Adele Record

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Random Thoughts

  • Ben and I marched in DC’s women’s march last Saturday. While I’m glad that I went, I’m not cut out for protesting on such a large scale. I’m too short, and I can’t see anything. I did enjoy the signs though.
  • I went to the movie Hidden Figures this week. Although I have little interest in space travel, Hidden Figures is probably one of the best movies I’ll see all year. I highly recommend it.
  • Friendship 7, the capsule in which John Glenn orbited the earth, is on display at the Air and Space Museum. Did you know that the museum has an Imax Theater? You could watch Hidden Figures in the museum and then see the space craft.
  • This week was our one-year anniversary of living in Alexandria! I celebrated with chocolate from Blüprint Chocolatiers.

National Cathedral

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I took a photo tour of the National Cathedral this morning. I highly recommend our tour guide David Luria of Washington Photo Safari – I learned a ton in 2.5 hours!

He showed us how the stained glass windows cast colored light in the nave and how to adjust our white balance settings for mixed light sources. He also showed me how to photograph tall buildings without distorting the vertical lines. A 10mm lens and a shift lens will help, which are on my shopping list for our vacation to Europe in June.

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Random Thoughts

  • Today marked my first solo drive into DC! I drove 20 minutes to the National Cathedral and then 30 to Union Market for lunch. It was fairly stress-free, and I’m feeling more confident in my ability to drive in the city.
  • Ben and I booked our plane tickets for Europe. In June, we’ll spend 5 days in Ireland and 7 in England. That gives me six months to become a master photographer.
  • We’ve also been cooking a few nights each week. We made falafel burgers, tofu lasagna, quiche, and a ricotta and egg tart. All turned out well (I especially liked the falafel burgers). My one attempt to make an omelet on my own wasn’t as successful, but I feel like I’ve learned some valuable lessons (such as to add the filling before the omelet burns).
  • We’ve also been diligent in going to yoga. We had two workshop classes and have also attended two Saturday morning Intro to Yoga classes. My plank pose is already better than it was before, although Warrior 3 is a nightmare. I’m going to practice at home before the next class and see if I can get my leg off the ground this time.

United States Botanic Gardens

The holiday exhibit at the Botanic Gardens re-created the monuments and other national parks in plant form. The attention to detail was impressive; they even included the lights at the top of the Washington Monument.

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Random Thoughts

Before the new year, I was thinking about what I had (and hadn’t) accomplished in 2016. At first, I was inclined to think I hadn’t done much at all, given the amount of time I’ve spent in front of the TV. But then I realized that I did quite a few things in 2016:

  • I moved to Alexandria, Virginia.
  • I have a job that I love.
  • I made new friends, thanks to Meetup groups and Craigslist.
  • I learned to parallel park. Not too long ago, I was terrified of parallel parking. Now I parallel park on most days.
  • I started to use my camera more.
  • I visited Colonial Williamsburg, twice. It had been on my bucket list for years. At one point, I stopped listening to their podcast because it made me want to visit too badly.
  • Ben and I downsized our apartment. In Buffalo, we had a 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment, and after awhile, the second bedroom was completely empty. We just didn’t need the space.
  • I found a hairstylist who I really like.
  • I started Invisalign (my own fault for not wearing my retainer, but at least I’m making up for it now).
  • We downsized to one car. It’s such a relief to only have to maintain one vehicle.

So while I may be a couch potato, I did reach some of my goals.

In 2017, I aim to practice yoga, vacation in England, learn to cook and take kayaking lessons. I also want to become comfortable driving in DC. I’ve driven in the city four times. I can’t say that they were all without incident.

Stylebook App

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I’ve spent the last two days photographing every piece of clothing I own.

One of my goals for 2017 is to make better use of my clothes so that I don’t keep buying new ones. 2016 saw a complete overhaul of my closet – which wasn’t entirely unwarranted, since the summers are so humid here – but now I need to break the shopping habit.

To help me visualize the clothes and outfits that I have, I’m using the StyleBook app. Stylebook stores a photo inventory of your closet and different outfit combinations that you put together.

Here’s what one of my outfits looks like:

Ideally, I’ll see different combinations that I didn’t notice before and get more use out of what I own. The outfit above is something I’ve never worn; I never thought to combine those items before Stylebook.

Stylebook tells you:

  • How many items of clothing you have (mine came out to 86)
  • The clothes you wear most
  • The clothes you wear least
  • The cost per wear (assuming you entered in the cost you paid)
  • The colors you wear most

There’s a calendar that creates a visual grid of the outfit you wore each day, so that you don’t keep wearing the same outfit over and over (something I’m prone to do, especially on the weekend).

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