2015 Weekending the First

2015 Weekending the First

When I ran out of Sunday before having time to write a blog post, I decided it was a good thing to have happened — re-entry into the working world after almost two weeks of staycation was going to be hard, and having the chance to rehash my weekend would be something to look forward to. And while indeed I am glad to be recapping a very fun weekend, I forgot to factor in how tired I would be. As in, so tired I can hardly see straight.

(Translation: please forgive me if this makes no sense.)

Anyway… because I wasn’t at the office, and because a lot happened, and — most of all — because I like three-day weekends and wish they were all that way, I am once again counting Friday towards the weekend, during which I… Continue reading

Off to a Good Start

The full view of the ice, taken from above where home plate would normally be.
The full view of the ice, taken from above where home plate would normally be.

Happy New Year!

For the second time in five years, I had the great good fortune to kick off a new year at the Winter Classic — the NHL’s big, annual outdoor hockey extravaganza. In 2011, my cousin Kate and I went to see the Caps play on the road in Pittsburgh, but this year’s game was much closer to home. About a mile and a half, in fact.

I went to the game with my brother Brian and sister-in-law Jen — and without our planned fourth, our little sister Eileen, whose sick nine-month-old kept her family home in Texas for the week. We started off the day at my place with cheesy ham & potato breakfast casserole and mimosas, followed by a lot of layering. (When all was said and done, I had on five shirts and a jacket, and two pairs of pants, socks, and gloves, along with a blanket and hand/foot warmers for backup.) That said, though, the weather was just about perfect — cold, but very sunny. Our seats were in the shade, so all of the extra warm things came in handy.

I can’t possibly cover everything that happened (it’s gotten late, and I am very, very tired) so I’ll just share some highlights and a bunch of photos: Continue reading

What Is a Week-End?

Look up: The ceiling in the Smithsonian Castle.
Look up: The ceiling in the Smithsonian Castle.

When a weekend arrives during time off from work and is punctuated on either side with holidays, I feel a bit like the Dowager Countess on “Downtown Abbey” when she famously asked, “What is a week-end?” For the purposes of this post, I’m going to go long-weekend style — Friday through Sunday. So, over the last three days I…

  • Worked on my pre-2015 to-do list like a fiend. I cleaned out my front closet, the storage alcove in the living room, my desk, and the night stands. I dealt with (that is: opened, read, and threw out) the giant bag of mail I’d been accumulating for the last six months. I ordered New Years cards. (Christmas cards were a non-starter this year, so I thought I’d start a new tradition.)

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