It’s Sunday and, sadly, it is super gloomy out. To be honest, I’m hoping to spend the day curled up in bed with a good book (currently reading Freakonomics) and maybe take a cat nap later on in the afternoon. It’s just one of those days, you know?
I have a lot of work cut out for me tonight to edit a bunch of photos from the park. Until then, I leave you with a cute photo I took using my Vistaquest vq1015 r2 digital lomography camera:
You’d think that after a week of dealing with super gloomy, rainy weather, people wouldn’t want to subject themselves to more water, but that’s not the case here! On a gloomy day, where there were intermittent intervals of rain, we headed on a bit of a road trip to Snoqualmie Falls. The drive to the falls was extremely scenic (not as nice as the scenes off Hwy 1 in California, but infinitely more beautiful than any of the highways in Toronto) which made for a painless road trip.
The view from the top of the falls was gorgeous! Sadly, it was also really crowded and taking a photo of the falls without anyone else in the frame proved to be quite the challenge.
We got bored of dealing with the crowds pretty quickly, so we decided to follow the signs and take a trail to the boardwalk. The trail ended up being pretty boring, so the guys decided it would be a good idea to take an impromptu trail through the forests. It was such a gorgeous hike (filled with flowers, ferns and forests of overgrown trees) down to the boardwalk, although it was super muddy and slippery due to the fact we weren’t technically on a proper trail.
By the time we got to the boardwalk, it was already crowded with people. There were signs all over the place saying, “please stay on the boardwalk” but people were climbing off the sides to get closer to the bottom of the falls. Being the rebels that we are, we decided to follow suit and check out the bottom of the falls too.
It was super misty at the bottom of the falls. I guess I shouldn’t have expected any less. I mean, we were at the bottom of a huge waterfall! There were huge rocks all over the shore of the falls which made for a rigorous hike to get closer to the water. The super ginormous rocks were also really fun to climb onto!
I didn’t feel too smart when I sat on the top of the rock since I realized it was way easier to get up than down. There were no “steps” to climb down on and thanks to the mist, the rocks were really slippery.
Bad rock-climbing decisions aside, the falls were gorgeous! Hopefully I can make another trip out there when the weather’s nicer!
Later in the night on Saturday, we all piled into the car and headed to the city to see Banksy‘s documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop. Banksy has been a huge inspiration of mine for quite some time, not only because of his controversial work but because of his anonymity. He’s always been such a mysterious “character” whose talent is, for the most part, very in demand.
I don’t think I have ever laughed as hard as I did in a theater before. Although there are a lot of rumors that the documentary is some sort of sad joke on the public of Banksy pulling another fast one, I still really enjoyed it. I highly recommend everyone to check this out!
The day started off with some organic Ciabatta bread (yay for Trader Joe’s!), scrambled eggs, bacon, stuffed tomatoes, and a glass of orange juice. Yes, I am a firm believer that breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
We hit the road pretty early and made our way to the Science Fiction museum in downtown Seattle. If someone told me 5 years ago that I would be going to visit a Sci Fi museum, I think I may have laughed and said something along the lines of, “I’m not going to nerd hub central!!” Surprisingly, I kinda like to nerd out every now and then.
I was so excited to see costumes from the original Star Trek tv shows. There were also scripts, random props (woo phasers!) and lots of behind-the-scene facts that I never knew.
I couldn’t help but get super excited to see the Star Wars collections! I’m not a huge of Star Wars… to be honest, I think I’ve only ever seen one of the movies. All of my friends are huge Trekkies and Star Wars fans, so I couldn’t help but take a photo of this Stormtrooper!
The Sci Fi museum is connected to the Experience Music Exhibit, so we headed there next. My favourite exhibits were the ones that let people mix music. In the Jimi Hendrix section, there was a mixer with a bunch of JH songs where each part of the music (vocals, bass, lead guitar, etc) were split onto separate tracks and you could play around with a sound board to see how the final track was mixed.
A few hours of geeking out and mixing music made for a group of very hungry people. We headed over to McDonald’s (aka my all-time favourite junk food joint) and gorged on some fast food.
I was really impressed to see that there was a McCafé in this McDonald’s! It’s been so long since I’ve seen a McDonald’s that served specialty drinks and premium ice cream (The last time I saw one was about seven years ago, and the specialty menu didn’t last more than 3 months). Without hesitation, I dashed to check out the ice cream flavours after my super-healthy lunch. I figured I might as well indulge if I was already inhaling burgers. hahaha
Being the huge ice cream fiend that I am, I couldn’t help but add an extra scoop to my cone. I got a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough and mint chocolate chip. It was soooooooo good!! …Except for the fact that there was glue on my waffle cone! I tried really hard to pick it off, but that just didn’t happen. I don’t understand why McD’s felt the need to glue the paper to the cone. Or better question: why did they feel the need to use such a generous amount of glue?
Ok, I realize that it’s Wednesday and I’m still recapping my weekend. Lots of photos to transfer/edit so please bear with me!
I hope all my fellow Americans had an enjoyable long weekend! My weekend started off with my first kitchen experiment since moving to Seattle. I was tasked with making breakfast for 3 on Saturday morning, so I experimented with making stuffed tomatoes on Friday night to make sure I wouldn’t be feeding “grossness” to our weekend guest. (haha yes, my roommate plays guinea pig when I get into my experimental moods in the kitchen.)
It all started off with a trip to Trader Joe’s for a batch of organic grape tomatoes. I was initially going to go with cherry tomatoes, but I found the grape tomatoes to be smaller and cuter in size so went with those instead.
Then, the daunting task of slicing and gutting the tomatoes commenced! I sliced each tomato in half and carefully took a teaspoon (for lack of better tools in the kitchen) and scooped the seeds out:
This was the fun part! I just went with my gut instinct on this one and decided to throw a mix of Italian spices into the tomatoes, followed by some pepper and salt. The tomatoes were topped off with a generous helping of marbled cheese and then popped into the oven for 10 minutes. Mind you, it took about half an hour to prep the tomatoes…
(outfit details: Fifi Lapin for Forever 21 sweater, Hollister tank top & jeans)
In the end, it was totally worth the work! The tomatoes turned out extremely well and they made an appearance in Saturday morning’s breakfast. Woo!
Because I can’t help myself, here’s another photo of my Fifi Lapin sweater.