Sundays in Ballard. (And Monday by the lake.)

I’ve spent eight of the last nine Sundays in Ballard. Seven of those eight were spent working at Hot Cakes. And, while I do love Sunday mornings at Hot Cakes (really, I do), I was excited to be a Ballard patron this last Sunday, as opposed to a Ballard employee.

Sundays in Ballard are mostly notable because of the Ballard Farmers Market. It is open every single Sunday of the year, no matter what, and it is lovely. Tons of gorgeous foodstuffs are showcased by a host of wholesome and passionate vendors. Naturally, this market attracts a big crowd, which is why working at Hot Cakes (on the same street as the market) is a  fun Sunday morning activity for me. I didn’t have to work this Sunday, though, so my new housemate, Alix, and I went to Ballard to roam around the market. It also happened to be the weekend of the Ballard Seafood Festival, so there were an additional one million people roaming around with us.

Of course, the weather was gross. It was nice on Saturday (when I worked all day), and then Sunday was gray and chilly. July 13th, and I was in pants and a sweater, carrying an umbrella, and sipping a latte–purchased with the sole intent of warming me as I walked. So Seattle.

It was a good time, though. Alix just moved here from New Jersey, so it was fun to show her around (likeIknowmywayaround). It was also fun to taste lots of yummy berries that are (finally!) in season. And buy some, too.

Although I apparently came away with zero photos of said berries. Good one.

The market (and Ballard itself, generally speaking) is also the site of various other forms of entertainment at any given time. Like, this pup named Ollie. A Poodle/American Eskimo mix.

Ollie!

So cute. And I’m not even a dog person.

And then of course, there are the musical acts.

The kid on the far right is ALWAYS playing/singing Wagon Wheel when I walk by. I want to hug squeeze him. Adorable.

As I mentioned, the Ballard Seafood Festival was occurring this weekend. So. Many. People. I think Alix’s words were, “Oh my gosh, Kristen… There are so many people, Kristen!” Haha. Good times. There was live music, and a beer garden, and all sorts of other activities. Like a street fair/ArtsFest, but on major steroids. We each had a fish taco, and it was pretty good. Not stellar, but good. Alix is now on a mission to find the best fish taco in all of Seattle. I may have to tag along for that.

Seafood Fest madness that went on for blocks, and blocks, and blocks.

So, there you have it. Sunday in Ballard. Hopefully I’ll have more chances to enjoy Sundays in Ballard as a patron. If not, I’ll continue to enjoy serving the market crowd while blasting their ears full of Big Smith and Ozark Mountain Daredevils, which is my Sunday music of choice at Hot Cakes. 🙂

And…

While Sunday was gray and gross, Monday turned out to be gorgeous.

Lake Washington from the West.

Alix and I took full advantage. We went to downtown Kirkland, which is on the East side of Lake Washington, found a patio and a happy hour, had a drink and some guacamole, and then walked around the lake. Very refreshing.

Lake Washington from the East.

Thanks, Monday. 🙂

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Pseudo-update {random alert}.

I know, I know. I became the annoying person who starts a blog and then neglects it. Apologies, y’all. For real! I didn’t mean to! It’s been crazy busy around here the last couple months. School, work, life- you know.

I feel as though I have done nothing exciting (read: blog-worthy) as of late. I’ve really been so busy that I’ve had trouble keeping up with myself. Yikes. I did finish my first year of school at Bastyr, though. That’s notable. One down, two to go! You should feel fortunate that you were spared a dramatic and emotion-filled reflection regarding that. It was a big deal!

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few random photos that somehow accumulated on my phone during my blog absence. Please be warned: these are really unexciting. But, they’re all I got for now, so they shall have to do.

G.T.’s Kombucha. MULTI-GREEN edition.

Meet my dear friend, MULTI-GREEN Kombucha. I have drank drunk an embarrassingly large amount of this stuff recently. It’s so good! And as far as I know it’s good for me. B Vitamins and antioxidants galore. Kombucha is basically fermented tea, and the ingredients in this baby are:

100% G.T.’s organic raw kombucha, klamath mountain blue-green algae, spirulina, chlorella, and 100% pure love!!!

Yes, I drink algae. And yes, I LOVE IT. I told you I am a hippie now. (70 calories per 16 oz. bottle, in case anyone cares. I don’t. :))

Next photo:

Bastyr students just-a hangin’ out in the sun.

I’m not really sure why I felt compelled to snap this photo, but it is a nice representation of the courtyard at Bastyr. This is obviously on an exceptionally nice day. There were a few of those strung together, but they’ve gone away and have yet to return. The pond-esque thing is a turtle pond. Cool!

Next.. .

This is what I saw out my bedroom window for a week or so when it was exceptionally nice. Lovely to wake up to. I did Instagram and Tweet this one awhile ago. Sorry if you’re bored seeing it a second time/not realtime.

Go Bears!

This is what I wore to work (at Hot Cakes Molten Chocolate Cakery!) on a day that the Missouri State Baseball Bears were playing in the Coral Gables, FL, regional. BearWear Sunday in Seattle, anyone? I loved it. Also, congrats to my little baby brother on finishing his baseball career. Yay, Brother! Definitely wish I could’ve been there to watch.

This is the sight around which I hung out following MY LAST BIOCHEMISTRY FINAL EVER. Another bonfire, you ask? Yes, another bonfire.

Bicycle repair at Advanced European Auto.

The story behind this photo is hilarious. My friend Andrea acquired this bike from the garage where she lives and decided that we needed to go on a bike ride. We ended up going on a 15-ish mile loop along Lake Washington, but not before we stopped at Advanced European Auto. While crossing a huge (huge!) intersection to get to the trail, Andrea’s seat apparently became loose. In hilarious, dramatic fashion, she flipped out and stopped abruptly (at which point I almost hit her) and then demanded that her seat be fixed before we continued. Advanced European Auto was between us and the trail, so Andrea very forwardly approached while I hung back and laughed. Bike seat problem was solved, though, and the ride was great. Success. Thanks, Advanced European Auto guy.

And finally.. .

Seattle!

Notice the date on this is 6/26/12. I’ll give you a second to check your weather archives and see what it was like where you were on this day. I’m not complaining. But I do miss and long for SUMMER.

And there you have it. Random bits of the last couple months of my life. I promise to come at you (sooner than later!) with more solid entertainment. For now, know that I am happy and healthy and wish the same for you all.

Cheers, dears!