…I’ve Got Nothin…

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…Monday once more…and I am having vivid recollections of what I was doing this time last week…

Reading in the shade on the afternoon of the third…

The July Fourth holiday meant that the office closed at 12:00 on Monday and so I spent my afternoon baking, exercising, walking around the neighborhood with my pup and reading out on the deck. It was lovely – but it’s also important to earn a living – and so this Monday looks like a workday…

Hello gorgeous sunset…
Fourth of July festivities…
The week was sort of a whirlwind and I think I mentioned in my post on Friday that I struggled to keep up with what day it was! Early day on Monday…off all day on Tuesday…by the time I was back at work on Monday, I wasn’t sure what day it was! And yet somehow – I prevailed. I made my way through the work week…I survived a particularly long Friday and finally, the weekend arrived!
A little afternoon snack for the pup…
Friday night after having some delicious Mexican food for supper (is it bad that I’m still thinking about it and typing this is making my mouth water??), my Mom and I went about fifteen minutes up the road to Shenandoah University for the theatre departments performance of Beauty and the Beast as part of the Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre series. The play was good and the performers were (mostly) well suited to their parts – the Beast was a wee bit scrawny – but overall, it was a lovely play and fun to watch!
An evening at the theatre…

Saturday morning was spent with my pup at the vet – he’s having a little operation this Friday and so he had to have some preliminary tests run – so that was a fun way to start the day… NOT. My pup has never so much as made a peep at the vet before and suddenly on Saturday, he squeaked and squealed at every prick. My pet momma heart was struggling! 

After a relaxing Saturday afternoon – for both me and the dog – I met up with my friend Jennie and her son Jimmy and we saw Spider-man: Homecoming! It was a great movie; I thoroughly enjoyed it and I also thoroughly enjoyed how the goofy little punk sitting next to me had to text me as soon as it ended to ask “did you like the movie?” Texting when I was mere inches away…goofy kid…

Did…you…like…the…movie?
Less than a week to go…can’t wait!

Sunday was a fairly lazy day – I relaxed with my sweet pup; he seemed to be dragging a little bit. Something tells me that his shots from the day before were taking a bit of a toll on him. Poor little guy. I helped my Mom make oodles of star and moon sugar cookies for VBS snack…and I iced oodles of cupcakes, stars and moons too…sneaking a bite of icing here and there, of course!

When you know your dog is rotten…

So – this post is short and sweet. Perhaps a longer one later in the week? Only time will tell… And if you need a giggle, feel free to keep scrolling…

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Five on Friday

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Short Work Week/July Fourth – I am never one to complain about a short work week…but July Fourth being on a Tuesday has scrambled my brain y’all! My office closed on Monday at 12:00 and when we returned on Wednesday morning…I spent most of the day thinking it was Monday! I’m still not 100% convinced that today is Friday…ha-ha!
We celebrated the Fourth in an extremely (in my humble opinion) “American” fashion – catching a baseball game at Nationals Park! Delicious BBQ and a bright blue snowball (hence the super patriotic tongue) were part of the fun and my Nationals won – which is always grand! We rounded out our evening with snacks and fireworks put on by some family friends. It was a wonderful (if really warm) day! 

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Sunshine – As in…it’s been raining since Tuesday night and today the sun has finally broken through the clouds! It’s the little things and let me tell you..some sunshine is a little thing that goes a long way!

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Beauty & the Beast – I know what you’re thinking (if you read this blog with any frequency)…how many times can you watch that movie?? Well dear reader; I am not referencing the wonderful film(s) with this post. My Mom and I will be going to watch the Shenandoah University theater department put on a performance of Beauty and the Beast tonight and I can’t wait! I’ve seen the animated film and the live action film both too many times to count, I’ve seen the stage show at Hollywood Studios more than once (or twice) but I’ve never seen an actual theatrical performance! I completely missed Beauty and the Beast when it was on Broadway (*tear*) but perhaps this will be close enough?
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Spider-Man Homecoming – Another Marvel Universe movie is coming out this weekend and I’ll be making my way to the theater to see it on Saturday night. I’m going with my friend Jennie and her son Jimmy; I think we’ve seen every Marvel movie that has come out together since I moved to Virginia in 2014! I’ve always enjoyed Spider-Man…but the version with Tobey Maguire and even Andrew Garfield always seemed to lack a certain…something. I’ve heard good things and I definitely thought Spidey stole the show in Civil War – so perhaps this telling of Spider-Man will have just the right stuff!
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Nationals Baseball – It’s been a week for the Nationals…there were some wins, a postponed game (because of rain) and a lost game that was played three hours late (because of…no wait, the rain never came…). The Nationals beat the Mets on July Fourth and that was especially lovely to me because…well…the Mets are one of the Nationals biggest rivals. I’d also actually never watched the Nationals play the Mets and I was dearly hoping (as I do at every Nationals game) that we’d win. The Braves are in town for the weekend and then it’s All-Star Week! 
The Nationals have five All Stars this year: Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Bryce Harper! Go Nationals!
And – that’s all I’ve got for this edition of Five on Friday! As always, I’m linking up with April over at Smidge of This! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

