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June 18, 2015

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

(Just a small warning, this post will be fairly picture heavy!)

What a view Space Needle Love

In a previous entry I mentioned that I had been on one hell of a winning streak. The biggest prize I’ve won was a night stay at The Inn at the Market in Seattle, two tickets to Pacific Science Center for the Pompeii exhibit and two tickets for Amtrak. I was blown away by the fact that I won, and I was so happy to invite my friend and co-worker (and now roommate) Rachel (love this girl!). We spent Cinco de Mayo in Seattle, just wandering the city and having a ton of fun. First, we checked into the hotel and were taken up to our beautiful room.

THAT bed. View from our room.

The Inn at the Market is not only beautiful, but super generous. They gave us a water-view suite that according to their website normally goes for over $450 a night. And it was stunning. The shower was amazing. Completely amazing. All glass walls and no door and as long as some closets. And constant hot water. Perfection. And to top it all off, the hotel was remodeling (which they had told me in advance) and because our room hadn’t received all the new furniture yet, they gave us a $30 credit for food from one of the restaurants that could be found below the hotel! I was so surprised at that, but they were insistent.

Macarons from Le Panier The Gum Wall

After dropping off our bags, we were off! We ate macarons from Le Panier (highly recommend, go whenever you can!), I introduced Rachel to Sur La Table, we wandered around Pike Place Market for awhile and appreciated the cute guys hawking fruit from the different produce vendors, admired (and got grossed out by) the infamous Gum Wall and enjoyed a delicious dinner at Alibi Room.

Hi Rachel! Alibi Room has amazing pizza

The Alibi Room is this fantastic restaurant that looks like a hole in the wall and is located right across from the Gum Wall. It’s dark, sometimes loud (it gets busy and there’s music), has a great happy hour and has absolutely amazing pizza. Go for the happy hour menu. Even if you don’t drink, their food deals are literally the best you’ll find near Pike Place. I got one of their happy hour pizzas had like half and had leftovers. And so far, I’ve never had to wait in order to get a seat. After our delicious meal, we headed down to Gameworks and had some fun with an old game card that I had. We had a blast playing skee-ball and air hockey along with several other old time video games. When we got tired we headed to the City Target, picked up some provisions (read: junkfood) and retired to our room. After hot showers, we headed up to the rooftop terrace and looked out over the Puget Sound, marveling in the beauty that is Seattle. When we got tired, we went back in and watched Jurassic Park and talked until we crashed.

Mmm Lox! Pompeii exhibit: body casts

The next morning, we headed down To Bacco cafe to use the awesome gift certificate we were given and indulged in an expensive breakfast. I had the most delicious lox one a perfectly toasted bagel with fresh valencia orange juice. I’ve seriously never had such a delicious piece of lox before. Stuffed, we decided to walk to the Monorail and head for Pacific Science Center and go see the Pompeii exhibit which was completely heartbreaking. I’ve always been interested in Pompeii, as morbid as that sounds. But it’s scary how one day, a thriving city was completely buried under tons of ash. What’s even scarier is the fact that it could happen again pretty much anywhere. Heck. Seattle has several active volcanoes located nearby. The body casts were particularly heartbreaking. Since we were so close to the EMP museum, we decided to take a stroll and use the passes that Rachel had to check out an exhibit I was dying to see: The Star Wars Costumes!

STAR WARS Hi husband!

I’m a HUGE Star Wars fan. In fact, I joke around and call myself Mrs. Vader. I love everything about Star Wars. The original movies, the prequels, the Clone Wars series, the expanded universe, all of it. I collect Star wars (particularly Vader) merchandise, I call myself an Imperial princess and I am actually planning a Star Wars half-sleeve tattoo (someday in the future when I have the money). So to see this exhibit? With so many of the iconic costumes? I was as giddy as a child. Especially when I got see the one, the only, my glorious husband in all his metallic glory, Mr. Darth Vader <3

It was quite a trip and one that I will never forget. the one thing we haven’t done yet is use the tickets from Amtrak. I’m still deciding what to do with them. What do you think? Day trip to Portland? (Still have never been) Or a trip to San Francisco? I have family nearby so I could stay with them. Or is there another idea that I haven’t thought of? Something semi-nearby that wouldn’t require many nights in a hotel. Let me know your thoughts in a comment!

June 12, 2015

No Regrets. Just Do It.

