4/26/17

The Perfect Gift - Pinhole Press Magnets for Mothers' Day

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Can you believe Mothers' Day is only 2.5 weeks away? Neither can I. (Actually I can't believe May is only a week away, but that's a whole other conversation).

Anyways, moms love photos. (Actually doesn't everyone love photos?). So in honor of the holiday, I ordered magnet sets from Pinhole Press for my mom and MIL (family members - sorry for the spoiler). And since I didn't want to be left out of the mix, I ordered my own set as well (everyone's magnets are customized for them with different photos).

I love the white borders and the square size. Like instagram coming alive. Well, better than that.

Anyways, as cheesy as it sounds, having some of my favorite recent photos on my refrigerator is making me super happy these days. Friends have even commented about how awesome they look. And they're only $24.99 a set (total deal!).

So go buy some. Really. Now. (Click here for the link).

(This post was sponsored by Pinhole Press, but the creative input is all me, as are the opinions expressed.)

4/21/17

Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy Friday everyone! I feel like I'm still recovering from spring break. And now with soccer starting on Saturday, the pace just isn't going to slow down. On the upside, we had a great week off - I attended an amazing photography workshop in North Carolina and then I picked up the kids and we headed to Sandbridge beach and spent a few days with a house full of friends.

If you have a chance, a great new post is up on 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime - click here to check us out!!


RANDOM LINKS:

* The most underrated places in every state.

* This is the coolest elopement ever. 30% discount if anyone ever wants to elope in the woods with me (that sounds wrong, but hopefully you know what I mean)!

* Is anyone else excited for hives in DC this summer?

* Speaking of DC, Kidfriendly DC has a fantastic post on recreation on the water in the city and surrounding areas.

* Fascinating article - "As I thumbed toward the top of the screen, I had the disconcerting sense of watching a life become a life-style brand."

* 10 shows you should be watching but aren't. I'm looking for a new binge-worthy tv show, any suggestions?

* I want to read this book.

* Have you seen the new commercial about working moms? Truth?

4/19/17

Things to Eat - 7 Week Meal Plan (mid-February through March)

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We ate out a lot during the end of winter. Sometimes life is like that. And, really, it was nice to have a break from the kitchen.

WEEK 1

MONDAY - Vegetable tortilla stew (via Cravings). This has become a family staple - the kids all love it.

TUESDAY - Skirt steaks with chimichuri sauce and potatoes for Valentine's Day. Yum!

WEDNESDAY - Myer lemon pasta (from A Year Between Friends). Dan and I both found this amazing, but the kids hated the lemon flavor.

THURSDAY - Dinner at Cava with friends, Dan makes dinner for himself and the kids.

FRIDAY - Family dinner at Marble & Rye.

SATURDAY - Friends over - order pizza.

SUNDAY - Eat at the neighbor's BBQ.
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WEEK 2

MONDAY - Family dinner at Guapo's.

TUESDAY - Chili in the crockpot.

WEDNESDAY - Spring fattoush salad (via It's All Easy) and baked potatoes. I love this salad.

THURSDAY - Turkey meatballs in tomato sauce (via The Sprouted Kitchen - Bowl and Spoon). This used to be one of my favorite recipes, but lately I can't get the meatballs right. I'm not sure what I keep doing wrong, but it's making me sad.

FRIDAY - Corn, bacon and parmesan pasta (via Smitten Kitchen's blog). This is so easy and so good.

SATURDAY - Dan cooks pork chops and potatoes.

SUNDAY - Carry out Ethiopian (yummy!)

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WEEK 3

MONDAY - Chicken fingers and asparagus risotto (all from TJ's frozen aisle). Lazy but happy.

TUESDAY - Dan makes fish sticks and french fries.

WEDNESDAY - Order pizza.

THURSDAY - Girls' weekend in Charleston - dinner at Stars.

FRIDAY - Girls' weekend in Charleston - dinner at a restaurant I can't remember (but wow was it good).

SATURDAY - Girls' weekend in Charleston - Jon makes us steak tacos and margaritas. AMAZING!

SUNDAY - Dan cooks hot dogs and hamburgers.
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WEEK 4

MONDAY - Baja fish tacos (via Cooking Light online). This has been a family favorite for a long time, though we haven't had it in awhile (in case you haven't noticed, I don't cook a lot of fish). So glad it's back in the rotation. Not a single leftover.

