I love you, my Seattle friends! ❤ ❤ ❤ Thank you for taking the time to hang out with me and drink more during one week than you would in a month (or two).
Kristina and Stephen, I am glad you got married when you did. Had you had an actual wedding party back in May (was it May or June?) when you got married-married, I wouldn’t have had an excuse to go back to Seattle as soon as I did. Congratulations! You are a great couple and I’m still honored to have been there to crash your first date all those years ago. ❤
I enjoyed meeting your very German parents, Kristina! They’re both pretty awesome.
The house was a lot of fun and I’m glad I got to meet so many Germans! Did you know that Jasmin is from the area where I lived during my brief stint in Germany? Small world!
We saw a bunny when we were setting up for the wedding. If this is an omen of some kind, I’d say, hurry up with that Ph.D. You know… Just in case.
Micah and Lisa, I love you two. I am still extremely thankful for you housing our entire family before we migrated. Being with you always feels like coming home.
And I am so glad the weather cooperated for the outdoor wedding! Remember, it was pouring the next day!
Thanks for getting me over to Whidbey Island, too. Let’s deliver on those promises and road trip through Germany, Poland, and Denmark next year.
Thank you, Megan and Collin, for hosting another great (indoors) bar-be-que. You are fantastic hosts, and Megan, you make a mean margarita. I can’t remember one time when I did not enjoy myself in your company. I sincerely ❤ you guys!
All the best people in the best party venue on the West Coast.
Shout out to Marissa, who let me stay with her. She fed me, supplied me with an Orca card and even tried to get Cooper to sleep with me (unfortunately, Cooper lost interest after I got up to go to the bathroom. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been so blatantly rejected before…).
Missing the kids again… Tor did tell me what he asked for for his birthday, Jason… Let’s talk.
Thank you for joining me for a happy hour! All happy hours must begin somewhere, even if it means a mediocre Mexican food restaurant that serves stale chips. Even with horrible food, we managed to get through three pitchers of margaritas.
On to another happy hour place. This one I can name because it wasn’t horrible. Yay, to Maximilien’s at the market!
Great views of the sunset.
I miss you guys…
That was a very happy happy hour. So happy, I ended up on a pig:
During my visit, I also enjoyed some amazing oysters because September has an “r” in it!
Special thanks to Dave D. for picking up the tab on this (not cheap) dinner at Elliott’s Oyster House!
And what a memorable dinner at Maneki! Here, one of the owners of this Seattle landmark was showing us how ladies should pose for photographs.
Domo arigato for sharing this evening with me ladies!
Thank you, Marissa, for organizing an early birthday celebration for me and for baking cupcakes! 🙂 Cooper was there to make sure there were no leftovers.
Thank you, Jae, for going on a hike with me! And Lena, for trying to go on a hike with me. Too bad the weather did not cooperate. I am so glad we were able to spend your birthday together! ❤
Sadly, I failed to take pictures at our Book Club meeting, Katie, Sharon, and Christine! But it was nice to catch up. Katie, I will see you again very soon. Yay! 🙂
Also, Liz and Leslie, we had a great time at brunch and I did not take any pictures… 😦
Happy birthday, again, Ellena! I’m so glad I was able to stay that long! 🙂 ❤
I’m already thinking of my next trip back to Seattle, hopefully sometime next year… But I do hope that everyone manages to come and visit us here before that happens.