5.13.2015

A Dark World Aches for a Splash of the Sun

I was in DC last month for a conference, but my timing, fortunately, coincided perfectly with the cherry blossom festival and getting to see two of my best friends. I've been to DC a few times before, so this trip was truly about catching up with old friends, but we did make sure to see the blossoms, especially because the weather was AMAZING.
On our first night, we stopped by a little pub that had Duck Rabbit Milk Stout! This beer was, hands down, my favorite North Carolina local beer I had in all my time in Chapel Hill and I was missing it so bad. Imagine my surprise to see this baby on the bottle list! It was a happy moment.
We went to this adorable little place for brunch the next morning. It's tucked away in a little corner in the Georgetown area right near the water. It's in an old warehouse or auto garage, but decorated all modern! Also, the food was delicious! Now, on to the copious blossom pictures!
 
Cherry blossoms!


Dress:Thrifted
Cardigan: Macy's
Necklace: Francesca's
Boots: Ross
I learned on this trip that the pink blossoms are actually magnolia blossoms! Sorry cherry, but I think I might like the magnolias better...
My lovely friends. I barely get to see these ladies with our busy schedules these days, so having three whole days of time with them was unimaginably wonderful. And will you check out that sunshine?! It was glorious to be able to walk around after the frigid winter.

More blossoms by the Jefferson Memorial. Hoping and wishing to go back soon, because DC is an amazing place!

4.22.2015

Final Four

I cannot figure out where the time's been going. I did a little "what have I done lately that I can post on the blog?" mental excursion and came up with "Aha! March Madness!" Then I actually looked it up and oh boy, that was three weeks ago. Well, I hope you'll bear with me anyway. I will admit that not having cable means not following basketball as closely as I'd like, but I'm still a staunch UNC fan. Once they were out of the tournament, I started doing what any good UNC fan would do and rooting for any team playing Duke. That...didn't go well.
I happen to work right near where the major Final Four activities were occurring and this beautiful thing went up about a week before the games.
To appreciate the size of this Marriott, you unfortunately kind of had to be there, but check out the teeny tiny cars in the parking lot! I was so enamored with this majestic site that it almost made me forget about my poor, destroyed bracket.
As part of the Final Four festivities they have a little music festival, where this cool Ferris wheel was housed. We didn't get a chance to go on it, but it was a pretty sight all the same.
And last, but almost certainly best, was the music itself. This brilliant light show is courtesy of Imagine Dragons, who put on an amazing show, despite that it was cold, rainy, and windy the evening of the concert. I came home with muddy boots and the kind of clarity that only comes from commiserating with strangers at concerts and went to bed so content.....until Wisconsin broke my heart a few short days later.

3.25.2015

Trapped in a Room with a Zombie

A couple weeks ago (okay, okay, nearly a month, nobody judge me), was N's birthday. He had been wanting to try this cool live-action collaborative puzzle/game-type thing called Trapped in a Room with a Zombie for a while, which you may have heard about if you watch The Big Bang Theory. Anyway, the closest one was in Chicago, so a trip was planned!
So, even though I had read and re-read the website, I didn't really know what to expect. I was worried it was going to be impossibly hard or way too easy or absolutely terrifying. Fortunately, instead, it was AWESOME. Also, I apologize in advance for the quality of the pictures I obviously took with my potato.
When we first got there, we were introduced to our "group of strangers" who would be working together on our escape and were presented with this decidedly depressing board of statistics and the understanding that the zombie was attached to a chain and the chain would get progressively longer with time. Thankfully, we were also told that someone who worked there would be in the room to make sure nobody killed each other and that she would give us hints if we were heading in completely the wrong direction with clues.
And so we entered the zombie's territory and scrambled around for clues as fast as we could. I'm pretty certain I signed something that said I legally can't tell you anything about the puzzles, but those aren't important anyway. The important thing was that we ESCAPED!! #TEAM33PERCENT! Let me tell you, it took a lot of teamwork (and they could probably sell this as marital therapy), but the adrenaline rush of solving those clues and unlocking the right things, including eventually the door to the room, was unbelievable.
I mean, look at those giddy smiles! I'm sure I wouldn't have loved it so much had we not escaped, but if nothing else, it far exceeded my expectations. It was the perfect difficulty level and wasn't scary at ALL (and this is from someone who won't watch The Walking Dead). They have these all over the U.S. and in some international locations as well, so if this sounds up your alley, I would HIGHLY recommend checking it out!

2.22.2015

Turn A Cold Shoulder to These Even Colder Skies

I am so. over. winter. I can't say I hate a whole lot of things, but having to wear multiple pairs of pants just to tolerate the weather (not even to be comfortably warm) just topped my list. If it doesn't start getting warm (or at least consistently sunny) pretty soon here, I will probably go insane. My whole winter hasn't been grumpy though. Here are some tidbits I uncovered on my phone, including an outfit post!

Stepped out of the cold and into a favorite bagel shop one day to find these stunning loom art pieces. This is 100% the kind of art that I would like to have hanging in my future-house. Too bad even one of the less-intricate ones of these guys cost upwards of $800.
Been spending a lot of time cuddling with this precious little pumpkin and she's not even mine. There's a good chance that when N's roommate moves in a couple months, I will never see her again so I have been stocking up on phone pictures....and trying not to think about that awful day too hard.

Top: Target;
Sweater: L.L. Bean, thrifted;
Tights: Target;
Skirt: The Limited;
Scarf: Charlotte Russe;
A recent work outfit that got thrown together, but turned out to be one of my favorites! I topped it off with one of my favorite bracelets from Etsy, engraved with the quote "Not all those who wander are lost." from The Lord of the Rings, and then proceeded to have an excellent day full of outfit-confidence.
I tried this place a couple weeks ago. It's an unassuming little spot of burrito delight in an otherwise decent-Mexican-style-anything-bare part of the Midwest. Instead of a burrito, I opted for the Zappatista Salad, which was basically a nacho salad with some fresh homemade salsa and let me tell you, I went home extremely happy that cold night.
Some friends had a 50s Hollywood themed Murder Mystery Dinner Party for their birthdays, so naturally I rollered up my hair and gelled N's back, and we got a little fancy. I was playing a judgy, loud-mouth, 62-year-old cougar talk-show host who thought the deceased was in love with her. N was a film director who had worked with the deceased actor and, as it turned out, killed him!! Apparently, N has a career in acting, because we definitely talked about our characters and I didn't have the slightest clue until the big reveal at the end of the party!

And last, but certainly not least, Valentine's Day. As haters of lines and crowds and cliches, our big V-Day plans were "Mimosas and Samosas" and doing a puzzle together! Let it be known that this was N's clever idea, and not mine, but since it involved barely having to venture out into the cold and some of my favorite things, I thought it was absolutely perfect.
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