TUESDAY - 3 day juice cleanse. The kids eat mac and cheese.

WEDNESDAY - 3 day juice cleanse. The kids eat pizza.

THURSDAY - 3 day juice cleanse. The kids eat pirogies.

FRIDAY - Dinner with a friend at Jaleo

SATURDAY - Dan makes fettucini alfredo.

SUNDAY - Zuni chicken (via It's All Easy). This might be the best chicken I've ever had. Amazing. Love this new recipe!

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WEEK 5

MONDAY - Sausage and peppers with thyme in the crockpot. Easy.

TUESDAY - Snacks/dinner at our snow day happy hour.

WEDNESDAY - Order pizza.

THURSDAY - Dinner in NYC before Sunset Boulevard.

FRIDAY - Dinner in NYC before The Great Comet of 1812.

SATURDAY - Dinner at the wedding I'm photographing.

SUNDAY - Taylor Gourmet.

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WEEK 6

MONDAY - Pesto pasta with an easy kale salad.

TUESDAY - Sheet pan chicken tikka (via Smitten Kitchen, the blog).

WEDNESDAY - One pot farro with tomatoes (via Smitten Kitchen, the blog) with red salad (via The Forest Feast). The kids are all OBSESSED with this salad.

THURSDAY - Dinner out with friends.

FRIDAY - Kids are all at friends' houses, I eat appetizers at moms' wine night.

SATURDAY - Dinner at the wedding I'm photographing.

SUNDAY - Dan makes pasta with homemade sauce (yum!).

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WEEK 7

MONDAY - Picnic under the cherry blossoms at Hains Point (Jimmy Johns).

TUESDAY - Quinoa carbonara (via Molly on the Range cookbook) with red salad (via The Forest Feast). The kids aren't quinoa fans (so sad), but they loved the bacon and egg combo of this recipe, though they all thought it would taste better with pasta (as I knew they would).

WEDNESDAY - Leftovers (I'm starting to make double recipes, so that we have leftovers).

THURSDAY - Cauliflower and corn tacos (via The Forest Feast). Family favorite. Everyone loves this recipe.

FRIDAY - Homemade pizza.

SATURDAY - Dan cooks fish and potatoes.

SUNDAY - Dan makes fried egg and bacon sandwiches (so yummy and so bad for me!).

4/12/17

Things to Do - Project 52, Weeks 11 & 12

My new favorite quote - "Enjoy the little things in life for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things." -Kurt Vonnegut

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WEEK 11

(1) Toys at the preschool;
(2) P at Renditions Golf Club, helping me check out the light for a wedding I was photographing the next weekend;
(3) More toys at the preschool;
(4) Nerf gun fun from our ONLY SNOW DAY of the school year;
(5) Dan helping T with homework;
(6) Isla loves to collect things during dog walks;
(7) Another snow day shot;
(8) Taking the train to NYC for a few days with Dan);
(9) T and a friend reading on the couch;
(10) One of my favorite photographs in the Whitney museum (NYC).

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WEEK 12

(1) T, doing homework and trying to avoid having his picture taken;
(2) After preschool dog walk;
(3) A portrait of T and his gun;
(4) The neighborhood nerf wars;
(5) P on her phone;
(6) Before bed dog walk;
(7) Spring blossoms after the cold spell;
(8) F watching TV;
(9) T, finding new and quirky ways to avoid the camera;
(10) F, also avoiding the camera, at sunset.

4/7/17

Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy Friday everyone! Last week we picnicked at Hains Point (under the Cherry Blossoms) and I took the above photo of the kids. F's feminist t-shirts continue to become more creative (love this one in particular). If you have a chance, don't forget to check out this week's awesome in 5 Hours Til' Bedtime!

RANDOM LINKS:

* The Anonymous Women: Picturing Domesticity and Identity.

* Loving the new Bleachers' single.

* Question marks.

* Think like a bronze medalist, not silver.

* Millennials of New York. Funny. (“The Trump campaign has a lot in common with the tattoo of Tila Tequila I got in college – at first it was supposed to be ironic, but everyone stopped finding it funny after a couple of weeks, and now there is nothing I can do to get rid of it.”)

* A day in the life, toddler style.

* 12 great parks around Washington D.C.

* This archive is a little overwhelming.

* A parents' guide to the mysterious teenager.

* The most famous book that takes place is every state.

* I find this fascinating.

