Monday, February 27, 2012

Downton Abbey

We don't have Netflix. We don't actually have a TV. However, after the 5th person in three days recommended Downton Abbey to me, we ordered Netflix and I watched all of Season 1 and 2....and of course fell in love with Matthew and Mary, Anna and Mr. Bates, Lord Gratham, and especially Lady Violet. She is a Brit with wit if you know what I mean. Maggie Smith is a woman who I want to invite over for tea. The interchange between that knowing smile or disdainful sneer is just too good.

So, what was really special about taking a hiatus from the demands of real life and being buried in Edwardian England for a few days is that yesterday, Michael and I stumbled across Dumbarton Oaks, a hidden gem right in the middle of Georgetown. We seriously were amaaaazed that we have never been there before - it's only two blocks away from our house. We left 2012 and entered 1920 in a matter of minutes. After watching way too many hours of the show, I was so excited to be walking around the gardens of such a beautiful estate. I half expected to see Lord and Lady Gratham welcoming a visitor at the front door, and even tried to find the kitchens so as to see where the house staff would have congregated. Oh Mrs. Padmore!

Anyway. The Dumbarton gardens are exquisite. They go on and on. Everywhere you turn there was a new little bit of land to explore, vines to walk through, cobblestone paths to follow. We had so much fun, and this is February - not a thing was in bloom. I can't wait to go back in the green of spring:

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I love this little pocket of history so close to our home. How marvelous. I plan to stroll around the gardens again next weekend and practice my posture like Lady Mary. Good heavens, I am determined to pull my shoulders back like she does! I wonder if she had to practice it too.

Friday, February 17, 2012


Michael is participating in St. Baldrick's at Georgetown in order to raise money for research to find cures for childhood cancer. If you would like to donate, you can do so here:

I remember some students doing this at UVA -- I think it is a wonderful way to do something a bit crazy for a good cause. The kids have a lot of fun as they are the ones who actually get to shave the participants heads! Scary thought.

Michael has great hair. I'll really miss those curls...

but they will grow back! Wooo!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Love Languages

Since it's Valentine's Day, did you know there are actually 6 love languages? 

1. Words of Affirmation
2. Quality Time
3. Gift Giving
4. Acts of Service
5. Physical Touch
6. Food 

At least in this household. 

In the past 8 days, we have made pumpkin-mushroom raviolis, potato gnocchi, and pizza. All from scratch, including the sauce. Did you know Michael is Italian? 

I am a huge lover of salty and sweet together. Hence what was on my pizza:

There are no words. Just so dang good. 
Mikey and pizza # 2 with sausage, peppers, and onions
Did you know that apparently it is very much of the "in" thing to make your own Valentine cards? Well it is. Friends like Stephanie, Avery, and friends of Jennifer have all done it. I'm not on Pinterest but I have a hunch that that site is riddled with DIY Valentines and fancy pictures to accompany them. So, I have totally bit the bullet and followed suit. I didn't actually anticipate posting about my homemade creativity, but I was pleasantly surprised! Design is not my thing. Words are my thing. But today, I actually made something nice, and Michael didn't believe me when I told him that yours truly made it. Will wonders never cease. 

What made me chuckle is that Michael said earlier today that nothing really says it like the Good Book can. We both ended up quoting Scripture in our little Valentine's Day gifts (the above is from Matthew 12:34) Will wonders never cease! That is such a good expression. I think my favorite ever. Will wonders never cease. 

Lastly, and this is totally not related to anything else in this post, but I totally had a blast from the past last night while lying on a friend's bed talking to Jenn about The Hunger Games. We were of course excited to see TSwift's new music video for the movie (it totally tanked..... so boring.... put me to sleep... not one single clip from the movie was in the video....WHAT?) so we sneaked (snook?) off to watch it. We ended up talking about all three books in exquisite detail that would have made my 10th grade English teacher so proud. Shout out to Mr. Lindsay! Best teacher I've ever had. And I think most of Highland Park would agree..... yes, ladies? Anyway, we talked about the characters, which book we liked the best, the dark plot, the abrupt end to book 3 and how although I was happy with the ending, it certainly needed some elaboration, and the political/war treatise that Suzanne Collins weaves into the story. It was FUN. I love a good book, and even more than that, I love it when friends read the same thing as me and we can talk about it. Jenn -- let's start a book club. I am for realzz. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Dad and Jack

Meet Jack.
Unfortunately, Jack belongs to the neighbors and not my parents. He's a Cavapoo. I do think dad will eventually cave in and get a puppy at some point in his old wise age. He practically melted last summer at the sight of this pooch. Common Dad! Now's the time!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Safe and Sound

Taylor Swift + The Civil Wars + a song from The Hunger Games soundrack = the most beautiful song that I can't stop listening too.

Monday, February 6, 2012

One Year Ago

One year ago today, the L.O.M.L. asked me to marry him. I said yes!

Ring story:

Sarah, the dear friend who introduced Michael and me, one day asked me to describe my perfect ring "just for kicks." Well, in this romantic head of mine, I always thought that no matter what kind of ring I was given, I would love it because it came from my man. And I still think this is 100% true. However, if the man asks for help or suggestions from his gal's friends, this is not a bad thing, as I now know.

Like I said, I had never given any thought to my "ideal" ring, but just to humor Sarah, I started looking at rings online. Big mistake. I ended up loving so many that I sent Sarah a list of probably over 60 links, each with a varying description about what I liked or didn't like about each ring. Lucky for Sarah, she happens to be married to a web designer who has a knack for all thing computer + design, so they were able to take my entire list and narrow it down to what you see above.

AMAZING. Michael took that little graphic to the jeweler and designed the ring that I have now worn for a year. The ring was a matte finish at first, but I asked to have it buffed a few months into our engagement. Turns out I like the shiny, smooth look better.

Moral of the story: It's the love that counts, not the ring. But hey, a little help never hurt anyone. If you like it than you better put a ring on it!