I may have stayed up slightly past my bedtime last night, but I guess God decided I needed a little extra sleep last night, because my phone died during the night (okay, my bad, I forgot to plug it in) and my alarm didn’t go off!
Instead of waking up at 8am to have a nice morning to get ready for work, I woke up at 9:28, woke up Keenan, and started running around frantically. The ferry I should have taken leaves at 9:45, and I usually leave the house at 9:30. Obviously that wasn’t going to happen, so we decided to make the drive around, which gave me a few extra minutes to change, brush my teeth and touch up yesterdays makeup that I didn’t wash off before bed last night.
I grabbed an apple out of the fruit bowl and took off.
We ran down to the yoga studio to grab a chai and see what vegan treats they had for the day.
After I took the picture of my “chai”, I took a sip and realized that something was wrong… she gave me a latte! I was pretty sure that she had at least gotten the soy part of the order right, since she had asked me whether I wanted plain or vanilla soy, but this was definitely not the spicy deliciousness I was hoping for. Since I was in a hurry, and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, I decided to just drink the latte and let it be. No drama.
I also got an energy bar, which was really good. Lots of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.
After the breakfast stop, we got on the freeway.
I had my favorite road trip buddy in his usual spot on my lap.
After a while he woke up from his nap to share my apple with me.
This dog loves apples! It’s crazy! Most of the time I actually just bite off little bits of apples and give them to him. Almost makes me feel like a mama bird, but slightly less disgusting. (Only slightly.)
In Tacoma, we jumped onto I-5 to head back up to Seattle.
Problem with living on a peninsula is that you have to drive all the way down to the closest bridge, which connects us to Tacoma, which is still a half hour drive from Seattle. Missing the ferry is no small deal. It takes about half a tank of gas to get to Seattle and back, not to mention the $4 toll at the bridge. Boo.
Driving past Boeing, we got a great view of the other set of mountains, the Olympics.
I must say, I definitely chose a great day to miss the ferry. It was gorgeous, so getting to enjoy some different scenery was a major treat.
Soon, we caught sight of the city.
I love sky line shots. And Seattle.
The two large buildings in the foreground are Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, and Qwest Field, where the Seahawks and the Sounders play. I also went to see Kenny Chesney and the rest of the group touring with him back in like 2006. It was awesome. Any other country music lovers out there?
I made it safely to work right on time. Thank goodness I didn’t wake up any later than I did!
In my rush, obviously, I didn’t have a chance to grab any food for my meals at work, so I had to do some sleuthing in the hospital cafeteria.
On my first break, I decided to mow down on these crunchy tacos.
With black beans, brown rice, lettuce and fresh pico de gallo, they were even reasonably healthy! Win!
My second break, I grabbed some sauteed chard and veggies from the line.
No offense to my wonderful co-workers, but this was awful. It had been sitting out for too long, and just wasn’t palatable. I gave up after a few bites, and moved on to the Thai burrito that I bought to go along with it.
The ingredients were great, and so was the taste. It was quite peanut-y, and every once in a while I would get a bite that was nice and ginger-y. Yum! It was also quite filling. And check out the nutrition info!
Notice the 19g protein and 39% iron! That certainly won me over!
My final at-work meal was a big bowl of the vegan chili.
This was so spicy that I was almost sweating by the time I finished it. It was sooo good, and veggie packed. I heart chili.
I finished up work, and took the bus down to the ferry, as always. The sunset was breath-taking, so I figured I’d show it off to you guys a bit.
I must mention, that any pictures that I post of any of the mountains in the area are nothing compared to the real-life view. Sometimes it feels like you can reach out and touch the peaks. I will say it again, I love living in the northwest.
And another sky line shot, just for good measure.
I picked up an extra shift tomorrow afternoon, so I’m going home to get my sleep on.
Have a good night and good eats!