Life of Late ~ 5.29.15

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Yes, I’m back in the states after a lovely trip to Scandinavia.  No, I was not prepared for the massive wave of humidity that greeted me at Newark Liberty Airport on Tuesday.  However, I can’t really complain because 1) it’s not even peak humidity season (or so I hear) and 2) it’s much better than the bitter cold we had during the winter months.

The last few weeks have truly been consumed with birthday shenanigans, November Project, getting ready to travel, and ultimately traveling. There will be more on those travels shortly but I have to say – it’s fascinating what “unplugging” does to the mind and how active I am when I do travel versus sitting at my desk during the work week.  I would like to think that I came back to work refreshed and ready to conquer anything that comes my way.  I’m 99% sure that’s true.  The 1% (or more just wishes that summer vacation was still a thing…)  I’m also trying to figure out how to move more throughout the day since we had been walking 5-8 miles daily in Scandinavia and now I’m limited to my morning workouts and a bit of to/from water coolers.  Good times.

But anyways, with the last Friday of the month upon us (how did May fly by so fast???), here’s a little bit of random and fun.

IMG_0166>> don’t mind me.  just getting in some cardio in Tivoli’s hamster wheel 🙂 sort of like this hamster magnet I posted about a few weeks ago.  always on the move  <<

~ Links that I Love ~

Sometimes, Always, Never Blog ~ “Why Don’t We Believe We Are Beautiful?

Fast Company ~ “7 Habits of Highly Influential People” ~

On Being ~ “The Disease of Being Busy” ~ (lives being blurred between activities, work, etc…we become our devices)

A Cup of Jo ~ “The Secret to Female Friendship” ~

Almost Getting It Together ~ “Healthy Homemade Frozen Yogurt Recipes” ~ (if only I had packed my froyo machine with me)

The Sunday Chapter ~ “9 Benefits of Warm Water & Lemon in the Morning” ~

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>> the lunch view when I decide to eat outside.  it can be very easy to just sit around at my computer, waiting for 5:30 pounding out projects, but I have realized that getting a least a 30 minute break provides just the right motivation to finish the afternoon strong <<

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>> bareburger.  a new favorite.  especially when they have such scrumptious vegetarian options (when I need a break from meat) and fresh lemonade.  not to mention their sweet potato fries = heavenly <<

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>> one of the best.gifts.ever.  a whale hat (love me some vineyard vines) and in the BEST color? why, I’m in love.  <<

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>> friday morning runs away from manhattan and into the piers of brooklyn.  magical, right? <<

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Recaps of my adventures with my partner in crime to come soon!

“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine” – Morris West

Linking up for the first time with Life in Leggings!

One Marvelous Adventure to D.C.

This past weekend I took a trip south to stay near our nation’s capitol.  There, I met up with my grandmother and her family friends for some fabulous adventures, excellent site-seeing, and tasty eats.  Even though I knew we were staying in Potomac, I somehow told people I was staying in Alexandria.  Where I came up with Alexandria, I have no idea but seeing as it was a bit far to the capitol, I had to save the November Project for a separate trip.

My mom had actually grown up in the area and so for years I had heard stories about the town and their home.  Finally I was able to piece it all together and loved seeing my grandma’s face light up as she recalled different memories and hilarious stories.

IMG_6331The first and last time that I had visited these family friends was when I was just over 2 years old and had been traveling back from living in England.  Here’s a little then and now picture.  Ok, we all know that throwback pictures are always cuter 🙂

~ DAY 1 ~

IMG_6073 IMG_6075good friends in front of the capitol ^^ below, it looks like they are trying to copy the Louvre, no?

IMG_6079can you spot one of the newest museums in town?  the NEWSEUM!  something I will certainly check out on my next trip to town 🙂

IMG_6080our point of destination – the national gallery of art

IMG_6081 so artsy, I know

IMG_6332 our main goal was to visit the Degas/Cassat exhibit, which was only going to be open until early October!  It highlighted the relationship between the two impressionist artists and the impact they had on one another’s art and the movement.  I much prefer impressionist art to anything else, so I was one happy camper.

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After a couple hours of education, we drove out of the main center and up into Georgetown.  There we spent some time shopping and gawking at the people in line for the iphone 6.

IMG_6091While there are plenty of wonderful shops on the main drive, we did the most damage at Vineyard Vines.  There, I was proud to pick out my first pieces of whale clothing and they may be the only thing I’m looking forward to about winter.  Oh, and I swear, if any man dressed in Vineyard Vines (got to love those patterns) comes up to me, I’m sold. 😉

IMG_6328Joan insisted that I take a picture in front of the famous canal – the same canal that we were walk along on Sunday morning. This reminds me of when I was in Amsterdam and took a picture in front of their canals.

IMG_6094 IMG_6100the school my grandmother attended in the 4th and 5th grade!  Back then it was named the Hardy School and has since changed hands, but the structure remains the same.

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After a day of travel, we were ready to dig in.  Of course, now that I write that sentence, I’m completely ready for a juice detox (and I NEVER say that).  Anyhoo, off to the famous Peking Restaurant for some gourmet Chinese food.  I let our hosts handle the ordering and we ended up with more than enough beef, pork, and noodles to last us for days.

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Their claim to fame is the Peking Duck, which is carved right at your table.  Nancy and I were not really in the mood for some duck, but maybe another time.  With full bellies, we drove back home for some baseball and a good night’s sleep.  Day one complete and ready for more marvelous adventures anon!

“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.”
― Ernest Hemingway