Friday, March 5, 2010

Finally it is Friday!

Well, March started in true fashion...coming in like a Lion! This week has just been crazy with both DH and I having business trips, Robert filling out high school registration forms and Matthew away at 5th grade outdoor camp. Phew! TGIF and we are all home!

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 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 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: 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


corinna said...

love the fish throwers and seattle
but the flowers are the best...
if you ever go to vancouver
you will
love love love their granville market!!!!! it is even better in my opinion.....

valerie said...

Seattle!? Lucky you! I completely love Seattle and if I didn't live there, I would live in that Emerald City. Each time I visit, I go to Pike Place Market everyday I am there. I am itching to go again soon.

Happy weekend! TGIF!

Lisa said...

Ooh I love the tulips, they are my favourite flowers to display, soo pretty.
It was soo lovely of you to send that gorgeous pillow to Angela, I know she would have loved it.
I'm all excited about March, cant wait to see what wonderful ornies I will receive.

Catherine said...

Oh those flowers!!! Beautiful!

Have a great weekend!

jayne@~an eye for threads~ said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures of the market, looks like a fun place to visit.
Be always in stitches.

Angela said...

Looks like it was a nice business trip, and I just loved the Tulips as they are my favorite flower! I will always treasure my Angel pillow and honestly can't say how much it means to me that you thought of me :)

Kielrain said...

I love Pike Place. It is a fun place to roam.