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Summer summer summertime!

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I’m hating all the back to school commercials, and the thought that the fall is just around the corner. I love summer, and this one has been incredible!

I’ve been to outdoor movies, happy hours outside, and the pool. I celebrated 4th of July weekend eating crabs and dancing on rooftops with Steph in town. I’ve been to wineries and twilight polo. I’ve eaten a lot of cheese on picnic blankets.  I’ve watched baseball games and soccer matches.

I’ve spent a weekend in Charlotesville with some of my favorite people having the best time ever, and a weekend in NYC with Steph doing whatever we felt like doing. I’ve also eaten a lot of meals in Annapolis, a perfect summer day trip. I’ve been to Leesburg on a girls trip in search furniture and brunch.

For work I’ve toured the Hirshhorn, the Uzbekistan embassy, held receptions at the galleries and watched an amazing Asia After Dark night unfold.

I celebrated my first year anniversary! We ate at the Red Hen and on another night laughed along at the Book of Mormon.

I’ve also been planning a trip to Japan! While I’m jealous of everyone and their August vacations to far flung locations, I remind myself that I too will be traveling! I think about October and what an amazing new experience I will have with great friends.

Now to savor the rest of summer, while it lasts. We’ll fire up the BBQ, run outside, and visit a few more local spots we haven’t seen (I love living in a city with unlimited activities).

The possibilities are endless while the sun is still shining!

and then I turned 30

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Written on June 23…

It has only been a few days, but it still feels weird that I am 30! I certainly don’t feel 30, though I don’t know what you are supposed to feel like. I still feel young(ish), and feel like I have a lot to accomplish. Though I have been thinking back on my twenties and everything that I have done. I graduated college and went through the whole process of graduate school in my twenties. I lived in DC, San Francisco, Florence and in London in my twenties. I met the most amazing guy and got married in my twenties. I accomplished my goal of working in a museum, and more than that, a Smithsonian museum in my twenties. I’ve kept up with my closest friends from my childhood and adolescences, as well as made more life long friends in my twenties. It has been a good decade, but I am wondering what could be next! I want to continue to travel, to develop my career and really hold onto those relationships that are meaningful and rewarding! I’m not sure where I thought I would be at 30, 10 years ago. I think I thought I would have it all figured out and I would feel so adult. Some days I do, but most days I don’t. All I can say for sure, is that I am happy.

Whirlwind of April and May

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Since our return from Alaska, life has been non stop! Here are a few highlights

April 15 – SRS artist Studio Tour with Helen Zughaib. Look up her art, it is amazing.
April 16 – Nats Game
April 18 – Earth Day Concert, Shakespeare Theater tour and Man of La Mancha!
April 19 – Brunch at Central with the girls, and friend chicken and waffles
April 22 – SRS Gala After-Party…Pre-Party. That was a fun one to say over and over again.
April 23 – Day trip to Philly with the F|S Friends group – viewing of the Philly Museum of Art, lunch at the Stephen Starr restaurant and a venture off on my own to the Rodin Museum
April 26-29 – Atlanta for AAM conference. World of Coke, Georgia Aquarium, MLK Historic Sites, party at the Fox Theater, party at the High Museum, Swann House, Margaret Mitchell House plus the tasting menu at Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South, all the food at the Varsity, and Richard Blais’ Flip Burger! And of course, learning a lot about museums!
April 30 – Wombats at the 9:30 Club

May 2 – Dinner at Stanton and Greene and drinks at Hanks for Lindsey and Michael’s b-day!
May 3 – Spa Day at Red Door Spa courtesy of Anthony, dinner in Crofton to see Amanda and Rhett!
May 5 – Back out to Crofton to see the Walker’s new house, dinner at our favorite pasta restaurant
May 6 – SRS tour of the Japanese Embassy and Ippakutei tea house, drinks at Ping Pong Dim Sum
May 7 – Ben Folds at Lincoln Theater with Court, Anthony, other friends including a childhood friend who moved to DC!
May 8 – Day in Richmond VA, lunch at Perly’s Deli, walk around downtown, the capitol, the executive mansion, the confederate White House and other historic buildings. Rehearsal dinner at the Norfolk Tides baseball game that went about 14 innings!
May 9 – Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA – Ed and Katie’s Wedding at the Hermitage Museum and Gardens
May 10 – Mother’s Day, Lunch at Taste in Norfolk, long drive back to DC!
May 13 – SRS at the NMAH Food After Hours event on sushi!
May 15 – F|S Gala and SRS After-party! So much fun, so happy that Anthony, Courtney, Lindsey and Nikki came to support me. Dessert, drinks, dancing, Museums, Art…what could be better?
May 16 – F|S Panel discussion on Art and Money, Opera in the Outfield at Nat’s Park, Pitch Perfect 2!
May 17 – Hyattsville Historic House Tour, Mount Vernon Wine Festival
May 18 – I did not get the memo that everyone shows up late the weekend after the gala, so I was let out early. I spent my few blissful first free hours in over a month…cleaning! But at least I can go home now and relax!