* Is anyone else enthralled with S-Town (I binge listened in two days)?

* I love that Cup of Jo featured a trans woman in its Beauty Uniform column.

4/6/17

Things to Read - 6 Interesting Article From Around the Web (on Adult Friendships, The Handmaid's Tale, The Future of Not-Working, Guns Rights Advocates Meeting Gun Violence Victims, Richard Simmons, & Adjectives)

After we watched Captain Fantastic, F decided to ban the word "interesting" from daily use, because it vague and not descriptive enough. But yet I'm still going to call this random grouping of articles, "interesting", because I'm too lazy to come up with something better.
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1. ADULT FRIENDSHIPS - Vox published an article that made me sad, but made so much sense - "How Our Housing Choices Make Adult Friendships More Difficult"

"[W]hen we marry and start a family, we are pushed, by custom, policy, and expectation, to move into our own houses. And when we have kids, we find ourselves tied to those houses. Many if not most neighborhoods these days are not safe for unsupervised kid frolicking. In lower-income areas there are no sidewalks; in higher-income areas there are wide streets abutted by large garages. In both cases, the neighborhoods are made for cars, not kids. So kids stay inside playing Xbox, and families don't leave except to drive somewhere.

Thus, seeing friends, even friends within "striking distance," requires planning. "We should really get together!" We say it, but we know it means calls and emails, finding an evening free of work, possibly babysitters. We know it would be fun. But it's very easy just to settle in for a little TV."

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"But it is not inevitable. In fact it's quite new! For the vast majority of Homo sapiens' history, we lived in small, nomadic bands. The tribe, not the nuclear family, was the primary unit. We lived among others of various ages, to which we were tied by generations of kinship and alliance, throughout our lives. Those are the circumstances in which our biological and neural equipment evolved.

It's only been comparatively recently (about 10,000 years ago) that we developed agriculture and started living in semi-permanent communities, more recently still that were thrown into cities, crammed up against people we barely know, and more recently still that we bounced out of cities and into suburbs."

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2. THE HANDMAID'S TALE - In the NY Times, Margaret Atwood reflects on the what the Handmaid's Tale means today.

"Yes, women will gang up on other women. Yes, they will accuse others to keep themselves off the hook: We see that very publicly in the age of social media, which enables group swarmings. Yes, they will gladly take positions of power over other women, even — and, possibly, especially — in systems in which women as a whole have scant power: All power is relative, and in tough times any amount is seen as better than none. Some of the controlling Aunts are true believers, and think they are doing the Handmaids a favor: At least they haven’t been sent to clean up toxic waste, and at least in this brave new world they won’t get raped, not as such, not by strangers. Some of the Aunts are sadists. Some are opportunists. And they are adept at taking some of the stated aims of 1984 feminism — like the anti-porn campaign and greater safety from sexual assault — and turning them to their own advantage. As I say: real life."

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"In the wake of the recent American election, fears and anxieties proliferate. Basic civil liberties are seen as endangered, along with many of the rights for women won over the past decades, and indeed the past centuries. In this divisive climate, in which hate for many groups seems on the rise and scorn for democratic institutions is being expressed by extremists of all stripes, it is a certainty that someone, somewhere — many, I would guess — are writing down what is happening as they themselves are experiencing it. Or they will remember, and record later, if they can.

Will their messages be suppressed and hidden? Will they be found, centuries later, in an old house, behind a wall?

Let us hope it doesn’t come to that. I trust it will not
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3. THE FUTURE OF NOT-WORKING - Annie Lowry wrote another great piece for the NY Times on "The Future of Not Working," which looks at the question, "is Silicon Valley about to put the world out of work? And if so, do technologists owe the world a solution?"

"GiveDirectly wants to show the world that a basic income is a cheap, scalable way to aid the poorest people on the planet. “We have the resources to eliminate extreme poverty this year,” Michael Faye, a founder of GiveDirectly, told me. But these resources are often misallocated or wasted. His nonprofit wants to upend incumbent charities, offering major donors a platform to push money to the world’s neediest immediately and practically without cost.

What happens in this village has the potential to transform foreign-aid institutions, but its effects might also be felt closer to home. A growing crowd, including many of GiveDirectly’s backers in Silicon Valley, are looking at this pilot project not just as a means of charity but also as the groundwork for an argument that a universal basic income might be right for you, me and everyone else around the world too."

