[Togetherness]

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Before I start writing this post I just want to say that I don’t want this to turn into a relationship based blog. I feel like lately that’s what it has become, and it’s hard because it is part of my life, and right now it’s the part that I’m the happiest in. With that said, I’m going to talk about my relationship now. #sorryimnotsorry

Mr. Sullivan and I had a lovely date night this past Wednesday. We met up on the east side after work, got massages and grabbed dinner. We talked about serious life stuff, made fun of the bridal party sitting near us and the fact that our server looked like a more manly version of Eli Manning, and simply enjoyed each other’s company. I always have a good time with him, even if we’re just sitting with each other doing our own thing. It’s like, real life.

 

– S

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[Playing Catch-up]

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It’s been awhile since I last posted, and for that, I apologize.

Here’s the short version of what’s been going on:

  • I turned 25.
  • My mom came to visit.
  • I fell in love.

 

Here’s the long version:

You know when you say you love someone for the first time it feels weird coming out of your mouth even if you wholeheartedly believe it? Yeah, that happened. After Mr. Sullivan and I exchanged those words Valentine’s Day weekend (a touch cliche, but it felt right) for a week afterwards it felt a little strange. I have never, ever, ever, ever felt this way about someone and I think we might be in it for the long haul…but stay tuned to find out.

I turned 25, but my last couple birthdays have been kind of depressing. Last year it was the first one I spent away from my mom, dad, and sister so to say it was weird, is an understatement. It was so nice having my aunt, uncle, and cousin to celebrate with, but it wasn’t the same; I didn’t really have any friends and I was in this new, unfamiliar place far away from everything I’d ever known. (I’m sorry that was so dramatic.)

This year it was totally different; I have friends, and a wonderful boyfriend who went above and beyond what I was expecting. I had a lovely morning and got flowers delivered to me at work (bravo) and also received an orchid from Sara, who is the sweetest. My work day was easy and lots of people said ‘Happy Birthday.’ (Last year basically nobody at work knew who I was, and my birthday was on a Sunday.) As soon as I got home, which was early, I hopped in the shower and got ready for dinner. My handsome man picked me up curb side and even showed up with more gifts, which I was not expecting; flowers and dinner would have been more than enough. BUT, he got me a lovely Kiehl’s set of lotions, facial cleanser, and soaps, AND a very generous gift card to Aritzia. Then on top of all that, we went to Palisade, which is tres nice. I felt so special, loved and like I was the luckiest girl in the world.

Three days later, my mom came to visit me! There were some flying issues, but she managed to make it to Seattle only 12 hours late. I felt like we went non-stop for four days straight; we went to the Space Needle, Chihuly exhibit, took the monorail downtown and explored Pike Place Market, visited the Seattle Art Museum, had dinner with Mr. Sullivan (that’s right, Mama Liz met the boyfriend), spent an entire day at the Salish Lodge and Spa getting massages and mani-pedis, we had dinner next to Snoqualmie Falls, ate a late breakfast at Toulouse Petit, drove up to the casino and outlet mall in Tulalip, and then finally met up with my aunt and uncle for a late lunch Sunday afternoon. My mom spent a couple of days with my cousin and we reunited Wednesday night when I brought her home with me. She was able to venture around city center and visited the EMP museum Thursday. When I got home from work we went to see the Ballard locks and got dinner at Red Mill. Obviously it was a tearful goodbye, but she’s my mama and I’m gonna miss her…until the next time.

So that’s that. Hope it was worth the wait!

 

– S

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[Dreamworld]

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I feel like such a sap saying this, but, I’m super happy. Probably the happiest I’ve ever been while in a relationship, and a lot, practically all of it, has to do with the man I’m in this relationship with. He’s thoughtful, caring, funny, driven, handsome, and so much more.

I’ve never had a good Valentine’s day and after talking about it in passing, he took it upon himself to make the entire weekend one that I will never forget. We went to dinner Friday night, and even though my salad was filled with a massive amount of unwanted bacon, we got dessert for free! We ended the night by watching one very shocking episode of House of Cards.

We rose early, and were on the road by 8am. (I managed to get ready and pack everything up in under an hour. *Pats self on back*) We stopped at one of the many roadside coffee huts, drove through Stevens Pass, which was beautiful, and ended up in Leavenworth, WA. We walked around the pseudo German town as the snow started to fall. Lunch was delicious, we hit the road again and arrived at our final destination of Coeur d’Alene, ID 4 hours later.

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The silences weren’t awkward, the views were lovely, and I couldn’t imagine taking that trip with anyone else. Thank you for being mine, Mr. Sullivan.

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– S

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[362] When You’re Right, Sometimes You’re Wrong, Except When You’re Right

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Yes, that’s a homeless man dumpster diving, and yes, those seagulls are being assholes.

 

I was involved in a disagreement on Sunday during the Golden Globes. The disagreement turned into a bet; if my identification of a celebrity was incorrect then I’d treat to dinner, and if he was incorrect then he’d watch a chick flick of my choosing. Neither of us could really find sufficient proof that the other was wrong, so we dropped it, or so I thought.

I was pleasantly surprised to receive a text this morning that said, “Ok. You were right about the Golden Globes thing.”

I’ll go ahead and put that one in the pro column: can admit when he’s wrong.

 

– Stephanie

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[329] Nostalgia

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It’s been almost 2 weeks since I left my temporary home in Kirkland with my aunt and uncle. I was feeling nostalgic so I stopped over after work to just hang out and stay for dinner. It was really lovely; I got to play playdough with Christian and eat crab cakes and risotto. Even though I’m finally getting into my routine at the new apartment, it still felt weird leaving to go home. Maybe that feeling will go away one day.

 

– Stephanie

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[299] Stank

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2 things:

 

1. My new shoes stink so frickin’ bad. They smell like chemicals even after leaving them outside all weekend. I’d like for the stank to go away, like, right now.

2. Here’s what I had for dinner tonight: chips and dip appetizer, Reese’s mini peanut butter cups palette cleanser, homemade fat girl mac and cheese main course, pear hard cider beverage, and carrot cake dessert. You can call me Stephanie Rae Fatty Fatty No Friends, thanks.

 

– Stephanie

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[298] One Down…

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All that stuff that I bought at Target on Monday made its way into my new bathroom tonight. I may have had some help, and I may have paid that help in the form of dinner and drinks in my new neighborhood. My gnocchi at Toulouse Petit was delicious, and the view from our table wasn’t bad either.

 

– Stephanie

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[285] Middle of the Week…end

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Besides the whole work part of Wednesday, it kind of feels like a weekend to me. Tuesdays are such a long day for me so Wednesdays I like to just go home after work, clean the kitchen and put the massive pile of clothes on my floor away, turn on the fireplace, write my blog post, eat dinner, whatever it may be, with a glass of wine, catch up on my shows, and put a beauty mask on my face while I pin shit I’ll probably never have or ever do. I love it, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

– Stephanie

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