Friday, November 30, 2007

November Recap

OK - I am going to try and sum up as best I can what went on in my life this month. I hope my memory will serve me at least moderately well...

So by November things between Stewart and I started to get pretty serious. I’m happier than I can ever remember being with someone. There isn’t a lot of pressure – we just have a lot of fun together and want to be with each other all the time. It’s really fantastically refreshing.
My mom's birthday is November 4, and to celebrate we had a great family weekend in Seattle. My mom, dad and brother met me and my little sister at my apartment to celebrate. Since I had gotten a bunch of free tickets from work, we all headed over to the Seattle Center to check out Experience Music Project. I personally thought the exhibit was really cool and entertaining, and I loved the interactive stuff like playing the guitar in a personalized rock band with my brother and sister.

We had a great lunch where we gave my mom her birthday present – a necklace with three diamonds representing her three children, aw! Then we headed over to the Key Arena for one of my favorite activities – ice hockey! Stewart met us at the game and met my family for the first time. It was a semi awkward “meet the parents” moment but I suppose it could have been worse. And after the game we stopped at a nearby restaurant for drinks, so my parents got to talk to Stewart for a while and I think they really liked him – not that I was worried they wouldn’t!

Also this month I attended for about the fifth or sixth time the annual Warren Miller ski movie at the Seattle Center. It really got me excited about wanting to learn to snowboard this year, though as usual the movie featured a vast majority of skiers and not snowboarders. Lame.

Some exciting news – as an early birthday present, Stewart gave me a brand new Canon digital camera complete with digital photo printer! I was super excited because I haven’t had a camera of my own in almost a year, since mine got broken when I went to Mexico with my family for Christmas last year. So finally, I can use my own photos to tell stories about what’s going on in my life! Here are some examples I was able to capture on film.

My friend Carolina celebrated her 28th birthday party at an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant called Makeki in the International District.
I had a fantastic Thanksgiving with my family down in Olympia.
I decided to take up snowboarding this season – for real this time – and invested a small fortune in brand new equipment.
Stewart and I bought a four-foot-tall artificial Christmas tree, which we put up and decorated in his apartment. This also prompted me to decide that we would give each other Christmas ornaments as gifts (the original tree looked kind of bare).
I had a great night out on the town at one of my favorite Irish pubs, Kells.
So now with my new camera you can hopefully expect to see a lot more pictures featured on my blog. I just have to make sure I don’t become one of those people who takes pictures but never manages to download, send out and / or use the photos. I promise to do my best!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Halloween 2007

For the third year in a row I spent Halloween in Seattle with Jeanna, and once again it was everything I dreamed it would be. God I live for this holiday. So far I have managed to rock a cop outfit, Peter Pan, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz, an ’80s girl and a pirate. And yes, I’m already thinking about next year.

As for Halloween this year, over the weekend my friend Kelly hosted an Oktoberfest party – wear your costume, obviously. We headed over to her house for German brew and brats, and of course karaoke. Friends, food and beer, I don’t know what else you could ask for. Maybe a cute boy in some liederhosen, I guess.
Halloween night, Jeanna, Kelly and I headed down to Pioneer Square to the club where Underdog Sports League was hosting a Halloween bash. We did this last year as well, and it’s pretty much the one time a year I will venture into Pioneer Square. The night was fantastic but unfortunately I don’t have many pictures.
Next year, in the hopes that I will still have a significant other, I think I might finally be ready to venture into the “couples costume” category – and I think my idea is pretty clever: Curious George and The Man In The Yellow Hat! Come on, how cute would I look as a monkey?