It’s 4:00pm on a weekday and I’ve hit a wall with my work. I want to take a break, but with what? Should I watch a DVR-ed episode of one of my shows? Should I pick up the memoir I’m reading? Should I read an article in one of the magazines filling up my shelf? Should I listen to a podcast? Should I work on one of the writing projects I’m not (yet) getting paid for? Should I just turn the TV to a random channel and scroll through Instagram on my phone? I know this may seem like a silly conundrum to some, but it is one I deal with frequently, and I often find myself ultimately unhappy with the decision I make. Continue reading
Continuing the theme of homemade snacks and treats for entertaining, I made some mini crab cakes for my family’s visit a week ago. I had never made crab cakes before, or worked with lump crab meat at all for that matter, but they were pretty easy to make and quite delicious! Continue reading
The presence of the Smithsonian might be my favorite part about living here in DC. The Smithsonian includes 19 museums, galleries, gardens and the zoo. Nineteen! And none of them have an admission fee! I have been gleefully working my way through all of these sites—so far, we’ve checked out the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, the National Zoo (twice now), the Museum of Natural History and the Museum of the American Indian, and this past weekend we hit up the zoo for a third time and made a trip to the Museum of American History, one I had been eager to attend. Continue reading
After the success of the Homemade Hostess Cupcakes before my first family visit to Bethesda, I decided that I would bake something every time we had visitors. This time, I wanted something that could be more of a snack cake than a dessert, so I dove into The Perfect Cake and found a Honey Oat Bundt that I thought would be perfect! Here’s how it went. Continue reading
Admittedly, I’m a bit of a nut when it comes to work and office supplies. I strongly believe that if you’re using supplies that make you smile, as opposed to the basic, simple notebooks you used in school, you’ll feel more motivated, more productive and better about your work in general. This is speaking from experience, of course, but I think it’s true. So here, I thought I would share some of my favorite pretty notebooks and what I use them for. Continue reading
This past Saturday was absolutely beautiful in the DC area. Low 70s, slight breeze, barely any clouds in the sky. We decided to use the gorgeous day to shoot up I-95 to Baltimore, an adventure that’s been on our list since we moved down here. It was a wonderful way to spend the day that also had me thinking about life in the East Coast of the US compared to that in other parts of the country. Continue reading
I’ve always wished I was a morning person—having more awake, alert hours in the day would mean I’d have more time to accomplish things I need to accomplish and enjoy the things I enjoy. By morning person, I mean someone who can set an alarm for any time, no matter how early, and when it goes off be completely awake and ready to start the day. Jeff is like that, and I don’t understand it—if we’re getting up early on a Saturday to go on a hike or go snowboarding, he’s usually out of bed and dressed before I’ve finished rubbing my eyes. But lately, I’ve started to realize that this may not be the definition of a morning person, and that, gasp, I may finally be turning into one!