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7.23.2015

moving to dc



We are leaving New York in two short weeks, spending some time in Plymouth and upstate New York, and then moving to DC in early September! I went to college at GWU (and went to law school at Georgetown), so it feels wonderful to be moving back—it was my first adult home and I have so many happy memories wrapped up with the place. One of my favorite drives in the world is the quiet nighttime trip from Reagan National Airport back to my old apartment in Foggy Bottom: I passed all of the lit-up monuments, and always remember feeling a contentedness at returning home. It might be silly to wax sentimental about that stodgy little city (although it's apparently cool now, if you'll take it from a much biased source), but I'm so excited to move back—to watch the sunset from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, while away hot August days at the Smithsonian museums, walk through two of my old school campuses with my family, take Aaron to the awe-inspiring Newseum, and have a few beers at some of the old divey haunts from my student days.

7.22.2015

lost slang



A bit of a crazy week (I will explain in a few days...), BUT. This article, featuring nineteenth century slang, made me laugh. Apparently "how came you so" was a discreet way of saying "drunk," as in: "A gentleman a little 'how came you so' with his hat on the back of his head, is staggering about in the presence of Miss Fanny, who appears to be quite shocked."

(above image and article via npr)

7.08.2015

in plymouth

diner

My parents have a summer home in Plymouth that we flee to during every holiday and long weekend as long as we're planning on staying in the country. My husband and I started going together after we moved back from South Africa, and it's so nice to be able to take Aaron with us now. We're hoping to keep bringing him here over the years ahead so he can enjoy some of our favorite things here: fried clams, dips in the ocean, a casual beach bar, and a throwback diner. 

icecream

(peppermint stick on a chocolate cookie cone from Ziggy's: once a year, for three days in a row)

stools

(bar seats at the All American, where you can eat elbow-to-elbow with local fishermen starting at dawn)
landscape2

(a green view on our walk into town from my parents' house)

meaaron3

(taking advantage of other people's hangovers to relax on a near empty beach the morning of July 5)

lilacs

(peekaboo lilacs!)

grandma

(my grandma)

burger

(a greasy burger, the perfect end to a morning at Plymouth Plantation)

firetrucks

("twuck!")

landscape

(haze over the water)

beachentrance

(our local beach)

berries

(my favorite shade of green)

feet

(fat, skinned knees and well worn saltwaters: all signs point to a good summer so far)


Other places I love if you ever happen to find yourself here:
the best place for steamers and fried clams
a quaint apothecary in the town's post office
if you're in the mood for something sweet
the newest distillery

7.06.2015

at the beach

meaaron

Popping in for a quick hello with some photos of Aaron having a wonderful time at the local beach. Hope your holiday was great. This was Aaron's first experience by the ocean (in Portugal!), and he's grown so much since then. As you can see from these photos, I can barely toss this 30 pound meatball into the air now without throwing out my back . . . .

joshaaron

feet

meaaron4

meaaron8

meaaron10

sand

joshaaron10

joshaaron1

joshaaron3

meaaron6

beach

aaron2

meaaron5

7.03.2015

happy fourth



(running of the interns during a good day at SCOTUS last Friday, via Wired)


We're heading up to my parents' summer home in Massachusetts tomorrow morning to avoid the traffic. I also found out I passed the Foreign Service exam yesterday—this is like the first step of an extremely convoluted and hard-to-navigate hiring system; it basically means nothing—but, nonetheless, I'm pretty ready to reward myself with a jug of wine and some beach time. Yay!

P.S. In case you missed it, a summer vacation reading list