[Practice Makes Perfect]

 

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This floral arrangement may have been practice for the one I’ll be bringing to my boyfriend’s mom, who I will be meeting this weekend along with his dad, sister, and one of 3 brothers I haven’t met yet.

It might be a little weird, but I’m excited-nervous and practicing and planning helps calm me down. Plus now I get my own kickass flowers to bring to work and brighten up my windowless office. Really, it’s a win-win.

 

– 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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[Winds that Whirl]

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I can’t believe it’s been almost two weeks since I last posted; it doesn’t seem like it was that long ago! Anyway, some sort of cool and fun things have happened, and some not so cool and fun things. In true Stephanie fashion I will make a list:

1. Work has kicked into high gear and although I’m still doing a lot of the same stuff, I did get pulled into some super cool planning and designing for the future of Microsoft’s many websites.

2. The boyfriend and I went to Tacoma for a day trip to share some firsts together. First we visited the glass museum, and then spent a couple of hours at the LeMay car museum. A museum for Mr. Sullivan and one for me.

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3. I got home Wednesday to find that my refrigerator had been open all day. I had already had a stressful and mediocre day. It was the icing on a shit cake so I threw out 80% of what was in there. I had no cheese, that made me sad, and I may have cried.

4. I rode the bus downtown. All by myself. My end destination was Pike Place. I bought some goodies for a package I’m sending to my family, mac and cheese at Beecher’s, and some beautifully colored tulips.

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5. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner and from the hints that my boyfriend has given me, which have been very limited, it sounds like it’s going to be a weekend to remember.

6. My mom is coming to visit in just 25 days. I’m so excited. SO EXCITED.

– S

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[Just a Little Update]

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I don’t really have a ton to say, or update you on, but I took some pictures that I’d kinda like to share, and I’ll put some captions on each picture so you feel like you know what’s going on. Yeah? Ok.

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All of the fire extinguishers in the building were checked this day and since the inspection happened in the morning, everyone put their extinguishers outside of their doors. Not really sure why, but it made me giggle.

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Went to grab a drink with my man, his bandmates, and their girlfriends at Cafe Racer. It was low key, and kind of nice to get to know them a little bit more.

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I bought flowers and managed to create 3 different arrangements out of them. There’s something about flowers that just make me so happy, plus this little guy sitting right in my entry way is kind of perfect. I actually bought more flowers yesterday just so I could bring them into work. It’s an addiction I’m totally ok with.

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I gave myself a manicure, and felt like a hand model. So, I took pictures of my hand.

– S

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[289] Ass in Gear

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So I started packing today. It was mostly stuff that I haven’t been using, like my spring/summer clothes, sandals, picture frames, and other miscellaneous stuff. I’ll finish filling out paperwork and get my keys this coming weekend, so if I have a couple boxes I can move in, I’ll be a happy camper. It’ll definitely be a process but I’m 99% sure it’s going to be the most fun process ever. EVER.

 

– Stephanie

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[2…69] Hehehe

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I had a conversation with someone once about Mondays. I said that the work week should just start on Tuesday, we’d only work 4 days, get paid the same, and then we’d never have a case of the Mondays. Theeeeeeeey said that if the week started on Tuesday, it would just be replacing Monday and we’d now have a case of the Tuesdays. I do not agree. A Monday’s a Monday’s a Monday.

In other news, the sun is supposed to be shining all week, the leaves are really starting to change colors, and it finally feels like Fall!

 

– Stephanie

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[224] Hooky

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Today I was “working from home” so naturally I took a long lunch, and went into Seattle to cure my exploration fever. I parked the car, and walked to the Olympic Sculpture Park to look at the sculptures, naturally. I also sat in the shade for a little bit and read a couple chapters of my book, on my iPad. Then I made my way up a couple of blocks to City Center to enjoy the view of the Space Needle, and sit on a different patch of grass to read a few more chapters of my book. When the wetness from the ground started to soak through my pants, I decided it was time to hop on the monorail and head downtown to grab some grub, and find some flowers. I headed to Pike Place, grabbed some Beecher’s mac and cheese, went and sat in a pseudo park to eat and people watch. After I had enough, I found my flowers, and headed back to my car. I somehow managed to miss Friday afternoon traffic, and that oddly made me the happiest, although I thoroughly enjoyed everything else.

– Stephanie

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[179] Slow and Steady Wins the Race

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…unless you’re racing someone who’s crazy fast and has insane endurance…then you’re just a big loser.

My family’s back from Cannon Beach, OR, and they brought me cheese and fudge. Oh yeah. There also appears to be the makings of a beautiful sunset tonight, and if that’s the case, you will see a very lovely picture of today, tomorrow!

 

– Stephanie

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