Sunday, April 13, 2008

April 12 of 12

Here's what it is, if you don't already know.

This month was a perfect day for 12 of 12 - too perfect. It was a Saturday, Scott actually had the day off, and it was unbelievably beautiful weather in Seattle. I actually took about 160 pictures yesterday - so narrowing it down to 12 took me a while:

6:32 a.m. Sunrise.

11:38 a.m. Finally got my hair cut. Feelin' good.

12:15 p.m. Heading out for the day. The lilac "bush" at the side of our house. It's ancient and huge. Within a week or two it will be filled with fragrant white lilac blooms.

12:24 p.m. Scott and I drove through the Arboretum, where they were having a plant sale. We didn't buy anything. But here's a picture of some bee houses. Bzzzz.

1:01 p.m. Mmmmm ... Wendy's. Burgery goodness.

1:22 p.m. Molbak's, one of our favorite nurseries. We're plant junkies. But we didn't buy much today since it's still early and we'll still get frost. But the ranunculuses (ranunculi?) were beckoning us.

2:49 p.m. Yes, this is Seattle. Yes, it's April 12. Yes, it's 80 degrees. Yes, we were doing our happy dance. Yes, that's Scott making a funny face in the mirror.

2:59 p.m. Heading west on the 520 bridge over Lake Washington, back into Seattle. The Olympic Mountains are in the distance, across the Sound. Husky Stadium and the University of Washington are on the right. Sometimes we're just in awe of how beautiful this city is.

2:59 p.m. A picture taken out of the sunroof, looking southwest to Mount Rainier.

3:00 p.m. Looking north over Lake Washington towards the Cascade Mountains. There were lots of boats on the water today. I was glad. It would have been sad if the boats were under the water.

7:28 p.m. After playing in the yard with the dogs for a while, we cleaned up and headed to dinner. I love this house, right around the corner from the restaurant. It has a copper roof which has weathered to a beautiful patina over the years. I'm not so crazy about the pink garage next door. I used to live in John Mellencamp's town, but I still don't buy into the idea of little pink houses for you and me.

8:02 p.m. Our friend PPP took us to our favorite restaurant, Dulces, in the Madrona neighborhood of Seattle very near our house. Mmmmmmm. I didn't want to use the flash inside, so I got a blurry picture of Scott almost licking his plate after the Gambas en Salsa Verde.

That's all for this month, kids. Happy 12 of 12!


Scott said...

Awww, I'm so jealous of your fine day. Makes me want to get back to Seattle ASAP!

khowaga said...

You know, it's funny. When Ray and I were driving around Honolulu, he was commenting about how he just couldn't believe how pretty it was, and I said, "I've really only had that reaction one other place -- Seattle."

And here you are with the photos to prove it! You must be reading my mind! (Stop it -- there's stuff I don't want you seeing in there?!)

Matt said...

Heh - khowaga, I've already seen that ... you're a dirty man. :)

Pete said...

Matt you know every time I see Wendy's I want to jump straight on a plane and get back over to the US, I am SOOO hungry now.

Great 12.

Palm Springs Savant said...

nice haircut! Hey can I have a bite of that burgery goodness??

angel, jr. said...

I want to try Wendy's new burger that baconator (think that is what it's called).

Joni said...

Suddenly, I'm hungry for Wendy's.

Why does it always rain when I'm in Seattle? At least this shows me hope that it can be sunny and beautiful. Loved your photos this month, the one of the lake could be a postcard

Brian said...

Very nice haircut!

Jeremy said... would have to find a way around that brussel sprouts issue...
and the firetrucks left after 10 minutes.....i guess it was a false alarm.
seattle is so the bubble tea at uwajimaya!

Jason said...

Great picture of you. You're a handsome guy :)

Dulces looks like a fantastic restaurant. I love the decor there.

Thanks for sharing your photos from the day, and rubbing in the 80 degree weather ;)

jo said...

I love pictures! I always look forward to your 12 of 12. Love the haircut, cuz!

Scooter said...

I love sharing 12 of 12 days with you...actually, I love sharing all our days. :)

h a i k u g i r l said...

Are all your days as awesome as your 12ths or do you make extra effort to make them kick some serious ass?

I look forward to these each month!

Lisa B said...

Great pictures of your day!

LSL said...

I always love your 12 of 12 - great haircut! - and to see pics from the PNW is awesome. A little taste of home.

Zippy said...

Happening new haircut, Matt! What incredible shots of the mountains. Just gorgeous! I miss the beasties, though.

Daniel said...

How come Seattle weather has never been that kind to me when I've visited? Maybe the weather gods feel a desert dweller like myself needs to see precipitation... I disagree. Great pics!!

Michael said...

Mmmm, can't decide what looks better, the burger or your haircut.

Dave said...

Awesome. I kind of have a thing about bees. But, you know, not in a gay way or anything.

Darth Gateau said...

bee hives! Honey... mmmmmm
burger.... mmmmmmmm
dinner in restaurants......MMMMMMM

top post!

Dogeared said...

Although I love seeing the menagerie, I do love seeing a little around Seattle! And what gorgeous weather you had - and with both of you not working, even better to enjoy it!

And the haircut look great ;-)

(I'm late to commenting as I got back late on the 14th and so my 12 of 12 was delayed too)

Helen (Dogeared)

Anonymous said...

i love love love lilac's. mad jealous that you have them coming in.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful captures, Matt! And a nice shot of Mount Rainier which can be hard considering the weather. What's the saying? If you can't see Mount Rainier, it's raining. If you can see Mount Rainier, it's going to rain."? It's interesting to hear about what's happening to all these bee colonies. I think you need to drive the car in a circle to recalibrate the temperature gauge on the car. ;-) I'm looking forward to seeing the bush in bloom.