Yesterday was my first business trip with the company I work for (my position is part-time). My boss and I went to Seattle for the day where we had a meeting with a tradeshow booth vendor who will be building a booth for us for an upcoming tradeshow in May. After the meeting and a quick tour of the convention center where the tradeshow will take place, we found ourselves with a little time on our hands before we needed to be back to the airport. So we walked from the convention center to the famous Pike Street Public Market
If you have never been to this market, and I hadn't until yesterday...well, if you visit Seattle you should go! It is like an enclosed farmer's markets that we go to here at home...but more amazing. For example, the flowers were so beautiful and colorful...they didn't look real.
Tulips and daffodils...pussy willows and greenery...it was gorgeous! And every flower stall had women working, putting together amazing bouquets. I really wanted to purchase one and bring it home, but didn't think it would survive the plane ride home. In addition to flowers, there were many stalls or produce (huge strawberries, beautiful peppers, etc) and stalls of handmade items (like hats, book covers, scarves, soap and candles). But one of the things that the market is known for is it's fish.
Pike Place Market is know for it's fish and the "fish throwers" especially due to the motivational book Fish! and the Fish! Philosophy. I remember reading this when it first came out and trying to incorporate the philosophy in the business culture I was working in at the time (which was my family's retail business - when we lived in Minnesota). The philosophy - "Be there", "Play", "Make their day", and "Choose your attitude". Anyway...while at the market there was a little fish throwing going on, especially when someone purchased something. Lots of fun.
My boss and I got a lot accomplished in our meetings yesterday...and enjoyed the time we got to "play" before going our separate ways...home for me in California and home for my boss in the UK.
Now it is Friday and the weekend is upon us. Tonight it will be a quiet evening at home with all family members present! Take out sushi is the menu for this evening...nice, quick and easy. Gives us more time to visit and to hear about Matthew's experience at outdoor ed.
On the stitching front...
I finished the model I was stitching for Cindy (CindyMae designs) and will be getting that into the mail for her to finish, photograph and publish. She really is coming out with some very nice patterns! With that complete, I will sit down and put the finishing touches to "A Walk in the Park" which I am making for my sister...hoping to get that done this weekend. Next up...I have to get some exchange stitching done, especially for the Ornament exchange. This month the recipient is Lisa V, and it is due in the mail on or before March 31...so I better get started!
I just heard back from Angela P who is one of the organizers of the Lizzie Kate Exchange as well as many other fun exchanges which I am participating in. A little more than a week ago I sent her a little package as she wasn't feeling well and scheduled for surgery the middle of March and she seemed a little down. When I first met her, many months ago, via blogging & email and got to know her, I stitched a little angel pillow. Well, I remembered that little pillow, which I packed up with a few other little goodies and put in the mail a little over a week ago. Well, I guess the day that she was on my mind...the same day that I put the package in the mail, she had emergency surgery. Strange, huh? That's my sixth sense I guess :) Since I cannot find the photo I took (it is probably on the computer that one of the boys are on right now) - I will let you follow the link to her post: http://hookedonstitches.blogspot.com/2010/03/cheerful-surprise.html
Well...it is time to put in the take out order for sushi! Hope everyone is doing well and has a great weekend!
Remember...Live, Love, Laugh and Stitch Often! Lisa