Rainy Days & About Time

I’ve been wanting to post this for a long time. But, every time I went to write about it, I got distracted and never came back. Who knows, maybe I’ll write this sentence and then forget about this post for another few months …

Seattle has a lot of rainy days. Most of the rainy days, I try to push myself to get out and carry on just like I would any other day. After all, if I let the rain stop me, I would never get anything done.

On the days where I do let myself stay in, I like to curl up with a good book or watch a movie. For the last three years my go-to movie has been About Time. I first saw it when I was going through a hard time in life, and I swear — as soon as I watched it, the answers were clear. Since that first viewing, I’ve watched it a number of times and hounded every one around me to watch it too. It is that amazing.

I had a co-worker sum it up perfectly about a year ago, “Every once in awhile, a movie can change your life, About Time is that movie.” And, for me that was true and I think it could be for a lot of people.

The movie is about a family and manages to have a time travel element without it being overpowering or sci-fi in any way. Not that I mind sci-fi, but this movie is about love. All love. Family love, long lasting love and building a life. It has Rachel McAdams and Domhnall Gleeson; both put on stunning performances.

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day or a lazy evening at home when you don’t feel like going out, then watch this movie. Just keep some tissues near by 😉



Exploring Seattle & Hating It (a tiny bit) Less

It’s been a couple of months since I have posted. Things have been up and down. I don’t hate it here everyday now, just sometimes. Zach has been incredibly busy with school. I love that he is working hard but some days, I barely see him.

It isn’t all bad though.

Since I last posted, we’ve done a ton of stuff. I met Kate Middleton, my mom and grandma visited and Zach has midterms this week. Also, I now have TWO friends. To clarify, I didn’t make any friends, I just got incredibly lucky and reconnected with old friends who now live in Seattle as well.

Going out and exploring has been good for me. For the obvious reasons of not being home alone, but also — if I can get to know Seattle a little bit better, I’ll hate it less. On my super optimistic days, I can see Seattle as a wonderful opportunity for Zach and I to have amazing adventures! And really, though he is busy at school most days, there is plenty for me to get out and see on my own.

When my mom and grandma came, we got the Seattle City Pass. It takes it you through all of the most popular touristy things to do in Seattle, like the Space Needle and aquarium.

And, even though they just left and we had a very busy three days, I already have a new list of things to do the next time they, or anyone else, visits. As far as planning for visitors and date nights in Seattle, Zach and I will never run out of things to do here.

For date night this month, I planned an adventure out to the Ballard Locks, which were absolutely amazing. They give free, guided tours of the history of the locks and how they operate. No one else was in our tour, so we got the whole hour with the tour guide to ourselves. Learning about the 100-year old lock system was amazing. I didn’t think I would be as interested in it as I was, but now I’ll recommend a visit to anyone who comes here. And, we got to catch the end of the Coho salmon run. There were only a few fish still coming through, however we are going back to see the seaward migration in April and again in July for the upstream migration.

We ended the day with a homemade brownie and whisky ice cream sundae from the Kiss Cafe. Both the activity and the restaurant get five stars, so today was a win for Seattle.