House Hunters: Seattle Edition.

Good morning, friends!  Sorry for the disappearing act – I have been going non-stop from coast to coast, and when we finally got back home yesterday, I crashed hard.  There was a LOT of sleeping involved, and I finally feel more like myself again now that I’m a little more caught up.

Backing up to the rest of our Seattle adventures!  Friday was another day of frantic phone calls and emails, setting up appointments, applying for houses, and then sitting through torturously long waits to see if we actually had anywhere to live.  By the time we headed out to our last dinner in Seattle on Friday night, we were hoping to have good news to celebrate, but instead I was still just a big ball of nerves!

We headed to the Capitol Hill neighborhood to a restaurant I had been excited to try for a month!  Plum Bistro is all vegan fine dining!

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The space is beautiful and open, and had a great feel to it.  I can already tell we will be eating there a LOT once we move!

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Unfortunately as we made our way to the restaurant, for the first time in almost two weeks, I suddenly got SLAMMED with nausea.  As soon as we were seated I had to excuse myself to go throw up in the bathroom.  I don’t know if it was just standard pregnancy sickness, or if all the house hunting anxiety and traveling added to it, but I was so surprised that it came back so suddenly.  I felt a bit better afterwards though, I tried to pull it together to still enjoy a nice dinner out in Seattle. 

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We got the vegan sushi appetizer, and I was pleased to successfully eat two pieces!

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Probably the most vegetables I have actually eaten in the last 12 weeks (that didn’t come in soup form).  It was really good, and got me excited for when I can actually eat flavorful, veggie food again.

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And then the main courses came out!  Casey got a tofu salad burger along with delicious sweet potato fries.

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And I got the “double-dipped seitan” which came with asparagus (high in folic acid!) and smashed potatoes with vegan country gravy.  The first trimester is all about comfort food.

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My double-dipped seitan looked like country fried steak!  It was really good, but sadly I couldn’t eat very much of it.  We boxed it up so Casey could eat it later back at the hotel!  I can’t wait to have a decent appetite back again.

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Saturday morning we worked from the hotel again while still waiting to hear back on some houses we were interested in.  We had a few that we liked, and we went back and forth weighing the pros and cons between our two favorites.  Here was our personal version of House Hunters Seattle…

House #1:

  • big and gorgeous with amaaaaaaaazing balcony and view
  • plenty of space and big bedrooms
  • out in the ‘burbs, so no walkability outside the neighborhood
  • over on the Eastside, which means much longer commute for Casey
  • more expensive ($100 over the original budget we had set)

House #2:

  • much much smaller, but still has 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (!)
  • strange floorplan, with 1 bedroom on 1st floor and others on 3rd floor
  • high walkscore (88) in a fun, quirky neighborhood
  • can walk to PCC Natural Foods (natural grocery store), great bike trail, and a vegetarian restaurant
  • closest of all the houses we saw to Casey’s work – under 4 miles, which means very short commute
  • less expensive (under budget!)

Did they choose the big open floorplan house out in the Eastside suburbs, or the townhouse in the city much closer to Casey’s job?

We felt sort of conflicted, so we headed over to Fremont (neighborhood of house #2) to explore on Saturday afternoon, and get to know the neighborhood better and see if it seemed like a place we would want to live.  Another big perk of house #2 – it is just several blocks from the WATERFRONT!

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We walked along the Burke-Gilman trail, which I see us doing lots of long runs on in the future.  It runs right along the water, just like my beloved Mt. Vernon trail here in Virginia.  And who says the sun never shines in Seattle?  Saturday morning was gorgeous and sunny, and the sun was sparkling over the pretty water.

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One of my biggest concerns about living IN the city of Seattle was finding a place that felt safe to me.  Of course it is a perfectly safe city, but in all cities you need to be aware of safety and surroundings, and I am a BIG wimp when it comes to crime.  In particular, since I work from home and will be on my own during the days now, I wanted to make sure we lived in an area where I feel comfortable going for walks and runs around town on my own.

We checked out the local shops and the Saturday scene, and took a break to soak up some sunshine at Fremont Coffee.

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I sipped on an old fashioned root beer – YUM!

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And relaxed on an adorable balcony overlooking the main stretch of Fremont.  It’s such a cute, funky little neighborhood!

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After our explorations, we had our mind made up.  We headed back to house #2 to take one more peek through, and then filled out the application for the lease to make it our new home!  We are still waiting on final approval from the landlord now, but I am crossing every finger and toe that this will be my new kitchen!

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Ultimately we decided that having a short commute for Casey (making it much easier for him to get home if needed!) was our top priority.  We are kind of obsessed with each other, and like to spend as much time together as humanly possible.  So a ten minute commute vs. an hour commute for house #1 made the decision easy for us.

After we left our new place (!!!), we were staaaarving, so thought we’d check out some of the restaurant spots in our new ‘hood.  Imagine my excitement when I discovered an all-vegetarian diner just a few blocks from our place – meant to be!

Casey ordered something called the “neat” loaf, which was vegan meatloaf with mashed potatoes and vegan gravy.  Looked insane.

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Tomato cabbage soup on the side…

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I have discovered that with my nausea and sickness, the best way for me to get any sort of nutrients and vegetables down is by eating SOUP.  I have always been a huge soup fan, but recently it’s pretty much all I eat.  My lunch was the vegan dal – a delicious blend of mild spices and lentils.  Nice to get some good protein in too!

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We had the rest of the day to kill in Seattle before taking the red-eye home, so we ended up heading to a Starbucks where Casey worked, and I sat with headphones and live-streamed the Butler vs. VCU final four game!

My little sister goes to Butler, so March Madness has become a BIG deal in our family.  Okay, actually just me and Sarah care about it, but that’s okay.  :)  She is crazy and actually drove 18 hours to Houston after she scored student tickets, and she texted me this picture right before the game started!

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I tried really hard to not do too much loud clapping and slamming my fists on the table, since I was watching in a Starbucks and not a sports bar.  Can’t wait for the finals tonight (Sarah has floor seats!).  We took the red eye home late night, which I realized I am way too old (and pregnant) to do anymore.  I spent all day yesterday sleeping and recovering, and I am just now feeling functional again!

Cross your fingers that we get the final lease signed for our new place today, and that we have a beautiful home to look forward to moving into in May.  Aaaaaand GO BULLDOGS!