Summer Sights

Hello friends!

I’ve been feeling crummy about not updating here, especially given that my Alaska posts are just sitting there waiting to be polished and posted. A lot of things have been going on that I’ll update you all on later, but I wanted to let you know that I am still thinking of you – 5 regular readers and people stumbling here by accident.

Summer is in full swing here in the DC area. It’s the first summer I’m working through, so I always feel like summer hasn’t quite arrived yet. There have been a few moments that remind me it has.

The other night, I had come home late from work, as I’ve been doing more and more often these days. I walked out to pick up our mail, my skin breathing in the humidity and missing the crisp freshness of Alaskan air. I looked up to see stars twinkling through the leaves of one of my front yard trees. As I looked closer, I realized that there were also fireflies sitting amongst the leaves, blinking with the stars.

Another day, I was driving back from the train station. The forecast predicted severe thunderstorms, and I could already see foreboding clouds brewing up ahead. But when I made a turn, the sky before me was split. On my right loomed storm clouds several miles ahead, creeping up with slate greys and purples. On my left, however, it was clearer. A dusty pink-orange spilled over as the sun set, casting a glow on a few clouds that were not threatening rain.

I have a lot in store for the blog once I get my life sorted out. Alaska posts are coming. Europe posts will be completed. More up-to-date life recaps. Fun posts. Less fun posts. I have so many things I want to share with you all.

I just need to find the time!

Spotted on the Georgetown Waterfront: the coolest dog

Simple Pleasures (1?)

I thought I’d introduce (yet another) category/series here. I am a really big fan of simple pleasures. Little things that sometimes make your day, and you feel their absence a lot. Often, I don’t appreciate my simple pleasures until they’re not there.

I may occasionally end up doing Friday Favorites editions that focus on simple pleasures, but we can worry about that later.

Here are a few simple pleasures that I’m appreciating of late:

  • Sitting on the top tier of the double decker train
  • When the bread part of a cream bun is sweet and moist
  • Russian folk and ballet music

    (My Monday work jam)
  • Publishing a blog post
    • With my own photos whoa
  • Savoring the piece of chocolate I’ve been saving all day
  • Gently nice-smelling soap

    Favorite soap of the moment - Softsoap Lavender & chamomile
    Favorite soap of the moment – Softsoap Lavender & chamomile
  • Fixing something that had been broken for a while
    • Without putting in as much work as you thought would be required.
  • Tambourines at karaoke
  • Babies smiling at you
  • Unnecessarily cute food
    These red bean buns are also little hedgehogs omg


Sorry that I haven’t posted all weekend. I wasn’t able to get to a computer on Friday OR yesterday. I am really bummed that I was going so strong with BEDA and was thwarted by unpreparedness. I’m going to try to catch up!

Tell me about some simple pleasures from your week?