Little D and I went to PA on Saturday – it was a beautiful, hot, sunny day. Longwood was beautiful – complete with tree houses and an Arbor Day celebration. The water gardens were under construction though – and we were sad to miss it. It was also a bit early in the season so the idea garden was just beginning to sprout.
All-n-all it was a beautiful day and provided inspiration for us all…
looking forward to:
- evenings by the pool
- reading great books
- hikes in the mountains
- grilling on my deck
- weekend mini adventures
- pomegranate margaritas with my friendly neighbor
- spending time with my children and my niece
- harry & the potters show @ the black cat in DC
- watching my garden bloom
- cooking with herbs that I grow
- planning my trip to Scotland
- shopping at the farmers market
- taking great photos with my uber-awesome digital camera
Here is a short list of things that I would like to have:
|1. Harry Potter Box Set books 1-7
This is awesome. I cannot wait to get this. Perhaps santa will bring it?
|2. Two beautiful Garden books:
In Search of Paradise: Great Gardens of the World and Gardens in Time
|3. These shoes by Poetic License|
|4. Keen Hybrid Hiking Shoes|
|5. Canon Digital Rebel XT camera|
I have lived and worked in the Washington, DC metropolitan area since 1981. It seems surreal that it has been so long, but it is true. I spent 12 years living in various parts of the city while working and going to school. I was reminded of how special DC is yesterday when my daughter and I took a short trip to the national arboretum. In all the years I have lived and worked in the area I never once visited this place. It was a fabulous day and ended up being a great escape from our daily routine
DC is a beautiful city, I have written about this before. Great personality, music, arts, architecture and a very diverse population. It is a great walking city with lots of parks and trees everywhere you go. While it may be very stressful at times, I wouldn’t want to live in or near any other major metropolitan area. DC is it for me.
Thus far, I have had a very successful life in this area. I am thankful for it’s abundance, beauty and culture.
A few of us escaped from work today to check out a beautiful estate/museum nearby, Hillwood Museum & Gardens.
Marjorie Merriweather Post acquired Hillwood in 1955 and created a series of pleasure gardens for her leisure and the entertainment of her guests. Being that this is only 1 mile away from the office, we enjoyed a few hours investigating the gardens and touring the house.
I ran across a “brief update” entry that toshpice.wordpress.com posted recently. Thinking it was a good idea, I decided to be not-so-original and post one for myself:
A short list of where I am now in my life:
Job: VP Information Management (IT) and Chief Information Officer
What I like best about my job: Our mission is to improve the lives of the elderly – I love working for non profit organizations that have a people-oriented mission!
Born: 1963, Brooklyn, NY
Education: Yes! University of the Virgin Islands, American University and University of the District of Columbia – (yes I moved around a lot) but never actually graduated (that is hard to tell people)
Places lived: Brooklyn, NY; Parsippany, NJ; Dobbs Ferry, NY; St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Richmond, CA; Washington, DC; Alexandria, VA; Springfield, VA
Favorite candle: Indonesian Teak from World Market – or Euphoria from Aveda
Favorite place to shop: Target, World Market or anywhere in San Francisco
Favorite Quotation: “Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can’t see where it keeps its brain.”
— J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets, 1999
Last good movie: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
Last book I read: Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
Favorite pig out food: Frankenberry cereal, Nachos, other appetizers, rice
Favorite music or artist: I go through phases with music. My top three genres are: Reggae, Alternative Rock, Real Jazz (coltrane, etc)
Person I admire: JK Rowling and my friend Chris
Three words that describe me: unconventional, giving, silly, pretty darn smart
Like to do in my spare time: read, cook, go on short adventures, laugh, and hug my kids
If I’ve learned something in life, it is: Now is the time