Goooooood morning and happy Monday to you! It’s supposed to get quite cold around here in the next day or so, and I know half of the country is already being blasted by wind chills of up to negative 59 degrees, so please stay warm wherever you are!!
I had a really nice time this weekend- it was a nice mix of fun and relaxing. Perfect!
Here’s a look at what I was up to.
After work on Friday, Fabio and I had dinner with my former coworker Ellen and her boyfriend, Mike. Ellen left my company to pursue law school at the University of Kentucky, so it’s always nice when she’s in town and we can get together.
For dinner we went to Uncle Julio’s in Ballston, which is without a doubt my favorite Mexican restaurant. We ordered steak fajitas for the table and each of us had one of their famous “swirl” drinks, which consists of frozen margarita and frozen sangria swirled together. Delicious!
Ellen also just adopted the most adorable puppy named Tucker, so we had a lot of fun talking about dogs 🙂 It was great to catch up!
After dinner Ellen and Mike came over for a while, and she reunited with Jack. These two love each other so much! Haha!
On Saturday morning I woke up nice and early to get my day started. Jack and I went for a quick run before I downed some oatmeal and hopped in the shower. Then I took the metro to Bethesda to have lunch with my manager and froworker (that is, my friend/coworker), Claire.
My manager has been on maternity leave since the end of September and she won’t be back until March, so it was really nice to catch up with her. I tend to think of her more as my “work mom” than my manager, since I feel like I can talk to her about anything. It was so nice to tell her what has been going on in the office and to hear about her adorable new baby!
After lunch, my dad, stepmom, and sister picked me up and we headed to the Newseum! If you’ve never been to the Newseum, it’s a museum dedicated to the news. It might sound kind of weird, but they have all kinds of cool stuff like the front page of newspapers from monumental dates in history and stories about how news differs all over the world. They also have great exhibits on JFK and September 11, which, if you’re anything like me, will probably leave you teary-eyed.
Anyway, this is without a doubt one of my favorite museums in DC, and I’m so glad we were able to go on Saturday! Fabio met us there and we started off the tour with a 4D movie that talked about reporting the news during the Boston tea party. It was really cool and the chairs moved a bit and “wind” blew inside the theater.
Afterwords we had a chance to report our own news at the interactive section of the museum. We took some really funny videos where we stood in front of a green screen and had to report the weather, sports, etc. It was hard!
They also have a beautiful outdoor terrace that overlooks the Captiol building. Here I am with my sister!
And with Fabio 🙂
The museum closed at 5:00 pm at which point we hopped in the car and headed to dinner. We chose Clarendon Grill because 1) it is near my apartment 2) the food is pretty good/cheap and 3) most importantly- there were plenty of TVs for Fabio and my dad to watch the playoff football games. Ha! I ordered a grilled chicken sandwich (sorry, forgot to take a photo!) and it was delicious 🙂
It was such a fun day with my family and I’m so glad we were able to spend the time together.
A little after we parted ways with my family, our friends Megan, JR, and Scott came over for drinks. Fabio made us his famous margaritas which were delicious!
We also had these festive margarita glasses that my grandma gave me for Christmas last year 🙂 Thanks, Grandma!
We headed to the bar around 11:30 and had a great time!
Since my Saturday was packed full of activities, Fabio and I decided to take it easy on Sunday. There was a lot of lounging around, reading my book (I’m currently reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult and I LOVE it!), and watching TV. I did manage to finally finish my nutrition certification program (hooray!!! I’m officially certified!!!) and make a big pot of sweet and spicy chili for dinner (recipe to come!).
We also did some laundry around 8:00 pm, but the power went out with about 30 minutes left to go in the dryer. Ughhhh. We wound up getting the damp laundry out and putting away the few things that were dry, and laying the rest all over my apartment to finish drying. How annoying!
I have to admit the rest of the evening was kind of fun- Fabio and I bundled up since the heat was off, Jack crawled under the covers, and I read my book by candlelight while Fabio read a magazine until it was time to go to sleep. The power came back on around 2:00 am which was quite jarring (you know how it is when you’re fast asleep and then everything turns on and starts beeping) but I’ll take it! Woohoo for power!
Question of the day: What’s your favorite thing to do on a lazy Sunday?