Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Aloha, Seattle!

 Eric and I just got back from an "uscation."  It is in fact, probably the only "uscation" we've had since we've been married.  We don't go many/any places that aren't where our family is.

It's a long story how Seattle in December became our destination, but it fit us perfectly.  If you know Eric and I, you know we're more sweaters and collared shirts people than say, beach people ;)  There is in existence, somewhere a picture of me at the beach when I was like 12, fully clothed: jeans, t-shirt, socks, and tennis shoes.  Even as a 12-year-old I knew who I was.

The last little bit of background on "us" and Seattle...when Eric and I were dating we broke up for a week.  A long week.  We reconciled in Seattle.  There was no more looking back from "Seattle."  I am not sure what else you need to make a city "your" city.

We stayed in the Seattle Westin, and it was great.  Astronomical parking fees aside, we couldn't have been happier.  I took a picture of the view from my pillow:

Pretty sweet to not even have to move your head to see that.  Another plus of the Westin is it's prime location.  We were able to walk to TONS of stuff.  We were one block from Nordstrom, which allowed us to go in like 4 times a day =)

Aside from shopping, we ate a ton. Food is always a highlight to me, so take from that what you will.  We ate at my new favorite place in the whole world: the Space Needle.  It was the coolest place I have ever eaten.  The food was good, don't get me wrong, but the experience was AWESOME.  There isn't a bad seat in the house and the views are spectacular.  The Space Needle spins (which you likely knew), and that means you get ALL of the views not just one of them.

One minute you're looking at this:

And, the next you're looking at this:

Also, the walls stay stationery, so people put notes on the ledge and then spin away from them.  Eric and I decided if we ever need to propose again, we're totally using the ledge.  We got our picture taken by a professional there, and please agree with me that he has the worst lens on the face of the planet:

So warped, right? It's proof that we were there though.

Random smoothie from "Pot Bellies."  I thought it was so cute.

We fit a lot into our few days there: Pikes Place Market, Figgy Pudding, outlet shopping, spa'ing, movie watching, Starbuck's hot chocolate drinking, and kid missing.  A lot of kid missing.  Here's to "uscation!"


Andrea said...

totally warped picture.
glad you guys could go on an "uscation." it sounds nice, relaxing and that view from the space needle is amazing!

Annie H. said...

How fun! I love Seattle. And Todd and I LOVE Westin hotels. BEST ever!! I'm so glad that you got to get away, just the two of you, even though you missed your cute and hilarious kids (I don't blame you!)

Kendra said...

Yay for "uscations"! I think if I ever go to Seattle, I will for sure have to eat at the space needle. That is incredible! And I love that it spins. So cool.