July 15 – Life-saving Consumerism

Alright, so while this is a very boring composition, this “subject” is very important!



Today, Madison and I indulged in some good ol’ American consumerism.  We went to the Leesburg outlets just to shop – with nothing in mind to buy and drove away with a new pan, milk frother, yoga pants, sneakers, workout clothes, etc.  I guess we “needed” them?

One our way home we stopped at two other places:

1.Wegmans: amazing. I’d never been! It’s between a Whole Foods and a Giant, but they have Safeway prices and better! Man, I wish there was one closer to us!

2. HomeGoods: I saved my life.  Literally! I found a “standing desk” aka a shelf unit that’s the right height for me and fits my laptop.  Now, I can stand while working for half the day and live 2 years longer! Bonus! (Just Google sitting and dying and see what comes up.)




Happy 4th from the North Haven Ferry!

I hope everyone had a patriotic fourth! We explored Rockland and stopped for lunch at this famous little diner.  Enjoyed some good ol’ New England Chowder and Fish Sandwich before hopping on the ferry to North Haven, an island 12 miles off the coast of Maine where we stayed with Oliver, Madison’s friend from GWU.  Every year for the fourth Oliver invites friends up to celebrate Independence Day at his mom’s house, built by the Watsons.  Tom Watson, the second president of IBM, bought land on North Haven and built a main house, plus a home for each of his children so they could all vacation together.  It is absolutely beautiful, and there is so much of their family history there – it was so interesting learning more about their family.  Read more about Thomas here – it’ amazing just how much he did in his life.

A BIG thank you to Oliver for inviting me, I had a great time exploring the island and meeting some fun new people!