Greetings from the Emerald City! Today is a big day, kids. Today, two of my dearest friends are going to get married... by me. I cannot believe this day is finally here. My stomach is knotted with nerves and emotions. I am excited and so, so happy for them... and can't help but be nervous about speaking in front of a room full of people.
You think I'm joking -- I get soooooooo very nervous. It doesn't matter how many plays I was in throughout high school and college, how many presentations I've given, how many conferences I've spoken at... NERVOUS!
The good news is, once I get over the proverbial hump - the first few minutes - I'm usually okay. I can get a little ranty and my face might turn red, but today I'll be speaking to a room of friends about two men who love each other so much and I think that, combined with the roock solid script I've been tailoring for weeks, I'll be just fine. And if all else fails, I may bring a flask.
BUT! I did not want to deprive you of this weekly ritual. As my friend Emily says, after all, if I don't post my "What's Up, Friday?" post, Friday doesn't really happen. And I would hate to deprive you all of a Friday!
I thought that this week, as I am in Seattle, this list would be comprised of things I love about this city. I visited last year with two friends and we had an absolute blast so I'm excited to be here again. If you've never been and you're like me - I prefer cities to beaches for my vacation spots - do it. Go. And check these things out:
1. The Duck Tour! Looks cheesy at first but I swear, we had the BEST time doing this last year. Our hilarious Captain, Skip, took us on an adventure tour of Seattle while narrating historical information and local folklore, dancing to funky music and quacking all the way. And then, the tour vehicle literally converts into a water cruiser and you get to tour over Lake Union. It's just a great time. You can tell I was enjoying it because I am very seldom this ridiculous:
2. Pike Place Market. Seattle's first Farmer's Market, originating in 1907, and it is epic. Fresh flowers, fish, food, produce, artwork, clothes, toys, restaurants, coffee... In fact, the very first Starbucks is down there. As a big 'Bucks fan, I was excited to go and the line moved quickly. On this trip, I really need to get a new "Original Starbucks" mug. My last roommate broke mine.
3. We found Westlake Park by accident and ended up spennding quite a bit of time there. It's in the heart of the downtown shopping district and is perfect for photo opps. I am in love with the blue trees!
4. The EMP Museum. EMP. EMP. EMP. I am going back this weekend. I love it. EMP stands for "Experience Music Project." It is all things I love -- music, SciFi, movies... It is a lot of fun to walk through and even more enjoyable with all their cool hands-on experiences.
5. Purple Cafe & Wine Bar. Steak Risotto and the best Pinot Noir I'd ever had. In fact, I spent the next Four months tracking that wine down and buying three bottles for my personal collection. It ended up being tricky to find and order but a random liquor shop in Ohio came through for me in the end. Plus, I'd tweeted Purple in advance of my coming and they gave me a "loyal customer" discount on my bill! And free truffles! LOVE.
Bonus Pick - I didn't love the Underground tour we took. It was certainly interesting, but you're underground. In damp, narrow walkways, up and down a lot of stairs, for a while. It was a lot for me. But our tour guide, Carter, was lovely. And I'm sure she could convince me to go again. She was charming and I hope by now she's settled into being an Aunt (I remember her saying her sister was due any day) and finding success as an actress (her goal)!