I know I have been slacking on the blogging train lately, but I’ll get caught up eventually. For now, I’ll go backwards and start with this past weekend in Seattle for our friends’ Noah and Vaneeta’s wedding and a special visit with Lauren, my college roomie.
We arrived late Thursday night after a 6 hour flight to the most excited late-night smile around – Lauren aka The Hotness circa 2004. There was definitely some slow-motion running and jumping for joy at the airport. I love the scene at the airport (cue opening and closing credits to the movie, Love Actually). After a quick drive, we arrived at Lauren and Aaron’s most adorable home in a town called Magnolia, just outside of Seattle. Unfortunately, Aaron was away on a boys camping trip for the weekend, so we didn’t see him, but his gigantic elk heads in the basement represented him with pride. We had some cheese and crackers for a night-time snack, this IS COLLEGE, and went to bed in our own room with our own bathroom. For everyone who lives in a shoebox apartment in NYC, you know how awesome this is. Lauren’s house rocks.
Friday morning, we awoke to the Tour de France on TV and Lauren whipping up some eggs with cheese and the most delicious fresh rosemary bread of my life. I curled up near Lauren in the kitchen under a blanket near the open window with cool quiet air drifting in and felt so at home. Boy do I love me some Lauren (and now looking at this photo after the fact, boy do I miss me some Lauren).
Afterward, we headed out for the very important task of WEDDING DRESS SHOPPING FOR LAUREN!! Yes, this was a two-part trip… a wedding and the prepping for another wedding. ME = HAPPY. Of course, you don’t get to see the gorgeous bride in all of her glory and the amazing dresses we looked at, but here’s our faces cropped and blown up just to show how much fun we were having.
While we oo’d and ahh’d and I cried over the beautiful bride-to-be, Arion sat a few blocks down at a coffee shop with Wi-Fi and the morning paper. That’s one happy hub. As we were leaving, we ran into this guy with quite the toupee on… I was dying laughing and it actually came charging at me in a mad frenzy. Guess he hates his ‘do, too.
Anyway, since we were already in the cutest market ever called the Country Village, we decided to find a lunch spot. And Papa’s Place provided just that. We were walking by and saw two women eating the most amazing Chicken Taco Salad in the history of Chicken Taco Salads and we sat down immediately. Here we are post deliciousness.
After sitting outside for a few hours and then driving back to Lauren’s, I needed a nap. So as husband and wife do, I napped while he ran – crazy freak. But there were some good views to be shared when he returned.
Fully rested (me) and ready to eat (Arion), we headed into downtown Seattle to meet some of the Tufts boys (and their ladies) for dinner at Petra Mediterranean Bistro – thank you Yelp. I didn’t take any photos, oops, but trust that it was good.
Saturday we slept in, something about the cold air and a warm flannel blanket allows me to sleep forever. With hungry bellies, we headed into the main square of Magnolia (about a 15 minute walk) for brunch at Serendipity Café and Lounge. Another delicious meal and more Lauren time and then we walked home in time to see a lawn of weeds through different eyes.. all the dandelions sorta looked pretty and planned!
Shortly after, we got all dolled up to head to the main event of the weekend, the wedding of Vaneeta and Noah!!! (dress courtesy of my friend Sandy… so many compliments)
Sunday morning, we headed into downtown Seattle again, this time to Pike Place Market and the original Starbucks. Since hubs LOVES him some coffee, we needed a photo in front, complete with a three-piece band outside.
After some sightseeing and a few purchases in the market , we headed to meet the crew once again, this time at The Library Bistro. This meal was fabulous and delicious as most of you already previewed with these apple fritters with cream cheese frosting on Instagram. TO. DIE. FOR.
(Clockwise starting with Arion, Ryan, Laura, Christy, Ben, Tait, Randi, Moi)
It’s always great to see the crew and catch up and it’s even better that we’ll see everyone again in about 7.5 weeks for another Tufts wedding, this time in Boston!!
So a HUGE AND GINORMOUS thank you to Lauren for hosting us and being fabulous and wonderful, as always. And an equally LARGE AND LOVING Mazel Tov to Vaneeta and Noah, the gorgeous newlyweds.
P.S. I must also do a little blog shout-out to three of my readers who turned the big 3-0 in the past week+…. Lisa on July 6th, Kendra on July 12th, and Bana TODAY July 16th. Welcome to the awesome, ladies, welcome.