it's been soooo long since the last pieces post, so this one is packed. this past month there have been an insane amount of snow days, some college interviews, not a lot of schoolwork, and ton of food expeditions. and i have finally planned this year's summer, after many skype sessions with friends and some complicated family meetings.
nisha drove down from annapolis one saturday to come walk around georgetown with me. one afternoon, bridget and i went prom dress shopping and it was ridiculously fun and frustrating at the same time. one weekend we celebrated lina's birthday with a fancy dinner at kafé leopold, which has insanely great desserts. (and for some reason, that group of friends was entirely made out of europeans, so it was great to spend the evening talking about the weather in fahrenheit and splitting the check "unevenly")
there were two weeks when i switched phone companies and my cell phone stopped working. you would think unplugging would be relaxing and all that, but it was actually a nightmare. at one point i was stuck in an igloo, another time i had to wait on my friends' doorsteps until she came home because we couldn't find each other after school. i survived through my friend's cell phones and numbers scribbled in pieces of paper all over my backpack. on one especially crazy afternoon bridget wrote her phone number in sharpie all across my arm so that i could contact her if i needed help. i depend so much on my phone, it's embarrassing.
at the end of february i went to florida with my team for the south zones synchronized swimming competition. i needed that warmth and that sun so so so much! we did well and it was good but the day we were supposed to come home our flights got canceled and it was a mess, so we were stuck there for a while.
syncro-wise, this past month has been very intense. but that might need to be explained in another long post.
these two little brothers turned eight and twelve! we celebrated with cake and balloons. we also went on a neighborhood hike one day. and we went to see the movie frozen together. i am very proud of making it to the movies three times this past month! i used to go all the time when i lived in barcelona: it was close to my house and very cheap, so we would go on random weeknights after we finished our studying! besides frozen, i've also seen the monuments men, which was very hollywood and great. and the grand budapest hotel, which deserved a post of it's own.
as soon as i got back from florida, like less than an hour after i landed, my friend texted me about going night sledding. the temperatures were record low, i had spent all morning swimming in an outdoor pool and not taken a real shower in days, so i did not go, but i made a batch of thick hot chocolate, packed a bag with blankets and plastic champagne cups and we met at my family's new house. we just bought it and they haven't started the renovations, so it has no furniture and it was the perfect bananagrams night spot. the next day another one of my friends had a brunch with all kinds of food and we played cards against humanity and it was great. oh, winter is actually so great.
i discovered vace's take out. it's a small italian deli that reminds me so much of my italian grandma's family old grocery store! i'm so so glad my friends love food as much as i do, that they are into finding high quality donut shops and willing to take the metro all the way to columbia heights just to get some good pie. we are making a google map with all the places we want to try in dc! these past weeks we crossed off the list the district of pi pizzeria (on pi day, of course) and the diner in adams morgan (their brownie a la mode is now a dc must).
i've also led my mother into my obsession with food. we have some differences, she likes pancakes i like crêpes, she likes soups i like sandwiches, but we get along, ha... one day we went to g by mike isabella for their roasted couliflower sandwich and had coffee at busboys and poets. then went to see the women of vision expo at the national geographic (which was amazing) and ended up at shake shack because frozen custard is important.
but please, my friends, the food obsession goes beyond fun weekend outings. it has taken over our day to day lives... for katherine's birthday, i discovered how quick it is to make banana bread (which is probably dangerous). and later that day we surprised her with a party where we all brought vegetables, cheese and bread and grilled panini. and just this monday, when it snowed, my friend noa sent me a link to a gnocchi recipe and the next day she was at my house making them. it was great, we were so proud of ourselves, we outpinterest pinterest!
ok that was a lot. i apologize. high fives if you read through it all instead of turning off the computer and running to your closest food store. i promise i have also been productive with day of the girl, babysitting and calculus. but yes, it's been mostly food. what about you? how have you been?