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An Alabama Christmas

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.

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The Lappert’s Ice Cream apron. It’s amazing how many happy memories I have associated with that apron. 

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An experiment that turned out to be delicious: Irish coffee cake!

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Decorating Christmas cookies before midnight mass. 

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Baby brother and hubs on the range. 

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Used bookstore in Nashville. Love this city!

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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.

Thanksgiving 2016

I had the best of intentions to film a video during this four day Thanksgiving vacation. Unfortunately, I came down with a nasty bug Friday night and since then have mostly been sleeping. I was able to snap a few pictures during our quiet Thanksgiving Day meal.

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This Thanksgiving was just Matt and me at home in our little basement apartment. It was perfect. I spent the day cooking a ‘lil Butterball turkey and all the other Thanksgiving accoutrements, including Matt’s mom’s English muffin bread and my mom’s cranberry sauce.

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We took a quiet walk around our Le Droit Park neighborhood while the bird finished up roasting. Usually it’s bustling with cars, open bistros, and buskers, but it was almost silent on Turkey Day.

And Thanksgiving isn’t complete without watching at least two classic movies. A family tradition in our house is Planes, Trains, and Automobiles starring John Candy and Steve Martin.

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This was the second time I used Gordon Ramsay’s herb butter rub on our bird. I couldn’t find this particular recipe online. I saw him make it on a show he did for BBC and wrote it down a couple years ago. It’s so easy and makes the skin crispy and fragrant. And Matt did a great job carving it!

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Our place is too small for a table, so we had our dinner diner style at the counter on our bar stools. We shared what we are thankful for this year and rounded out the night going to the movies to see Arrival starring Amy Adams. I loved it! Seriously, I may do an entire post about the film, I loved it so much.

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I hope you all had a delicious and family filled holiday!

Fall Walks

The last couple days in DC have been… quiet. Perfect for long walks in our neighborhood with small stops for hot drinks and delicious food. Some recent snaps from our fall jaunts:

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Coffee and oats from Right Proper Brewery.

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A DC favorite that reminds me of Frank Underwood from House of Cards for some reason.

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Why DC has been so quiet the past few days…

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Bart’s newest nemesis: a jet black squirrel who drops acorns on him when we walk by.

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Life Lately

We are all moved into our new place and fall is officially here. These last few years, fall has been a season of change for us. Last year we moved across the country and I made a (sort of) career change. This fall we moved — again — and I just had an incredible breakthrough with my health issues.

I don’t talk about medical issues very often on BBB but this is a moment in my life I want to remember. Since Matt and I got married, I’ve been to many doctors, had surgery, several scans and office procedures, months of taking this medication and that, months of blood tests, physical therapy, frustration, confusion, exhaustion, and tears. All that to say, after five years of trying everything I possibly could, I was left with no answers and a dead end.

After an encounter at an event over the summer I can only describe as providential, I learned about a doctor in Oklahoma who I’m able to work with over Skype. Thank you technology! I won’t get too into the details but basically hormones are super important and mine were incredibly out of whack. With one prescription, it’s looking like I will finally, finally, feel like myself again.

The fact that this news came at the beginning of fall is simply the icing on the cake. In between traveling all over the country for work, we’ve been able to explore our new neighborhood and a bit of the surrounding Maryland/ Virginia area.

Time for a few recent pictures to remember this season in our lives:

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