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I haven’t posted in awhile because, well, life got in the way. Here are a few of my fav shots over the last few weeks. This creepy graveyard view from Wisconsin Ave near Georgetown is actually quite peaceful. The even creepier mural is from my new fav spot in Bethesda, Gringos & Mariachis (check out their happy hour and if you’re lucky you will get Sia at the bar.) the Georgetown Waterfront pic is of me and my son Jules showing off our new fav summer shoes. Lastly, that’s me in my derby hat at Drink the District Derby Days. I have to say I’m loving Spring so far!

Posted on 17 May, 2014

It’s safe to say we’ve had an interesting transition for our first winter outside of Texas. Last week we got about a foot of snow and just when we thought it was done, it snowed some more. We took the opportunity to make a giant snowman and snow angels. I took an early morning walk around Downtown Bethesda. Other than the sound of snow shovels hard at work, it was eerily quiet. That night we walked to Pizzeria Da Marco for dinner, which has become a snow day tradition. They specialize in authentic Neapolatin pizza which is baked in a wood fire oven. According to the forecast Spring weather is upon us very soon! We cannot wait!

Posted on 17 February, 2014

I made a last minute decision to brave the heavy snow and walk over to see Aquarium at Imagination Stage in downtown Bethesda. We took advantage of a snow day discount and I didn’t regret it. While most people missed work & school to stay home, we got to experience a wonderful interactive play. This was my second experience at Imagination Stage & Julien showed more interest & involvement than ever. His favorite moments were the flying jellyfish and ocean, which the children created by waving a silky blue drape over the stage. I can honestly say that it was worth the frostbitten walk for this theater experience.

Posted on 27 January, 2014

Who knew New York would be so accessible from Washington DC?  I paid around $200 round trip to take the Amtrak train from Union Station in DC to Penn Station in NYC. It took about 3 hours each way.  My reason for going to NYC was for the annual Inman Connect Real Estate Technology Conference at the Grand Hyatt.  The Grand Hyatt sits on top of Grand Central Station, The feeling inside is amazing with constellations on the ceiling of a large room with no center beams. I was wondering how the entire thing didn’t collapse.  There was even a live televised Squash tournament going on in one of the wings. While I thoroughly enjoyed every last minute of the conference, the electricity of NYC sparked my exploration into the late evening hours everyday I was there. I stayed at a hotel called POD39. It has tiny rooms with single beds for around $100/night.  Don’t be fooled by the low price, everything about this hotel was nice from service to finishes. The only drawback was the size of the room. If you’re spending a lot of time in your room, you’re doing something wrong. Lucky for me, one of my closest childhood friends lives in the city, so I had a tour guide/drinking buddy who was anxious to show me around.  We saw live music, stand-up comedy, went to bars, played bar games, then went to more bars and played more bar games.  We went to a ping pong themed bar called Spin that was a blast. You pay by the 1/2 hour & someone goes around with a unique contraption sucking up all of the balls so you don’t have to go chasing them around. There was gorgeous architecture everywhere in the city, including monument style markers like in Washington Square Park, which reminded me of DC. My favorite arhcitecture was in the Flatiron District where buildings like the infamous Flatiron Building make you do a double take. We traveled to Brooklyn one night and passed the Vice headquarters which is a hip news publication. I’m a huge fan of their TV show. Once we settled down at a hotel bar we got a view of the city that truly put into perspective our playground for the past few days.  The skyline is like no other in the world & in that moment I was reminded New York City is the center of the world. 

Posted on 20 January, 2014

Early Look: Roof Bethesda (Photos)

Posted on 17 January, 2014

Hope Floats is the name of Kimberly Boone’s new flotation therapy spa in Bethesda. I have to admit I was pretty excited to finally give this a try. I wasn’t nervous until I actually saw inside the tank. Suddenly irrational fears of creatures coming from the corners of the dark tank to pull me under we’re flashing through my mind, and this was before I even disrobed! After a quick shower and popping in some ear plugs I dived in, so to speak. I pulled the tank door closed and surprisingly all my irrational fears subsided. They warned me that the first 15 minutes might take some time to mentally adjust, but I didn’t have a hard time with it. There are a few things worth mentioning about my experience. The hour seemed to go by rather slow and my mind was racing the entire time. I also had a hard time relaxing my upper shoulders and neck. From what I understand these issues are mostly resolved the second time around, which is why your second visit to the float tank is 1/2 the price! Afterwards you rinse off in the shower and relish in the fact that your skin feels like a newborn baby’s. I felt a mental alertness and clarity the rest of the day. For those interested in infrared sauna they offer a combo deal to enhance your experience along with other holiday and couples specials. Located at the intersection of Battery Lane and Wisconsin Ave in Woodmont Triangle.

Posted on 13 January, 2014



Photo: Giovanni R. Angelone


Posted on 5 January, 2014
Reblogged from relevantdistrict  


Gallery Place Holiday Market
Washington, DC
Photo By Lloyd Foster


Gallery Place Holiday Market

Washington, DC

Photo By Lloyd Foster

Posted on 2 January, 2014
Reblogged from blackstarzulu  

Sara’s Top 7 YouTube music videos // Top 2 Bottom // Not Ranked!

1. Foxygen  No Destruction // The appeal of Foxygen is that every song sounds completely different, but this is about the video.. and has a video ever portrayed a song better than this? It’s effortless, relaxed, and makes me want to listen to old Bob Dylan records.

2. Magical Cloudz  Childhood’s End // I knew this was one of my fav videos of the year when my 2 year old son couldn’t take his eyes off of the screen. He immediately picked up on the chorus and even made his voice deep like Devon Welsh. The negative vibes I get from it don’t even resonate with him. It’s amazing how a child can bring out a completely different side of music.

3. San Fermin  Sonsick // I didn’t like this song until I saw this video. To sing over all that instrumentation is impressive to say the least. This might be one of the best songs of the year. I am pretty bummed I missed them perform at the Strathmore

4. Arcade Fire  Afterlife // So, I couldn’t do a list without including my fav band of all time (other than Jane’s Addiction, of course). There are multiple videos for this song, but I recommend this one. After watching it, I realize I wish I would’ve done theater in high school. Greta Gerwig is impressive.

5. Haim  Falling // This isn’t my fav Haim song (Don’t Save Me gets that title) but the video is amazing. It’s empowering to women, but in a silly way. I mean catching fish in the woods while wearing cute flannels and cut-off shorts…it doesn’t get better than that!

6. Local Natives  Heavy Feet // This is my “feel good” video pick. Other than the talking sandwiches, which immediately caught my attention, I couldn’t help feeling inspired by the rest of the video…watch it here to see what I mean.

7. Beach House  Wishes // I had to include this on my list just because I FINALLY watched Twin Peaks on Netflix this year and fell in love with Ray Wise (AKA Leland Palmer). I feel like you won’t really enjoy the video though unless you have seen the show, so check it out!

Posted on 1 January, 2014

Christmastime in DC // My mom came to visit us for our first holiday in DC and we had a blast! Christmas morning we headed to Sequoia in Georgetown for an amazing brunch. Jules loved watching the kids ice skate outside. Maybe next year, Jules! The next day me and mom headed to Max Brenner in Bethesda Row to indulge in salted caramel milkshakes. Now it’s time to hit the gym!!!

Posted on 30 December, 2013

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