tuesday things fall into place

Sorry for posting so late today, but I was waiting for something special … Today’s “tuesday things” post is about how sometimes it all just falls into place. So this is the story about just that. Things fall into place – a perfect afternoon, the best groups of friends and getting back something you thought you’d lost!

1. Sunday afternoon picnic. Dave and I spent most of Sunday wondering whether we would get that house. (If you haven’t read the latest Of House and Home, then stop reading this post and read that one now before you get to number three on this list!) He had some work to do though and I just kept pinning to pass the time away. After a while he suggested that we take advantage of the beautiful weather and do something fun. Like a picnic! We went to Gravelly Point by DCA to relax in the grass and watch planes takeoff and land. It’s one of our favorite spots in DC, and was so much sweeter because we had wine and a modified caprese salad! Daisy was with us too and could not have been happier! It really was the perfect afternoon :)

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#SundayFunday #picnic

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in the car with Daisy she was so excited!!

in the car with Daisy
she was so excited!!

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it’s a bird. it’s a plane!

2. Girls night. Recently my BFFSM Olivia of Mother May I got engaged to her wonderful boyfriend, now fiance. They are such a great couple and I couldn’t be happier for the two of them. So last night we took Olivia out to celebrate with sparkly drinks! Celebrate we did, and sparkly they were.  I say it all the time, and I’ll say it again: I am so fortunate to have such a wonderful group of friends! A few of us were even friends in college, and it’s amazing how we ended up here. Maybe other people say this about their own group of friends, but I think ours is the best!

3. This morning as I stood on the platform waiting for my train, I was still contemplating taking a sick day to cozy back up in bed. It was rainy, which obviously is perfect tv-in-bed-all-day weather, and as I told my co-worker, “my hair was out way too late last night.” But then I got a text message from M. The seller came back. He (mostly) accepted our offer and wanted to know if we were still available to buy the house. I say mostly because there was still a lot of negotiating that took place today, but we now have a ratified contract so I am allowing myself to be excited! Ironically I received a package today at work from my friend Madison. She sent us these beautiful wine-themed measuring spoons for our new home. What perfect timing!

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What has fallen into place lately for you? I love a happy ending!

Party Like it’s your Birthday, Travel Like a Celebrity

This time two weeks ago we were in Mexico celebrating Dave’s birthday … alas, now it’s back to reality.

The celebration started Friday night at Pacifico Cantina on Barrack’s Row with guacamole, tacos and plenty of margaritas. Despite the stormy weather, we had a great turnout from some of our best amigos!

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#HappyBirthday @PacificoDC

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Before going to Pacifico, I surprised D with cupcakes and gifts. (Daisy was in Pennsylvania with her aunt and grandma, but she is sweet and thoughtful that she had a card for me to pass along.)

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make a wish!

Saturday we woke up early for our flight to Mexico, but didn’t realize that a third of DC metro residents were also doing the same. It took us so long to check in for our flight and we almost missed the cut off! Any residual stress I may have been carrying was erased upon arrival in Cancun because the car service was eagerly waiting to greet us with a cool SUV and a cooler of these guys. We truly felt like celebrities!

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¡Bienvenidos A Mexico!

The hour drive to Catalonia Royal Tulum went by quickly which was good because we were ready for some beach lounging. The hotel staff greeted us with cool damp hand towels and welcome beverages, a very nice touch! We proceeded to check in, eat lunch and park it on some lounge chairs.

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#ThisIsTheLife

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#BaliBed life

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Catalonia Royal Tulum Beach

One day while walking along the shore, we came across a charming beachfront restaurant with a large palapa roof. We stopped for a cerveza and snack, and Al Cielo quickly became one of our favorite places on the trip.

As you can see, most of our time was spent alternating between the pool and the beach, but here are a couple of the other highlights:

1. Critters: The resort is built into the jungle, with a path from the entrance to the beach that winds through mangroves and past fresh water cenotes. It is impossible to make the walk without passing several different critters like the ones below.

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iguana lounging by a cenote

Coatimundi

coatimundi, cousin to the raccoon – cutest little guys!

