The McDonald-Jones Mother-Son duo see Seattle!

Brett and his lovely mamacita, Patti, spent a weekend in Seattle recently!  (We all seem to love traveling to Seattle haha)  🙂  They visited downtown Seattle, Pike’s Market, the world-renowned Chihuly Garden and Glass exhibition, and the EMP Museum.  The next day they explored Microsoft Research and some of the great areas along the lake 🙂  I’ll let Patti tell the story though so here goes…a guest appearance 🙂 …

I had such a wonderful time – thanks to the awesome hospitality and tour guide talents of my son Brett.  He really went absolutely over the top to give me a sample of the Seattle experience – having never been there before.  His room-mate and co-conspirator in making “Cool-things” also provided a warm welcome and generous gift of time (they both definitely did not have) to give me the opportunity to sample local culinary delights, breath-taking sights and all around conversation and fun!  The place is beautiful and it was such a pleasure to spend a moment with these two absolutely amazing and grounded people.

It was a whirlwind week-end.  In on Friday eve and out on Monday Morning.  Brett picked me up around 5:00 in Raj’s car, then went to house to find Raj, and all went out for sushi – think it was called Oto Sushi – they ordered for us – way to much – gorgeous presentation – we ate all of it.  Then went for walk to Juanita Bay as the sun set over the water.  Back to house tried to watch TV picked Covert Affairs (I like it and so does Mallory) – Brett style – meaning projected on the entire wall – but alas too too tired – just went to sleep.

Slept forever the next am.  Finally out the door at noon headed to Pikes Market, (first he showed me the park filled with majestic pines just steps from the house) had famous Piroshky (pronunciation I am not sure of) after waiting in the famous line.  Then a walk through the very busy Pike’s Market.  Saw such fun things, fish being thrown, flowers more grand and cheaper than I have ever seen in my life (Kristin should get married there just for the flowers).  Bought some fun souveniers – Pikes Market Sign and jewelry.  We stopped to enjoy the little band – Tallboys, Brett bought their CD, despite the fact that they had not showered in sometime.  (we listened to the CD all weekend).  Then headed to have my first sample of coffee made with fresh roasted beans, that was so GOOD! Have picture of the coffee top.  Then walked , stopped at Patagonia, bought nothing, headed to a combo of Chihuly exhibit, Sci-Fi & Music Museum.   Bought a magnet from Chihuly – as I love love love stain glass and his art.  Also got some great pictures of Brett in the Chihuly Garden with the Space Needle in the background.  I kept with Brett’s help trying to figure out where Frasiers apartment and view would have to have been – even if it was imaginary – but alas after much observation and speculation and several Google searches came to the forgone conclusion – that it the view was made up – just like the show – as they only filmed there once.  Oh well, I immediately  returned to believing in my imagination that Frasier was real and happened in Seattle.

Then went back to water front, had a drink and great conversation about life and jobs and futures and such.  Headed to get Raj and had dinner together at a terrific water front restaurant.  Raj insisted on picking up the tab – so kind of him. Then back to house.

Sunday was off to a great and totally cool start.  Headed for a special “take your mom to work day” at Microsoft – he rented out the whole place for me, only a few stragglers were there.  He made me a Microsoft Latte – good – then to a personal presentation of IllumiRoom at a mom’s level of sophistication and pace – i.e., SLOW – I got an amazing demo and backdrop explanation.  Saw where everyone worked.  So much fun for me to be there and so meaningful!

Then out on a long hike – close by. It was so good for me!  Got great  pictures.  Then we were too late to hit the St. Michelle Winery – will have to go back – so went to festival in Kirkland (actually I am confused about where everything was- cause I never looked at a map).  Headed back to house, tried to figure out where to go to dinner, Raj could tell that Brett was super tired – and me too – so suggested we order pizza, get some wine and stay home.  So he ordered, we ran the grocery store to pick up the wine, got some great chocolate too – then had a leisurely dinner on the patio under the pines, in the still air – quiet music and conversation.  It was a truly memorable evening and wonderful way to celebrate my visit and life!

Then Monday, up at 5:00 off to airport and work – for everyone

~ Brett’s Mamacita

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blog_MJSeattle_27Pictures by Brett and Patti

 

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