This past week was definitely different than anticipated, but I had a great time hanging out in Seattle with J from Millennial Boss and her husband, Doug. Unfortunately, Grant was back in NYC for most the week, but we were able to reconnect in Calgary for the book tour event.
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I woke up around 7:30 and made breakfast after J and her husband left for work. Tom (the van) was due for an oil change so I left the house shortly afterward to make the 9:00 appointment. Then, it was time for my own tune up at Planet Fitness. I worked out for a couple of hours and then grabbed groceries in the same plaza (trying to earn good house guest bonus points).
After getting back to the house, I cooked up 2 pounds of chicken and a bunch of veggies for the fam. Batch cooking for the win! Since I finished all of my “housekeeping” items, I finally got some time to record more content for our upcoming Side Hustle course (super pumped about this)!
At 7:00, J and I met her husband at a local cafe/bar for some awesome live music. I grabbed some local craft beer and we hung out there ’til about 9:00 before coming home, relaxing, and heading off to bed.
Almost 20 minutes after getting up, J and I started grinding out some course videos. We probably recorded 2 hours of content before she had to leave for work. I kept the Planet Fitness train moving and got another great workout in before coming home to record a bunch more solo videos.
Here’s my little helper who I’ve been walking and hanging out with during the day 🙂 I think he wants to record some content for the course… haha. Anyway, I recorded solo until J came home around 6:30 and then we spent a couple more hours recording content. Success doesn’t sleep!
We ended the night watching a couple of episodes of Silicon Valley to decompress and get some laughs in!
4-day gym streak! That’s a record for the road trip so far. I woke up, made some eggs, and hit up Planet Fitness for a couple of hours. Since I found out I was staying at J’s house until Friday, I also grabbed some more food at the grocery store to cook up.
I got back to the house around 10:30 AM and chefed up another batch of chicken and veggies. As much as I like Tom’s stovetop, it was nice to cook in a real kitchen again. After taking my four-legged friend on another walk, my housekeeping items were done and I could spend a bunch of hours recording and editing content. So, that’s exactly what I did!
Once J got home from work around 7:00, we headed into town to give me a neighborhood tour. We ended up going to a local pizza and beer place and I enjoyed a couple of fine Seattle drinks. It was around 10:30 PM when we finally got back to the house so I set up my pull out bed and hit the hay.
Today was the first day I spent a good chunk of time in downtown Seattle. I woke up around 8:00 and took the bus with J into the city. While she went to work, I walked around downtown for a couple of hours before settling in Moore Coffee House to rest my legs and get some work done.
I met back up with J for lunch around 12:30 and we ate some fantastic chicken avocado salads. After lunch, I took the bus back to the house and hit the gym to keep the streak going (5 days). I arrived back home around 4:30 and worked on recording course videos for a couple of hours.
Around 8:00 PM, J’s sister came over and we ate dinner, hung out, and played Settlers of Catan. As the veteran Catanner of the group, the other foes didn’t stand a chance… maybe next time. We wrapped up our board gaming at 10:30 and called it a night.
Planet Fitness was a good way to start the day. I worked out, ate breakfast, and showered all before 10:00 AM. This left me tons of time to catch up on work and record a lot more content for our course! I made about 10 phone calls and was interviewed for a podcast as well, so it was definitely quite the productive day!
J and her husband both came home around 6:00 PM and we decided to go out for Mexican food for my last night in Seattle. We met up with J’s sister too and all four of us left the restaurant absolutely stuffed.
After we got back home A Purple Life came over to play some board games (we decided on King of Tokyo since they were so intimidated by my Catan skills). Much to their dismay, I emerged victorious in Battle for Tokyo as well. We ended the night watching a couple of episodes of Silicon Valley – which has quickly joined my “shows I like” list.
I packed up, said my goodbyes, and left the house at 8:00 for my long drive from Seattle to Banff. I decided to take the Canada route and so I crossed the border up in Abbotsford. The first few hours were mostly just highway driving with some scenery, but nothing compared to the second half of the drive. I stopped quickly in Kamloops for lunch around 2:00 PM and then got right back on the road.
This is when the drive started to become incredible. I drove past national park after national park and was constantly surrounded by snow-capped mountains and lush forests. It was like driving through a string of postcards!
Despite the 10.5 hour Google estimate, Tom (the van) took about 13 hours to finally make it to Banff. He’s not very fast up the hills. I checked into my hostel around 10:30 PM, chatted with a German guy for a little while, and then passed out from driving exhaustion.
Right after waking up, I decided to take a long walk around the town center and check out some of the walking trails. Surprisingly, Banff was a lot more walkable and a lot smaller than I expected. The snow-capped mountains literally surround the entire settlement and the views were incredible.
Around 11:00 AM, I headed east toward Calgary for our 2:00 PM event at the Central Public Library. Despite the fact that it was Easter, we had nearly 80 people attend the event. I guess people like money more than the Easter Bunny!
After the event was over, we walked around for a while exploring the city before grabbing some dinner and drinks. First, we sat down for some apps, entrees, and drinks. Then, we headed over to a funky, local craft brewery. Lastly, we tore it up in an arcade bar for a couple of hours before heading back to our hotels and getting some sleep.