Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Painting Birds, Drinking Beers

Bridget, Daylon, Dre and I ventured to yet another Corks and Canvas Event.  Daylon and Dre were first timers; that's always nerve-racking and exciting.  This event was unique because it was held at a brewery instead of a winery; Pyramid Alehouse to be exact.  They said we could have wine and I told Bridge that if she ordered wine I would judge her, knowing full well she would never do such a thing.  We're beer girls.  I WON!!  They do a drawing at every event, and my name finally made it into Lisa's (the owner) hands.

Freaking Dre got new fancy brushes with grippers!  Advantage much?
Bridge and Daylon enjoying the moment.
Paintings in progress.  Dre gave his bird a little blackbird friend.  All the painting ladies were so impressed.
Posing with our final pieces.
After Party on the Choo Choo Train - The Orient Express has the most amazing red chicken curry ever!  It's one of my favorite happy hour, pre-party, after-party and whatever occasion spots.  The bartenders are always super cool, funny in fact.  And there are always worse singers then you belting out Karaoke from one of the private rooms; and you are never the drunkest person in that place.

Loves at the Orient Express (my favorite Seattle hangout) .
In the next frame Bridget totally slipped me the tongue...
Mom already has dibs on this painting.  She said it reminds her of both my grandmas.  Yay.  They were bird lovers.
I still can't believe I won!  What a fun night.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Seattle Sounders Ole!

Daylon and I trekked through the sideways rain to go see our lovely Sounders attempt to make it to the finals.  They had to wine 4-0 to win, which was a pretty big task.

Pre-Game Party Time - We got off the bus in Chinatown and it was of course my thought to check out a bar there, you can't go wrong with Chinese restaurant bars.  They always have the stiffest drinks.  I think Daylon was a little skeptical, probably for good reason.  As we're approaching there was a very obvious drug deal going on; they didn't seem at all worried about hiding it.  This place was chocked full of crazies and homeless people.  We weren't the only soccer fans in the bar, but probably the only normal ones.  Oh wait, we're not normal, what am I saying?  We had our drink, played some pull tabs and proceeded to throw the pull tabs onto the ground, because that is what everyone else was doing.  After the Chinatown bar, we headed down to Pioneer square.  We found a non-busy place called Double Header; unfortunately it wasn't busy because the service is terrible.  The lady just walked by us and proceeded to put away glasses, talk to other people.  Lame sauce, we finally got a drink.  Some lady in the bathroom told me that the reason that bar got it's name was because it was one of the first places in the area to get both a men's and women's restroom.  I haven't verified, but I like the story.  After Double Header, we walked by several other super crowded places and ended up at the bar that was attached to the Courtyard Marriott and it was HAPPY HOUR!  This place was quite possibly a little too relaxed however it was super cheap and they had amazing appy's for us to snack on.  SNACK ATTACK.  Because we had a doozy of a night the prior night, this place may have made us a bit sleepy ty ty.  But, nothing that the roar of the Sounders fans, the rain in our face and more beer couldn't handle.  We woke the F up on the walk, well more like a walk-run, over to the stadium.
Double Header, beer drinking time.
I've seen peanuts on the floor but pull tabs?  A bit weird; not sure what kind of marketing strategy this was.
Well, the marketing strategy obviously worked , we played some tabs.
Hummus plate with Kalamata Olive dip.  I LOVE cucumbers.
Garlic fries.
Jalapeno poppers; one of my faves.
Game Time - Go Sounders!!
They scored right after the first 10 minutes!!  They really were dominating.  
After they scored, Daylon and I both thought we were having an earthquake.  My beer was shaking so violently and spilling all over my shoes and purse.  It was pretty incredible.  I love Sounders fans.
We got new hats, matchy matchy.
 The Sounders ended up winning 2-1, it really was an amazing game.  The refs did make some bad calls, Galaxy got their goal due to a handball in the box and a PK.  I would argue (don't kill me Sounders fans) that the ref made bad calls the effected both sides.  And even if Galaxy didn't get that PK, would we have scored 4 points??  I'm not so sure.  My biggest complaint is that people are all upset, but we WON!!  Why can't we be excited that we made it this far and we won??  Let's be mad about the point system and the equation to get to the finals.  My 2 cents, for whatever it's worth.  Daylon and I decided last night that we were going to look into season tickets for 2013.  I put down a deposit on two seats; I'll get to select them in December.  I'm not usually the biggest sports watcher, but all the games I've gone to this year were so much fun.

