Sunday, June 24, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 25


June 17, 2012
...for the funniest, greatest, goofiest, best guy I know.
Happy Father's Day / Birthday Dad! 

June 18, 2012
...for my little Monday morning pick-me-up.

June 19, 2012
...for relaxing afternoons spent at the library. 

June 20, 2012
...for 3-ingredient desserts. THREE! And it was delicious. What more can a girl ask for? 

June 21, 2012
...for having Chipotle for first time in weeks! Oh how I missed you fajita burrito bowl.
(Soooo I just realized there's a lot of food in this post...yeah....) 

June 22, 2012
...for safe flights home - with no turbulence! Hallelujah.

June 23, 2012
...for the beautiful wedding of two of my oldest friends! 
Congratulations Ashley & Alton! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Things I'm Excited About

I can't lie. I'm a bit bored today. But I know there are so many fun things on the horizon! I've decided to make a list of those fun things. That'll keep the boredom at bay.....right?! 

1. Seeing my favorite people in the whole wide world in just a few days. 
It's only been about a month, but I miss them dearly! 

2. The SJN wedding of the century this weekend. . .Congrats Ash & Alt! 

3. Getting to see this crazy indiekid next week!

4. Spending July 4th in Southport, NC! 
Never been, but I don't think you can go wrong with sand, sun and the sea :)

5. COLDPLAY in 20 days! 
If you've never been to a Coldplay concert, GO. Talk about an amazing experience.

6. My next project! Chalkboard pots + summer herbs.

7. Just bought my ticket for a Sound of Music sing-a-long concert! 
It even has a costume contest. Nun or Von Trapp child? Decisions, decisions...

7. My currently non-existent, but future bedroom. 
I've decided that white & mustard yellow will be the main colors! 
It's never to early to start planning, right?

8. Hanging with these two hooligans! 

9. Summer thunderstorms!
I'm not sure if my love of storms stems from my years as a lifeguard (hello pool closings and not working!) or if I they just remind me of my childhood. Either way, they're the best.

10. Summer in the city. 
Hello farmers markets, museums, rooftop bars, jazz in the garden, and lots o' cousins! 

Monday, June 18, 2012

WAIT. . . Is that the White House?

Titanic. A spontaneous wine tasting. Chili dogs. Glimpses of the White House. Random run-intos. Talk about a fab afternoon. A couple of weeks ago, my cousin, Bridget, and I decided to morph into our tourist-selves. We strapped on our giant cameras, whipped out our maps, laced up our bright white sneakers, applied copious amounts of sunblock, snapped on our fanny packs, and took the metro into DC......ok ok, we didn't really do all that - come on people, that would just be embarrassing. But, we really did hit up the National Geographic Museum, do a wine tasting, and eat at the infamous Ben's Chili Bowl! 


After a suggestion from my wonderful mother, Bridget and I decided that there was no better museum to meander through on a hot Saturday afternoon than one with a Titanic exhibit. The National Geographic Museum only had two exhibits, but both were fantastic - and just happened to be free that day! Lucky us, right? The first was an interesting exhibit about the history of samurais, which was pretty cool, but would have been way cooler if we had been allowed to try on their crazy outfits of armor and possibly have a sword fight with each other, but hey, let's not get greedy. Next, we wandered through Titanic land. This exhibit had pieces of the set from the Titanic movie, as well as a few items from the actual ship! It was pretty awesome. I've always had a fascination with Titanic ever since... well, let's be honest...Jack & Rose made their debut on the big screen when I was 11. To this day, I can't NOT watch Titanic when it is on TV. It's one of my favorites! And always gets my emotions going. ALWAYS. That scene at the very end when she ascends the stairwell to Jack? Ah swoooooon. Also, I love the third-class irish party scene. Why? Because I want to go to a party like that. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get much better than dancing, irish music, rowdy men, pints of beer, and arm wrestling. 


