NATOPS and stars and strips.

I haven’t had the opportunity to be lazy in a long time – maybe months – so I’m relishing this morning. It’s cool and drizzly outside, so I opened the window to create the perfect temp inside our room to be warm and cuddly under the covers.

The only thing missing is Michael. Despite all the fun that I’ve been reporting this week, he is, in fact, here to work. He is currently doing a NATOPS check, which you can read about HERE, which is akin to what we in nursing school referred to as a “skills check out”. So, I’m “home alone” in our BOQ room (which is basically a hotel room!), snuggling with my computer.

I’ve been up since early this morning thanks to phone calls and texts from the East Coast, and I’ve managed to find a few very cute things online. Checkout this adorable “USA” pullover that my cousin is selling at her boutique! I totally want one. I can see myself wearing this to all kinds of Navy events in Japan!! Oh, and she just posted this adorable tank top, too! They would look sooo cute with a pair of cut-offs or capris … oh, if only I had all the money in the world to buy everything that I wanted to wear 😉

Related to shopping, I’m getting very frustrated with Amazon! Our Prime apparently doesn’t cover shipping to Japan, and hardly anything I’ve wanted to buy is covered by Prime, even when I choose to ship it instead to my parents’ house! Amazon, get your shit together. You’re drunk.

Michael had off from work yesterday (thanks, scheduling guy!), so we took a day trip to Seattle. Our main objective was to have dinner with my friend Alissa, but we decided to make a day of it. We took the car ferry from Whidbey Island to somewhere closer to Seattle. It took longer then driving the whole route, but the view was nicer then the view from the highway!

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The view from the ferry. Pretty!
Riding on the ferry :)
Riding on the ferry 🙂

Once in Seattle, we found our way immediately to Pike Place Market, which was full of hustle, bustle, and noise … we loved it. We were there on a random Tuesday afternoon and it was very busy, and I can’t imagine what it would be like on a nice Saturday, but it’s definitely worth the trip. I loved the flower stands, and Michael and I each bought a cookie from one of the many bakeries. We spent about an hour wondering through the Market. There is another market across the street called “Sanitary Market”, or something like that. That market was smaller then Pike Place, but it was equally interesting.

The main entrance.
The main entrance.
A flower stand at Pike Place Market.
A flower stand at Pike Place Market.

After Pike Market, we went to the Gum Wall … which is, in a word, disgusting. It’s located under Pike Market, and worth a 30 second glimpse. The ally reeks of sugary gum – be forewarned!

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The Gum Wall in Seattle – GAG.

After those two adventures, we decided to take our sightseeing to new heights and go on the new ferris wheel at the waterfront, called The Seattle Great Wheel. It cost something in the neighborhood of $14 per person, which in my opinion was way steep, but the views from the wheel were quite nice and at least the cars were enclosed and heated!

A view of the Space Needle.
A view of the Space Needle.
The mountains in the distance.
The mountains in the distance.
Downtown Seattle.
Downtown Seattle.
The wheel.
The wheel.
Michael looking out a window on the ferris wheel.
Michael looking out a window on the ferris wheel.

We ran around a bit more after the ferris wheel, but soon it was time for dinner and catching up with Alissa 🙂 We went to the Kastoori Grill near Pike Place Market, and it was awesome! I had my favorite food – paneer tikka masala.

We will be back on Seattle this weekend to celebrate my SIL’s 30th birthday and to spend some quality time before we leave for Japan. Michael checks-out of this squadron on Friday afternoon, and our flight doesn’t leave until early Tuesday morning. Maybe this weekend we’ll go to the Space Needle and the Boeing Aviation Museum.

I think that the sun is finally shining outside, which is a sign that it’s time to get my butt out of bed and to the track for another workout! I hope that you’re all having a really nice day.

3 comments

  1. Yay! Glad you got in a visit to Alissa. Thinking of you and your big trip to Japan! xoxo

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