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Table E31 in a pandemic @ Optimism Brewery.

Welcome back, Jessie! I’m so sorry blog. I have neglected you and wasted time on other sites that shall not be named when I could have used my energy and creativity on a site that you know I pay to retain, oof. No judgment though, we are in a pandemic and one must be kind to themselves.

I am currently sitting in Optimism Brewery. Table E31 to be specific. My reservation was for 6:30 p.m. for a party of one (dogs don’t count). I am embarrassed to admit that Optimism’s online beer-ordering system required three more clicks than I was prepared to see through. I sat for a good 15 minutes before realizing I played myself and gave it another go and ordered a Hazy IPA.

It’s 7:31 p.m. I am escaping the heat, a whopping 75 degrees, by using Optimism’s cool concrete floors and fan. This blog, A Little Bit of J, now has a new theme. I wrote some content, yay! You know, a change of scenery makes all the difference.

That’s all I have in my tonight, folks. I’m gonna enjoy another round then walk home with Luna (my big-headed pitbull) and get ready for another day in Trump’s America, oye!

-Jyessie

8:03 p.m.

Seattle, WA

Spring. Break. 2018

Spring Break

2018

A little staycation never hurt nobody. My goal for the week was to live like a Bellevue housewife. Mission Accomplished.

Haley made us breakfast at the Tree House in Monroe. We wanted to catch up before she leaves on her trip to Cambodia. We hung out from around 9 AM to 3 PM. I left right before Paul and Bell came home from work and school. This was the day the Tristan Thompson cheating stuff dropped so we had lots to discuss. If this isn’t housewife vibes, I don’t know what is.

I managed to find some deals at Target that allowed me to give my rather plain and boring bathroom decor a much needed earthier facelift. Thanks to a frond leaf patterned shower curtain and bath matt, my bathroom feels a bit cozier and lived in.

I drove into downtown Bellevue to check out Fika House cafe and Bellden Cafe.

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I ordered a matcha latte (unsweetened) and a waffle. The presentation was good. The taste was standard, not bad. Not mind-blowing exceptional, or new in any way; seemed to be built for tenants who live in the apartment complex above. Other than that, not anything I feel like I need or want to try again.

Next, I checked out Bellden coffee which was a short walk from Fika House. The drip coffee wasn’t too tasty. I drink my coffee black so I like something on the bold yet smooth side. This place was spacious and made sense as a workspace; they have private rooms to work in, if needed.

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I managed to paint acrylic on canvas. Finish a book (A Little Life). Work from home. Meet a new friend, downtown. Hang out with Bothell brothers. Take baths, sometimes a couple a day, to help with soreness and get me into a space to meditate.

I worked out a couple of times, still sore from squats. Lots of walks around the park with Lu. A few naps.

I started an interesting course I found after listening to an episode of That’s so Retrograde featuring Lacy Phillips who is something of a manifestor extraordinaire. I’m not going to talk too much about this since it’s fresh and I’m really into it. (More to come later).

All-in-all, the weather was typical gloomy, wet, cloudy, rainy PNW stuff but I made the best of it.  I spent the majority Monday outside on a brewery patio taking advantage of the 60-degree weather. It was the perfect day.

Until next time,

Jessie Cherrelle

Sierra is Getting Married! #Gauchos4lyfe

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And to think just a couple of years ago I was saying goodbye to Sierra as she embarked on a new chapter in Hawaii. Now, she’s engaged to her guy (Chris) and they’re in the midsts of planning a dreamy Hawaiian wedding- ahh, makes my heart swell with happiness for them.

Keeping in touch these past 10 years since our college graduation has surprisingly been easy. We both have a gift for gab and our quarterly phone sessions tend to last well over an hour and a half (minimum). I mean, we both earned Communication degrees from the University of California, Santa Barbara so yeah, there’s that too.

(Side note: I feel like the more I use my blog to appreciate certain people and friendships, the more I appreciate the serendipitous nature of the universe.)

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Issa Caricature!

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Felt like I needed to share these amazing caricatures that my good friend Emily had made for us as a Christmas present. Fun Fact: All 4 of us go way back. How far back? Oh you know, 6th Grade. And where are we now? Well, Emily is a kick-ass Financial Analyst and entrepreneur; Haley is a boss b Varsity swim coach and girl scout leader; and Renée is a Marine Biologist and parkour expert (not really but she tries). Another fun fact: We all traveled to Sri Lanka last year to celebrate Emily’s wedding to her husband, Chatura. Two weeks of romping around a small island in a van definitely bonded us for lyfe.

…wonder if all of our future kids will like each other or nah- HAHA.

 

Alert: Nostalgia

In honor of my iphone creating the adorable video below. I also wanted to share a photo I stumbled upon from my trip to Southern California for Spring Break- looking back is dope.

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This last year definitely felt every bit 365 and then some; August 20th marks my one-year anniversary of making the jump from southern California beach bum to kewl PNW want to be local.