Days off ‘ are meant to explore, wander, and de-stress. We must allow ourselves time to decompress from work and daily life stressors. I know . We feel like we have so much to do. That we don’t have time. But .. It’s important.
(You know , that whole work-life balance thing. )
It can work in your favor. It already is. You’re taking time to read this post. Treat yo self.
Also .. you’ll have more energy. You might not lose your cool, as easily. You might even be happy , like smiling. Voluntarily.
Sounds fun, right?
The husband and are getting back into the routine of work-life balance , dating each other , and truly enjoying our free time together.
Join us – as we escape to – BainBridge Island.
We’d heard wonderful things about Bainbridge . Bainbridge Island is one of the neighboring islands near Seattle. It’s about a 30 minute ferry ride. So happy we jumped on the Seattle Ferry & headed over. (It’s only $8.20 for walk on pedestrians. And free on the way back.) You can either pre-load your Orca card (at various locations) or purchase tickets at the Seattle ferry terminal.
There are some wonderful boutique shops , equisite restaurants , beautiful green spaces and lovely events on Bainbridge. This is our first trip , so I’ll be unveiling cool spots to check out on this feature series.
1) Harbour Public House
[ 231 Parfitt Way SW . www.harbourpub.com ]
Get thee to the pub house! Fantastic selection of local micro-brews, wines, eats in a historical lil out house. They have a versatile menu for GlutenFree too. Unbelievable seafood with an unbelievable view. (21 & up only)
His : Bainbridge Island Kommuter Kolsch with Bo Burger with Bacon and side of hand-cut Washington fries.
Hers: flash fried (GF) calamari with the Eagle Harbor Pubordeaux ( a 50/50 mix of merlot & cab. Blended on island)
[139 Madrone Lane N.
Best ice-cream ever. It ’twas Fresh , flavorful , and light. Local ice cream shop. hand-crafted (48) different ice creams , sorbets , milkshakes & desserts. Almost all flavors are gluten-free. Also, they deliver. Yup. You read that right.
Hers: mint chocolate chip
His: orange (he ate it before I could snag a photo ! )
4.) Fun Stuff – BainBridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA)
[550 Winslow Way East. www.biartmuseum.org ]
Contemporary art museum filled with interesting world-renown collections. Rotating collections often feature prominent local artists. The art museum is free & open daily, which is amazing. (Woop) .What is more amazing is the additional programs they feature on a daily basis. They offer workshops & art classes for students of every age. They also have lectures / readings , book arts programs , and a podcast series.
We happened to catch the opening night of the SMARTfilm series , comemorating the age of the classic movie musicals.
You guys know.. “I’m all about film”..
So, I was excited to see this was an ongoing series that they use to educate and spark conversations in the community.
Opening Night – Sept 20- Animal Crackers
Animal crackers : the Marx brothers comedy caper . Loved all the physical comedy. And the audience interactive response between musical numbers. A talk-back was featured with Frank Ferrante (award-winning professional Groucho Marx impersonator)
Sept 27: Gold Digger’s of 1933
Oct 4: Top Hat
Oct 11: Stormy Weather
Oct 18: On the Town
Oct 25: West Side Story
Tix can be purchased through a link on their website & Facebook event . (Only $10 each)
We loved our first visit to BainBridge.
can’t wait to show you more next on the next feature of “Escape to BainBridge Island” II.
Where is your favorite escape spot?
Quirky and wanting another Island Day,
Last weekend …. I got to adventure around a cabin nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains….
[Yay! Cabin in the woods! Cue: horror music interlude]
I had family in town , that I hadn’t seen in a long time.
[It was a blast to run around and act all ” touristy” in a neighboring town of Chimney Rock, NC]
So , let’s see .
Where do we start?
We got lost trying to find the cabin.
I got several bouts of motion sickness. [blargh]
But , we had wonderful weather.
And I had my trusty Pink Westie Sunglasses.
When you’re in a pinch, and feeling woozy from car sickness, it’s amazing how a good pair of sunglasses and a lot of ginger [can be your friend]
I stumbled upon Ramsey Supply Co. [Ramsey Supply on Instagram]
Each pair of sunglasses are hand-made, hand-crafted , and unique.
No two pairs of sunglasses are the same
[yes. That means no one will have your exact pair]
Each piece of wood is different, and they have a great selection.
They’re affordable , and come with a lifetime guarantee.
And here’s the best part about the company .
Their kind, compassionate, and a portion of each pair of Sunglasses …
Is donated to charity!
[I absolutely Love this]
[1mwave on Instagram]
One More Wave Surf Co. is a 301C Non-Profit organization the provides wounded and injured veterans with surfboards [customized for their needs]
Soooo [let’s sum this up]
*My sunglasses we’re hand-crafted and hand-made ?
