Apr 5, 2011

A dapple of my (long) weekend

Oh my gosh, this weekend. Ah-mazing. Lisa is sweet, fun, and we are alike in so many ways! I'd made a ridiculously detailed itinerary so we could hit up a lot of sites, and the phrase of the weekend was "we rocked the schedule." Rocked it. I can't get over how well everything worked out. It's the beginning of spring in this area which means one minute it's chilly, one minute it's gorgeous, one minute it's breezy, and the next it's pouring, but somehow we managed to see everything we wanted to, and avoid the worst of the weather!

We started Saturday and Sunday early (we slept in 'till 8 o'clock yesterday and it felt so decadent!), but we did so much! I introduced Lisa to Cakelove, Starbucks' passion tea lemonade, and Cadbury eggs; we giggled when we crossed the same intersection in D.C. three different times (only to realize the restaurant we were going to was right in front of us), and we reveled in all the historical sites we visited.

I normally avoid going into D.C. the weekend of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival because it's nothing short of madness. However, since we started early we were able to avoid most of the crowds, and walking along the tidal basin surrounded by cherry blossoms was like walking in an enchanted forest.

Cherry Blossoms from Becky on Vimeo.

See what I mean?

Overall, we decided the Cherry Blossom ten-mile race (why Lisa was in town to begin with), was not well organized at all. We went to pick up her packet Saturday and the line outside the building spanned three city blocks! (I wish I were exaggerating). The morning of the race we met up with Charbelle (who managed to look adorable at 7 AM), and then she and Lisa had to stand in line for the least amount of bathrooms ever. They weren't sure what wave they were in to start (there were 15,000 people running this race!) so they kind of had to hop in where they could, and then afterwards, Charbelle had to ask someone where the water was - it wasn't even easily accessible! Lisa had a rough race, but she finished like a champ - I'm so proud of her!

After the race (and a nap!) we managed to squeeze in dinner with Jess and Charbelle (Jess brought her oldest daughter Cassidy who is hilarious), headed back into D.C. at night, visited Mount Vernon, and had a fabulous last lunch all before she left yesterday afternoon. We ate so well this weekend - a mixture of restaurants and meals at my apartment, and while I was secretly worried I would make something with gluten and cause Lisa to hate me forever have a problem, it was not only surprisingly easy to cook gluten-free, but there are dishes I like better without gluten! (Here's looking at you quinoa pasta).

What's that? You want to see proof of all the fabulous things we did? Well, twist my arm.

As usual, there are a couple caveats to this video. A few of the pictures are blurry - some were on purpose (I thought it made them look dreamy), some were taken by strangers we accosted asked to help us out, and some were just accidents - but they're still fun so I included them. Also, the song stops abruptly at the end. I was so proud of myself for figuring out how to delete part of the song (and not the whole thing), that I wasn't worried about where it stopped, and then I didn't want to re-do it in order to fix it.

Becky & Lisa weekend of awesome from Becky on Vimeo.

We rocked the schedule.

I'm woefully behind on my blog reading - so tell me, how was your weekend?


HC said...

What an awesome weekend!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

Oh fun!! That video makes me grin ear to ear - seriously. You were such an amazing host! Thank so much for everything - especially for accomodating my ridiculous dietary restrictions, and taking them in stride! I am sure I will be back. :)

The Many Thoughts of a Reader said...

I love the photo of Lisa from the race. She looks hardcore and like you don't want to mess with her! The cherry blossoms look beautiful as well! We spent the weekend traveling around our state and Windsor eating at local places.. yum!

Mandy said...

I LOVE IT!!! I am so glad that you all had such a fantastic weekend. The pictures are gorgeous. You and Lisa look fabulous. And the cherry blossoms? Oh the cherry blossoms! I must to DC. MUST. Love you and can't wait to see you in a few days.

Amber said...

OMG I LOVED THIS. I even got to watch it with the music!

I love you both and I'm SO GLAD you had such a rockin weekend.

Also? I was very psyched to see Lisa wearing her Canada sweater ;) Whoo! Hehe

Nora said...

So glad you guys had such a great time :) I was thinking of you both a ton!!! Hope to see you soon, somehow!

Stevie said...

SO fun! After the fun day you and I spent together in october, I know you showed Lisa a great time! Beautiful pictures. My mum is out there now visiting my bro. Wish I could be there!

Stephany said...

Ah...it all looks like so much fun! I'm soo jealous but so happy you guys had such a great time together!! :)

Amber @ A Little Pink in the Cornfields said...

What FUN!! I cannot wait to visit DC someday - I have never been! Glad you girls had such a great time! :)

Suburban Sweetheart said...

What fun! I miss D.C. so much & love reading about it on other people's blogs so I can live vicariously...

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