Sunday, July 19, 2009

A threesome with...

Myself, hubby and the night sky!

Last night hubby and I were reading in the living room when he went to the kitchen, opened a beer, grabbed a blanket and went outside to enjoy the cool night air. I liked what I saw so I joined him. As we sat there sipping his Guinness, we looked up and watched plane after plane fly overhead. The sun was setting and more and more stars started to appear. We are by no means in the country, the Caltrain run rights past our place, but it's enough to see the stars.

As we sat there enjoying the evening, we talked about how his brother likes to sleep outside without a tent. At first we both thought he was completely crazy, but on the last hiking trip they took, hubby tried it with him and said it was incredible. I threw out the idea of how awesome would it be to set something up outside and hubby said, ok - let's do it. Meaning, if I set it up, he'll go along.

So I went inside and first got a big blanket to lay down on the ground. Our little "backyard" is all stone with plans along all edges. Next I drug out the huge blow up mattress we have. This is the bed we have set up in our guest room. When we moved to California more than three years ago, we decided on this nicely raised air mattress that also fits standard queen sheets. We blew it up once and left it, only needing to add air occasionally. So I pulled that out there with all the trimmings - pillows, blankets and his G1.

We had the Sky Map app installed on his G1 and when the sun was gone, we were able to pull up all the constellations in the sky! We were out there for about an hour looking at stars and planets when we finally fell asleep. Waking up this morning to the cool air and the sun, through overcast clouds was so refreshing. I couldn't believe how well I slept all night. It makes me want to do it every night! Thank goodness I remembered to turn off the sprinklers so they wouldn't go off at 6:30 am!

If you've never slept out in the open air under the stars, I highly recommend it. It was an exciting adventure and we didn't have to go anywhere!

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Traditional gift is leather & modern is crystal or glass

AKA hubby and I just celebrated our three year anniversary. Thankfully I did not get anything of leather or crystal or glass. Instead I got memories to last a lifetime. The night of our anniversary I got home about an hour before hubby and caught up on some house things. He told me he had something planned and not to do anything. We had no food in the house, so I wasn't sure if we were going shopping or out to eat. He walked in the door and pulled some fresh veggies out of his backpack. He stopped at the little market by our house on his bike and picked up just enough for dinner tonight! I thought it was so cute.

Hubby also got me a card with cute puppies on it. I thought for sure we were going to pick out a little puppy tomorrow, but no - no IOU puppy card. It was way better. Instead a boarding pass slipped out! I wasn't going to read it at first, but half way though the card, I just had to look at it in more detail. It was a trip for two to Seattle that leaves first thing tomorrow morning!!!! He didn't want to eat out because we'd be spending the next four days and three nights eating out and wanted to hang out at home because we needed to pack! AND he made reservations for us at the W hotel! I was so excited. It's exactly what I wanted.

So we packed our bags and took off to Seattle! The first thing we did was went to Vivace's for some local Seattle coffee. Needless to say we spent the last four days drinking a lot of coffee! It was just so good and the options were endless. Here I am with my latte! Notice the amazing heart latte art. :)

That night we went to Bambridge Island to wander around and have dinner. We found a great place recommended by the hotel called Harbor Public House. Hubby got the fish & chips and I got the buffalo burger. We had some tasty local brews and overlooked the beautiful harbor full of sail boats. I must also say that we had the best server on the planet here. She was extremely attentive without being at our table all the time. We gave our first 25% tip to her because we were just so impressed, we felt she went beyond the service we normally 20%. Neither of us worked at a restaurant before, but we realize it is difficult work and they deserve to make good tips - if they provide good service. On the island we randomly found these rock figures in yoga positions. Being the yogi wannabe I am, we posed!

Hubby is here in Tree pose.

I am here in Triangle pose.

The ferry ride to and from the island was amazing. It was a quick 35 minute ride. I was actually surprised by the number of commuters on the ferry. I read that 30,000 people live on the island. It was so beautiful and I can see why they love it there.

Just being goof-tastic!

Enjoying the beautiful sunset on Seattle - around 9:00pm!

The second day of our vacation we went on a fantastic 10 mile hike around Mount Rainer. I just couldn't believe this beautiful area only about an hour of the city. You can see the mountain with just tons of snow still...I don't think it ever goes away. We were a little afraid we wouldn't be properly dressed, but it all turned out to be perfect temperature. Now we didn't actually get up to where the actual snow is located, but we hiked around in the only rain forest in North America! It was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen to date on our hikes. The weather was beautiful and the hike was well shaded, which is good because even though I had on SPF 30, we didn't bring sunglasses or hats.

Here we are at the waterfall where we stopped for lunch. We were about 4 miles into the total 10 here.

Day 3 we went to the market area. It was huge and we found the best bakery for breakfast, lunch and then we returned for another snack later! It's called Piroshky Piroshky. It was so delicious. Get the salmon thing. At first I was like, huh? What is this going to be like? But then I had a bite and I fell in love. :) Hubby loved it too!

The best thing at the market was this book store. In the font we saw this book called, "The Gas We Pass". I had to go in and read it. Apparently it's from the 70's. I thought it was related to the "Everybody Poops" book, but nope. Here I am holding up the book!

Hilarious book. Everyone should read it!

Later that day we also made it out to the Space Needle area. We didn't go up because it looked lame, but we hung out around the base. They had some pretty cool stuff, but nothing we really did but walk around. This one section that was by the music museum was playing Michael Jackson and messages in chalk filled the entire area from the floor to the walls and benches. Some people posted pictures, left flowers and candles. It was a beautiful, yet simple tribute to MJ. Hubby tried to get a picture of me in front of the building because it was super cool looking. I decided to throw in a move from Thriller, but I was super fast and he caught me in the after math. I love the look on my face here because it was a truely candid moment where I didn't have time to pose. Love it.

Bustin' a move!

We ate some fantastic meals in Seattle and even caught the 4th of July fireworks show! I spent today doing laundry and getting ready for the week...without actually thinking about work! I made while on the plane this morning of all the things I wanted to do today. It came out to 17 items! I knew it wasn't realistic to do it all, but I have 7 completed and think I can do 3 more yet tonight. These also include things like dinner...and that's what I'm going to do now! I love being surprised and this was the best surprise ever! Thanks Hubby. You're the best and I can't wait to spend all the more years of my life with you! xoxo