March in Seattle

So it’s Monday.

I don’t really have a case of the Mondays since I’m on spring break, I’m on Jesse’s couch watching Religulous, and I’ve got a seriously cute guy sleeping next to me.

You guys want to hear about my weekend? It was super fabulous.

Friday

Okay, so you got the brief rundown about my Friday.

We ate delicious Mediterranean. Then the fun stuff  started.

Jesse likes scotch. I like whiskey, but I’m not particular. I had some delicious bourbon and I was a happy girl.

We both like dark beer.

Then we went home and hung out. I was tired as all get out. Jesse had some quality time with his long lost kitty.

Saturday

We woke up to a beautiful, sunny day with blue skies and a crispy wind chill. My nose was cold, but everything else was pretty toasty!

We decided early on that my week here would be just like a normal week for us when we were living together before Jesse had to move. We wanted to cook, relax, and return to life as normal. So I made our grocery list and planned out our meals for the week. Then we went shopping at a Whole Foods that was like a carnival!

I love food. Here’s what we’re eating:

Mongolian “Beef” – I subbed seitan for the tofu and I seriously cut down on the brown sugar adding in a bunch more veggies. I also made this a week ago and bragged so much to Jesse about it we had to make it this week, too.

Cozy Millet Bowl with Mushroom Gravy & Kale – we had this last night and it was so good! I added some red wine and upped the nutritional yeast and rosemary. I’m a woman who likes bold flavors.

Red Lentil & Squash Curry Stew

Veggie Enchiladas

Stuffed Fontina Portobello Skillet

Veggie Fajitas – I follow Mama Pea’s carnitas recipe pretty loosely.

Sloppy Josephines – These are Jesse’s all time favorites.

We’ll probably eat out once of twice at some point for some local fare, but look at how packed the fridge is!

Gotta go through all of that! I’m excited.

Then we headed to Pike’s Place Market to wander around and pick up this and that. We mostly just wanted to burn up some time because we felt like being outside. We were starving though and our noses were quite chilly. Vietnamese sounded good so we had Pho for lunch. We are big fans of Pho and I think this is the best Pho I’ve ever had. Thank you, New Vietnamese Restaurant!

We ended up heading home under the guidance of blue skies although it was so windy we were blowing all over the sidewalk. Any wind that comes up from the water and through the buildings just attacks you. One minute you’re guarded by a big slab of concrete and then… BAM. Wind punch!

I’ll take a wind punch for this blue sky any day.

Sunday

This day was the best. Jesse looked around for some local hiking for us to do since it was another beautiful day. We headed out for Twin Falls Trailhead at Olallie State Park.

If you decide to head out there, make sure you bring a pen and $10 cash. There’s a fee and a slip of paper you have to fill out to hike the trail. Luckily we had the cash, but we had to bum a pen off of some kind souls. But boy was it worth it to hassle people for writing instruments. It was freaking beautiful!

I started out all layered up and cold with my clean fake-Uggs boots. The trail was marked as “easy” but I would not recommend this trail for anyone with heart problems or something of that nature. I was huffing and puffing and I consider myself to be in relatively good shape. I mean, it could have been my choice in footwear because hiking boots would have been a better option, but still. I ended up shedding my scarf, two jackets, and beanie about 15 minutes into the hike.

It took us about an hour and a half to go 3 miles to the top of the trail. I got sufficiently muddy, we jumped over fallen trees, and looked upon and listened to some beautiful waterfalls.

Then we drove home in twilight. It was a good day to be back with my guy.



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Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

About Jen Bingaman, M.A. LMHCA

Hi, I’m Jen. I’m a mental health counselor newly residing in Seattle, Washington. I strongly believe in the mind-body connection as the cornerstone of my professional ideology, along with the healing possibilities of puppies, a good glass of red wine, the smell of a new book, and the importance of travel.