30 6 / 2014
So, my mother and I traveled to D.C. last week for a combo business and pleasure trip. Our cattle breeders’ association (USJersey) hosts an annual conference, and the 2014 meetings were in Virginia and D.C. I had a fantastic time and I sincerely recommend that all Americans try to make it to our nation’s capital at some point in time. In addition to being the repository for our nation’s history, D.C. is a vibrant city with a lot to see. I’m certain that in the four days I was in the city, I complimented no less than 20 girls on the street for their fantastic dress, shoes, or accessory. We were told that D.C. is the intern capital of the world, and that is the truth. Lots of twenty-something interns and thirty-something staffers who bring their A-game in the dressing department.
Note: Yes, I did google the difference between capital and capitol. See Grammarist for an explanation. I think I’m using the proper one, but please correct me if I’m not.
A few things I learned in D.C.:
1) D.C. people are very nice and very used to tourists, but try to direct your questions (where am I? how do I get there?) to those who aren’t clearly bustling off to a meeting.
2) Visitors planning to use the Metro (RECOMMENDED!) should download the iTrans DC Metro app. So helpful.
3) There is a food truck that sells milk and cookies: Captain Cookie & The Milkman. Seriously. We weren’t able to catch them with our busy schedule, but the natives rave about that truck — use the website to track them down!
4) Plan for a half day visit to Mt. Vernon, the home of George Washington. It’s beautiful. The view of the Potomac River is breathtaking. The museum exhibits are fascinating. The 4-D movie is a good refresher on Revolutionary history. The food at the Inn is delicious. This site was my absolute favorite, and I cannot wait to go back.
5) Momma and I logged almost 20 miles in walking, and we were taking advantage of trains, trolleys, and a rickshaw. Wear good shoes. That cannot be stressed strongly enough. It will take me a week to get these blisters healed.
All in all, a wonderful trip. Thanks, D.C.! You’re a classy hostess.
20 6 / 2014
"If the people you work with aren’t asking your opinion, then you aren’t doing your job properly."
01 3 / 2014
"Be your own self, at your very best, all the time."
14 2 / 2013
Here are some interesting things I’ve seen or read online recently. Go look/read/learn!
The American Bar Association had a public meeting over the weekend to discuss changes in how the US educates its attorneys. This is the NY Times’ article on where we are and where we may go.
Babies napping outside in Denmark! How wonderful to live in a place so secure. I don’t think this is crazy at all, but rather very enviable!
Pretty decor from LoveFeast! I loved their autumn pumpkins and I think their VDay hearts are adorable as well.
Chanel nail polish case for the iPhone. This looks like a fun splurge, though I would surely drop, scratch, and ruin it within a week.
Reading for the 20-something lady by Natalie Ramm over at ThoughtCatalog. I am ashamed to say that I haven’t read a single one, but this is certainly on my to do list for the next month.
@BestEarthPix — SO GOOD!
The Christian Science Monitor compiled examples of love from around the world. Happy St. Valentine’s Day!
31 1 / 2013
- How to do taxes
- What taxes are
- How to vote
- What political parties are
- How to write a resume/cover letter/anything related to getting a job
- How to write a check/balance a check book
- Anything to do with banking
- How to do loans for college
- How to jump start a car or other basic emergency things
- How to buy a car or house
06 1 / 2013
My goal is try to to be a little more positive and make 2013 a very good year. I started yesterday (I know, five days behind the ball) with rearranging our bedroom and cleaning out the closets. My next couple of “house” goals are redecorating the dining room, working on our art collection, installing more hooks around the house, and keeping the contents of the kitchen sink at a manageable level!
In addition to my around-the-house goals, I have some personal health goals. The first of which is getting better about doing my gratitude lists, whether they be silly or serious. So here’s my gratitude list for Week 1 of 2013:
- I’m thankful that when I sit on my bed and look up, I see a closet doors open to lots of warm, clean clothes, for both me and my husband. We don’t want for layers and in this weather, that’s a great thing!
- I’m thankful that our dog is happy, healthy, energetic, and protective of his family!
- I’m thankful that I have strong relationships with many of my family members and that I can reach out when I need support or just want to laugh.
- I’m thankful that my home is a safe and secure place. It is literally safe, with strong locks and a watchful dog; but it is also a place where I feel calm, happy and loved — most of the time! Ha!
- I am very thankful that I have access to my advanced education and I can’t wait to move into my FINAL semester of law school next week! :D
26 12 / 2012
As usual, I have conveniently procrastinated on my final project until the last week. My graduation writing requirement paper, a 25 page dissertation on anything legal-esque, is due on Sun, December 30th.
My motivation = 0.
I have all of the easy stuff done, so I just need to fill in the gaps. Unfortunately it’s much easier to lay in bed with my pit mix and watch the Midwestern snowpocolypse unfold on my favorite local news channel.
Or dick around on Tumblr.
Or plot a way to get myself to the grocery store through the blizzard to pick up Oreos and hot chocolate mix. Obvious blizzard necessities, right? My husband is very annoyed with me right now because my blizzard focus has been on creature comforts while he’s been restocking battery flashlights and fueling up the vehicles. Another reason I married him, he cares about the stuff that’s legitimately important.
If I have cookies and DVR, I don’t give a rat’s ass about fuel or flashlights…until I’m called on to help with the farm work.
Then I get upset because my flashlight is dead, I can’t do anything until I get to a gas station, and I didn’t remember to lay out my Carhartts and they’re stuck in a cold closet.
We had plenty of time to batten down the hatches at the farm, so I’m hoping that my brother has a handle on everything and that my phone will not ring with his call for back-up. But if it does, I’ll certainly go, because that’s a solid and legit reason for ignoring the paper that I’m ignoring right now.
Which I should get back to….after this cookie.
Peace, love and snowflakes.
14 11 / 2012
I feel as though I have gone through 900,683,482 tissues in the last three days. And that is a lot.
I’ve tried to conserve tissues and cut my obscene paper consumption by using handkerchiefs as well. I have several pink ones, which make me feel very ladylike.
Which made me think about other ladylike things that have gone by the wayside, like gloves. I have several pairs of white day gloves that belonged to my great-great grandmother and my great aunts. Day gloves were usually white or cream. The ladies in my family tended toward lace gloves, but I prefer the solid gloves. Why did gloves go away? They’re smart. The world is a gross, germ-ridden place. I know this for a fact because that’s why I’m sick again for the second time in three months, as is my husband.
You know what else has faded? Afternoon tea. Of course there are two basic things that interfere with such a lovely concept; first, this is the US and we are primarily morning coffee drinkers as opposed to afternoon tea drinkers, and second, the US is a very work-driven place and many people are working during the usual afternoon tea hours. Nonetheless, I love a good tea party. I don’t care if it’s a ladies’ only affair with hats and small desserts or if it’s a drop-what-you’re-doing moment at my Gran’s house because the kettle is whistling. Fellowship with a healthy, warm beverage is a good thing.
Handkerchiefs. Gloves. Tea.
Good, comforting, healthy things. Where did they go?