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I LOVE living in Seattle! I knew I would, but it is just so much better than I thought it would be. 🙂 That surprises some people….apparently I seem like the kind of person who is better suited for the suburbs. I love the energy of a big city though….and Seattle is my favorite city. Ever since I lived in Chicago, I have really missed the hustle and bustle.

We don’t currently have internet at the apartment, which is the reason for my lack of regular blogging. It’s alright though, I’ve been too busy exploring! Right now I am sitting at an awesome little coffee shop, Cherry Street Coffee House. David actually told me about it, so I can’t take credit for “discovering” it. I have been sitting here catching up on blogs and such. It’s been so relaxing and nice.

I discovered where Borders is (this is important, if not somewhat dangerous for my bank account…) and even bought two books for $3.49. Yes, you read that correctly. You can find great deals there if you know where to look!

I visited Ross the other day….I LOVE finding bargains. I scored a pair of Nine West jeans for $12.99….they fit perfectly, so I was pretty excited! We all know I love my Express jeans, but they are a little pricey (for me….) so I don’t buy them often. I also got a journal for $4.99….I used to be quite the journaler and I would like to get back into that.

Today I visited Cost Plus World Market. I had to fight through the throngs of tourists on Pike Street, but it was well worth it. That store is so cool. I am determined to take David there….he would LOVE the huge selection of beer from around the world.

Speaking of Pike Place, it always amazes me how busy it is ALL the time….it’s a THURSDAY for crying out loud! I think all the people crammed into the first Starbucks puzzles me the most. Do they realize they can get the same exact coffee at a hundred other locations within walking distance?! I understand taking a picture, but to wait in that horrendous line?! That I don’t understand….

I saw my first Seattle crazy the other day….he was sitting on a street corner screaming and hitting himself in the head repeatedly. It was disturbing….and totally out of place amidst all the business people walking by. Of course Seattle homeless people don’t compare to Chicago or San Francisco homeless people, but anyway….

One thing about living downtown that I’m figuring may be a problem (for my bank account) is how easy it is to shop. We live within walking distance of H&M, Borders, Old Navy, Ross, The Gap, Macy’s, and every single other typical retail establishment. There are also two movie theaters and The Cheesecake Factory close by. 🙂 To say that I am thrilled with the location would be an understatement.

I think that is it for now. The coffee shop is closing soon and I should probably wrap it up. Happy almost Friday!

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Pour Your Heart Into It

I’ve found myself reading a lot of books lately, that I wouldn’t normally pick up. I’m trying to be budget conscious, so I’ve picked up a lot of books from the clearance table at Border’s (where all the books are $3.99) and of course Half Price Books. I’ve always loved nonfiction, and I’m finding myself reading a lot of it lately….It has been great!

I recently picked up “Pour Your Heart Into It” by Howard Schultz and Dori Jones Yang at Half Price Books, and I just finished it today. For those of you under a rock, Howard is the CEO of Starbucks. Now, I LOVE my Starbucks and my boyfriend worked there for about a year and a half at one point, so I thought it would be fun to read about it. It was an EXCELLENT book. It was interesting and well thought out….I absolutely loved it. It was interesting to learn that Howard Schultz didn’t actually start Starbucks (I always just assumed he did). He actually joined when it had already been around for a decade or so. Starbucks sold quality whole bean coffee—they didn’t actually sell drinks back then. Howard decided to start his own line of coffee shops, because he wanted to be able to serve coffee and give customers more of a “coffee bar” experience. He went on to start “El Giornale” (which I actually had never heard of). He tried to make it as much like the coffee shops in Italy as possible. The owners of Starbucks eventually went to Howard, wanting to sell him Starbucks. He bought the company and kept the name….let’s face it, Starbucks is catchier and easier to say than El Giornale!

Starbucks may be a huge company now, but I would say it is definitely a quality company. My boyfriend loved working there. I haven’t met very many people who have hated working at Starbucks. Most food service or retail jobs are minimum wage and have no benefits. Starbucks definitely treats their people well. I may be a little biased, considering I am from Seattle, and think of Starbucks as a local company, but I really do think it’s great. When David and I were in San Francisco for a month, I would go to Starbucks when I was missing Seattle. It’s comforting.

I was down in Seattle the other day, walking around. I was killing time before meeting David after he got off work. I love Pike Place, so  I happened to walk by the first Starbucks store and was amazed by how many people were crammed into that little tiny store! People had their cameras out and everything. I went in there once just to see, but I’ve never wanted to fight the crowds again (especially since you can get the same exact coffee at who KNOWS how many locations right down the street!). Since I was in the middle of reading the book, it was kind of cool to see again where it all started.

Excellent book! Starbucks skeptics should especially read it….they may come away with a whole new appreciation for it. I love my Starbucks!

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I had a good day off yesterday. I went to lunch with Cassie and Rachel at the Everett Red Robin (which is where we usually go!). It’s always so much fun to spend time with friends! We were laughing because we all ordered something different….we used to literally all order the same thing. I actually got the Whiskey River Chicken Burger, which I’d never had before. I really liked it.

