Monday, March 22, 2010

Social's Visit Days 3-5

Blooms outside my home. This bush/small tree beside our house has been blooming since mid-December and is still going strong. I can't remember what this is called, but the plant is about 4 feet tall, and the flowers are the size of my pinky fingernail. Do you know what it is?

Edited to add: It's a Viburnum, thanks Sjo!

A Cute Bufflehead Duck pair down on the stream.

Tacky decor. Gotta love small beach cottage towns!

What's in Birch Bay. They recently got a thrift store and a hair salon too, but I guess those aren't on the sign yet.

A home for birdies, complete with a front flowerbed of frilly fungi.

There are tons of adorable summer cottages, but this one is one of the best.

Spring is here!

Pepper Sisters in Bellingham, WA is a great place to eat. They call their style of cooking "American Southwest" but I call it GOOD!

The waiting area. This restaurant has exposed brick walls and old, beat-up wooden floors. There are old doors for tables, tractor seats and auger parts for stools, retro booths and one of a kind decor. Local artists display their work around the room.

Pepper Sisters has so much to choose from, and is an easy place to eat gluten-free.

The next day we decided to spend the day in Seattle. This was a car accident we saw on the way there. Scary! What is it about Seattle visits and vehicles hanging over railings? (Click the link and scroll 1/2 way down.)

A blurry photo, but look at those adorable, colorful homes.

This sign is famous. Read it's history here.

Social. We were eating lunch right beside the monorail at the food court in Westlake Center. I ate at Thai Go. I'm only linking to that website because I think it's enjoyable. "Thailand.... the land of smile!"

The monorail.

More Anthropologie. See The Mr. sitting on their couch? Don't worry, it's only the Battersea Sofette that costs $2,998.00. Yikes!

A typical Seattle shot. A black umbrella, the Puget Sound and the Market sign.

Social and I.

I never tire of Pike Place Market.

Layers of lit signs.

Hanging pepper and garlic decor.

I've never eaten here, but as I was walking by I saw gluten-free labeling on a ton of their baked goods. I can't wait to try it out someday if it is indeed a safe place for me to eat! I'm not sure yet, because it seemed that they also sold gluten-laden baked goods as well.

My favorite shot of the day.

For dinner we ate at The Cheesecake Factory.

The next morning it was time for me to drive Social to the airport, but we had a little time so we stopped at The Woods Coffee for some hot drinks. I had a gluten-free brownie that was SO delicious that I can't stop thinking about it right now. :)



  1. mmmm brownie...mmm twisty herb bread...mmm london fog... Nice pictures. I'm so very tempted to say that I don't like the ones of me. But I'm not "one of those people". HAHA

  2. I really like this batch of pictures! A lot of funky artsy ones and such. Makes me super excited to see you guys in a few weeks!

  3. You sure know how to make a girl homesick... It is funny that I don't think of where I used to live (both Seattle and B'ham) very often, but those pictures make me want a vacation! Love, Love and Love Anthropologie!

  4. Sisters are the very best. Or, as we call them here, Stisters. :-) Love all these pics, totally cracked up at the tacky decor. :-) Gotta love it.

  5. Ah memories...Tadd used to work in the convention place tower, so we visited that archway a lot. Also, remind me never to be driving in Seattle on a day when you are visiting : ) I don't want to be hanging over a guard rail!
    Also, I wonder if your plant is a helloboris (I KNOW it is spelled wrong). I had one in Snoqualmie and it bloomed for most of the year--same height and same leaves, but a little different on the blossoms, however I know there were different variety of the plant. I loved mine and was quite sad to leave it behind. Alas, it won't grow here.

  6. OK - you've just about packed all my favorite things (food, coffee, places, etc.) into one post. And, the Mr. sitting on the Anthro sofa is classic.

  7. The plant looks like a Viburnum (not sure that's spelled right) if it also gets little blue hard berries after the blooms are done. Yikes,at the car through the railing. At least the railing did it's job.


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