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I feel like I should introduce you to Mr. and Mrs. M Street. I pass by them every morning on the way to work, then again in the afternoon, and they always make my day. I prefer the days when he is wearing a bow tie, I’ll have to remember to take a picture when he is. But don’t you just love her outfit?

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If you happen to live in the DC area I urge you to hie yourself down to the National Gallery of Art and see the exhibit on Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. It’s an amazing exhibit on scenery and costume design for the Ballets Russes, it’s brilliant! There are scenes and costumes by Picasso, Chanel, Matisse. I loved it! I was in heaven since it was the perfect combination of my two favorite things, art and ballet!

One of the things I found particularly striking about the exhibit is that the designers made it feel like your waiting in the wings of a theater. It really brought back a lot of memories for me, I could stand just behind a “wing” and enjoy the videos that were playing as part of the exhibit, just as when I was dancing we used to stand and watch the scene/performance before ours. It was wonderful!

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Summer concerts are the best! Summer concerts at sunset are even better! The first sunset came from a She and Him (I’ve posted this video before, this is a good excuse to post it again) concert at Wolf Trap. And the second from the Annapolis Irish Festival. The second sunset is just moments before we are all completely drenched by the most refreshing downpour ever (it was so hot and humid).

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On Sunday I helped celebrate the birthday of my friend Caroline at Founding Farmers in downtown Washington, DC. Founding Farmers is a neat venue because it is owned by farmers, they are invested in the food that is served there right from the very start! It was was a really, yummy experience!

I started my meal off with a hibiscus soda, freshly made right there. The drink list was so long and tempting I decided to settle for a simple soda because I couldn’t make up my mind!

The group split and order of bacon wrapped dates (yummy!) and fresh bread with prosciutto, mascarpone cheese, and something else I can’t remember right now (sadly not pictured, it was eaten too quickly).

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I had fried chicken and waffles (which I have decided I want as brunch someday) as my entree, with sides of pickled potato salad and sea-salted watermelon with mint. It was so good!

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These phots are a week late, but I thought I’d share them anyway. Last Wednesday I went to see the cherry blossoms on the day they peaked. If you ever have the chance to see them when they are in full bloom I highly recommend it! I think it looks like the branches are covered in fluffy, pink, cotton candy. It is always crowded, but it’s completely worth it.

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Just an idea of what I am up to today! If you have a snow day today enjoy!

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(Just as an fyi, my livingroom isn’t that dark, it’s just a filter.)

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Sunday I took a trip to the National Gallery of Art to see Michelangelo’s David-Apollo , It’s called the DavidApollo because they aren’t sure who it is exactly. I think it is a David, he doesn’t seem Apollo-esque enough to me.

This statue was on loan from the Bargello in Florence. I have seen the statue in Florence before, but I figured I’d go see it again. It’s like when a good friend comes to town you make sure you stop by and say hello during their visit.

To top the visit off, there was an amazing piano trio playing later that evening for which I was able to stay! (FYI: a piano trio means that there is a piano and two other instruments, usually a cello and violin, all playing together. It doesn’t mean a trio of pianos.)

 

Update: Just found this article by Simcha Fisher on children and and their take on art. Loved it!

Just a reminder: the March for Life is next Friday, January 25, 2013 here in Washington, DC. Hope you can make it! The west coast equivelent, the Walk for Life is in San Francisco, CA on Saturday, January 26, 2013.

1/3 of my generation is missing because of abortion. It’s time for our nation to stand up for the unborn and give them a chance to live!

It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. ~Mother Theresa

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It’s 2013! I hope your New Year is off to an amazing start! What are your resolutions for this year? Mine include:

1) Adoration once a week

2) Hire a financial planner (if left to my own designs I would stuff money in my mattress)

3) Take a trip outside the country

4) Start an Etsy Shop (ohh, yes, there is a pile of vintage bags hanging out under my bed waiting for this one)

5) Hike a tiny potion of the Appalachian Trail

6) See historical landmarks including: the Capitol, Monticello, Williamsburg and Gettysburg (it’s about time, don’t you think?)

7) Take more risks (I am not sure what this involves exactly, but as an overly cautious person it sounds like something I should do)

8) Find an armoire for my room

9) Have breakfast in a café once a week

10) Try a new restaurant once a month

 

I did a pretty good job keeping last year’s resolutions . . .

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