Anyways, after lunch I had the whole day to myself. I went to Half Price Books and then headed down to the U Village (a shopping center by the University of Washington). I wanted to go to H&M (my favorite store every). I was a little depressed though…shopping isn’t really in the budget and they had SO many cute things. That always seems to happen! Perhaps I should just avoid going into stores, unless I can spend money! I did buy some socks (I never seem to have enough) and a pair of earrings. My entire purchase was less than ten dollars.

I got some Starbucks at seriously the biggest Starbucks I’ve ever been in. It was huge! I headed over to Barnes and Noble (probably another store I should avoid, if I’m not going to spend money!) and looked at books for awhile. I went over to Noah’s bagels (which is at QFC in the U Village) and got a few bagels for David and I. We used to get them quite frequently when we went to Zoka all the time.

I headed to downtown Seattle, because I was going to try and park and walk around down there. Traffic was crazy, so I decided not to deal with it. Seattle drivers are crazy, but they seemed to be EXTRA crazy yesterday. I headed to Northgate instead, and went to Ross and to Target. I found some really cute dresses at Ross that I would like to go back and get, but we will see.

I picked David up at his work at 8:00 (which is why I was down in Seattle killing time in the first place!) and we headed home. It was a nice day. It was fun to just randomly go wherever I wanted.

Let me just say, the weather was BEAUTIFUL yesterday. It was so hot! Unusual for March weather in the Pacific Northwest. Right now? It’s POURING down rain. We definitely have slightly bi-polar weather here….especially in the springtime. In the summer, we hardly get any rain at all, and it’s sunny everyday. I know tv and movies would have you believe otherwise, but it really doesn’t rain ALL the time. It really is my favorite city.

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Can I just say….I love spring. It is definitely here….a bit early, but I can’t complain about that! On my hike to the bus stop this morning, I was greeted with the beautiful blue sky. This was the view from the bus stop this morning:

LOVE IT!!!

 As you can see, It is GORGEOUS in Seattle today. I didn’t even have to wear a coat! My one complaint is that I’m working all day long. I have most of the day off tomorrow, so I was hoping the sun would stick around….and THEN my manager dashed all my hopes. He said it’s supposed to rain Sunday all through next week…hooray. Why does it always happen that way? Oh well, I will just have to take a little walk to Target here in a little bit, and enjoy the sun while I can. I’m thinking of picking up a new book-maybe Blindside or the new Jodi Picoult book….I haven’t decided which one yet.  

My amazing boyfriend visited me at work a little bit ago and brought me this little treat:

Grande Iced Nonfat, No whip, White Chocolate Mocha...he knows me!

 He was heading to play pool at his favorite pool hall and will be picking me up from work this evening….yet another reason why he is amazing. 🙂 I, of course, had to show him the couches I have my eyes on…. Now I just need to talk him into PURCHASING a couch….

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Today was one of “those” days….whatever that means exactly. It poured rain for most of the day. Seattle is known for rain, but that doesn’t mean I have to like it. Last year’s winter was rather unusual….with tons of snow that lasted for days and days. This year we seem to be back to normal: gray dreariness and lots of rain. I don’t mind the rain….unless I have to leave the house. Curling up with a book and a blanket and listening to the rain on the roof is actually quite cozy….once I have to actually go outside, I don’t enjoy it quite as much (or at all, actually). I HATE getting my hair wet. My hair is really straight and fine, so when it gets wet, it goes totally flat and then dries funny….it is not a pretty sight. I have a really cute umbrella that I (usually!) make sure is in my purse. Well….I left it at work on accident last night. David dropped me off at the train station, so I would have only one bus to take instead of two, but I still had to slosh through the rain to get across the intersection and to work. I used my coat as a makeshift rain cover. It was better than nothing….although I’m sure I looked ridiculous traipsing around the streets of Lynnwood that way (it was only one street, but whatever it sounds more dramatic to say streetS). I went to Starbucks at the Alderwood Mall, since I was WAY early, before walking across the street to work. I got an ICED white mocha so it would be harder to spill while I walked with my coat over my head….yeah, I was a sight. I find myself, on days like this, wanting to go back to California so badly. Who knows, we may end up there…. I would love it if we did.

The good things is: I love my job, so the bus riding doesn’t bother me too much. If I HATED my job, I would be much more unsatisfied with the bus situation. I also got my first paycheck tonight! Hooray! They kept forgetting to give it to me (it was dated the 5th). I signed up for direct deposit, but it takes a couple paychecks to get that going, I think….which would explain why I didn’t know they had it. I get paid again on the 20th, so that’s a good thing. Making money is certainly wonderful.

I am working again tomorrow. On my lunch break I’m going to go over to Kohl’s and/or Target (they’re right next to each other) and pick up a baby gift. Kohl’s is having a really good sale on baby stuff. David’s going to be an uncle in April and the baby shower is the 24th. They’re having a baby girl. Baby girls are so much fun to shop for. Most of my friends have kids, so I’ve been to quite a few showers in recent years….and not so recent years actually. I’m sure I’m going to have a hard time deciding, although I have an idea of what I want to get.  I am also going to get some frozen yogurt. TCBY is literally right across the parking lot from where I work. I’ve been craving it for weeks now!

