I got back a little less than a month ago from my trip to the left coast. Here's a glimpse into how I spent some of my time:
- Consumed grilled hamburgers stuffed with blue cheese at a "potluck" with all the usual suspects. Followed by the most delicious S'mores. Although not the S'Mores of my childhood, those made using a grill are nothing to scoff at.
- Played competitive games of Badminton with people of varying skill level, age, and height.
- Had high tea at Abbey Garden Tea Room. All I can say is their version would give The Plaza's a run for their money. So delicious.
- Went to the beach with A. Where we laid out, looked for beach glass and agates (a hold over beach going activity from our childhood), took pictures, and had a much needed catch up session.
- Ate more crab than I usually consume in a year. A generous friend shared SIX crabs he'd caught. There were crab omelets, crab BLTs, crab salads and oh I'll stop there before I sound like a character out of Forrest Gump. We dined on crab for days. Talk about contentment.
- Saw an old crush. A boy I'd gown up with and have known since I was a child. Left the island with a renewed crush. He's still adorable.
- Watched Iron Man at the outdoor cinema in Fairhaven's Village Green. Have I already forgotten how chilly summer evenings in Washington can get? Apparently so.
- Ate sweet potato tacos, fish tacos and drank margaritas on the deck at Agua Verde Paddle Club in Seattle. I could hang out there for hours.
- Listened to an old friend sing and play piano at the one "coffee shop" on the island. Bumped into all sorts of characters from my past. Pure bliss.
- Attended the islands annual Chilli cook off. Imagine it, 20 plus chilli's to feast on, beer aplenty, live music, and sunshine. Add to that a slew of people I hadn't seen in YEARS. Perfection.
- Played the slot machines at one of the local casinos. Lost a whopping $10.
- Dinned on savory crepes with the H-------- clan in Seattle, Capital Hill to be precise. Saw a few trannys and a crackhead getting interrogated by the cops. Oh Seattle, I missed you.
- Visited Revival Home & Garden in the Georgetown neighborhood. A store I'd had on my radar since reading about it in Rita Konig's article about Seattle in Domino. Had a lovely chat with the shops co-owner. The store is in the process of relocating to Capital Hill, so everything was significantly discounted for the impending move. Although the merchandise was clearly thinned out and the store wasn't in its prime condition, I still was smitten. Can't wait to see the reincarnation in the Capital Hill local.
- Devoured the most INCREDIBLE peanut butter & jelly cupcake at the hands down best place for cupcakes, Trophy Cupcakes. They'd opened the most adorable shop at University Village since I'd been home. But I still prefer their Wallingford Center location.
- Attended my baby sisters co-ed baby shower. Lots of babies, toddlers, and kids in attendance, along with their parents, of course. Quite the scene.
- Bought the most divine banana bread from Dahlia Bakery. I'd been craving this for ages and my Mom admitted she wasn't in the mood for baking her own. So when I spied a loaf at Dahlia, I just had to bring it home. It was the best banana bread I've tasted, no joke. I also indulge in their version of a nutter butter cookie. I died. So good. Dahlia Bakery, along with whatever else Tom Douglas touches, is pure perfection.
- Took a sunset boat ride along Bellingham Bay and down towards Chuckanut Drive. I love seeing Bellingham from that perspective. East Coast sunsets are so ho hum compared to our gorgeous West Coast version. No comparison.
Clearly I was not thrilled to return to Savannah after such a lovely two weeks at home. Oh and remember those perfect 75 degree days I was hoping for? More like eighties and nineties, then a record breaking 103 degrees on my last day. So much for escaping the heat.
Now I'm off again in mere days for another week long stint back in Washington. Black berries will be picked. Sleeping in will occur. Books will be consumed. Sunsets will be devoured. And fingers crossed another encounter with the crush will occur.