Okay, so I got to meet up with some awesome Seattle vegans for brunch at Chaco's in the U District yesterday morning! AC and I met up with DQ and MC for some yummy grub and conversation.
I had tofu scramble with tempeh bacon and potato pancakes! Oh, and their fresh 'detox juice' with golden beets.
Lunch primarily consisted of bloody mary's at Finn MacCools, also in the U District. Dinner was snacks while watching a movie (edamame, hummus, guacamole, veggies, and kale chips! – yes, CT knows how to feed us well!).
None. I was planning on yoga yesterday, but was out too late tooling around town. LC and CT went though, so that was cool.
Saturday night was the Water to Wine benefit at SkyLine winery in WA. It was for an amazing group called Water Access Now that raises money to drill wells in Ghana. They partner with Catholic Relief Services to build community based committees (always comprised of men and women) as the Water and Sanitation Committee, to ensure appropriate maintenance and use of their new resource. As a side note, 100% of the funds raised by this group goes to WAN, as all members are volunteers who pay their own way to West Africa.
I was extremely moved and inspired by the presentations. In the past year or so, this group has brought water to over 33,000 villagers. The speakers told amazing (and sometimes sad) stories of how life in Ghana can be, and how difficult it is to find water. Not to mention the percentages of death from drinking contaminated water, WAN and CRS have done amazing work to truly improve the quality of life of tens of thousands of people.
I hope I have the ability someday to become involved in a group like Water Access Now, and to make a difference in someone's life.
Sunday was a low-key day for everyone. We all pretty much did our own thing. That's one of the things I love about this group – no one is clingy. No one is offended if one or two people peel off and do their own thing.
HF met up with her Aunt and Uncle for breakfast and church, LC met up with her cousin and actually met her cousins children for the first time! CT took her kids out for some family time, while AC and I had brunch.
BT dropped AC and I off for brunch on his way to play rugby, so afterwards, he met up with us at Finn's for a beer and hung out a bit. Then it was back to the house, and AC was able to meet up with her maid of honor from her wedding! It was really awesome that everyone was able to have a special last day.
The evening ended with a movie and packing!
My flight home was drama free, though the same can't be said for everyone in our group! Even though LC, AC, and I booked our flights at the same time, LC and I had major flight changes – but AC didn't. We all sort of assumed we all had the changes to the schedule, so when we got to the airport, AC had actually missed her flight. Good news is she was booked on one later in the morning, and will be landing about an hour or so after the rest of us. HF had a different flight since she had a different destination, but all told, we managed to get home fine.
Last year we went to Vegas for a birthday celebration, and this year Seattle. Since none of us have a major milestone birthday coming up for several years yet, we all pretty much decided we need to do this yearly for no other reason than we're friends and it's cool. Top of the list for next year is Maine. Stay tuned
I had an absolutely perfect trip, and am so grateful for good friends who made it happen. I'm happy to be home, but looking forward to when we can do this again!