A Quiet Month

After the busy holidays [and a quick trip to SoCal in January], February proved to be a pleasantly slow month. We savored our family dinners, weekend outings, and fun moments around the house. Lucy continued to live the life of Lucy which involves sleep interrupted by the occasional walk, snack, or tail wag. I did…

Happy Twenty Fo!

New Year. Same Us. We couldn’t be happier so why change? Maybe the only break from tradition was NOT showing a re-run of the NYC Ball Drop at 10pm in an attempt to fool the kids into thinking they made it to midnight… This year, we all made it to 12:01.Well done crew.Ramen for all…

Merrrrrry Minnesota!

An impulse airline ticket buy in September (they were a good deal I promise!) led us back to Minnesota for Christmas with big smiles on our faces. A few years ago, Meredith suggested an ugly Christmas sweater themed holiday gathering (since we are taking a break from parties at the house) and it was a…

Turkey Time

We were lucky enough to host Thanksgiving in Alexandria this year. With Carolyn’s crew back on the East Coast, Northern Virginia is once again a “good, sort of in-between and convenient to travel to” location for the holiday weekend. The Clays road tripped from Rhode Island, the Wiktors flew from St. Paul and one Mumsie…

Bikes, BBQ, Ballet, and SUMMER!

It’s June in Washington, DC which means school is winding down and summer is starting up. That means (more) baseball games, (more) bicycle adventures, and plenty of time on the porch with the grill fired up. Between Will and my MTB adventures at Fountain Head and Wakefield we are in the triple digit territory on…

All of the Gluten

I’m not sure what prompted it, maybe a post-holiday / post-vacation rut, but I spent an unusual amount of time working with dough and trying to figure out sourdough levain in February. The intent was for the two activities to be linked. Step one: perfect a levain. Step two: use it once a week to…

Ho Ho Ho

What’s better than Christmas with family? Not. A. Thing. Well, maybe Christmas with a little bit of snow on the ground but that is kind of splitting hairs. The lead up to the end of the month was spent listening to Christmas music, taking evening spins through the neighborhood to see the lights, and prodding…

A Full House

Hooray for visitors! The house of four (plus one Lucy) swelled to ten for our first Thanksgiving in Alexandria. Dad and Elaine flew in for a few days with us then Gabe, Laura, and crew joined us for the big feast. We spent our time playing outside during the day and finding reasons to start…

A quiet month

January was a quiet month. Despite the swirls du jour, we try and keep life as it should be in C-Bad: Rad. Naturally. We spent the month doing the things that keep smiles on faces. Cooked some good food. Made a couple of great cups of coffee (and cocktails). We even managed to get to…

Just another May?

Hard to keep things normal these days but we’ve still managed to put smiles on the faces of those we love. The first portion of the month was spent at home where we still have the luxury of a fine cup of coffee or a craft cocktail when we need it. The kids have fared…