Hey y’all! It’s been a busy couple of weeks and posts have been few and far between lately, my apologies! We had a great trip to Denver last week that I can’t wait to write about, and we’re heading to Oklahoma tomorrow to visit family. Lots of good stuff! But first, let’s take a look back at May.
When I think about this past month, I think about rain and gloomy weather. It rained for 15 days straight (at least) at one point and it seemed like every nice, sunny day was followed up with a cold, wet one. No one in our household was impressed.
However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. There were a few nice days peppered into the month here and there and we damn sure took advantage of them. I kicked the month off with an adorable and chic baby shower for my wonderful friend Unmani, who is due to have a little girl next month. I’m so excited for her and to meet their little bundle soon.
The next weekend, celebrations continued for another dear friend’s birthday at DC’s infamous La Boum brunch. We caught it on one of the final weekends at its location at L’enfant Cafe in Adams Morgan, and it was such a blast. If you’ve never danced to Lemonade on a table before noon, you may just be doing it wrong.
Afterward, we kept the party going by hitting up a couple of rooftops in the area – Local 16 and Masa 14. It was a rare, gorgeous day and one of those carefree afternoons with no agenda, nothing but laughter and good friends.
The next morning we celebrated Mother’s Day with my in-laws at an epic brunch at Liberty Tavern in Arlington. I’m not usually a big buffet fan, but the brunch spread at Liberty Tavern is on point. Highly recommended. We ended the afternoon with drink and views at Top of the Yard. Such a lovely weekend.
The following weekend was another good one (week days in May were pretty dull complements of all the rain) starting with happy hour with friends at Takoda in Shaw. It was my second time visiting this new, hip rooftop bar and I didn’t take photos on either visit. I will say, it’s a fun one with really good, elevated bar food. We particularly enjoyed the mac and cheese and the pretzel with beer cheese, and our waitress was the absolute coolest. I need to go back sometime and do a proper review.
The next day, we walked around Capitol Hill for a few hours before visiting the gorgeous Library of Congress. That evening, Lauren joined us for our Shaw Crawl and brunch the next day at Beuchert’s Saloon.
Another work week happened, relatively uneventful until Friday. For our monthly girls’ night outing we decided to do a Paint Nite instead of our usual dinner and drinks.
It was a hilarious evening, mostly spent laughing at inappropriate jokes and our varying levels of artistic ability.
On a less cheery note, I spent much of May battling my terrible insomnia. There were several nights of absolutely no sleep and many others where I maybe go an hour or two. By the end of the month my energy levels were drastically low and my mood wasn’t much better. I ended girls’ night early in an attempt to rest up before a shift at the winery the next day, without much luck.
The shift was good though, despite the utterly crap weather. The winery we work at, Maggie Malick’s, recently had a dock built on their property in order to host DockDogs events so we hosted tons of dog enthusiasts throughout the day.
We also got a visit from one of our favorite dogs, Jack, whose humans often volunteer at the winery on busy weekends. He’s one of the biggest, sweetest dogs I’ve ever seen – his head is bigger than Ashton’s entire body!
Even less sleep was had in the following nights, but I couldn’t wallow too long in my zombie state because it was time for our trip to Denver! We had a great time, and I knocked a big item off my bucket list by attending a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater. I will be telling you all about over the next week or so!
We got back late Saturday night and spent most of Sunday unpacking, cleaning and getting caught up from the time away. In happy news, summer arrived in DC while we were in Denver!
It was so nice to come home to warm weather, and it seems like it’s finally here to stay. I’ve already enjoyed a few long walks with the dog, in between rain showers, and look forward to many more to come.
Best Meal: A few simple dishes at The Dabney stood out above everything else I ate this month.
Best Drink: My first pour over from Philz Coffee at The Yards.
Best Book: Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson – I can’t believe I waited so long to read it!
Best View: A tie between Top of the Yard and Red Rocks!
Best Restaurant Opening: Welcome to the neighborhood, Whaley’s!
Now, tell me about your month! What were the highlights? Did you read any great books? I need a new one for my trip tomorrow.