1. To those who celebrate it, Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderful day celebrating with friends, family, and loved ones. This morning Tommy and I will spend time opening presents with his eldest brother Joe, his wife Dawn and their family and then we’ll head over to his older sister’s house where we’ll celebrate with his entire family (brothers & sisters, their families and significant others and his parents). We’ll also do our big Secret Santa swap then. I hope the person I was assigned to likes his/her gifts. 🙂 [Read more…]
We made it to Maine!!! We pulled into our house at about 8am on Saturday after driving through the night. You’ll be happy to know that both Tommy and I successfully accomplished the goal of eating only healthy snacks on the road. I will say, having a bag full of healthy snacks readily available made the task so much easier. So thank you for all your input. 🙂 [Read more…]
As you can imagine a 12- hour winter road trip (the weather forecast calls for snowy, rainy, and windy conditions for our drive – yes!) with a dog, for a week-long stay in Maine, might entail some serious packing. Here are some essentials we WILL NOT and CANNOT leave our condo without. [Read more…]
I had the most amazing alcoholic beverage I probably have ever had in my life at my friend Margaret’s holiday party last weekend. What is this fabulous drink you ask? Why it’s “Bourbon Slush”! I personally loved this drink because it embodied everything I like about my alcoholic beverages – has alcohol in it, but you really can’t taste the alcohol because it’s mixed really well with other delicious flavors and the drink itself isn’t too heavy, but light and airy. In other words COMPLETELY DANGEROUS. [Read more…]
I am starting to mentally pack for our road trip to Maine. The actual packing will begin tomorrow night. We’ll be spending Christmas with Tommy’s family in the Portland area for about a week. We are all excited, especially Tommy. 🙂 [Read more…]
1. Half marathon training officially began on Monday – yay!!! Per my training plan on Monday I did some stretching and for strength-training I did full body lifting. This consisted of flat dumbell presses, squats, lunges, dips, and dead lifts. This morning I did a 3-mile run. I know it’s super early in the game, but I’m feeling good and am really excited training has begun. [Read more…]
I cannot write anything without saying that my deepest thoughts and sympathies are with all of those effected by the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. My heart keeps breaking. I know those precious babies and educators lost are angels up in heaven now. Peace be with everyone.
As mentioned before, every year since 2006 when I moved to D.C., I have always hosted a holiday party in some fashion.
My co-hosts may have been different – in 2006 when I lived with two roommates I convinced them how fun it would be to have a party in our apartment and then beginning in 2007 – when Tommy and I moved in together – we began hosting annual holiday parties. My brother lived with us in 2007 & 2008 so he joined in on the co-hosting Christmas spirit as well those years. It is a tradition that we, our friends, and family look forward to and one that I hope to keep continuing for many, many years to come. [Read more…]
Last night I attended the Swedish Embassy’s “Lucia Reception” at the House of Sweden.
The House of Sweden is separate from the actual Swedish Embassy. In addition to the House of Sweden hosting several office suites of the embassies of Sweden and Iceland, it is also an event center that features conference and exhibition halls. The building is located on the Georgetown Waterfront along the Potomac River. [Read more…]
I prefer to do my workouts in the early morning. This way the workout is already done, the mornings are naturally quieter so it’s good reflection time, and when I run outside there isn’t as much traffic to meander through so I feel like I can get a good pace and speed.
I have always been a morning person, waking up early has never been a problem for me. I think it began when I figured skated competitively as a child for 5 years and I had to wake up at 4:30am three days a week to get morning practice time in before school. [Read more…]
I apologize if this isn’t news to anyone but me. Maybe I’ve been in the dark for too long or just don’t take advantage of my Costco membership like I need to, but I learned not too long ago that Costco provides travel services to its members and I wanted to share this new found knowledge with you all!
(For those of you that don’t know, Costco is American retailer of brand name products, from computers and clothing to gardening and gourmet food.) [Read more…]