4.16.2014

Cherry Blossom Festival

I've been so excited to the cherry blossoms since we moved out here. Seriously, it was September when I first started to tell people, "I can't wait for the cherry blossoms!" I'm a nerd, I get it.

The weather last week was absolutely incredible, and I decided to break free of my desk during my lunch break and go cherry blossom hunting. Yeah, that's totally a thing. I stuck to mainly the National Mall area because that was closest, and it did not disappoint.


As beautiful as the trees were mid-week, there's this magical time where the blossoms by the Tidal Basin are considered at their peak blossom. Scientists make predictions for the timing of the blossoms and kept us posted on how they were progressing. I've been following the Washington Post's Twitter feed obsessively as they kept me up to date on the state of the blossoms. It was like watching to countdown to a space shuttle launch. 3. . . 2 . . . 1 . . . On Friday, we had LIFTOFF! Peak blossom, baby!


Saturday morning, I took my bike out and biked to the Tidal Basin along with 5 bajillion other people who also had the exact same idea as me. The nerve.

The Tidal Basin is surrounded by 2,000 cherry blossom trees, which makes it the coolest place to see the blossoms! Taking my bike was life saving so I could get in and out without dealing with parking or public transportation.

The weather was perfect, the paths crowded, but nothing could take away from its beauty. I wish I could capture how incredible it was on camera! Alas, you really do have to see it in person to fully appreciate it! It was like walking around in a wonderland!






DC, you continue to inspire me and I love you more every day!

4.13.2014

General Conference & Kabob Palace

Last weekend was General Conference (see here), and it was as wonderful as ever! I felt truly inspired by Elder Holland's talk about standing for truth and being willing to treat others with love when they abuse my faith. I absolutely loved President Uchtdorf's talk about staying "awake" through the restoration of the gospel. There were so many talks that inspired me, and I look forward to listening to and reading the talks more in depth in the future!

Food is always an important part of our conference weekend, and this year we decided to take it easy in the kitchen and instead pick up some takeout at our favorite restaurant in town: Kabob Palace (the website is suuuuuper sketch. It cracks me up!).

Kabob Palace serves Afghan food, and it is deliciously spicy! We always get the lamb kabobs with chickpeas and naan. It's literally the best lamb I've ever had in my life!



Aaron's face when he finally gets to come to Kabob Palace. Ha ha!

My mouth literally just started watering thinking about it again. Sooooo good!

4.03.2014

National Archives

Aaron and I went to National Archives a few weeks ago, and it was wam-bam awesome!

Sure, it was a little less like this than I expected:


But it was incredible all the same!


We obviously couldn't take any pictures inside, but it was absolutely wonderful! Standing in front of the Declaration of Independence was absolutely surreal. So old, faded, and worn, and yet still the important document that represents our beginning. It was totally surreal. I totally understood why Nicholas Cage wanted to steal it. It's just that cool.

My face was pretty much stuck looking like this afterwards:


Go America!

3.01.2014

His + Her Favorite Things

It's been a busy couple of weeks! Work, school, sleep. Oh, and throw in some eating. I thought I'd show you some of our favorite things lately to catch up!


