Seattle was wonderful. Really, really good.
I’ve talked before about my issues with airports, so I walked into this situation determined to accept and feel whatever came rather than trying to deny my emotions (see- growth!). I flew out by myself as Aaron had flown out earlier in the week, which typically makes the situation harder for me. Not this time. I have never in my life felt that relaxed about traveling (even better than the one time I took Xanax). I took a window seat (which I hate) so I could take pics of the clouds (there were none.) Crammed in like a sardine with a diet coke and Steinbeck’s Sweet Thursday it dawned on me that I was really enjoying myself!
I arrived and took the light rail into downtown Seattle, dropped my luggage at the hotel and took the Seattle Underground tour. The tour was a hoot- the tour guide gave a rehearsed spicy-version of early Seattle, and it was kinda cool from an archeological point of view to see bits of the early city.
Aaron met me after the tour and we took a quick walk through the Market on our way to dinner. I had some fabulous, fresh, sushi! Next morning while Aaron was in meetings I grabbed some pastries and walked through the market admiring the size and variety of Dahlias’. The flower vendors were everywhere, and the scent of the flowers was so beautiful!
At first it felt a bit awkward to be exploring a city all by myself, but in the end I felt like a better person for it. It took courage for me to wander into unfamiliar places-alone. I also really enjoyed having evenings alone with my husband. Our relationship was different than it is at home, both of us are much more relaxed with each other when we aren’t wrangling three kids- who would have thought?!
Grandma sent regular updates of the kids, I knew they were in good hands and worried more for her than I did them! She was a champ, took all three kids to Target by herself, even Aaron won’t do that! We were both so grateful to her for staying with them. All we asked of her was to keep them alive- and yet she did our laundry and cleaned up my fridge (I’m only slightly embarrassed to tell you it really needed it)!
I wish we could take a trip like this every year…Aaron mentioned something about a training trip to San Fransisco in the spring….hmmmm