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!

Love,

V

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.

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September 13 – Can I get some crickets please?

My wake up call

 

God only know what these guys were working on (well, probably the old lady in my building too since she’s so nosy) but they decided to get to work early, right on my street corner. Not only did they wake us up, but I had to walk blocks away to have a quiet phone call later in the day.

I miss the VA countryside and the Rhode Island crickets where I can have peace and quiet when getting my beauty sleep.

-V

PS This is a great aerial view of the squash’s “expansion.”

August 29 – Princess Luna and the Frog Prince

Friends

Okay so honestly, nothing much happened today (except a really great work meeting, shhh! Fingers crossed!) so I’m going to tell you a story instead.

Once upon a time, there lived a family in Rhode Island with four girls with long brown hair. One by one, they all left home – one to the capitol of their country to communicate politically, one to a place called the ATL to help show Yankee generosity after the Great War of Northern Aggression, one to lead the girls of Alpha Phi to greatness and froyo, and the youngest, to follow her sisters and see what all the fuss was about. They all came back to visit from time to time, and they all enjoyed visiting each other in these far-away lands. Their good parents, though, were used to a busy house and missed them. Before their youngest left their coop, they welcomed a new family member, Luna.

Luna was not like her sisters and had long golden locks, and although she howled and barked to appear fearless, she was not, in fact, brave like her sisters, and refused to even romp around her yard without her mom and dad by her side for protection. The whole family adored Luna, pampering her when they were home, massaging her, sneaking her treats, each vying for Luna’s love in return. Luna loved the attention, and before long the family began referring to her as Princess Luna.

This story takes place in the dog days of summer, when the family spent most of their days enjoying the pool. Luna lived for swimming, and would spend hours each day chasing balls, swimming laps, and trying to swallow all the splashes! I should explain that while Luna did truly love her family, she was envious of them—although she’d never admit it— and longed for a different type of companionship.

One day, as her sweet mother unlocked the pool gate for her, Luna burst into the pool area, eager for a reprieve from the heat. As she dipped into the cool water she was alarmed to see a frog swimming in her pool! She was curious – she never allowed birds near her pool, and she ate those pesky bugs that infiltrated her water, but this was something new. Could this be her frog prince?!?

She looked back at her mother who was also bending down to get a look at the frog, “He’s all yours, Luna” she said. With the encouragement, Luna jumped in and swam to the frog. He was afraid at first and made her chase him around the pool.  Eventually she corned him in the shallow end and they met nose to nose. “Are you a prince?” she breathed. “Duh,” was his reply. “Will you be my frog prince?” asked Luna. With a twist and a dive, the frog prince agreed and the two swam around happily for hours, her chasing him and swimming in countless circles around him.  Eventually, Luna’s mom had to scoop the frog from the pool to keep her from drowning, as she refused to get out of the pool but was tiring and needed a nap.

The next day, Luna searched around the pool, checking the bottom for any sign of him, and sniffed around the water, but there was no sign of the frog prince. She was depressed and her heart ached for her best friend in the whole world! That night she couldn’t sleep. What did she do wrong? Did she swim in too many circles? Was her fur not combed nicely? Did she smell like a dog? When her mother tried to feed her the next day she refused to eat, moping around the house and whining. She begrudgingly followed her out to the pool that day, deciding she wouldn’t go in the water but, she might just have a look to see if perhaps…

Yes! The frog prince had returned! He had been busy with his kingdom-ly duties the day before and profusely apologized for causing her grief. Luna dove in the pool and for the rest of that summer, Princess Luna and her Frog Prince swam happily ever after.

The End.

-V

For a photo album of their story, click here.

August 26 – Dog Days of Summer

They don’t call it the Ocean State for nothing!!

Ahh, the dogs days. We rallied the troops (me, G, and Momma) and drove down in OCNLVR to the beach.  We decided to surprise the grands and didn’t tell them I’m home. As I was walking up the stairs to their house Papa couldn’t form a sentence! Haha “Hey.. Gab… what? Oh… uh… Is that… Victoria!?”

Grandma and Uncle Steve came with us to the beach and before we soaked up some rays we went straight into that warm (but refreshing) clear, clear RI water. It was perfect. I collapsed on my towel and dozed for a bit, just listening to the waves. On our drive back to EG we stopped at Pick Pockets – best falafel I’ve ever had. Oh my goodness just delightful.

Baby G and I took Lunabear for a walk in Goddard Park with Gary who will be leaving for London in a few weeks. He’s getting a masters in statistics – we need to plan a trip to visit him in England. Pull my leg!

Blueberry pie and peach cobbler for dessert was the perfect ending to a great (unplanned) weekend home. Missing the fam already! =(

-V