Archive | September, 2012

Hello Seattle!

29 Sep

For those of you who don’t know, I have a really rad husband. And, I’m talking rad. He cooks all the time. He’s really funny and sweet. And, he’s a drummer for a living. Straight up drummer. Like gets paid to drum. And it’s disgusting how good he is at drumming. That being said, sometimes we get to travel around for fun drum stuff. This weekend, we went to Seattle for a drum competition.


This is Brandon setting up to rock!

Well, he pretty much rocked it and won this electronic drum pad something or other, and I was proud, and it was fun, and that brings me to the rest of Seattle.

The competition was in Belleview, so we meet up with some friends there, and they took us to this place called Din Tai Fung, and IT. WAS. SO. GOOD. It was the heaven of dim sum. They had a bunch of people working non-stop making dumplings from scratch. Basically, we were so in love with it, we almost went there 2 nights in a row. We didn’t end up doing that, though, because we were afraid that we would miss out on another Seattle treasure. But, the fact that we ALMOST went there was awesome.

Day 2 in Seattle was Sunday, so we spent the day walking around Pike’s Place Market and walking around the wharf. So much fun.


Look how cute we are! Awww.

I don’t know what it is about Pike’s Place, but I love that place. It’s so peaceful and all the flowers are so pretty, and the food is delicious. Basically, we ate fish, shrimp cocktail, fresh fruit…um..we ate a lot of stuff, so I’m going to stop there, so as to not be embarrassing.

If you go to Pike’s Place Market, here are some MUSTS:

1. Washington Berries – Get some, eat them. It will change your life.


Do you know how good these taste?

4. Fish throwing. Watching the famous fish throw is surprisingly entertaining. Eat some shrimp cocktail while you are there too. Nom Nom Nom.3. Flowers. Flowers are stupid cheap, and so beautiful. Need I say more?


The fish throwers in Seattle!

5. Relax. Seattle is all about relaxing, even if there are a hundred bums asking you for money so they can go buy pot.


Okay, that ’bout sums it up for now.


Remembering 9/11 – Honoring Freedom

12 Sep

Thanks to my dear friend, and talented professional photographer, Ashley Crist, I am able to share some beautiful pictures to help us remember 9/11. These pictures were taken yesterday at the memorial service in Arlington, VA.

As I am sure you do, I remember 9/11 perfectly clear. My dad was the first person to somberly break the news to me before I rushed off to school. I was a freshman in college, and there was chaos all over the television. The whole campus seemed to stop, and no one worried about the lesson plans for the day, as we all tuned in to get update after update. My heart broke as I watched the towers fall on television and heard the reports.

My main concern was for my sister who lived in New York City, and was staying close to the towers at the time. We finally heard back from her later in the evening, and learned she stood on a Manhattan roof and watched the towers fall. The next few days, she witnessed New York City come together as people rushed to donate blood and help in any capacity.

I think what I remember most was Americans coming together to participate in memorial services, prayer services, and charitable services. Regardless of how divided we may seem as a country, especially during the endless debates surrounding an election year, when the tough gets going, Americans pull together for the right reason. History proves that, and I am so proud to live in a country that pulls together when it really matters.

I am grateful every day for my freedom, for the safety of my friends and family, and for the courageous people who honor freedom. God bless America.

Enjoy the photos, and thank you Ashley for sharing your talents with us.