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Mid-Week Peaks: Charleston Recap

Capitol Hi, friends! It’s Wednesday! The past week was a busy one that included a fun alumni event here in DC, as well as a road trip to my hometown – Charleston, WV. Here are this week’s Mid-Week Peaks:

  • An Alumni Get-Together

My alma-mater, Duquesne University, hosted a DC Alumni Chapter Kickoff event after work on Thursday, and I had a great time catching up with old classmates and sorority sisters (pictured below), as well as meeting some fellow alum for the first time. The event itself was a cocktail hour at an office building right in Chinatown, but when it wrapped up at 8, the younger alum kept the party going next door at PennSocial with a game of “Sorry!” and lots of corn hole. It was a really fun evening, and despite experiencing it all the time with my sorority events and activities, I never cease to be amazed by how well a group of strangers can get along when they have just one thing, like a shared collegiate experience, in common.

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  • A Trip Home

J and I both took the day off work on Friday so we could get to Charleston before suppertime. It’s about a 6-7 hour drive for us depending on traffic and stops, and we arrived just in time to enjoy homemade pizza courtesy of Mom. After dinner, we freshened up and headed downtown where I got my much anticipated Ellen’s Ice Cream before strolling over to Live on the Levee for some music and a walk along the riverfront. Charleston’s annual art festival, FestivALL, was taking place, so there were plenty of sights and sounds to keep us occupied over the course of the weekend.

Welcome to WVLive on LeveeAfter a good Friday night’s sleep and a leisurely Saturday morning, J and I finally got ourselves together to head downtown again and check out the arts & crafts vendors on Capitol Street. We also stopped in to The Purple Moon, owned by my dad and stepmom, to visit and scope out all their new offerings in mid-century modern design. After we had walked through the fair and enjoyed some hotdogs and street performances, we met up with my mom, stepdad, and aunt to head over to Wine & All That Jazz. We had such a fun time visiting the different winery booths, enjoying views of the State Capitol, and listening to some great jazz. I also got to visit with a few old friends, like the lovely Sydney, pictured below. πŸ™‚

em&syd_winejazzCapitol WineJazzjon&em_winejazzAll in all, it was a pretty fabulous weekend. It’s always nice to get back to my hometown and see so many familiar faces, but it sure did feel good to get home Sunday evening and veg out on the couch with the cat. We’re still playing catch up from being out of town, and the work week has been off to a fast start. I’m definitely looking forward to the long weekend ahead. What’s been a highlight of your week? Any fun plans for the 4th?

In case you missed it, be sure to check out Seven Ways to Make July Great. xx

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Fit for a Friday

Happy Friday, friends! Also, Happy West Virginia Day, and happy almost-first day of summer! How’s everyone’s week been? J headed home to his parent’s last night so he could play in an annual golf fundraiser today, so I’ve been holding it down single [cat]lady style. If the rain holds off tomorrow morning my plan is to check the Annapolis Farmer’s Market off my Summer Bucket List, and maybe even get a little baking done on Saturday before J gets home. This is the only weekend until September that doesn’t have something on the calendar, so I plan to happily enjoy the downtime. To help you kick off your weekend, here’s this week’s Fit for a Friday – a compilation of musings, findings, and favorite links I’ve stumbled across in the past week.

A great little piece discussing some of the awesome things to do in my hometown, Charleston, WV. As I mentioned in this week’s Mid-Week Peaks, J and I are headed there next weekend to catch the last leg of FestivALL and visit family and friends I haven’t seen since Christmas. Take me home, Country Roads.

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It wouldn’t be a Fit for a Friday post if I didn’t share a cute animal story. The fact that the zoo adopted the cat and is letting it happily roam in the habitat makes my heart smile. PS – the author notes this story doesn’t seem to have any real source or date, so please keep that in mind! The video is super adorable, though.

How stinkin’ cute is this? I actually stumbled on to this link through Sugar & Cloth’s equally cute DIY // Polka Dot Floppy Hat post. I went to high school with Ashley, the author behind Sugar & Cloth, and she always posts really fun and colorful DIY’s and sweet treats. Now excuse me while I go find a floppy hat to paint.

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I swoon. J and I dream of a little brownstone with original hardwoods, a touch of outdoor patio space, and reserved parking. The dream lives on.

That about wraps it up for me. Cheers to the weekend! xx