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.