Friday, September 27, 2013

Wolfie and me

We met up with Phil and Amy tonight at Cafe Mozart to relive the good times in Germany. Here I am with Wolfie:

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Fan grrl

I was lying in bed this morning browsing through my Twitter feed when I saw that Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig and Senator Elizabeth Warren would be speaking at the Capitol this afternoon about corruption in politics and the upcoming Supreme Court case McCutcheon v. FEC. I've been a fan of Lessig's since my Information Policy class in library school, and I relied heavily on his work in teaching my copyright class last spring. I found myself wishing I could go, and then it hit me: I could! So I got myself down to the metro and soloed into the city for the first time.

Capitol selfie:

The talks were very informative and inspirational. You can (and should!) watch them here:

After the talk, people were lining up to talk to Professor Lessig, but I was the only one asking for a picture. Can't help it--I'm a geeky fangirl!

On the ride home, I snapped a pic of Fred's new office building:

I love living here!

Monday, September 23, 2013

First day of the new job

Fred is looking sharp in his new civilian lifestyle:

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Like a dream come true

Fred said something today about the downstairs linen closet.

"We don't HAVE a downstairs linen closet," I replied.

Turns out that if you go in the downstairs bathroom and close the door, THERE IS A WHOLE EXTRA CLOSET BACK THERE:

Monday, September 09, 2013

Saturday, September 07, 2013

Little dog, big campus

Living in the DC area is really fun, but it's also really expensive, and that includes the cost of dog boarding. Oh, how we miss Main Street Pet Resort and their doggie bus that would pick Ginger up and drop her back at home for a shockingly reasonable rate! Rather than spend several hundred dollars to leave Ginger behind, we decided to bring her along on our journey.

This afternoon, Sarah wanted to take Ginger to visit the FSU campus. We started at the "Unconquered" statue:

Mike and Sarah had told us about the sod cemetery where little bits of turf from important away victories are buried. I had to see that:

The sod cemetery is located just outside the practice field. We could hear the team finishing up practice, and as we were standing there, they started streaming by.

And then this happened:

Yeah, this might just have been the best day of Mike's life!

Colorful morning

Stand by for a barrage of photos from this morning's Color Run. Mike and Sarah will be sneezing purple for the next couple weeks!

Friday, September 06, 2013

Heading south

Fred and I rented a trailer and hauled our old sofa down to Mike today. Here are some scenes from the 855-mile odyssey.

Welcome to South Carolina:

The sign says "Sunshine State," but the sky disagrees:

A little liquid sunshine along I-10:

It was all worth it though once we found ourselves relaxing over margaritas with Mike and Sarah:

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Meanwhile back at the empty nest . . .

Fred and I had lunch today with the DC Auxiliary of the Leavenworth Porch Party:

So many friends in this area!

Then later while walking the dog, we followed the sound of music and discovered our local high school band hard at work getting ready for Friday's halftime show:

Look! A bari sax:

Once a band mom always a band mom.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Annabelle goes to college

We spent most of last week in New York, getting Annabelle moved in to her dorm. I have to say, move-in day at the University of Rochester is one finely tuned machine. Everybody has a time to show up and wait in line in their cars:

That sounds terrible, but really it's a lot of fun. We got serenaded:

And we got to hear the pep band play:

Before we knew it, we had reached the front of the line and were sent on our way to her dorm, where a bunch of upperclassmen were waiting to help unload her stuff:

That afternoon Annabelle went to convocation with her hall, and Fred and I went on our own:

We hung around one more day for parent orientation and then took off for home:

Annabelle had the rest of her orientation over the holiday weekend and started classes this morning. Here's the obligatory first-day-of-school pic:

Here's to a great year!