1600 Pennsylvania Ave

A woman’s place is in the House…
the Senate, and the Oval Office


Sally goes to Washington 

Outside the West Wing

1600 Pennsylvania Ave – the place where history is made, the building the world is run from, the center of our executive branch, the house of the nation = my weekend entertainment.

Meg, a good friend from our days at Mount Holyoke College, made my day week year life? when she used her supreme power to score tour passes for the West Wing for Matt and me.  On an absurdly hot Saturday in January, I finally got to cross one major thing off my list when I picked up my security pass and strolled through the President’s place of work (and my future office?).

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Dream big

Welcome to my future home in Park City, Utah!

I know, it doesn’t look like much*, but I think it will fit my family and friends juuuuust right.

I didn’t win in 2010, or 2011, but I can tell that 2012 is my year, and I’ll be moving into** this HGTV Dream Home in a few short months.

You should enter, too!  I wouldn’t mind coming to visit you, if I can’t win myself.  Just save me a place in this guest suite.  You can enter here and here.  Happy clicking!

*This place is freaking amazing.

**And by moving, I mean visiting from Boston before selling it to buy my actual dream home somewhere in New England.

Music Monday: Heart and Soul

It is impossible to pinpoint the highlight of the weekend I just spent in NYC (Dim sum? Stephie Coplan’s CD release show? Cheesecake at Kate’s diner?) but dancing on the big piano at FAO Schwarz was definitely top 5.  Matt played a lovely version of “Mary had a little lamb” and I rocked away at “Heart and Soul.”  I think that if I had more time, I could totally be as awesome as Tom Hanks in Big.

Have you ever danced on the big piano?  What did you play?

Fun fact: only two have ever been sold, since it goes for a whopping $250,000. Also, we were about 4x as old as anyone else on the piano, and I have never cared less.

Dresser ta-da(d)!

Remember a million years ago when I started overhauling a dresser I found on the side of the road?  Fast forward seven months of rain, wind, and busy weekends and it was pretty much in the same state that you saw it in back in April.  But then my dad, still enjoying his newfound retirement, stepped in and saved the day by taking the dresser home and giving it the time it deserved.  We used this reno from Young House Love as inspiration, and I love the result.  Behold!



Amazing, right?  The butterfly decals are gone, the original brass handles shine with a new luster, and great bones of this thing are finally visible.  That’s what many rounds of sanding, some nice stain, classy shelf paper, and a dad’s free time can accomplish!  It fits perfectly in my room and isn’t falling apart (unlike the Ikea piece it replaced).  Thanks dad (and belated thanks to the dude at the bike shop who drove this to my house when Laura and I couldn’t fit it in the back of her car!).

Now I just have to think of something for dad to make next!  Dining room table, please?

Say something nice

Happy 2012!  I am living the good life in DC this week, so I haven’t been around to blog about my holidays or my hopes and dreams for this brand new year, but I promise I’ll get to that soon.

Here’s some goodwill to end your first week of 2012 on a high note.  A friend from camp included this in an email because it ties back to camp’s positive spirit and ability to make every situation one for positive change.  May it inspire you to say (or do) something nice to someone else today!