It’s been a busy week, and I just couldn’t come up with a topic for today’s post. So what the heck. It’s Saturday and a good day to putter around the house. Why not do the same on the blog?
First I’d like to thank everyone who read last Saturday’s post about my crankiness with WordPress and other technological change for the sake of change. And an extra thank you goes to those of you who took the time to leave such thoughtful comments. I tallied up the word count on my replies—nearly 4,600. If only I could do that on a WIP every week. And, of course, thanks again go to WordPress for listening to me and others who wanted the old functionality of “Comments I’ve Made” back in our dashboards!
What Season Is It?
Despite the date on the calendar, Spring hasn’t really sprung in Maryland. And my creative mind is still in hibernation. Work on the day job has also picked up, which leaves me with fewer hours for writing than before. That’s no excuse not to at least write something each day, but we all go through periods when we slow down. Or even stop. Only time will tell if we pick ourselves up again or if we move on to something else.
Speaking of the day job, my life imitated Meghan’s this week. No, I didn’t find an unexpected skeleton! I spent Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia, researching the ownership of a historic period site where we’re doing some test excavations. Much as historians and genealogists enjoy the hunt through old documents, the courthouse experience isn’t always fun. Some staff ignore you. Others act like you’ve asked them to move heaven and earth when you only asked where to find the grantor-grantee indexes. This was my first trip to the Fairfax County Courthouse, so I didn’t know what to expect. I’m happy to say the staff there get perfect marks. Everyone was helpful and cheery, from the security folks at the front entrance to the desk staff in the land records research room and the historic documents annex. If only every experience was like that.
Last Saturday was warmer than expected, but cloudy with showers. Still, we had tickets for a concert in DC and reservations for dinner, so we set off on the Metro for my favorite city. Dinner was near Eastern Market, which is in the Capitol Hill neighborhood, one of the oldest in the city. It’s a vibrant area with great shops, restaurants, food market, and flea market. Sorry, no photos. I didn’t bring a camera because of the rain. Dinner was at Ambar, a newly opened Balkan restaurant. It features modern takes on traditional dishes, and the food and wine were delicious. I can’t wait to go back.
The concert was the Chieftains with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center. Appropriate for the evening before St. Patrick’s Day, don’t you think? The program was a fun mix of traditional Irish music with guest dancers and musicians from the DC area. All in all, a great day and evening despite the weather.
Saturday Sit Down
Are you about to release a new creative work? Or has one come out recently that you’d like to talk about? If so, please let me know if you’d be interested in a Saturday Sit Down post. They’re a fun way to introduce your work to a new audience.
I’ve puttered enough for the day. Time to do some housework and run some errands. If we’re lucky, it’ll be 50 and sunny today—a brief taste of spring before Monday supposedly brings 30s and snow showers. What season is it again?
Do you have any fun weekend plans? Are you still hunkered down in a wintry place? Or are you enjoying warm fresh air and blooming flowers?