Back when I made my Summer List I included the bullet point “plan a vacation”. I guess it’s only fitting that I got around to that on the “last official week of summer”, right?
Last week my bosses (why yes, I have several) told me I’ve been working too much. It’s probably true, but at the time I felt like I was being punished when they told me I had to take a half day on Friday and “wasn’t allowed” to come in on Sunday. It was sort of the same reaction that I had when one of my bosses said “I noticed you had 120 hours on the last pay period”. (I bit back my “I noticed you wear black shirts a lot” retort to that comment, though he wears a black shirt every day. Instead I simply said “Yeah… I’m sorry about that, things have been crazy”.)
By the end of the week, I was starting looking forward to my time off, especially when Friday morning proved to by especially frustrating. Friday at 1pm I clocked out, joined some coworkers on their lunch break to a local coffee shop, then headed home. The idea of two and a half days off was looking amazing.
When I got home from the coffee shop I laid on the couch in the library and opened the mail. Mostly bills and catalogs, but one from the Clerk of the Courts. Oh crap. Turns out it was unrelated; a jury duty summons for Robert. For the week we both requested off from work for vacation. For the first time in three years. Still kind of an oh crap.
Long story longer, the “long” weekend (and pending unpleasant things in the upcoming weeks) made me realize yet again how important planning a vacation was. After all the unpleasantness in July Robert and I both wanted to get out of the city for a while but didn’t take the chance. Luckily, I also received an email from Robert’s lovely Aunt J that day, asking for an update to her business cards, and saying she hoped we could come out to visit. Just the answer I needed to end my endless cycle of trying to decide between Key West, DC, and Ashville. SOLD.
Our tickets are booked, we’re headed to Seattle for a week in October! (Although I’m currently freaking out about the idea of 1. flying cross-country again after out experience on the way home from San Fran, and 2. leaving the dogs).
Here’s my “must do” list while we’re in Seattle (most of which are free/cheap, because it’s me after all):
- Kerry View Park
- Alki Beach Park
- Seattle Art Museum
- Olympic Sculpture Park
- Concert at City Hall
- Museum of Flight
- Frye Art Museum
- Pacific Science Center (King Tut, maybe IMAX)
- Pike Place Market (& first Starbucks!)
- Top Pot Doughnuts
- Matt’s in the Market
- Maritime Brewery
- Space Needle
- Ballard Locks
- See Sleepless in Seattle house
- Have a latte from a local (non-Starbucks) coffee shop
- Catch up with Aunt J
- Earthwise Salvage (because it looks awesome)
- Seattle Lakes tour
- Bainbridge Island
- Mariners game (?)
- Seattle Asian Art Museum
- Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park
- Museum of Glass in Tacoma
- Olympic Rain Forest Scenic Drive
I am also contemplating dragging Robert to the store where Chezerbey bought their midway lights because I am neurotic, I want to see them in person before buying them, and I can’t find any in town.
I compiled the lists from various Google searches, as well as blog posts from All Things G&D, casacaudill, Chezerbey, Yellow Brick Home (in alphabetical order because I’m neurotic). R and I are very open to suggestions if I’m missing something crucial! We’re supposed to call R’s Aunt J tonight to go over our plans, and I’m sure she’ll have suggestions of her own.