14 February 2015

Happy Valentine's & Galentine's Day!

Thursday I hosted a Galentine's party for all of my girlfriends. I had eight guests for wine, snacks, and a card making station. It was fun catching up with everyone. As cold as it has been we've all been a little hermity. 

My fancy card making station:

To get the creative juices flowing I hung up a few fingerprint cards I'd made earlier in the day:

I made some old school valentines to hand out:

I started out Valentine's morning with a 17 mile run and returned home to a delicious breakfast made by my boyfriend. Hearts make everything taste better. 

And some beautiful flowers!

Later we have a flag football game, dinner, and below freezing temperatures!

Happy Valentine's Day!

06 January 2015

More Goals

Reading through all the New Year's posts and articles made me think of a few more things I'm going to try to do this year.

On Lauren Conrad's website* they had a list of 10 resolutions everyone should make. One of them overlaps with a resolution that apparently Pope Francis has for us all. That is to stop wasting food. I am very guilty of this. I'll buy something and use it for one meal, but never find a use for the rest of it. During the Farm Share I was super guilty of wasting fresh veggies! I know. I'm ashamed, but sometimes I just couldn't find a use for a whole head of cabbage when I had a busy week. So I'm going to clean the fridge of all out of date food and focus and using every thing I buy or putting it in the freezer before it goes bad.

Second goal is to keep learning. Last Spring I learned how to screen print, but then I didn't sign up for anything new. I'm going to try to keep something on the calendar. I found some cool online resources yesterday that I'm excited to try out.

General Assembly- https://generalassemb.ly/ has some cool classes and workshops in DC. Focused around web design, business and technology.

Codecademy- http://www.codecademy.com/ teaches coding starting at the simplest level. I already learned to make an animation from my name and start a mini solar system.

Coursera- https://www.coursera.org has college courses from all over, some are free and some are paid. You can take a class or they have specializations that have a series of courses.

*Yes I occasionally read Lauren Conrad's site. I may have a small girl crush on her.

02 January 2015

2015 (BOOM)

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Meeting and dating Brian, wasn't a goal, but has been a highlight of 2014

Happy New Year!

I know its been awhile since I've blogged, but I thought with the new year I should check in. 

My goals for 2014:

Year goals
Blog more consistently (I need to keep my parents happy)- This didn't happen at all, I dropped off the blogsphere in June
See something at the Studio Theater (for real this time)- SUCCESS I saw COCK with a group of girlfriends, it was a great production that we all enjoyed.

Monthly goals
Craft/Sew something new - I did do a lot of crafting including sewing a quilt top and making a bunch of bags for Christmas gifts.
Go somewhere new- I went several new places including Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina, Bonn, Germany and Tomball, Texas
Eat somewhere new- Eating new places is not hard in DC. New lunch places include Shophouse and Cava grill. Finally ate at the Pig, and am continuing to eat new pizza with Pizza Club.

January goals
Run at least one mile a day- I think I missed one day....
Do the Nike Training Club App Get Lean Advanced Program- Completed
Organize my photos and backup them up and print some- I printed some photos, but didn't do much organizing.

I don't remember making any more monthly goals...

For 2015 I want to:

Reset my healthy eating
Run a Marathon- I'm registered for the Rock 'n Roll DC Marathon in March, the first month of training has gone ok, but now I'm encountering milage I'm unfamiliar with.
Journal- I've actively journaled for much of my life, I'd like to get back to the pen and paper way. 
Meal Plan- I've been doing a lot of last minute shopping and cooking. For some reason this stresses me out so I would like to do less of it.
Focus on Happiness

20 May 2014

EU Embassy Open House

Every Spring the Embassies in DC open up for tours. I went to some of them a few years ago with my cousin, but there were many more I hadn't seen. I'm a sucker for these types of things and luckily found that my friends Hannah and Adam were equally up for the tour. We decided to hit up the northern loop of Austria, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Hungary, and Netherlands. Those five alone took us about two hours. So if you plan on visiting them all in one day, you have quite the challenge.

The EU was having a selfie contest so I took some goofy pictures at each spot... they haven't yet contacted me with my winnings.

Austria had free coffee and red bull and some other treats for sale. They had a chef demonstrating how to make apple strudel and lots of pamphlets on Austria.

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The Czech Republic had a Kafka bug strolling the grounds and police dog demonstration using Czech Shepard's. They had free ice coffee and strudel.

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Hungary gave us a cheesy bread upon entering and had some traditional dancing going on. They also had some liquor tasting that wasn't very tasty at all.

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The Netherlands had the most going on. A Heineken beer garden, cheese, stroopwafel, little pancake things (amazing), give aways, and a photo booth.

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18 May 2014

Nashville at the Lincoln Theater

One of my favorite shows on TV right now is Nashville. A good mix of drama and good original country music. A few months ago I started buying some of the songs and rocking out to them. Then by chance I saw that they were coming to DC for a concert. I mentioned it to my friend Hannah and she was immediately on board. I'm not a big concert person, but I but the time the tickets went on sale in my calendar. Once 10 am came around I started trying to buy tickets... it kept saying to try again, try again, try again... finally after 10 minutes of trying to put two tickets in my basket it went through and we were set. The show actually sold out within like 12 minutes. Crazy. 

It was also my first time to the Lincoln theater. So I was excited to check it out. I had read some reviews saying that the line could get a little long. It was completely true and a little confusing as the seating was general admission and they had guys moving the through the line checking IDs, scanning tickets, and stamping our hands (with a blue light stamp!). 

Once we got inside it was a bit of a rush to find seats. We decided to start looking downstairs. A lot of people were saving seats so it wasn't easy to find two. We found some on the side towards the back, but they still had a great view of the stage. 

After getting drinks and visiting the restrooms it was time for the show to start.

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Lincoln theater
The Lincoln theater is very ornate and pretty if not a little crumbly.

For the most part the performers came out one at a time and sang one song at a time with the occasional duet. They mostly sang songs from the first season and mixed in a few songs of their own that don't appear on the show.

Deacon (Chip) is actually from Alexandria and had a lot of friends and family in the crowd.

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Did you know Gunnar (Sam) is actually british? I'm not sure if I like his southern accent or his british accent better.

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Sam and Chip
They wrapped up the show with a group number, A Life That's Good.
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the whole crew

13 May 2014

Terrarium part two

So the first terrarium didn't go so well. It all started great, but after a few weeks went by both my chicks and hens died. They died suddenly. Like boom. The other guy lasted a few more months, but one day after feeling the dirt and determining it completely dry, I watered and boom it died too.

Jenn didn't have much better luck either. Hers all died by early this year.

Not to be discouraged we decided to try again. I think mine may of died from overwatering, even though I didn't water them that much. I also think they might of not had enough sun. Ace only had larger plants so we went up to Flowers on 14th. They had the right size, but were a bit more expensive. 

They had some ferns so I decided to try them. They lady said they love water and like covered containers. Hopefully this fern will love my jar!

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I also bought two succulents to replace the dead ones I had sitting in my winery pots for the better part of the last year. 

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08 May 2014

Cherry Blossoms

A little late, but I thought I'd share some of the beautiful Cherry Blossoms from this year. I did my usual run around the blossoms and snapped some photos, but didn't spend as much time as I would like with them.

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I kind of cut off everyone's bodies in the picture below, but you can see how crowded it gets around the tidal basin.

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I also hit up the Cherry Blossom Parade with my friend Jenn. The highlight of the parade was Aaron Carter! He was even really singing as he floated by. Later I found out that he missed his brother Nick's wedding to be in OUR PARADE. haha.

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