One // Aaron loves survivalist TV shows, and "Alaska: The Last Frontier" totally fits the bill for him. I'm more on board with this one because it doesn't involve impractical hypotheticals about zombies or anarchy. The show is about a family living in Alaska as ranchers or subsisting on their own. It all sounds romantic until you see them ice fishing for 10 hours or eating scrawny squirrels. No thanks! Two // This has one of Aaron's favorite shirts (he's wearing it right now, in fact!) because it's one of the few shirts we've found that fits him well. We've stocked up on a bunch of white ones in the same style, too. Three // Allison and Jordan introduced us to this game when we were in NYC and we love it! Aaron's not always into playing games, but this one is an exception! (That and Star Wars Trivial Pursuit...) We love playing it with our friends! Thanks for the birthday gift, Allison and Jordan! Four // Aaron loves tools and he's already loved using his drill to make us a coffee table and stand for our projector! Whatta guy. Five // Aaron breezed through this book this past week, and he absolutely loved it and recommends it.
One // This is a genius idea for a cookbook. I made my first recipe in it last week, and I made this delicious chocolate cake in the pan I cooked it in. Let that sink in. No mixing bowls, no cup measurements. Everything was done using a scale and the pan I cooked it in. I am sold. Aaron's also excited at the prospect of not doing dishes for weeks on end, too. Two //  I finally got to read Divergent this week! I've been waiting for it forever at the library, but my friend Clarissa let me borrow her copy! I loved the first one and I can't wait to read the second! Three // Remember when I said I was going to try running this year? Well, Aaron and I took advantage of the weird heatwave we had last week to start running outside. When I say we're starting slow, I mean I specifically am starting sloooooow. Like starting off with little 20 minute run/hobbles around the block while Aaron patiently keeps my glacial pace. I've never been a runner, but there's a start for everything! Now that it's cold again (boo), I've started running during my lunch break in the gym at my office using one of those couch to 5k podcasts. The narrator has a British accent and the music is this weird kind of 90s inspirational music, but I think I can keep up with it. Plus, I bought this bright magenta sports bra to motivate me!  Four // I made the dangerous discovery that there's an Anthropologie within a 7 minute walk of my work (sooo tempting), and I found this gorgeous serving bowl this last week. It fills a perfect gap in my serving dishes collection! Five // I am pretty obsessed with this bread box Aaron got me for my birthday. We now go through a 25-pound bag of flour every month and we love eating fresh bread from our bread maker! I love the chic lines and pretty wood of this one! It's worked amazingly!

Happy weekend everyone!

2.14.2014

Week Highlights with a Side of Links

This past week has been a busy one.

Aaron woke up in the early hours of the morning on Monday to work on a website for work, and still made time to make me bacon and eggs in bed. Whatta guy. I'll tell you. Thanks for being my valentine, Aaron!

Aaron and I finished watching Prison Break, and it was a surprisingly emotional ending. We could have done with less gore, but a good show overall!

We took some family pictures with Aaron's family over Christmas break, and we finally got them all back from the photographer! They turned out really well! I'll share some of my favorites later this week. It's fun to have an updated picture of Aaron and me!


I've managed to get into a routine of reading my jazz textbook during my metro commute, so I'm finally making some significant strides in my online classes. Let's hope the motivation continues!

We had a real snow day (as in it snowed 6 inches instead of just threatening to snow like normal) on Thursday, and I fully soaked in staying at home with a recipe from my favorite new cookbook, Homemade with Love. The vanilla blueberry waffles were primo.

Thankfully, the city opened back up today just in time to head into a 3-day weekend.

One of the editors here remembered when I told her a few months ago that I like dried mangoes, and she brought me a bag for Valentine's Day! I was absolutely giddy! Cindy is such a wonderful woman. 


Aaron and I are planning on celebrating Valentine's Day tonight by chowing down on some cheesy fondue tonight with a chocolate fondue for dessert (yum). Then we're planning on eating my favorite homemade ice cream cake for my birthday tomorrow (22 years young!) just to round things out. Is it a problem that we celebrate holidays by the foods we eat? If Aaron and I are feeling really adventurous, we might go to Colonial Williamsburg on Presidents Day. Here's to a fun weekend! Enjoy some links!

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I'm obsessed with the latest episode of the podcast from Radiolab called Black Box. I keep telling everyone all about it because it's so thought provoking! Check it out!

This hobby would totally make my commute more entertaining.

combination of all the things I love.

How funny would it be to decorate my office with this art?

I find this spoof on Starbucks hilarious. Although, their caramel apple ciders are amazing.

Obsessed with typography art. How perfect is Helvetica? (The movie about it is pretty interesting, too.)

Looks like I need to throw more parties so I can decorate with these fun decorations!

How about I just decorate my whole house with typography? OK, done.

These donuts are happening. Probably tomorrow. And every day after that.

Aaaand I kind of want to eat them with this mint chocolate milk. Yes, I am my father's daughter.

I should look at this website every weekend to inspire me to keep things more organized.

I am absolutely obsessed with corgis. GAH.

Oh DC Metro System, you little freak show.

This rant about kale cracks me up. I for one am a wee bit tired of all of my bloggers cooking with it every day. Lay off, world!



Happy Valentine's Day!

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