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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. 

Dining – 

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) 






2.) Wander about the <Walking Trail> in cute downtown Winslow . Nature for the win. 


3.) Sweet Treat : Moira’s Iced Creamery 

[139 Madrone Lane N. 

www.moraicecream.com ] 

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 StuffBainBridge 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 

https://www.facebook.com/Bainbridge-Island-museum-of-art/
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, 

Kelli 

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It’s the time of day where sun fades away. A breeze swings from the west , and you’re hungry. (Of course you’re hungry.) You’re always hungry.

You long for multiple courses of food. A feast perhaps.

Small delicate plates with ‘artistically & aesthetically’ pleasing  food. The idea that it not only ‘looks gorgeous, but tastes gorgeous.’

Can such a place exist?

You’re tripped out of your ‘day-dreamed food haze’ by the cobblestone road. ( Like literally) . The husband grabs your hand and laughs. This cobblestone road is rich with history. So many stories have walked this path everyday. You walk this path everyday.

 

 

You look up and see a door. (Hmm) I don’t remember this.

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A face appears thru the glass, and the door creaks open.

“Will you be joining us this evening?”, the concierge says.

YES.” (we say in unison)

We enter Nordo’s Culinarium. Approach the lobby. Check-in with grace. The place has a vintage style. An Old-Hollywood feel. The concierge hands us an envelope. “Please open this at your table. Your table is right this way”.

I pause to check out the chic floor. Design goals. Just saying. (snaps photo)

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Our table is mixed within the hotel lobby. 

Imagine if you will– a little moonlighting , happy & delighted guests, wine flights galore.

(Lan  <The concierge >happily informs us we have a VIP wine flight with our 5 course dinner.)

Yes. You heard that correctly. A  (4) course Wine Flight. A (5)Course Dinner. We open our envelope. Our room key awaits.

 

 

 

 Do I have your attention yet?

This is just the tip of the ice-berg. Lettuce inform you.

(Sorry guys. I love cheesy puns.)

Sophie (the Bellhop) swung on by the table ..I asked how her shift was.. 

“Things are not as they seem. ”  

First wine flight arrives. (Flama d’Or Cava-Spain) . The husband selects local (Two Beers) – Immersion Amber Ale.



The music starts up. 

Lights go out. We hear a faint calling with beautiful synthesized orchestration. The faint bellow lending to a screeching halt . It’s as though the room can speak. The walls practically move with bellowing wails. 

And it begins. 
Welcome to Hotel Nordo

This live immersive theatrical & food experience ..is one of the best live immersive experiences .. I’ve ever had the pleasure to attend. 
The food & beverages are heavenly. If you want a 5 star dining experience that includes : incredible service, varietal menu, personalization , and bubbly beverages..

I like this check-in service. Attention to detail is on point. 

What I loved most about the colorful menu is the flexibility if you have dietary & allergy restrictions. They are more than happy to accommodate your needs. I have a food allergy, and often it is hard to dine out. (Gluten Free & Vegetarian options available)

Executive chef (Erin Brindley) had beautifully themed dishes that catered to every palatable need. It was beautiful to see and beautiful to eat.** ( Warning- of upcoming food selfies ) **



Don’t spoil your appetite. These are just a splash of edibles that grace your plate. 

I don’t want to give away any of the theatrical elements or archs of this experience , but you are 100% immersed in the Hotel Nordo environment. 

The ensemble actors (Ronnie Hill, Alyssa Keene, Corinne Magin, Evan Mosher, Heather Refvam, Ray Tagavilla) do an amazing job of portraying multiple roles. They transition effortlessly practically jumping time and space. Their performances we’re so effective, I would often forgot ..”oh yea, they we’re just here”.. 


Two standouts performances (for me): Opal Peachey & Richard Slaniker. 

From the very beginning of their 1st appearance , I was taken with their energy. This nervous un-easiness of ‘Everything is fine’ unraveled with crumbling care till it practically burst. 
At one point , Peachey’s bellhop , ..looked upon guests ..quietfully rageful. And it was brilliant. 

