Monday, June 30, 2008

Knock 'Em Dead

"I just told her I was going hunting one day, and she said, 'No, you ain't. I'm gonna leave.' I said, 'OK, go ahead, there's the door.' And I went hunting. Never heard from her again." -a WWII vet explains why his first marriage ended in divorce. This quote was part of the soldier's obituary in Saturday's Washington Post. My dad cut out the article, highlighted this part and gave it to Jackson. How appropriate.
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Sunday, June 29, 2008


"I haven't seen anybody wear a one-piece since 1942." -Jackson comments on my swim suit as I head to the pool to do some laps (attempting to train for the triathlon somehow!).
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Saturday, June 28, 2008

Women's Distance Festival

"Adoring men line a decorated 5K course to encourage the amazing women as they compete in this girls' only race sponsored by the Reston Runners. Gorgeous male cheerleaders and an official finish line hugger make this the race of all races." Running this morning with my mom and hoping we dominate the mother-daughter category. I also hope the male cheerleaders are as attractive as advertised...
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Friday, June 27, 2008

Well Dressed

"Reagan never took off his suit coat in the Oval Office, let alone his pants." -author Carl Cannon at yesterday's Friends of the Foundation luncheon, discussing how Clinton's impeachment may have improved Reagan's image.
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Thursday, June 26, 2008

My Husband*

"Nadine...I expect to see you!!! Get on a god damn plane and be sociable!! It's not that far and I'll be there!" -Mark attempts to convince Nadine to rendezvous with him (and me and Steph) in Washington during their separate trips to the U.S. next month. If this works out, it will be the first time the whole family has been together in over a year!*When Steph, Nadine, Mark and I were traveling in Egypt, the Egyptians assumed Steph, Nadine and I were all married to Mark (becasue men can legally have up to four wives in Egypt!). It was easier to roll with it than explain that actually we're just friends.
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Grin and Bear It

"Do I get to speak to you? Oh boy. If I can have your autograph I'll treasure it always. Oh, please smile at me again!" -do you think the bike messenger says this to all his customers, or was today just my lucky (?) day? Weird.
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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Golden Arches

"The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain." -HW Longfellow. And, if you're lucky, you might end up with a rainbow like the one I saw yesterday.
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Monday, June 23, 2008

Facebook Fancy

My youngest brother, Andrew (almost 14), recently joined Facebook. One week and 189 friends later, he apparently has quite the fan club:
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Sunday, June 22, 2008

Our Nation's Capital

For those of you who haven't seen the cover of Washington City Paper:
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Saturday, June 21, 2008

My Wildest Dreams

Another card from a good friend. Thanks, BL :)
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Friday, June 20, 2008

Compliment of the Day

"Even the most beautiful days seem gloomy without you." -Benny, the Washingtonian security guard, who happened to spot me walking to work this morning. Sweet.
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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pursuit of Goodness

"A person’s pursuit of goodness leads to greatness, but the pursuit of greatness leads to ruin. Pursue goodness and you will achieve great things." - John E. Kramer (Vice President of Communications, Institute of Justice). Photo from my great run this morning.
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Wednesday, June 18, 2008


Neighbor: Our friend just got her undergrad in journalism there.
WJS: Oh, really? I'll have to pick her brain about that.
Neighbor: You can at least find out where the best saloons are.

And on that note, I'm off to the University of Missouri in August to begin my masters in journalism. At least I'll know where to get a drink...

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Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Black Sheep

When in doubt, choose a wine with a fun label:
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Monday, June 16, 2008

Not All Clouds Bring Rain

Picked this card up in Brittany years ago ... stumbled across it again last night. Made me smile.

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Sunday, June 15, 2008


"He scored me as a 'good' but frankly my dear, I feel I've been bloody excellent." -a British friend vents about his annual evaluation at work (gosh I miss that accent...).
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Saturday, June 14, 2008

Nats Stadium

Wouldn't it have been easier to say "Watch out for foul balls?" Also funny because we were super high up in covered box seats.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Hot Pants

"She's seen me in my biking shorts, which means she knows how magnificent I am." -one of my favorite middle aged men in spandex (thanks to Steph for relaying this conversation).
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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Langley Graduation

"The only thing you really have in life is your good name, your reputation." -Remarks by Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet at the 2001 Langley High School Commencement Ceremony. The Mission Impossible theme song played and he wore dark sunglasses as he took the stage before my graduating class. Seven years later, I'm back at Constitution Hall for Jackson's big day. Congrats to the class of 2008.
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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Aging Issues

During yesterday's meeting with Senator Tom Harkin:
Senator: I don't believe the sky is falling on Social Security.
Reporter: What about medicare?
Senator: I don't know if the sky is falling, but it's getting dark.
And that was pretty much the only worthwhile thing he said...
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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Boocoo Bucks

"Fortunately I married a lawyer and I can afford to freelance right now." -a journalist who is hoping to [have her husband] pay her way through an NPF program. Hmm.
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Monday, June 9, 2008

Middle East Update

"We can't stop here. This is bat country. Dr. Gonzo be damned, we have stopped and this is bat country. Dozens of them fly around at night time to eat mosquitoes and other arthropod tasties." -Matt relays his first impressions of Baghdad.
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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Goodbye Hillary

19th Street randomness.
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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Virginia Summer

"What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance." - Jane Austen
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Friday, June 6, 2008

Makes Me Smile

One of my favorite things: receiving funny cards from good friends. Thanks to Beth for this one :)
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Thursday, June 5, 2008

Stormy Weather

"Oh look, it's a tornado! No, wait, that's the Washington Monument." -Tourist looking out a window at the National Museum of the American Indian during one of yesterday's torrential downpours.
Quote submitted via text message by a friend standing near this idiot.
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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

What Happened

"Scott,There are miserable creatures like you in every administration who don't have the guts to speak up or quit if there are disagreements with the boss or colleagues. No, your type soaks up the benefits of power, revels in the limelight for years, then quits, and spurred on by greed, cashes in with a scathing critique." -Bob Dole attacks Scott McClellan (who I will be seeing on Talk of the Nation at the Newseum this afternoon).
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Tuesday, June 3, 2008

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Risky Business

Yesterday I was introduced to an old classmate's mother. Conversation went like this:

WJS: Hi, good to meet you. I know your son from UVA as well as high school.
Mother: Oh. Have you slept with him?

And she actually wasn't joking. I was too shocked to even remember how I responded...
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