Cheese, Wine, and Sunshine

Hi all!

Jon and I are finally getting a little bit more settled in to our new house. It’s fantastic to see our stuff starting to take shape into a home.

empty house

moving in

We took a break from the chaos to check out the Cheese Fest this weekend and had a really good time! Less cheese than last year, though that translated into less crowds. It was so sunny. Just a really great day to be out at the market with friends.


This pic is from last year, and the crowds weren’t as intense, but at least it gives you a little bit of an idea of what the event looked like:

Seattle Cheese Fest

Around noonish, we (heather, steven, yelena, ben, jon and I) had eaten enough cheese to give us bellyaches, and did what all reasonable people would have: decided it was time for wine.

wine on sneuman's deck

If you’re in belltown and in need of a bottle of wine, I definitely recommend stopping into Seattle Cellars. The guy that was working (owner?) recommended three fantastic and vastly different bottles all in the 10-15$ range. They were perfect for the afternoon. The wine shop has a cooler with about 20 chilled bottles of white, rosé and sparkling, which is important to know if you’re looking for something to drink right away.

Onward and upward. Literally. Today’s adventure takes us to Steven & Yelena’s rooftop deck, with a fantastic view of the city, the sound, and the mountains.

view from snueman's deck

…and our new house!

view from snueman's deck - our house

…which is incredibly close to quite a few friends. How cool is that?

lower queen anne friends

We live on the west side of lower queen anne.  For any non-seattleites out there, that’s midway between the sound picture above (we’re really close to the “coast”) and the space needle.

view from snueman's deck

What’s that in the backround? The seaplane! Are you listening, mom?

sea plane

As we settled in to our afternoon of sunburn fruit and wine…

wine on sneuman's deck

…we noticed that the sky was doing a weird apocalyptic sort of thing. How odd is this? Anyone ever seen the ring around the sun like that before?

sun rays?

Is it the end of the world? Perhaps. Or maybe it’s just time for another glass of wine. Pass the rosé please!

wine on sneuman's deck

Sunday, sunday. Sunday!

It was Sunday afternoon. We slept in embarrassingly late but just in time to make it to the matinee at the Seattle Rep, (Breakin’ Hearts and Takin’ Names), which was hilarious.

Afterward we went out for Thai food to our favourite place in Queen Anne, where jon said “arrigatou” twice and I nearly yelled “SUMI MASEN!!” across the dining room to get the waitresses attention.  Looks like it may take some adjustment to behave correctly in our society again. haha.

Later drank a great bottle of pinot from Elk Cove (it’s good to be home) and looked at the preview of our Japan-Book.  I sent it off to be printed yesterday morning, and I’m so greatful that it’s done.  Jon’s was going on and on about all of our wine accessories, which I suppose is good since we have them all. “What should we cut the foil with?” “What tool should we use as a pouring instrument?

A little paraphernalia always makes things better. Do you think we should get one of those crazy venturi aerator things?” So to all of you who have given us wine, or wine accessories over the years – thank you. Please know that they’re well used and loved.

And in about a week I’ll have a hardbound record of our trip that I’d love to share with you.