not bad for an iphone, right?

Walking around the National Mall at night is hands down my favorite thing to do in DC. I love the zoo, Eastern Market, the Portrait Gallery, the Botanic Garden,
and I like the Mall in the daytime…

But at night, DC is an entirely different world. Lots of other people tour the
monuments at night too, but not as many as in the daytime.  And the crowds are not as
bothersome because somehow the darkness gives us more personal space.
And the way all that marble lights up against the black sky, without the
distraction of city lights…it actually gives the
impression that the District does stop moving after all.
And guess what? Eric and I had not experienced the Mall at night
since our first date (you know, this time). Instead of introductory questions, our walk
last night was filled with “remember when…”. And instead of parting ways at
the end of three hours, we just rode the Metro home together. Who would have thought?
I can’t believe our first date was a year and a half ago.
As we all know, Eric is the real photographer in
 this relationship, but these will have to do for now. 
I can’t wait to post the ones that he took…they are pretty real cool.
Eric is a backwards hat kind of guy. Not really. 

best exfoliant ever

I have to share this. I have tried many exfoliants in my day, both store bought and homemade, and I have never been blown away with any of the results. But I tried this one recently, and it works miracles on those pesky little flakes of skin that seem to appear on my face every few days and interfere with flawless make-up application.

The second best part? It uses just two household ingredients! Just mix a little brown sugar and olive oil, and apply weekly or every few days.

  
Also, when it is on your face, you will look like you have a glorious tan. Which is fun. And unrealistic for those of us who work in offices below ground. Dreaming is good for the soul.

Have you tried this trick?You can also use it as a salad dressing on tasty summer salads. Just kidding. You can’t do that. Don’t do that. But I do fully support licking your lips when it is running down your clean face.

 
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spring fever?

“I don’t want everyone to like me; I should think less of myself if
some people did.” — Henry James

Can you have spring fever if it really doesn’t feel like spring?
My creative juices are waiting for spring, I think.
According to the calendar it should feel like almost-summer.
But it has been rainy and even chilly for the most part, with the occasional intermittent sunny day. 
I am craving a picnic. And Frisbee.
 Remember that one time in our life when we had free summers without a care in the world? I miss those three months like crazy.
I could easily go back to this place. Italy, that is.
This was right after college, before I had a real job, when I had all the time in the
world to figure out my life while lounging on the beaches of Italy and France.
In the meantime, I am in Virginia with a pot of beef stew simmering on the stove. 
Isn’t that fun, though? It is from the Pioneer Woman’s newest cook book, so 
we know it will be good. I don’t know why, but I get an extra kick out of 
recipes that call for wine or a full bottle of beer. 
When I pour it in, I think to myself “this is really going to be good. It has to be.”
And I’m usually right. I’ll let you know.
For now, I hope you are enjoying a relaxing evening. I’m drinking a
glass of wine while that stew takes its precious sweet time. But hey, I have a glass of wine.

When spring gets here and the fever part goes away, I am going to make up for this mundane post with a giveaway I hope you readers might be interested in. For now…maybe I will leave you to guess what it is? I’ll give you a big fat hint: I have mentioned it on my blog before….GO!