#5 Our Rooftop

I still remember the first time I visited David in Seattle in December of 2007. On that trip I was trying to decide if Seattle would be a good fit for me and whether I was comfortable moving out there. David picked me up at the airport and we arrived back at the condo around 10 o’clock at night. Immediately after bringing in my suitcases, David announced there was something I needed to see immediately and escorted me to the elevator. The elevator doors opened to a rooftop deck and a beautiful view of the city skyline. As we walked and turned the corner, I was breathless. The next panoramic view was of the Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains, Mount Rainier, Safeco Field, Quest Field, ferries, and sailboats. I had tears in my eyes and fell in love with the incredible city that would soon become my new home.

Now it’s four years later and that view from the rooftop still brings me to tears at times, (maybe I’m a crier?) and never ceases to comfort me. Whether it’s cold and windy, grey and rainy, or blue skies and sunny, the roof is my haven and never fails to amaze me. David and I have been in the habit of visiting the rooftop in the morning with our coffees in hand or in the late afternoon with a glass of wine and olives. Entertaining is one of my favorite pleasures and we are unbelievably lucky to have such an amazing rooftop (stocked with grills, trees and flowers galore) at our disposal. When city life starts to wear me down, the roof is one of the few things that brings me peace and happiness and the thing that I will miss most while living in our country cottage.

Sunset on the Roof

Ferry in the Sunset

Mount Rainier

Night-time Falls over the Olympic Mountains

January Sunset

Dinner on the Roof

Sailing

David and I

December 2008

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Back to the Emerald City

A Very Happy-Happy New Year to Everyone!

I’m thrilled to be back in Seattle and welcome 2012 with open arms. As I touched down at Seattle-Tacoma Airport, I had tears in my eyes partly because I was beyond excited to be home again, and partly because I was terribly ill on the plane. The magic of the condo worked wonders and I was miraculously better once I got into my own bed. While in a taxi driving into Seattle from the airport, I have such a feeling of excitement and my heart starts to race as I come around the bend on highway 99. All at once you see the Puget Sound, ferries, Olympic Mountains, skyscrapers, lights of the stadiums and evergreen trees surrounding you as far as the eye can see. Whether I’m excited to be back in Seattle or missing my family and friends from Boston already, the scene always takes my breath away.

One of my close friends from high school had a business trip to Seattle scheduled and luckily he was able to fly in with David and I. We spent our first few days back in Seattle (after being gone for 2 months) showing Kyle all that Seattle has to offer and planning a New Year’s Eve party. I loved every minute of it, especially putting pen to paper for the serious party planning lists to be made. David and I had such a blast with Kyle on the roof, in the condo, at restaurants, browsing through vinyl records, or in the back room of a butcher shop. Kyle got us into the Portlandia show at the ShowBox at the Market which is always a great venue to go to (especially since it is 4 blocks from the condo). Between the oysters, crabs, lamb burgers, tapas and bloody mary’s served with Miller High Life, Kyle thoroughly enjoyed the eating and drinking tour of Seattle. I think it’s safe to say it won’t be long until he returns. David and I were both friends with Kyle before meeting each other, so it was fun for the three of us to hang out and catch up. This is the first time in over 3 years that David and I have been able to spend vacation time together in Seattle and we certainly made the most and enjoyed every minute together back home.

I am so happy to be back and NOT living out of a suitcase. I wouldn’t trade my experience for anything, but living out of suitcases starts to wear you down after a couple of months. I never thought I’d be so happy organizing my closet or getting dressed in the morning and pulling clothes off hangers.

While David and I were out-of-town, the view from the condo changed dramatically. A building that was inconveniently blocking our view of the Space Needle conveniently got torn down just in time for the New Year’s fireworks. This was a perfect year for David and I to throw our first New Year’s Party! More on that in the next post.

Again, Happy New Year and good luck with all of your 2012 resolutions!

New Condo View

Bloody Marys & Miller High Life with David and Kyle

Behind the Butcher Shop