Joie de vivre

Hilarious misfortunes, fun moments, and Everything in Between

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Seattle: Part I

Some time ago, I told B that if he plans it, I will come. And so, he planned us a trip to Seattle and off we went. The first real glimpse we saw looked like this: image

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Pretty spectacular, right? 

We ventured out into the streets to get a taste of the city: 

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Of course we couldn’t go to Seattle without going to the market, where we had some delicious white nectarines and Rainier cherries: 

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A less appetizing portion near the market was a wall covered with gum, not an inch to spare and sticky all over:

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Luckily, we made it out of this sticky situation and onto the water: 

More pictures and updates to come! 

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NYC: Memorial Day

I’ve been quite behind on my blog, so here are a bunch of updates! I will begin with our trip to NYC, which took place on Memorial Day. Excitement was high, but the logistical gods were not in our favor. Our Airbnb host failed to clean our room or change the sheets, a fact we realized only after arriving back in our room (in South Harlem) at 2am. Desperate for some clean sheets, we found ourselves at a hotel in Midtown, where we were kindly informed by the night manager that check-in was at 3pm, and not 3am. What followed was an agonizing dance of furious phone calls with AirBnb and charm offensives on the night manager. After several hours, a room magically opened up for us. We collapsed gratefully into our bed and slept for…only a few hours because of course, we had plans. 

These plans involved waiting in line for what turned out to be a very good cookie: 

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A bit of romance for Lynda and Brandon: 

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Getting our hair done (I nearly fell asleep in the chair): 

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Reuniting with old friends: 

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And a boozy brunch on the Upper West Side: 

Can you tell the drinks were bottomless? It had been a while since we A and I had the time for an entire weekend full of adventures, so we took full advantage. 

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The logistical nightmare resolved, we never did catch up on sleep, but it was good to see each other, which for me, made all of the hiccups worthwhile. 

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Sweetlife Oh So Delicious

One of the most exciting parts of the Sweetlife Festival was the abundance of delicious and at-times organic food! Though I try very hard to eat healthy during the week, I sometimes fall off the wagon on weekends. And that is how I found myself in line for Astro fried chicken and donuts:

A massive fried chicken BLT and a bite of a creme brulee donut later, I was in heaven. The accompanying organic beer was delicious and refreshing. I only wish I had room for some of the other delicious options: 

For once, some of my favorite DC food trucks made their way over to me, instead of the other way around. 

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