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4. GUN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS MEET VICTIMS OF GUN VIOLENCE - In an "Experiment in Empathy" New York Magazine asks the question "He auctioned off the pistol that killed Trayvon Martin. She watched her child die in a mass shooting. Can they change each other’s minds about guns?" (Be prepared to cry while reading this one).

"Todd and Carolyn proved that radical empathy is at least possible. They were shape-shifters. They became each other. And in that moment, the videographers were crying. The organizers, who have seen versions of this a hundred times before, were crying. No one in the room that day will ever forget what they saw.

In that moment, the commonality of experience, the universality of human vulnerability, had been so obvious — and so breathtaking. Everyone in the room was separated not by a deep canyon but by a thin line. The dividing factor wasn’t really beliefs about gun control; it was about fear and how you respond to it. There were those who held to their gun ownership as an instrument of power and security in a world that too often seemed unsafe and uncertain, and there were those who knew too well that nothing on earth can guarantee safety and certainty for the people you love. They had lived through what the others so desperately feared. As David Peters, the former Marine, put it, “Am I safe or am I not safe?” That is, at some very basic level, always the question. No one quite knew where to go from there, but it seemed promising, this collective realization that all of their beliefs were coming from essentially the same human place.

But when the participants regathered after a break, it was as if a spell had been broken, as if this group, which had forged a fragile unity through vulnerability, couldn’t sustain so much heartbreak. Everyone was tired. They had tarried long enough in alternate realities."
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5. RICHARD SIMMONS AND LIFE IN THE PUBLIC EYE - NPR has a great piece about the podcast Missing Richard Simmons (which I haven't heard) and the nature of being "known".

"I don't really believe in the old Andy Warhol prediction that in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. What I believe is that fame will indeed be served in small portions, limited not by time but by scope. If that's the case, then instead of being famous for 15 minutes, many will be famous to 15 people. Or perhaps 1,500 or 15,000 people — a small enough number that you can move through most of the world unnoticed, but a large enough number that the circle of people who follow you with intensity necessarily includes people who don't know you. What to do about that is something I think more and more people have faced.

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There is only so much energy. There is only so much to give, and there is only so much you can turn yourself inside out for so many people before something runs low, or runs out.

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Some thank-you's arrive written on rocks, and if you feel obligated to carry all of those rocks everywhere you go for the rest of your life, if you can't learn to look at them, be grateful for them, and set them down, even they become a lot to carry.

The more the gratitude is for what has already been done, the more it is written on paper: I'm so grateful for the thing you made; it meant the world to me. That is weightless; it is wonderful. The closer it gets to expecting something from you in the future, something that must continue, the more it is written on stone: You're the only one who understands me. You're the only reason I can get out of bed every day. I have a feeling Richard Simmons received a lot of gratitude written on stones, just as Judy Blume did, but it certainly sounds like it was much harder for him to put down."
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6. THE PERSON WITH THE POWER TAKES THE NOUN - And, last but not least, Gloria Steinem on "Women Have Chick Flicks, What About Men?"

"Indeed, as long as men are taken seriously when they write about the female half of the world — and women are not taken seriously when writing about ourselves, much less about men and public affairs — the list of Great Authors will be more about power than talent, more about opinion than experience.

[Regarding the male equivalent of "chick flicks"], I realized the problem began with the fact that adjectives are mostly required of the less powerful. Thus, there are “novelists” and “female novelists,” “African-American doctors” but not “European- American doctors,” “gay soldiers” but not “heterosexual soldiers,” “transgender activists” but not “cisgender activists.”

As has been true forever, the person with the power takes the noun — and the norm — while the less powerful requires an adjective."

3/29/17

Things to Do - Project 52, Weeks 9 & 10

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WEEK 9

(1) Flowers at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC
(2) F, keeper of the dictionary, during Sunday morning family meeting
(3) Downtown Charleston
(4) Sometimes P likes to scare the hell out of me when I'm sitting in the passenger seat and staring at my phone
(5) Two strong females on National Women's Day
(6) Sisters
(7) P is always drawing lately
(8) One last Charleston photo (from Middleton Place)

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WEEK 10

(1) The Hirshhorn's Kusama exhibit with T (I took all three kids separately, so this was my last visit)
(2) Before bedtime
(3) Family bookclub reading
(4) The boys in the morning, playing Minecraft
(5) The kitchen table after everyone leaves for work/school
(6) Clue is hard
(7) T let P come sit on his bed and bond with him (which is a pretty big deal)
(8) Flowers on the tree/bush next door
(9) Another shot, from another morning, of the boys on the couch. I think they need to diversify their morning routine.

