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End of Summer Roundup

Ah, Summer of 2015, I hardly knew you. Here we are in September and I’ve somehow gone the whole season without one visit to the beach or pool. I’ve definitely over-compensated for the lack of traditional summer activities with my abundant consumption of ice cream. Still, it’s a little depressing to think that the last time I swam was in a nondescript suburban hotel pool on a work trip earlier this year. I had bought the bathing suit that same day in the local Wal-Mart. It’s been in my drawer ever since I got home.

To avoid dwelling on how summer passed me by, I’ve been enjoying other things lately, on the internet and beyond. Read more

Weekly Roundup: Chia Pet Edition

I haven’t posted in a while because I’ve been … running!   Also, sleeping!  Because it turns out you can’t run far or even moderately fast if you’re tired all the time.

Training has pretty much taken over my life, but here are some things I’ve been enjoying in the limited times between long, long runs and massive amounts of sleeping:

  • My sister and I definitely stood in the sun for an hour+ to get the Jayson Werth chia pet.  He’s still in the box, but I’m pretty sure he’ll be my first chia pet ever, and I’m excited about the chest hair growth especially.
  • Beautiful pics of Portland lighthouses by crziebird from our recent trip to New England.  One is hanging in my bedroom!
  • Hummus.  I tend to get obsessed with certain foods and eat them compulsively for weeks until the thought of them makes me want to vom.
  • G.G. Andrew’s awesome formula for choosing what to write next, which I plan to use to determine which of the 437 in-progress projects to finish, dammit.
  • This story about a lost World War II soldier’s wallet, found and returned. Read more

Wanted: Dead Only

A scene.

Where: Brunch

When: Weekend, Morning

Menu: Eggs, toast, mimosas, coffee

Topic: National Security

Friend (not a dumbass): What’s that thing with the potato salad?

Me: Kickstarter?

Friend: Can you do a Kickstarter for [name of terrorist redacted because of fear]? I’m serious. Is that legal?

Me: [laughing, snorting]

Friend: Why aren’t we just killing him? Come on, sniper?

Me: I agree!

Friend: Put a bounty on his head. Wanted: DEAD ONLY. Do it through Kickstarter.

End Scene.

Literary Lunch Table

I was charmed when I heard the idea of a literary lunch table discussed on a recent episode of the Bookrageous podcast. (The original idea came from The Broke and the Bookish.) If my 10-person (in addition to me) lunch table were made up of literary characters, I’m pretty confident the composition would be something like this.

  • Fanny Price from Mansfield Park — humorless, prude
  • Hermione from the Harry Potter series — scold, know-it-all
  • Jane Eyre from Jane Eyre — smart, prude

(Are we seeing the pattern yet? These three would be my besties.)

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Our Nation’s Harbor: A Walking Adventure

Route: Alexandria, Virginia to National Harbor, Maryland and back again

If your goal is to see Old Town and National Harbor while walking for miles and miles and miles, here’s the day plan for you!

My sister and I started from Old Town Alexandria, which you can easily reach by Metro or Amtrak.  (If you are trying to park your car in Old Town on a weekend when the weather is nice: good luck.)

1) Start out with brunch in the morning in Old Town.  We ate at Flat Iron Steak and Saloon on King Street.  I recommend the Eggs Benedict, and don’t skip the home-style potatoes.  It’s a long, long journey, so be sure to eat a bunch of crap in advance of it.

2) Follow Washington St. until you come to the path leading across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge.  The ground is marked with a big circle and an arrow pointing to “MARYLAND.”  Go in this direction.   Read more