Mmmmm, Fresh!

Amazon Fresh ( http://fresh.amazon.com/ ) has been around Seattle for over a year, but the recently expanded service to Ballard.

Last Sunday we decided to give it a try.   We ordered our regular groceries for 1 to 2 weeks (a good amount of stuff).  This included frozen meats, fresh produce, canned, and dry goods.   Everything was top quality – the produce and meats were great.

The most impressive part of this service:  We placed our order around 9pm on Sunday night, and out groceries were on the front porch before 6am.  I brought everything in when I let the dogs out and then put the totes back on the porch.  When I got home from work at 5:15, the totes were already picked back up.   And this awesome delivery service is free when you spend more than $70 (for our zip code, some zip codes are $30).

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Tulip Festival

I should have posted this sooner – but last Saturday we drove up to Skagit county for the Tulip Festival.

Tulip Festival Pictures

It isn’t really a centralized thing – but rather a collection of farms that all grow tulips in this area.  Seeing flowers grown on that scale is quite impressive!   It takes place about an hour north of Seattle.   We drove around a bit, and then parked at one of the farms (they each charge their own admission/parking).   Then we walked around and snapped some pictures.   All of the pictures I took are online ( See above, or @ http://picasaweb.google.com/mike.helmick/TulipFestival ), but I’ve selected a few below.

On the way back we went to a very nice outlet mall…. and spent too much money.   As my mom would say, “I got some really great deals.”

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Catching Up

I’ve sort of disappeared for a few weeks. “I’m just super busy right now.” We’ve been going through he design phase for a major project at work, and that design phase if wrapping up.
Last weekend we went to ACT (the local regional theatre to which we have subscribed). This was our first time seeing a play since we moved to Seattle (we did see Spring Awakening here last year). The theatre itself is really cool – a very nice renovation job.
I’ve been doing plenty of scootering – just crossed 400 miles today. It is getting more fun as the weather gets warmer. This Sunday I am going to get back out on the water. I am taking a short class to learn about the new boats that our sailing club has (2 Martin 244s) — it is supposed to be 70 degrees on Sunday, so that will be awesome.
Speaking of water – our cruise to Alaska is also getting closer. We have already completed online checkin (way in advance, I know) and have everything squared away. The prices have dropped quite a bit since we booked – anyone want to join us?
And if you didn’t see it – the next Harry Potter trailer is out now.