tuesday things

best part of Maple Fest - the maple BBQ sandwich

best part of Maple Fest – the maple BBQ sandwich

  • I am counting down the seconds until Friday at 6 p.m. when the book club crew will be leaving for our annual girls trip to Staunton, Va. for the Highland County Maple Festival. Olivia has recaps for the past three years over on her blog: 2012, 2013, 2014. Be prepared for her to post another after this weekend!
  • I don’t necessarily agree with all of these, but you can try them out at the restaurants on my DC Guide. Thrillist
  • Getting up in the morning is not my forte, unless of course I have no reason to be up and then I’m wide awake before the sun. An evening routine is the only reason I’m not a complete a hot mess each morning. Pick the Brain
  • Do people actually wash a towel after using it only once? Ain’t nobody got time for that!  (#11 and 25 speak to me – don’t agree with #24 or 29 though) Thought Catalog
  • Let’s not be like this, ok? InfoBarrel

Have a great week, y’all!

tuesday things


I’m back with a little late night tuesday things. (Two days in a row. I know, I can hardly believe it myself.) Hope y’all are having a great week!

  • In the spirit of making resolutions, these daily goals are spot on. Thought Catalog
  • It’s amazing how the “ideal” women’s body has changed and changed and changed and … well, you get it. How are we supposed to “keep up?” As my friend Liz said last night, “Why can’t we all just be the people we were meant to be?” ELLE
  • On that note, we are all wonderful people with so much to offer the world. Don’t let societal norms get you down. Use any of these phrases as a pep talk if you’re feeling down and out. SheKnows
  • I have always been a big advocate for the idea that less is more when it comes to meetings in the workplace. I came from an environment where people were so scheduled that we had to start adding in bathroom breaks and time for lunch, both of which usually got taken up anyway by meetings that were running long. If you have to have a meeting, at least keep it short! Feld
  • My friend Laura at Crossfit made a comment today about how music can completely change your outlook. I totally agree! Lately I could stand to relax a bit. You too? Well here are some tunes that should help us out. Let me know how it works out for you! Clearly my mom’s pups have no problem with relaxation … Washingtonian


tuesday things – five fall faves

Fall is 100% without a doubt my favorite time of year!  We’ve been lucky here in D.C. to have some early fall-like weather (despite the 90’s we’re supposed to reach this week) and the Pumpkin Spice latte came out early, so I am a happy girl! Here’s just a quick post to list some of my favorite things about the greatest season…

1. The start of football I love my Aggies and my Cowboys … especially when they both win, like this past weekend.

^^ Daisy loves the Aggies too! ^^

2. PSL – I already mentioned that I was happy the Pumpkin Spice latte came early. It is one my my favorite treats for fall! (I rarely let myself buy from Starbucks – or any coffee shop – since we have free coffee in my office.) Hard to believe she’s already ten – they grow so fast! #PSL10

3. Foliage – One of the biggest pros to living up here are the bursts of crimson, burgundy, pumpkin, mustard and bronze that come out during fall in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. Last night I picked up some lovely fall-colored flowers at the grocery store to start the season early in our apartment :)

4. Holidays – Fall has the best holiday line up by far (Halloween, my birthday, Thanksgiving) and they all lead to Christmas which is my number one fave holiday! Speaking of Halloween, anyone have good costume ideas??

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Siblings on Christmas :) #InstaEffectFX

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^^ my brother and me at Christmas last year ^^

5. Fall food and drink – Think soups and stews, anything pumpkin, apple baked goodies, and warm drinks like cider, hot cocoa and mulled wine. Yum!! I had my first pumpkin beer of the season on Sunday night while Dave and I discussed the houses we’d seen that day – Of House and Home update coming later this week!

pumpkin beer from real pumpkin puree

pumpkin beer from real pumpkin puree

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Pie is finished, time for bed. Merry Christmas!!

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^^ my homemade pumpkin pie from last year’s Thanksgiving ^^

What do you love about fall?
Or do you have a different favorite season?