Tuesday, April 30, 2013

LOST DOG CAFE


Yep. It was as good as it looks!

Last weekend Josh and I finally tried the Lost Dog Cafe. We had heard amazing things about it from several friends and we were dying to try it. So when we couldn't decide what to eat after church, we unanimously voted on Lost Dog in Arlington.

There are now four locations in the Northern Virginia area but we went to the original!

"The Original provides its customers a relaxed atmosphere with over 250 bottle selections."

 
The bottles were like works of art! It was so cool to see so many different choices. If you are a beer lover, I HIGHLY recommend checking out Lost Dog. The atmosphere was that of a casual pizza joint but the food was superb and as you can see they have every beer in the world!
 
The walls are also painted with hilarious drawings of dogs!



Josh opted for a sandwhich which was classic deli style and awesome. He only finished half it was so full!
 
You are also probably wondering what the deal is with all the dogs...
 
"The Lost Dog Café has rescued, sponsored and placed hundreds of abandoned and unwanted animals over the past 13 years."
 
Isn't that awesome??? The restaurants partner with the Lost Dog and Cat Rescue Foundation to help poor little puppies and kittens.
 
You won't find pets at the restaurant, but you can buy t-shirts and other merchandise. The original owners started rescuing dogs and cats since they were in business and I just love this unique partnership!
 



Go check it out!!!!

Monday, April 29, 2013

RAINY DAYS

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Rainy days make me want to nap. Not work.

Instead of complaining, think of something you love, that makes you happy, for which you are grateful right now.

Link up here and tell me about it!

Sunday, April 28, 2013

BE GRATEFUL: MOMMY

Happy Sunday! Enjoy a day of rest and think about something for which you are truly grateful.


Mom's birthday is on Tuesday so today I'm taking her out to celebrate with some Mommy / Mo time. My mom and I are very similar in a lot of ways. We are goofy, loud, sensitive, loving, fearful, driven, and nice. Yes, mom. We are nice.

Sometimes we are so similar that we get in each other's way, but we always come out on the other side with a stronger, more open relationship. I love you mom! And I am very glad you were born!

For what are you grateful today?

Add your link below and share! I can't wait to hear about all of the wonderful things in each of your lives!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

CHIC CHIGNON

If you follow me on Pinterest you know that I'm thinking about cutting my hair shorter.
 
For now, while it's still long, I'm really into trying new hairstyles. Here is my current favorite: the Audrey Hepburn look, complete with a top of head chignon.
 



There is something so nice about being able to put my hair up and have it out of my face all day while still channeling one of my all-time favorite actresses. 

Let's pretend I'm her today.



Ok maybe minus the cat. And cigarette (ew). And gloves. 

Though I do have those gloves in my closet. Maybe when I come home... HAHAHA

Oh how glorious a little hairstyle can make you feel!
 
Here's a pic of the best chignon I ever managed to do!

Friday, April 26, 2013

JUST SOME QUESTIONS

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1. If you could do one thing differently in your life, what would it be?
    I take these things so seriously, I started tearing up as soon as I read this question. I probably have a lot of things that I would do differently. I will start by saying that I am truly glad I can’t go back and do any of them again (the same or differently). Each event made me who I am. And I like me. But I think that if I had to do one thing differently, I would change what I wanted to be. I wish I didn’t want to be an actor when I was growing up and in college. I wish I had always wanted to be a teacher or a writer or a photographer or a journalist.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
    I see myself married with a very little one or one on the way. I see myself happy and smiling and frustrated and laughing – the same as now. I see myself moving toward a more authentic lifestyle for me. I see myself with a pile of laundry and a bottle of wine and a bucket of popcorn and a great DVD and laying on the lap of my love.

3. Do you honestly want kids?
    Yes. I think that I was ashamed or embarrassed to admit that what I care most about in life is having a family. I have always been very career focused. What can I accomplish? What is the best I can achieve? That is what I must do. Very recently, I have finally let myself admit that raising a family is more important to me than advancing in the corporate world. This may change. I may change. My dream may change. But right now, I know that I very much want to have kids. Not right now. But in 5 years, oh yeah!

4. What has been the best moment of your life so far?
    The first things that came to my mind were: Senior Showcase, Northwestern, Legally Blonde, Showcase Auditions. Hmmm. I’m not sure if ‘best moment’ = most successful or most fulfilled but that seems to be how I’m thinking of it. All of those times are largely centered around performance – being fully engaged and focused and having a clear purpose.

    I have had MANY many wonderful moments in my life. Some romantic, some familial, some just funny times with friends. So maybe I don’t have a ‘best moment of my life.’ Maybe I have best moments of my life. I do find it interesting though that my gut told me that times when I was giving 100% of myself to performing was my best moment…

5. What is your life theme song?
    I love questions like this. I’m such a nerd! I would say it changes all the time. For the past few years I think “Uncharted” by Sarah Bareilles really captures me. Just listening to the lyrics makes me think and feel connected to the song and it's message.



