Summer has finally arrived in Seattle and it’s a hot one! It went over 90 degrees this past weekend, which is a record high! Ashley and I wanted to get out of our hot apartment and make the most of it. We’re trying to get out more, be productive, and to make the most of the city we live in. It’s the very spirit of this blog and and the videos I’ll be posting soon to YouTube (have you seen the preview to my Sri Lanka video yet? Check it out!). We hope to encourage you too to break free of your typical routines, turn off Netflix (what are you watching? Any recommendations???), and make the most of your free time.
With that being said, we headed out to dinner on Friday night. We enjoyed a few cocktails at Sitka & Spruce first before heading over to our favorite Italian place (it’s a secret). It’s the same Italian restaurant where I proposed to Ashley in back in 2014.
You may notice there are quite a few bourbon and whiskey cocktails pictured in this post. I would never encourage anything other than moderation when it comes to alcohol :-). Ashley appears very happy in the photo below; almost as if we have the ideal marriage and I am the perfect husband. I believe she’s actually saying, “Another photo?? I’m going to freaking kill you,” or something along those lines but with more profanity.
After that, we watched the Langhorne Slim and Sara Watkins concert. We are very much into folk and Americana music. You’ve probably heard of these two musicians if you enjoy those two genres of music. If not, you may know Sara from the popular band Nickel Creek and Langhorne Slim from a few of his more popular songs. After the show, we got a chance to meet Langhorne Slim and snapped this horrible selfie of the three of us with my iPhone. I brought my GX85 with me, but forgot the SD card, so I couldn’t take any decent pics! I was stuck with my iPhone. Boo! Oh well, the concert was great and I highly encourage you to check out their music.
We are usually pretty tired after a long work week in the cube and plop down on the sofa, turn on the TV, and turn off our brains. It was a nice change of pace to get out, decompress and vent about work, and enjoy each others’ company with some great music.
Pride is celebrated towards the end of June in Seattle and it’s celebrated all over town with street festivals and a parade downtown. Ashley and I live in Cap Hill, so we get to take part in the festivities every year.
Seattle is a wonderful, supportive city and it’s events like these that make us proud to live here. I took the photo below at last year’s Pride festival. There was a group of folks that didn’t quite agree with the spirit of the event and this very young man was flying his flag. It was a beautiful moment and one I thought I’d share.
You can’t walk around in 90 degree heat and not work up a thirst and an appetite. We headed up the Hill for brunch at Coastal Kitchen. This has to be one of our favorite places for brunch in all of Seattle. Try out the Senora Scramble; you won’t regret it. They also have a rotating menu based on a region or country and right now it’s “The Carolinas.” There are several featured cocktails and the one below is the Ginger Julep.
The Ginger Julep is made of Old Forester Bourbon, organic ginger juice, fresh mint & Angostura Bitters, on shaved ice. It really is amazing. I love ginger and it balanced with the sweeter ingredients for a wonderful cocktail. This is for a limited time only. Make your way there now, even if it’s just for this cocktail, before the menu changes and the Ginger Julep is gone for good.
Take Me Out to the Ball Game
The Astros played the Mariners on Sunday afternoon and it was a scorcher. Record breaking highs in the 90’s. Ouch. I was born in a small town to the south of Houston, so my sports loyalties are all for Houston teams. For almost a decade, it was rough going being an Astros fan. I pretty much gave up. I didn’t check the scores, go to any games, or really care at all. That changed a few years ago as our rebuilding process finally started bearing fruit. I signed up for MLB TV, started watching games again, and began following them in the news again.
The Astros are MLB’s top team and it feels great! This was our first game of the year and definitely won’t be the last. We purchased decent seats on the third base line and settled in with a hot dog and a beer. We were joined by two friends who we met last year and are also from Houston! Pure coincidence.
It was also the first time I’ve seen the Astros win in Seattle with a final score of 8-2. We had an amazing time and I’m looking forward to the next one. Go Astros!
I think that pretty much covers it. I’m sitting here at my desk on Monday feeling pretty exhausted. Perhaps take it easy next weekend…oh wait, it’s July 4! So much for that idea. Have a great week at work and don’t forget that life is best lived Outside the Cube.
All photos were taken with the Sony RX100V. It’s a great pocketable camera that you can bring with you everywhere. The only exception is the young man waving the flag which was taken with the Panasonic GX85 with the Olympus 45mm lens attached and the Langhorne selfie with the iPhone 6s. Photos were edited in Lightroom using VSCO presets and my own adjustments.