Sunday, January 18, 2009
my fabulous birthday weekend.
I thought I'd blog about my birthday...just for fun. It started on friday even though my birthday was saturday. Tracy took me into the seattle library to journal...my new favorite spot. I ran around taking shots of everything that I posted below. I heard that the seattle library is the most technologically advanced architecture in the nation. wow. anyway...we journaled there for about 2 hours, then took off for the pike st. fish fry. Had heard some raves about it, so I felt like an unfussy lunch. It didn't dissappoint. I got the calamari which were excellent but tracy's shrimp were to die for. the tartar is also really good...better than the aoili that usually gets the attention. Next stop was a store called "Home" I think...she didn't have a business card and I didn't write it down. We passed it while walking back to our car from the fish fry place. it was cool. Next stop was vivace coffee for some really good shots. can't beat 'em. more journaling. then we were off to uwajimaya's. Bought some books, new pens, and weird food. (you can see most of it below). After that we were starting to get a little hungry for a snack so we made a pit stop at king's BBQ (very close to uwaji's). Tom Douglas (premiere chef in seattle) recently mentioned in a newsletter that IT was the place to go for that sort of thing. Tracy went crazy for it. I'm just not a fan of meat but have to say it was good and tasty. So...we were sitting there in the car munching on bbq pork when tracy said..."we have to have hot mustard to go with it". so we drove up the street a little and found a small asian grocery store. I ran in to find him some and the craziest thing happened. They were playing "Happy birthday to you" over the sound system in the grocery store. and NO...it wasn't an elaborate set up by someone...it was purely coincidental. I have never heard that song being played as a soundtrack from a grocery store and probably never will again...it went on to other songs sung in japanese (but the birthday song was in english). It was just the craziest thing to hear at the tail end of my birthday day in seattle. We went home after that and I got a crazy hair to move furniture around in the living room. Tracy usually moans and groans when I start thinking along those lines but he said "it's your birthday, I'll do whatever you want to do". So we started moving this and that and before we knew it, we had a really cool set up that was something new and fresh. But the new set-up required that we get one of those wall mount thingies for our tv. so the next morning we hit costco to get one and spent the rest of the day finishing what we started. It was fun. Tracy had one more surprise up his sleeve. See...at christmas, we gave trista my vaio tiny laptop that tracy had bought for me a few years back. I'd used it in the house at night. My big computer sits upstairs in my studio. well...anyway...the amazingly small laptop was proving way too small for my old eyes to focus on, trista needed one that she could lug to classes and I didn't really think I needed one anymore inside the house...so she got it at christmas (and was thrilled). In the meantime, I really was missing it. So, tracy took me last night into the apple store and bought me a mac laptop (I have only used pc's all my life but all my friends keep telling me to go mac). Well...I'm sold. I'm in love with mac already. So...all in all, it was the best birthday ever. I am meeting my parents and sister and her husband and the girls for birthday chinese food today at lunch and then we are all trekking over to see tiffany's new house she just started renting. It's really cute. built in the 50's and sits in the woods. she LOVES it and I'm glad to have her back from portland. anyway...life is good and I'm happy to be 46 now.