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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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DC Sail August 2nd, 2013


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On Wednesday night this week, we went sailing with Lindsey and Mike via DC Sail. Thank goodness for Lindsey getting her act together (hah) and organizing this, because we loved it. And we almost capsized. It was awesome! We left the docks around 6ish, despite the dark sky on the horizon not far away. We got in about 30 minutes of smooth sailing, and I even learned some tacking manuevers. Then, the storm really started to roll in and we had to head back. But not before a huge gust of wind caught our sail and, I’m not entirely sure what happened because it was so fast, but the boom came flying around and we all threw our weight to the other side of the boat. It was pretty dicey for a split second. Good times! We got a tow the rest of the way in and got tied back up to the dock just as it started to pour down rain. We will definitely be back!


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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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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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Hurricane Sandy October 30th, 2012



   

We got really lucky yesterday and were spared much of the wrath it seems that Sandy has caused elsewhere along the East Coast and earlier in the Caribbean. We spent the day cooped up inside, doing some work, cuddling with Bowser, watching the leaves fly by the windows, and keeping our fingers crossed that the electricity wouldn’t go off.

   

I’m seeing lots of pictures of the flooding and fallen trees, power outtages and blizzards, and feeling grateful that we experienced nothing more than heavy winds and sustained rains. No roof leaks, no major downed branches. For those that weren’t so lucky, we’ll be thinking of you in your cleanup efforts and hope that power comes back quickly and the waters recede!

   



   

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derecho July 2nd, 2012

   

On Friday night, DC got hit with a derecho, a word I just learned for the first time that night, something I formerly might have called ‘a seriously intense storm.’ Matt and I had just gotten back from a nice sushi dinner out, put our bikes away after the hot ride home (it was still in the 90s at 9:30 at night), and settled into bed to watch some Mad Men when it suddenly got super windy and rainy and there was lightning every few seconds. Apparently the temperature dropped about 20 degrees as the storm came in. There were the kind of wind gusts (70 mph recorded at the airport) that actually gave me goosebumps and made me think we should move away from the windows. The sound of that is something I won’t soon forget. An enormous tree limb came down on our neighbors car across the street, totalling it. Thank goodness no one was out on the street when this happened. Though I do love a good storm, it was a little much for me in the scary department. The power blinked out a bunch of times, but luckily it stayed on for us throughout the whole ordeal. I know a lot of our friends in the area were not so lucky, and are still waiting for it to return while enduring more 100 degree days… It really does put things in perspective though, when you read stories about entire houses being levelled by the weather. I cannot imagine….

   

   

   

   

   

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cake, rain, running, etc April 23rd, 2012


Val’s delicious carrot cake!


   

Hello, Monday (said in the tone of ‘Hello, Newman‘). We had a great weekend, but how did the week start again already, and so quickly?? On Saturday, we spent time with the fam — having lunch in the neighborhood, checking out things to be salvaged at Community Forklift, celebrating birthdays eating carrot cake, resting up early for the GW Parkway 10 miler on Sunday morning… It started out as a nice, sunny weekend, but ended in a wet sloppy, mess which carried into today. We spent a few hours outside in the rain yesterday, following the race, at a beer tasting festival (and food truck roundup) down at the Wharf. Never underestimate the willingness of people to stand around in a cold, wet downpour when there is good beer and food involved…

   



   

As far as the race report goes, we all had a great run! I think this is my 7th (!!!) year doing the GW Parkway, though I’d have to look through my t-shirts to verify that. It was mostly misting the entire time, which actually makes for decent running weather, so luckily we didn’t get too drenched. Val, Susan, Lauren and I all crossed the finish line around 1 hour and 44 minutes. Boo YAH!

   


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it snowed… leaves. November 17th, 2011



   

With all the rain and wind yesterday, the majority of the yellow ginkgho leaves flew off the trees and completely covered our sidewalks… to the point that it almost looked like a blanket of snow. It was actually quite beautiful looking… though slippery. They were so thick that they covered the lines between the curb and sidewalk, causing Bowser to misstep a time or two and fall off. It was pretty funny, not that he actually noticed. Anyways, now quite a few of them have tracked into the house. I like to think of it as “bringing nature indoors,” not a dirty house. I think I’ll wait until December to clean them up. Yeah, by that time, all the leaves will be gone and there will be no risk of cleaning up, only to have one more come inside.

   

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normalcy September 13th, 2011




pedestrian walkway bridge at the Rockville Metro.
   

Normalcy… Does anyone else seem like this has been missing in the past few weeks? I feel like the end of summer was a whirlwind of crazy – a major earthquake, followed by Hurricane Irene, then classes started, August was over justlikethat, another week of non-stop rain and flooding, the 10th anniversary of 9/11… It just seems to me like there haven’t been any normal weeks gone by of late. I guess that’s life. The slow, lazy days of summer are coming to an end, and there is cooler weather in the forecast for the end of this week. woohoo! Oh happy fall days, hurry up!

   

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the wind and the rain August 28th, 2011

Hurricane Irene came and went last night. The heaviest of the rain seemed to be falling around and after 9pm. We hunkered down inside, lit all the candles, ate pizza and cookies for dinner, and then watched some movies and fell asleep in the guest bedroom, where the rain always sounds the loudest. We’re happy to report no flooding or leaking at our house, and we also miraculously never lost power! I know lots of other friends weren’t so lucky… so we wish for things to return to normal as quickly as possible for everyone. There are lots of trees and limbs down all over the neighborhood, so I know major cleanups will be ongoing.

   


   

   

   

   

   


maybe, or maybe not, a casualty of the storm

   

   

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weather whatever August 26th, 2011


   

well, Irene is on her way here. whatever though, Bowser ain’t scared. he already made it through a 5.8 earthquake this week. there’s lots of kibble stocked up in the house, bottled tap water, a brand new bone, and a bottle of near northeast hooch (see yesterday’s post). bring it on!

   

what’ll you have for us next week, mother nature?

   

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