3/24/17

Things to Do - Random Links & 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime

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Happy Friday everyone! I'm shooting a wedding tomorrow and it's supposed to be 70 degrees, making me crazy happy!

Have a great weekend! And if you have a chance, don't forget to check out this week's awesome on 5 Hours 'Til Bedtime!

RANDOM LINKS:

* I just blogged another one of my favorite fall weddings - a sword arch, money dance, hora, and the best garter toss I've ever witnessed (the bouquet toss was also pretty amazing). Click here to check it out.

* YES!!!!

* I know I'm late to the party on this, but I can't stop listening to this song (and the video is so pretty). I learned about the song and video from this article, which was fascinating in its own right.

* A normal week of food, throughout the world.

* Dear Lorde, please continue to ignore the haters. I love you. Sincerely, Darcy.

* The disturbing origins of 10 famous fairy tales.

* There are a ton of great shows for families coming to DC this spring and Kidfriendly DC has the scoop - check out this list here.

* I've always wanted to do a photo shoot in a house under construction, like this one. I think it would create so many amazing memories.

* I find this salad intriguing (and easy to make)!

* 32 women authors on the life-changing books they read in their 20s (mine would be Of Human Bondage).

* Are these the best US National Parks?

* Loving this shirt.

3/23/17

Things to Watch - Captain Fantastic (My New Favorite Movie Ever)


Remember when I used to blog for Netflix and I wrote about movies all the time? Well that ended. And, honestly, it was hard to write about tv and movies once a month, I ran out of things to say. Because a lot of movies just aren't that great. Or maybe they are. Or maybe I'm too picky. I don't know. Really, the whole problem might be that I tend to fall asleep within the first 10 minutes (so who am I to judge?).

But anyways, a few weeks ago, a good friend saw a movie called "Captain Fantastic" and she told us she couldn't decide whether she hated it or loved it, but that she couldn't quite let it go. And, seriously, what better praise is there than indecision coupled with an inability to forget? Obviously, I needed to see it and judge for myself.

And, well, WOW! In summary, Captain Fantastic involves a dad of six kids who chooses to live off the grid (pretty far off the grid). And then circumstances cause them to go on a road trip, where the kids have to learn how to interact with strangers and eat meat they haven't killed themselves (one of my favorite lines from the movie is when the 6 or 7 year old asks his aunt "how did you kill those chickens? With an axe or a knife?" and she replies, "they’re, it’s a rotisserie chicken so you buy it on, it’s already dead.")

Basically I fell in love with this movie. And it made such an impact on me that I told Dan that the kids needed to watch it with us. And I'll never forget his response (by the way these are all soft quotes, because we were drinking and some of the details are fuzzy). "Don't you think it may be a little too much for them? It raises all these complicated questions. What is the role of a parent? Is it to raise your children to become part of society or to teach them your own belief structure? How much can kids really handle and how much is the role of parent to ease their burden? How much are we expected to love and how much to teach? What are we trying to prepare them for? How important is it to be part of a family and how important is it to figure out your own needs and break away?"

So we watched as a family (it is R by the way, so I'm not sure it's the right choice for all families). And my kids thought the dad was crazy. And he is crazy. But lovable too. And fallible and ridiculous. And maddening. And at times I hated him. Though, usually, I rooted for him.

Second favorite quote:

"Harper: Ben, you sound so ridiculous.
Ben: Is knowing how to set a broken bone or how to treat a severe burn ridiculous? Knowing how to navigate by the stars in total darkness, that's ridiculous? How to identify edible plants, how to make clothes from animal skins, how to survive in the forest with nothing but a knife? That's ridiculous to you?"


I don't know the answer to any of these questions. But the movie has me thinking about them. And a lot more.

Watch it.

And by the way, here's Dan's favorite quote "There's no cavalry. No one will magically appear and save you in the end." Which summarizes it all.

(By the way, Captain Fantastic is free right now on Amazon Prime).

3/20/17

Places to Go (Vacation) - A Relaxing Girls' Weekend in Charleston, SC

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A few weekends ago, I had the luxury of spending time in Charleston SC with two of my favorite girlfriends. We walked, shopped, lunched, drank, mead tasted, plantation visited, ate more, drank more and in general had a wonderful (albeit relaxing) time. Some of my favorite photos are posted above.

