Since I was a kid, my family and I would always spend one holiday in Seattle out of the year. This year, we went for Thanksgiving, which I was ecstatic about! A lot of my family and some of my friends live in Seattle, so I was making plans all week! I’ve been back for a day and already I need another vacation just to catch up on all the sleep I’ve lost! I’ll do my best to not make this a long post, while fitting everything I did while away into it!
The first few days in Seattle I spent in Greenlake with my sister. She was watching her friend’s two cats while she was on vacation for the weekend. Greenlake is just north of the greater Seattle area, in a wealthier neighborhood. Her friend’s apartment was quaint with windows cornering her living room. It was rainy the entire time, but at least there was plenty of natural light making it’s way in.
I was exhausted that first night since I had been up and traveling since 5 a.m. So Amelia and I decided to go down to PCC Community Markets for dinner ingredients and wine. PCC is a local grocery that sells local and organic foods in the Seattle area, getting the majority of its food from the Puget Sound region. So even though the food was a little pricey, it supported local communities and was overall better quality food (in my opinion). We spent about $43 each for salmon, potatoes, asparagus, avocado, red onion, spices and three bottles of wine.
Needless to say, we had a great Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa dinner while we watched Bad Moms and made our way through all three bottles of wine… I’ll spare you the details on what happened after those three bottles and the next morning.
After the weekend, I spent the next few days catching up with relatives, attending lunches and dinners. We had Thanksgiving dinner at my grandparents house where my immediate family and I were staying. My extended family was coming in from across the state and we had to plan a meal and seating for all 20 of us. My aunt brought photo booth props for us to play around with while we waiting for dinner. So we went around with our drinks and posed for the camera when the mobile photo booth came around.
People brought their own drinks and side dishes and my grandma set to work on the rest! We enjoyed a (massive) Turkey, stuffing, sweet and mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, salad, cranberry sauce and any other classics you can think of. My aunt made three pies for dessert; pumpkin, pumpkin chocolate, and chocolate pecan, which I somehow managed to eat after a full meal (thank god for leggings).
By 8:00 p.m. the house was quiet and cleaned and my parents, grandparents, sisters and I sat on the couch in silence with full bellies and hangovers setting in. Needless to say, the holiday had been a great success.
My birthday was the 29th of November and my cousin’s birthday is November 9th. Since I was out visiting, we decided to go out one night in South Lake Union which is just north of the greater Seattle area. Amelia booked us a hotel room so we could get into some serious shenanigans without worrying about a sober drive back. We broke out the tequila and mix when we got up to the room and spent a couple of hours just talking and catching up.
Once we realized the time and how hungry we were, we set off to a bar called Art Marble 21. There was a large dining area with a bar and on the other side there was a game area. They had free-play games like air hockey, darts, shuffle board, ping pong, and pool. We ordered a huge plate of nachos with pork, tacos, chips and salsa and a round of tequila sunrises. We didn’t go crazy but the night was a lot of fun regardless!
My dad went to U-Dub, and as a result he is a huge fan of the Washington Huskies. He had tickets to the Apple Cup, which is the rivalry game between the University of Washington Huskies and the Washington State Cougars. We left early to do some tailgating with my dad’s friends from college and then met up with my uncle by the front gate of the Huskies’ Stadium to make our way to our seats together.
It was a huge advantage for the Huskies to host this game, because they were already so used to the rain and it was raining. A lot. The people below us who weren’t covered by the stadium were drenched before the second quarter even started! It wasn’t a very close game (the Cougars didn’t score until the second half) and it rained the entire time, but it was still a good game!
I packed a lot into one week in Seattle, and I didn’t even include my trips to Kirkland, Munroe, and Renton! If you’ve never been to Seattle, I would highly recommend going. There is so much to do there, although it does rain a bit… Look into it, especially in the summertime. I will make more future posts about my adventures to Seattle in the future!