Meet Amy HaaseMeet Amy Haase. I like her, and here’s why.

Last night, Kristin & Craig were in town and invited me to join them for dinner at Machiavelli’s in Seattle.  

Can I just go off topic here for a minute and rave again about the food at this little restaurant???    Deciding between the Chicken Milanese and the Tortellini Formaggio with Cream Sauce, Proscuitto and Peas is always a daunting task. (I went with the Chicken Milanese with roasted veggies on the side – Kris opted for the Tortellini and we shared a bit with each other).  Craig enjoyed the Chicken al Forno with a side of Spaghetti (which he rated 9 on a scale of 10).

Simply put, Machiavelli’s is the BEST Italian food I have ever had – surprisingly affordable, and in my top 3 restaurants of all time…  don’t ask what the other 2 are, I haven’t decided, just leaving the spots open.   Personally, I think it would be worth your while to make a trip to Seattle just to eat at this little gem. But you have to invite me to join you, of course.

This was Craig’s first visit – perhaps he can tell you if it lived up to all of the hype……

OK, back to Amy. After dinner, we drove back to Molbak’s (where I had left my car) and Kristin and I ran in for a potty break while Craig ran an errand to a man store (auto parts). As we were waiting for his return, we gandered at the billions of poinsettias, and I convinced Kristin to sit in front of the giant poinsettia tree so I could take her photo. She was reluctant, but agreed.

Amy and KristinWhile sitting on the bench waiting for me to snap a shot, she said “I feel silly.”

And at that moment, a fellow shopper says “I’ll sit with you!

Delighted, we laughed and invited her to do so, and she did.

Amy is a spontaneous, fun and thoughtful person – stepped outside herself to try and help someone else feel more comfortable – just the sort of person we’d love to get to know. We learned she has been living in North Carolina, but is looking to make a return to Seattle (where her family lives.) We hope you do, Amy!

After all this excitement, Kristin discovered she needed another potty break – and I, apparently, needed to amuse myself while waiting for her.

Potty breakSo I stuck my camera over the stall to snap her photo – and found the shot I captured to be absolutely hysterical. Don’t ask me why.  Maybe I was drunk with the joy of my Machiavelli meal and our encounter with Amy, but I showed Kristin the photo, and we both came out of the bathroom with tears running down our cheeks, barely able to breathe from laughter. Craig thought we were nuts. I think he’s probably right.

What fun people have you met in unexpected ways and places?

(21) Comments   


Kristin on December 14th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

Oh, Machiavelli’s is too wonderful for words. Truly.

And Amy was delightful.

And Allison is totally nuts. Hard to explain the thoughts going on when one is minding their own business in the bathroom stall, only to look up and find a camera lens pointing at them… I had to just be thankful she was doing it over the stall door instead of under. That would be a bit more awkward.

Ashley Rae on December 14th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

Machiavelli’s is amazing. Honestly. I highly recommend that everyone make the trip at least once in their life to try the delicious food at this restaurant.

Amy sounds wonderful. I love fun people. And you two are definitely nuts. NUTS! And I’m not. At all.

Kathleen on December 14th, 2008 at 6:19 pm

What a hoot! You two are so funny. I can’t recall meeting someone in an unusual way. I do remember going into a rest room in a department store with my friend Lorraine. I walked in one stall, she in the one next to me. I heard an explosive noise from the stall, reached under the stall, grabbed Lorraine’s ankle and said, ” Wow I’m glad you didn’t have to hold that in much longer” There was silence.

I left the stall. went to wash my hands and realized that Lorraine was already washing her. I looked at the stall where I thought she was and the door was closed. Lorraine was trying so hard not to laugh. She looked at me and said, “I went into another stall that one wasn’t clean enough for me’ I was mortified. Who was that poor woman I had just taumatized? I waited for the woman to exit the stall so I could apologize and explain but she wouldn’t come out! I finally just left.

Robert on December 14th, 2008 at 8:59 pm

LOLROF… that is the funniest story I’ve ever heard.. I couldn’t imagine what I’d do if somebody in a public bathroom reached under and grabbed my ankle… let alone commented… LOL… I am going to laugh myself to sleep..

Kristin on December 14th, 2008 at 9:53 pm

Kathy, that is absolutely hilarious!

