3 Girls and Their Buddy

Exciting news!!  On July 1st, Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin and Buddy Miller are coming to Seattle!  Not only are they coming to Seattle, but they are performing at the Woodland Zoo!!   I live less than a mile from the zoo!!  I cannot begin to tell you how incredibly excited I am!!!

So, whose coming out to Seattle to join me for the concert? 🙂

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a new love

I’m now completely addicted.  Thank you Stephanie.   Last weekend I found myself sitting in the Seattle airport waiting for my delayed flight, watching my Netflix copy of The West Wing, Season 2, episode 1.  I’m now about halfway through Season 2.  I have to say that so far, my favorite from this season was the episode where Prez Bartlet quotes every stringent law from Leviticus and other such Levite-law books of the Old Testament in order to put the radio host in her place.  And then tells her to stand up in the presence of the President. 

I love the little details of this show.  Like how in The Lame Duck episode, after the president exits the office for the evening, there’s a man going around turning off all the lights.  That’s gotta be someone’s job, right?  Conserving energy in the White House.  It is all in the details.

And my favorite character so far is Charlie.  He’s just so calm all the time.  But then, I also really love Donna.  Because she is the exact opposite of calm.

Yes.  Addicted.

Wedding Festivities!!

The wedding Festivities are WELL under way by this point.  Most every member of my immediate family (bride excluded) has a detailed to-do list (I feel your pain Mary).  My new catch phrase is, “Its not on the list,” in response to pretty much anything.

“Where are we eating lunch today?”

“I don’t know, its not on the list.”

“Are you decorating the church?”

“Ummmm, its not on my list?”

“What’s the weather supposed to be like tomorrow?”

“I don’t know, its not on my list.”

Last night we had the bachlorette party, which was lots of fun!  We all tried, quite unsuccessfully, to make my sister blush.  We started off with dinner at Bonefish, followed by margaritas and a lingerie shower back at one of the bridesmaid’s hotel room.  Today is the bridesmaid’s luncheon at the Yacht Club.  Then we are schlepping over to see Alison and Scott’s new house (yay for a house that didn’t fall through!)  Tonight is the rehearsal and dinner (BBQ = YUM!)  Most all of the family is already here, with a few stragglers arriving this afternoon.  Even my aunt and uncle from Albania are flying in today!!

More updates and possibly pictures later!! 🙂

Home sweet home

Well, after an unexpected extension to my travel time, I’ve decided that I despise Delta.  Boo Delta.  My flight was delayed take off for an hour.  I had a 45 minute layover in Atlanta, and the delay meant I was going to miss my connection.  Before we left though, they made the announcement that due to weather all of our connections were also delayed an hour, so everyone should be fine.  Before I boarded, I went to the counter and gave them the flight number of my connection, and they confirmed that flight was delayed one hour and wouldn’t leave until 11:45pm.  Right as we were taking off, the head flight attendant announced that there was no running water on the plane, which meant we couldn’t wash our hands in the bathrooms, and more importantly, that there would be no coffee or tea during flight service!  Seriously?!  We were taking off from the city where there are more coffee shops than people, and someone on staff couldn’t think to run down to Starbucks for a jug of coffee to go?  Geez.  I hadn’t had my coffee that day yet because I had been rushing to the airport and standing in lines trying to figure the delay and connection deals.  The headache that was creeping up on me hit full force about halfway through our flight.

You know you have to buy your meals on planes now?  I knew that before, but it never ceases to tick me off.  I think that any flight over four hours should warrent a free meal.  Good grief.  I paid $8 for a salad that I wouldn’t have paid $2 for in a deli!  It was not good.  The little flight attendant man that was working my section kept ignoring me/forgetting me.  When they would offer drinks he wouldn’t wait for me to answer before he was already moving back!  Twice I had to stand up to get his attention.  I was so frustrated.

I finally land in Atlanta, after the flight attendants promised everyone they would make their connections (yes, she actually used the word promise!), and was told that my connection was gate D28.  I was at B17.   And to make matters worse, my flight was leaving in 10 minutes.  Turns out, my connection  WAS NOT an hour late, as I had twice been told previously!  So I ran two concourses in three minutes flat, only to arrive at my gate 4 minutes too late!  Four stinkin’ minutes!  The plane was still there, but the doors were already shut, and even though I begged the lady at the desk, they wouldn’t open them again.  Seeing as how that was the last flight out to Ft. Walton for the night, I was stuck in Atlanta!  I stood in line for over an hour to rebook my flight, expecting a hotel for the night.  They were more than willing to offer me a hotel…if I paid for it!!  I couldn’t believe it!  Here I was, stuck because of Delta, and they were making me pay for a hotel room!!  I was so ticked at this point, I may have let a few choice words slip.

So, I stayed the night in a poor excuse for a hotel right under the incoming flights, so all night I heard planes and rattling windows.  The flight the next morning got off fine.  Though it was bumpy the entire flight (so bumpy that the lone flight attendant never got out of his seat!), we made it to Florida fine.