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Earlier this week I came across the above quote on Facebook and it hit me really hard because I’d been having very similar thoughts for the last few weeks. I am so tired of people saying that the can’t do certain things (or me saying that I can’t, for that matter) because of weight or time or some other ridiculous justification we have come up with to limit ourselves.

A great example of this is feeling self-conscious of wearing a tank top because i’m not as tone as other women. I’m a plus sized, full figured woman. And while I am working on my body and my weight, most of the time I am completely accepting of myself and love my body, no matter what size I am. I mean, if I am completely honest, my extra weight hasn’t led to any shortage of men and my current boyfriend adores me and finds me beautiful and sexy whether I’m dressed or nude. If he enjoys my body, even with extra weight, then why can’t I? So yes. Normally, I’m perfectly okay with who I am. But every so often, I become self-conscious. I hate my arms. No matter how much weight I lose or how much I try and work my arms, they aren’t tone, And I feel sad and embarrassed at times and find myself avoiding tank tops. But it’s hot out. It’s finally summer weather in Washington and if I want to wear a tank top, I shouldn’t worry about my arms. Who cares what others think? All that should matter is what I think.

Another great example of this is my friend who is a lovely and talented writer and yet refuses to publish any of her stories because she doesn’t think they are any good. I keep encouraging her to submit the novel she wrote to various publishers and she refuses. “What if they hate it?” “What if they laugh at me?” What if, what if, what if. I understand the fear. But at the same time, what if she looks back at her life when she is 78 and regrets never sending it in?

And that’s what I want to avoid. That’s what I think everyone needs to start thinking about. Stop worrying so much. There’s enough stress and problems in the world and in our lives without us adding to them. Why do we care so much about what strangers think? Or even what our friends think. I’ve been asking myself questions like these so much recently. I’ve had so many friends through the years who have completely used me for whatever they wanted and clearly didn’t care about what I thought or how they treated me. And yet still I found myself caring about them and their feelings and trying not to hurt them. I’m not saying go out and start hurting people to get what you want and not care about consequences. But the world won’t stop if we start caring about ourselves just a little bit more.

Want to wear a bikini to the beach even though you’re a size 18? Who cares. Do it and rock it! It’s 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon that she just happen to have off and the sudden urge to build a fort overcomes you. Start throwing those pillows on the floor and pulling those chairs away from the dining room table. Eat at a fancy restaurant on a Monday night. Send in those poems that you secretly work on at night. Share those drawings with the world. Take a nap. Daydream about nothing and everything. Say no to the friend that asks for everything and gives nothing in return. Take that trip to the Bahamas that you’ve been wishing about. Go without makeup for a day just because. Say yes to yourself. It’s about time, isn’t it?

June 9, 2015

Tuneage Tuesday #8

I absolutely love music. I can’t go through a day easily without it. Even at work (at least with my early shifts) I’ll have one of three music apps on my phone playing before the store opens. While working on a blog or even writing in my journal, I have to listen to one of my several playlists on itunes (playlists are the best things ever) or on 8tracks. Because of my love of music, I plan on sharing one song a week here on my blog. Either something I’ve always loved or a new song I’ve recently discovered.

No One’s Gonna Love You – Band of Horses
“It’s looking like a limb torn off
Or altogether just taken apart
We’re reeling through an endless fall
We are the ever-living ghost of what once was”

I immediately fell in love with Band of Horses (an American rock band from Seattle) after I first heard No One’s Gonna Love You back in 2007. I had been split up from my boyfriend of almost 8 years for about 6 months when I heard this song. I knew I was better off without him but at the same time, it still hurt and I definitely reveled in the melancholy breakup songs at that point. And while the lyrics are clearly that of a breakup, the tune wasn’t super depressing and I began to feel hope as I listened to it that while I still loved him, and may always have a place for him in my heart, that I’d move on. And I did. Weirdly enough, we’re still friends. I enjoy seeing his posts of his wife and daughter on facebook and I feel happy for him, despite the crap he did to me. It’s life.

Band of Horses became very popular in my itunes library that year and I still love them. Most of their songs are slow, some are very melancholy but not all. I highly recommend Laredo, NW Apt and also Infinite Arms as well.

What songs/bands have you been listening to? Feel free to comment with some of your favorites or the ones you just discovered and can’t seem to stop playing.