Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Things a lot of other people like that I don't really.

Unless you're really, really good at blocking our what's happening around you, you've probably heard such mumblings as "first string," "coaches," "injuries," and of course, "Tebow." Ah yes, football season is just around the corner. It's not that I dislike football season, I just really enjoy not-football season. There are so many other things to talk about! Thus, as I say farewell to my boyfriend's free time for the next four months, I thought I'd put together a little list of some other things I don't particularly like, but that a lot of other people seem to really like.

Sorry to offend anybody who doesn't live in Texas, but as hard as a try I will never think Uggs are cute. However, I hear they keep your feet warm and cozy. That's good.
I like watching The League, and I like hearing my friends trash talk one another, but I don't care who wins or loses the game and I don't want to spend my after-work hours researching players and setting my roster. I've played for the past few years and I will merrily enjoy not playing from now on.
Living in Texas would be loads easier if I liked country. Buuut I don't.
I don't have an iphone and I don't have an arm-band for my Android phone, but I don't think either of those things need to join me on my runs. Everytime I attempt to use my phone as a music player it stops working mid-song, just as I'm getting in the groove. I'm sick of trying. I want music to run, and I want to go home and track my run afterwards, but I don't want to take my phone running.
Eh, sorry guys. I'm one of the biggest television fans I know, yet Modern Family just never really stuck on me. I tried watching a few episodes back in season one or two, but it never really made me laugh.
no thanks, vanilla please!
Granted, I've only been there once, so I think I need to give it another try. But, when I visited NYC it was crowded, cold, and I was scared of being mugged the entire time. I've been to Chicago twice and liked it a whole lot more both times. PS: I also really liked every city I've been to in California and both major European cities I've visited (Paris & London). NYC definitely deserves a second chance.
I like all my friends who like Forrest Gump, but I would rather watch almost any movie except for this one. I think it's sad and scary and I don't want to talk about it anymore.
On Sunday I had the privilege of dining at Franklin's for the first time. The company was excellent, and the food was too, but I realized on my drive home that I'm just not the biggest fan of barbecue. I won't say no, I'd just prefer a meal with more cheese and veggies than meat and meat.
I don't care what you put in the shot or how "not shot-like it is." I don't want to take it and peer pressuring me into taking it isn't going to make anybody's lives any better. Just buy me a drink in a normal-sized glass and I'll drink it at whatever speed I want. Cheers!

Monday, August 20, 2012

Splendid Seattle

-I started writing this post weeks ago. I blame The Olympics, Canyon Lake, and an HR Certification course I started taking for the delay. Better late than never though.-

Seattle was wonderful. Seriously people, there is nowhere on earth like the Pacific Northwest. While Chris and I sweated through our errands last weekend, I couldn't help thinking how much more amazing errands would be in Seattle's weather. It was the perfect escape.

We went to Seattle for Chris’ friend from childhood Bryce’s wedding. It was the first time either of us has actually been in a wedding, and Chris had nothing but good things to say about the experience. And, because of his wedding party duties (suit fitting, chair setup, partying...) I was on my own for a portion of this trip. It was so great! Spending time apart from your loved one while on vacation is an excellent idea. I was really surprised how much I enjoyed my alone time.
The trip began with lunch on Thursday at Eastlike River Bar and Grill. I met the bride, Kristin, and the groom’s family for the first time. After leaving the fellas to try on their suits, the groom’s sister-in-law and I headed out for a several mile exploration of the University of Washington campus. Years ago, as an oblivious high school junior, I considered attending UW for college. Why? Eh... I knew I wanted to get away from Kansas and live in an urban environment... but I’m really glad I didn’t end up there. The campus was gorgeous, surrounded by lakes and ocean, but it definitely would have been too far from home.
In the springtime, this would have looked like this:
Guess I have to go back and see it, right?
That night we met up with our men and caught the party bus to Ray’s Boathouse for the rehearsal dinner.
This was also the first rehearsal dinner we’ve attended. It was excellent to hear the speeches, get to know the bridal party, and enjoy an outstanding meal.
The biggest piece of salmon I’ve ever had.
After dinner some of the youngin’s went to The Zoo for ping pong, darts, and more fun. I heard very good things about the bar, but alas, I was fast asleep in my cozy bed at The University Inn.
On Friday, the day of the wedding, I woke up to a cloudy and 60 degree day. It was so relaxing! Even though I’m a huge fan of sunshine, the typical-Seattle day was lovely. I started my day with a quick run along the Burke Gilman Trail followed by brunch with the wedding party at Portage Bay CafĂ© (that toppings bar, wow!). From around 1pm onward, Chris was on wedding duty, so I set out to explore the city with my backpack and a book.
A few hours were spent meeting up with the Sy family on Foster’s Island and at the Seattle Arboretum.
All in all, I walked nearly 7 miles around the city. I never would have been able to do that in Austin. With the heat and humidity, that trek would have been miserable.
The ceremony and reception that night were also amazing. Bryce and Kristin were so happy. It was perfect.
Hey there, groomsman.

Chris and the happy couple
You’d think we’d be done after that, right? But no! They’d planned a Friday night wedding so that all of their out of town visitors could join them on Saturday morning for one of their favorite activities, a hike!
About 20 of us drove 3 hours north to North Cascade National Park to hike to Cascade Pass.
Absolutely perfect weather.
So many hikes in the same month, what is happening?
I think I’d compare hiking to spinach... I hated it when I was little, then I was too afraid to try it... but now that I have the freedom to do it when and however I want, it’s great. Same idea. More hikes = healthier Jane!
We finished the trip with a fantastic meal at Ivar's and a night in, watching the Olympics. I already can't wait to go back (hopefully for Sasquatch 2013).