What I Was Up To – March 2018

Here we are in last March – it must have been cold and Willow was snuggled up in my hood.

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Spotted this giant turbine at work.
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Seen at a fried chicken place:
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A drive by the Air Force Memorial:
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This hat still kills me. This was a race that Doug, Janine and Ron did that was St. Patrick’s themed. the Four Courts Four Miler. Yes, I know that guy is Scottish.
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It was pretty cold, so we bundled up!
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We drove brunch together. Here’s Janine taking a pic of the baby:
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And the pic she took!
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Who wore it better?
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Brunch! We went to Vermillion in Alexandria. I had the carbonara, Doug had fried chicken and grins and we all split corn fritters. Super great food!
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Then back to Janine and Ron’s apartment:
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One of our fav local places to eat is Neo Pizza. Their specials are almost always fantastic. And I say that as someone who isn’t fond of bar food or even American food.

This was a fish sandwich.
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A pasta and shrimp
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A flatbread:
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I bought this from my friend Gwendolyn, who painted it! I actually admired it years ago, so I was happy to snag it when she mentioned selling it!
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A cat and her shark.
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Gen made us this gorgeous JWST quilt and she had told us that her cats were all over it while she was making it and photographing it, and sure enough, the second we opened it up, Willow made herself at home. The quilt is amazing though. So happy!
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She visited us for the Francaise Dinner and also #babyplague2018 and this was my last happy picture of us at dinner. I thought I got food poisoning or that it just didn’t agree with me. But no. Norovirus. It felled Gen and Doug a day and a half later.
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It also got Janine (but not Ron), who babysat for us while we were at the dinner. By then Elena was clear of it, though. We (not realizing) shared a lipstick. It also got a co-worker of Janine’s, and Gen’s dad back in NC.
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The dinner as St. Patrick’s day! Janine and Ron were kind enough to come back from a race a little early and be with Elena. Who we dressed for the day.
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Baby yoga!
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I lucked out and got a shiny lugia on my first raid for one. Crap IVs, but still!
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I bought a necklace from Stern Design works, which is JWST inspired!
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They were sweet and sent me some earrings with the order!
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Snuggles with Willow.
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Some late March snow – and my glass tile from Alta, Norway:
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Willow keeping watch on the bassinet:
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We took the baby out in the snow – see previous entry on Elena’s first snowstorm.

Willow took advantage:
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At a checkup for Elena:
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March’s Odd Night Out was to the Red Hen (not that one). The food, honestly, was just ok for me. The appetizers were good. The arrancini of all things was a standout. My scallops were overdone sadly and the pasta with it had some odd flavors that I wasn’t sure worked 100%. I thought the mushrooms were too salty. Doug’s duck ragu dish was really good. And we liked the burrata though it was a bit overpriced. The company was great as always.
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The arrancini:
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I was excited to try out the Art-o-mat at District Taco in Alexandria! I had recently heard of these and realized that one was nearby. They are basically repurposed cigarette machines with indie art in them.
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We had dinner with Mike & Gloria and Janine & Ron!
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Janine and I were boot twins. We just have to sell Gloria on Po-Zus now!
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We had a chilly March Pokemon Go Community Day. Ah, I remember back when we used to actually get together – now no one wants to waste time just hanging out, it’s about grinding for shinies. Though we still do meet up.
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Work lunch discussion that amused me.

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This amused me.
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For April Fools, Pokemon made evertyhing 8-bit. Which was cute until it was annoying. And then cute again.

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