Spending 4 days alone with Garbanzo and without the kids was exactly what the doctor ordered. I think I said back in November that Garbanzo and I don't get out enough by ourselves. It's the whole best intentions thing - but usually something fucks it up - to put it bluntly.
But when we heard a while ago that Veronica and Hubman were going to be in Seattle, we jumped at the opportunity to get away under the guise of meeting them in person. I'll be honest. When Seattle was brought up by Veronica, I was like 6 months ago or more, and meeting them was interesting, but not necessarily the primary reason. Getting away with my husband was the primary reason.
To be honest, a lot can change in 6 months. As we got to know them more and more, it became clear we HAD to meet them in Seattle. Spending time together with Garbanzo was still the primary reason, but hanging out with those two was definitely becoming a necessity.
I think Hubman summarizes it well on his blog - we have forged a very nice friendship over the past few months. You always worry that you will be repulsed in person - I mean, everyone has their own online persona to a certain extent. And, someone clever with Photoshop can always make great HNT pictures. I'm sure you've seen the YouTube video demonstrating how Photoshop can change a woman from plain into model quality.
All joking aside, they are two of the most genuine people you could ever meet. We had a lot of fun wandering around with Veronica while Hubman tended to his professional obligations. And, the time we spent with Hubman post-obligations was equally enjoyable. When we would go out to eat, Veronica and Garbanzo would discuss how they could recreate that meal at home while Hubman and I discussed beers on the menu. A good time was definitely had by all.
I've been in Seattle many times over the past 10 years. And, I will have to say one of the biggest improvements is downtown. Outside of Pike's Street Market, I have always found downtown to be dead on the weekends. We used to be reminded me of old areas of Portland pre-redevelopment days. Imagine my surprised when we spent a lot of time wandering around downtown. Even at night, we found good places to eat (or drink). There was an accessibility to Seattle downtown I have not seen before. Hell, maybe it was the weather that changed it. Who knows - but it was a very pleasant surprised.
But, today we all go back home. The kids await us. And Derek would probably like some sleep.
And, Veronica, just so you know - it's cloudy today. I guess you did bring the sun with you and are taking the sun back with you! ;-)