I was able to spend Friday with friends in Seattle. Sarah and I drove down together and met up with Kelly, who was visiting from Spokane. We three spent the day at IKEA shopping and chatting and having a grand time. Afterwards we went back to Kelly's hotel to hang out until my man friend could pick me up for the play. I have a great photo of us three girls, but Sarah has threatened my life if I post it. Boohoo!
My guy (friend) lives in the San Juan Islands, so he had to catch a ferry after he was done working for the day, then drive down to pick me up before we headed into downtown Seattle for to see the Lion King. Unfortunately, his ferry was running behind, which put him behind, which made him late to pick me up, and made us a few minutes late for the show. Story-wise we didn't miss much, pretty much just the opening number, which I'm sure was fabulous, but the rest of the show made up for missing it.
When I got in his truck there was a distinct and nasty smell. (He's a clean kinda guy, so that was really unusual.) It seems that over the past week or so since he'd driven that vehicle, some critter wanted out of the cold... and moved into his truck! He spent the ferry ride cleaning and spraying and searching to try to eliminate the problem, but with no luck. It ate all the food he had in the vehicle, it bit holes in the clothes he had in there, it chewed through wires... and the truck was starting to behave in odd ways, driving rough, electrical issues... like the rodent mischief had gone way too far.
After the show, we went to Ruth's Chris steakhouse for happy hour. My guy (friend) ordered one of everything on the food menu. We had spicy seared tuna, bbq shrimp, prime rib sliders, margarita flatbread pizza, and caesar salad. It was all delicious. I love trying new things, and he has a tendecy to do that... order a little of everything so we can both enjoy it all! It's so much fun. I've come to really like happy hour for that reason. The drive back North is when the mechanical issues started on the truck. That rat must have been nibbling wires while we were nibbling appetizers.
When I got back to my house, I gave him 5 rodent killer blocks to put in his truck. I got updates over the weekend... it ate most of them... and lived on. Now we knew we were dealing with a immortal mutant rat!!
We spent Saturday running errands and just hanging out, then that evening he introduced me to his sister and brother-in-law. We had a great time over sushi and then went to happy hour at the Bellwether Hotel. Piano music, drinks and appetizers. His sister had homeschooled her kids when they were younger, and had some with various issues that presented not unlike my own, so we had plenty to talk about.
The next day I made him breakfast at my house, then we went to my church. Afterwards... more errands for the truck, and picking up supplies for his work that couldn't be purchased on the island. While not the most exciting "date" it was fun to just hang out while he was in the area. The last stop before he headed back to his little island was Lowe's home improvement.... for a rat trap. Unfortunately he missed the ferry by a very narrow margin and had to stay another night, in a hotel (crummy way to end a nice weekend), but he did email me this pic that I got this morning...