From beer festivals to light festivals, 2014 has probably been the most tiresome but wonderful holiday season since my move to Washington.
It started off with the Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival at their brewery in Georgetown (a neighborhood in Seattle) with a group of friends. This was Elysian’s 10th year hosting the GPBF and included 80+ pumpkin beers, ~20 were crafted by the Elysian brewers themselves. This festival was all about…you guessed it PUMPKIN BEER. If you know me well then you’ll know my obsession with all things pumpkin beer included (probably #1) and when my friends asked me if I wanted to go, NO was not an option. I honestly lost count of how many beer samples I actually consumed this night and although several were not my top choices, I did find many that I loved. The beer selection ranged from locally brewed at Elysian to beers from around the world. There were giant pumpkins and the main or “Great” pumpkin was filled with beer. Although the beer turned out a bit watered down (to be expected soaking in a pumpkin), it was still a great memory. If you’d like to know more, go here and for all you pumpkin obsessed humans I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this festival.
A trip to the pumpkin patch was required of course as Halloween neared. My roommate and I ventured up north to Bob’s Corn Maze and Pumpkin Patch which had a variety of activities for families and children to partake in. I felt like I was a kid again at the pumpkin patch. Riding tractors, walking through the patch, drinking cider, and finished the night off with donuts.
Up next was my volleyball family’s annual Halloween Bash hosted by my friend John. This year I decided I’d actually buy a costume, which I haven’t done in probably 8+ years. I was swamped with work and ran out of time to make a decent one. I did manage to make a shirt for work, but it wasn’t that great of quality. I chose to go as a sweet honey bee and brought along some HONEY whiskey…see what I did there 🙂 It was quite the evening full of laughters and memories.
Next holiday that occurred was thanksgiving. This was a little more low key than it has been in the past but it was diffidently needed. I was lucky enough to spend this holiday with my “little” brother Joe, who is my brother-in-law’s little brother. He came up for the entire 4 day weekend (well weekend for him) and I spoiled him with a fully cooked thanksgiving dinner (courtesy of Fred Meyer’s). The day was spend relaxing and pretty much doing NOTHING because what better way to spend a holiday. The weekend continued in much of the same fashion including a little outing to a local bar to watch the APPLE CUP, which is the football game between Washington and Washington State. Oh and the entire weekend was spent tasting delicious whiskey. Can you ask for a better holiday.
On to my FAVORITE holiday…Christmas. This was quite a busy month of holiday celebrations for me. It started with my roommate’s and I adventuring down the street to the Wild Lights at the zoo. I love christmas lights so this was the perfect little kick-off to Christmas and I got to spend it with two of my four roommates. That same week, my roommates and I hosted our Ugly Sweater Party, which was well EPIC. I mean, honestly, how can you go wrong with UGLY SWEATERS. Unfortunately…this is where I had a mishap involving a little too much to drink and my stairs. Yes…you guess it. I feel down my stairs and left several holes in our wall and many bumps and bruises on my right side of my body. I woke up in the morning in so much pain… more pain then I have ever felt before. The next day was spent going to the urgent care and the ER for X-rays. Thankfully, nothing was broken and I did heal up in a few short weeks.
Following the ugly sweater party, it was on to home for a continuing education class for my job and a little RnR with my parents. And after my great fall of 2014, RnR was just what the doctor orders. We had several family dinners, I saw some of my besties, and spent some time in the sun.
After I returned home, I attended several other holiday parties with my church and volleyball families and took an adventure to The Lights of Christmas. This was similar to the Wild Lights except this had over 1 MILLION lights spread over 15 acres. This is the largest holiday lights display in the Pacific Northwest and boy oh boy I have in christmas light heaven. If you are looking for something special to do with your family around Christmas and you reside in Washington, this is highly recommended.
Similar to thanksgiving, Christmas eve and Christmas day were pretty quiet and relaxing. However, I did get the chance to spend some quality time with someone who I’ve spent the past 10+ Christmases with and many, many other holidays and celebrations. She was here visiting her fiancee’s family and it was my first christmas since moving to WA that I was able to spend it with family.
To wrap up the holiday season and year was a New Year’s party celebrated with close friends, laughter, and good times.
PHEW, that was quite a wrap up and if you made it this far…thank you for reading. You are the reason I continue to write on this blog and continue to explore the world around me.