I Promise I Do More Than Just Sitting on the Deck

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I mean – perhaps I don’t do a *LOT* more – but I’m betting you wouldn’t either if you had a wonderful deck to sit on and (sometimes) gentle breezes blowing down off the mountains. It’s a pretty sweet set-up, there’s no denying it.
All he does is sit…and lay…and sleep…on the deck.
Summer nights – under the twinkle lights.

The weeks seem to pass so quickly – the routine of the day to day manages to be both the same and different. Sleep, work, exercise, meals and more…the routine stays the same but the little moments here and there make the difference. Monday afternoon when I got off work, I rushed home to spruce up my little “home”; we had some unexpected visitors pop in on Monday afternoon – unexpected but so welcome! Our longtime friends the Mabrys popped in with their youngest son Ryan and Hope’s mother Stella en route to Baltimore to see their new grandson for the first time. We grilled, sat around on the deck (of course) and caught up – it was so wonderful to see sweet friends – and the supper wasn’t bad either!

Definitely one of those little moments that pops up in the midst of the routine and makes all the difference!

Watching the Nationals play through the window…sitting on the deck…ha-ha!
“Chatting” with his favorite Aunt (also his only Aunt…)

Thursday evening was another switch in the routine; there was a barbecue at the clubhouse on the lake where my parent’s house is – and so we all went up to the clubhouse to meet other neighbors and eat some pretty delicious. Although I do have to say; I wasn’t sure that it was really possible to mess up macaroni and cheese, but they did do that. *sigh* They put mushrooms in the macaroni and cheese and y’all – I am not a fan of mushrooms – and it just really skewed the flavor. Oh well, lesson learned there.

After our BBQ adventure, we video chatted with Lindsey and nailed down our decisions for dining at Disney World – and y’all, if that’s not exciting…I don’t know what is! Can I just tell you, I am so psyched about eating at Be Our Guest and getting blue cheesecake from Satu’li Canteen that I cannot even handle it. I know…I’m thirty-two…but I will always be a completely starry eyed child when it comes to going to Disney World!

A Friday afternoon visitor – and a rather messy photo…but oh well!
Thoroughly enjoying his Saturday morning ride in the car.

In upcoming “little moments” that change things up – my sweet pup has to have surgery in the coming weeks and while he is completely oblivious to the whole thing, I have to admit that I’m ever so slightly nervous. My sweet boy has a little growth in his mouth (you can see it in the picture above) and it’s been growing…and while the vet thinks it’s likely harmless, it is becoming a bit of a pain for the little fellow and so he’s going to have it removed. It’s a small surgery but he does have to be put under anesthesia and because he’s “older” he also has to have some tests on his heart and kidneys pre-operation. My pet momma heart is anxious but I know the little stinker will be okay – and have a much easier time eating after he gets this taken care of.

Not that he’s ever seemed to struggle with chowing down on anything and everything put in front of him!

Bubble bath colors all awhirl…
Giving up & just flopping out in the yard…silly dog.

I did a lot…and a lot of nothing over the weekend. I was on my own and I always enjoy that; it’s always an adjustment going from living on your own to living with your parents again, I love them but I also love having the entire house to my self, ha-ha! After an emergency mission to take my Mom her cell phone on Saturday morning, I started the sixth season of Game of Thrones – my re-watch mission is almost complete, got in an hour of exercise on the elliptical and washed clothes. Watson and I took a couple short strolls around the block – it was HOT on Saturday and all Watson seemed interested in doing outside was using the bathroom and then promptly flinging himself down on the grass to soak up the sun.

