Happy Thanksgiving!! I hope you all have a wonderful day with lots of friends and family. Is anyone Black Friday shopping this year? I was eyeing a couple deals in my email, but don't need anything in particular.
Anywho, a couple weeks back, Kady and I took a trip out to Seattle for the weekend! If you're friends with me on Facebook or Instagram, you would have seen pictures as we were posting them. I've gotten a lot of questions about the trip and how we 'crammed' everything in. Naturally, I feel I may as well blog about it! So if you have questions not answered, shoot me a DM or comment on this post!
We flew out Friday evening - our flight time was 8:10am out of O'Hare. *Side note: I love O'Hare and prefer to fly out of there every time. I think in the total time Jason and I have been together, we have flown out of Midway once. I also highly recommend Preflight Parking if you're looking for a nice place to park and shuttle into the airport.* We had a little bit of a delay getting into Seattle and landed around midnight Seattle (2am Chicago time). I had scheduled our flights and hotel through Orbitz, per usual, and also had scheduled an arranged shared shuttle to our hotel. This was the first time doing that and I have mixed feelings about doing it again - I will get to that later on maybe.
We stayed at Paramount Hotel. I highly recommend. It was a great location and had really awesome staff. Our hotel room was very nice and clean and had a nice vanity outside out the bathroom for two girls (although we don't get fussy with each other sharing a bathroom). I believe Pike's Place Market was a mere 0.3 or 0.4 mile walk from the hotel. We took a taxi once the entire time and that was on Sunday when we were trying to get everything in quick before our flight and we realized we could have walked... the fare was literally $5.00! LOL It's more than it sounds, but in Chicago we get reamed for parking/taxis so we get surprised when we go to other cities and things are affordable! ;-)
Let me try to remember everything we did Saturday!...My Apple Watch literally had 11 miles on it...not as high as when J and I went to DC, but that's a lot of walking!
- Pike's Place Market
- Breakfast at Pike's Place Market: Lowell's upstairs --- a view!
- Gum Wall at Pike's Place Market
- Ferris Wheel
- Elliott Bay Book Company
- Capitol Cider
- Chihuly Garden and Glass
- Space Needle
- Dinner w/our cousin Brian and his lady, Mady. I did a previous blog about him and his photography! Hint hint check him out!! Click here.
**These are the big things!**
Literally by the time we were done Saturday, we couldn't even fathem going out for drinks that night like we had planned! We stopped at the hotel prior to them picking us up for dinner and we literally had to change shoes. It was pure relief!! I wore some heeled booties that were relatively new and boy... yikes! Worth it but could not do more in them.
After we had booked our flights, United, our returning flight home, had bumped up our flights by 2 entire hours! Even the rep that I spoke with on the phone was surprised by that number. In typical manner, we rolled with the punches and made the most of our time! Our flight was scheduled for 3 in the afternoon, so our fun had to be done by 1. However, with the shuttle service linked in, our fun had to end around 12:15. We got up early and headed to breakfast at Biscuit Bitch - highly recommended by a ton of people and we would suggest going there too! We were there pretty much at open and were still standing outside waiting to get in. However, it is a very small place. Think like a small diner. It was completely worth it! After that we made a second time (or third?!?) time to the market to get the goodies we couldn't get off our minds. We also made a special trip to the Starbucks Reserve Roastery & Tasting Room. THIS. IS. A. MUST. It is AWESOME!!
So the shuttle thing.....
Here is my review on it. Getting into Seattle Airport, we had just a little bit of trouble finding the station, but neither of us have flown into there before so I simply blame that on it. Besides, we asked someone and found were we should be within a 1/2 hour of arriving. The attendant there was extremely nice and so was our driver! A+ service both there and back. However, the bump in the road was our returning flight. Remember how I said United had changed the flight time literally more than a month prior? They didn't actually change the flight, the flight number stayed the same the entire time. I asked the attendant that night when we got in if that was a problem and should we fix it now? She told me no worries, flight number is the same and they track the flights. OK, fine, great! Well, I received Saturday an email confirmation for pickup - at 2:45pm....guys! Our flight was at 3:15!! I called the number in the email they listed and this lady was RUDE! She kept insisting that I (1) call the booking party because they have it wrong, and (2) I booked through Expedia. Well, (1) I'm not going to call someone who is going to call THEM, THEY are the ones picking US UP! And (2) I booked through Orbitz so clearly your system is wrong. Luckily we got it sorted through....after many long holds she put me on *eyeroll*. But the driver was extremely nice and on time as well. So you can see why I say it is a 50/50 split, my review.
