I'm sure most people's weekend recap titles will have something to do with Independence Day. We had absolutely no plans for the 4th! So, I'd just like to point out that it has been about twenty degrees hotter lately than the average this time of year. I know a lot of places deal with the low 90s for months, but I don't live in one of those places. And there's a reason for that. #I'mmelting
I'm not a huge sunglasses fan because they always leave marks on my face (and mess up my makeup if I'm wearing it). I do love not squinting though, so I wore sunglasses on Friday and we walked a lot in the heat. My sunglasses really did a number on my makeup that day. Why am I the only one who seems to struggle with this?!
Okay, on to the recap! On Friday, we went to the Wooden Boat Festival on Lake Union. Fun fact, apparently my grandpa did work for the Wooden Boat Center in Seattle or made a donation to them or something, and my dad told me that any of his family members get to rent a rowboat for free with the mention of his name. I feel like this is not a documented thing though, and that if I ever tried I would look like a big dumb idiot.
When you enter, you're given a wooden token to vote for your favorite boat. I chose this one.
The shape of the cabin reminded me of a tugboat--my dad is a retired tugboat captain and used to own his own personal tugboat too--so that's why I chose it.
This boat is the Arthur Foss, and my dad worked for Foss Maritime when he was a tugboat captain, so that was cool.
We had booked an hour long cruise on the lake on this boat, the Virginia V.
It used to be a ferry that went from Seattle to Tacoma and it cost...35 cents!
I broke out my palm print shorts for the first time for the occasion!
They're a little shorter than I would normally wear, but I got over it because I love them so much. I really wanted to wear a bright pop of color top, but I didn't have any lightweight sleeveless ones in a color that would work, so I just went with my black swing tank.
Michael has been growing out his hair for a few months with the ultimate goal of a man bun. He has thick, curly hair and it looks super long now when he wears a hat!
One of my favorite parts of being on Lake Union (before this, I had been on it twice for Ride the Ducks tours) are the houseboats! I look at them and dream of owning one one day.
Most of them are in the millions range. One of them rents for $8,000 per month. Oy. The houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle is still on Lake Union! I've gone by it on both Ride the Ducks tours, but on this trip, we were on the opposite side of the lake from it.
And I'll end the recap of the boat ride with a patriotic picture, because duh, 4th of July weekend.
After that, we went to Lunchbox Laboratory. I love this place. And, to keep up with the patriotic theme, guess what my burger was called? The OG 'Merican. Doesn't get more patriotic than that. It had bacon, thick American cheese, and root beer grilled onions...so good!
I would just like to say that last time we went to this place was before we started to be intentional about eating healthier and being active. This is embarrassing to admit, but last time we shared their loaded tots (so so good!) and each got a burger with mac and cheese as our side...and milkshakes. I ended up taking most of my mac and cheese home with me, but still, that's a lot to eat and I was painfully full. This time, we got the tots to share, each got a burger, drank water, and got salads as our side. I didn't finish my burger and could only eat like two bites of salad...and I was painfully full. You know you've lost a good amount of weight when your stomach has shrunk significantly!
We went home and relaxed for a bit before heading to Target in search of wedding stuff. No luck. We left the store with hair products and Banana Boat after sun lotion (some sunburns may have been acquired earlier that day). But then...we went to Hobby Lobby for the first time! We're getting married in October and pumpkins are a huge part of the decor. A bunch of bloggers have mentioned that Hobby Lobby already has their fall stuff in stores.
This was $20 and wasn't on sale. I wanted it soo badly! I'd use it as decor in our apartment but we may have utilized it for the wedding too. I'm hoping it goes on sale later and I can get it then. But we ended up getting a bunch of jars for a hot chocolate bar, little chalkboards for marking tables, and big glass jars to display mini pumpkins...and all of it was 50% off! We also got an adorable framed print with a 2-person bicycle for $2.60. It was 90% off! I'm obsessed with this store now. They have a black, white, and gold section that made me drool, along with their fall decor and nautical decor.
On the 4th we were super patriotic and...went to Michael's in search of more wedding stuff. We also got Cold Stone while we were out--I hadn't had it in years so it was a major blast from the past. I always got the Birthday Cake Remix so of course I went for that. We made ourselves some carne asada loaded sweet potato fries and Michael made a chipotle coleslaw with shrimp. They were good, but not pretty, so no pictures. We ate and watched three movies. We got While We're Young from Redbox. I like the actors in it, and it was fine. I wasn't disappointed that we had rented it. We also watched Big Hero 6 and it was hilarious. Especially when he tries to do a fist bump. You need to watch it just for that. And then we finally watched Cake on Netflix. I didn't know what to expect, and I liked it. It was really interesting to see Jeniffer Aniston a) not looking super gorgeous and b) in a really serious role. I also love Anna Kendrick and she was in it. I celebrated the holiday by drinking some prosecco.
I think I prefer prosecco over champagne. I've had good champagne, but often I find it overly sweet or overly dry. Prosecco is generally within my ideal flavor zone. Cupcake is my favorite brand.
I know--you're thinking how lame I am for how I spent my 4th. Honestly, I've always put too much pressure on the holiday and wanted it to be crazy fun, but it ended up just being eh, so it was a downer. (Same thing with New Years.) So now I just treat it like a pretty normal day and it's great!
Sunday was very low-key. We made it a no TV day. I read a lot! We also stained one of the crates that we bought at Michael's on the 4th. It's a little redder than we had anticipated (we accidentally bought cabarnet and had meant to buy cherry) but I know Michael and I won't be concerned about such small details on our wedding day. If the guests think it looks off, so be it.
I also returned the dress I had considered as a rehearsal dinner dress to Nordstrom. I just didn't love it. I looked around and tried some stuff on...I swear I have better luck online shopping! I looked around in Target too but only bought cleaning supplies, a new lip color, and new mascara.
Sorry about the rushed recap. I had a great weekend, but the only real "blog-worthy" day was Friday, so I tried to make the other days short and sweet.
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