G is very patient about this. He generously lets me do my thing in the evenings, a day on the weekends, and whenever I have some big grading project going on. So when I got the opportunity to show him how much I value his friendship, love, and understanding, I took it.
We went to Seattle last weekend. I didn't tell him that's where we were headed; I just said that he should wear layers and sturdy shoes. He initially thought we were hiking in Wentachee. I sort of blew it when I said we'd be going over Snoqualmie Pass. Ah well. He had no idea what we'd be doing.
First stop was brunch at the incredible Seattle restaurant The Dahlia Lounge. Great food, great service, great time. G loves a good restaurant and that set the mood for the whole day. Then I gave him a choice: the Seattle Art Museum or the Seattle Aquarium. You can't do it all in one day, not with a two hour drive each way. The SAM has a pop departures exhibit right now, but we've already visited there a couple of times. He opted for the aquarium, with their touchable sea animals exhibits and outdoor enclosures right on the city pier. The animals seem pretty happy there. They have plenty of room to roam (except for the river otters; they need miles and miles). There were divers, octopi, and an under the sea sort of dome with hundreds of salmon, halibut, sturgeon, and multitudes of others. Lots of people too. It was amazing.
Our last stop- since we'd been walking most of the day- was my last surprise. A movie. This may not seem like a big deal.
However. G likes nothing more than a good movie and since we moved to a little town, the nearest art house theater is in Seattle. We saw Birdman, with Michael Keaton, Ed Norton, Emma Stone, and Naomi Watts (among others). G said it was the best movie he's seen this year. I agree.
|It was a beautiful day|
|Look at his sweet face! Reminds me of the Neverending Story.|
In other news, it finally froze last night. Hard freeze; got down to 17f. The rest of the week is cold, with a chance of snow. Snow! I am so excited. I busted out a warm scarf that my friend (and Oklaho-mom) Charlotte made for me. Before it froze, I gathered the last couple dozen tomatoes and cut back my little porch garden. We're ready for winter!
Finally, buried at the end of my post: in other news we are spending the holidays in London and Paris. It's my first trip to Europe; I'm so excited! We booked plane tickets and hotel reservations and have created loose itineraries for our time. For Christmas eve, we'll be at midnight mass in Notre Dame.
Ok friends, stay warm. It's a polar vortex out there! And now I'm back to grading, practicing French phrases, and huddling happily by my space heater.