In which you get some idea of what it would be like to take a road trip with me.
Hello everyone! I’m back from my little trip. I only read one and a half books, (or…actually less than that because I was nearly done with The Thirteenth Tale before I left) but I had a great time. I absolutely love Seattle and never get tired of going there. I’m quite fortunate in that I live less than a day away from it.
I thought this evening that I’d just share some photos with you. Because, as everyone knows, nothing is more exciting than seeing someone else’s vacation photos! (It’s sarcasm. I’m being sarcastic.)
*pulls out dusty projector and passes out popcorn*
Fair warning though, I don’t take a lot of pictures on trips, and when I do, I take pictures of weird things. I usually just tell Keegan to send me his. He’s the better photographer, anyway (don’t tell him I said that, though.) But since this is my blog, I tried to mostly use my own photos.
I haven’t been to the EMP (Experience Music Project) since I was super little, so it was fun to go again. Right now, they have an Indie gaming exhibit which was awesome! The picture at the top of this post is a shot I took of the outside of the building with the space needle in the background.
They’ve also got a science fiction exhibit there, and my brothers and I were ecstatic to see a Dalek and a Cyberman (they were safely behind glass, otherwise it would have been slightly more alarming).
“I was about to pack my sonic screwdriver, and then I thought, ‘what’s there going to be to sonic on this trip?’ So I left it. And now, I’M GOING TO DIE.”
The sound lab is super fun because they have all these sound-proof rooms where you can play instruments or sing. I headed for one of the singing rooms, and spent the first 4 minutes or so of the 10 minute time limit unable to recall a single song lyric, despite the fact that I have an estimated 5,923,890,024.76 songs memorised.
And then, it took a while to assure myself that no one could hear me, despite the fact that there were a lot of people outside. It was uncomfortable, but fun!
After that, I messed around with the guitar for a bit. I forgot how much I loved playing! Might be time to pull my acoustic out of my closet.
Barnes and Noble
Later, we went to Northgate mall. I love going to Barnes and Noble there because it’s bigger than the one we have at home.
I was, however, unimpressed by their rather anaemic selection of Les Miserables. Only four??????
They had these adorable little sticky flag things which I was so tempted to get, but didn’t. I regret it already.
After the bookstore, we went to an Italian place. Keegan and I decided to split a seafood pasta dish, and we were so glad we split it, because it was a lot of food! It was delicious, though. Other things I ate this trip included fish and chips (twice).
I don’t know that we’ve ever been to Seattle without going to Pike’s Place. We nearly skipped it this time, but decided to at the last moment. You just can’t not go.
I like it because we pretty much know where everything is after being there so many times. (As Keegan said, “We’re fairly local. We’ve been around.” And then we high-fived because TØP reference).
If you’re at Pike’s Place, be sure to check out the Lionheart Bookstore. It’s awesome, the man is super friendly and great at his job, and it’s definitely one of my favourite shops. I couldn’t leave it without buying something, so I finally got a copy of Fahrenheit 451. It’s one of my favourite books and I’m so glad to finally have it on my bookshelf.
I also got a lovely crumpet with lemon curd and ricotta cheese at the Crumpet Shop, and while I was there I purchased some delightful tea which I’m enjoying as I write this post.
A few months ago, I was driving along, listening to NPR and minding my own business, when they said the gum wall was being cleaned up. I actually whispered “No,” out loud because…because NO! You can’t clean up the gum wall!
It warmed my heart to see it already making its way back. To celebrate this triumph of human spirit, I, for the first time, added my own piece.
One time my family went to Seattle without me, and they rode the Great Wheel. I have never forgiven them for that, especially since they have refused to ride it with me in subsequent trips. But I can forgive them now because this time I finally got to do it!
I feel like it should have gone a lot faster and made you feel like you were about to fall into the ocean and die, but my mother says it’s supposed to be relaxing.
The best thing about going on road trips with your parents is never having to drive. As the family member with the shortest legs, I always ride in the way back, but that’s okay because I get to lay on the pillows and luggage. I made good use of the drive home, alternating my time between listening to music and reading.
As much as I love going on trips, I’m happy to return to my bookshelf, my desk, my laptop, and my tea.
If you stuck with me through this post, I love you. (I love you even if you didn’t, but since you’re not here, you don’t get to hear me say it. Sorry.)
Have a lovely day!