My friend Katie came over Saturday night for supper and to catch up – she’s seven and a half months pregnant and so ended up spending a good amount of time trying to get her little guy to wiggle around so I could feel him. We ate some delicious (if I do say so myself) red beans and rice, tossed salad and garlic bread before having an hour long chat session on the deck (thank goodness for that umbrella) and playing Disney tunes and classical compositions in an effort to get the baby to “dance”. After a short walk with the dog, some chatter with the next door neighbors and a slice of Butterfinger Icebox pie, I was finally able to feel the little guy busting a move! Very cool indeed!

Taking a Saturday afternoon nap…
He only likes his back half to be in the sunshine.

I slept in on Sunday (if you consider 7:30 sleeping in…) and made a Target run around lunchtime to grab some essentials for the week ahead. Watson and I had lunch out on the deck and I’m so glad there was a breeze; I love being out on the deck but I don’t like to sweat while I eat! I passed Sunday afternoon reading, watching a movie (Victor Frankenstein – starring James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe) and taking walks with the pup! After a dinner of leftovers, a bubble bath, some time spent watching my Nationals beat the Cardinals and a final episode of Game of Thrones, the weekend was at a close yet again!

Sunday dinner on the deck!

The best part of this Monday – in the work week sense – is that it’s not quite noon and my workday is almost done! My four day weekend involved this brief interlude at the office and then I’m back to enjoying the sunshine on the deck with my sweet pup! We do more than sit on the deck – but not much more. 

And why would you want to do much more when sitting on the deck is so wonderful?

What I was Into – June

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Say this with me now – this year is halfway over! HALFWAY. Done…complete…are you kidding me?

Books I Couldn’t Put Down

The King’s Curse by Phillipa Gregory – This book is the sixth and final book in the Plantagenet and Tudor series; I finally was inspired to finish this after The White Queen ended and I wanted just a bit more… The book follows Margaret Pole and chronicles the rise to the throne of Henry the 8th, as told through the eyes of Margaret. While Margaret helped raise young Henry and was the head of household for his daughter; Princess Mary, once the King’s paranoia took hold later in his reign – she was in as much danger as any citizen of England. The book wasn’t a quick read, but was very engrossing and I love most everything Phillipa Gregory writes!
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – The fourth of the seven books in the Harry Potter series; I’ve read this book more than once and it’s been sitting on my nightstand waiting to be re-read again. It’s still just as wonderful as I remember it being the first time…magical; if you will.

Books on the Shelf

I am still trying to make a dent in all those books I purchased ages ago..y’all; I’m not even kidding…

Must See TV

Fargo – The third season of Fargo finished up it’s run this month and while I enjoyed the third season and especially enjoyed seeing Ewan McGregor play two characters..the third season didn’t have quite the same…attraction…as the first and second seasons. David Thewlis (hey Professor Lupin) was great as the shadowy and villainous V.M. Varga and Mary Elizabeth Winstead was wonderful as Nikki Swango but for me; Carrie Coon completely stole the show. Her fierce and undeterred performance as police chief Gloria Burgle was the best aspect of the third season – a season I enjoyed – just not quite as much as the first two! 
Emmett or Ray?
Movies of the Month

Wonder Woman – I cannot say how much I loved this movie! It was incredible and also incredibly empowering. I’ve long been a huge DC/Superman fan…but always thought the recent string of DC films were a bit too dark. Wonder Woman stood out and stole the show in Batman VS Superman and her own movie was long overdue. The movie is funny, heart-warming, entertaining, empowering and above all – it is just really cool to see a girl kicking ass! (pardon my language) Also – how much do I love Chris Pine for playing the dude in distress? This movie is excellent – a must see if you haven’t taken to the time to do so!
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Binge Worthy

Game of Thrones – The seventh season of Game of Thrones is taking ages to get here…the show usually premieres in late March/early April and would have already wrapped up by now, but this year it doesn’t premiere until mid-July! I decided in the six weeks leading up to the premiere that I’d re-watch the previous six seasons and I’m already discovering things I missed in my initial viewing of the show! Game of Thrones is so elaborate, detailed and excellently acted – a binge re-watch is always wonderful and rewarding! There’s a reason this show is one of my favorites!
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Tasty Treats

I honestly haven’t eaten too many absolutely delicious things this past month – the whole “diet and exercise” makes the truly gluttonous things a bit off limits. However, I did have some divine coconut lime sorbet from Ice Cream Jubilee on one of the hottest days of the year so far and I treated myself to some yummy cannoli on Father’s Day…followed by plenty of time spent on the elliptical, of course!

