In no particular order:
- Miracle on 34th Street (1947 version)
- The Santa Claus
- Love Actually
- Home Alone
- White Christmas
- Polar Express
- A Christmas Story
In no particular order:
The Underground Tour
Pikes Place Market (and the gum wall!)
The Pink Door
Molly Moons (My favorite is the honey lavender)
Parks and Beaches:
For the best view of the Seattle skyline: Alki Beach (west seattle) or Kerry Park (small, but worth it!)
Myrtle Edwards Park
Seattle Public Library
Mariners game at Safeco Field
Seahawks game at the Clink
Concert at the Paramount
Chihuli Glass art walk in Tacoma (At the Glass Museum)
Chateau Ste Michelle Winery – Woodinville
Thai Toms – best Thai food – on the Ave in the U-district
The Space Needle (no need to pay to go to the top. just see it.)
Burke Gilman Trail (for a bike ride)
Victor’s Coffee – Redmond
Issaquah Coffee House – Issaquah
Cupcake Royale – Ballard
Henri tour (find all the Henri murals!) – Ballard
[UNDER CONSTRUCTION] Once upon a time…
Prior to the grand sailing adventures of 2011, I did my thorough research to prepare for the wild and unknown of the West Indies’ finest sailing waters… Antigua and Barbuda (one country, two islands – thanks wikipedia). Here are the results of my expansive preparatory research:
How to be on a boat (credit: Lonely Island fellas) – I fashioned my packing list, including swim trunks and flippy floppies, learned how to do flips on a dolphin, and WHAT?! mermaids?!?! These guys make being on a boat look real! After my two weeks at sea, I will say these lonely fellows got one thing wrong. Santana Champ? Think again. It’s rum, my friends. Rum is the liquid gold suitable for any scurvy mate aboard a boat in the Caribbean, savvy?
Things I should have researched but somehow passed over, despite that this information was emailed to me with the specific directive, “please read this before departure.” woops.. the poison apple.
Day 1 – Journey to the unknown… Miami airport.
Day 2 – Welcome to Jolly Harbor aka ghost casino village..
Day 3 – Sand flea discovery and IVs administered via the bimany.
Day 4 – Deep Bay, not so deep, Jito’s rendition of Snow White debut, and introducing, WHITE GIRL!
Day 5 – Sailing races begin, pass Captain Dave a beer, Ready about!
Day 6 – ?
Day 7 -Thanksgiving in Jolly… ahhhh heaven sent air conditioning!
Day 8 – Land Ho! (Gregg, wake up)
Day 9 – Greetings, Goldy Locks
Day 10 – Dramamine, SVP (Not to be confused with dopamine), first mutiny
Day 11 – Tack again if you copy, over – helm’s a lee!
Day 12 – Dark Day
Day 13 – Dark Day part II
Day 14 – Farewell, Antiga!
The Walrus and the Carpenter – Carroll
The Tyger – Blake
Love – Herbert
Breathes There the Man – Sir Walter Scott
I Am The Kite – Bruce Barton Bailey
I Am The Balloon – Anonymous
Ailurophile A cat-lover.
Assemblage A gathering.
Beleaguer To exhaust with attacks.
Brood To think alone.
Bucolic In a lovely rural setting.
Bungalow A small, cozy cottage.
Chatoyant Like a cat’s eye.
Conflate To blend together.
Cynosure A focal point of admiration.
Dalliance A brief love affair.
Demesne Dominion, territory.
Demure Shy and reserved.
Denouement The resolution of a mystery.
Desultory Slow, sluggish.
Dulcet Sweet, sugary.
Ebullience Bubbling enthusiasm.
Efflorescence Flowering, blooming.
Elision Dropping a sound or syllable in a word.
Elixir A good potion.
Eloquence Beauty and persuasion in speech.
Embrocation Rubbing on a lotion.
Emollient A softener.
Epiphany A sudden revelation.
Erstwhile At one time, for a time.
Ethereal Gaseous, invisible but detectable.
Evanescent Vanishing quickly, lasting a very short time.
Forbearance Withholding response to provocation.
Furtive Shifty, sneaky.
Gambol To skip or leap about joyfully.
Gossamer The finest piece of thread, a spider’s silk.
Halcyon Happy, sunny, care-free.
Harbinger Messenger with news of the future.
Imbrication Overlapping and forming a regular pattern.
Imbroglio An altercation or complicated situation.
Imbue To infuse, instill.
Incipient Beginning, in an early stage.
Ineffable Unutterable, inexpressible.
Ingénue A naïve young woman.
Inglenook A cozy nook by the hearth.
Insouciance Blithe nonchalance.
Inure To become jaded.
Labyrinthine Twisting and turning.
Lagniappe A special kind of gift.
Lagoon A small gulf or inlet.
Languor Listlessness, inactivity.
Lassitude Weariness, listlessness.
Leisure Free time.
Lilt To move musically or lively.
Lissome Slender and graceful.
Lithe Slender and flexible.
Love Deep affection.
Mellifluous Sweet sounding.
Moiety One of two equal parts.
Mondegreen A slip of the ear.
Nemesis An unconquerable archenemy.
Offing The sea between the horizon and the offshore.
Onomatopoeia A word that sounds like its meaning.
Opulent Lush, luxuriant.
Palimpsest A manuscript written over earlier ones.
Panacea A solution for all problems
Panoply A complete set.
Pastiche An art work combining materials from various sources.
Penumbra A half-shadow.
Petrichor The smell of earth after rain.
Plethora A large quantity.
Propinquity An inclination.
Pyrrhic Successful with heavy losses.
Quintessential Most essential.
Ratatouille A spicy French stew.
Ravel To knit or unknit.
Riparian By the bank of a stream.
Ripple A very small wave.
Scintilla A spark or very small thing.
Seraglio Rich, luxurious oriental palace or harem.
Serendipity Finding something nice while looking for something else.
Summery Light, delicate or warm and sunny.
Sumptuous Lush, luxurious.
Surreptitious Secretive, sneaky.
Susquehanna A river in Pennsylvania.
Susurrous Whispering, hissing.
Talisman A good luck charm.
Umbrella Protection from sun or rain.
Untoward Unseemly, inappropriate.
Vestigial In trace amounts.
Wherewithal The means.
Woebegone Sorrowful, downcast.
This is slightly disturbing yet I love it… Le Cafe
Hyperbole and a half: The Alot is Better Than You at Everything
Sunblock: Directions to Seattle