The musical interludes are breathtaking.  I absolutely loved the blend of modern pop-rock tunes mixed with (Anastasia Workman) original music tunes (“Baby, Why are you so cold” and “The Big Break). I’m really hoping they’ll release a cast recording. (iTunes- please?) 

The artistic team is brought to you by Terry Padgotski and Erin Brindley. Their electrifying story will have you on the edge of your seat. And it’s in the best way possible.  

For my fans of pop-culture & cinema  – I’d possibly liken it to -if “American Horror Story ” married Alfred Hitcock and they stayed at the Overlook from “The Shining”. 

This is the season opener for Cafe Nordo’s Mainstage performances . 

Needless to say ,  I can’t wait to bite into the next show selection. 

If your looking for a dynamic and exceptional dining and theatrical experience – look no further – check in to Hotel Nordo . 

..Before they have no vacancy..

And you are lucky enough to be blessed as one of its guests. 

For at least one more night. 

You won’t want to check out. 


Quirky and craving a hotel’ stay, 
Kelli 

Local tid-bit /Info for your “stay” : 

“Hotel Nordo” runs thru September 22- November 20 at Cafe Nordo. 

~Happy Hour Bar opens at 5 pm 

~Seating & Drinks service begins at 7 pm. 

~ Dress to impress 

[Shows run Thursday – Sunday 

Thurs – Sat  8 pm showtime 

Sunday 7:30 pm showtime ] 

109 South Main Street Pioneer Square, Seattle , 98104 

www.facebook.com/CafeNordo

Twitter @CafeNordo 

Instagram @CafeNordo 

Special performances

{Special Halloween performance 10/31 ,Monday , 8 pm} 

+ Vegan Weekend 10/20-10/24 

+ Adults Only ‘ Special Tuesday 11/15 


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.

Great company.

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]


What a wonderful organization !
They are a family run – business . [woop! ]

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]


Each customer, can suggest a charity to donate to.

This month’s Charitable Donation : One More Wave Surf Co 

[1mwave on Instagram]

Http://www.onemv.org

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]

You’re saying

*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? …

That’s amazing.

I’m inspired.

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.

www.ramseysupply.com 

http://www.facebook.com/RamseySupply/Shop
I’ll let the pictures do the talking.


 
How would you Frame Your World?

Quirky [sitting in the sun and Inspired] ,

Kelli


Sometimes in a summer ..

It’s all about self-discovery , making choices , learning lessons, and growing up.
Which we saw in the 1980’s cult-classic ” Dirty Dancing”. [LOVE THAT MOVIE, in case the cap letters ,didn’t give it away ]
I remember my summer before college.
I made the choice to cut my hair short . Like really short. What was I thinking?

[Which come to think of it, kinda looked like the un-curly version of baby’s. Yes. It was that poofy.]
I discovered tweezers exist for my eyebrows. [Oh…That’s what their for]
I made grown up choices by hanging out with my friends a lot. Dancing , [Just regular , like silly dancing ] Laughing, Riding Roller-coasters.
I learned how to take a driver’s test [3 times. Yup]
But , I never did carry a watermelon
Thus , bringing us to today .

Me and my husband got the chance to visit Lake Lure for the day.

[Where they filmed portions of “Dirty Dancing”]

It was our first time going on a boat together as well

[So much excitement]
So here’s some photos of the movie filming location [now]:
– Here is where “Johnny lifts Baby in the water”.

If Lee lifted me , I would have cried, because it’s a little brisk.

So to keep it real, “I didn’t do the Lift” , but Lee said its “all good”

-Here is where “Johnny and Baby dance on the log”.

I couldn’t imagine dancing across this log, let alone walking across it. Because well , we couldn’t get to it . But if we could have , I would have tried. I think. [And probably have laughed when I fell]

– Here is where “Baby carried a watermelon”.

Yes! I carried a … I didn’t carry a watermelon. I carried a water.

[And some windbreakers and a small cooler.]

-And nobody put me in the Corner.

Nope. Not at all.

I sat right up front. with a handsome man [and a dog]

[Photo Credit: Sammi The Labrador]

Being an Actress, I really loved writing this post.

I love the movies. Movies inspire me.

If they wanted to cast, me as Baby.. I feel like I’m now ready.

I mean, before, what did I really know?

