Monday, February 01, 2016

Conference Adventures

One of the adventures associated with my new position as a water district commissioner is to attend workshops to be a better commission! Since this one started at 9am Saturday morning we all went to have fun.

The hotels in Seattle are pretty much fancier than anywhere else we stay, even if it's not the fanciest hotel there, Courtyard by Marriott.  Towel animals!

Fireplace in the lobby while waiting for our pizza.  The cuteness of the newly short hair on these two is just killing me!

When you are the first one up on a Saturday morning you get to snuggle with Daddy and read cool books on Oceans.

And then all my family got to swim in the hotel pool while I went to learn about the ethics of being a commissioner (which is pretty much summed up in the golden rule and also, don't be stupid), the proper role of commissioners, and what things count as public records (pretty much anything in written form, eek!).  It was pretty funny being one of the youngest ones in the room by probably 15 years.  There were 2 or 3 other people who looked my age and the rest were probably well over 50!  I was pleasantly surprised to see a good mix of genders though.

After my brain was completely fried with legalese we went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner.  Most of my family has been, but I had never been to a Cheesecake Factory in my entire life given that I don't really care for cheesecake.  The food was pretty good and I was actually blown away by the cheesecake.  Dangerously good!  I had the turtle cheesecake and we also had the mango key lime one. 

First bite ever

We took the dessert back to our hotel because the restaurant was so loud and the kids were done.  It disappeared in a hurry split between 5 people, but I don't think we would have wanted more. (Cory had to have his own gluten free ice cream sundae)
Then we watched The Good Dinosaur.  A very weird movie, and a bit too scary for my little ones.

My college roommate, Wendy, met us for dinner and came back to watch the movie with us.  I don't get to see her often enough.  We had lots of adventures living together for a year in college and a year after college.  So funny to think I've known her for half my life now.

Then we went swimming again on Sunday morning and headed back home in gorgeous weather.  The passes were a bit sketchy on Friday on the way over, but at least by the evening they were better.

It's kind of fun to have a "staycation" as people call it, but a bit spendy for this crew if we didn't already have another reason to go.  Adventures all the way around!

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