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30 May 2011
Promise

Marina di Chioggia winter squash
Marina di Chioggia winter squash seedlings

Mother Nature is such a crafty bitch. Most of the time she makes me work really hard to get my garden to produce veggies. Then she goes and surprises me, just to make sure I haven't completely lost hope. The monster seedlings pictured above are less than a week old! I just popped some seeds in the ground, and BAM! The promise of such low-maintenance produce makes me happy.

Marina di Chioggia is an Italian heirloom winter squash that produces big green warty fruit. Other experiments in my front yard pumpkin patch are slate blue Jarrahdales, chestnut-flavored Black Futsus, and Greek Sweet Reds. I've also planted a few squash and melons elsewhere, figuring I need to hedge my bets in case the beetles return with a vengeance!

ground cherries
"Cossack Pineapple" ground cherries

The other item I'm excited to watch develop is a "Cossack Pineapple" ground cherry plant. Ground cherries are similar to tomatillos, in that they grow inside a husk, but they're sweet. We got a handful at a friend's CSA last year, and they are yummy! I had the opportunity to grow some myself this year. You can see a handful of little lantern-shaped fruits starting to appear, along with some small flowers that bear the promise of more treats to come.

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24 May 2011
Get your earlybird tickets to Meet, Plan, Go! DC

Meet, Plan, Go! earlybird tickets

Normally the early bird gets the worm, but this time it also gets to follow its travel dreams! After last year's standing room only crowds, this year we're giving you a chance to sign up early and secure your spot. And until June 8, earlybird tickets are on sale for the bargain price of $10. Get 'em while they're hot!

Alongside my fantastic planning team of Coley Hudgins, Alexis Grant, and Kelsey Freeman, I'm cooking up some good stuff for this year's DC event. We're kicking things off with an informal happy hour on June 22, so stay tuned for more details on that. Or better yet, sign up for the Career Break newsletter and don't miss a thing.

Are you ready to be inspired? If you're looking for a way to make your travel dreams a reality, join us on October 18 for Meet, Plan, Go! We'd love to see you in DC, but there are 16 other locations across North America to choose from.

 

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* Meet, Plan, Go! ...it's baaaaaaack!

* Get your tix to MPG DC
* So You Want to Write a Travel Memoir by Alexis Grant
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13 May 2011
Photo Friday: VA Gold Cup fashion statements

lovely ladies in lovely hats
lovely ladies in lovely hats

It should come as no surprise that I'm a big fan of hats. Always have been, always will be. So I jumped at the chance to attend this year's Virginia Gold Cup, espcially when friends invited us to join the Eleventh Street Lounge bus trip. Sure, a glimpse into blueblood horse country culture is fun. Unlimited booze and a spot "on the rail" at Virginia's biggest steeplechase event of the season? Good times, especially when you've got transportation there and back. But the real reason I was so excited to go? The hats.

Danny rocks his wife's hat
Danny rocks his wife's hat... and this is just on the bus trip out!

on the rail
on the rail

grounded hat
grounded hat

ethereal hat
ethereal hat

crisp and tasty
crisp and tasty

Katie sports some bling
Katie sports some bling to match her chapeau

this chick's hat matches her dude's shirt
this chick's hat matches her dude's shirt

fabulous even in repose
fabulous even in repose

this family is so cute it hurts
this family is so cute it hurts


Don't worry, the gents have some fashion options too. I'm not saying they're good options, per se, but choices abound!

fellow in  yellow... hello!
fellow in yellow... hello!

owie zowie
owie zowie

the original Virginia Gentleman
the original Virginia Gentleman

And, finally, MY hat! Something borrowed, something blue. Mark doesn't like how he looks in this picture so unfortunately I had to crop him out. But he wasn't wearing a hat anyway...

something borrowed, something blue

 

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06 May 2011
Photo Friday: Peep Dreams

Peep Dreams

Inspired by the Washington Post's annual "Peep Show" diorama contest, we had a little competition of our own at the office. My entry came in second, which is pretty respectable considering I wasn't even around to bribe any votes. My brilliant artistic vision was tough to adequately capture in a mere photograph, but it's essentially me at my desk dreaming about being on safari with oktapodi.

Art therapy is a good thing.

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