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snow fish February 14th, 2014


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Yesterday we got a big snowstorm. Some people have been calling it #snowchi, but do we really need to name everything? It’s not like it was another Snowmageddon. Anyways, I’m not one of those people who sticks the yard stick in the snow to measure, but maybe it was around 8 or 9″ total here in DC proper.

   

So pretty much everyone else was off work yesterday making brunch plans, but when you work for yourself from home, “snow day” kinda has a new meaning… As in, I don’t really have an excuse not to do work. But damned if I will find one anyways!! in the form of snow sculpting!!! Plus gumballs!! Snow fish is already melting in the backyard today, and the gumballs are running everywhere, so he was a short-lived masterpiece. But he was cute while he lasted. MOAR SNOW PLZ!

   

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Bowser heard it was a snow day… March 6th, 2013

   

…but no need to break out the sleds. We’ve gotten mostly rain and slush today… not quite the 5-10″ they were calling for. I knew it was being too optimistic to put out a bowl for catching snow for snow cream this morning. I jinxed it!!!! At least Pat Collins is keepin’ it real.

   

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ski weekend! February 17th, 2013

Snow!! I finally feel like I got my snow fix this winter, we just had to go out of town to do it… We went skiing this weekend at Seven Springs in PA with Matt’s company. And by skiing, I mean Matt went snowboarding and I enjoyed a relaxing day getting a massage at the spa, working out, reading, and napping. I think about 6-8″ fell while we were there for 2 nights. It was delightful.

   

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ants on the slopes

   

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elk

   

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snowy forest of trees

   

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the roads on the way home this morning. glad our trusty civic made it

   

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snow January 24th, 2013


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WE GOT ABOUTA INCH OF SNOW. MORE SNOW PLZ!!!

   

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ahhh weekends. January 22nd, 2012




   

We had a nice, relaxing weekend. On Friday night, it snowed and sleeted here a tiny bit – just enough to make us want to stay in and cozy-up inside. We made shrimp linguine and enjoyed some red wine for dinner, and had a chocolate eclair for dessert. We spent some time thumbing through a signed copy of a Shepard Fairey book that Matt got that day from a co-worker, commenting on his incredible artwork and stencils and picking the pieces we’d hang on our walls. :) Afterwards, we watched some Parks and Recreation, the best show ever. I love Netflix.

   

On Saturday morning, we took Bowser to the vet for his annual check-up. All was good. He barely even squirmed for his two shots. We spent the rest of the morning debating back and forth how to proceed with the office “renovation.” We’re having a hard time deciding what to do with the floors, which were covered in paint splashes, scratches, and holes when we tore up the carpet. Paint the original wood white? Add a brand new floor overtop? We had a guy come out to look at it, and suggested that we don’t try to sand it down, so that option was out.

   

We decided to take a trip to our favorite place in the world, Community Forklift, to see if we could find enough reclaimed wood flooring to lay overtop what is there now. Most of what we found were smaller amount of scraps, not enough to cover the approximately 8′ x 12′ room. So after that, we were back to the painting idea, which, yes, I am in LOVE with, but I still have my skepticisms about getting it to turn out right. Many of the tutorials we’ve read online make it seem slightly harder than it seems. Here are some of my inspirations.

   



This is the greatness that is Community Forklift.

   

What you might find there.

   

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We decided to take a break from thinking about the floor, and drove over to National Harbor to visit the Peep store, which has been high on my list of things to do forever now. It was everything I imagined and more. Pure marshmellow heaven. I bought some green duck Peeps and some orange rabbit Peeps since I have never even seen those colors before. I was thinking about purchasing some Peep art, but the prices were kinda high, and I think I would just want to eat them all off the wall.

   



now THIS is a great door handle
   


look at all that Peep goodness
   


Peep wall

   


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Peep, and The Awakening.

   

I miss when The Awakening statue was on Hains Point. I’m still kind of sad that it was relocated to National Harbor, and wish that it had stayed in DC. Yesterday it was all roped off, so you couldn’t even get up close to it. Bummer.

   

   

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Today we went to Home Depot, and bought all the painting supplies we needed to do the floor. I just finished up with the first steps – gave it a good sanding, first with 150 grit then with 220 grit, and then gave it a good soapy water mopping. Going to let it air out overnight, give it one more mopping tomorrow to get the rest of the dust up, and then onto the primer. Before and after pics to come soon!

   

Hope everyone had a great weekend! Everyone except for Ravens nation…

   

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obligtory photos from a little snowstorm January 27th, 2011


   


Finally we got some real snow! It made for a beautiful, but very wet, walk with Bowser last night. I just love the muted, white color that the sky turns when it comes down. Huge wet flakes!

   

And then, we watched the rest of it fall from inside the cozy warmth of the house. Looking through the screen here, not too many people out and about on our street last night.

   

   

This morning, schools and the government are off. WIMPS!! Ok, maybe I’m just jealous, but the roads look fine to me, and the sidewalks were clear enough, too… At least on my walk to the metro.

   

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brrr January 25th, 2011



   

We finally got some film developed from the past few weeks… or maybe it’s months now? Anyways, between moving and the holidays, all kinds of things got off track. We’ve also yet to find a super-convenient film development option near our new house. It sure was nice being 1 block from the CVS 1-hour photo dealie when we lived on Q Street. So, we ended up going with the mail-away development option through Snapfish, only to find that they can’t develop film without making prints at the same time. This is not very great, because we just want the photos on disc (for starters anyways) and I don’t want to have to box the thousands of photos taken every year.

   

This photo is from the Olympus XA2, shot a few weeks back at the SW Waterfront Fish Market when we got one of those lame snow dustings we’ve been getting around here lately. I say that menacingly in hopes that the snow gods will hear me and be angered by tomorrow, when we are expected to once again be on the snow/rain line for the latest winter “event.” Come on, blizzard!! Anyways, it we quite empty and peaceful there with the layer of clean snow, unlike the usual fish market hullabaloo.

   

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white stuff December 16th, 2010

It’s snowing in the DC area today! All the little green pine trees lined up outside Whole Foods are now inherently prettier and Christmasier.

   

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free! February 12th, 2010

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DC is back at work today after a nearly weeklong snow vacation. Now, it’s just a matter of moving all the rest of the white stuff out of the way, into these massive grey-snow mountains that won’t likely melt until April. At least this box of publications is not only free, but mostly still accessible without the help of a sherpa.

   

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snowver it February 10th, 2010

more snow

   

What a crazy week it’s been already and it just keeps coming. More snow, more blizzard, more cabin fever. I was off Monday, made it into the office via bus (barely) yesterday, and back off again today, riding out this latest storm. The Federal Gov’t is closed for the third day in a row now, no above-ground metro service, no buses running. I’m not even sure what time it is or what meal it is that I’m supposed to be craving next, and every fantasy I’ve ever had about never having to work a job is completely gone. Not having a thing to do – fun for awhile and then it turns into a slight bit of insanity. For now, we’re just hitting the refresh button on Amtrak’s service page, waiting to see if our train to Poughkeepsie for Jill’s graduation ceremony is still on…. Otherwise, increased and extended cabin fever is in our future.

   

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