6. What is one thing you have yet to accomplish that you want to do before you die?
    I want to get married!!! (If this seems silly to you, know that I have a huge fear of failing at this.)
 
7. If you could choose one thing to be known for, what would it be?
    Being a good friend/sister/daughter/wife/mother/grandmother/greatgrandmother. Relationships make my heart soar.

8. If you could do anything you wanted right in this very moment {no consequences, no fear, etc.}, what would it be?
    I would quit my job and go to Australia for the next few months with Josh. And I would have people I love come visit us throughout the summer.

9. What has been the most challenging moment in your life?
    When I was newly 25, I experienced heartbreak and betrayal in a way that still affects me today. I remember very clearly when the truth came out that I had been lied to in inexplicable ways and that my reality was not true. God, my mother, and my closest friends carried me through that experience and in many ways still hold me up when I need it today.

10. Summarize yourself in one word.
    I love these games! In college, my friends unanimously voted on Spunky.
   
    Now I think I would say Real – there is so much of me that is different and constantly changing and honest and this is the best way I can think to explain how I feel about myself. I am not perfect but sometimes I try to be. Other times I wear sweatpants and don’t wash my hair. I can be driven, hopeless, ecstatic, weepy, grumpy, indignant, stubborn, encouraging, loving, lousy, ladylike, loud, and everything in between. I am extremes. I feel extremely awake and then in an instant I need to be asleep. I’m sweating and then I am just too cold. I change all the time. I feel so many things. I show so many sides of myself and I wear my heart on my sleeve. I build myself up and believe in myself and I doubt and break myself down. I am human and humble and proud and hopeful and nervous and real. I am a beautiful contradiction who will always be growing into the person I am meant to be. I am real. And I am all of the mess that comes with it. 

Thanks to Erin for motivating me to do this little questionnaire. I loved it.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

1/2 PRICE BURGERS

I grew up going to half price burger night with my family at a little place called Brion's Grille in Fairfax. Such a sweet place. 

Well now that I live in the D.C. area, I'm constantly on the hunt for a good burger. When't it's half price, it's even better! If you're ever in Clarendon. I know exactly where you should go. 

Whitlow's on Wilson, or Whitlow's as it's affectionately called in my apartment has half price burgers on Monday. YESSSSSSSSSSSS.



My recommendation is this monster:



Chili Burger. With sour cream. Seriously? Yes. So good.

The burger was a little overcooked but it didn't matter one bit with all that delicious chili on top. I dug in with a fork and knife and it was still a mess.

Honestly, there's nothing like a good burger!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

SICK DAY

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I have a cold. It's a bad one. As my dad would say, "my head is as big as a football."

I also have a man voice. Thanks for that one, cold.

For the record, I am still going to work today. I don't want to fall behind and I feel weird using my sick days after coming from a company that didn't have them. We just had paid time off... so I always felt the need to save it.

Also, this is not what I look like. HAH! I wish. I basically put on mascara and tied my wet hair in a pony this morning. But hey, I'm making it work. Right?

I plan to go home after work, make my 10th cup of tea for the day, put on sweats, and sit on my couch. After that I plan to not move until I'm asleep.

Any good cold remedies?

Any good TV / movie recommendations?

Since I am out of it today, here are three lovely ladies for you to check out...

Meg @ The Edit
 
They aren't sponsors or anything, I just love them and you should too.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

PINTEREST ENCOURAGEMENT


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When I woke up this morning I was feeling like I needed some words of encouragement. I think that's what fighting a cold will do to one's spirit. :)
 
Since I didn't have any words for myself today, I turned to Pinterest.
 
Oh thank you sweet sweet Pinterest. Look at all of these gems!!! 
 
Which message did you need to hear today?
 
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Monday, April 22, 2013

MOMENTS OF... MY WEEKEND



breakfast / bacon / so good / couch TV time!
 
 
Since I was taking the weekend off from social media, I had a lot of time to relax and it was both a challenge and a delight! We slept later than usual on Saturday and then I made breakfast for us to enjoy. Is there honestly anything better than bacon?
 

 
 
oscar / zeus / blackjack / max

Before heading to Beth's engagement party on Saturday night, we stopped at my mom's house to see my brother and sister-in-law who were in town (for a different engagement party). While Kev and Kathy were getting dressed we were playing with all of my puppies. It's ok, Zeus thinks he is a dog. :)



 
me and grandpa / josh snapping pics / snuggling macy / smile!

