Hey, I'm back! Miss me? L and I both took Friday and Monday off and went to Seattle for a vacation! I will say, I am thoroughly sick of this outfit.
- Sweater - TopShop, consignment; last seen here (3rd outfit) for a Sunday social outing in October
- Camo pants - Gap, consignment; last worn here for my Hallowe'en costume in October
- Boots - Doc Martens, consignment; last seen here last week for a quick WW meeting
- Coat (below) - North Face, thrifted years ago
What I looked like 25% of the time (when I was indoors).
|"There are nefarious shenanigans afoot, I know it!"|
This is what I looked like 75% of the time, when I was outdoors (which was a lot).
I always take a picture or two of Vizzini before we leave, so that I can look at them on the camera and miss our little bud.
|"You're going away! I can tell by the backpack!"|
|"I'm going to bite you if you leave!"|
L and I - obligatory trip selfie!
here), which is a high-speed catamaran passenger ferry that runs between Victoria and Seattle. We bought a Clipper-hotel package a few months ago - they are a great way to get between these two (not very accessible) cities.
The Clipper is big - it's like being inside a big, wide airplane.
Goodbye, rainy ol' Victoria!
And hello, rainy Seattle!
We walked from the docks to our hotel. I loved the light behind this spooky/artsy staircase.
Our hotel had a view of the Space Needle and Seattle Centre.
here, 'cause I love).
Seattle has some amazing art installations.
On Saturday, we walked to Seattle Centre.
It's the Space Needle!
Our real destination was Experience Music Project, which has changed its name to MoPOP (Museum of Pop Culture). Link here (it's a very cool place!).
Love this incredible building.
We had some specific exhibits in mind. Example: I am a major "Star Trek"
L looks like he's just gotten an important communique.
I took a zillion pictures - no, don't run away, I'm only going to post a few. I'll chortle with glee over the others by myself.
My favourite is "Star Trek: Next Generation."
The museum has a lot (a LOT) of interactive stuff, like movies, hands-on exhibits, but you put a Jeffries Tube there, and I am going through it!
Look, I'm fixing...something!
L with the actual sword used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Conan, the Barbarian"!
We are also Dungeons & Dragons fans.
They had a section on "The Princess Bride", one of my favourite movies ever.
Inigo Montoya's sword.
After that, we went to Can't Look Away: The Lure of Horror Film. So many amazing actual props and costumes from movies we love!
I am a big fan of the "Alien" franchise.
But they also had mainstream horror, like Mr. Pointy, Buffy's stake from the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" series (we're very big fans!).
Ooh, the face-hugger from Aliens!
'The Shining' is one of the scariest movies.
One of the interactive displays lets you make shadows, then shapes and forms sprout from them.
We visited Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction next. I love sci-fi!
This was a cool optical illusion of a hallway.
We meandered around the museum and found this crazy guitar/musical instrument sculpture.
L pretended to spin the original Grandmaster Flash's turntables.
We did go upstairs and did the "On Stage" interactive experience. You pick your song, bash away on whatever instrument you want (you're in a soundproof room, no one can see you or hear you), and they record you.
From there, we went to "WOW: World of WearableArt" Exhibition.
This reminded me of somethign Sia might wear.
This one was squishy, padded vinyl.
Of course, we went through the gift shop. There was only one thing I wanted:
After a nice lunch in the restaurant, we strolled the opposite direction, past the famous Public Market.
I had another destination I wanted to see.
here), so imagine being able to see some of his clothes in person!
It was quite crowded (being Saturday afternoon), so I only took a few pictures.
|From A-W 1966. Those are Andy Warhols in the background.|
The Mondrian dress:
|From A-W 1965|
|All A-W 1966. These still look totally modern.|
The detail on these was mind-boggling.
|The one on the right is from A-W 1991, from Saint Laurent Rive Gauche.|
|Both from the A-W 1976 "Opera-Ballets Russes" collection.|
Walking back to the hotel past the big Ferris wheel thing.
Sunday was clear and crisp.
We'd browsed in a few shops on Saturday, and while I didn't buy anything, a pair of half-price, last pair shoes haunted me. We went back and I got them. While we were out, we saw Henry Winkler (remember him as the Fonz from "Happy Days"?) - how cool! He walked right past us.
And such a pretty heel! I love the peep-toe too.
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The main reason for our trip was to go see my NFL team, the Carolina Panthers, play live. I have been a fan for 21-22 years and although I've seen 3 football games, none of them have been my team. It's about time!
I get very anxious in big crowds, so we went to the stadium early, before it got too crazy.
Going into the stadium. We sat way up there on the left, in the nosebleed section.
Looking over the field as we climbed up and up and up.
The sun started to go down.
Just below all the roof rigging.
And stretch it right out there, guys.
And as the Seahawks ran out onto the field, the fireworks went off.
The rippling US flag for the national anthem.
Not so much here, at the end of the game.
However, the weiner dog races at half-time were pretty cute.
|Thanks to Cat for the picture!|
Today, we were up at the crack of dawn (6am, gads, that's early) to get back on the Clipper to go home.
And there's blue skies - we're nearly home!
And we're in the harbour! There is the Johnson Street Bridge!
Victoria seems to have missed the big dump of snow that Vancouver got. Another reason to stay home.
Here's what was waiting for us:
|"Where are my people, fool?" - caption and photo by Cat|