actually started this a few months ago, got about 50% through and decided it was too dark. It’s just kind of a downer, can anyone tell me if I should stick it out and finish this one?
  4. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
    Another one by the “Gone Girl” author. I LOVED Gone Girl but couldn’t get into Dark Places, anyone have an opinion on this one?
  5. Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Novel by Jamie Ford
    This is the book I started over the weekend. I’m about 30% through it and its… meh, it’s okay. I do think it will get better, it’s certainly not a “I have no desire to finish this book” type book (yet), but I’m just not sure I’m in love with it.
  6. Has Anyone Seen My Pants? by Sarah Colonna
    I’m kind of sort of super excited for this one. But still not motivated to read when I could be running or cycling outside. I’ve only heard great things about this book and follow Sarah and her fiance Jon Ryan (yes, the Seahawks kicker) on Twitter and they are both f*ing hilarious. So this should be good.
  7. Going Off Script by Giuliana Rancic
    I’m (shamelessly) semi-obsessed with Giuliana and Bill Rancic. Don’t as me why. It’s not rational. I can’t answer you with a decent reason. But I bought this book – IN HARD COVER NO LESS – and it will be one of my first reads once I get back in the reading groove.

So, what are you reading? Have you read any of these? Did you love them? Hate them? Do you have other recommendations for me?? Because 7 books sitting waiting for me to get around to them is clearly not enough…