Friday, August 22, 2008

A 24 Hour Day

Yesterday was good but very long. We checked out of the hotel around 9am and arrived in Boston at 9:30am the next morning. First we headed off on the Bainbridge Ferry. It was a quick ride to a pretty little island. I’d be happy to live there, it was rural enough to satisfy The Boyfriend yet, busy enough to have a yarn shop to satisfy me. Of course I spent some time there and actually got some Socks that Rock, lightweight sock yarn. And Malabrigo, and Araucania Sock yarn, and some more Jamison Fair Isle yarn so that I can use up the extra yarn from the Ivy League Vest. But I go off on a yarn tangent.

We took the Ferry back and headed over to Pike’s Market. Most of the day was in fact spent walking. I had my pedometer on and we were well over seven miles, after already having walked five miles the previous two days.

The Boyfriend wanted to try some Seattle beer so we visited Pike’s Pub where he had the sampler and I had a disgusting, I mean tasty 10% ABV beer. It was a challenge to get it down but I managed it. I also dragged him to a merchant who had been selling Turkish Delight. I succeed in purchasing some without too many snickers from him.

Next it was the Sci-Fi and Music museums. The Boyfriend worried that I’d melt if they had a Dr. Who exhibit. Lucky for him they did not. But the robot from The Day The World Stood Still was there. Silly robot snuck up on me! Our impressions of these museums can be summed up by the adage, “If you can’t say something nice…don’t say anything at all.” We were required to check our bags and our snacks, without any liquids available we both just wilted.

So we decided to head down to the waterfront and check out the Olympic Sculpture Park. It was a good break with interesting outdoor sculptures. I enjoyed watching the grass waving in the breeze as the ferries and trains passed. The Boyfriend and I had a thoughtful discussion about his future and his priorities. I do not envy him managing work, school, research, and life all at once. In the end I think we came to a good plan to help balance his life.

With a second wind we headed to dinner at the Cheesecake Factory. Lemon drops are delicious and so is Carrot Cake Cheese Cake. And there we were, finished with dinner with 3 hours until the shuttle to the airport. We’d really seen all we wanted to see and neither of us wanted to walk anymore. So we decided to catch a movie. Tropical Thunder…I love Robert Downey Jr. Tom Cruise rocked. We laughed and stretched. I slept a little (no reflection on the movie). Then it was back to the hotel to meet up with co-workers and head to the airport. Two flights later with two hours of sleep under my belt I stumbled off the plane in Boston and realized I’d been wearing the same clothes for 24 hours…ewwww!


Anonymous said...

As always, so interesting, entertaining and fun to read! tm

annieB said...

Welcome back! it sounds like you had a great time in Seattle.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like loads of fun. Glad for no wilting, heads up on bad beer and must say you both look none the worse for it all! Sleep sounds like the order of the weekend. Get caught up 'cause life rolls on...anxiously awaiting the next bog of the epic adventures of The Boyfriend and The Smaurai

p.s. maybe its my age but, I think "..." is an aged term now having seen Momma Mia, a few times.


Kara said...

Great pictures!