Thursday, August 07, 2008

Seattle's Best BeanPaste

The key to curing Short Fuse Syndrome might be hitting the road, and getting out of town.

I came back to canoodling lovebirds, eager to pass the time snuggling bedside with me, watching Jack Ritter immortalized in the form of a fictional big red dog.

Bad Mom and I cleared our calendars and drove up to Seattle yesterday to meet our blogging neighbors up north. Originally Mrs. G. had planned to host a BBQ in Melanie's honor while she was the Needle's shadow, visiting her aunt. But the Lady of the Manor fell ill - please do send her your best as she is scheduled to leave for New York tomorrow - so we came up with Plan B, which included steep parking rates and a lovely view of Puget Sound.

We ate lunch with Melanie, and then dinner later with some fine bloggers, eating our way through town.

(I'm kicking myself for not snapping a group picture before we dashed out the door. I will do better next time.)

I used to long to meet other writers, readers, people who like to fiddle with words, my own private Paris of like minds. I've struck gold twice: first as a bookseller, next as an unlikely blogger, a word I still don't wear well.

As we pulled away from the city, our bellies full of truffle oiled popcorn and bacon dates, my life felt very full indeed.

(It was a pleasure, ladies. Let's do it again sometime.)


Professor J said...

oh my gosh. You have changed! It sounds like a good day--even without Mrs. G.

Denise said...

Awesome pictures!! I agree, the solution to a short fuse is to get out of town!!! Just did that. :o)

Is that Bad Mom in one of your pictures???

holly said...

ooooh there's nothing better than a blogger meetup - particularly one involving a road trip!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...


Great photos!

Kimberly said...

My first blogger meetup was in Seattle - it was so lovely. Glad you got to partake of the loveliness too.

Amanda said...

Friendship is good, wish I wasn't three thousand miles away.

Suzanne said...

There's nothing quite like spending time with like-minded women to bring you back to center. Sounds like a great little trip.

Shana said...

I'm a new blogger and look forward to forming these kinds of friendships with like-minded women. Sounds like a fab trip!

Minnesota Matron said...

Beautiful flowers and spirit in this post! I bought some myself today at the farmer's market. Summer is precious here.

stephanie (bad mom) said...

It was so fun, yet I too feel like a dope for not getting a group shot.

Not sure why so serious, but hey - is that chef guy checking me out??

Great great day; thanks for sharing with me.

All Adither said...

I had the wait person take a group shot of us after you left but I was bummed you two weren't in it. Drat! Next time. There will be a next time, right?

katydidnot said...

next up? san diego blog b*tches meet up with the pacific NW blog baronesses.