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What a Weekend

After tons of family time this weekend, I was more than ready to spend the majority of my day yesterday alone and relaxing to wind down the weekend.  Then I realized how absolutely gorgeous it was outside, and pulled my shit together and joined my roommates in Clarendon for an afternoon of beer drinking in the sun.  I got home around 8:30 last night, and immediately crawled into bed until it was bedtime around 11.  Let’s back up to the beginning though.

After a typically slow Friday afternoon at work, I decided to take 2.5 hours of vacation and call it a day at 2:00.  My mom, aunt, and sis were already in town and bugging me to come hang out with them before dinner, and so I did.  We headed out into Clarendon for pre-dinner drinks and Boulevard Woodgrill before moving on to our 6:45 dinner reservation at American Tap Room.  It was a wonderful evening that we capped off by doing some wine induced shopping at Lululemon and Ann Taylor.  I picked up this adorable new workout top, while my mom, sis, and aunt all got some things at Ann Taylor.

Saturday started bright and early, way too early for the amount of wine that was consumed on Friday night if you ask me, and my sister and I met back up with the fam (now joined by another aunt and uncle) for a day of sightseeing downtown.  You know what’s annoying? Having to get 4 people metro cards while trying to make a train arriving in two minutes.  We missed the train and ended up waiting for a good 20 minutes for another one.  We made it to our brunch reservation at Distrtict Chophouse about 30 minutes late, and I was more than ready for a mimosa and food by then.

After brunch, the 6 of us headed over to the Spy Museum for some culture and fun.  I really enjoyed the museum, but I think I would have liked it more on a Tuesday afternoon when it was less crowded.  It was hard to really take advantage of all the things it had to offer when there were so many people around.  My sister and I eventually found ourselves separated from the group and enjoyed the museum together.  Most amusing was this mug I thought about buying Dar for his birthday.

He didn’t see the humor in it that I did.  Oh well.  After we all made it through the museum, our adventures continued with a walk down to The Mall. My aunt had never seen the Jefferson Memorial up close, so we strolled down to the Tidal Basin to take a look and see if the Cherry Blossom’s were blooming yet.  FYI, they’re not.

Then it was back to the metro to head to the hotel for a quick outfit change before our dinner in Georgetown.  My aunt and uncle treated us all to dinner at their favorite place, Neyla.  I was a little apprehensive about the meal at first, as I’m not a very adventurous eater, but I ended up loving it!  We ordered an array of appetizers, and for my meal I went with the Chicken Shish Taouk and was happily surprised.  I told the roommates we’d have to go back and check it out again when it’s warm enough to sit outside.

It was a long and exhausting weekend that left my feet and lower back aching, but I’m glad we had good weather and got to explore DC.  Now I just need to get my sis out to Wisconsin and show her that it’s not too bad…

Happy Monday!

Now That, I’ll Talk About

Today… my head hurts. I blame the four, ok five, glasses of red wine I had last night and the Yankees game once again lasting until midnight.  Thankfully, the outcome of last nights game was much more positive than the previous two.  A 10-1 victory?  I’ll take it.

Since the sun was out for the first time in years yesterday, the roommates and I decided to take advantage of it and meet at our new favorite place for dinner and drinks.  The American Tap Room menu makes me drool just reading it, and with $4 glasses of wine until 7 pm, you can see the appeal.  The beer menu is nothing to scoff at either; with a wide variety on tap, as you can probably imagine.

Anywhoodle, I ordered the Maryland Crab Soup and the Jerk Chicken Spring Rolls for my meal.  There was no description of the soup on the menu, so I was expecting typical cream based crab soup, but this was tomato based and full of veggies.  Not my favorite, but by no means bad.  The spring rolls were as delicious as the first time I had them, albeit spicy.  Thankfully I had a nice Cab to wash it down with.

The three of us sat at the bar watching the Phillies game and the first few innings of the Yankees game before heading home around 9:30.  Yayzies for both teams!  Also, can we just talk about how much Curtis Granderson rocked last night?  Seriously, look at these two game saving catches, talk about heart stopping moments.  Game five for the Yanks on Thursday and a potential clincher for the Phils tonight.

Prior to my night of baseball and excessive wine drinking, I manage to get in a 30 minute run on the treadmill.  A little over 3 miles, I think, but I’m not sure since the treadmill stopped and reset halfway through.  I needed to get two cardio sessions in early in the week since the only exercise I’ll get this weekend will be in the form of shaking my ass on the dance floor.  Dancing in heels is a great calf workout though.

Happy Wednesday!

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