After we had decided it was time to let go of our Titanic fascination (get it, get it?! muaha), we began the walk to our linner location, Ben's Chili Bowl. For those who cannot put two and two together, linner is LUNCH + DINNER, and is typically eaten in the mid to late afternoon. On our walk there, the White House kept peaking out at us through the DC streets. I swear, it was following us. This, however, could be directly related to the fact that we really are tourists and, because of that fact, we kept losing our way and going in circles. But it's way more likely that the White House was following us. 

When we finally got our bearings, we strolled the streets, took in the sights and occasionally tripped on the uneven sidewalks. Famished and dying of thirst, we saw a sidewalk sign for a wine tasting. It was 3:30PM, the wine tasting was from 3-7PM, we needed a little pick-me-up...so, hello, obviously we took advantage of this opportunity. Can I just say how impressed I was by Bridget's inner wine connoisseur? Sheesh! She was detecting smoky flavors left and right. After tasting 6 or 7 delicious wines, we settled on a nice little white wine from Argentina. MMmm! 


FINALLY, we made it to Ben's Chili Bowl. We obviously took the obligatory tourist photo out front, then headed inside, which was pretty much a blast from the 70s. Because we had made the wise choice to eat linner at Ben's Chili Bowl, we didn't have to wait at all AND we got a table right out front, which was pretty cool and pretty awesome for people watching. I'm not going to lie, I was really excited to be there because so many famous people had been there in the past. I was particularly happy about the fact that my favorite Travel Channel stars, Anthony Bourdain and Adam Richman, had deemed Ben's Chili Bowl worthy of their stomachs.


We each ordered the most popular menu item - CHILI DOGS!! 
Doesn't look like much, but really, it's amazing.


Here's Bridget - SO happy her chili didn't have beans in it! Weeeee! 


With food in our bellies, we felt re-energized and began the long walk back to the metro. On the way back, all of a sudden, out of nowhere, I see one of my favorite people ever just wandering down the sidewalk - Javi! Javier and I went to UF together, where we bonded over our dislike of certain advertising major requirements and the ridiculousness of some of our classmates. This was so exciting, because I hadn't seen him in forever and I love him! It was pa-retty cool.


On the way back, we saw so many cool things that I couldn't resist taking pictures of
...like this building that looks like it was taken right from the streets of Paris! 


...and this spiked wrought iron gate on a cute little side street! 

All in all, we had a lot of fun as DC tourists that afternoon. I can't wait for our next adventure! PS - When we finally got back home, guess what was on TV? Needless to say, I did not move from that couch for a good 3 hours. 

Sunday, June 17, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 24


June 10, 2012
...for colorful wall murals at sunset.

June 11, 2012
...for my crazy/totally weird/awesome best friends!

June 12, 2012
...for AMAZING wedding photos that perfectly documented a beautiful day.

June 13, 2012
...for blooming purplelicious hydrangeas.

June 14, 2012
...for spontaneous and rebellious outings to the movies - Hunger Games Round 2!

June 15, 2012
...for photo opps! I can't seem to resist my natural inclination to be touristy.

June 16, 2012
...for homemade pizza, wine, and great convos with my Vaughn gals!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Let Me Tell Ya 'Bout My Best Friends

We are four of a kind.
Kristin (the artsy cellist), Lia (the nashvillian baby lover), Meghan (the texan baker), 
& MC (...the..help me out here guys...)

We love love love dancing like indiekidz to Passion Pit...

...and taking crazy jumping pictures in flannel shirts & corduroy pants!

We also love roadtrippin' together.

...and being really weird! This is something we pride ourselves on.

We also all have the same color hair. Strange, right?!

I love them to death! 

Sunday, June 10, 2012

365 Grateful - Week 23


June 3, 2012
...for cool mornings, hot coffee, and Coldplay tunes.

June 4, 2012
...for one epic reunion with my long lost Javier! 

June 5, 2012
...for my new scenic running path - it has deer and pretty flowers! 

June 6, 2012
...for being surrounded by opportunity, and for the family that is helping me take full advantage! 

June 7, 2012
...for successful, gratifying expeditions into DC.

June 8, 2012
...for Jazz in the Garden, fun cousins, and lots o' sangria! 

June 9, 2012
...for finally embarking on the journey that is book 3. It's the beginning of the end!