I’ve Finally Outgrown Ikea

I hate it when I get uber busy. Because when I do, something has to give, and it’s usually the fun stuff. Like blogging. Sometimes I’m having too much fun to blog (like maybe this last weekend), but otherwise my absence is due to there being just not enough hours in the day to fit everything in.

I’m skipping the regular format. I can’t possibly remember everything I’ve eaten in the past 6 days, and I’m sure you don’t care. I will say that my new container of Vega One Berry came last Thursday…and it’s the best I’ve ever had. I mixed it with just ice water, and was amazed. Yummy, yummy, and mixes in a blender ball (so no blender required). Buy it.

D and I went out to lunch today and checked out a sushi place we’d never been to. I think it’s my new favorite. I had an awesome and fresh tofu salad, miso soup, and veggie sushi.

My life has been mostly about work lately. Today was another 12 hr day, but I really do think that’s coming to a peak right now, and the next few weeks will slow down a bit – at least where I should only be working an 8-9 hr day 🙂

Sammie had a vet appointment, and was given a clean bill of health. She’s slowing down a bit, but is still a vibrant and healthy pups. Can’t believe she’s almost 10.

A made a new outfit in a couple hours. Little jumper thing.

The highlight was definitely going to DC for the weekend. We left Friday evening and came back Sunday evening. We rented two hotel rooms (one for D and I, and one for the kids) and had a great time.

Friday was just chilling in the hotel since we got there so late in the evening. We were 4 blocks from the White House, and right in the middle of the city. And I love that city.

Saturday morning we got dressed and just took off with no particular destination. It was the Cherry Blossom parade, and we saw a lot of that. Unfortunately with the early warm weather and previous high winds, there were no actual Cherry Blossoms to enjoy. But it was still fun seeing the 100th anniversary festivities.

We walked through the monuments (R was especially entranced by the Washington Monument), laid down in the grass for a bit, hit up China Town for lunch, and then spent the majority of the time in the Air and Space Museum.

We went back to the hotel, watched an in-room movie, and then ordered room service for the kids. After they ate, D and I went out for a bit to walk around the Dupont Circle area (one of my favorites). We had dinner (which was sort of an almost for me – it was gross and I lost my appetite), then walked around and stopped for a beer on our way back to the hotel. We passed some neat walk ups, and for giggles looked up how much they were. Only a few million for a 5 bedroom in the heart of the city? Ok. Someday 😉

Sunday was all about shopping. We headed south to Woodbridge to hit up Ikea and Potomac Mills. We’ve been toying with some redecorating ideas, and wanted to check out Ikea. We’ve always enjoyed wandering around there, but haven’t lived very close to one since we lived in the Seattle area a LONG time ago. As we walked, we kept thinking “this will be cool for A’s dorm room or first apartment in a year and a half”. And it hit me. Holy crap. I’m too old for Ikea to be cool. We bought some straws and measuring cups. And left.

Potomac Mills was more productive, and the kids left with new summer clothes, we all got some shoes, and D and I got a few shirts too. We hit the road, stopped for dinner in Fredericksburg, and then got home around 9. It was whirlwind, but much needed.

Here are some pictures for your viewing pleasure! Enjoy, and I swear I’ll have regular programming soon. Think of this as TV after Thanksgiving and before spring…mostly re-runs with a few decent new shows sprinkled in. It’s not as much..but still high quality!








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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

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