Earworms

I’ve been listening to the Game of Thrones soundtracks from the previous six seasons…and honestly, I’ve been making my way through the mounds of podcasts piling up on my phone! There may or may not still be some Beauty and the Beast soundtrack popping up here and there as well! Ha-ha!

What I’m Looking Forward To

July Fourth at Nationals Park – This needs no elaborating; it’s baseball combined with a day off work combined with celebrating America! What more could a person want…besides a Nationals win; that is.
And honestly – there is (right now) nothing else planned for the month of July! I can’t quite believe that, but I’m sure something will pop up! There is just too much to do in Northern VA to sit still all month long, ha-ha!

Five on Friday

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Nationals Baseball – It’s been a week…*sigh* My Nationals are a good team, but they could be a great team if the bullpen could ever get it’s act together. At least I was able to commiserate on Thursday night with a Giants fan – I hear their bullpen is just as tragic. The bullpen blew a 4-2 lead over the Cubs on Thursday night…must to the rage and heartache of every Nationals fan watching.
In worse news than the bullpen; the resident speedster, lead off batter and master thief (when it comes to stealing bases) Trea Turner, was hit on the wrist by a pitch…and has a fractured wrist. He’ll likely be out 8-10 weeks at best. The season is almost halfway over and the Nationals still maintain a 9.5 game lead in the National League East. Here’s hoping the team can adjust and keep winning!
The sidelined speedster in action…

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Weekend Plans – I don’t have much on the agenda this weekend but one thing I am looking forward to- spending time with my friend Katie! She’s coming over Saturday night for dinner! Sometimes we watch a movie but sometimes we just spend all our time chatting and that’s wonderful too! If the weather cooperates (not likely) we might even have dinner on the deck! 
This weekend almost feels like it could be a four day weekend – courtesy of the Fourth coming up on Tuesday. My office is closed on Tuesday (of course) and on Monday we only have to work from 8:30-1:00…I work in wealth management and our schedule follows the stock market. So – yahoo for an “almost” four day weekend!

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July Fourth – I’ll be spending the Fourth at Nationals Park, taking in some of America’s favorite pastime on America’s birthday! My younger sister and I went last year and it rained…but was still an experience. This year my parents and I are going and the forecast shows hot and sunny – thank goodness our seats are in the shade! 
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We’ll spend the evening of the Fourth at a local fireworks concert and show; likely with some friends, sharing picnic style goodies for our supper before watching the fireworks show! I may be getting ambitious…but I’m going to try to make…

Four
American Flag Cake – Have y’all seen the video for this cake pop “style” American flag cake? I’ve made red velvet cake balls once before and while it was definitely a time suck, they turned out so tasty! I think I’m going to give this a whirl on Monday afternoon as my contribution to our Fourth of July feast! Wish me luck!

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You Have to Laugh – This popped up on Twitter earlier this week and I wondered for a good day or two if it was real. Well, it was confirmed mid-week that this is an actual obituary for a Nationals loving gentleman who passed away in June. I told you – the bullpen is NOT great. *sigh*
Happy Weekend everyone – and if you’re lucky – perhaps it’s Happy LONG Weekend!

Watson Wednesday

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Will every picture of Watson from now on involve the deck? I mean – as long as the weather is warm; I’d say that’s fairly likely. I’ve never seen a creature be so happy to be in one spot as Watson is when he’s on the deck. However; the back yard is getting a fence within the next month and that will probably elevate his happiness…so maybe from here on out all of his pictures will involve the deck or backyard?
Regardless – this week’s pictures have a story with them. When the deck was being built, I noticed that if I sat in a certain position along the left side of the deck, I could see through the living room window and had a near perfect view of the television. I surmised that this would allow me to sit on the deck and still watch the Nationals game on the TV…and my Mom informed me that I was nuts.
Fast forward to last night when the Nationals were playing the Cubs and my silly pup wanted to go outside and sit on the deck at 9:15 at night. I let him out but he wasn’t interested in sitting outside on the deck couch alone…he wanted me to sit with him. I opened the curtains back up, went outside and found the perfect spot on the couch for seeing the TV..and then we were set. He hopped up beside me, gazed at the stars, snapped at passing bugs and generally enjoyed the evening while I watched the Nationals beat the Cubs.
It was what one might call a win-win situation…for everyone involved. Including the Nationals! 😉