Frank (ljtourist) wrote,
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Small gains

Many things in my world have been going pretty poorly lately. Overall, things are still good, but there's been a lot of suck. So I'm trying to do things this weekend to make me feel better.

Thanks to cow's encouragement, my original plan was to head out to the Hoh Rain Forest tomorrow, but the weather seems to be conspiring against it. Ordinarily, you'd *want* to visit while it's raining ('cause it's a rain forest), but given the long drive alongside a river, combined with flood warnings, a rising snow level, and ever-increasing amounts of precipitation forecast (yay, pineapple express), it's not looking real good. Bah. I'll see what tomorrow morning brings.

Last night I watched Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. It was a decent enough story, but the sets, visuals, style, and animations were mind-blowing. Simply out of this world. I need to find a "making of" show to find out how they accomplished that unique look.

Today was the grand opening of the LUSH in Westlake Center (about 6 blocks away). Published start time was 11am, but smartly I was there about 20 min before. Picked up a few things (just enough for the freebies), tried out the moisturizers, and sampled a bunch of their other new stuff. Started talking with a lot of the people in line, and they turned out to be on the forum too. It was great connecting with (essentially) random strangers. One of their events was a trivia contest, and the prizes were bottles of Honeywood! It's a limited edition shower gel that is only a prize; you can't buy it. While waiting in line, they asked the first trivia question, and a woman I'd been chatting with won one and *gave* it to me. How awesome is that! She has a huge bottle already, and saw how much I wanted it. That made my day right there. Another girl was taking photos of everything (she won a trip for the LUSH factory tour! so jealous); she took my picture because apparently a 6'4" guy with glitter on his nose is too cute to resist. She and I talked about a lot of stuff, especially the recent (dramatic!) price hikes, and she's planning on taking the feedback to LUSH HQ. Maybe some good will come of that. Since it was a grand opening, there were lots of giveaways: I got a sample of one of their face masks, some Dream Cream, a Marathon bubble bar, some Sexy Peel soap, and a special Butterball bath bomb (which could have a $100 gift certificate inside). So I wound up with more for free than what I bought! And I had a *great* time. Just what I needed.

On the way home, I stopped by Three Girls Bakery for some french bread, some Irish soda bread, and tea cakes, and Tully's for some coffee. On my way out, I heard bagpipes in the distance. I love bagpipes. Wandered back towards Pike Place Market, and sure enough, two young kids playing; one on drums, and one on the bagpipes. I sat down in the light rain, and just enjoyed the performance. Another real "Seattle moment". Turns out they're playing in concert a week from Sunday, and I'm *so* going to be there.

Tonight, I'll be making French Onion Soup, and watching Trash. Tomorrow, I'll either take a long drive or be spending some time with Morris. Maybe I'll take Monday off and drive out to the Peninsula then. Things are looking up, I guess.
Tags: food, life, lush
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