Andy travels to DC for work about four times a year and I try to accompany him on at least one of those trips to spend time in the city and the amazing museums. Some of my favorites are the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, The Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.
This time we tried to time our trip so we could see the cherry blossoms in bloom, but with the unseasonably warm weather of the past few months they bloomed early and we barely caught the tail end. Most of the blooms were already gone :(. Oh well, next year, I suppose.
Lucy accompanied us on this trip so I planned an itinerary meant to keep her entertained. We ate a lot of fun food, visited the National Zoo chock full of "PUPPIES!!!" (Lu's word for animals of all kinds), and spent a lot o time jumping on hotel beds. All while Andy slaved away at his office in Arlington.
I had also planned to visit the National Museum of Natural History, but Lucy was having a rough day on day two so we just took it easy taking walks and visiting a nearby park full of actual puppies and a playground.
We are heading back to Columbus this afternoon and looking forward to sleeping in our own beds away from the exceptionally loud slamming doors of the Ballston Holiday Inn.
*All photos taken with the iPhone 4s and processed with Instagram and Camera+
Since we have been trying to avoid grains in our diet, breakfast has been hands down the most difficult meal for me. Grainless breakfast ideas are hard to come by when you aren't the biggest fan of the good old egg. I want to like eggs. They are so pretty. But the truth is I just don't, much to my omelet loving husband's dismay. Recently I've been grabbing something simple first thing in the morning, like an orange or berries but then mid-morning I roast some brussels sprouts with sliced bacon to get some protein in my system. It's easy and delicious and I stay full for a long time.
To start, I preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Next, I chop off the ends of the brussels and slice them into discs. Then I cover a cookie sheet with foil and drizzle some olive oil. From there, I spread the discs out as evenly as possible. I drizzle a little more olive oil and sprinkle some kosher salt over the entire pan. For the last step I grab some kitchen scissors and slice the bacon into half inch pieces and spread out on top of the brussels sprouts. Throw them in the oven for 15-25 minutes and breakfast is served! If I'm in the mood for something a little extra, sometimes I'll mix together some raw honey and balsamic vinegar and drizzle it over the dish after it's done cooking.
While we have been busy running around our house getting it ready to try to sell, I have been getting nostalgic. I'm not the type to get too attached to my physical surroundings. As a kid, I moved so often there wasn't much time to attach and that has followed me into adulthood. I love change. LOVE IT. Change is the beginning of a new adventure and adventure is pretty much my happy place.
Getting married, buying a house, and having a baby was never something I thought I would do. Sixteen-year-old January wouldn't approve. I'll admit, sometimes my domesticated life really, really freaks me out. But here I am with an Andy, a mortgage, and a Lucy and I'm loving it.
We have only lived one other place as a married couple so this house has been the place where we've made most of our memories together. On top of that, I love the house itself. I love all the little nooks and crannies and imperfections that come with a house that is nearly one hundred years old. So this week I thought I would try to capture the little corners of our home that I'm going to miss if we do, indeed, move on from East Kelso Road.
We Columbusites? Columbusers? have some damn good vintage/antique shops all around this fine city. For the sake of my bank account I don't let myself go very often, but when I do I always come back with something that I absolutely COULD NOT live without. I'm a big fan of mid-century modern design as well as mod graphic patterns so I'm constantly on the look out for interesting vintage finds to add to our home.
One of my favorite places to shop is Funky + Functional in the Short North. It's a lovely little shop with a little bit of everything. We have a cute chair in our living room that I bought there last year as well as several knick knacks around the house. I'm a sucker for vintage kitchen canisters. I want them all. They also have a small collection of vintage clothes and a decent sized jewelry collection. Last year for my birthday Andy bought me several jewelry pieces and a cute little jewelry box to put them in and they are all so lovely.
If you are ever in the area, you should definiitely check out Funky + Functional. It's such a fun little place to shop and the staff is so sweet. You'll love it.