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Turning Two

February 14, 2012

imageMarriage is like a good bottle of wine. It’s full bodied and aromatic filled with sweetness and spice. Every sip you take awakens different senses and it never tastes the same. At times you might find it to a bit acidic, but you leave it alone, let it breathe for a while and gradually it will warm up. Your taste buds learn to compensate and focus on pleasant sensations while ignoring others. It can be enjoyed in isolation or in good company, but best when shared between two people. If you wait too long to open it up, it might spoil or it might get better with time.

The best part of marriage is the intimacy you share with your partner as time goes on. (No more waking up in horror after an accidental gas incident in your sleep Embarrassed smile). The way I see it, weddings are big parties for family and friends to celebrate the couple and the community coming together. What matters most is what happens afterwards and how you grow and nourish your union.

Eric and I are fortunate that we have not one but two anniversaries to commemorate our special union. See I never told you about our wedding. We got married in a beautiful island – Abaco, Bahamas. It was a very small and intimate ceremony with about 30 of our closest family and friends and it was one of our most favorite moments in life. We all got to hang out together for a week in oceanfront condos. It was our own private paradise. Since I am Canadian (known as a legal alien by the United States Government), to avoid even a slight chance that the Bahamian-issued marriage certification might not be considered legit in the eyes of the US Immigration we decided to play it safe. Two weeks before heading to Bahamas, we along with two friends went down to the city hall and got married by a Washington state judge (so there would be no question of our true commitment).

Now we celebrate – marriage day and wedding day. All that really means is we get to go out for two fancy dinners and reminisce about each event separately.

The marriage anniversary is on January 27th. We think of it as a rehearsal anniversary dinner. For our second marriage anniversary we headed to Seastar. Thanks to a very generous gift from Eric’s brother and sister-in-law, we enjoyed a fabulous dinner.

I started with Spicy Shrimp Thai soup.


I had swordfish in lemon, wine, and butter sauce with capers, mushrooms and grilled asparagus for my main course.


Stuffed, happy and still very much in love, we headed home for chocolate and wine dessert.


For our “real” (Wedding) anniversary on February 10 (purposely near but not on Valentine’s day), we went all out at Canlis, a restaurant on a north side of Lake Union near Queen Anne. I had actually never heard of this place until May 2011. I participated in my first and only 5K race. It was a very cold weekend and there was another competing race going on at the same time in Greenlake so participation was low. Somehow I magically ended up winning the 2nd female place (that’s the main reason I have not run any more 5ks. Not much room left at the top to raise the bar Winking smile)


I would have been perfectly happy with the little winged running show trophy, but I was pleasantly surprised to find a $200 gift card to Canlis inside the purple prize bag. You’d think we could stretch $200 to two dinners, but not at a place like Canlis. Apparently it’s a top notch family-owned restaurant that’s been around for over 60 years.

We split the crab cake appetizer… Amazing!


I ordered filet mignon that came with a blended carrot-shallot sauce that looked and tasted out of this world.


We completed the meal by sharing chocolate fondant for dessert


Happy two to us! Many happy returns of the day Smile


I love places that give you freebie dessert (in case you cheap out and don’t get a full one)


The peanut butter and jelly truffles were divine. The strawberry meringue cookies were ok. Eric bailed on his, so there was more for me to enjoy.


Happy Love Day to you all! Enjoy lots of special moments with your loved ones.


One Comment leave one →
  1. IT Dame permalink
    February 15, 2012 6:54 am

    Making the most out of every opportunity to show love & respect for each other. Your Grandmother & Grandfather would have been so ardently happy to see these pictures. Gorgeous!
    “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” –Virginia Satir.

    “Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible – the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family”—-Virginia Satir

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