L’apartement

Can you believe Madison and I have been living together for almost 3 1/2 years!? It’s hard to believe, and our little Dupont apartment has come a long way. I’d like to invite you all to a quick tour of the apartment (took the photos around Christmas) – enjoy!

The Living Room

Bright Living Room

Couch with View

Le petit couch

View from bedroom

The Bedroom/Office

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Oh hi Dumbledore! How much do you love my new comforter? I feel like Mrs Claus. 🙂 (Little secret… I buy all comforters and blankets to fit a king size bed because I’m hoping one day soon we can move on from our full size bed. ) 🙂

The rest of the apartment is too messy to share, so you will just have to come visit and see for yourself.

-V

DC is a Blossomin’

The DC Cherry Blossoms were late this year, and it took three tries to see them in bloom.

TRIP #1

Mom, Dad, Rachel and Matt came to visit Easter weekend, and although this was the warmest weekend we’d had, the blossoms were NOT ready to bloom. The Peak was supposed to be this weekend, but obviously, it was pushed back… by two weeks.

Cherry Blossom Buds

 

Old Town

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Trip #2

The weekend after our lovely visitors left, Madison and I walked down to the Mall, hoping to see the blossoms.  Both of us were traveling Sunday-Tues/Wed, and we didn’t want to miss them!  Unfortunately, they were still holding out.

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Trip#3

FINALLY! We made it down to the Mall on a gorgeous Friday evening, biking around the Tidal Basin and were table to see the beautiful blossoms IN BLOOM.

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For all of you who couldn’t make it down to see the blossoms, I hope these photos will do, and that they’ll remind you that spring is just around the corner! Talking to you, New England!

sNOw Cookies

Hey ya’ll today is a “Snow Day.” This means: the Capital Weather Group convinced us all that we were in for a good storm and all we got was some freezing rain.

Rainy Day in Dupont

Since pretty much all of DC closed down in preparation for the “Snowquester” (so ironic) Madison was home working with me from the Anchor Media Offices!

Caught working in Yoga Pants

Caught working in Yoga Pants

(It was also laundry day)

(It was also laundry day)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So, feeling like I should do SOMETHING exciting today, I went to my favorite food blog, Smitten Kitchen, and made these bad boys:

Peanut Butter Cookies

Peanut Butter Cookies

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup peanut butter at room temperature (smooth is what we used, but I am pretty sure they use chunky at the bakery)
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, at room temperature
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup peanut butter chips
1/2 cup chocolate chips

For sprinkling: 1 tablespoon sugar, regular or superfine

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, combine the flour, the baking soda, the baking powder, and the salt. Set aside.

In a large bowl, beat the butter and the peanut butter together until fluffy. Add the sugars and beat until smooth. Add the egg and mix well. Add the milk and the vanilla extract. Add the flour mixture and beat thoroughly. Stir in the peanut butter and chocolate chips. Place sprinkling sugar — the remaining tablespoon — on a plate.

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Are you really surprised I have a purple spatula?

Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls into the sugar, then onto ungreased cookie sheets, leaving several inches between for expansion. Using a fork, lightly indent with a crisss-cross pattern (I used the back of a small offset spatula to keep it smooth on top), but do not overly flatten cookies. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Do not overbake. Cookies may appear to be underdone, but they are not.

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Cool the cookies on the sheets for 1 minute, then remove to a rack to cool completely.

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If you’re wondering, they taste really good. Visitors Welcome!

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Andddd we’re back.

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Photo taken during trip up the CA coast. Very high up. Lots of curves. Lots of nerves.

Welcome back to the V Life everyone! It’s been 87 days since my birthday and therefore my last post and I need you all to believe me that my honest intention was to blog weekly after my daily challenge was completed.  However, “Life” (the V Life to be specific) happened and I found myself with no time to write.

Let’s catch up shall we? Since my last post on Oct 22, I:

v  Celebrated 4 years with the marvelous Mr. Madison Calvert.  You read that correctly, and I can’t believe it’s been 4 years either! This guy must like me or something….

v  I was Bon Qui Qui for Halloween. Do NOT get Loud with me.

v  Went on a fantastic West Coast Tour of our country for 10 days when Madison left LivingSocial to work for new Brand Analytics (Chicago will have to wait a little longer).  We drove from San Diego to Vancouver, well we flew from San Fran to Portland, but still – that’s a long drive! I, even amidst the beauty and that gorgeous Pacific Ocean, now firmly can say I am an East Coast girl. Sorry but it’s true. We got to see some friends and an aunt along the way, and it quelled my travel itch after Mom and Dad went to Italy for three weeks!

v  Got sick immediately after the trip due to a cold when I got the flu shot, landing me with the biggest swollen glands I’ve ever had, a finger infection, and gums so swore I couldn’t eat.  TMI? Nah. I recovered.

v  Went home for Thanksgiving and Mom and Dad nursed their biggest baby back to health.  There is nothing better than having your parents take care of you when you’re sick, even when you’re 25 years old.

v  The next week, I attended a ceremony during which of PR News honored me as “someone to watch in PR that’s under 30.” Or something like that. I was SO SURPRISED to have not only Auntie Kelly accompany Uncle Steve to the event, but Mom and Dad flew down too, posing as my servers at Founding Farmers to catch me off guard.  I had a great time hanging in DC with the 4 of them and celebrating this unexpected but awesome award.

v  December was a blur. Christmas shopping, holiday social media campaigns, holiday parties, Les Miserables, family photos, Christmas, after Christmas shopping…

v  I was able to spend a good 3 weeks at home around Christmas which was so great just hanging out with the family in sweats all day, chillin’ by the fire. For NYE, Madison and I went out in NYC and spent a lot of money, but we had a lot of fun and I wore my gold sparkly shoes which was obviously amazing.

v  This year, my new year’s resolutions are simple: more yoga (meaning more than no yoga), volunteer more, and bring back the V Life. Voila! Already making progress!

Well, that’s about it! I’ll try to post a little more frequently than once every 4 months.

-V

Oh, PS: I am also “THE” Twitter Butler now.  See for yourself hereHereHereHereHere.  HereHereHereHere.  And here.

Here are some more photos since I’m no longer doing a “photo a day” blog:

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San Fran Chillin

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Madison and his “fav” quarterback!

Didn't take this one, but it was too cute to not include it.

Didn’t take this one, but it was too cute to not include it.