Antiquing in the Country

Goodbye City. Hello Country.

About an hour away from Washington, DC is the small, sleepy town of Lucketts, Virginia. Nestled between fields of sheep and several vineyards, a day trip to the Old Lucketts Store is one of my favorite ways to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon. The rickety rooms are stuffed to the brim with all types of treasures….from weathered furniture, to tiny cordial cups to mink hats from the 1950’s.

Amber and I had so much fun exploring all the nooks and crannies of this store. After we packed up all of our vintage finds, we headed out to The Wine Kitchen in Historic Leesburg for red wine flights and chocolate cherry cake. I can’t imagine a more perfect day with my best friend!

IMG_8446

IMG_8447

IMG_8449

IMG_8450

IMG_8451

IMG_8453

IMG_8455

IMG_8458

The Weekend Update

+ Date night at La Granja de Oro where I discovered the best dish known to man, lomo saltado. Basically it’s beef strips sauteed in onions and peppers, on top of a bed of french fries, and then smothered in gravy….with some rice on the side. Totally fit for a Peruvian lumberjack. It basically put me to sleep.
+ Drinks with our potential new neighbors!
+ Remember this post about New Year’s Resolutions? Well consider item #4 halfway crossed off because I painted our kitchen lemongrass green!

unnamed
+ Happy Birthday Kathleen! Homemade pho FTW!
+ Happy Birthday Charlie Brown! Costco pizza and vanilla mousse birthday cake FTW!
+ Happy Housewarming Charlie + Clarissa! For those who don’t know Charlie and Clarissa, they are basically Rob and I’s doppelganger couple.
+ Two hour play-doh sesh with Alina – It must have been pretty epic because when we left she yelled “Uncle Robbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb!!!!!!” and started to cry. She also calls me “Timi” now but I think it’s because she has problems saying “K” sounds. I read her a book and she called a cow a “tow” and a cat a “tat.” We tried to take a selfie with her but this photo was the best we could do.
unnamed1
+ Studio 504 brunch with the sister and a few other friends. We had mimosas, 1/3 pound of bacon each, and coconut macadamia nut waffles. Kassie brought over her American doll that she named Mickey and they wore matching hairstyles which Kassie described as an ” Orthodox Jew ponytail. Because it is very reserved in the front, but… party in the back!” AKA, my niece is a huge Pitch Perfect fan. Kassie is very interested in all of Rob’s action figures and she always sits and looks at them and asks tons of questions. I could tell Rob was touched because he instinctively reached out to her, ruffled her hair, hugged her and kissed her on the head. I swear my ovaries released an egg at that very moment because it was the cutest thing ever.
+ Spaghetti night! I’m normally not a spaghetti fan but I recently found a recipe for homemade pasta sauce that makes me want to eat it every, single day (no lie it was the second time we ate spaghetti this week!). Rob ate three bowls! We tried to watch the Golden Globes but honestly I’m not much of a fan of award shows. Instead I’ll probably spend a good ten minutes pouring over all of the recaps on Buzzfeed this morning.

This Post is Completely IrrElephant

IMG_5236

IMG_5285

IMG_5326

IMG_5360

IMG_5383

IMG_5398

IMG_5411

Step aside current dream job, when I grow up I want to be a mahout. In between all of the eating and beaching Rob and I did in Thailand, I made sure to schedule a few days at Elephant Hills, a luxury tented camp set in the middle of Khao Sok National Park, the largest jungle in all of Thailand.

At the camp we were able to help out with the elephant preserve’s daily activities such as scrubbing their thick skin with coconut husks, hosing them down, preparing their daily meals and feeding them.

Did you know….
+ Elephants can be picky eaters? We fed the elephants a mixture of sugar cane, palm leaves, bamboo, and tamarind. The elephants immediately went for the sweet stuff and threw their veggies on the ground.
+ If you come across a white elephant in Thailand you must immediately notify the king. White elephants are considered sacred and often live the remainder of their lives at royal palaces and are often given royal titles.

PS: How funny is it that Rob wore a Swedish Tourist Shirt in Thailand?

This Year I Will

unnamed

….. Send thank you cards (I already bought a box)
….. Join a book club
….. Learn how to make my mom’s world-famous pancit
….. Paint my kitchen and bedroom walls
….. Fold clothes when I take it out of the dryer instead of leaving it in the basket
….. Make it a point to keep in contact with old friends
….. Purge the apartment of things I don’t need anymore
….. Learn how to use chopsticks (I know, Bad Asian)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...