Sunday, July 8, 2007

Happy Birthday, America! (A bit Belated)

My mom visited for the July 4 holiday. Quite the occasion here in DC. I had been feeling badly for the past week, but Mom and I managed to take in some of the festivities. We started with the parade, which was a lot of fun.


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The day ended with a lovely dinner at my friend Leslie's house. She is such a great hostess. We brought hot dogs, buns, and cantalope, and she made shrimp salad, deviled eggs, and a delicious cherry and blueberry cobbler made from fruit she picked herself!


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As you can see, we enjoyed it A LOT. We also enjoyed the view from Leslie's balcony. It gave us a great view of the fireworks. (The photo does not do it justice).


Fireworks


What was even better was the traffic getting back from Leslie's. I drove, and scored a primo parking space a half-block from her building. And, it was a fairly easy drive from her apartment back to mine. Not free from exploding fireworks in the neighborhood, but not as bad as last year either!


This weekend, Mom and I shopped on Saturday in Georgetown. Nothing too crazy, though I did go to Papersource and bought the cutest strawberry stamp, some paste, letter press cards with birthday sentiments for cardmaking, and a bone folder. Can't resist that place!


Today, Mom and I went to church and then to brunch at the Tabard Inn. I wasn't organized enough to make reservations, but we lucked out with seats at the bar. They make their own doughnuts, and they are fantastic! Mom ordered a lovely quiche, and I had a chicken salad (trying to compensate for the doughnuts). Highly recommended!


The brunch more than made up for the HORRIBLE dinner we had Friday night. We decided to go to Trattoria Alberto on 8th Street SE. Big mistake, apparently. I thought it would be one of those "locals" joints, with good simple Italian food. I was wrong. We sat down outside, and got a basket full of stale bread to start off. It just got worse from there. I ordered spaghetti with meat sauce. The sauce was flavorless and the pasta overcooked. I literally did not eat it. I ate two bites. They must be doing something else to make money there, because it can't be from the food, unless they get suckers like me eating there regularly.


All in all, it was a nice visit from Mom!

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