Poor Andrew was so nervous beforehand, given that this was his first big professional thing--he wasn't hungry, and he wasn't talking much, either. All of his nerves and his constant practicing paid off, though--I wasn't there to see it, but I heard he gave a funny, engaging talk (most people just read their papers instead), got lots of compliments, and the director of the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. told Andrew a comment he made on the director's presentation was "super-sharp." So proud!
I could brag about him all day, but instead, I'll share with you the rest of our trip, in the form of this week's quick takes! Click here to read more, thanks to Jen!
1. Here begins a recurring theme of our trip, that of the paper-grading husband. Andrew had to bring a lot of his students' work with him, but he managed to grade dozens of assignments while still going on adventures. Our journey involved a layover in Dallas and a 10:30 p.m. flight, which somehow got pushed back to after 1:00 a.m. due to plane complications. Here we are waiting, and here's husband making use of the extra time. And, here is the oh-so-charming B&B we stayed at. We loved the fresh flowers in our room, the gorgeous views out the window, and their homemade granola!
4. I was so excited to find an all-organic, locally sourced restaurant called Farm and Table, and it was perfect for our Valentine's dinner! It's in the prettiest valley area outside the busyness of the city, with a beautiful candlelit atmosphere Andrew and I shared some delicious French Fries with smoked paprika sauce, (some of the potatoes were blue!), ginormous scallops with white bean puree and Brussels sprouts, and a Black Forest cake and butterscotch pudding for dessert. Since we still couldn't have meat that night, we got their lamb entree boxed up and ate it the following evening!
5. One of my favorite things about blogging has been making friends who hail from all over. While Andrew was at his conference, I was lucky enough to meet up with Deme from Crinion Clan and Fresh Coat Of Paint! Over a delicious breakfast and some serious adorability on the part of her sweet youngest son, James, Deme and I got to talk about how we met our husbands, fashion, Lent, Albuquerque, and so many things under the sun. It was my first time meeting a blogging friend in real life, and our time together was a complete delight and gift to me. I loved that I felt like I already knew her in so many ways, but didn't know many details of Deme's offline life, and it was wonderful to talk about those things, rather than just focusing on the common fact that we are both bloggers. Deme, thank you for feeding me and for sharing your heart and your town with me! My only regret is not taking a picture.
Have a wonderful weekend; I'd love to know what you're up to!
P.S. Check back later this week for the next installment of my monthly resolutions!