I have managed to still work out every day with this schedule. It has involved using a lot of hotel gyms and waking up early. Which isn’t as terrible as I thought it would be.

The rest of the month will hopefully be part relaxing while still busy!

May 21 – F|S Third Thursdays, keeping the museum open late for lots of fun and activities!
May 22-27 – Home to California! This will include a Mexican food night in Downey, my cousin’s wedding, Islands, In N Out, a hair cut, the beach, Charlie’s Chili, the Violent Gentleman Store and watching the DUCKS!
May 28 – F|S Friends Opening of Filthy Lucre
May 30 – SRS and Friends board meeting at a donor’s very own backyard Japanese tea house
May 31 – Tea at the Jefferson Hotel

I can’t wait for it all.

Tone it Up

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I am a week and a half into the 8 week Tone It Up Bikini Series Challenge. What I have learned is this girls are insane. Their lingo is ridiculous. Working out in a bikini on a beach is maybe silly, but boy do they kick butt. In a week and a half I already feel stronger and can run for longer and feel great!

Each Sunday they release the weeks set of exercises. In week one I ran a 45 minute cardio routine, a 30 min run, multiple work out videos including a “Mermaid” routine, took a spin class that was super fun and ran a 5k! Now in week two there are more runs, cardio work outs and videos. I get why they don’t give you all 8 weeks at once because it’s hard to imagine completing everything. There is another 5k this Sunday, I have a feeling it will be a theme.

The best part has been having buddies to do it with. I work out almost everyday with Courtney and Lindsey (except the video only days which are easy to do at home). I went with them to their gym at Vida this week. They motivate me to keep running and not to stop, which I would do on my own. Anthony has also joined in a few times!

The next five weeks are going to be the busiest time of the year for me. I have events for work every week, plus our huge gala. I am going to Philadelphia tomorrow for work, and Atlanta Sunday-Wednesday for the AAM conference. I will be taking advantage of their gym and roof top track! Plus I am traveling to Norfolk, VA for Anthony’s cousins wedding (another great hotel gym) and to California for my cousin’s wedding (home! I will have to cardio in my pool!), and probably going to Charlottesville the very last weekend of the challenge. 5k to Monticello anyone?

Throughout the challenge we are supposed to focus on our goals we set the first week. A few of mine include leaving my desk at least twice a week to get outside (since my office is underground!), complete each weeks workouts, spring clean my house, along with other fitness and healthy living goals. I’m feeling good so far!

One side effect I did not expect was that I have traded my couch and TV time for working out! My DVR is piling up, and I am okay with that. Also, I never thought I could do an early morning work out, but I have already done a few. Including my 6:15 wake up this morning for a 30 minute jog and workout routine. I accomplish so much more by waking up and working out, and I feel much better than when I would wake up 20 mins before I had to be out the door. I am not a morning person at all, but it’s not as bad as I thought it would be. Anthony has also been super helpful with cooking, cleaning and general words of encouragement and allowing me the time to do all these activities – plus still doing fun events like going to brunch for several hours instead of having to do more laundry!

It will be interesting to see how the next few weeks go. From my full calendar of work, personal life and this challenge it is going to be fun/hard/busy/exciting/great!

#TIUTeam #BikiniSeries #100bySummer #TIUMermaid #TIUHusband #TIUIntentions #BeachBabe2 -What can I say, they like their hashtags!

Alaska

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Anthony and I spent six days in Alaska earlier this month visiting his sister and family. They have been there for almost three years and this was our first visit! I can now mark another state off my list.

