It was a quiet two days around here. An an unusual weekend with no commitments, we kept things easy and headed to the close-by Quiet Waters Park in Annapolis for Art at the Park and a stroll to the overlook. We had dinner out, watched lots of football, picked out favorites from the pumpkin patch to carve next week, and sipped apple sangria. Cheers to the week ahead!
We’ve officially been back from Europe for two weeks. It feels like a lifetime. We had an amazing time – filled with laughter, good friends, bubbly, and glow sticks. I’ll start getting back into some regular posting around here in the coming days, but for now, I’m going to stay in a state of wanderlust and reminisce.
- 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.
- 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.
After 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. 🙂
All 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?
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