|we were married 23 years ago today. been making music together for even longer than that.|
today was one of the most perfect days ever.
i woke up and made a stop at what i think is the best coffee house in wedgewood with marni, the van gogh coffee house (reviews and comparisons to come), then we headed to green lake for a walk around the perimeter where we saw a mother duck with ducklings, a large heron, and people doing various crazy looking gaits, warm-ups, etc. and fishing on the dock. christian met us when we were a little more than half way around the lake and walked with us.
then we came home and tidied up, ate breakfast, and took the kids to the lake city value village, our favorite family shopping/thrifting spot. and we had a 30% off coupon. so score. eva got an amazing red dress, lula a beautiful red coat, cecily pink jeans, moses a ninja jacket & striped sweater, and christian a blazer. i got a horrible nike hoodie, but it was so warm and comfortable and wicking that i caved on my no clothing with logos policy and bought it. ingrid was off hiking, and i couldn't find anything that was right for her. we missed her.
next came the honk fest at gasworks park. this is SERIOUSLY one of my favorite parks in the world. when you're on top of kite hill, you have a 360 degree view of seattle, especially on a day like today, blue with high white clouds. there were three "venues" in the park and a couple of food trucks. some crazy sh** was going down. pictures coming. greg played these seussian horns with an avant brass band created by a sculptor right at the top of kite hill. we also saw love bomb go go from portland & christian climbed to the top of the poles on the playground, as is his yearly tradition. this is the kind of day that sheds light on one of seattle's nicknames, "emerald city". when you stand atop the highest point of gasworks park, kite hill, you see so many glints and facets: water, tall glass buildings, and green green green in all its myriad shades. the gem-like qualities of the city are in full view. not to mention the rather stunning gasworks themselves, sail boats, houseboats, canoes, the space needle, bridges, and the surrounding mountains.
after gasworks, eva took the children home while christian, marni, greg and i went to ballard to eat at the walrus and the carpenter oyster bar. we put our name in at 4.30 and they had a table for us at 5.10. in the intervening minutes, we watched a bike race on the cordoned off block near the restaurant and got annoyed at lycra. (no reservations at walrus and carpenter). the chef is a james beard chef-of-the-year nominee and the restaurant was named "top ten new restaurants" in the u.s. in 2011. my foodie friends recommended it. we had some fantastic oysters, and my favorite little plate was spring radishes with butter. house-made cornichons were delish, roasted salted dates for dessert and salted sipping caramel with cracked black pepper. there's more. prawn crudo with roe, a cabbage and sun choke salad, a cheese plate with walnuts and celery, a citrusy mocktail, olives and housemade bread and butter. oh, yeah, and fried oysters with cilantro aioli. oh yeah, a maple bread pudding. so a lot of good flavors and fresh tastes.
i fell in love with the tiny olympia oyster. it's about the size of a quarter, and it takes five years to grow to that diameter. it's really flavorful for such a small little guy and tastes like the puget sound. i know it's cliché, but i had a proustian moment where an entire decade flooded over me when i ate that perfect little oyster.
did i mention that today is my 23RD WEDDING ANNIVERSARY? yep. it's crazy.
THEN we went back to our car, but no car was to be found. ours and 3 other cars had been towed for parking too close to a driveway that was not obviously a drive way or marked as a non-parking spot in any other way. so that was the one mar on a beautiful day. eva picked us up and took us way up to 122nd and aurora to pick up the towed car.
christian and greg headed off so greg could play with seuss brass band again at a club somewhere. girls peeled off for some girl t.v., some chocolate, and some hanging out time.
what a great day.
a more romantic couples anniversary will come when we return to utah, and a tribute to the amazing and absolutely unique person i've spent the last quarter of a centurey with, but for now, today was just a perfect seattle day.