Some highlights from June:
Delightful conversation over happy hour with some gals! Boom Noodle is back on the hill so Alida, Erin and I made our way there to check out their happy hour offerings, most of which we enjoyed (the rice cakes were strange, but everything else was fine and low priced). Erin, Nora and I savored the deliciousness that is Barrio, and Alida and I caught up over guacamole and the salsa bar at La Cocina Oaxaqueña.
Rachel introduced me to a tiny secret beach and hand shaven noodles from Seven Star Pepper. Already craving more (noodles and beach time).
I got to check out Lanen’s gorgeous house and back yard and finally meet her cute pup, Falcor, a king charles spaniel. She caught up over pizza, salad and wine at Tutta Bella before seeing wacky performance at the Seattle International Dance Festival.
Erin, Paul, Somer, James and others joined in the celebrations of Conor’s first birthday with a pool party at Kate and Julian’s. Watermelon season has arrived!
Kathryn and I relived many moments of our childhood as we rewatched Anne of Green Gables on DVD (thanks to ebay).
I treated myself to a trip to Minneapolis to visit Erin M. I met up with my childhood best friend Rebecca and got to meet her little girl at mini-golf at The Walker, followed by some glorious poolside time with Erin (thanks, Chris!).
Such fun to connect with my best friend from childhood and meet her sweet little girl!
Getting frank with my hostess, Erin!
I checked out the new “Disguise: Masks & Global African Art” at Seattle Art Museum. I had a blast at Night of Disguise with Levy, Jessica, Brandon, and Nora. Don’t miss this exhibition – it’s incredible. Saya Woolfalk’s room is stunning, I could spend hours in there. After the Disguise party, we watched Levy perform in Unexpected Productions’ Theatresports, just down the street in Pike Place Market.
Photos are allowed in #SAMDisguise! The room featuring the work of artist Saya Woolfalk.
My look for our evening out at “Night of Disguise”
Brandon and I enjoyed celebrating with Jonathan and Oryx at their wedding party, connecting with old friends and making some new ones. Yup, actual conversation at a dance party. It really makes a difference when party throwers know how to play their speakers at a level that fits the venue and crowd.
Father’s Day gave us the opportunity for a fun, laid back BBQ on the roof with my mom and dad and bro. Brandon and I introduced them to card game Red7 – one of my new favorites.
We had an awesome trip to San Francisco, Napa, and Sonoma! Erin, Paul, Brian, Morgan, Brandon, and I goofed around in perfect pool and hot tub weather, enjoyed a great wine tasting at Homewood Winery in Sonoma, a delicious lunch at the awesomely designed Fremont Diner (fried chicken sliders and mac n cheese – yum!) and revisited Sonoma Plaza (shaved ice for the win!) and Roche Winery (Chardonnays I actually like). Brian and Morgan introduced us to the game Camel Up. I’m not sure I have the strategy down yet, but I still enjoy playing!
Sign in The Fremont Diner outdoor patio in Sonoma
We had an excellent, relaxed wine tasting experience at Homewood Wines in Sonoma
TV shows & movies I enjoyed:
Orange is the New Black Season 3 (great writing and characters!) For those of you who are already fans, I share this gem:
Artwork by KittyCassandra
Re-watching Dollhouse – love that show! Eliza Dushku and Enver Gjokaj are awesome to watch.
Rewatched part of “The Fall.” Such an epic film. I need to go back and watch the whole thing again soon.
Books I read:
The Willpower Instinct – great book with so many useful tools to help with willpower
The Language of Flowers – lovely story that was fun to get lost in (thanks for the recommendation, Athena!)