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2017 Highlights

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I always like looking back on previous years and seeing the highlights. So, here we go, 2017.

Bests: Book: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi Movie: The Big Sick and Hidden Figures. Honorable mention: Coco Song: The entire Hamilton soundtrack. And "Despacito" by the Biebs et. al.  TV Shows: Net best: The Americans, as I watched seasons 4 and 5 this year and season 4 is just fantastic. I continued to enjoy Younger. Most surprising show: One Day at a Time (give it a watch!) Meal: So last year's meal was Rose's Luxury in August for my birthday. I'm inclined to say that again, as well as dinner at Bouchon in Vegas for a conference. We all agreed we're going there every year!
Other notable things this year: 42 plane flights (and no lost luggage or cancellations!) 3 new countries (The Netherlands, The Bahamas, and Korea) 3 weddings 2 bachelorette parties 98 classes on ClassPass
10,000 torq points at Flywheel
Saw Hamilton for my birthday


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2017's Top Travel Moments

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I realize that I traveled a lot in 2017 without recapping it here. Perhaps the thought of a full-blown recap for all these trips is exhausting. Perhaps I don't think these trips are especially fun to read about for those who weren't there. Perhaps I'm lazy. You pick.

But, I do want to capture some of what made this year so memorable. I took 42 plane flights, visited three new countries (four if we count stopping at the airport in Tokyo, I do not), and saw countless friends (really, I tried to count them, I failed). So, let's see what the highlights were, shall we?




1. Riding an adult tricycle around Key West in January on a cruise with three friends. It was THE BEST.

2. Introducing a co-worker to "Fun Vegas" on a work trip in the span of 4 hours before our return flight. It involved drinks at Chandelier at The Cosmopolitan, visiting The Willy Wonka Slot Machine (it's so fun!), watching the Bellagio fountain show (which did not play my favorite song, sadly)…

December Odds and Ends

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A few thoughts, links to things, and miscellany from this month . . .

1. I recently re-watched Anastasia (confession: I thought it was somehow related to Christmas, it's not. But it is winter in the movie, and there's a song called "Once Upon a December", so I think I can be forgiven). I was both pleased and startled to discover that I remember a LOT of the song lyrics.

2. Speaking of songs, I've added a Christian station in the DC area to my pre-sets because they play a good variety of Christmas music (I need more than Jingle Bell Rock and Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree in my life, which is what the dedicated "Christmas Station" seems to play at least three times an hour). Sometimes, though, the Christian station will only play Christmas music like every third song, and I realize I'm listening to Christian rock/pop. And I don't hate it. Each song is so positive and uplifting. Watch the current world/political climate turn me on to Christ…

Watch, Drink and Be Merry

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I woke up Black Friday absolutely giddy. Why? Not to get the latest deals, but  because I felt like I could finally start watching holiday movies. And not just any holiday movie. The treacly, predictable, emotionally-questionable made-for-TV movies that are in abundance this time of year. I feel like Freeform (fka ABC Family) really got this genre going with movies like Holidays in Handcuffs (not nearly as NSFW as the title suggests), but the Hallmark channel has really embraced it with gusto. This year, they have 21 new movies premiering (this isn't a paid post, though, Hallmark, hit me up!).



After you've seen 10 or so of these movies, you really notice, um, trends. So, to pass the time while watching these flicks, I present the 12 Rules ofHoliday Made-for-TV Movies (Which can also be a drinking game. All rules=one entire drink unless otherwise noted)


1.The movie opens with an aerial or skyline shot of a big city (usually New York, sometimes Boston or Chicago)

2. The protagonis…

Thanksgiving Thoughts

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. There's much less stress than Christmas, and it's all about being thankful, spending time with folks, and eating. What's not to love?           So I do kind of HATE that it often gets shoved aside for Christmas. When the week after Halloween, Christmas lights are up and people are talking about Christmas trees, I get cranky. Let's enjoy this holiday, amiright?
When I lived in Texas, Thanksgiving was usually spent with family--except for a few years we spent with my dad's boss's family (in retrospect, that was odd . . .). Now that I live in DC, I made the trip back for a few years, but it really became too much holiday travel (and too much time with the 'rents, haha). The past few years I've either hosted Friendsgiving or gone to a friend's family's house and it's been wonderful. 
Found these questions online about Thanksgiving, and thought they were interesting!
How strongly attached to turkey are you? Prett…

What's Been Happening, November 2017

Well here we are--more than a month since my last post, and yet so much to catch up on. Let's get down to it, shall we?
What I'm drinking Basically only red wine. I did have a sparkling rose last weekend at a bachelorette party, and I think I can be convinced to drink it year-round . . . 
What I'm Loving The holiday season. I just returned from my last travel blitz of the year: the weekend before Halloween I was in Houston for a couples' shower for my best friend, from there I went to LA to visit a DC-now-LA friend for a few days, and then to Dallas for my 10-year college reunion. I was back in DC for three days before I went BACK to Texas for said friend's bachelorette party in the Texas Hill Country. I'm so happy to be back in town until Christmas and enjoy Friendsgivings, holiday parties, and sleeping in my own bed. 
What I'm reminiscing about Gosh. Perhaps not that much? Being back on campus reminded me a lot of college, but also how far we've all com…

A Most Embarrassing Story

A few weekends ago, I went to a consignment store close to my apartment. It's one of those "hidden treasure" stores--pulls from an affluent area where women can't wear the same thing year-after-year, so Tahari dresses you saw at Nordstrom six months ago are on sale for $40.

I like to poke around in this story every now and then. I had some time to kill so stopped in and found something I'd been looking for--cowboy boots. My pair is now 11 years old and looking a bit worse for wear, so I've been keeping an eye out for replacements.

These were the perfect distressed boots, in my size, and $60! I grabbed a pair of the little stocking footies for trying on shoes and put them on. They fit perfectly! I'm excited.

I lean down to take them off and, well, can't quite get them off. Like, at all. The shaft of the boot is not giving, and I can't angle my foot to get it out. No big deal. I go over to a chair to sit down and really give the boots a good yank.

F…