This month I'm recap my trip to DC, my efforts to live a healthy life and my favorite way to relax - television and movies. Photos of the day are at the end of this long post.
Trip to DC: What was supposed to be a trip for Scott and I turned into a solo expedition to our nation's capital.
Friday: I was greeted by Jonathan and a 50 pound bouquet of flowers. Emily met us at the air port and we took a cab to their new place because the Metro was a disaster after a fatal accident (House of Cards parallel universe started immediately). That night, chef Jonathan treated us to crab cakes, asparagus and sweet potato fries.
Friday: Em took me on her route to work by foot. It is so great she lives so close to her workplace. We started our day of culture appreciation at The Phillips Collection to see the Made in USA exhibit. I was introduced to several artists I've never heard of - Arthur Dove being one because The Phillips Collection holds the majority of his work. We worked up an appetite and headed to G by Mike Isabella for the roasted cauliflower sandwich from the Washington Post's 40 Eats. We also tried the falafel sandwich. Both were amazing. Afterward we went to the National Museum of Women in the Arts- fitting since it was International Women's Day Eve. We went to the National Portrait Gallery and continued our love of 'Merica with the American Cool exhibit. We went back to the apartment to relax and heard on the news that there was a spectacular sunset so we took advantage of the rooftop patio. When Jonathan came home we headed out for a beer at The Pug followed by dinner at Sticky Rice (The Hippie Bowl with an appetizer of Tots (weird but tasty).
Saturday: We walked to Eastern Market and the Flea Market. We had a coffee break in the sun on a park bench and I enjoyed a free mocha from Pitango Gelato. After running into one of Em and Jonathan's friends, we stopped at District Taco for a pre-lunch snack.
We walked to Union Market and sat outside eating the smoked salmon BLT from Neopol Savory Smokery (also on WP's 40 Eats). We walked around the area before returning to the apartment for a break on the rooftop.
We went to the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site and went on a tour of his restored home and learned more about his fight for equality.
We went to another restaurant off the WP's 40 Eats list: Southern Efficiency for their peanut soup and fancy drinks. We were still hungry so we went to Moby Dick House of Kabob which holds a suspicious entry on 40 Eats (I believe it was paid placement!). Instead of hitting up DC's night life, I made Em and Jonathan finish House of Cards so we could debrief the ending together.
Sunday: We watched CBS Sunday Morning before they took me to the airport. I'm already planning my next trip to DC!
The Walking Dead and Bates Motel were our shows of choice this month. We aren't going to continue with season 2 of Bates Motel but we're still hooked on The Walking Dead and look forward to the next season.
The Academy Awards
It has become a tradition of mine to watch the show by myself and keep score of my office Oscar pool. This year I enjoyed a bit of live Facebook status updating with some of my co-workers. This year's show was fun and I'm glad I voted with my heart even though it meant I didn't win the pool. I am most excited that I accurately picked the shorts since we went to all three categories: live action, animated and documentary.
I guessed 18 of the categories correctly. I missed...
Grand Budapest Hotel
Scott and I walked to The Uptown Theater on opening weekend. I made the mistake of not ordering our tickets in advance and I'm shocked we got seats. The Uptown is the perfect place to watch a Wes Anderson film and one of the employees dressed up like a Lobby Boy.
Moving (my body)
I've been putting in quite a bit of effort into stepping up the amount of exercise I get. I strive to walk at least 45 minutes at 3.5 mph or faster every day. I also started working with a personal trainer at Anytime Fitness. Scott and I enjoyed a weekend of walking we titled 2014 Walking Season Opener in which we walked 17 miles between Saturday and Sunday.
March by the numbers...
19 gym visits (more days at the gym than not!)
401,429 steps (12,949 averaged a day)
870 active minutes (28+ minutes a day on average)
I signed up for a six-month health coaching program and every session I will receive a set of action steps. This set has me focused on eating greens with a focus on leafy greens at two meals a day. I already knew I liked kale so it's been fun trying new recipes that feature greens. Scott and I both love steamed salmon and garlic-ginger kale.
Since we've been eating at home mostly, it is fun to try new restaurants:
March Photos of the Day
The Nivens Family