Birthnight Ball

Last night was the Birthnight Ball at Gadsby’s Tavern celebrating George Washington’s birthday. It was really fun despite the fact that our whole party couldn’t be there due to illness and weather. I wore a new dress which I’ll blog about separately! Here are some pictures from the night! We had dinner at the Warehouse Bar and Grill. The food … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – January

On the way to lunch we were in back of this. Alex said that years of Grand Theft Auto had prepared him for this moment. A beautiful sunset from the roof: Snow! Got to use my severed Wampa arm ice scraper: So Koji posted this picture of Joe at AAS on Facebook: I commented on it, and Joe said “Oh … Continue Reading →


Not suspicious at all…

So yesterday there was an email virus that went around work.  Nearly all of us got a message with subject like “Company repor” – no “t.” And the email said something like “Here are company document.” and had a zipped file attached. Not suspicious at all, right? But clearly people had clicked on it – because it seemed to be … Continue Reading →


2014 picture Year in Review, part 2

In part 2, we pick up in… June. We had a picnic and a house tour of Riversdale House: I met Neil deGrasse Tyson when he visited work: I worked my ass off organizing this NASA Social – it went swimmingly! And I got a selfie with my Nobel Laureate friend John: My friend Beth and I got to go … Continue Reading →


Fleetwood Mac Concert

So Doug and I saw Fleetwood Mac at the Verizon Center last Friday. I’d never seen them before but with Christime McVie touring again, I really wanted to see them! And when they added a second DC show (I couldn’t make the first), I splurged on good tickets. We ended up in Row V on the aisle, which ended up … Continue Reading →


2014 picture Year in Review – part 1

Probably at some point I will stop doing these, but I do like to look back and reflect on all the good stuff that happened – it helps dim the memory of the bad stuff. So here goes the happiest parts of 2014. January: Marathon weekend at Disney in which we cheered for our friend Meredith, who was running a … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – December, part 2

Here’s Willow either singing Christmas carols or really over the holidays. Lesa made this for me – love it! This can’t be comfortable… I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before, but our these doors make for good card holders. I ran out of gas and present wrapping suffered for it: Kitty! We put on Muppet Christmas Carol … Continue Reading →


Riversdale House Regency Ball

While we’ve been to a bunch of balls at Gadsby’s Tavern, we’d never been to one at Riversdale House before. We did take a tour there and had a picnic this summer – but this was our first chance to see what their balls were like. This one was a slightly belated Twelfth Night ball and it was so beautiful! … Continue Reading →


What I’ve Been Up to – December, part 1

I have some downtime, so time to play blog post catch-up! Selfie time! With my new fav Starbucks drink. They came out with some new latte this year, chestnut praline. Sounds terribly trendy but I love it like whoa. Some Starbucks still have it even though the holidays are over, but I don’t know for how long. I will be … Continue Reading →


Mount Vernon

I haven’t been to Mount Vernon since… well, the last time I was there I didn’t have a digital camera. My mom and I went sometime when the gardens were blooming and it was lovely and I always meant to go back. But you know how it is with cool places that are like 40 minutes from home – you … Continue Reading →


More Guster…

I’ve already posted about the amazingness that was getting the chance to actually be a part of the band Guster for one song. You can read all about it here: http://lovelyrita-mm.com/2014/12/guster/ But I didn’t get the chance to post here about the next coolest part to singing with Guster. The guy who after me got up on stage to sing … Continue Reading →


Athena’s Daughters Library of Congress panel

We were invited to do a panel on the first Athena’s Daughters anthology at the Library of Congress “What If” Science Fiction & Fantasy forum. It ended up being really fun! I packed up a suitcase of books to sell and metroed to Cap South. I was a little early so I had the chance to snap a few pics. … Continue Reading →


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