One of my favorite things about living in the Pacific Northwest is the wide variety of community events. I am pretty awkward going to events where I don’t know anyone, but at the same time I really enjoy going. When I got an invitation to the Fashion Show & Launch Party for NWCouture and Poshy Mags, I said yes!
I had to finish the latest batch of my side-hustle work before I could go. You may recall that during bar exam season, I grade prep essays for a bar prep company. I had planned to leave this weekend pretty open and not accept many essays. But, they had an overload of essays turned in, and therefore, they were strongly requesting that all of the graders actually take more than normal.
I spent about an hour thinking about the decision to take more. Then I did the math on what impact those essays would have on my debt repayment plan. Once I realized that those alone would cut a whole paycheck’s snowball payment out of my timeline, I said yes. It also had the bonus impact of me being able to resist buying a nicer camera for just a little bit longer. In the end, I ended up taking over twice as many as normal. That meant I spent Thursday and Friday nights grading essays. Then I spent Saturday morning from 9-2:30 grading essays.
Earl was over it.
After a shower I got on the road. I knew I’d be a little late, but nothing too crazy. That is, until I got onto HWY 167. We’d been having strange weather throughout the day, but for the first time that I’ve ever seen, we had hail in June! I was on the freeway headed to Bellevue, which is about an hour from my house, and suddenly there’s a torrential downpour and strong winds. Traffic slowed to a safe speed, but kept moving. THEN, the hail came. There were pieces of hail hitting my car that were at least the size of nickels, if not bigger. My parking sensors were giving a solid tone, which means my car thinks I’m centimeters from hitting something, if not already hit.
Traffic came to a total stop. I sat there for about 5 minutes going either 0 MPH or under 10 MPH. Sometimes people would get brave and start moving again, but then the hail would fall harder and we’d all stop again. I was watching the bushes in the freeway median and wondering if this is what a tornado looks like. The hail lightened up and we got up to about 20 MPH. I ended up getting off the freeway to wait it out and see if it improved. If it did, I was going to keep going to Bellevue, if it didn’t, I was going home. I am not a fan of intentionally driving in dangerous conditions for something that’s not work or a hearing. Luckily, a few minutes later there was exclusively rain. I checked the weather map and the big cloud of severe weather had moved off of the freeway. So I got back on and kept going.
THEN I hit more traffic. What the heck?! It’s a Saturday! In June! Not only that, I had been keeping an eye on google maps all morning to make sure that I left enough time to get there. When I left my house, google was still telling me I’d spend 65 minutes, door to door, in the car.
Finally, an hour after the event started, I sent a message to the person who sent me the event invite to say I wouldn’t make it. He replied almost immediately and said it was OK, just get there. A lot of people hit traffic due to another big event around the area.
I’m so glad I didn’t turn around! I arrived at 4:30 (the event started at 3:00). But the for the limited amount of time I was there, I loved it! There were a lot of professional photographers there, so I only snapped a few iPhone photos.
A local singer named Wonder performed a couple of songs and they were INCREDIBLE. I immediately signed onto Twitter and started following her.
The event was emceed by Miss Washington and Miss Teen Washington. They did an incredible job! They were so poised and classy. Their spirit made the event really fun.
The event ended with some time to chat with everyone and then there was an afterparty at a nearby hotel. I didn’t go to that, but I did eat a cupcake!
On Sunday, J decided he wanted to go crabbing. We got ready, gathered all of our crab fishing supplies, and headed to buy our fishing licenses. Then we picked up his cousin and made our way to his/his family’s property.
I love being out there on the water. The weather was perfect. I was even able to wear just my bathing suit for awhile.
Freeway stopping hail one day, sunshine and bikinis the next…
Luckily, J’s family property had open crab fishing this weekend! There were a lot of pots around. But despite the competition, we did catch a few, mostly rock, but we did get to take home one Dungeness. It was pretty fun. I don’t love seafood, but I can munch on crab here and there.
Minutes after we hit the road back home, J said, “Brittany will be asleep in 10 minutes.” I said, “No way!” And then I blinked and we were in Gig Harbor… An hour or so away from where we started. oops.
I miss my dad on holidays like this, but we got to talk for about 30 minutes. He knows me so well. After just saying hello he said, “You sound tired!” The sun wears me out, but my allergies have been killing me as well. My body was just so worn out, even after my car-nap.
After we cooked (aka, J cooked) the little crabbies, and I finished talking to my dad, we took the post-hot-tub crab over to one of his brother’s house to have dinner with them and his dad. It was a fun dinner, although I think I was lame company because I was so tired. But it’s nice to have family time, even if mine is so far away.
I finished the night by reading some of my book of the month, and then slept soundly through the night. Monday came wayyyy too quickly. All day I battled the same allergies of the weekend, but somehow managed to stay awake for all of the Bachelorette. It was touch and go toward the end.
All in all it was a great weekend. By working on my side-hustle I made awesome progress toward my debt snowball, but I still got to get out of the house and enjoy some of the amazing PNW adventures. Oh, and did I mention that I met J and his fam at the Muckleshoot Casino on Saturday and won $105?! I started with $40 and walked away with $145! #winning!