New Spring Things

Sometimes I go through phases where I want things.  The husband thinks this is my permanent condition, but I think sometimes I can be more disciplined at some times than others.  It's unfortunate, because my birthday is not coming up, so I don't have a single excuse.  In fact, I have Mother's Day, my mom's birthday, my sister's birthday, and the husband's birthday all in the month of May, so I really need to be planning for those occasions instead of lusting after all of the new shiny things that are out for spring.  So here is what I have been coveting lately (and buying).

First up, this dress from the Loft.  I think it is beautiful.  I ordered it online this past weekend, and I can't wait until it gets here.
Then, I've also been wanting to buy books.  A co-worker lent me the book Bittersweet by Shauna Niequist, and now I want to own the other two books she's written.  In particularly, I really want to buy her newest novel Bread and Wine.  I think I'll be breaking down in a day or two.
For some reason I also want to a gingham shirt. The good news is it will be summer in Virginia soon and impossible to wear this shirt, so I think I can resist this one.
I also want this bracelet, but I think it is just because it is trendy, so I will also resist this urge.
And I think this scarf is pretty. But I need another scarf like I need a hole in my head.

Have you been on the look out for any new spring things?

Weekend Recap: A Visit to the Capitol!

After the past two weekends that have been filled with traveling or work, I was really happy to have a low key weekend with the husband.  On Saturday we went and visited the capitol and the Folger Shakespeare Library, which are two places I hadn't visited to since we moved up here.  It was definitely exciting to explore another area of the city. I'm not exactly sure why we didn't do it sooner.
On Sunday afternoon, the husband suggested we ride bikes from Capital Bikeshare from Arlington down to the capitol, and it was fun to see all of the flowers.  

It was a bit chilly and rainy, but the husband loves bikes, so I tried not to complain too much. Although it's stupid, riding a bike kind of terrifies me. But, I can't resist my sweet husband.

How was your weekend?

Springtime in the District

The weather was absolutely beautiful last weekend.  Unfortunately, I spent about eight hours of it in a car, but it was really important for me to catch up with my friend and spend time with her.  However, when I returned home, I found a pretty clean apartment and these pictures from the husband's bike ride. Apparently, while I was gone, he decided to use Capitol Bike Share and ride around the city. I think he might have had the time of his life.
And he saw some pink tulips, so he took a picture of them for me.
I'm crossing my fingers for another warm weekend sometime soon!

The Striped Dress from the Loft: The Perfect Casual Spring Dress

So as I mentioned, I plan on wearing this dress out this weekend. Dina of My Superfluities was kind enough to be interested in my new dress, so I thought I would post a picture and tell everyone how great this dress is. 
This picture was taken a few weeks ago when I brought it home and showed it to the husband.  I had him take a picture so I could it to my sister and get her fashion advice from Florida. She begrudgingly said it was okay, and the husband said it looked nice, so I got to keep it, and I don't think I've been so excited about a dress in awhile. Seriously, it's super comfortable, and I think it's flattering. I definitely don't have a perfect body like the model in the last post, but the stripes distract from the tummy and confuse the eye, which is exactly what I need!  I wore it out on Wednesday night to a Nationals game, and a lady in the metro actually told me how much she liked my dress.  I don't think I've ever received a compliment on the metro before, so I think that is telling of how awesome this dress is.  And to go with my lovely dress, I picked up these shoes at TJ Maxx last Saturday. 
I usually try to be really practical with shoes.  I hate to wear anything that isn't comfortable, and I don't have that much space to store too many shoes, but I couldn't resist these. I figure coral is the color of spring, and it will be a fun accent! Plus my sister technically bought these for me, because I used gift card money from a b-day gift that didn't work out. I know it's materialistic, but these two purchases have really made me happy. I think I'm all ready for my girls night out!

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!  This week has been pretty long, and I'm glad that I survived it.  As I mentioned earlier, I'm looking forward to visiting my friend this weekend for her Mary Kay party.  The plan is to get dressed up and go out for dinner with a few friends.  I'm hoping to wear this dress that I got from the Loft and might be my favorite new dress for summer!  I love the coral and navy blue combination. It is also super comfy, which is good, because I'll be in the car for quite a long time. Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

A Care Package

One of my best friends called me last Thursday night to tell me that her mom had been diagnosed with breast cancer.  She said that she hadn't wanted to tell me and ruin my birthday and  vacation. She was worried that it would bring up old emotions from my mom, since she is a breast cancer survivor. She explained her mom's situation, and I felt optimistic.  They were going to operate on Monday, do radiation, and it seemed like a long road ahead of her, but something that was under control.   And then she emailed me on Friday night saying that they had found another cancerous mass and that the surgery was being postponed. 

We sent flowers to my friend, bought cards for her and her mother, and sent a care package.  I'm going down to visit her this weekend, to a Mary Kay party that she is having in honor of her mom.  On last Saturday, when I was trying to figure out how to help, the husband asked if my friend even cared about any of the stuff I was sending her.  Probably not.  The truth is nothing really matters except for the fact that her mom is sick, but I have to do something.  I'm pretty sure that is why my friend is hosting a party this weekend.  There is no magic lotion that will make her mom truly feel like herself again once the treatment has started.  I suspect that my friend already knows that, but sometimes you just have to do something.

Vegan Banana Everything Cookies and a Dinner

On Saturday night, a former co-worker/friend invited me over to her house to thank me for helping her move.  It was just a small dinner of six of us, but I wanted to bring something.  Since she just became vegan, I was a little overwhelmed as to what to bring.  Fortunately, I found a recipe for these banana everything cookies.  Even the husband thought they tasted pretty good and they were so easy!

 I also ended up making this little cheese plate. Fortunately, Trader Joe's sells cheese substitute, so I was able to mix that in with the brie and cheddar.  I thought it looked pretty, and probably wouldn't have thought of this, if I hadn't been inspired by other bloggers. 
And finally, I brought my friend some flowers for her home.  I wanted to get her an orchid, but the selection wasn't good, so I ended up trying to work with some roses and lemons.  It didn't turn out perfectly, but I thought they would be cheerful.
What's your favorite dish to bring?  I love easy ideas!

We're Back!

We're back from Florida!  We had a great time visiting with the husband's extended family and my sister, and it was certainly a well-needed break.   My sister and I spent a day shopping at the outlets, while the husband entertained himself at the beach. We also went to a nice dinner at Seasons 52, and spent a night at Sanger Island.  It was such a treat to be able to spend time with her.
The husband and I also spent two days at Disney by ourselves, which was such an escape from the real world.  It's so nice to be in a place, where all you have to worry about it which ride has the shortest line and what would be the most fun to do next.
We quickly discovered that the park was really calm at night after the fireworks, because the little kids couldn't stay up super late.

I'm really thankful that we were able to have a vacation.  Sometimes I get caught up in just trying to survive the routine of daily life and work, that I forget to really enjoy each moment.  It's definitely good to get away sometimes, and I'm determined that we will try to at least take a mini-vacation every once in awhile!