Overall we had an awesome time in Seattle and would highly recommend to anyone who wants a quick, FUN trip away! :)
Let me know if there's anything else you're curious about!
Happy Tuesday everyone!
Boy, it has been a rough week thus far, can I get an amen? To brighten up this week, let's talk about something fun... Holidays! :)
So we all have seen it. The memes, GIFs, and videos on Facebook around people either LOVING or HATING those individuals - and companies - that start celebrating Christmas as soon as Halloween is over. For those of you that personally know me, you know where this blog is going. For those of you who don't, you will either love me (more) or hate me (more?). I FREAKING LOVE CHRISTMAS TIME!! You may think for a girl that has put in seven years of her life into retail that naturally I would hate it.. Surprise! I don't. Do I think that it's necessary for retailers to be open on Thanksgiving, etc.? No. But that's another story - we are here for all things wonderful, folks, as it's the most wonderful time of the year!
I'm notorious for having too many Christmas trees/decorations. In fact, I think at one point I had eight trees altogether. Don't judge. There's something about decorating the home for the holidays. Putting Mariah Carey's Christmas Station on Pandora, pouring yourself a warm cup of coffee, lighting all those fall/winter scented candles, and just going to town! This is our third holiday in our home (already?!) and I think I get more excited each time. I've been able to experiment on where things look the nicest these past few years in our home and we also have inherited some cherished items from loved ones! I also love pulling out the things that I forgot I picked up after Christmas on clearance the year prior! ;-) There's something to be said about being cozy and in a great mood and this is it for me. This is heaven.
The most rebuttal I hear from others (the grinches) are one of two things:
(1) It's barely Thanksgiving. Why do you forget Thanksgiving? It's a holiday, too.
Y'all, I group Thanksgiving within the holidays. DUH it's an amazing holiday in itself - who doesn't love food and not being judged for eating a shit ton of it? But here's my thought process on the deal: OK, so we have end of summer being through July. August is that odd month where it's back to school but still hot as all get out. Then we move into September and October -- these are the fall months. Harvest is going on, the weather is cooler (hopefully -- looking at you Illinois weather...), and Halloween. November and December move into holiday season mode. You get extra time to enjoy those amazing holiday decorations (it's an investment, obvi, so pull them out)! Growing up we decorated for Christmas at Grama and Grampa's after Thanksgiving dinner. Now that I'm the adult, quite frankly, I do what I want and that means pulling them out and decorating at beginning of November!
(2) You're forgetting what Christmas is all about.
I'm not sure what is meant by this one. I certainly know what the season is all about! The holiday season should make everyone more generous, should make everyone more loving, should make everyone slow down and think about the better things in life - the things that maybe some others may not get to experience. There is nothing in the world that dominates family - and friends. I love this season because it makes others remember that for maybe just a brief moment. You hear more stories about people buying the coffee in the drive thru for the car behind them, you see more donations happening (Toys for Tots, food pantries, etc.), there's just more LOVE. That's why I wish the holidays were longer. Our world needs more kindness, more love. And, quite frankly, that is what the season is all about. (I'm so politically correct, aren't I?) But truly. If I'm being completely serious, I don't love the holidays because of presents or food. I love the holidays because this is one of the only times in the year where our families come together to be together and shower each other with love. Isn't that beautiful? We send holiday cards out to friends and family to wish them a happy holiday season as well and wishes for a happy new year. It's simply lovely.
So, I hope this puts some of y'all in the holiday spirit or maybe just have a better remainder of your week! Maybe this will inspire me to put the rest of them out too! ;-)
An adventurous soul, a kind heart, and a sarcastic mouth. You never know which you will get.