This past weekend was one of those weekends that was so badly needed, I thought I might run out the door Friday afternoon from work skipping down the street. While I didn’t necessarily SKIP as I walked through downtown Seattle, making my way to Pike Place, I’m pretty sure I had an extra big smile on my face. Me being free from work was made even better by such an incredible sunny Seattle afternoon. The sky was so blue, everyone around me seemed to be genuinely happier.
As I made my way to Pike Place, I was yet again reminded of why I love it so much there. There’s just something about the aroma of fresh donuts, the scents of the flowers, the art of weaving in and out of the crowds, the sounds of the buskers’ banjos and guitars, the crowds cheering at the sight of a flying fish, the bright colors of all the fresh produce… that I love so much.
I meandered around for awhile, stopping by one of the produce stands to buy some fresh peaches and apples. I think something can be said when I’ve never had a bad piece of produce from the stands down there. The peaches were extra delicious; sweet, juicy, and not too firm but not too soft.
I walked up and down, weaving through the crowd, stopping to take photos here and there, being happy I was getting some time to myself, away from the daily grind. On my way back, I passed by some buskers and listened to them for awhile, tipping them $5 just because. I also grabbed a bouquet of flowers to bring home, for the usual $10, and they were stunning. There was even a police officer down there on a horse. For some reason that made me remarkably happy.
I eventually went to meet Matt once he got out of work, and we headed home to make dinner and relax for the evening. We ended up making a buffalo chicken pizza on Boboli whole wheat crust. It was remarkably tasty, and super easy to make, so I’m pretty sure next time I make it I’ll be posting the recipe. We also put some Marie’s light bleu cheese dressing (70 cals for 2 tbsp, it’s SO good) after it came out of the oven and that basically made it the perfect pizza.
I want to try to make it on my own crust sometime (the Boboli was great for a super quick dinner and I personally enjoyed the taste, but I’m more of a fan of fresh dough myself), and also put it on the pizza stone on the grill. Grilled pizza is just so good.
Saturday we woke up and immediately ran for the scale. We’re kind of dorks and get excited for our weigh-ins every Saturday morning. Anyway, I hopped on and lost an awesome 6 pounds! I was so excited after last week’s gain, back on track and it feels great. Matt also lost 3 pounds, putting us at 9 pounds for the week!
We got ready to headed out for breakfast at our favorite place, Wild Wheat, where we enjoyed coffee, omelets, and toast. They seriously are my favorite breakfast place; it’s friendly, everything is made in-house, they make beautiful lattes, delicious fresh breakfasts, and the bread is to die for.
After breakfast we ran errands at Target, then came home to prep for lunch and Tanner coming over. We made turkey burgers and caught up with Tanner, then he and Matt played Guster’s “Hercules”. It was nice sitting and listening to them play, as there is something calming about seeing Matt play his banjo with friends. It makes me happy.
Later on we headed over to Bruce and Amy’s for dinner and board games. Their dogs Beefcake and Stella are too cute for words, and always get really excited when they see us.. But yeah, it was fun, as always, and we played some serious Bananagrams and Catchphrase. I’ve noticed both Matt and I get extremely competitive against each other in Catchphrase, hahaha. It’s fun though.
Sunday and Monday consisted of a LOT of relaxing and watching movies and Netflix, with a trip to Costco thrown in there. We totally watched The Wizard and Family Ties; I was in the mood for some old school stuff. Matt also grilled copper river sockeye salmon on a cedar plank and it was AMAZING. Definitely going to be a favorite for the summer.
It was one of those weekends that was both fun and relaxing and seriously, exactly what we both wanted. Next weekend should be a great one, full of movies, first local farmer’s market of the season, and I’m sure a trip to Wild Wheat. I seriously work for the weekends right now, but they’re totally worth looking forward to. 🙂