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What’s Getting Us Through the Week!

We’re back after a couple weeks (okay, months…fail!) hiatus with what’s getting us through the week! And this time we’re puttin’ in a little more detail to make up for our absence and total blogger fails.

Elyse says…

This week, I don’t know why, but it’s been very odd. First there was happy hours, then power outages, then staying at work until 830 and walking through Georgetown.. just not my typical thing. This week, there are two things that I look forward to throughout each work day.. and they’re what’s getting me through the week!

1. Outdoor DC Happy Hours.
Maybe because its finally nice but not oppressively hot, maybe it’s because in my new apartment I can stroll 3 blocks and be at the bars.. but suddenly outdoor happy hours are my absolute favorite thing. Cafe Dupont as seen above, has outdoor chairs, couches, standing tables..a fire pit! And a perfect view of the circle! It’s constantly crowded, music playing, happy post-work people. It’s just an infectious buzz. Mad Hatter on the other side of the circle also has an outdoor space (who knew!) and $4 frozen mango margaritas… uhh YES.
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2. Summer TV Series!

Admittedly, I have poor TV and movie taste. I’m all about chick flicks and dramas. In that light, two of my favorite shows are back for their summer seasons! I’ve been waiting for so long…

The Newsroom – yeah its  Sorkin writing, everyone bashes it. Too scripted..blahblah. I personally wish my life involved soliloquies and drama the way this show does. It seems to be getting a little weird..but if you haven’t seen it yet it’s worth  logging into hbogo.com and taking a gander.


Suits – HAVE YOU WATCHED THIS YET?!? Seriously suits is amazing. Another office environment that I can only hope mine mirrors someday. Here’s the premise: Genius guy with photographic memory pretends to have gone to Harvard, works at a law firm and changes lives. You’re sold aren’t you… This season is getting rather steamy, but everyone who watches a few episodes—guys, girls, my mom—all love it! Knowing that I could curl up and watch this week’s episode after work last night made the day that much better.

Shianne says…

It’s my birthday week (tomorrow I turn 23 – YAY!) and the week before I move (metro life – DOUBLE YAY!) so I’ve been trying to prep for all that while still trying to balance a full work schedule. Here’s what’s helped me through:

1. Greek Yogurt

I have heard countless people rave and rave about Greek Yogurt for so long now and I have always been a non-believer. I’ve even given it a few chances and still nothing. However, this week I accidentally picked up a Greek Yogurt Parfait from Au Bon Pain instead of regular and something in my taste buds must have changed, because I LOVED it. I have subsequently purchased Greek Yogurt every morning since and even added a little granola for an extra kick. And maybe it’s subconscious, but it’s actually revving me up in the mornings as well! I’m not sure how long this phase will last, but I’m really enjoying it while it does!

2. Twitter

This is a totally weird thing, but I’ve had a pretty fun week on Twitter! I’ve been pretty active on my personal account as well as the Liberty on Less account and my thoughts are apparently being well-received. Our blog is now being followed by Marshall’s Brand and a couple other big names on Twitter – which is AWESOME. (If you’re not already following us – you can do so here.)

Personally, as you all know, I’m SUPER into politics. It’s almost exclusively what I tweet about. Well, that and puppies. With Obama’s speech this week, I’ve been even more active than usual and in turn I’ve been getting more retweets than usual – including some from my favorite non-profit advocacy groups as well as one Congressman! I’m not necessarily a Comms person, but it is nice to know that some people you look up to to make changes are seeing what you’re saying and agree with you!

& we both agree on…

CHILLING. 

Yes, chilling. Is that a weird thing to say if you’re not a 14 year old boy? Well, that’s the only word I can think to describe our weeks right now. Each night this week, we’ve both been keeping it super low key – happy hours, mindless television, baseball games, and hanging out with friends. This is especially relevant since we’ve both had fairly stressful weeks at work so doing these things have totally kept us from losing our marbles after hours or caving under the pressure! Even if it’s just sitting with a coffee or some ice cream (have you tried Larry’s? So many flavors!) spending some time to relax and unwind after work with friends will always be one of the best ways to bring you back to reality and keep you from burning out. Just try to keep it light – harping on the stress and complaining to friends will only make it worse…so clear your mind, get a frozen margarita, and relax (not to say that a good venting sesh every now and then doesn’t work either).

As Cole Swindell puts it in his new song:

“Pour it on easy now don’t spill a bit
Nothing but time tonight, let’s get to killin’ it
Long as I’m rockin’ with you girl
You know I’m cool with
Just chillin’ it”

Are these lame? Maybe. But they’re what’s getting us through the week! How about you?

Xx – E&S

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NYC Recap!

