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Summer Wrap-Up

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As I write this, it's rained all weekend and it's currently in the 60s outside, so it really feels like summer is over.

And what a summer it was. My sixth (!) in DC! And, it wasn't unbearably hot or humid for a long stretch of time, so it definitely ranks as one of the more pleasant ones in my tenure here.

A bit of a breakdown of the summer:

Travel
At one point, I was traveling every two weeks (are we surprised?). Some highlights:

LA/Denver Work Trip: It took three airlines to get there and back, but this was a fun break at the end of June. I went to LA for a media day with our celebrity spokesperson, and then straight to Denver for six days for a conference (plus one more day for fun). I LOVED my time in Denver--the weather was perfect, I adjusted to the altitude (except for stairs, I was winded EVERY TIME), and really enjoyed seeing a lot of the city. But man, at the end of this trip, I was really sick of hotel rooms. Fourth of July in Pennsylvania: Leo and I took our firs…

The Best Years of Your Life

A few things have been making me think about high school lately. I just saw the movie "Eighth Grade", which is awkward and cringe-worthy but important. It covers a social outcast's (wow, I hate that term, but its the most succinct way to describe her in this case) last week of eighth grade, in a school where's she basically invisible, and dreams about how much better high school will be.

At the same time, I've been catching up on the podcast Still Buffering, and they recently did an episode about high school as the littlest sister on the podcast just graduated. They all agreed that high school was not all the movies hyped it up to be. And that if they were to give a commencement speech, they would say that the best years of life are ahead of you, and to not worry if high school wasn't amazing, the rest of your life still can be.

This made me really happy that I am no longer in that time of my life (and that we didn't have social media when I was that age,…

What's Been Happening Lately: July Edition

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Oh hey! It's been awhile! Let's dive in, shall we?
What I'm Drinking: Rose all day in these parts. I found a sparkling rose in cans at Trader Joe's, which came in handy on a recent tubing trip. Also diving into boxed wine which is a delight when you want a demure crisp glass of wine on a hot day. 
What I'm Loving: The summer weather here. Yes, we've had a few days of unbearable heat and humidity, but they've been short-lived for the most-part. Fingers crossed it stays that way! 
Also, my office is getting remodeled at the moment, so we're all telecommuting until after Labor Day. I am already loving my super casual wardrobe, lack of make-up, lack of commute, and slightly later wake-up time. And I like to think Leo likes having me around too haha.
What I'm Reminiscing About: Summers of yore, when they were full of weddings, lots of trips, and bus parties in Houston. 
What I'm Reading:
Well, a lot of things. But most notably, I just read A Man Called O…

Harry + Meghan

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My love of all things British Royalty runs deep. I won't bore you with the number of magazine covers I had with Prince William on them. How long I kept his wedding to Kate on my DVR. How many times I've seen The King's Speech. How many books I've read about the Royal Family (three).

So, needless to say, I was ALL IN for the wedding on Saturday. Woke up early. Watched with friends. Had English Muffins. Drank champagne.

I admit, I thought we'd be alert for the arrival of celebrities and other royals, and then tune out the ceremony. However, I was rather blown away by the whole thing. The mingling of American and British touches. The nods to Meghan's heritage. Oprah sitting 10 feet from the Queen.

Have no idea what I'm referring to? Here are some resources:

Go Fug Yourself's Guide: This is honestly the best wrap-up EVER.

NPR: A Royal Wedding Worth Watching


Why is this a big deal? Some resources:

As Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Wed, a New Era Dawns

PHOTOS HERE


Travel Tuesday: Take a Seat

The airline I fly the most, Southwest, doesn't have assigned seats. You get a boarding position, but as soon as you're on board, any seat is fair game. I don't mind this, but it really stresses some people out.

In case you were wondering, I have THOUGHTS about seats on planes, and they have changed over the years.


I can never pigeon-hole myself as "aisle-only" or "window-only". This really depends on the flight and if I checked luggage (which I rarely do). Nine times out of ten, I am a window person. I rarely have to get up during a flight, and I kind of hate having to get up for other people. Also, I fall asleep almost instantly, so fellow passengers have the awkward task of trying to wake me up if they need to get out. When am I an aisle person? When I didn't check a bag, it's a short-ish flight and I know upon landing I will want to GTFO the plane. When am I a middle person?. NEVER EVER. I had the great fortune/misfortune of flying in bulkhead…

Friday Feelings

A bit of a kitchen sink post here. It's Friday, what can I say?

--I dont't generally rejoice at others' misfortunes. But one area I do: parking tickets. In DC, nothing snarls traffic during rush hour like some yahoo parked in a "rush hour-no parking" lane, reducing a two lane road down to one. When I drive by that car, cursing their owner, and see a pink parking ticket, I feel like there is justice in the world. See also: when someone with Maryland or Virginia plates is parked in my neighborhood on our resident-only streets.

--In looking at my closet, I realize that I've taken my last closet purges rather seriously. As in, I don't have that much clothing haha (granted, I still have a lot of clothing, but not nearly as much as I used to!). I had to fight the urge to go on a mini-shopping spree, and instead re-signed up for Le Tote [referral link for a free month]. Le Tote is clothing rental, so I keep items for as long as I want, or send them back immediat…

What's Been Happening Lately

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What I'm drinking We're still having winter weather in the DC area (it's April 9, for crying out loud), so I haven't made my transition to white wine yet (nor my spring/summer perfume). So I'm basically vacillating between red wine and light beers. 
What I'm Loving Being a dog mom. Going on three months with Leo in my life and I have few complaints.  
What I'm reminiscing about My first few months in DC. Now that I'm five years in, it's a trip to look back on. We all partied a LOT more, to say the least. 

What I'm Reading I just finished All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai. It's "sci-fi lite", about time travel, when a guy who lives in the futuristic 2016 ends up in OUR 2016 and can't figure out how to fix it. The GoodReads reviews are a bit mixed, mainly from people who wanted more science-y things and less of the human interest aspect. But I enjoyed it a lot. 
What I've been up to For once, not traveling, haha. I didn't se…