>Monday, Monday


And my hubby was gone all weekend, so I’ve taken advantage of him as much as possible tonight.  Not in that way- get your mind out of the gutter.  So far, we’ve been to the dog park (I am dirty from this, and all I did was watch the running around!), made roast chicken and broccoli, ordered a wedding gift, posted an ad on Craigslist (already received about 5 interested parties and someone +might+ be coming by TONIGHT), put together a gift for a friend, oh and mostly assembled a changing table (that was all him- I just supervised).  This is all since I returned from work at 5:45, but its the usual sort of antics around here, which is why blogging can get pushed to the bottom of the list.  I apologize.  I miss you guys.  I have a list of post topics as long as my arm, and I am struggling to stay current.  I don’t want to bombard you all at once, but here are some things that have been on my mind lately:

Virginia bans the cul-de-sac.  Actually, this is old news, as it is legislation that passed last year, but it’s news that probably passed me by since we didn’t live here at the time last year.  I’m still searching for the exact wording of the law and when it comes into effect, but on the surface, I agree.  I absolutely love living in an area with gridded streets.  I think the idea that culs-de-sac (the proper French plural) are safer is a false sense of security, and I like the connectivity and sense of orientation that the grid provides.  What do you think?

One of my professors has a new book.

Ed Ford

My esteemed studio professor from UVA, Ed Ford, has a new book about the five houses he’s built for himself and his family and the lessons in detailing he’s learned along the way.  Professor Ford is most well-known for his books The Details of Modern Architecture, volumes 1 and 2.  As was the custom at UVA, I was able to visit one of these homes in Charlottesville he was completing while I was a student in 2001.  I remember being astounded by some of the incredible ideas within this house and how they had been executed.  This man knows his stuff.  I have added this book to my Amazon wishlist.  It’s gotten to be quite the list lately.

And lastly (for tonight):  the Washington Post Peeps contest winner from Easter.  Boy am I behind.  This year’s winning entry featured a scene from the movie Up. Check it out here, along with the other creative confectionary entries.  I’ve taken notes.  I so want to enter this contest next year.  I think my favorite from this year, aside from the winner, was "Peepocalypse 2010: Dupont Circle Snowball Fight", which of course depicted a scene from the infamous D.C. snowball fight that erupted in police intervention.  Oh, Washington.


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