Many of you are visiting because Sue (Une Femme) linked to me when she posted about our dinner in Seattle last week -- Welcome! It's wonderful to have you all here reading and driving my stats skyward for a few days, even if you're too shy or too busy to sign the guest book (that's a metaphor, of course--there's no guest book, but feel free to leave a "hello" in the Comments below). I hope you might find something here that makes you want to visit again, and we'll get to know each other better.
Meanwhile, I thought you'd probably like to see a photo of Sue and me. We've been blogging friends ever since I first asked her, in a comment, if she'd come over to my relatively new blog and let me know what she thought about a post I'd written about shoes. She was as generous and helpful and just all-round classy as you know her from the blog now, and we've read each other's every post since then.
Then, back in 2009, Sue and Le Monsieur came through Vancouver and we got to spend a few hours together. And there was shoe shopping. . .
And a meal together, during which we were happy to see that our husbands got along well also. . .
So when she emailed a couple of months ago to say their flight to Amsterdam was leaving from Seattle and would we consider meeting up in that city, I was happy to realize that retirement would make this a happy option. I'll admit to being a bit dismayed when I started researching hotels. Prices are higher than we generally pay on our European vacations, and the Canadian dollar isn't well positioned at the moment (understatement!).
But we found a place (more on that later and on a few places we'd recommend eating at), decided on two nights so we'd have a good day of sight-seeing, and we headed off on our little road trip (about 3 hours depending on the traffic, not one of the city's best features).
And it was all made absolutely worthwhile when we walked into the very good Blueacre Seafood and Sue got up to greet me with all the warmth of her lovely personality poured into a big welcoming smile. We may only have met once before, non-bloggers may be skeptical about the whole bloggers-as-friends phenomenon, but I tell you, our grins and hugs were those of very good, longtime friends. Honestly, I think the guys shared some of that sentiment.
As Sue notes in her post about our meet-up, the restaurant closed down around us as we caught up; our time together zipped by too quickly. Luckily, before we left, we remembered to pose for these photos, mementos of another happy meeting. Hope we don't have to wait another six years!
I do intend to write a post about our Seattle stay, once I'm back home and working on my full-size, more cooperative keyboard. Meanwhile, though, you might be interested in checking out my Instagram account (click on badge at top of right-hand column). Seattle in the sunshine delighted me so that I couldn't stop taking photos (Pater is a very patient man).
Now we're back in Vancouver. I've had a great run, and we're heading out to watch a granddaughter's swimming lesson before I meet a daughter for a promotion-celebrating lunch. Life is so good! What are you up to this weekend?