We did a lot in the days we were there. Even with the rain on and off we still saw everything we wanted to see including

  • Walked downtown, went into shops, ate at Homeport Eatery
  • Went to the restaurant where the real life Ramon from The Proposal works
  • Went to the McDonald’s and the grocery store with breathtaking views
  • Visited the Raptor Center to see bald eagles in recovery, and a 4 oz owl named Tootsie who I wanted to take home with me, so cute
  • Walked many trails
  • Nature walked through Totem Park to view their collection of Totem Poles
  • Went out on the boat on the sound, saw an otter hanging out, lots of starfish and sea cucumbers, sadly no whales, but did get off the boat to explore a shipwreck
  • Visited Will at the base and saw all the awesome helicopters he flies and brought sushi to the lounge
  • Felt very close to brown bears and black bears at Fortress of the Bears
  • Most importantly hung out with Rhett building Lego’s, watching his swim practice, picking him up from school, and watching him wiggle his front tooth which was about to fall out! And hanging out with Amanda and Will
  • Ate halibut caught by the Walkers
  • Drove end to end of the main paved road
  • Ate Mexican food at a place called Pizza Express, which was delicious and shared a bathroom with the movie theater
  • Ate Chinese at Kenny’s Chinese Food

I was warned several times that I would be shocked at how small Sitka is, but honestly, it felt like any other small town American city I have been to. The only problem is it is far, and in a way remote. The couple chains they have are McDonald’s, Subway and some outfitting stores. But they have a lot of other restaurants and plenty of outdoorsy things to do!

The worst part was getting back. Our first flight left an hour late because of deicing the plane…twice. Then on the ascend was struck by lightning which was scary. In Juneau we missed our connection and there was no way to get us back to the east coast that day. So we took our meal vouchers and our free hotel and spent the night in Seattle! Luckily my amazing old roommate and great friend Kelly picked us up from the hotel, took us to a delicious dinner, drank beer and ate hamburgers. Anthony and I spent the rest of the night walking to Pike Place Market, and the light rail back to the airport hotel. Monday we spent not at work as we planned, but flying back to DC where the city was awaiting us with cherry blossoms. While not the ideal way to get back, it was a great adventure and amazing seeing friends and Seattle!

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White House Easter Egg Roll

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I had an amazing opportunity to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll this morning. Anthony and I went on invitation from a friend who is on the inside. We attended the taping of Live with Kelly and Michael, with guests First Lady Michelle Obama, Connie Britton, Anthony Anderson, tennis star Caroline Wozniacki and Jeff Gordon! Plus, Gelman warms up the crowd before the show (I just think of Regis yelling at him back in the day).

After the taping we walked around the grounds, which had a lot going on. Story time, a stage, a lot of characters walking around in costume, the roll itself, yoga, spin class etc. We happened to walk by Bobby Flay on his way to the cooking stage, and saw RGIII throwing around footballs with kids! Not a bad way to spend a Monday morning.

 

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NYC

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I had an amazing weekend in NYC with so many great friends. It is always awesome to see Steph, and getting to see Alex more than once a year is a huge treat! Plus all the DC Friends, Kevin, and Fish from college put the icing on the cake!

The weekend went pretty non-stop, which is typical. I drove the whole way up, getting in around 9 pm. We went immediately to Lil Frankie’s for an all out Italian fest. Pizza, pastas, dessert, red wine! From there it was onto Finnerty’s (naturally), where by surprise the Birdman writing team showed up with their Oscars to be passed around. We took a lot of photos, and holy cow is that thing heavy!

Saturday morning started off right with bagels. Then onto the New Museum, for a crazy exhibition and some amazing views of NYC. Next stop, a hot chocolate festival for some super thick and creamy hot chocolate and a giant homemade marshmallow! Then back to Stephs to change, and to the friends AirBnB for cheese and crackers. Then we went to Drag Bingo! Which was so fun, everyone was so into it. Alex won the raffle but we were all just one square shy of Bingo several times over. I guess we have to go back until we win! Afterwards we grabbed a slice, romped through the neighborhoods not finding any bar we liked so what to do then? Go back to Finns of course! On the walk back to Stephs we decided to grab some deli for a late night snack. When in Rome, am I right?

Sunday morning we went to brunch at Northern Spy Co, which was fantastic and then took off for DC because of the weather. The drive home was nuts, at one point I realized the windshield wipers we so loud because they had turned into ice cubes! What a mess. But it was all worth it! Until next time NYC (see you next week!)

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