Sunday, June 23, 2013

Special Edition: Seattle Trip #1 - Part 1

oh my goodness.... well our day started off around 730am && is just now winding down at 830pm. its been a long 13hrs..

so I packed up yesterday to stay the night at my moms lastnight && once I had everything in the car && dropped off Michael at his friends, when I was driving off I remembered that I hadnt packed my pulmozyme so I had to go back to him, get the key, drive back home, then head over to my moms. the night from there was calm but I didnt personally get to bed til about 2 && mom was up til 4. so I woke up at 730 && she was already ready && I just gathered what I needed && we waited for our ride to the airport to get the rental car. BUT we had to pick up my brother on the way so that he could get his car from downtown. me + my mom were in one car && my brother + his gf + my nephew were in another (this concluded the group going to seattle). so we get our car (black ford, fusion) && went to the nearest gas station. our first chore was to fill up (as the lady instructed). so we had a few hiccups w trying to find things on the car, like: the gas tank button, the fuel gauge, && the cruise control. once my mom started the pump, the nozzle kept shutting off almost instantly. && kept at it too. she just kept repeating "is it me? is it too sensitive?" && I'm sure some reading this are already thinking of the reason.. well we're women.. && blonde ;) soo anyways! we thought maybe it was just the pump that was sensitive, so we switched. turns out, the next pump did just the same && the next thing we know, the gas was spewing out of the tank onto the concrete.. so mom went inside the gas station to ask maybe if he knew anything about cap-less gas tanks, because we thought that was our problem. that we were just out of the loop from owners of cap-less gas tank cars. so I tried on my own && the same thing happened. mom comes back && remembers that regular gas tanks do that when they're full.... LADIES&&GENTS THE TANK WAS FULL! we hadnt found the fuel gauge at this time, so we were going off of this weird number on the screen behind the steering wheel. so we got some snacks && coffee at the gas station && we were seattle bound!

( found this lil gem written on a bathroom stall door @ dennys )
we stopped to eat at dennys around 2. next road-block, was some actual road-block - an hr's wait worth. on the pass over to seattle, there was some rock blowing-up going on && we think they're trying to widen the roads. which I found funny&&ironic. I (&& everyone else waiting) had to pee so bad that when we finally were able to get off of an exit w a gas station, there was a big line. didnt last too terribly long but still. another wait. I honestly debated just peeing in a cup in the car.. or in the bushes like this elderly lady did.. 
every road trip has some music right? we usually burn cd's for planned trips such as these, but I really didnt think about it. the stations of course went in&&out, but our favorite song of all time "Here I Go Again" by Whitesnake came on at one point && it was video-worthy.. lets just say that :)

( tomorrow I will be here )
once we actually got into seattle, I made use of my 'Maps' icon/app on my phone && found our way to UWMC (University of  Washington Medical Center). there are so many highways there that its really easy to get lost without technology! so thank gawd! we drove all the way up there so that we would know where to go tomorrow morning for the appt. turns (once we found the right parking garage.. underground) that its pretty easy to find. so we went inside && even went to the transplant office. it was closed of course, being a sunday, && we just wanted to gather our bearings && get a tad bit familiar w its location. that place is SO nice that its gonna suck going back to my own hospital.... but for serious. && just getting to the cafeteria is like a labyrinth! weird I know, you'd think I'd like it ;)

after we got done looking around, we went past the medical center to the other side of seattle to look for lodging. we had an appt at the calegiana center, but only for tomorrow night. we ended up finding this cute lil town-like center of nothing but restaurants && clothing/home-furnishing stores. it was surprisingly nice for how I imagined the neighborhood to be like.. serves me right for judging huh? we ended up staying at a travelodge && getting dinner from a QFC, which I'd never been to before. its really big&&crazy.. but nice. so I think I'm gonna dry my hair from my shower, do my treatment, settle down, && try to get to bed earlier than last. night night!

good thoughts. good wishes. good vibes.

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