18 Feb
2014

I know. You don't even have to say it. We are probably the worst bloggers all time.

The things is, I didn't even feel bad about it for the longest time. Zero guilt. Free as a bird. Freed, if you will. Then my friend, Nancy, updated her blog for the first time in forever and pangs of guilt hit me hard. I thought to myself, "Ugh, I LOVE Nancy's blog! I had been wondering when she would update again." And then being the self-absorbed diva that I am I realized that mayhaps I had a few fans as well. 

So, my people, my wonderful fans, I present to you my life since August 2013 (good heavens...)

September was nothing exciting. The end.

October, however, we went to Vermont! Funny story about Vermont: When Andy and I were still in the early stages of our relationship I asked the cliche question, "If you could live anywhere, where would you live?," to which he replied, "Vermont." I just stared at him. Who the hell, especially at the age of 18, wants to live in a random state they haven't even visited before? I mocked him for years, because I thought Vermont was lame (sorry Vermont relatives.) After living in DC for a few years, though, you start to realize you really, really miss fall. The crisp air, bonfires, corn mazes, and foliage. Yes, foliage. Yes, I am a 68 year old at heart. I missed dying leaves so much that we planned a long weekend in Vermont.

So the first weekend in October, Andy, Fitz, and I packed up the car and drove up north. We made a pit stop in Princeton to visit our friends Nick and Andrea, students at the seminary there. It's nice to visit colleges for Fitz. Frankly though, Princeton is a little too weak for his short list. 

 

Total weak sauce, right?

After our short visit we headed up another 7 hours to the middle of the Green Mountains where we booked a cabin. We hiked, Fitz ran headlong into a screen door, we ate Vermont cheddar, Fitz got beaned in the head by a falling apple, we visited the Ben & Jerry's factory, spent time with my cousins in Burlington, visited the Von Trapp family lodge (it was raining so I declined running through the hills singing), drove through Smuggler's Notch, and just generally relaxed. We also observed that it's an ideal vacation destination for the 55+ crowd.

 

Southern view from our cabin's deck

 

Our All-Vermont dinner

The Ben&Jerry's MINI Vermonster.

4 scoops + brownie + cookie + whipped cream + banana + brownie bites + cookie bites + sprinkles. Roughly 3500 calories. 

The full Vermonster is 20 scoops...

 

Chillaxin

Vermont is cool, I guess.

In November, we hosted Thanksgiving at our place for our fellow Thanksgiving loners. We also cut down our first real Christmas tree, which we soon realized took up approximately 1/4 of our living room. 

 

Um yea.

 

We really should have realized how wide it was.

In December, I flailed over how much I love Christmas. We had our annual Christmas movie marathon at the Arlington Drafthouse, where we built our annually award winning ginger bread house (not really, but Andy is a phenomenal ginger bread house builder).

 

This would cost $1.2 million in DC.

Then we headed to the Mitten to see family. Of course, when we get there the power went out 12 hrs later and that lasted for 3 days. Showers are overrated. We spent time with both of our families and ate a lot. We continued that tradition by hosting our annual NYE party when we arrived back in DC. The next day, as always, our aunt and uncle hosted a nice recovery dinner for us. 

 

Wait what? Eww.

In January we ran around like chickens with out heads cut off. Here was my travel schedule

Get home from Michigan. Host NYE party

One week later fly to Phoenix for 5 days. Eat In 'N' Out. Twice. In a row

Fly back to DC

Three days later drive 9 hours to Detroit for Kaitlyn and Kelly's wedding. See my best friends. Joyful flailing occurred. 

Drive back to DC

1.5 days later fly to Austin for two days for work. #forfreedom

Fly back to DC and trash the apartment and live out of suitcase out of laziness. 

Fin.

I'd like to say we'll be better about blogging, that I'm a changed woman. That might be true. Time will tell. Truthfully, I love reading blogs but I feel weird writing one. Which probably means I just need to get back in the habit. We'll see. I might write more about ramblings (er, my opinions), things I'm digging, the meaning of life, etc. Stay tuned (but not too tuned, because I could totally drop off the face of the earth again. Let's be real. Sorry Pearl!)

10 Dec
2013

Fall is by far our favorite time of year. We love soaking in the bright colors, breathing the cool, crisp air, and donning our comfiest of sweaters. Trying to document everything we do takes away from these small pleasures. It distracts us from living in the moment and enjoying each and every thing we love about this season. Or at least, that's our excuse for being shitty bloggers...

This is first part in a three part recap of our Fall 2013. We start with the 50th anniversary of our aunt and uncle, J&C. J&C have been wonderful hosts since we first moved to DC, and they've been featured in many of our previous posts. The celebration reception and dinner were at the distinguished Cosmos Club in downtown DC. The vaulted ceilings, marble staircases, and lush carpets and tapestries make for a pretty swank party. Friends and family were flown in from all across the country to commemorate such a wonderful example of love and dedication.

 

And look! They have the same height dissimilarity we have!

After that, we went to Orlando for a conference that Hillary's work was organizing. The most attentive of our two readers will recall that this is now the 3rd time in 3 years that we have traveled to Orlando. Only the first of which was our idea: our honeymoon. I guess that just means that we're super cool trend setters. Aaaaaand what's a trip to Orlando without some time in Disney World (queue screams of joy from Hillary).

Sitting in Gaston's chair, with Gaston's mug, and .... Minnie's ears?

Special thanks to our good friends Tara and Megan for putting us up while we were there!

And that wraps us the first installment of our Fall 2013 Recap. Coming Soon! Fall 2013 Recap - Part 2 - In which we see colors!

28 Sep
2013

Football season is here. And everyone knows what that means: Screaming at the TV, complaining about refs, hypothetical discussions on the advantages and side effects of increasing the quantity and efficacy of players' padding, and of course, football food. The foremost two really shouldn't be repeated here, and the third is a discussion for another time. But football food... well, I'll just shut up and show you.

First we made pretzel bites (recipe on Annie's Eats) which we dipped in beer and cheddar cheese dip (recipe at Williams & Sonoma). This was amazing. If you don't mind the work required for the pretzels (rolling, cutting, boiling, and baking), it's definitely worth it. It was even delicious reheated the next day.

We also made jalapeno popper dip that we devoured with tortilla chips. This is the second year in a row we've made this dip (see this blog post) and both years we failed to get a picture of the dip. The very minute this stuff comes out of the oven, we begin feasting on it. I wish I was kidding. We did manage to get a picture of Hillary chopping up the jalapenos... 

... but that's it. The recipe is on Brown Eyed Baker's blog if you want to try it yourself and see why we can't wait even to take a picture before stuffing our faces with it's creamy cheesy goodness. 

I'm not superstitious, but the Lions, Patriots, and Wolverines all won their games on the weekend we made this... now THAT is a superstition I could start practicing.

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