Bethany Speier » Blog

A few days at the beach

Towards the end of the campaign, Ryan and I decided it would be fun (and a source of much needed rest) to take a few days off of work and head to the beach. We knew the weather wouldn’t be the best, but were excited to find a good deal a the Adrift Hotel in Long Beach. If you look up Adrift on TripAdvisor or Yelp you’ll find mixed reviews including some folks who raved about the minimalist and eco-friendly hotel, while others complained about the refillable toiletries. Personally, there were details I enjoyed (the toiletries, cucumber water in the lobby, loaner bicycle cruisers, puppy friendly and just a few yards from the beach) and others that “weren’t my favorite” (in particular, the black paint on the wall behind the bed). And the food at the hotel’s restaurant, Pickled Fish, was unique and delicious.

We arrived Monday evening and enjoyed dinner at the hotel’s restaurant “Pickled Fish.” Ryan dined on Crab Macaroni and Cheese, while I opted for the Duck and Roasted Ancient Grains. (Day two: Lamb and locally foraged mushroom stew – Bethany, Elk Chili – Ryan and we shared some Truffle Fries) We were both very pleased with our meals and enjoyed a short walk on the boardwalk, accompanied by a few stars and a partially covered moon. The clouds hung around most of Tuesday morning but they didn’t keep us from the beach.

We’ve been leashing Atticus since we discovered he hurt something in his little shoulder… But set him loose once we reached the sand. He loved climbing on the driftwood and running after Ryan.

We really enjoyed the simplicity of our room and the view of the ocean. It was beautiful watching the weather come and go… Sunshine, clouds, rain… Everything moved and changed so quickly. We spent several hours reading and eating… and eating some more. We were so grateful for the lobby’s complimentary organic local roast coffee and cucumber water.

(Notice our slippers up on the shelf… To save them from becoming a puppy toy, of course)

Pastries from Cottage Bakery: Ryan (2) Apple Turnovers. Bethany (1) Danish Crispie – that was soggy & very disappointing, (1) Cream Cheese Cinnamon Roll, (1) Bismark with custard filling.

Atticus climbed on everything, chewed on everything and forced us to remove everything from his reach.

I spent a few hours journaling and processing the campaign and election. It’s been an interesting season and I’ve learned a lot about how I respond when life is hard… It hasn’t been easy. But I’m so grateful for Jesus’ sustaining grace.

Every day we love this doggy more and more… He’s been a source of joy, peace and testing. I’ve learned so much about being out of control, living in the unknown and praying the last foreign object he ate won’t kill him.

Puppy Love.

There are times when he is a terror and others when he loves to cuddle.

This is my favorite… When Atticus is tired, he nuzzles his little nose down into the crook of your elbow.


Treasures (Part 1)

I thought it would be fun to do a little series on the treasures we’ve found in our house since moving in. Our home was built in 1961 and has been meticulously kept since. We absolutely love the retro interior and details. These four printed oval pieces are one of my favorites. They were left hanging on the mantle of the living room fireplace and I loved them from the moment we walked in the door during the open house. They catch a lot of light, so I took them down to show you some of the details. They remind me of my childhood. Now which one of my family members had some of these hanging in their home?


Top Left: Canon 7D. Top Right: iPhone. Bottom Left: iPhone. Bottom Right: iPhone.

Lil’ “Itty-Bitty” had a hard night last night. He woke up and after kindly whining (and we not getting out of bed fast enough), did his business twice on the floor. Number two. We didn’t find one of his jobs until this morning. I think he has been experiencing a little anxiety with his transition to Washington and he really didn’t like being left alone while we ran errands.

Needless to say, it was a little difficult waking up this morning. We started our day off with family photos of the Aune Family. We take their annual Christmas picture and as you can see this year, Atticus came along to provide the entertainment. We followed up the shoot with a pumpkin spice latte from Metropolitan Market. If you haven’t tried one, you must – before the season ends! This afternoon, Ryan’s good friend Garrett came over to help him clean out our attic and do some pruning in our backyard. I harvested the last few “good” pears from the pear tree (obviously). We harvested a few grapes last weekend which were so delicious but this will be my first time trying the pears! Our sweet next door neighbors also brought over some cookies to go with their sweet “welcome to the neighborhood” card from last weekend. We weren’t here when they tried to bring the cookies the first time, but it was so fun meeting them today. And finally, I am getting this house picked up. We are still unpacking and I will be so thankful to get “fully” settled… Whenever that time comes.

I’m off to make some Peasant Beets for dinner… It’s dark now, otherwise I’d take some photos. I hope mine turn out as pretty as the ones on the website.

P.S. Here’s a picture of me and Atticus… I never got a really good one with Jewels… 

Ginny ChapmanNovember 10, 2012 - 5:50 pm

You look soooo pretty! Atticus has a sweater on too!!! Adorable!!! Loved your post. Love Ginny and Larry