But it doesn’t end there.  When I got home and opened my luggage I found that menacing little paper that indicates the TSA had searched my bags.  I had put my sister’s wedding present in my suitcase, because I didn’t have room in my carry on.  It was this really cool candle that was actually two candles woven together, and when they met at the top they formed a heart.  I met this really neat local artist at Pike Place Market the day before I left, and he made all these candles.  I thought they were just beautiful, and that the heart would make a unique gift for my sister.  So I double wrapped it in bubble wrap, then wrapped it in a bag, rolled a shirt around it, then a sweater around that, and placed it in the middle of my suitcase.  Well, while the TSA was rooting through my bag, they took apart my packing, down to the bubble wrap, and didn’t put it back together.  So when I opened my bag, the candle was snapped in two.  I’m so sad because it was such a good idea, and now I’m stuck for a gift!  Stupid Delta and Stupid TSA.  Grrr.

But, on the bright side, I’m in Florida!  And it is BEAUTIFUL!!  I mean seriously, weather like today is why people move to Florida.  Blue and sunny, a slight breeze, a perfect 72 degrees.  All the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, and it is just so darn beautiful!  I’m enjoying being back with my family.  Today was my mom’s birthday (YAY!) and we had a great time together today, going to lunch, shopping, and then grilling out tonight.  Alison is in Princess mode, and just loving all the attention.  My mom’s dinning room is literally overflowing with wedding gifts.  Tomorrow I’m going to pick up Kris from the airport (YAY!) and family starts coming in tomorrow night.  Mom, Dad and Alison will be peeling 50 pounds of shrimp while I’m picking up Kris (gotta love the boy’s timing 🙂 It is going to be a fun but busy weekend!

Welcome!

Okay everyone, I’d like you to give a big “Howdy do” welcome to Ms. Alice!!  Many of you may remember Alice from our Lake J days, the wonderfully talented Blue Room teacher!  She has been a dear friend of mine for nearly 8 years (holy crap we’re old!)  It seems that she has finally caught up to the rest of us and has joined the blog world!  So expect her blogs to be both witty and thought provoking (no pressure! hehe) 

Welcome!

Little bits of this and that

~I’ve discovered Pandora.  I know I’m way behind on the times here, but better late than never?  I love this program – free music, categorized for me.  All I have to do is type in an artist and it generates a station of similar artists.  I’m discovering new musicians that I really like.  Jan sent me a CD of Jesca Hoops, and when I typed her in I found Missy Higgins, Chris Pureka, and Mieko (who I knew of before, but just didn’t have any of her stuff).  I’m a big fan so far!!

~I’m starting to recognize people on the bus.  But the odd thing about it is, I recognize them by what they are reading.  Isn’t that funny?  If I were to look at their face, I probably wouldn’t remember them, but to see the book more than once I know who they are.  The woman reading The Audacity of Hope gets off at 46th St., and the man that always has the most recent Economist gets off at my stop.  I don’t read on the bus because I get motion sick, so that must mean that no one remembers me.  Maybe I’ll carry a book just so people will remember me. 😉

~Speaking of books, I saw a guy today with the Kindle.  When they first came out I was really fascinated by the idea.  I still think its a great idea and would love to own one some day.  The only problem I would have is that I often don’t buy my own books – I inherit them through book exchanges, borrow from the library or if I do buy a book, I buy it at a used book store.  The Kindle would force me to pay full price for books, which means I would probably never read!

~I’m flying out on Sunday for Florida.  My sister is getting married next weekend!  Even though I was just home, I’m excited to go back.  The weather here has been incredibly cold, and I’m ready for some warm Florida sun!  Kris is also flying down for most of the week, so I am DOUBLY excited to see him as well! 

~And speaking of weddings, the rumor has somehow gotten out that I’m getting married.  I know how it happened, and I blame Facebook.  My sister posted her wedding invitation as an event on Facebook, which I said I was attending.  Apparently, for a couple of days my news feed said “Liz Hooks is attending I’m getting married!”  I got more than one response to that, asking if I’m getting married.  Five to be exact.  Five separate people in four days asked me if I was getting married.  I got asked so often I was beginning to wonder if I had missed out on something and really was getting married.  But don’t worry, I’m not.   When I do, I promise, I’ll let you know before Facebook does.

~My cooking adventures are going well.  I really love cooking.  I made a shrimp dish last week that turned out perfectly!  I had never cooked with shrimp before and was really nervous about screwing it up, but I didn’t!  I was so excited that I was actually dancing around my apartment.  *grin*  Last night I made a very yummy stir fry with tons of fresh veggies.  My two favorite foods of the moment?  Bell peppers and feta cheese.  I probably buy 4 peppers a week and at least a tub of cheese a week.  I just can’t get enough of them!

Commitment

I just have to say that life without a car is a serious commitment.  Using public transportation, for all its wonderful perks, can be hard work.  It is a commitment to ride the bus to work in the rain, sleet or snow (all of which we had over the weekend).  It is a commitment to stand outside waiting for the bus, while the wind gusts are so hard you lose your cap and your scarf threatens to strangle you. 

Life without a car makes you more paranoid about the time as well.  Let’s say you wake up 5 minutes late.  It sets your whole morning routine off by 5 minutes.  Five measly minutes.  If you had a car, no prob, you are just five minutes late to work (or you speed – which I, of course, would never do – haha!)  But, if you ride the bus, and your whole morning routine is off by 5 measly minutes, it means, you guessed it, you miss your bus.  And the next one doesn’t come around for another 15 minutes.  Making you now 20 minutes late to work. 

Most days, I love the life of a non-car owner.  I love being environmentally responsible and doing my small part.  I love not having to pay for or worry about the maintenance of a car.  I really enjoy the interesting people you meet at bus stops.  Most days, I really like public transportation.

Today, was not one of those days.