I really shouldn't be starting another lj post when I can't even keep up with the comments from my past ones (don't you hate it when there's an interesting conversation going on in your journal comments, but you don't have time to participate? That happened here and it's driving me crazy. I'll reply to you guys, promise).
There's four topics I mostly want to post about:
1) Going to Seattle last Thursday.
2) General stuff about the wedding and immigration.
3) The family reunion I attended this past weekend in Anacortes.
4) Just about everything else inbetween. I have been so incredibly busy (and I have the photos to prove it, just no time to post them!)
I'll start with Seattle.
I took the bus from Port Townsend to Poulsbo where I transferred to Bainbridge and caught the ferry across Eiliott Bay to the center of Seattle. I love that I can step off the ferry and be in the center of the city without having to deal with I-5 (not to mention how beautiful the city looks from the water). The only downside is how much time the bus rides there and back eat out of the day. It's a lot more fun to go with a friend and just leave the car on the Bainbridge side, but all friends were working and this was a necessary trip since it was for my first wedding dress fitting.
After I disembarked from the ferry I had about an hour to kill so I wandered up to Pike Place Market and browsed, taking a few photos here and there. I said hello to the Pike Grill man (I really should ask him his name) and bought a magazine and iced mocha. At the time of my appointment I walked into the bridal store, Cicada, which is only a few blocks from Pike Place.
The woman who was doing my fitting looked immediately irritated with me, I couldn't figure out why. Then she asked if I had my strapless bra and shoes with me - I said no. No one had informed me I needed to bring them with me, apparently I should have known this through telepathy. Thankfully she cheered up a little as we figured out what kind of straps to put on the dress.
Oh, right, the dress. I never did describe what I decided on. It's corset-style with a mermaid skirt which flares out a little in the back. The fabric is a light pale green ivory with small brocade flowers. The skirt fit me, but the corset was too small so they are custom-making it for me. I thought straps were a good idea so we're adding pale green velvet ones. Gael loved it when I tried it on, she said it brought out the green in my eyes and complimented my hair. It's slightly non-traditional, but still looks bridey. I'm considering just wearing a flower in my hair and carrying a simple bouquet that's mostly ivory and green.
After the fitting I had plans to meet my friend Matt for lunch at an Asian restaurant near the ferry dock. I ended up waiting for an hour because he forgot the name of the restaurant, fortunately he remembered what time my ferry was and met me on the dock before I had to leave. There was enough time to talk for 10 mins and a quick hug. Hopefully we can meet up for longer next time I make it down to the city.
Before I boarded the ferry Matt pointed out that my watch was 30 minutes slow. I couldn't believe it. That of course must have been why the bridal boutique woman was so irritated with me to begin with, me strolling in half an hour late without even apologizing. I feel really terrible (and stupid) about that.
I'm going to try making a post every day this week. Think I can do it?
You know, I can't decide if I wish I'd brought the digital camera home with me in March for me to use or happier to see the pictures you take. Oh well, a few weeks and I can use it as much as I want. On reflection I'm glad you have it, there aren't too many pictures I'd take in London :)
Good to be able to catch up with you! Some grand city scapes you got on here - Seattle looks good! Reading this and your recent photo journal entries, I feel like I'm following you around town, to the wedding dress shop, to the eating places - a very interesting virtual trip! :-)