Just when I thought fall was coming to an end, it decided to stick around for another beautiful, sunny weekend! The week started with a power outage Monday night, one of several we've had this year. Thankfully, our power was back on by Tuesday morning, so it wasn't too disruptive. With the power out, we spent Monday night reading by candlelight and playing card games - a nice break from our routine. Work has slowed down enough that I even had time for my first lunchtime walk since early summer! Considering the fact that the sun is down well before I finish my work day, these lunchtime walks will save my sanity during the dark days of late fall and early winter.
Over the weekend, I spent a lot more time than usual in Seattle, starting with a hike in Seward Park with my friend Ashley, followed by brunch and some quality time perusing a new bookstore. After a rainy, stormy week, a sunny late fall day was an unexpected luxury. Sunday I headed into the city again, this time with my mom and niece. Our plan was to head to the Nordic Heritage Museum in Ballard for their annual Yulefest, but since we were in the area, we decided to start the day with an absolutely amazing brunch at The Fat Hen. My niece even got to try hot chocolate for the first time! At Yulefest, I fell in love with the gorgeous Norwegian knits for sale. I think my next knitting project will have to involve some delicate Scandinavian colorwork - maybe these mittens, or if I'm feeling particularly adventurous, this sweater!