Our bathroom break probably won’t be quite so memoral, but it was pretty funny. Craig says the whole store could hear us laughing. I think he exaggerates. 🙂

craig on December 14th, 2008 at 10:30 pm

I’m sure that Senator Craig from Idaho had the same intentions with the “wide stance” – he probably felt like grabbing the sherriff’s ankle to be supportive just like you Aunt Kathy…

I just wish someone cared enough about me to take a snapshot of me on the john in a strange place…NOT! Very funny!

craigthegrey on December 15th, 2008 at 12:11 am

Well, what I said was the whole back half of the store could hear you laughing, but since Molbaks is almost the size of a Walmart, half of it is like all of most stores. You were very audible.

Re: Machiavelli’s – it did indeed live up to it’s hype, though it’s even smaller than expected. However, they do get you in and out, so even waiting may not be so bad. The food, however, is so worth waiting for, it was outstanding.

craig on December 15th, 2008 at 8:41 am

Kathy, Paul says it sounds like I said you takinig the picture was “not very funny.” That’s not what I meant. Didn’t express that very well. Yes! Very funny! Paul says that story is so you!

Michelle on December 15th, 2008 at 8:54 am

I love this story, and I love the woman who plopped down next to Kris! and by the way Kristin looks amazing….I really like your hair, you look beautiful.

kaylyn on December 15th, 2008 at 11:46 am

Hysterical! I love that story. 🙂 She sounds fabulous.

The Giver is actually a trilogy. The second book is called Gathering Blue, and the third book is called Messanger. I can’t wait to read the other two!

Allison on December 15th, 2008 at 12:21 pm

Craig – I took the picture…. Kathy grabbed the lady’s leg! It was all very funny. Wish you had been there 🙂

Kathy has promised to update her own blog soon…. hopefully this week??

Kathleen on December 15th, 2008 at 3:45 pm

I miss Lorraine, she moved to Hawaii with her family several years ago. We had been described as a cross between Lucy and Ethel or Thelma and Louise. When I hear Allison and Michelle recall their fun times I think of Lorraine. When I hear Allison and Kris talk about their sister experiences I think of my sisters in England. I have two of the funniest sisters in the world, especially my younger sister. When we all attended my nephew’s graduation from Cambridge University, my younger sister found the weather to be rather chilly. She came to my room and asked to borrow some of my “mormon” underwear. I waffled a bit, until she said,”some religion that is, you’d rather see your sister catch her death of cold than share your special underwear!” I look at the photographs taken at the time and have to smile knowing what lies under my Roman Catholic sister’s designer outfit!

Kathleen on December 15th, 2008 at 3:47 pm

One more thing, my mother claimed that Eunice did not wear underwear but “eye-patches”. Hence the need for my garments, although I no longer wear them.

Allison on December 15th, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Eye patches… LOL… Speaking of the mormon underwear – I was sharing a hotel room with a gal from New York many years ago (we were attending an Arbonne convention) and she just fell in love with my underwear… wondered where she could get some. Was very disappointed when I told her she’d have to beomce a Mormon to get them…. Her appreciation for them totally amazed me, since I always found them highly unattractive and rather uncomfortable, simply hated wearing them and wish I’d stopped wearing them years and years before I did…. If I’d been smart, I’d have sold them to her right then and gone out and bought myself some cute bikini briefs.

Kathleen on December 15th, 2008 at 11:07 pm

Who in their right mind would find garments attractive? I’m with you Allsion, kept ’em on way too long!

irene on December 16th, 2008 at 11:13 am

Loved your stories and yes Kriss you SO look BEAUTIFUL.

Kathleen on December 18th, 2008 at 1:57 am

Kristen, I have been looking at your photo’ again. You really do look beautiful. Your mother is a very beautiful woman and I think you and Allison certainly inherited her best features. Lucky you. I look like my father, a long dead alcoholic, except I don’t have any tatoos. He was covered in them. Of course, he was in the Royal Navy for years and then had a long career in the merchant navy.

Chris on December 18th, 2008 at 8:47 am

You girlz are crazy, I can picture that whole Molbaks scene perfectly. I want to eat at that restaurant someday!! Kristin looks great in that pic, just gorgeous!

Allison on December 18th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Chris, there’s always an air mattress waiting for you here 🙂 At least you wouldn’t have to worry about a cat whining and mauling you all through the night on a future trip……

Jean on December 19th, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I don’t know anyone who has as much fun as you and Kristin do……

Shawn on January 31st, 2009 at 8:14 am

Great story. Amy is indeed a spontaneous, fun and thoughtful person…did she ever learn how to hang glide?

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