When I last uploaded anything to this neglected piece of the internet, it was the beginning of August and we were on our way out of town for a marathon of family trips. Photos are a less-than-organized smattering of iPhone and actual camera.
First we went to Oklahoma with Hugh’s family where the focus was baby Lucy and a cousin’s wedding.
The next weekend we road tripped to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, for a Lee Family beach vacation where we focused on sitting on the beach as much as the tides would allow and eating grits.
What do you do when a great friend of yours is getting married soon but does not want to be showered or celebrated or surprised? You throw her a surprise brunch shower to celebrate her pending nuptials.
Elizabeth and I pulled off the impossible a few weeks ago — we surprised Devon with a brunch in her honor without her disowning us. We had egg casserole, pimento cheese, hummus, fruits & veggies, homemade bloody mary mix, and of course a mimosa bar. And the six guests showered the bride with booze instead of bed linens.
I think she liked it.
According to our iPhones, Hugh and I hung out with dogs this weekend.
But we did other things too.
We spent Friday night on my parents’ deck snacking, grooving, and catching up with visitors — Aunt B and Uncle Tim. Saturday morning I enjoyed a nice, flat run through all the neighborhoods surrounding ours, where I used to meet up with friends for bike rides, sleepovers, and kickball. It certainly took me back. We hit the Manassas farmers’ market followed by brunch at City Square Cafe, both right in Old Town. It’s always nice to show Hugh a beautiful day in my hometown. A visit to the grandparents, an afternoon cook out, a trip to Lowe’s, some home improvement chores, and Sunday dinner with a friend capped off the weekend.
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This weekend was sandwiched between Hugh’s baseball games Friday and Sunday, so we spent Saturday staycationing around town.
After some chores we headed down to the Mall along with every other human on the planet, but we ventured past the usual suspects — Natural History, American History, Air & Space — and landed at the National Museum of the American Indian.
It was a little dark and a lot crowded, so we just perused some exhibits before heading outside to the Living Earth Festival which included this woman cooking some sort of corn + beef stew.
Eating hot stew outside on a hot day isn’t necessarily ideal, but it was delicious. And it was followed by our last stop of Staycation Saturday — cold beer and boat-watching at Cantina Marina.
Sitting in the open air top floor you can almost forget you’re in the nation’s capital and instead feel like you’re officially on vacation. That is until you turn to the right and the scaffold-covered eyesore that is the Washington Monument is looming beyond the harbor.
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