Saturday, April 29, 2006

Yuk, a rainy Saturday.

Last night Rob and I tried a restaurant over in West Seattle that we have been meaning to try to a while, but it's always so busy and it's tiny besides. It's called LaRustica and it's right across from the Sound, it has a wonderful view. We waited what was supposed to be 25 minutes and it turned into about an hour. I think the food was worth the wait. It was really good. The tables are totally close quarters. Even closer tables than Rocky's, our fave in NYC. Anyway, the food was fantasic and the breadsticks were wonderful had it not been for the annoying couple next to us, it would have been a perfect night. We'll go back for sure. You can't get gnocchi at many restaurants, so when you find it it's a real treat.

Today I went to Target and spent my life savings on things I most likely didn't need. But it sure was fun. For the rest of the day Rob and I started to tile the backsplash for the kitchen. I think it looks great and hopefully tomorrow we can grout it.

Leaving soon to go watch movies with some friends. For us, that is real treat. I can't remember the last time I watched a new movie.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

And Sunday was the day of rest

It has taken me till Tuesday to actually write about the weekend since it has taken me just that long to recoup. We actually did some things socially this weekend with some friends. Usually it’s just the two of us, so it’s fun to get out and do things.

On Friday night we met our friends, Dave and Tammy, down at J&M Cafe in Pioneer Square. I have only been there for lunch and I didn’t realize that it turns into a crazy club party scene after 9pm. There ended up being almost 15 of us, I think. We did the deal where you pay one cover charge and it gets you into all the bars down there. These types of bars (with dance floors) are not really our style. I also don’t like places I have to pay a cover or stand in line. I guess I am older than 23 and that is just how it goes. After a lot of drinks we went over to a place called Tiki Bob’s. At around 1am it was time to go. I am pretty sure we crashed as soon as we got home. When I opened the paper in the morning, I saw that there had been a shooting there that night around 3am. Nice.

On Saturday we had some friends over before going to the Mariners game. I have to say it was the first time I bought everything to serve instead of making it from scratch at home. Needless to say, that is a reflection of how we felt on Saturday morning. Even though I dislike professional sports, I do like going to Mariners games. We had awesome seats. 16 rows behind the Tigers dug out. I prefer to get the cheap seats, but we couldn’t pass up seats like that. I also really like that stadium. It’s like being at a gaurmet restaurant. 7 beers on tap, garlic fries, sushi roles, stir fry, and then the staples, peanuts… popcorn… hotdogs. Maybe I like going to the games because I like the garlic fries so much... and anyone who knows me knows that garlic is the best thing to ever happen to me (see pic below). It was a lot of fun until I read the bus schedule wrong and I made us wait over an hour for a bus that never came. Who said that girls could read the bus schedule?

And Sunday was the day of rest.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Homemade Pasta

I have always wanted to try to make pasta. In Deep River we were spoiled, we had a pasta shop right down the street. It was cheap enough for me to justify running down there when I wanted fresh pasta. Now, I am sure they have it somewhere around here, but I haven't found it yet and besides it's Easter Sunday.

This morning I ran into work and then meant to stop at Pike Place Market for salmon, but of course they were closed on Easter, duh! I got home and did some laundry and really just sat around, starting knitting another handbag, and watched Rob work really hard. He plastered the pass through and hung the microwave.

Anyway, back to my pasta. It was whole wheat spinach pasta. It was really supposed to be ravioli, but I couldn't get it thin enough. Anyway, Rob bought me a pasta attachment for my kitchen aid a while back and this was my first time using it. It worked out ok. I had to take it right from the mixer into boiling water and let it cool for about 4 to 5 minutes and then take it out. We had that with garlic bread, veggies, and shrimp. I don't think it was perfect. Rob liked it... but he will eat anything.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Georgetown's Stellar PIzza

We love the Georgetown neighborhood. It's to the west of us and is a really cool, industrial, and artsy little area. It is also home to our favorite Pizza place, Stellar Pizza & Ale . Not only is the pizza great, it's a super fun atmosphere, and they have some of the best local Microbrews on tap. We go there a lot and love it everytime. Last night we met there after work and then took the bus home, which gives us front door service.

It's been raining all day, but it's given Rob the chance to do some things around the house and then I have been working on finishing my handbag, which I did. It's super cute! Pictures below. It's not all play for me either, by the way, I am also cleaning and doing laundry and catching up on old episodes of Love Connection.

- Happy Easter!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Sorry I haven’t been around, I’m buried in laundry

My washer and dryer got here last Saturday. I did about 6 loads of laundry and I still didn’t finish them. If I had to choose, I would take a new washer and dryer over a new microwave any day of the week. Our microwave has been sitting in a box since December and I totally don’t even miss it. It took 1 day for my dryer to be broken and we bought a new one. Here is a picture.

On Sunday, we planned to not really do anything because it was raining. So just working in the house was in order. Then, around 2pm it started clearing up, so I begged Rob to drop everything and go up to the Skagit County Tulip Festival. It was really fun and really pretty, even though the storm moved north and it wasn’t very nice. We had some kettle corn and walked around. We stopped in LaConner and had lunch at the LaConner Brewing Company and had the Official Tulip Festival Ale, which was fantastic. Rob and I love exploring new areas and this was really fun.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Afternoon Baseball Games = BAAAAAD COMMUTE

The opening day for the Mariners was yesterday. I left work at 5:30pm and the game got over at 5:25pm. It took me an hour and a half to go 3 miles. I need to think ahead for these afternoon games. I love living close to the stadium, but I know the traffic will get old. It’s only these afternoon games though, from what I hear.

Today was a great day. It was so comfortable that I wore a skirt to work with no tights or anything, turns out other people had sandals on. Looks like everyone is getting the spring bug. When I got home I planted my herb garden. This summer we’ll have garlic chives, parsley, cilantro, oregano, mint, and basil. I know I will use the basil for pesto and mint for fresh mojitos . The others I am sure I will find a use for. Also I planted a strawberry plant. It was light till 7:45pm! Rob was cutting the grass.

I am working on this shrug. It’s nice and easy and I have this super cute yellow yarn that is soft. I am not sure that it looks super comfortable, but I am not ready to graduate to a sweater yet!

I haven’t moved on that blue handbag yet. Soon I hope. It will be cute to go out to dinner with.

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Hey, I thought Spring was here!

The rain spoiled my excitment to plant the herb garden this weekend. Not that I should be surprised. We were both so busy at work this week and I was really looking forward to it. Now looking outside, it's just cold and rainy. It's not like I have nothing else to do.... still. Humph.

I do have errands to run. Target being one of them. There are also boxes that need unpacking and pretty much every other household chore you can think of. This morning Rob went to work and I was knitting and watching Sixteen Candles, sounds like a perfect Saturday morning to me. When he got home we went to All City Coffee in Georgetown and got a latte. Then went to Petco and stopped at a lawn mower shop. It is too hard to find a push mower these days. :(

We had a big weeked last weekend. Rob's dad was in town and then on Tuesday I met my aunt and uncle for dinner with my cousin and her husband. That's more family in 3 days than we have seen since August. It was fun for a change.

I have got some projects in mind for knitting, but first I owe my sister a scarf and some other things, hopefully I can get those in the mail this week. Take time to browse the pictures below, there is the handbag I am working on, the new pendant light shades, stewie and a cow toy, the new chair and sconces, and a pretty tree outside.

More updates later this weekend.