Thursday, December 3, 2009

Garden d’Lights


Saturday Scope and I took my mom out to breakfast at a little local restaurant called Plum Delicious, which I’ve driven by many a time but have never been brave enough to venture inside because…. because…. well, because of the decor, okay?

*gulp*

Doilies. That about sums it up. There are doilies EVERYWHERE!! It’s like a battalion of grandmas went into battle!

It was epic.

And the Plum Delicious lost.

Clearly.

I’ve seen the doilies covering everything in sight through the windows every time I’ve driven by and I’ve always been dramatically and spastically paranoid suspicious that I might have my cheeks pinched and get called “sugar booger” by a posse of grannies if I ever got up the nerve to set foot in there.

*insert Psycho shower scene music here*

*shudder*

But curiosity got the best of me, so we went in. And in all honesty, it was quite nice in there, doilies and all. The food was great, the waitress was utterly adorable, and no-one pinched my cheeks.

After breakfast, Scope took me Christmas shopping. He took me into Cameras West and I fondled all the DSLR’s on display. Oooooooh, baby. Then because I’m disgustingly spoiled because he’s the sweetest fiancé EVER (!!!!), he bought me one.

*Wheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!*

It’ll be wrapped up under his tree in Chicago, awaiting my visit on New Year’s Eve. I can’t wait!!!!

*giggle*

We came back to my house and had leftover turkey sandwiches for lunch. Mmmmmmmm…. And then that evening we met up for dinner with my dad and my step-mom at Lombardi’s, which was absolutely delicious! Mmm-mmm-mmmmmmmmm….

My step-mom and I had a big ol’ powwow about Scope in Lombardi’s ladies room. Talking through the stalls, she told me how much she adores Scope and how good she thinks he and I are for each other.

:-)

After dinner (and the bathroom gab session) my dad and step-mom took Scope and me to the Bellevue Botanical Garden d’Lights display, and here is a sampling of what we saw….








All these displays are made out of strings of LED Christmas lights. It’s hard, HARD work putting these things together. How do I know? Because earlier this year my dad, my step-mom, my brother, my step-sister and I volunteered at the Botanical Garden and we actually made parts of one of these displays. Wanna see?! Okay! These are the very flowers we slaved away on….


Fun, huh? :-)

Anyway, inside the gift shop they also had an LED light aquarium….




And, because it’s Seattle, out in the garden they also had an LED slug, complete with a nasty slime trail….

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There were places for photo ops, of course, like this tree….


….and this bench….


Here’s my dad and my step-mom….

(How cute are they?! Hee hee hee.)

And because wherever you go there’s always bound to be a freak, we kept running into this clown with his panda hat, bare feet (it was like 45 degrees!) and his constant pleading, whining and begging of his poor, poor mother to take his picture in various idiotic poses….




There you go, shoeless panda-hat freak! You’ve been mocked on the World Wide Web immortalized in blog. Happy now?!

[to be continued tomorrow where you’ll find me babbling on about a country club, a water fall, my Christmas tree, and boys getting hit in the crotch….]


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12 comments:

Jules said...

The pictures are gorgeous! Great work on your own flower LED bed :)
It was fun catching up today after an insanely busy past two weeks and good to see you and Scope hip, happy, and hittin' the town!!

Poindexter said...

y'all are so adorable I just want to pinch your cheeks. (not really) you two are seriously adorable though. Icky slug light creation. So not needed in the holiday light extravaganza. Everything else (except barefoot dude) was lovely. Oh, there's got to be more of a story around that heart-to-heart in the loo? That sort of makes me uncomfortable when someone initiates a conversation while I'm, uh, you-know, peeing.

Sassy Britches said...

Mercy sakes alive! What an adventure! I love the lights display; it's so clever and beautiful. And the aquarium! Goodness me! (Do I sound like a granny yet? Bust out the doilies!)

Joshua said...

I'm crossing fingers that I don't get dragged to light displays this year. I don't mind a few drive-bys of neighborhoods, but until we can afford for me to go balls out with the light display at our own house, I don't want to see what someone else has done.

-Joshua

Soda and Candy said...

Those lights are freaking AWESOME.

Great photos! And great work on the ones y'all made.

SkylersDad said...

That is a great display! They do that at the Denver zoo each year, pretty cool!

JenJen said...

I love the light show, sugar booger.

hee hee

Morgan the Muse said...

that's...lovely, pandaman. But the lights are totally cool! I want to see that now.

Callista said...

remember the year we went to those lights?? who would have thought then you would have ended up helping to make them. My mom did that for a couple of years. That panda person is a freak!

Scope said...

I think we actually did the tour backward and still kept running into Andy Panda and his friends.

Breakfast was wonderful, and I know your mom enjoyed it the most of all of us. Moms are like that.

Char said...

I love those light pictures. *pinch, pinch*

J.J. in L.A. said...

Love the botanical display! And reading about your participation reminds me of working on Rose Parade floats back in the day (a long time ago).

And I bet you can't wait to start using that camera! : )