The Dreaded “W” Word

August 28, 2014

I’ve spent quite some time on this post. I almost deleted it several times. But in the end, I thought it was important enough to accurately describe what is going on around here that I kept it. I also struggled to find a balance between honest and whiny. That can be a tough balance to strike. What I really want to talk about today is writing. Usually I don’t mention my personal work all that much on this blog. It’s supposed to be fun and silly and a good outlet. But since I’m up to my eyeballs with writing and pretty much nothing else, I’m going to share a few thoughts.

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Brabo Restaurant Review

August 26, 2014
brabo restaurant review, old town alexandria restaurants

Usually we really get into the spirit of restaurant week. But this year, I was out of town for most of it and going to several places wasn’t in the cards. So instead, we decided to try Brabo in Old Town. It was the perfect solution. We has been meaning to go for a long time and it is super close to our house. Checking something off the to-do list and walking to dinner? Win – win. Continue reading

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

August 21, 2014
jane eyre, book reviews

If I had to draw up a list of regrets, one of the items on the list would be my degree choice in college. I love my history degree, but I wish I had also pursued a literary degree instead of political science. Now, I don’t think dwelling on regrets is a good practice and in the grand scheme of things, this regret isn’t really a big deal. I also have developed my own way to work on my education. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë was the most recent item on my “syllabus”. Continue reading


August 19, 2014

I got back late last night from a ladies’ weekend at this beautiful spot. Last week, I sort of let things go around here. I decided that there were just other things that needed to be done. It was so incredibly restorative. Not physically restorative mind you, I need a nap, but mentally restorative. Continue reading


August 12, 2014

I had another post planned for today, but it just doesn’t seem right. I know this post will be one of millions out there about Robin Williams, but I felt the need to put a few thoughts down on paper, so to speak.

I obviously didn’t know the man in real life, but I felt like I did. I felt like I knew something special about him. I’m sure everyone felt that way. Something about his incredible warm radiated off the screen. He was also so incredibly talented and in so many films that serve as highway markers for childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. I am just so very sad to hear he is gone.

I’ve been sitting here wondering why his death is having such a tremendous impact on me in ways that other celebrities’ deaths have not. I don’t mean that to sound either heartless or trite, but it’s just the way I feel. I think because he has so much talent and brought so much joy to others, it’s hard to imagine the darkness that must have caused this terrible end. But at the same time, I feel like that really needs to be discussed. I read a couple of things I want to pass along or comment on. First, someone wrote “depression is a pervasive and insidious liar. It will have you thinking no one in the world gives a damn about you.” If Robin William’s death can’t shed some light on the darkness of mental illness, I don’t know what can.

But then people like Todd Bridges say that suicide is selfish. I have lots of things I would like to say about Todd Bridges as a person, but instead I’m just going to say it’s really important people understand this is a disease. Just as people are beginning to understand that alcoholism or drug addiction is a disease and not just bad decision making, so is depression. I can’t imagine what it would be like to battle both. For people to say that suicide is selfish, they are only making it harder for others to go get the help they need. I’m not a mental health expert, but I think it’s pretty clear that in his last moments Robin couldn’t see the tremendous love the world has for him or all of the wonderful things in his life. That’s what depression does. It’s not about making rational decisions.

So maybe today, or this week, or even this month, we should try and practice kindness and understanding. I think that’s the very best way to honor a man who was wildly acclaimed as one of the best people around. 

Wear Now, Wear Later

August 8, 2014
fall booties, summer to fall booties

I will be the first to admit that this summer has been surprisingly moderate. I mean, by DC standards. By the way, I read a report that says this winter is going to be a doozie and I just can’t wait! Bring on the scarves! I digress. I find the period right before seasons start to transition to be the most frustrating. I’m kind of over all of my summer clothes, but definitely don’t want to drop a lot of money on things that I won’t be wearing much longer. Even if I do spend that money, I will almost certainly regret it once fall rolls around and I’m dying to buy a new sweater. So I rounded up some items that you can buy now and enjoy on the cooler nights of summer, but will also work great for fall fashion needs. Continue reading

Virtue Feed & Grain Restaurant Review

August 7, 2014
virtue feed and grain, restaurant reviews, old town alexandria restaurants

We visited the old Virtue Feed & Grain many times and always enjoyed their specialty cocktails, unique menu, and incredible ambiance. When we learned that the ownership changed hands, I was definitely skeptical. But after driving by the beautiful outdoor patio almost every week all summer, we finally decided to give it a try. Continue reading

Is This Tomorrow by Caroline Leavitt

August 4, 2014
is this tomorrow book review, book recommendations

To be honest, I started this book because there wasn’t anything else really left on my tablet. The premise of Is This Tomorrow was interesting enough to draw my attention in the first place: a young boy disappears in Waltham, MA and his sister, best friend, and the mom of his best friend have to deal with the fall out of that event. Continue reading

Friday Favorites: Fuzzy Friends

August 1, 2014

Today’s Friday Favorites are just about the funniest things I’ve come across. When I encountered the first two links, there were actual tears streaming down my face. Do yourself a favor and brighten up your Friday by looking at these favorites. Continue reading

A La Lucia Restaurant Review

July 30, 2014
a la lucia restaurant review, restaurant recommendations

I spoke last Friday about my passion for Monday night date nights. Last Monday, we decided to revisit A La Lucia for our weekly date. We had been a couple of years ago and every time we passed the restaurant on the way to the gym, I commented that I wanted to go again. Finally, I think Jake got tired of my not-so-subtle requests and made a reservation. It was the perfect Monday date. Continue reading