I can never find an affordable direct route from southern Ohio back to Burlington, so I was supposed to fly back to Vermont on Thursday, via Cleveland, but that flight got cancelled because of snowstorm Hercules. I rebooked through Newark, but that flight got cancelled. I rebooked through Dulles, made it out of Ohio, but my flight out of Dulles got cancelled. I rebooked through Reagan, but that flight got cancelled. I rebooked AGAIN, and never ever want to call any airport hotline again, and made it back to Vermont on Saturday night after a scary flight in high winds only to find ants have taken over my kitchen and hot chocolate exploded in my suitcase. Ha! I was up half the night doing laundry and bug battles.
Luckily, despite the hassle to get back to Vermont, it ended up being a fun detour. My friend Mary lives in DC so it was like a mini-vacation in the city. I got to catch-up and see her new condo, visit some tasty brunch places, go to a yoga class, listen to some live music, and shop at Trader Joe’s. And DC looked pretty awesome in a blanket of its first snow of the season. TONS OF SNOWMEN!
I’m off to do some yoga downtown and a little grocery shopping because my fridge is empty. I’m thinking of making THIS but with chicken and roasted broccoli for dinner. I’ve made that recipe many times before and it’s the real deal.
An impromptu visit to one of my favorite little taverns in my favorite little city in Ohio: Ye Olde Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs. Allison and I got Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (ranked by Thrillist as one of the Top Ten IPA’s this year!) and mom went for a Dark Side of the Moon.
They also serve food at the Tavern, like the Most Excellent Grilled Cheese. Ding!
If you are ever in the area, drop in this little place. You’ll feel like you are in ENGLAND but with a super casual Midwestern vibe! It’s win-win.
Some scenes from Xmas morning. A few noteworthy items to mention.
Yes, we played Cards Against Humanity over a cinnamon roll breakfast.
I lived in these socks for, like, five days straight. Not only are they stylish, but super soft and comfortable.
Amelia’s first Christmas! She rocked the Santa hat all week.
We got my mom + dad a painting from my cousin for some new wall art for the family room.
I finally got the pets – Karma (the golden) + Poppy (the kitty) – to pose for proper pet portraits.
Christmas cactus in bloom at exactly the right time. Love it. And as my sister Allison likes to say out loud, “HOW’S THAT CACTUS KNOW IT’S CHRISTMAS?”
Unpictured: best meal I’ve had all year for Christmas dinner: prime rib, scalloped potatoes, asparagus, tossed salad, Sister Schubert’s rolls, my mom’s JELL-O salad, and Christmas cookies. You GUYS. Cha-ching.
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I’ve been drinking + wrapping + wearing my favorite new socks (Stance!) + my favorite old lipstick (NARS Schiap). Happy X-mas Eve everyone.
Photo by Justina Blakeney.
I should be finishing up packing because I’m leaving for Ohio tomorrow, but I’m on my couch drinking hot chocolate, watching Scandal (blasted through Season 1 and 2 this week, and no, I don’t want to calculate the number of TV hours there), and browsing Refinery 29 on my iPad. Ever the multi-tasker. Hah! Yet, I just discovered my style muse: Justina Blakeney. How did I not stumble across her until now? She’s everywhere on the Netz. Not only does she do magical things to spaces, rocks great jewelry, but she also blogs about her hair routine. Check her out!
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