My mom has 4 dogs, a cat, several turtles, and fish. The puppies as I still call them are all 14 now (except Oscar who was adopted) and it's so crazy to think how much of my life they have seen. I remember seeing Macy be born and here is my sweet girl so many years later!



 
favorite wedding event outfit / sworovski / napkins / cutest cupcakes

We all headed off to our parties around the same time and Josh and I had a BLAST at Beth and Nate's engagement party. Despite the fact that we arrived at 7 when the party started at 5:30... and we were worried we were going to be too early... it was so fun for me to get to know Nate and Beth better.

Beth and Josh are best friends from high school and I love hanging out with her. It's easy to tell why she is such an important part of Josh's life!





 
lazy sunday / making my favorite muffins / practicing the psalm

Ahhhh Sunday. I spent most of the day watching TV and napping. As Grandpa guessed, I had 'too good a time' at the party haha.

Josh was busy though taking Beth and Nate's engagement shots (which are soooooo gorgeous! I'll share when they are done!) and visiting his parents. By the time he got to my place, he promptly fell asleep while I baked and practiced for church.

It was a lovely weekend.









Sunday, April 21, 2013

BE GRATEFUL: MY BROTHER

Happy Sunday! Enjoy a day of rest and think about something for which you are truly grateful.


I got to see my little brother yesterday and I am so grateful for my time with him! It's funny to say 'little' because he is in fact younger than I am but he is oh so much taller. 

Kevin and my sister-in-law Kathy were able to come down from Brooklyn for an engagement party and it was so nice to see them and just sit around and talk and stare at their beautiful faces. 

I have so many fond memories of growing up with Kevin and I know we have so many more memories to come. :)

For what are you grateful today?

Saturday, April 20, 2013

DAY OFF



I was up late last night working on some exciting new things for the blog. GET PUMPED.

I'm trying to blog smarter and make some adjustments that are going to make things a little more professional around here. So it will take a little while. But it's going to be great when it's finally done. :)

Today I am taking the day off. I'm going to sleep late. And not check email. Or twitter. Or anything. I'm sure I'll have a lot to catch up on when I get back.

Leave me a comment and let me know what you'd like to see more of on She is Moments!

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Friday, April 19, 2013

WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT IT



There are a lot of things happening in the world this morning. There are even more things happening in Boston.

I, like many of you, have a lot on my mind. Events like the Boston Marathon bombing make me consider things in a different way.

Since Monday, I've been thinking constantly about why I was put on this Earth, what I am meant to do with my unique skills, how I can help people in my life, and what my mark will be on this world.

Big thoughts.

I will admit that my musings in this area have changed considerably since I was a child. I used to think that I needed to be famous or cure a disease or save a life or write a book that millions of people would read.

This morning - as Boston police shut down the bustling city and search for a 19-year-old boy who has lost himself and likely is responsible for the murder and maiming of innocent people - I am thinking about how I can help on a much smaller scale.

I want to help people cherish their lives. Each moment we have here on Earth is precious. And while that can be hard to remember when a work deadline looms, bills are due, or your to-do list seems impossible, it's important to remember that those bills are a gift. They are a gift of living a beautiful life in an honorable and privileged country.

I spent a long time reading Jess Lively's post about purpose yesterday. Coupled with my reaction to the Boston tragedy, I am going to take some time to define my own purpose for both myself and how I can serve others in my life and on this blog. Humanity is too important not to be striving to enrich it at all times.

This morning, my heart and prayers are with those in Boston. And also with those who believe that the only way to affect change is through senseless violence, may their hearts be changed and their eyes opened.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

SO SHE DID

 

This print jumped out of the to & from spring issue and really made me think. First, I want to buy it, put it on my wall, and stare at it every day. Second, I want to believe that I can.

At 27, I'm (mostly) past the stage where I have no freakin idea what I want to do with my life and cry about it all the time. Mostly. I have experience working in the corporate and non-profit sectors and I have been very blessed to have wonderful managers and mentors who pushed me to achieve and grow in my different positions.

I find that now, I'm more curious about the different ways my life can turn. At 27, I'm farther away from college and closer to having a family. I need to remember to do things like contribute to my 401k and save money for a down payment on a house. Woah woah woah... How did I get here?

When I saw this print my first thought was, "what an empowered woman."

My second thought was, "what do I believe I can do?"

Wow. What do I believe I can do? This question stopped me in my tracks.

I sat and just thought and still haven't really come up with an answer. Things used to be pretty clear:
I believe I can get straight A's
I believe I can get into a good college
I believe I can get a good job

Then today I thought about the things that I want to believe I can do. I'm not really sure that I believe I can do these things. But I want to! Maybe if I tell myself enough times it will become real.
I believe I can trust in love
I believe I can have a happy marriage
I believe I can find a career that engages me
I believe I can relax
I believe I can not feel the need to accomplish something every second.

I believe I can. And so I will. :)

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