Lexie’s doing one of those programs where students take college classes while they’re in high school. Four days a week, she takes the ferry to Seattle and either walks or takes the train up to the Seattle Central campus on Capitol Hill. She’s had fun exploring the shops and cafes on her route and invited Lily and me check out a few of her favorites. The middle schoolers had three days off this week for conferences, so we took the ferry over to Seattle for a little mom-and-daughters time.
I couldn’t resist that bag with the Elizabeth Taylor quotation! It’s such great old-school advice from my grandmas’ era. It’s probably meant to be a makeup bag, but I’m going to use it for all the knitting accoutrements that are currently living in a plastic baggie.
Lily and I had to stop by my favorite store first. Watson and Kennedy is the most beautiful shop I’ve ever been in. Ever. It feels as though every single item was chosen to delight. Truly magical.
This feels so Dutch to me with all the orange!
I mean, look at this. So beautiful. The pug! And the typewriters! What is it about typewriters? I love them so much. How they look, how they sound. I love tap dancing, too, and listening to Andrew play the drums, so maybe it has something to do with rhythm and sound patterns. Who knows?
Speaking of patterns, aren’t these shell boxes beautiful? We’ve never seen anything like them. Lily loves to collect shells, so she got to pick one out as a treat for working hard this semester. She’s planning to store earrings in it. The next time we’re in Seattle, I’m going to pick up a few more as gifts. You could put jewelry or candy or any kind of little treat or trinket inside.
We also visited Neko: A Cat Cafe, where you can drink coffee and hang out with cats who are waiting to be adopted; the Blick art store; and finished up with ice cream at Molly Moon’s Homemade Ice Cream. Oh my word it was good. Lily’s a hard-core chocolate lover, so she had two scoops of Melted Chocolate and Lexie had Cookie Dough and Viaduct Crunch (Stumptown Coffee ice cream loaded with crunchy bourbon toffee cornflakes). The latter is named in honor of the dangerously-vulnerable-to-earthquakes Alaskan Way Viaduct that runs along the Elliot Bay waterfront and is officially coming down any minute. It was a tough choice, but I settled on a Yeti sundae—sweet cream ice cream swirled with vanilla bean caramel, homemade yeti granola, Theo chocolate bits, and generously topped with hot fudge and whipped cream.
It was so nice to spend time with these lovely young people and explore Seattle. Even though we’re only nine miles away by ferry, it feels like a different world to me!