Goodness gracious, where did the weekend go? It’s Monday already but at least it’s a short week with the upcoming holiday. I need a long weekend!
The weekend started out fabulously with a quick happy hour at Hilltop Kitchen, my favorite place to have a craft cocktail and also one of “Seattle’s” best newish bars (even though it’s in Tacoma). I enjoyed an “It’s a Totally Happening Life” –basically an artisanal White Russian, which was the perfect drink for a blustery and wet evening in the late fall.
While the complicated and carefully-made drinks are no joke, the folks at HK do have a sense of humor. The names of the drinks for Fall and Winter 2014-2015 are inspired by “Beverly Hills 90201.” The drink I had on Friday was the Season 3’s Christmas episode title. The Spring and Summer 2014 menu had drinks inspired by “Full House.” The names are ironic, of course. Nothing at HK is that cheesy.
After running on Saturday morning, I attended Tacoma Is For Lovers, a craft fair at an independent bookstore, King’s Books, featuring local handcrafted wares. The goods were varied and ranged from letterpress posters to scarves to spice blends to jewelry to candles to pottery.
I went there to buy gifts and succeeded, although I’m not going to post them here because I don’t want their recipients to find out what I purchased. Not surprisingly, I managed to do a bit of self-shopping, which I always do at Christmastime and which always makes me feel guilty. Oops. I do love this t-shirt, though–not just for the sentiment but because the fabric is as soft as buttah.
I also swung by the public library to return some books and pick up some titles for my daughter, who’s exceedingly picky about what she’s willing to read. It’s difficult for me to understand her disinterest in reading varied genres of books; she prefers realistic fiction about girls, and it can’t be historical fiction. That’s tough to work around, but I met the new children’s librarian who was clever and energetic and had some great suggestions.
Saturday night, my friend Kate hosted a lovely dinner party and invited me, Heidi, Laurie (a hilarious Pilates instructor), and our running coach, Kris. Kate made a delicious gnocchi with butternut squash and kale, and was a terrific hostess. We laughed a lot and our lively conversation ranged from running to relationships. It was such a fun time! I was very good and had only one glass of white wine (okay, it was a large glass–but it was Saturday night) because I planned to run 8 miles the following morning.
Spoiler Alert: I didn’t run 8 miles. Not because of the wine, but because of the weather. Details to follow, so stay tuned.
My cat ate my headphones again.
As I said earlier this year when she previously ate my headphones: It’s a good thing she’s cute.
I’ve given up on buying expensive headphones, so I’m not replacing my Skullcandy Fixes with another pair. I can’t justify buying another pair of $30 earbuds when I live with a cat who has an appetite for headphone cords. Instead, I bought some inexpensive but highly rated Panasonic earbuds on Amazon. I’ll let you know how they turn out.
As with last Sunday, and the Sunday before that (and the Sunday before that, and…), we spent the afternoon rehearsing for the Nutcracker. We have only one more in-studio rehearsal before we start rehearsing in the theater. I cannot believe how quickly this rehearsal-cycle has progressed.
So that’s it, my weekend in a nutshell.
Did you get to spend time with friends this past weekend? Have you ever had a craft cocktail? Do you use your public library or prefer to buy books? Has your pet ever eaten your headphones?