Saturday, May 30, 2015


Annabelle doesn't know a lot of people in this area since we moved here about a week before she left for college. Having Christian here is lots of fun and gives her somebody to go do things with. They've been busy exploring the city. Today they went to Awesomecon, which I hear is awesome:

Monday, May 25, 2015

Random pretty flower

The vine that these flowers grow on was starting to choke some of our roses, so we have cut it back and will monitor it more closely in the future to make sure it sticks to its trellis. We didn't know what it was, so I asked my friends on Facebook. It's a clematis:

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mike's room

Mike's room hasn't been very high up on the priority list since he doesn't really live here. We've been motivated in recent days though to get it fixed up, because Annabelle's friend Christian will be staying with us while he does an internship in the city.

Eventually I would like to update the bedding and we want to add an egress window to make it an official bedroom. For now though I think it came out nice and cozy:

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy belated bourbon!

I saw an article in late April about places to watch the Kentucky Derby in DC, and one of the places that was recommended was the appropriately named bar Bourbon in Adams Morgan. Fred was out of town for Derby Day, which also happened to be his birthday, so I decided that after Annabelle got home for the summer, we would go there for a belated birthday celebration.

This place is incredible! They have a bourbon menu like other places have wine menus:

Fred enjoyed a tasting flight with supper:

Speaking of supper, they have the best fried chicken I have ever had in my life!

After supper, Fred got to try a taste of the much-coveted Pappy Van Winkle:

All in all, it was a fabulous experience, and we will definitely be going here again!

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

I never promised you a rose garden

The woman who owned this house before us obviously had a passion for roses. We have quite a nice little garden in the side yard. We don't really know anything about roses though, so I hope they are forgiving of any mistakes we might make.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Practically a service animal

Ginger is helping Fred paint:

Good dog, Ginger!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Father-daughter-nephew/cousin dinner

My nephew Ethan is in town for a class trip. Tuesday is one of my late days at work, so I had to miss out, but Fred and Annabelle met up with him at Union Station for dinner and a quick visit:

Friday, May 08, 2015

Look, an airplane!

Today was the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in the city. It was quite impressive, but none of my airplane photos turned out very well. Here's a selfie at the Washington Monument though:

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Who wore it best?

Annabelle sent me a picture today of her wearing a flower crown:

It reminded me of these photos from Stuttgart in 2004:

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Supreme Court tour

For many years, the chief clerk of the Supreme Court was a retired JAG. The local JAG spouses' group started doing an annual tour at the Court, and even though that clerk has retired, the tradition lives on. Today was my first time going on the tour, and it was amazing! We got to take a peek in the courtroom from a restricted-entry side corridor as well as visit the library, which is gorgeous! After our tour, we met with the current chief clerk for lunch in the Natalie Cornell Rehnquist dining room. A fascinating day!

Photo highlights:

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Unexpectedly diplomatic

Fred is out of town for work, so I decided to head into the city by myself today to visit the flower mart at National Cathedral. I ran into my friend Tammy and her kids in a Metro station though, and they were on their way to the non-European embassy open houses. I decided to save the flowers for next year and set out for the embassies with them. We wound up getting to walk through the embassies of Nicaragua and Botswana.

Friday, May 01, 2015

Who are the flowers in your neighborhood?

I've been collecting quite a little assortment of spring photos from around the neighborhood. Some favorites: