Friday, November 21, 2014

Try This Soup!

Hark! It's Geanna, burrowing out from under my pile of homework to say hello!

It's getting cold in the Seattle area, and last week I had to wear long johns underneath my clothes. LONG JOHNS! I have a four-hour chemistry class on Thursday afternoons, and it's always a challenge to find the right combination of clothes that will keep me warm throughout all four hours. I may have finally found the perfect combination last week: long johns, jeans, 4 layers on top, and a warm lunch. These things kept me warm for nearly the entire class period.

Speaking of a warm lunch, I was recently given the opportunity to try a new soup from one of my favorite companies, Pacific Foods*. I'm a big fan of Pacific Foods products; I've written about them before, and I feel like I can never say enough good things about the company. They make delicious foods and with this new soup, they've done it again!

The soup on the menu today is their new Organic Vegetable Quinoa Soup.

As you can see, the soup is made with ingredients that most people have lying around -- in other words, real, whole foods that are recognizable and unprocessed. This is my type of soup!

The flavor is just what you'd hope for: basil and garlic really steal the show, and the quinoa adds a great texture with the vegetables. I literally couldn't put my spoon down from the second I picked it up for my first taste. This is a winning soup, and perfect for those even colder days that are sure to come.

*I received this soup free of charge from Pacific Foods, but all the opinions and thoughts expressed and pictures are my own.

Monday, November 3, 2014

I Blinked And Now I'm 31!

I'm taking a quick break from homework and studying to drop by and say hi! In case you were wondering, I am still alive, and kicking, and enjoying Kirkland, WA. D and I have settled in a new home, I'm doing really well in my classes, and Betsy loves all the micro plush and blankets that have come out since the change of seasons. 

I celebrated my 31st birthday over the weekend. I enjoyed a walk by the lake...

...silly selfies...

...and extra Betsy snuggles.

We finished off the evening with a delicious dinner at local vegetarian/vegan restaurant Cafe Flora in Seattle. 

My 30th year was fantastic, and hard to beat: we moved into our new house, hosted a Thanksgiving gathering for friends, got a real Christmas tree at Christmastime, I got an A in every class I took (including statistics!), we had a wonderful garden with delicious goodies, the sun came out almost every day for about 6 months, and we moved to the Seattle area. Here's hoping that my 31st year will be as good, if not better, than that! 

Oh! And if you happen to like the show Portlandia, the fourth season is now on Netflix, where you can spot yours truly in episode 4 (minute 1), at my Cinnamon [bakery] booth. I'm thinking, after this major role, that I should probably hire an agent. 

Monday, September 22, 2014

We Made It!

D and I had the best last night in Portland (last Wednesday). We really took advantage of the fact that we had no furnishings left in our home and celebrated with a date night. We had dinner at our favorite restaurant, strolled through the best book store in the world, watched a movie at an intimate theater that served our drinks to us AFTER we sat down, and finished off with drinks accompanied by the best view of downtown. It was wonderful. And it made me so sad to leave the fantastic city I've called home for the past 30 years of my life.

drinks at MMM Tacos
the view of the city from Departure Lounge through a martini glass
We got to Kirkland, WA on Thursday and moved into our corporate housing. It's furnished (albeit sparsely) and has its own swimming pool, hot tub, tennis courts, and private dock. We're right on Lake Washington, and I've been enjoying as much of my time as possible on the lake.

I visited my new college (North Seattle College) and discovered the building where I will be spending most of my time for the next 11 weeks. I'm taking Anatomy and Physiology Monday through Thursday, and from what I've heard from other people, it's a very time-intensive class that will require a lot of brainpower and energy.

There's so much good food to be had here in the Seattle area. I've been digging all the new-to-me brands of gluten-free and vegan goodness.

Peanut Butter bar from Flying Apron bakery

it's time for pumpkin cider!!
D headed down to the Bay Area for orientation at his new company yesterday, so I'm home alone with Betsy until Friday. I guess it's time for a full-on ladies' week here! I'm thinking we'll have popcorn every night for dinner and then we'll stay up really late and gossip about boys.

Here I am on my first day of class this morning:

It's exciting to be in a new city!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

We're Moving to Seattle!

a view of Lake Washington
I figured it would be easier to just come right out and say it, rather than beat around the bush. D got an amazing job offer in the Seattle area, and we're moving up there at the end of this week! We're both from Portland, and our families are here, so it'll be quite an adjustment, but it'll also be such an exciting adventure!

Lovers of Seattle: what's your favorite restaurant? tourist attraction? thing to do on a Sunday afternoon?

Saturday, September 13, 2014

A Visit to San Diego

D and I visited San Diego last weekend. It was my first time there, and I fell in love with it. I took too few pictures, so in a way, you'll be spared having to live through every detail, but we enjoyed so many adventures while we were there. We went to the ocean every day (the water was so warm!), tried some famous Mexican food, went kayaking by moonlight, and just enjoyed ourselves immensely. It was a wonderful vacation. I would go back in a heartbeat.

the view from the place we were staying - that's Mission Bay in the horizon
the aftermath of our trips to the beach
I don't remember what these are called, but our host referred to them as a weed; either way, they're gorgeous!
I don't know if I've made this clear on this blog, but I loooove palm trees
D's a former Marine who spent some time on Navy ships, so when we read through my guide book and learned that there was a decommissioned Navy aircraft carrier on display in the bay, we decided to visit. It was my first time on one, and it was fascinating. It was so big! I loved hearing D's take on the ship, as well as being guided around by retired navy men. 

here I am, standing in front of the USS Midway
here's D, standing in front of the USS Midway
a view of the flight deck on top of the aircraft carrier USS Midway
I visited a friend in Solana Beach (which was a bit north of where we stayed in San Diego) who took me to some beautiful sights around her area. We stopped at a meditation garden in Encinitas, then had a smoothie in town, then finished up with strolling and shopping in Solana Beach (I purchased a t-shirt for only $5!).

the view of the ocean from the meditation gardens
more lovely ocean
And, just like that, the vacation was over. We were only there for 3 days, but as I said before, in just that short amount of time, I fell in love with this new-to-me city.

selfies before getting onto the plane! I think the guy to the left of D is channeling Shawn Spencer from the TV show "Psych"
the view from the plane as we landed - it looks so artistic, but I was really just trying to take a picture of the big moon!


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