tuesday things

Woah, March! I can’t believe we are 11 days in and I haven’t written a single word. Last week was a busy one at work, and I’ve traveled the last two weekends, so I have not been able to make the time. There have been plenty of thoughts though, so away we go …

Naturally I was excited to flip the page on my calendar. February was a wonderful month about loving others, but the message for March is to love what we do – or rather, do what we love. This has been a struggle for me, as I have now had four jobs and am still trying to figure out how to balance work and life so that I am happy and balanced. For those who know the secret to this conundrum, please advise.

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Since it is March and I am so beyond over this winter, I have decided to boycott my boots. I hate them and want to throw them in the trash at this point. It is so bad, that I wore flip flops on Sunday because they were the only other shoes I brought with me out of town! Yesterday it was supposed to actually warm up a bit, so I wore my flats. Then I saw a terrifying thing – my pale ghost-like legs. (Do ghosts even have legs? I mean, Casper just floated around like a blob, but real ghosts are more like people, I would think, and therefore would have legs.) I digress.
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scary white legs!!

After being frightened at the sight of my own skin, I decided that I needed to jazz up my footwear a bit. I have been coveting these leopard shoes from a blogger that I follow, yet couldn’t justify the price when I wasn’t sure how often I would realistically wear them. Well yesterday I was in luck, because I found a great pair for $23 at Macy’s. Score! I wore them today and no longer felt bad about my legs. (Or as my mother would say, “these shoes look so cute on my feet!”)

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cute shoes = less concern about scary white legs

Finally, I have some big news to share. We are going to Europe!! A few weekends ago Dave and I booked a trip to Prague, Vienna and Budapest. He’s never been across the pond, so that makes it all the more exciting. I am well-prepared with my usual travel books – those who have followed since the beginning of time know that I adore Rick Steves – but nothing can compare to first-hand experience from friends. So if you’ve been I want to hear from you.

What did you like?
What didn’t you like?
Where should we eat or drink?
What random tips do you have?
Ready? Go!

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tuesday things

It’s late and I’m ready for bed, but I accidentally poured just a little bit too much in my wine glass, and since I naturally must stay up to finish it I figured I’d write. I’ll keep this short though – some deep and some not-so-deep (I’m looking at you #1 and #4).

1. I made the decision a couple weeks ago to grow out. It was a Wednesday (don’t ask why I know this) and I was getting ready for work, realizing that if I didn’t have the bangs life would be much easier. That may be a little bit of a drastic statement, but nevertheless, it would at least be slightly easier. Am I making a terrible mistake? (Again, a bit dramatic considering I can always cut them again.)

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before bangs/after bangs

2.  Our chairs came on Monday! Daisy was intrigued and I felt like I was pulling out the insides of a turkey. Maybe this is a normal thing now (??), but the legs came stuffed inside the zipper pouch of the underside of each chair.

3. I read this article a couple weeks ago and though it is long, I totally agree with this line: “Western people are running from themselves and they use the busy-ness of their lives as an excuse to avoid having to actually live their own life.” What do you think? I got so tired of hearing myself say how “busy” I am, so lately I have made a conscious effort to stop.

4. There was a moment last weekend where our house was void of butter, olive oil, garlic and onion. I had a mini panic about it and then quickly resolved the issue, although it had to wait until the next day. My friend Jennabeth commented that, “Lanie without Garlic is like Sherlock without Watson.” We lived together so she knows me pretty well.

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^^giant bottles of both so as not to recreate the terrible moment^^

5. On that note, here’s some perspective.

Hope you’re having a great week!

tuesday things

1. For months I have wanted to try out this produce delivery service called Washington’s Green Grocer. It’s an on-demand service offering delivery of various produce boxes and other goods once a week. After talking it through with my BFFSM Olivia, I selected the local produce box for delivery every other week and she picked the large mixed box using the on-demand option. My first box came and I was so excited!! I will definitely keep this up and will likely take it to the next level and go weekly – it’s affordable and also forces me to use new foods when cooking,  like celeriac. I’d never even heard of it! It’s also a great way to support local farmers and make an effort to have a lower impact on the environment since the produce is not being shipped from all over the world. 

2. Speaking of food, DC always has new restaurants popping up and I love to try them out. Recently Bidwell opened in Union Market, Lincoln in NW DC and The Arsenal at Bluejacket Brewery near the Nats stadium. All had delicious food (as Dave says, “Someone is paying attention here.”) but the absolute best service was at The Arsenal, and Lincoln definitely won the award for atmosphere/theme.

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Lincoln

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#beerflight before dinner with @layne1020

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^^My first beer flight – The Arsenal at Bluejacket^^

3. My freshman roommate Erin visited last weekend and we had a blast! Food and drink plans mostly dominated our agenda for the weekend, but one activity that didn’t fit that mold was a trip to the U.S. Botanic Garden. I’d never been and it was a treat!

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pretty pretty

4. We also spent an afternoon in Georgetown picking up some essentials like this shirt, this lip gloss in deep rose and a card from Paper Source for my three year anniversary with Dave. Yes, it’s been three years TODAY! Hard to believe because when I think of all our memories it seems like so much longer and yet these years have really f-l-o-w-n by.

5. This is totally random, which I guess fits with the theme for today’s “things” … I don’t know about you guys, but I would really love the option to mass edit my pins on Pinterest. When I first started using it I arranged things in a pretty general way, and now some of my boards (like the ones for food and home) have really outgrown those broad categories because there are just way too many pins! I need to organize my boards into more specific themes like meal planing and desserts or living room and laundry room. It would be so much easier to select a group of pins and move them all at once rather than having to edit each pin individually. Help a sister out and VOTE for Pinterest to add this feature by going to this link and simply clicking the “me too!” button.

That’s all for today folks! If you tuned in yesterday, you’ll know that I plan to post more before and after pictures of the house soon – as in sometime this week. Come back for more!