A Study of Saturdays
|Princess Kate would gladly dunk these in champagne.|
Can you spot what sometimes happens when you buy puzzles at a thrift store?
I started working on a sewing project, but it didn't go very well, so I called Mom and got a cross-country diagnosis. (What would I do without Skype?) I went to the gym that evening, which is rare for me on a Saturday. I usually prefer classes like Zumba and TRX, but put me on an elliptical in front of Bravo, and I will stride away until Andy has told me what's what. When I got home, Josh had finished and assembled the bed; it is beautiful and the wood smells wonderful.
April 16: I spent all day in San Francisco with two of my favorite girls of all time. Svetlana, Andrew, and new baby Anderson live a short flight away from Seattle, and Laura, Matt, and Caelan flew from DC to spend spring break with us. I delivered baby presents I finally figured out how to make, thanks to Mom's help and some calming tea.
I've created a monster!
After a leisurely breakfast, Svetlana, Anderson, and I met the Bodeks down at the Ferry Building to stroll around and gawk at fools who were standing in a 50-yard line for chicken. I mean, almond croissants, of course, but chicken? We got an outdoor table at a Thai restaurant, and I was crazed and happy by all the sunshine. By the time the check came, we'd had one incident of the phrase, "What is this--the tourist portion?" and one incident of a toddler stomach virus. I've never said, "Check please," with more conviction. Later that evening, just the three of us girls reunited for dinner at a Yugoslavian burger joint sporting the tiniest booths I've ever sat in and complimentary stroopwafles. We rounded out the night with girl talk in the hot tub. No matter what Svetlana and Laura and I end up doing, it's always what I hadn't even realized I needed. Well...except stomach virus damage control.
This wasn't taken on Saturday, but we were tired on Saturday and it was dark.
|Surrounded by green! No pinching!|
April 30: What happens when you make mashed potatoes, blueberry boy bait, and banana bread in three days? You work it off on Saturday. We biked to the zoo, which was surprisingly really nice. The river otters weren't out, but there were lemurs and--oh look! a hippo!--a peacock on the loose. Unexpectedly, the things that were most remarkable about our time at the zoo involved watching an altercation between some seagulls and a bald eagle--none of which were in captivity--and judging prepubescent children crammed into strollers. We biked to the university and did a little bouldering on a practice rock and concrete wall down by Lake Washington, and then hit some tennis, biked back to our house, bought a lawnmower, and gave it a spin.
After eleven miles on a bike, some rock climbing, some tennis, and a little yard work, the rest of the evening fell into place--a long shower, leftovers, and a movie. The hardest work I did after dark was reading subtitles.
Up next: May 7 in Seattle with my favorite brother!