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What a Bunch of Whiners

It’s snowing! I really do love the snow….it makes everything seem so Christmasy. The Seattle area isn’t exactly known for getting a lot of snow, but that changed last year! It’ll be interesting to see if we get as much this year, as we did last year! I figure, if it’s going to be as cold as it’s been lately, we should at least get snow! 🙂

I was noticing on Facebook today, that apparently a lot of people don’t agree with me, when it comes to the snow. There’s so much complaining! And it’s just a little bit of snow….it’s not even covering the grass. People in Seattle complain a lot about the weather: it’s too hot, it’s not hot enough, it’s raining, it’s too cold, it’s snowing, or it’s too grey and dreary. I swear, just last week, people were complaining that we hadn’t gotten any snow yet. Now that we have a tiny amount, they don’t want it. It’s kind of annoying! I mean, get over it people….and certainly don’t move to the midwest where it’s ten times worse (and the people there don’t complain NEARLY as much as Seattleites do). I never missed a day of work due to snow, when I lived in Chicago….and there were FEET of snow on the ground. They’re used to it, and obviously a little bit tougher than us. Last week everyone was complaining about the cold on Facebook….I wanted to ask them how many of them had waited for two buses in that cold everyday, like I did….but I refrained. I’m proud of myself for not complaining very much, because it was COLD! There’s no point in complaining about the weather….before long it will change and I’ll be wishing it was cold again.

Facebook has been annoying me lately….and all the complaining hasn’t helped.

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I went down to Seattle with David the other day. He had an appointment, so I had about an hour to kill in my favorite city….yeah, I was pretty excited. After getting my  grande, non-fat, no whip peppermint mocha from Starbucks, I set out. I wandered in the direction of Pike Place Market and enjoyed the sunny weather on the way. It was a BEAUTIFUL day in Seattle! It was cold, but the sky was blue and there wasn’t a cloud in sight! Those kind of days make us happy here! I did a little window shopping and found a little shop with the CUTEST purses! I don’t remember the name of the store….but I remember it was on Pine Street. I made a mental note to come back when I actually have money to shop! Next I wandered through Pike Place Market. I have to say….it was much better than having to shove your way through all the tourists in the middle of the summer. Apparently there aren’t very many tourists in the winter….go figure. It probably has to do with our alleged “constant rain” (more on that later).

I wandered back toward the place where David was having his meeting, and took a different route. This time I wandered past Macy’s….I’m so glad I did! I LOVE that store at Christmas time…and the downtown one seems extra special. I saw Santa! He was sitting in his big chair in the window of the store, so he waved to me when I walked by. So cute! I walked a little further and in their corner window, they had a giant Christmas village with a train running around it. Oh my goodness, I loved it! I love all things Christmas and cheesy, so I was in Heaven. Macy’s at Christmas time always reminds me of “Miracle on 34th Street”….the old one of course. (The newer one had “Cole’s” as their fictional department store. Just a little fun fact…it’s my favorite Christmas movie, after all.) I realize that movie took place in New York City, and we didn’t actually have “Macy’s” here until a few years ago. We used to have “The Bon Marche”, here in the Pacific Northwest. It was a regional department store. Then Macy’s bought them, and the rest is history. (Yet ANOTHER fun, exciting fact….my first job EVER was at The Bon, when I was a senior in high school.) Okay, I’m WAAAY off track….

I went into Bed Bath and Beyond for one reason, and one reason only. What is that reason? Let me show you….

Yep! The Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer. I went into the store for no other reason, than to stare at it. And in case you can’t tell….that one in the middle? It’s PINK! How cool is that?! (And for the record, I did take a picture with my phone in the store. I am not ashamed.) I realize it’s kind of wierd for an unmarried 26 year old girl (without a house of her own, no less!) to want a kitchen appliance, yet this delightful item has been on my wish list for at least a couple years now. I actually don’t think it really IS all that weird….I mean, why should I have to wait until I’m married to have one?! I love baking and I bake all the time….I would use it, that’s for sure! Someday I will get one! I would even settle for the one that’s $199 at Wal-Mart. It’s still awesome, it’s just white and there aren’t any fun colors.

ALL that to say….I very much enjoyed my time in my favorite city. I officially fell in love with Seattle all over again. I can see living there, being in my future sometime soon! Seattle is such an awesome city. I’m probably a little biased….but I’ve actually never met anyone who HATED Seattle after visiting. It’s a wonderful place….and it really doesn’t rain as much as people say. It just rains more days a year here. As far as total inches of rain goes….we get way less than a lot of places do. It might just drizzle some days….where in the Midwest or South, it POURS and you are drenched in two seconds….it’s not like that here. And the summers are GORGEOUS. You have the mountains, and the water, and all the green….there are really very few cities like it. It hardly rains AT ALL in the summers (we had an entire week this past summer where it was over 100 degrees!), so it truly is gorgeous.

I love visiting new places, but Seattle will ALWAYS be my absolute favorite. 🙂

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