Archive | August 2013

Mini Monday: Better Late Than Never

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After a long day of jury duty (which turned into a long week of jury duty) I was pleasantly surprised to find this postcard in our mailbox. My husband sent it from Afghanistan on June 10 and in the message wondered what would arrive home first — his gorilla box, the postcard, or him? I can honestly say that neither of us would have bet that the postcard would be the last thing to make it to DC. Now I am left wondering if this postcard has been on an amazing adventure for the past 2.5 months or just fell into a crack somewhere and was just discovered? I’m hoping it got to go on an around-the-world tour before landing at home.

Shiloh and Sunshine

It’s been a gorgeous week in DC — weather in the 70s, no humidy, and cool breezes are spoiling us. This week we are also lucky enough to have a four-legged friend around the house to help us enjoy the cooler days.

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Shiloh and I took some time yesterday afternoon to evaluate the garden (one of our bell peppers is actually turning red!!), throw the tennis ball around, and have a little photo shoot. Here are some of my favorite pictures from our outside adventure:

Clockwise from left: "Please throw the tennis ball again, I'm being SO good!"; the first (almost) red pepper in our garden; trying to take a selfie with a lab is tricky business; Shiloh took a break from fetching to lounge in the sun and give kisses; when we went inside she was thirsty (and too tired to stand up...)

Clockwise from left: “Please throw the tennis ball again, I’m being SO good!”; the first (almost) red pepper in our garden; trying to take a selfie with a lab is tricky business; Shiloh took a break from fetching to lounge in the sun and give kisses; when we went inside she was thirsty (and too tired to stand up…)

Doggie Day Care

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It’s been about a year since we found ourselves with a dog in the house. In late 2011 we started fostering for a local lab rescue and have hosted 9 furry friends looking for a furever home over about 10 months. Some super fab pups resided in our abode (remember Ian and his dog socks? or Princess Honey and all her pudgy rolls?) and some more, er… challenging guests stayed as well (Black Bart and Timmy were more along these lines). But when my hubby found out he was going to Afghanistan for 8 months and I knew I’d be doing a lot of travel during the time he was away, we had to put fostering on hiatus.

Now that he is back we are getting ready to start some major home renovations and fostering remains on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have doggie guests before the work begins! This weekend my dear old friend Bo is staying while his mom and dad are on vacation. I’ve always joked that the dogs are my “interns,” but so far Bo isn’t working very hard. Although he did keep an eye on the neighborhood for a bit this morning, I’m happy to report he is finally napping.

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In the next few weeks we have two more doggie friends coming to stay — Shiloh, a Yellow Labrador and also a repeat customer, and Bella, a Golden Retriever who will be staying with us for the first time. It’s nice to have a dog in the house again even if it means that in less then 24 hours all of the floors are covered in fur and drool.

It’s Raining, It’s Pouring!

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As a child, I always disliked rainy days — mainly because you couldn’t go outside at recess — for some mysterious reason getting rained on was pretty much the worst thing that could happen (seeing as it is only water, I have no idea why).

But now that I work from home (i.e. I can just hide inside when it’s raining), I enjoy rainy days. It is better in the fall/winter when I can curl up with some tea, re-read Harry Potter for the umpteenth time (don’t judge me) and listen to sound of the rain hitting the roof. However I have a new found appreciation for summer rain — something we never had in California — because it makes my garden so happy. It doesn’t hurt that it makes my water bill happy, too!

Of course, there are times when I cannot avoid emerging from my cave and wandering in the rain. I realized as I was listening to it fall this morning that we have had some (very) rainy adventures the past few years in Paris, Bergen, Ephesus, Rhodes and throughout Iceland. While a sunny day in the 70s would always be preferable for exploring a new destination, if I’ve got to be out and about in the rain I’d rather do it somewhere other than DC! Plus on a trip, rain is an excellent excuse to hide out in a flower-covered gazebo for a bit or grab a drink at a cafe and watch the world go by.