[But now .. I’ve seen where the lift was filmed now..Boom]

A little history : Lake Lure is a man-made lake. And in honor of the famous movie, they hold a “Dirty Dancing Festival ” every summer. [Where you can recreate your Johnny & Baby Lift in a competition] that’s adorable.
So I figure, I’ll make it a random, “featured post”, to write about cool filming locations/old movie sets you can visit.

Next up: The Hunger Games Filming Locations

If you could re-create movie moments , which do you love?

What are some of your favorite movies?

What we’re you doing the summer after high school ?

[Yes, Mine was a million years ago too]

Quirky and nobody puts me in the corner ,

Kelli


We came up to Asheville, NC (on vacation) a few times to visit family, & adopt our first dog Salvatore. It was on our trip back (to Orlando) from adopting our dog, we decided we would take the leap, & move.

My husband (boyfriend at the time haha) had said he had always wanted to live in the Carolinas. He said we can live there when we’re old. Maybe one day..
I said, ” Why not now? ” … He was like hmm… True.

So we decided : if at least one of us gets a job, finds a place to live , we could move.
Well, I got a job (via 2 phone interviews) , and found a place to live all within a month & a half.
And that was it . we moved from Orlando, Fl to Asheville, NC. It was a quick turnaround.

It was a big deal. My husband had been in Orlando about 14 years, & me about 7 years. Just uprooting our careers in a big bustling city for small mountain life. It can’t possibly be that big of a shift right? We both had moved a lot as kids, so we we’re excited to make this move together.

At first…we we’re just so excited to be in a new place. The mountains are incredibly beautiful & peaceful. We both wanted a change of pace. A place a little slower. Less Traffic and better weather. My parents we’re here. (Since then, they’ve had to move back to Florida)

But unfortunately , the gorgeous mountains , don’t pay the bills. The film incentives we’re just starting to dry up as I arrived . I acquired a new agent and was booking and freelancing to the best of my ability, (not doing bad), but this area is very expensive and the salaries don’t match the cost of living. But we kept … Trucking along… We’re both very strong resilient individuals. I’ve been a big believer in creating your own work & I’ve been given the opportunity to create a lot of great work while I’ve been here.

When we first got here , I would often hear jokes , about “how over-qualified your waitstaff is” or how “Your bellhop has three degrees”. That’s the thing about Asheville. I’ve met so many qualified professionals making less than ten dollars an hour. (Yes, they have degrees and 15+ years work experience) . It blows my mind. They want you to work for next to nothing, it also doesn’t help when we moved here, we took drastic pay cuts… Thinking the cost of living would be much lower than Orlando. But yeah , it wasn’t . Like No Cash Monies. Hi $200+ power bill with No A.C. …

With that being said.. We’ve made a family decision… For the wellness of our family & sanity of our bank accounts … In exactly one year from today ….

We will be calling our new home Seattle, WA.

We’re very excited for this new adventure for our family. Seattle has wonderful weather, vibrant city life, (which has great options for both our careers), and a very dog-friendly environment.
(And we really are big coffee drinkers). I guess we kinda missed city life.

Much of my blog posts this year will be focused on the move, so that should be exciting. We will take the next year to continue to save money and simplify our lives. We will be departing with a lot of “stuff” and will be getting down to what we really need, continue to budget, curb Salvatore’s anxiety, & prepare for our big cross-country move. I’ll categorize this blogposts as “Sleeping in Seattle (Or Bust) ”
We are grateful for Asheville. We met some great people. I Collaborated with some wonderful Organizations. We married here. Saw Mountains Everyday. And rescued our little Aussie Spencer. We learned so much about our first year of Marriage, by being tested, (especially financially) & we’ve come out stronger.
Asheville, Thank you for your hospitality . we will come back on a vacation , one day.

But We can’t wait to call Seattle, WA home.
Sleeping in Seattle (Or Bust)

Quirky & Moving Boxes,
Kelli

Coffee for Days.

Coffee for Days.

Love Actually. (Yup!) Stephanie Christine Photography

Love Actually. (Yup!)
Stephanie Christine Photography

Puppies walking their humans.

Puppies walking their humans.



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