Last spring I worked for a start up company that wanted to be the next Google. Not in what they do, but being one of the top companies to work for. Now granted Google (and eBay – the company I’m really going to be talking about here) is actually making money so they can actually do fun things like offering gourmet dining halls but this is how you treat your new high end recruit.
This is Eric’s temporary housing in downtown Seattle, all paid for by eBay. A block from the harbor, a block from Pike’s Place Market… THIS is how you treat your employees if you want to be a number one company to work for. Not denying them sick days and hiring people under-qualified for their job because you don’t want to pay them what the job deserves. But I digress.
We got into Seattle in the early afternoon on Tuesday and immediately started exploring Pike’s Place Market and the harbor. We’ve both been there before but it’s always fun to walk around and see all the vendors. I’ve never seen it that empty but it was kind of nice. For dinner that night we went to a recommended restaurant, Wild Ginger. It was a really neat place and the food was delicious. I had this fabulous mango daiquiri which was probably too sweet as I couldn’t at all taste the alcohol. My main dish though almost killed me! There were these little chillies chopped up all over it and I accidentally put one in my mouth and basically burned my mouth off. Eric thought I was off my rocker and ate one. Thankfully that made him agree that it was maybe a little hot.
We didn’t get to do a lot of house hunting which was the main point of going up there but we did decide on the area we really want to focus on, which is Kirkland. Hopefully Eric finds something in the next month and snaps it up. Houses appear to be rented fast in the Seattle area.
Wednesday night I got to see one of my very best friends, MS. I haven’t seen MS in three years but it’s easy to pick right back up with her. We had drinks and I got to introduce Eric. She’s working not far from where Eric’s apartment is so we just walked there. I like not having to drive everywhere, tbh. But I’m so excited I’m going to get to see more of MS once I move up there.
On Thursday we went back to Pike Place and bought a fish, fresh veggies and fresh baked bread to make dinner. The fish was good but I don’t think I cooked it very well. Regardless we enjoyed it and it was nice being able to get fresh food. Not so nice paying touristy prices but for a one time thing it was worth it. We also got these flavored balsamic vinegars that I totally fell in love with. My favorite was the Sun Dried Tomato one; I could eat bread dipped in that for a whole meal if I was allowed to!
We also ate at a deli in the Pike Place for lunch on Friday. Mmmmmm. Fabulous sandwich.
So that was my whirlwind trip to Seattle! Didn’t do any farm searching because I’m happy to leave Dandy here with my jump trainer for a few months. It’ll be easier to find places if I’m actually up there long term. So Dandy will go up in April or so. In the mean time I’ve got a lot to do! Expect lots of posts complaining about me doing yard work or trying to pack. There will be lots of them.
Today I did my first workout in the C25K fun. I feel good about it but now I’m tired. So is Guinness. Guess we’ve got a lot of work to do to get back in shape!