Monday, September 19, 2011

Fair Day

Yaaaaarrrrr!  Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Saturday we went to the Western Washington State Fair in Puyallup.  (Yar.)  We've had blue skies pretty much since we moved, so of course it was a little surprise (though shouldn't have been) when we woke to rain on Saturday.  Of course, here you can't let a little rain get you down, so we just packed some warmer clothes and headed out in the drizzle.

The fair was quite large!  In fact, the Puyallup Fair is the largest in Washington, and in the top 10 in the nation.  Not sure if that is just because of the number of attendees, or if it's the actual size...  Anyways, there was lots to do!

We walked allll over (6 1/2 miles of walking) and saw horses, new piglets, BUNNIES, a llama/alpaca judging contest, fancy cows, and an amazing juggler.  Not to mention all of the vendors...  Oh! And sewing, quilting, crochet, pies and jams, and the veggie section.  There was even someone carving a HUGE pumpkin!  Very cool.

Side note about bunnies:  I love bunnies.  Always have.  Growing up I had my fair share of bunnies, but we don't currently have any.  So, I was overjoyed when I actually got to hold someone's bunny.  Soooo fuzzy and warm!  Ahhhh. I LOVE bunnies so much!!

And then there was the food...  I'm trying to be good about what I eat, and I must say, being there was tricky.  You could pretty much get anything deep fried and on a stick. Even butter.  Yup.  There was a booth for deep fried butter.  This is why America has health problems.  But we did pretty good with your basic hamburgers, chicken teriyaki and fair scones (ohhhh yum!).  Ian ate 3 scones, as a matter of fact!  Fresh out of the oven, with raspberry jam; they were to die for, though not too unhealthy, all things considered.  (Deep fried butter = not worth dying over.)

We didn't catch the rides this year.  It seems like the way to go is either get an all-inclusive ride pass so they are all free, or don't go on any.  We'll have to experience the rides another time.
So, if you are still thinking about hitting up the fair (me mateys) you still have 1 more weekend left!  Yaaarrrrrrr, we had a great time!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


For Labor Day weekend, two dear friends joined Ian and me at his parents' cabin. What a treat!

Inside the little cabin there is no running water and an old-fashioned wood burning stove to cook on. It really makes you apprectiate modern conveniences like plumbing and a stove that turns on with the switch of a knob. But... there's a huge fireplace which will warm you right up, and there IS electricity for lights and such. Hooray for electric griddles and tea kettles!

Outside, we set up the most incredible, awesome, giant swing in the entire galaxy. Totally epic. So magnificent, in fact, that I failed to get a picture that truly captured its "epic-ness." Perhaps next time? But I did capture the beautiful trees... Oh how I missed trees in Idaho!

The weekend was a blast! We went tubing down a river I don't know how to pronounce the name of (I think it's the Stillaguamish), and it was soooo cold. The half of my body that was submerged took about 20 minutes to get feeling back, once we got out. Earlier, we traveled just up the road a ways toward Darrington and picked blueberries at an organic farm. 5 1/2 pounds worth! And, we ate probably 4 pounds over the course of the weekend. Oh yum! And then there was just the time relaxing and swinging and napping under the trees.

What a blessing the weekend was for us! I hope to go up again soon, though for now I must come back to the real world and job hunt. Pray that goes well!