My favorite part about Sounders games is the $10 beers!  Bwahahaha.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mustache Bash - Al-Bal's Parties are Epic

It was my sisters birthday party last night; we all threw on dirty raper mustaches and partied it up at the Soundview.  For those of you that don't know Soundview Tavern in Everett is pretty trash-tastic.  You are sure to see tweekers, dancing guy, homeless wenches, and a lot of really fun drunk people.  There were a lot of people with legit mustaches; ours were only fakers.

Stache cakes!  It was actually quite difficult to do mustaches. I'm not the greatest artist as you can tell.
My sweater for my beer!
Left my phone on the table and Ivy and Doug decided to take a wacky picture, ha ha, so tame!! They could've been a lot more evil.  I'm surprised Tyler didn't steal my phone and do something crazy.
Now that's better.  Oh Doug.
Photo bombed by SMELLY!  Gotta love it.  Stop staring at my crooked tooth:) 
Slushy after a shot.
Daylon's going to kill me for posting, but Ryan had to make an appearance.

Robert having fun with Davonne's blinged out 'stache.
The next day.

I love my Chloe girl.  
We went to the Best Western to sleep but continued to have fun, well most of us. Alison was of course passed out. Daylon's parents weren't there to tell him no.
Davonne reminds me of Jamiroquai.
Looks like she is saying something very profound that requires hand motions.
Father Christmas showed up.
The birthday girl.
Look they're little fishies...Disgusting.  Apparently my grandpa likes to eat these, okay.
It was really great seeing everyone last night.  I met a whole bunch of new Lowe's people that my sis works with.  Got to see so many of my faves: Smelly and her new fiance, Ryan and Mercedes, Daylon, Bridget, Slushy, Ty Ty, Doug and Ivy, Davonne and Brandon, Nelly, oh and dancing guy of course.  I'm sure I'm forgetting someone.  

Mom and dad are packing for Mexico, I'm so freaking jealous!  Mom was doing a runway show of all of her shorts, tank tops, swim suits and swim suit covers.  Way to rub it in my face.  Then dad just did a fashion show of sunglasses, ha ha.  We picked the ones that made him look like Terminator.  "I'll be back."

Saturday, November 17, 2012

X-mas Ideas, Grilled Cheese and Movie Quotes

X-Mas Ideas

Whiskey Advent Calendar - $237.84

Malibu Rum Filled Candy - $4.99

My Delicious Night

Mike, look at this!  It is such refreshing sight to bring light to the evil black death thought that goes through my head way too many times.

The most expensive, cult wine I've ever seen. That's a $2000 bottle of wine.

We went to an amazing restaurant called Pomegranate. I've never been or heard of it. It was very cute and amazing. They even gave out fireball candies like Wing Dome as an end of the meal mint.

White cheddar grilled cheese and tomato soup, how much more American can I get:)
Prepping For the Stache' Bash
Could I have picked a more perfect sized bowl?

You must have a mimosa while baking, Alicia Rule #16.

Ready for the oven my cupcake friends.
What I Love About Al-Bal (That's My Sis)
I love people that can keep up with me on movie quotes.  It shows that you have the same likes for sure.  My bestie, Mike has a made a huge effort to get a lot better about movie quotes ; I love him for that!  My sis Alison and my redneck cousin Nathan are the best at knowing my movie quotes. Also, I must mention Crystal, who I met through Daylon.  She's seen a lot of he B-films that I love, House of Yes, Pumpkin.  We can definitely go back and forth on movie quotes.