Okay, I LOVE Washington! (state, not DC... I can still remember finding out that they were different places - that was interesting! Very confusing, but good to know!). Anyway, this place combines my love of water (rain and sounds and bays and rivers) and my love mountains and all things green. No wonder they film so many beautiful movies here. The place is breathtaking. Lots of pretty bridges as well. I really enjoyed the 1 and a half hour drive from the airport back to Emily's place.
But I jump ahead of myself. The last time I wrote, I was standing at an internet kiosk in LAX airport, typing as fast as I could because my flight was leaving in 25 minutes. So if that post made any sense, I'll be impressed with myself :) The flight was long. Well, it felt long. I was sick of travelling, and really just wanted to 'get there'. And then the flight was delayed an hour because there was a problem with the refueling truck. Or something like that, I'm not actually sure because I got on the plane, sat down and immediately fell asleep - I was just exhausted! When I woke up 45 minutes later, we were still on the tarmac and the pilot was coming over the loud speaker to say that we were finally ready for take off. The delay, combined with a 'strong headwind' meant that we were an hour late!
Poor Emily! She was waiting at Seattle/Tacoma airport for me with her GORGEOUS little boy, baby P (who was really well behaved considering he had to spend that hour in the stroller). They didn't tell them the flight was delayed, so Emily was increasingly concerned that I was lost somewhere in the airport! By the time I finally arrived, I think she was on the verge of having my name read out over the loud speaker (sidenote: this is another disadvantage of people without cellphones... they can't call anyone when their plane gets delayed...)
It was SO SO SO wonderful to see Emily! On the one hand, it's been so long and our life as roommates seems so long ago. But on the other hand, it was as if we'd never been apart. She's such a wonderful friend, and I was just so excited the second I saw her. And I know I've already said it, but this son of hers is just gorgeous! And he knows it too :) He's only 1 year old, but boy can he turn on the charm for the ladies :)
The drive back to her place was wonderful. Just fun to talk and catch up, and the scenery really was beautiful - can't wait for the rest of the week now. More fun and talking and sight-seeing. When we got back to her house, C had already cooked dinner, and it was really yummy. We had salmon steaks grilled to perfection, with mashed potato, and then Emmy cooked some delicious carrots. I know, I said delicious. Even though carrots are vegetables :)
It's so fun to see Emily again, and to be seeing C and baby P in person - although they look just like they do on the blog pictures, so I feel like I already know them. And they've got such a lovely home. It's a cute little townhouse, and Emily's done a really, really, really lovely job doing it up. Beautiful pictures and decorations and homey touches. She's a budding interior designer I'd say. I feel a little bad that Baby P has been kicked out of his room for the next week, but I do love his room, and am a little excited to be staying in there :) Cutest pictures and animal trimmings everywhere. You'd love it Abby.
Okay, I'd better go. We're watching a movie at the moment, and we'll all head off to bed soon. The adventures will no doubt continue tomorrow. Am having such a good time, and am really happy to be here with such wonderful friends, even though I'm missing everyone at home.
PS. For those of you wondering about B, Emily and I gave her a quick call before, and everyone is 'good' :) So glad and happy for her!