Gay is running the Stevens Christmas Tree Sale this year after being a volunteer and learning the ropes last year. It’s a surprisingly difficult task to put up an online order system, processing paper checks, managing the orders for all the different types of trees, ordering the trees, getting other volunteers together to work the tree sale, plus the bake sale that goes on at the same time, doing the marketing to make sure people know about it, begging for volunteers to help out with customer service, tree-cutting, tree tying to cars and the deliveries to homes.
Jon (whose kid doesn’t even go to Stevens) and I were one team of delivery drivers. He brought his pickup truck and we delivered trees, including ours, all over Capitol Hill for a few hours tonight. As I thanked the tree buyers for supporting the school, most of which were repeat customers for years, it was nice to hear how much they appreciated the school, sent their kids to the school, etc.
Gay turned 49 today. She wanted to go to a spa for her birthday so she went to Miraval in Tucson, Arizona. Me and the kids were sad that she didn’t want us around for her birthday but at least she went alone and didn’t choose other people over us. She left yesterday morning and is coming back on Sunday.
Havana went over to Hanna’s house tonight and Hudson and Eva spent the night at Bowie & Iris’ house. So I was home alone and didn’t know what to do with myself. I ended up listening to music past midnight and texting with Gay for a bit. That’s my version of decadence.
Gay went with members of the WA Brewer’s Guild to Olympia today to talk to our representatives about beer. She got to see Nicole Macri who kicked off her campaign at Optimism and she met, Frank Chopp, the Speaker of the House, who has never met with the Guild before but did because he heard that “someone from Optimism would be here.”
We celebrated our 14th wedding anniversary tonight with dinner at Goldfinch Tavern…
…a walk around Seattle downtown and Pike Place Market – something we don’t do enough – and a night without kids at Thompson Hotel, which was designed by our friends at Olson Kundig. They even upgraded our room to a suite with a great view:
We got furniture for the mezzanine at the brewery recently so Gay decided to christen it with her very own birthday party. The kids, Jon and Megan’s daughter and two of Kevin’s kids stayed at our house with Chloe. We had sliders from Anchor End, one of our food trucks, a lot of appetizers prepared by Gay, Optimism beer and 50 of our friends at the brewery. No photos though!
Gay is 48 today. Gay had the day off for her birthday and I left the brewery a little early for our 5:45pm dinner reservation at Salare. I wasn’t expecting much from the restaurant given our disappointing dinner several months ago at the chef’s newer and (surprisingly) highly-acclaimed June Baby. The food was excellent.
This was the first time the kids seemed to enjoy being at a restaurant without playing games or drawing. They participated in our conversation and were even adventurous food-wise, trying things they wouldn’t normally taste and picking something other than pasta. That is except for Eva, who loves pasta so much that one day she will turn into pasta. This feels like one of those occasions that I will look back and realize our kids took a significant step towards being grown-ups.