Scottish Christmas Walk Parade

This post is long overdue!

Ben and I went to Alexandria’s Scottish parade in early December. The parade is one of several events that celebrates Alexandria’s Scottish heritage (the city was founded by Scottish settlers). We kept an eye out for the MacInnes clan but didn’t see them.

If I ever get a dog, I want it to be a West Highland White Terrier. Look at that face (and he has a scarf)!

However, I’ve read that they’re high energy, which may not work for my mostly-sedentary lifestyle.

Random Thoughts

  • I have a good reason for being delinquent in my blog posts. I started a sewing blog that I’ve been spending most of my free time trying to populate with content. While this blog is for me, my new venture is for an external audience, so I can’t be a schlub when it comes to posting. However, I do hope to get back to a regular blogging schedule on The Photo Habit (it’s one of my 2018 resolutions).
  • Ben and I spent both Thanksgiving and Christmas in town. It felt a little strange, since most of the people I know went out of town. We made good choices on restaurants though. On Thanksgiving, we went to Lincoln Restaurant and on Christmas to Sequoia. Christmas could have been a cluster, because I decided a week before that I didn’t want to make dinner at home and our options for dining out at that point were few. That’s why we ended up having breakfast at Sequoia and not dinner, but it all worked out, because I was back in my pajamas by noon.
  • I’ve gotten back into the habit of doing yoga every day. Ben and I took a private yoga lesson at Refresh Yoga earlier this month. We were both kind of dreading it, because it was on a Sunday at 2 p.m., but it was really helpful. I pushed myself more than I do at home, and I’ve applied corrections to my home practice.
  • I rode a horse at work. One of the Revolutionary War re-enactors offered to take employees around the estate for an hour on a Friday. I was clearly delusional when I signed up. I thought that maybe I’d love it and that Ben and I could go horseback riding on the weekends. And then I got on the mustang, the smallest horse of the bunch. My heart was pounding so fast, I thought I was going to have a heart attack. A saddle doesn’t hold you as snuggly as I thought it would. It doesn’t hold you at all – it was basically like sitting on a blanket on top of a horse. I was so scared and ineffective at managing my horse ( I couldn’t even get him to stop walking in the parking lot), that the owner held the reins for the entire tour. I was grateful to him but also felt like a five-year-old. When the tour was over, I literally ran away. So long dignity.
  • 2018 is going to be the year of classes for me.
  • In January, I’m taking a draping class at a local studio. Draping is when you design a garment by draping fabric on a dress form (like what they do in Project Runway). It’s a two-hour intro class, so I won’t actually be designing anything, just learning the basic principles.
  • In February, I’m taking a one-day pasta-making workshop. I’m not sure if I’ve ever had homemade pasta, and I’m looking forward to trying it.
  • In March, I’ll be taking a dressmaking class with blogger, author and pattern designer Gretchen Hirsch. I’m really excited. The class is in Nashville (Ben is coming too; not to the class, but to Nashville). I’ll have Friday to see the sights and then will spend Saturday and Sunday in class from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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