Now that I'm finally on instagram (come follow me!! I'm over here. PLEASE! I feel like I just arrived at a party and haven't made many friends yet), I'm trying to work with square formatting, which seems so odd after envisioning life in rectangles for the past four or five years. Does anyone else feel this way? Or am I the only one who finds this transition challenging at times? Oh well, it's always good to learn new things.

Happy Monday everyone!

3/17/17

Things to Do - Grateful List (January & February 2017)

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ARTS
* Watching Hidden Figures (SO GOOD!!!)
* Watching American Honey (best cinematography ever)
* Watching Casablanca for family movie night
* Watching Girls, Season 5
* Watching the Goldbergs as a family
* Watching Captain Fantastic (MY NEW FAVORITE MOVIE!!!) - we loved it so much that after Dan and I saw it, we watched it again with the kids
* Reading Homegoing
* Reading My Name is Lucy Barton
* Reading Walk Through Walls
* Reading A Gentleman in Moscow
* Reading Patience
* Listening to Ryan Adams, Prisoner
* Listening to Vagabon, Infinite Worlds
* Listening to Thomas Dolby's Astronauts and Heretics for the first time since high school

FOOD
* My family birthday dinner at Texas Jacks BBQ
* Making beesting cake (recipe here) (our favorite guilty pleasure)
* Dinner at Espita Mezcaleria with Shannon

PLACES
* Family hiking off the GW Parkway (Fort Macy)
* The Shirlington & Scott Street dog parks with Isla
* The Women's March (T - "If I don't go to the march, can I still be a feminist?")
* The Hirshhorn's Kusama Infinity Mirrors exhibit - I took all the kids separately, which was awesome because I got to spend time alone with all three of them
* Family hiking in Prince William Forest Park (and P saying, "wow, this is surprisingly fun", after complaining the whole care ride there about how boring hiking is)

STUFF
* Uberpool (I wasn't sure what category this went in), but it's cheaper than parking downtown. And still super fast. I never want to drive anymore.
* Molly Flangan's Real Still Life photography class through the Define school (one of the best online classes I've ever taken).

ETC.
* Starting off the year at candlelight yoga and then purchasing an unlimited yoga pass at Journey Yoga - going three to four times a week feels fantastic
* Wins (and baskets) for both girls during basketball's opening weekend
* Board game nights!! - lots of Splendor, some Settlers of Catan
* Reuniting with Greg Koorey for dinner and board games!
* My birthday donuts and homemade card from T
* Cole to one of the sixth graders - "Darcy is always taking photos, it's easier to ignore it than it is to complain about it. Seriously, it's every day. If you try to fight it you'll lose." Yay, I'm a winner!!
* Super warm January and February days (70 degrees and higher)
* Dan teaching P poker (she loves it!)
* A great basketball season for both girls (both their teams made it to the second round of play-offs)
* Both girls' acting in the school play, "Harmony High" (F was Junior and P said "Sodium!")
* T and most/all the boys in the neighborhood (grades 2 through 6) staging constant nerf wars (really, that's all they do)
* Late night phone calls with my best friend (thank you Jenny!!)

3/15/17

Things to Do - Project 52, Weeks 7 & 8

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WEEK 7

(1) A stranger's dog at the dog park; (2) fort building is really hard (according to the boys, they now have a ton of respect for native americans because making things out of nature is much more difficult than it looks); (3) best friends in cat masks; (4) F at the dog park, hoping I'll put my camera away; (5) homework time is family time; (6) Valentine's Day flowers; (7) all three of my kids in one photo (after it was taken, they started fighting and somehow P's phone fell out her pocket and broke and after that dinner was a disaster); (8) T had to stay home from school because he threw up, but then he became really bored and I made him go to the dog park with me; (9) sunset in Arlington.

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WEEK 8

(1) After preschool at Rocky Run playground; (2) the sky before F's basketball playoff game; (3) THESE THREE KIDS ARE THE WORLD'S BEST BABYSITTERS (anyone need a sitter?); (4) F laughing (this makes me happy); (5) family hike at Prince William Forest Park (and exploring an old cemetery); (6) P working on homework; (7) Nerf wars; (8) The Hirshhorn's Kusama exhibit with P; (9) the kids with their cousins.



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