[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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[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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[348] Everybody Be Cool…It’s Just Another Day

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I made some resolutions last year and I surprisingly resolved them all…even the last one. (I wouldn’t use that L-word yet, but my gut tells me that I may use it in the future…at some point…when it’s appropriate.)

I’m not actually going to make ANY resolutions this year because I feel like I’m in a really good place emotionally, physically, and “spiritually” so this girl doesn’t need to make any major improvements. Obviously I can continue to make some small adjustments, but it’s just building on the foundation I’ve already established in the last year.

Moving to Seattle was a huge leap that I took for myself and almost a year later, I couldn’t imagine where I’d be right now if I hadn’t. I guess I’ll take this time to publically thank everyone who’s supported me and showered me with sentiments drenched in a sense of pride. I appreciate it all and I honestly believe that without you all in my corner I wouldn’t have succeeded as much as I have.

Much love and wishes of an amazing 2014!

 

– Stephanie

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[321] I Almost Died Today

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The one thing that bothers me the most about Seattle is its drivers. They either don’t know how to operate a vehicle in the rain, and most of the time in dry weather too, or they drive slow in the left lane, or they are insane and drive like maniacs not using turn signals while they bob and weave through the traffic. I came in contact with every single one of these types of drivers today.

Thursdays tend to have the worst traffic, although I’m not exactly sure why, so I left work a little early hoping to avoid some of the ridiculousness. Getting home wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be, but walking from where I parked to my apartment was another story.

Back story: Coming from the East Coast I tend to use crosswalks as a guideline rather than the¬†law; if I’m not going to get run over then I’ll cross the street. My first week in Seattle, back in January, I decided to go to the Seattle Art Museum and spend the day downtown since I didn’t have a job¬†to go to or anywhere to be in particular. In the middle of the day it’s pretty easy to cross the street without getting hit by a car, so¬†I would jaywalk because, let’s be honest, who likes waiting at a crosswalk when you don’t have to; it’s such a waste of time. Well, that day I got heckled for crossing the street when the little crosswalk light was a big ‘ol red don’t-cross-the-street hand. Since then I’ve tried to be more…respectful of social norms when I’m with¬†other people, and especially¬†when it comes to crossing the street. If I’m by myself it’s usually a completely different story.

So anyway, I ended up parking maybe a block or two¬†from my apartment. It was dark out and I¬†wasn’t wearing¬†anything reflective or neon so I decided to obey the crosswalk lights and such. Unfortunately, some of the¬†not main¬†streets don’t actually have crosswalks and lights which means it’s a little bit trickier. Most of those streets do have stop signs in all directions though, and as a general rule, pedestrians have the right of way in the instances where crosswalks don’t exist. So I’m walking across a street, and actually paying attention, when this¬†car runs its stop sign and comes within inches, like less than 5,¬†of hitting me. I didn’t even know how to react except swear like a sailor and rip this fratty douche bag a new one before he didn’t get out of his car, and drove off without even asking if I was ok. I was pretty shaken up almost losing my knee caps so I just walked home as fast as possible, poured myself a big ass glass of wine, and then just tried to calm down.

I hope this guy’s car breaks down on the 520 bridge.

– Stephanie

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[315] It’s Getting Really Real

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I packed up the majority of what was left at my aunt and uncle’s, and brought it to my apartment to upack. Now all that’s left are clothes, toiletries, and a couple lamps.

I’m having this inner battle about moving. Living with my aunt and uncle has been amazing, and I wouldn’t have been able to make my move across the country without them. Plus this transition was so much easier having them around. I’m even going to miss waking up to Christian’s trains rolling across the floor or his pots and pans concert, but I think I’m ready to live on my own, and really, it’s the first time. With my other apartments in Syracuse, I had roommates, and I was not far from my family. This time around I won’t have roommates, I’m in a newish city, and my family is 3,000 miles away. I’m nervous. I’ve been having a blast buying furniture and stuff for my apartment but now that I’m actually going to be living in it full time, there’s¬†this level of unknown and newness that freaks me out a little bit.

I’m just being a big baby…I know I’ll be just fine.

 

– Stephanie

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[310] Dresser…I Don’t Even Know Her!

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Today was another busy, busy day. Unfortunately it started early, but fortunately it was early enough that I was able to start building the dresser that I got at Ikea yesterday. I got the entire frame done in a little over an hour and then hopped in the shower to get ready for another date…with the guy from yesterday. We decided to go to Discovery Park, and it couldn’t have been a nicer day to explore and take a walk through nature. Then we went to a bar with NFL Sunday Ticket to watch the Giants game, but because they were losing, and sucking beyond belief, we left after halftime.

When I got back to my apartment I finished the dresser, cleaned up, and left to go back to Kirkland. (I feel like I’m in this weird in between place. More than half of my things are at the new apartment, so I’d call it home, but I’ve been living at my aunt and uncle’s for almost a year, so I would also call that home. Then there’s actual home in Syracuse, which will always be home. I guess it’s better to have three homes than zero.)¬†With Thanksgiving just a few days away I’m feeling pretty blessed.

 

– Stephanie

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[303] Tabled Dreams

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I did a lot of football watching and apartment furniture planning today. I even drew the rooms to scale and cut out paper furniture, also to scale, and moved it around on the paper like I was rearranging my apartment. It was kind of like playing with paper dolls except it was an apartment layout and I was dressing it up with paper couches and chairs and tables. Still fun, though.

 

– Stephanie

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[302] I’m Falling in Love

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Today was fun. I woke up earlyish and packed up a bunch of stuff to take to the apartment, showered, and loaded everything into my car, with some help from my uncle. AND, not only did he help load up the car, but he and my aunt and cousin stopped by to see the place, and help me put the kitchen island my parents sent me as an apartment warming gift. It’s exactly what I was hoping for. The bathroom is completely done; I finished putting the backing on the cabinet, so…yeah, I’m kind of falling in love with my apartment.

After tidying up a little bit I went to grab some snacks and a drink with a friend who came to see the apartment. We walked to The Tin Lizzie Lounge. It was an unexpectedly adorable place where I received an exceptionally strong, but delicious, drink. I made it home alive and am now wrapped up in a blanket, with the fireplace on, and watching Love Actually for the first time. Not a bad Saturday at all, not at all.

– Stephanie

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