So we made a promise to each other that we would “always say yes to the thing.”Meaning that if we were invited somewhere or got an invitation to something or found out about an interesting event — no excuses — we’re going.
Man, has that paid off.
I’m an extrovert, but I’m also a homebody. I’m a big fan of relaxing days at home, naps, and cleaning out closets. On work nights, there’s nothing I love more than coming straight home after a long day at the office, fixing myself a gin and tonic, and cooking a nice dinner.
But that’s not how you meet people. And in this city there are a lot of people to meet.
Forcing ourselves to always go to the thing has led to the incredible job I have now. It’s led to meeting like minded couples, who’ve gone from double date buddies to some of our closest friends. It’s led us to meet government officials, former political prisoners, and women who may be able to help Matt and I adopt a baby (more on that soon!).
Just this past Friday, we were at an engagement party for a couple that we met at another friend’s engagement party. Sitting around the fire in the backyard, I overheard the girl next to me mention she’d walked the Camino de Santiago by herself last summer. I was incredibly impressed and inspired; we struck up one of those deep conversations that stays with you. We talked about her Anglican faith, her job as a highschool teacher in D.C., and her love of Ethiopian food. We’ve already planned a double date at an Ethiopian restaurant.
That’s why I love D.C. Not just because the people here are interesting, earnest, and driven. But because this is the place where I get to meet them.
The last three weekends we’ve been busy attending baptisms, baby showers, and bridal showers. It’s that time of year! This weekend we are looking forward to long walks with Bart to our favorite neighborhood coffee shop The Coffee Bar, organizing our mess of a closet in anticipation of warmer weather, and some quality time with our books. Happy weekend, everyone.
It’s been a while. Hey, blog! Some disjointed life updates and recent photos below.
Big changes at work, cold temperatures, and quick trips to New York are what we’ve been up to lately.
For Christmas, Matt got us tickets to a new musical called Dear Evan Hansen. I may have been dropping subtle hints about wanting to see it for months. (Thanks, Matty!) I don’t take for granted that my sweet, sweet husband enjoys attending Broadway shows with this theatre nerd.
This show you guys. THIS SHOW IS BEAUTIFUL. Matt has seen at least ten musicals with me and said this is his new favorite. I have to agree. And we’ve seen Hamilton! I think the New York Times said it best when they said it’s, “A gorgeous new musical for anyone with a beating heart.” True. So. So. True. I can’t wait to see it again! In the meantime, my fellow metro commuters can deal with my big dumb smile as a I do my best not to belt out the gorgeous melodies from this exquisite piece of theatre.
While in New York to see the show, we stopped by the New York Public Library and had dinner at The Breslin.
We also had a wonderful visit with family we met in Ireland! They are my sister-in-law’s nieces and nephews and we had a great time going through the National Portrait Gallery and eating at one of our Chinatown favorites, Penn Commons.
Maybe it’s because as I write this Matt is away at a bachelor party in New York, or the fact that I just watch Pride and Prejudice, but I’m more grateful than ever for my husband. He’s kind, patient, and gives the best advice. I truly don’t know what I’d do or where I’d be without him. Our date night conversations these days seem to be more and more about our future kids — our family. We can’t wait and we know God is in control. I think 2017 is going to be a big year for us.
Upon returning to DC after almost two weeks in Alabama, we were immediately thrown back into busy work days and the frenetic embrace of a city preparing for an inauguration.
We had a wonderful Christmas and New Years with my family in Alabama. I’m always grateful for lazy days in the city and home where I spent so many happy days during high school. It always goes by quickly but the BBQ lunches, shopping dates with my Mom and deep conversations over cocktails and cigars with Dad will not soon be forgotten. I know the holidays can be tense for many and I don’t take for granted my family’s ability to put annoyances and disagreements aside to celebrate the birth of Our Savior.
This Christmas included many home cooked meals, midnight mass at my alma mater, a handgun safety course, day trips to Nashville and Tuscaloosa, and becoming obsessed with the board game Backgammon. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season. Here’s to a 2017 filled with love and the joy that comes with living in the present moment.
The Lappert’s Ice Cream apron. It’s amazing how many happy memories I have associated with that apron.
An experiment that turned out to be delicious: Irish coffee cake!
Decorating Christmas cookies before midnight mass.
Baby brother and hubs on the range.
Used bookstore in Nashville. Love this city!
My parents and I attended the first menorah lighting at The University of Alabama. It was a beautiful event we were humbled to be a part of.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year! I’m hoping to have a short video of some clips I captured over the break soon.