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the story of seattle.

this is the story of seattle (and puyallup and tacoma).

i left from burbank, ca (it’s gotta be one of the smallest airports in California) on a cloudy august morning, walking up an old fashion stairway to the plane.

i traveled with this awesome red-leather, 1960’s carry-on bag. i found it at a consignment shop in glendora and i’m in love with it. it fits perfectly under the seats of the plane and holds a surprisingly great amount of things.

i had a layover in Oakland, which was great for this reason:

with my non-fat iced carmel latte in hand, i waited to board the plane for my vacation to the great pacific northwest. i packed for rain, sunshine, and everything in between. it turned out to be one of the most beautiful weekends they had all summer…

i was greeted in baggage claim by Kelsey’s lovely mom, Marjie, with coffee in hand (apparently, that is the Rochester tradition). i immediately felt welcomed and beyond thrilled to be there. we took the scenic route from Seattle to Puyallup and finally arrived at the Rochester residence where i found my beautiful roommate! being reunited with Kels was a huge blessing. after spending the whole year together, being apart for two months was difficult. as both of us were in the midst of life transitions, we treasured our time together. sitting on the couch with her and simply catching up on life was just what we both needed.

Kelsey was the greatest host of all time. she planned out the most perfect things to do while i was there. we spent our first day in Seattle with Brett and had a blast enjoying the sunshine and each other’s company. we walked around Pike Place and they endured the crowd of tourists with me as we walked in and out the shops in the marketplace. we found some interesting creatures along the way- a large otter, named Elliot and an enormous troll that lives under a bridge.

we had dinner on the water front and then picked up ice cream cones from a local ice cream shop. Kelsey and Brett were sure to take me to the places where we could best see the cityscape… who wouldn’t want to sit and look at this all day?!

with seaplanes taking off and landing right in front of us and the warm sun shining down on us- Gas Works park was the most perfect place to enjoy our delicious dessert. then we headed to Kerry park where we found loads of photographers, a bride and groom, and another gorgeous view of the city.

watching the evening become night, with the moon shining and the city glowing, i took a deep breath and took it all in. how could someone NOT want to live here? (this is when every native of Washington says, just wait till it rains…)

the next day, Kelsey and I packed a picnic and had lunch in downtown puyallup. we laid our blanket out next to the rose garden and people-watched as a farmer’s market was coming to a close.

we met up with Brett in a neighboring town and we walked in and out of antique stores. Kelsey found a steal on two beautiful chandeliers, while Brett and i decided we would survive without the collection of fishing poles, creepy dolls, and baseball cards. later that night we barbecued some tasty kabobs at Kelsey’s, sipped on a glass of wine on the porch, and continued to catch up on life. a perfect summer night.

my last full day in Washington turned out to be just as lovely as the previous two. it started with a tour of a children’s hospital in Tacoma. as i am in the process of interviewing for internships, i thought it would be beneficial to see one of the hospitals i applied to. the tour was great and i was so thankful for the opportunity to really get a feel for the hospital and the Child Life program there. more on all that later…

afterwards Kelsey and i drove over to Point Defiance in Tacoma, still dressed in the “casual professional” clothes from our tour, and sat on the “beach” for a while. just an FYI- there is no sand on this beach, just little rocks. but it was beautiful nonetheless…

much to our surprise, it didn’t rain a single drop that day! we both planned for rainy afternoon and brought boots, fleece, and scarves. so we were a bit unprepared for the warm sunshine. but we didn’t let that stop us. Kelsey had a spontaneous urge to go kayaking, so we went. in our nice clothes, wedge heels, and glitter flip-flops. we were on the water for about an hour, and while we had some difficulty steering, we had a blast paddling our way around.

after the kayaking adventure, we headed over to the Point Defiance flower garden. it was like heaven on earth. beautiful blooms and stunning colors. i’ll let the flowers speak for themselves :)

last but not least, Brett met up with us in Tacoma for another lovely dinner on the water. it was the most perfect way to end a perfect vacation. gorgeous sunset, watching the moon rise, delicious food, and great company- it just doesn’t get much better.

final thoughts? i LOVE washington. and i can’t wait to go back!! rain or shine ;)


sweet summer…

well, another month goes by and here i am… what a busy summer it’s been! i’ve got one more month to bask in the freedom.

the past month has seen a lot of this:

this glorious interstate and i have become very close as i have been up and down California numerous times in the past month. each time was absolutely worth it! but i’m happy to say, i think there’s only one time i’ll have to drive it in August…

speaking of August- there are so many changes coming up! and i’m just beginning to brace myself for it all. my roommates and i are in the process of moving to Pasadena. and yes, it is a process. some of you may remember the dreadful moving experience of last summer. and it is not coming along any easier this summer. but we are praying VERY hard that things work out smoothly and that we’ll be moving into a new home in the next two weeks.

with that said, i have been feeling a bit of separation anxiety with our little home sweet home. i know i have blogged A LOT about this place and the beautiful memories here… i am quite sad to leave. this city has been my comfort zone and more importantly my home for the past 5 years. so i’ve had my moments of grieving. i’ve had to remind myself that it’s okay to feel upset about moving and transplanting my life to a new place. even if it’s only 20 minutes down the freeway. Pasadena is a VERY different city: fast-paced, crowded, up scale, and even a bit unfamiliar. and yet it’s those different aspects that also make our move a bit thrilling. slowly but surely, i am feeling more excited about life in Pasadena. this seems like the next step in “growing-up”, as one of my roommates had described it. we’re moving into the “city”. and it’s going to be an adventure…

the move has also brought me to the end of my job as a behavioral therapist. it has been quite a journey in this field. i have been challenged emotionally, physically, and mentally. i have learned SO much. and i have grown to absolutely adore the kids that i had the opportunity to work with. my time in this field has solidified my decision to write my Master’s thesis on providing Child Life services to children with special needs in the hospital. i am excited to continue learning and discovering ways to use my past experiences for my career as a Child Life Specialist. so while leaving is a bit bittersweet, i am looking forward to the future and a new job. but more on that later…

hmmm, what else? i’m obsessed with Pinterest. i think i mentioned that last time. but i’m serious.

i found this recipe for tequila lime frosting. it was unbelievable…

i got this idea for fourth of july…

learned how to do this with my hair…

and found these awesome posters of my 2 upcoming vacations…

see what i mean?! Pinterest has EVERYTHING. i’m in love :)

so, i’m heading to Vegas this weekend with my closest girlfriends. we’re STOKED! laying by the pool, enjoying the nightlife, seeing LOVE (the Beatle’s Cirque Du Soleil show), and making memories of a lifetime- yepp, i’m counting down the hours (approximately 60, in case you were wondering…).

and after Vegas comes Seattle to visit some great friends!! i can hardly wait- blackberry picking, Pike’s Place, a break from the California heat, and faces that i miss so dearly! i’m a lucky girl.

okay. long update, but that’s what’s going on! this life is quite the adventure, and i plan on soaking up every minute of it- the good, the bad, and the absolutely great :)