The Weekend Lens

11 AM | Arrive in Seattle. Find Paolo. Find Cathy. Head to Toulouse Petit Kitchen & Lounge for lunch. We let Paolo order because that's one of his talents.

1 PM | Head to B&O Espresso for dessert and coffee.

3 PM | Back to the airport to meet up with Stacy, Kayce, Tracey and Mark. Head downtown to Pike Place Market and the Pier.

I will never, ever tire of large bouquets of all one sort of flower.


7:30 PM | Dinner at the Space Needle.

Insane views. Wonderful company. Delicious food. Very special friends.

A city full of so many memories for me throughout of my life.

9 AM | A short walk before work. Brainstorming, collaborating, sharing, imagining, dreaming.

So thankful for short creative field trips. So thankful for the change of scenery and the opportunity to connect with friends and colleagues in person. So thankful for plane rides, even short ones that offer a quick nap or a great time for creative reading (sometimes it's books about creativity and sometimes it's a guilty pleasure like US Weekly) or time to brainstorm ideas that have been floating around for weeks or years. So thankful to work with people who are also very dear friends. So thankful for conversations and collaborations and the sharing of a message that words and photos mean something.

18 thoughts

  1. asta

    2012-05-21 06:06:26 -0400

    I'm so glad you had a wonderful weekend.

  2. Louise

    2012-05-21 08:11:27 -0400

    I hope you enjoyed those last two bites of dessert! Thanks for sharing what looks to have been a super weekend - and certainly you deserved one.

  3. Jill Kane

    2012-05-21 08:50:43 -0400

    I love how you let Paolo order ;)

  4. Janet Wight

    2012-05-21 09:32:05 -0400

    Your pictures made me miss Seattle! Grew up there. Every time I go, the flowers at Pike Place a must see!

  5. Carolyn HP

    2012-05-21 09:46:49 -0400

    I've never been to Seattle, but it's one of the places I have to visit in life... I don't know what it is about it, but it's always been a place I'd love to wander around. So glad you had a chance to relax and rejuvenate!

  6. Mary R

    2012-05-21 10:13:15 -0400

    here's to fabulous weekends with friends.

  7. Mary Beth

    2012-05-21 10:21:38 -0400

    It sounds like you had a wonderful, relaxing weekend with so many lovely folks! How'd you get all those scrappin'folks in the same place, at the same time? And Paolo, too, of course....he does tend to be where the action is.

  8. Bailey S.

    2012-05-21 11:13:07 -0400

    I love your photos of Seattle! It's definitely my favorite city!

  9. Colleen

    2012-05-21 11:32:20 -0400

    Yay Ali. Thanks for the photos of the hometown. I miss it. Have a great day!

  10. donna

    2012-05-21 12:35:00 -0400

    I just scrapped a visit we made to Seasttle in March! Pike's Market, the skyline, etc. I loveit there!

  11. cathicoutu

    2012-05-21 12:44:43 -0400

    I want to visit Seattle! :) Glad you had a wonderful weekend with friends~ it's important to take care of you too right now. And, what would we do without friends and family~ always important, but esp. so when we are facing a bump in the road of life. Been there~ you are now alone in your journey...sometimes it's so good just to know that others have been down the road and there is joy and healing and love and laughter on the other side!

  12. Christine

    2012-05-21 12:45:44 -0400

    So glad that you were able to have a creative getaway. I definately need to visit those restaurants in Seattle.
    BTW, I just want you and everyone to know that the customer service at Designer Digitals rocks! I will be back for more and more and more.........

  13. mel

    2012-05-21 12:57:09 -0400

    Such creative minds all together! Glad your trip was fun.

  14. Steph.S

    2012-05-21 19:25:09 -0400

    Seattle is definitely a favorite for me. Love the market. Love the coffee shops. Love that it's ok to leisurely stroll with a cup of coffee through the market (and buy those little cinnamon doughnuts from that old little stand).

  15. Lisa W.

    2012-05-21 20:39:31 -0400

    This looks like a wonderful little journey...thank you for sharing!

  16. kate Adderley

    2012-05-22 05:14:28 -0400

    Hi Ali, so glad you had a wonderful time with cherished friends,sounds like you had some well deserved time out for you, its great your getting back into your books, have you ever read the book that came out a few years ago now called THE SECRET, This book pulled me through a very difficult time of my life, its such a positive read, you might have already read it, but if not, give it a shot one day when you have time.

  17. Carolyn K

    2012-05-22 21:04:35 -0400

    Ali, i feel it is important to inform you that your photo of your "dessert and coffee" looks dangerously like a martini. #5oclock somewhere! :-)

  18. Robin Walston

    2012-06-03 17:15:27 -0400

    LOVE Toulouse Petit. We ate breakfast everyone morning (4) when we were in Seattle last year. Our hotel was only a block from there. YUM!

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