*They are ethically made , family-run, and made in the USA ?
*The bamboo wood is renewable and sustainable?
*Ramsey gives back to those in need?
Just knowing that by getting a pair of sunglasses, you’re helping multiple people? …
They say , ” She saw the world full of rose-colored glasses”. I mean, they are pink. [Yes. Kind of like a baby/ rose pink]
And my weekend family vacation?
My mom & stepdad came to visit.
My stepdad has suffered close to 9 strokes this year.
He has gone from complete paralysis , losing his speech, motor functions, and has gone thru months of physical therapy.
I hadn’t seen them for over 8 months…
I saw my stepdad walk for the first time.
He is up and walking around. He is talking. He is laughing.
And my “Pink Westie” sunglasses were with me.
Sometimes …something as small [as Sunglasses] ….can be so much more.
Thank you Ramsey Supply Co.
We need more good.
We need more good companies like you.
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.
Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,
I know I’ve been absent for a few weeks ….Life Finds A Way, but I’m back [Yay!]
So I thought I would put my pen to this breezy afternoon day –
I just want to be creative around creatives
I just want to cultivate humor and laughter
I just want to inspire and be inspired
I just want to show compassion in the face of darkness
I just want to help & give back to those less fortunate
I just want to show strength in moments of weakness
I just want to smile instead of cry
I just want to be better for those that need me
I just want to speak for those who can’t speak
I just want to care for the wounded , battered, and bruised
I just want to show empathy instead of anger
I just want to be bold instead of ordinary
I just want to be me
And this is just one reason why I Write
Why do you write? What do you strive for? What inspires you ?
What is your dose of happiness ?
Quirky & Craving Inspiration ,
You wake up. Not by an Alarm clock.
You feel the morning rays on your lids. The air is crisp. You roll over and cuddle your significant other.
[Am I dreaming?] my _____ (insert your said person) is here?!
In this case, [since it’s my story] my husband! [Yes!]
Usually we have such opposite schedules. [My husband & I]
He’s always already up , taking care of the house, or already at work.
Yes. He takes care of the house. I’m very lucky.
So , I guess I’ll pinch myself . That will wake me up.
[Ow. That hurt.] Why did I just pinch myself?
The collies are curled up around us. The blankets are soft and warm. And it dawns on me.
It’s our day off. [its our day off!! ]
I know you think , “why are you so excited? It’s just a day off?”
But we rarely have days off, let alone days off together, and with nothing “scheduled”.
It feels as though in the hustle bustle world of 2015, something is always on the schedule.
But today. Nothing. And it felt nice.
Morning coffee. Today show. And then my favorite thing.
The collies absolutely love taking us on a walk.
It’s always for a few hours, and you’d think it was Christmas.
I know. [look at me already referencing Christmas, when it’s not even Halloween]
Yes. [Yes. I totally am]
They light up.[ The collies.] Not to be confused with Christmas trees.
It is the most beautiful thing to see them smile and become so happy over a walk.
Just a little walk.
Beautiful views today.
A good walk.
We get home and made a tasty lunch.
His: Cajun’ Steak [drizzled with oregano & olive oil. Fresh Cut on Sale $5.99]
Hers: Garlic roasted broccoli & kale [sautéed with Olive oil & Oregano, .99 cent Kale bundle]
Ours: Rosemary Garlic Parmesan hand-cut fries [Genesis organic bag, usually lasts a few weeks, $6.99]
All products we’re bought at our local Whole Foods. http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/asheville-kenilworth
Finished the day off with some more [coffee], visit to the local animal shelter [Brother Wolf Animal Rescue ] , our favorite pizza, and some Grey’s Anatomy [we just started on Netflix]
I have so many things to say about Grey’s, I really just need to blog about it. But not right now.
[Another time, it might even inspire its own blog series write-up]
Back to the McBlog. I mean. [Blog.]
Today is what makes me feel better.
Days like today are what revives me.
Keeps me peaceful . Sane . Intact.
Motivates me. Inspires me.
I have a roof over my head.
A loving , supportive, family [puppies included!]
Wonderful food on my plate.
Beautiful scenery and the ability to see it.
Laughter in my life.
Pizza. Netflix. Coffee too.
I am a blessed woman.
Take the time to tell your loved ones you love them.
Spend time with them.
Take the time to eat that pizza. Or hug that puppy.
Not only [might it make you feel better] but just imagine what it could do for them?
[Not the pizza] but totally your loved one or puppy.
What makes you feel better [always] ?
Quirky, happy, & being cuddled by Collies,