Sunday, August 28, 2011

Weekend in the GC

We spent the weekend in Garrett County, which is in western Maryland, to escape Hurricane Irene and celebrate several birthdays that occur during the month of August.  Yippee August birthday bash2011!  Our friend Jessica is from GC and planned the weekend which included a house rental at Deep Creek Lake, pontoon boating, 3am lake swimming, corn roasts, and s'moreos.

Thanks to Jessica for organizing the WHOLE weekend, to Jeremy for driving the boat, to Shannan for taking Oscar on morning walks, and to everyone else for such an amazing time.

Jessica, we forgot to do a pyramid. bah!


Thursday, August 25, 2011

Purple Heart

Are you ever in the mood to get rid of all of your clothes?  I find I'm in that mood every time we move.  When packing or unpacking I tend to organize my dressers, closet, and shoes into piles of "haven't worn in a year" and "will wear again."  The "haven't" pile goes in large bags and I visit the PurpleHeartPickup.  You just pick a day and they will come to your house and pick up what you don't want.  You don't even have to be home when they come....just have the bags sitting on your porch and they'll take care of it.

This is such an easy way to reduce clutter and it's tax deductible (if you keep track of that sort of thing).

Have an awesome day,

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

I felt the earth move

Oscar wasn't phased.

We experienced a 5.9 earthquake today like much of the east coast but I think Virginia felt a stronger shake than most.  I was in the grocery store looking at salsas when the floor began vibrating and things started falling off the shelves.  I think what was most surprising was how loud the quake was.  My initial thought was something exploded outside...but thank goodness that didn't happen.  

Luckily we all got home safe and I found Oscar in one piece.  He wanted sausage and we took him to a game of tennis.  Earthquake 2011.



National Arboretum, Washington D.C.

Monday, August 22, 2011


livin in the nova

Well hello loyal readers, its been a while.  I took a much needed break from blogging to take time for myself over the past month but now I'm back to share art, ideas, and who knows what else with you and yours if you're willing to stick around.

During my hiatus Kyle and I moved to northern Virginia and let me tell you....we are soaking up the area as much as we can.

Fact: there are too many good food options around here.  It makes you want to never cook dinner again. Seriously.  Why should you when you have "fast food French" or "Korean BBQ" down the street?

Fact:  everything is fancy.  hello, Betsy Johnson boutique at the local mall.... and Whole Foods that makes me want to pass out because of how awesome it is.

Fact: everyone has manners here.  Even getting our VA driver's license was pleasant.

Fact:  school starts after Labor day here (that's how it should be) so I still have a couple weeks of summer left.  I plan to be as productive as possible and hope to share some photogs or paintings with you as the days go by.

Thanks for sticking around,