Try as they might, USAir could not foil geeksdoitbetter
's plan to come visit. They did delay her arrival a bit, but I welcomed her at SeaTac with open arms and some much-appreciated snacks. A quick drive back to my place, a little bit of catching up, and we quickly went to sleep.
Friday morning, we had a quick breakfast, and headed over to that architectural wonder, the Seattle Public Library. I did an abbreviated version of the architectural tour, showing off the sculptures and other features of the library. Cicely had a number of good finds at the gift shop, though I think I got a bigger kick out of the Nancy Pearl librarian action figure (with power shushing action!) than she did.
A short two blocks away is Columbia Tower, the tallest building in Seattle, and the second tallest on the west coast. This is one of the hidden gems of Seattle, and I've posted about it before. It's a great view (though not 360°) of the area. Cicely observed that when sitting down, it looks like you're up in the clouds. Hee! I love it up there. It's always hilarious to me the number of times you have to pop your ears on the elevator ride down.
When I realized I'd be not at work on a weekday, I knew I had to schedule a stop at Salumi: they serve the best Italian meats for miles. Again, I've posted about this place before. Now, the original plan was to get some sandwiches to go, drive over to the Arboretum, and break in my picnic basket. The uncharacteristically schizophrenic weather did not cooperate. Bah. Still, we got to Salumi early enough (and found rock star parking) to get a seat for lunch. While we were waiting in line, I had to disappoint her by explaining we could not come back tomorrow, since they're only open for lunch on weekdays. I had a prosciutto margharita sandwich, and Cicely had curry tomato soup (of amazing, apparently), and a lamb sandwich, and we bought a prosciutto, fig, and goat cheese sandwich for the next day. Everything was as awesome as I've come to expect from them.
Drove home, and took a rest before crawling Pike Place Market. Cicely bought a number of terribly cute items, including a totally awesome beeswax candle, and was enthralled with the variety of shops to be found just down the block. Food purchases included some very good donuts, and some surprisingly tasty roast nuts. Stopped at the Italian market for some frozen ravioli, as we couldn't find any fresh pasta elsewhere. Also, I got to stop at The Creamery (a delightfully wacky shop for all things dairy) for some eggs and cream.
We had tried to make dinner reservations at the Space Needle, but they were all booked, so we went with our original plan of dining in. Supper was a lovely ravioli with alfredo sauce, all with stuff bought at the Market. After that, a relaxing night watching The Thin Man (which is completely different than The Third Man, as it turns out), a surprisingly (to me) great flick. Sadly, the DVD was scratched beyond all viewing, so we had to turn to Moviepooper to find out whodunnit.
And with that, the first full day was over.