October 22 – V

Whoo hoo! Happy 25th birthday to me!

Happy Birthday to Me! And might I add, CHALLENGE COMPLETED! A post a day for a year  -DONE.  I’ve had several requests for a self-portrait, so yesterday Madison and I walked down to the National Mall, I set up my tripod, and we had some fun. What a workout running into photos and posing, plus, doing acrobatics in boots is no easy feat. (The boots had to make an appearance since they are as much a part of my identity as my hair: “Big black boots, long brown hair, she’s so sweet with her get back stare.”) We had quite a few observers as we ran around the Mall, laughing, and doing silly poses while trying to time the seconds left on my camera’s timer. I love how this photo came out – I think my happiness really shows through.  I’ll post the other photos from our shoot on Facebook later today so you can see how silly we looked.

This last post is bittersweet for me – many of you know how excited I am to no longer have to schedule time into my day to post on this blog. This was a very busy year for me and this added task sometimes seemed like a chore.  On the other hand, I have a photo a day to document my life as a 24 year old which is pretty awesome.  I’ll be able to look back and remember all the great times I had, where I traveled, and who I spent time with.

24 turned out to be a great year to document for all my friends and family and random internet friends, looking back it makes me smile to remember that:

  • I traveled so much that I only spent 218 days in DC, visiting 6 countries and 15 U.S. cities/states.  Mom and Dad will be happy to know I spent 52 days in RI!
  • I discovered a freckle on the palm of my hand
  • I like oysters (a lot, apparently)
  • I started a business
  • I saw Martha Stewart in real life
  • I completed a certificate program at Georgetown University
  • I saw sea turtles up close
  • My post popular tags on The V Life are Washington DC, traveling, Rhode Island, Dupont Circle, coffee, wine, Paris
  • My Droid takes really good pictures
  • I like to eat/cook/bake/dine out
  • I like sharing what I eat
  • I followed through on my New Year’s resolutions, especially biking more in DC  – oh, and starting a business
  • I still really like wine and Paris

I just wanted to thank you all for following along with The V Life.  Every day I try to have as much fun as possible and to continue learning and adventuring, and having my family and friends alongside me supporting me is just a wonderful feeling. Cheers to all of you for making this year so memorable!



PS: You can’t get rid of me that easily.  Although I most definitely will not be posting here daily, you will still be able to check in and see where I’m traveling and what I’m eating. More on that here.

October 18 – All good things must come to an end


You’re looking at Yola. Or what used to be Yola. =( I biked down for a meeting here, only to find that one of my favorite coffee shops in DC was closed for good. Just to jog your memory, this is where I discovered my Greek yogurt and oatmeal breakfast of champions.

Curious to learn more about why they closed, I looked them up on Twitter and found that they linked followers to an article by Laura Smith, Yola’s founder. Read the article and let me know what you think…I thought it was really pessimistic and don’t think the last impression she made with their customers should have been full of complaints and whines. I get that she is upset that Yola had to close, I would be really down too, but it’s a business. Businesses don’t all work out. They had a great product, but it was really expensive. Instead of blasting entrepreneurship, and discouraging others to open their own restaurants  I think a better approach would have been writing about looking forward to her next challenge, and learning from this experience.

I will seriously miss this place though… I need to find another non-chain coffee shop that’s close enough to work from. Le sigh.


PS: Other good things coming to an end…daily V Life posts… folks, it’s almost my birthday!

August 27 – Olive you! Pepper you!

How beautiful are these “divine” veggies!?


Sometimes instead of saying “I love you,” Madison will say “Olive You” to me, usually when he’s hungry.  My response is always, pepper you! His is a homonym, mine is another vegetable.

Speaking of PEPPERS, boy oh boy am I a lucky girl! Dad and Mom have been growing beautiful vegetables this summer, and I visited just at the right time to take some of their bounty to DC.  In my carry-on this morning were eggplants, green bell peppers, habaneros and jalapenos.  They don’t mess around with peppers, either, their jalapenos are HOT.  I cut one up for a salad earlier in the weekend and tummy growling, popped a couple pieces in my mouth while waiting for dinner to be ready. Ouchie!

I didn’t take any tomatoes back with me because they would have been tomato juice by the time I arrived in Dupont Circle, but they looked delicious as well. To whoever is stealing Dad’s tomatoes just as they ripen on the vine, you better look-out! He is not a happy camper (see comments below).

I can’t wait to eat these suckers – any recipe suggestions for my spicy, spicy peppers?



August 18 – Reflecting Pool Reflections

The construction is almost complete!

After I graduated, renovations on the Reflection Pool began – much needed renovation.  When you walked along it before, all you could think about was the awful smell coming from the stagnant water.  I walked along the Mall today since it was so nice out, and I was surprised to see how far along they were – it looks like it’s almost done! There’s an article by the Post if you want to learn more.  The project cost about 34 million!

GW also has a bunch of construction going on, it’s so weird walking around campus and seeing all the changes. A new Science and Engineering Building is  the biggest project they’re working on, which sounds like GW is positioning themselves as more tech-focused.  Very interesting… but if that’s true, I think it’s a strong move!

One more thing – why do fountains attract crazy people? I swear Dupont Circle attracts all the crazies…