Yes, the title of this post is a nod to Taylor Swift. Why, you ask? She was just here on tour last week and her show is now officially etched in history as my daughter’s first concert. It’s kind of unbelievable that I have a child old enough to listen to a pop star let alone attend her concert. Just getting the tickets was a whole production compared to any show I ever went to as a kid. I still remember waiting in line at the Ticketmaster counter at the record store for tickets. Not anymore. This time around I had to preregister as a fan club member to get a special code for early access to tickets. The process was actually pretty smooth and prevented scalpers from snatching all the tickets up. I should’ve know then, though, that this was not going to be an ordinary production. Oh no. This concert was on a whole other level compared to any show I’ve ever attended. I’ll show you in a minute.
Since the tickets were kind of a big deal, I decided to make a day of it with my daughter. My friend Sara and her family joined us for the day. She discovered a cool urban scavenger hunt that can be done any time on a smartphone. It took us all around the city. We traveled a little over 3-miles and the clues were challenging and fun. Pretty cool!
It was a fun day.
Sonic Blooms a.k.a. a stop on our hunt
Our hunters were very thorough
Working on a clue at Pike Place Market
The famous gum wall was also a stop on the hunt
We finished the scavenger hunt with just enough time to get to the stadium with all 59,994 other Swifties. I wish I could describe my daughter’s face when we walked into the stadium. She was so appreciative and excited. I was thrilled (and a little choked up) to share the experience with her. It was a magical day that I know she won’t forget. Seriously, it was amazing. Here are the first few moments:
Taylor Swift put on a great show!
Just a few folks checking out the show.
These bracelets were the coolest things ever!
So fun! She’s a great performer.
A beautiful night
The view from our picnic at Gasworks Park in Seattle
I know I’m probably biased but I really don’t think there is a prettier place in the world than Seattle in the summertime. There are tons of fun things to do and it’s light out until almost 10pm every night. We make it a point to get outside and enjoy all the city has to offer. One of our favorite activities is renting kayaks and seeing the city by water. We usually rent from Agua Verde Paddle Club because they have a great Mexican restaurant above the rental office. I highly recommend it! This year, the kids outgrew their kayak options so we tried the Northwest Outdoor Center instead. The folks at NOC were very friendly, prices are reasonable, and parking is free after 5pm. We weaved through the clusters of houseboats as the residents greeted the kids and encouraged them to paddle harder. There were tons of boats on the water and seaplanes taking off and landing. After we finished paddling around, we ended the evening with a picnic at Gasworks Park. It’s a pretty perfect way to spend an evening.
My little kayakers
No such thing as a bad view in Lake Union
The hills at Gasworks are endless fun
Paddleboard race while we picnic
My future American Ninja Warrior
Location: Green Lake
Distance: 6 miles
Playlist: My own mix
I planned to run ten miles today. I made it six before my right hamstring was talking to me enough to stop. I never like stopping my runs short but I know way too many people who push their bodies too far and do real damage. My half is next weekend and I only have this week to rest up any sore spots so I’m listening to my body.
As soon as I stopped and turned around to head to the car, a bald eagle flew right over me and landed at the top of a tree. It was really beautiful and a pretty excellent confirmation that I made the right decision.
When I booked this 9.3-mile race, I hadn’t run a 5K in months. It’s great to be on the other side of it feeling sore but strong. A couple of girlfriends and I booked a hotel room close to the start line and enjoyed a ladies night and a good sleep before the run. The weather was perfect. The course was hilly but had great views all along the way. We started at the Seattle Center, ran to Pike Place Market, then headed north on Highway 99 to the zoo and back. There were aid stations serving flavored marshmallows and tootsie rolls along the way. The swag was excellent! Each runner receives a cute fleece jacket, a great medal and a cup of fondue yumminess after the race. One more long run before my half! After today, I know I can do it. What goals are you working toward?
Pre-race contemplative moment
Big numbers at this race.
Ready to run!
Battery Street tunnel
Aurora Bridge on the way back from the zoo. The digital time is when the race started, not when I did. I’m a little faster than that.
Look who was waiting for me at the finish line.
I’m gonna eat all of this.
The 15K finisher medal was pretty awesome.
It’s Mid-Winter Break this week which means lazy snuggly mornings and spending all day enjoying this unseasonably warm and sunny winter. There is no better place to play all day than Mukilteo Beach. It has everything! Planes fly overhead from Boeing. Trains pass by every hour and hit the horn for the kids. Harbor seals swim by the beach as curious about us as we are of them. There is a playground, volleyball courts, picnic shelters, a beautiful lighthouse next to the ferry terminal, and of course Ivar’s Fish and Chips for lunch. Perfect.
February in Seattle
Looking For Seals
Here Comes the Train!
Location: Green Lake
Distance: 7 miles
Playlist: Rolling Stones on Pandora
Whenever I run longer distances at Green Lake I notice something that satisfies me. There are all kinds of runners and walkers going both directions around the lake. A distance like 7 miles means I need to circle the lake (which is a little less than 3 miles around) a few times. By the second lap, there are runners coming from the other direction that I’ve seen before. Most often, they look like runners. Sweaty, great stride, way longer legs and definitely faster than me. By the third lap I start feeling little aches and look forward to my post-run reward (usually a latte).
Then it happens.
I pass those same runners for the third time and they recognize me. I see them process this with a bit of surprise and they give me a nod.
It’s a tiny gesture but it makes my day.
No, I don’t look like a runner. I’m short. I have boobs and hips and thighs. The real truth is there is no type. If you like running or dancing or weight training or whatever, don’t let other peoples’ expectations limit you. Get out and do what you love.
Have a great week!
If you live here and haven’t eaten breakfast at Easy Street Records in West Seattle, you are missing out. It’s a great greasy spoon that’ll fill you up for about the cost of a fancy latte ($5.96).