2. Dinner on the Beach: The resort was all-inclusive, but we decided to splurge one night and arranged for dinner on the beach. There were only three other couples, so it felt special and we had two waiters that were hilarious so it was also really fun! It was pretty windy and they had to run back and forth from the beach to the near-ish restaurant for our food and other supplies. We laughed a lot and even sang the Mexican birthday song “Las Mañanitas.”

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Dinner on the #beach #goodtimes

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3. Snorkeling in the Cenotes: My trip to-do list was basically 1. sunbathe, 2. enjoy vacation cocktails (the kind that you can’t order at a normal bar with a straight face, usually accompanied by an umbrella) and 3. snorkel in a cenote. Check, check and CHECK! We took a half day trip to snorkel in two spots, Akumal Bay and El Jardin del Eden Cenote or Ponderosa. At Akumal we saw large sea turtles, beautiful fish in every color of the rainbow, sting rays, baby squid and a sea cucumber. It was one of the best snorkeling trips I’ve taken in terms of marine life; however I did get a little seasick, which is a new phenomenon for me. The second stop, El Eden, was a mature freshwater cenote, which is a limestone sinkhole found mostly in the Yucatán Peninsula. Although we only saw a few fish, our guide took us into tiny spaces where we could see stalactites. He dove down, swam through underwater caves and came out in an entirely different spot. This trip made us wish we had an underwater camera! (Any recommendations on a good one?)

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Source: TravelYucatan.com

Jardin del Eden Cenote

Jardin del Eden Cenote

The trip/birthday celebration did not end when we got back to the states though! We decided that we hadn’t had enough Mexican food, so we stopped at one of our favorite places, Guajillo in Arlington.

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Because we didn't get enough Mexican food in Mexico

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For more pictures of our trip visit my Facebook album!

#INSTApril

As of today April is halfway over, and I have yet to post! Sorry… it’s been quite busy, so I will catch you up through my #instaphotos.

My dear friend from college, Madison, came for a weekend visit and brought beautiful weather. We met up with some friends for a going away party Friday night, and then later met Dave for dinner at Cava – one of my favorite restaurants.

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meet and greet. @presenza #latergram #TGIF

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We spent the next day touring the Newseum. I’ve been there for a couple of events, but never spent time in the exhibits and it was fascinating. My cousin “Pretty Boy Floyd” had his gun on display in the FBI exhibit. Madison and I pretended that we were separated by the Berlin wall.

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Gangsta.

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Saturday evening we attended “Drink the District,” which was a great excuse to drink a lot of wine – who doesn’t love that!?

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rosé. making a #comeback #winetime

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#drinkthedistrict with @presenza #latergram

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Sunday we strolled along the Tidal Basin to see Cherry Blossoms and the memorials that line the water. It was my first time at the recently opened Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial. I was moved by his quotes etched in the surrounding walls, much like at the FDR Memorial.

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#IHaveADream

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This past Friday night, Dave and I had a date night at my favorite wine bar in the area. They are reasonably priced, and have really high quality wines, not to mention the best sandwich ever – the Buffaloaf. I love Screwtop Wine Bar!

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Back at my fave #winebar with my fave guy.

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Saturday was beautiful! And Dave needed a distraction from studying, so we went on a bike ride. DC has a great bike rental service called Capital Bikeshare, and this past Saturday broke the record for bikes rented – 11,368! I feel so proud to be part of setting that record! After our ride, we treated ourselves to wine, beer and cheese at Northside Social. (I ate most all of the cheese!)

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Cheese! Yum. #dcspring

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Yesterday morning I treated my roommate Crystal to a belated birthday brunch at The Chesapeake Room. I had french toast and it was delicious! Immediately following brunch, I proceeded to nap on the couch!

For over a year, Dave has been studying and taking lessons for his instrument flight rating exam with the FAA. He took the exam yesterday and passed with flying colors, no pun intended! Last night we obviously had to celebrate with Mexican food, so chose the nearby Uncle Julio’s :)