Remember how I said that I was going to NYC a few weeks ago? I forgot to update you on the trip! If you follow me on instagram you’ve probably seen most of these but there is always a story behind every picture…

First I was there for work… in Jersey City which is ALMOST NYC.. as you can see from the beautiful view

View from the Goldman Sacs building

Finally, we united in Sty Town and headed out into the night!

The night began!

We went to Houstan Hall in the west village.  Imagine a german beer hall FILLED to the brim.

look at the size of those guys!

The crew!!!!

As the night progressed….

The next day we woke up bright and early and took the subway to Williamburg for a large food fest with a fantastic view!

Smorgasburg!

Seeing as it was Michelles birthday, we hit up a little Sushi place around the block from her apartment

Birthday Sushi!

And headed out into the night for some dancing…which somehow I got no pictures of, just instagram videos which I’m not entirely sure how to share just yet.

The next morning was brunch at the Sunburnt Cow (clearly named for me as I got burned just sitting around brooklyn) If you can imagine, is a tiny bar with fantastic breakfast and lunch items –think steak and eggs– with bottomless drinks and all Australian men servers.

The rest of the afternoon was spent walking, lounging, saying goodbyes, and grabbing dinner at this adorable 24/7 restaurant in the east village called 7A Cafe that I’ve now managed to go to every single time I’ve visited new york this year. I’m claiming it as my spot!

The next morning it was time to head back to Penn Station, but not before I got caught in a torrential downpour

No cabs to be found!

Ahh NYC… always a great visit. I think the friends are half the fun though.

xE

 

 

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Friends Weekend

Is it a rule of life that when you have nothing planned there is continually nothing to do, but if you have one plan you suddenly have several options? One weekend there is no parties, the next there are many etc. This week I had not one friend coming down to DC but two! Plus another on Wednesday! I’m not complaining though, I absolutely adore having visitors and showing off my city!

First to arrive was Steve, he came down from NYC for business but was allowed to stay until Saturday evening. Getting a group together, we started off with dinner at Vapiano Italian on M Street.

Have you heard of German efficiency? This place is an exemplary example of just that. Although containing only Italian food– pasta, pizza, & panini — you walk in and are handed a scan card. From there, you stalk long tables in an attempt to find a place to sit but everyone comes and goes quickly so it is not much of an issue. Once you claim your space, you can walk up to the bar or any of the stations to order your custom made pasta (you choose the pasta, sauce, spices etc or you can pick from the menu) and charge your “card” for it.

The tables are filled with fresh basil, oil & balsamic and the meal comes with warm Italian bread. Everything moves very fast if you want it to, and you can even take food to go for only ~$9.00 a dish, its fancy fast food!

The seating arrangements — taken from http://kimballofficedc.blogspot.com — note the basil on the table!

At the end of the meal, you simply bring up your card, they take off the charges and you pay! No problems splitting bills, waiting for the waiter to come out etc. Someone was really thinking with this one…

From there we met up with Shianne for a Sign of the Whale happy hour (fairly standard Friday practice.. no cover and 1/2 off drinks how can you not!) and once that became too crowded headed off to Public for more drinks and dancing!

On the roof of Public (sorry for the blur!) with Casey & Steve

I am consistently surrounded by Carolines!

The next morning consisted of Brunch at St. Arnolds in Cleveland Park where the boys had waffles and a abreast burrito and I went for the monster “Drug Opera” which is a ham & cheese sandwich topped with eggs and bechamel sauce

The Drug Opera…mmmmm

(and yes, I got made fun of by the owner for taking a picture of my food but I couldn’t help immortalizing it forever!)

We then metro’d up to Eastern Market to meet Shianne, check out the market and do a tour of the Capitol — because what else are you really going to show a visitor?!

Rochester Capitol Hangout

Since the Washington Monument is closed due to the earthquake a few years ago, we decided to get the best view in the city was to go up to the top of the Old Post Office which was quite beautiful and entirely free!

straight down to the Capitol

View from the old post office tower!

Fabulous weather & day! Finally we took Steve to Union Station for dinner & goodbyes — until next time!

The next morning, well I did the exact same thing over again with Jodie who was visiting all the way from Pittsburgh… I never get sick of the monuments & shopping .. its one of my favorite parts of the city!

jodievisit

Jodie and I also had a chance to do exactly what we used to do at school– chill & watch TV. Its like being home!

Rachel comes Wednesday so stay posted!

-E

p.s.! Have you heard of La Mer watches? I’ve always loved wrap watches and been eyeing them for quite some time.. but surprise Target now has a collection with them so walk.. no RUN, and check them out!

La Mer for Target

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