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At 28 weeks, I am officially in my third trimester. We have less than three months left until our little guy is due, and I’m equal parts ready for it to be here and content to have a little time left. The second trimester was crammed full of travel, visitors, projects, and general churn which only just wrapped up over Memorial Day weekend. It was great to be busy when I was feeling well, but now our schedule for the summer is looking more relaxed, and I am looking forward to coasting a bit to the finish line.

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It is absolutely pouring this morning. My drive into work was even more stressful than those I had to do in ice and snow this winter; I had my windshield wipers on full-blast the entire way, and that wasn’t overkill. Water was pouring off overpasses, and the curbs in town were rushing rivers of water. Fortunately, I made it to work safely, if a little soggy. I don’t have a lot of years of local experience to compare this one to, but it seems that this spring is extraordinarily wet. This isn’t the first crazy downpour I’ve seen since March, and I’m willing to bet it won’t be the last.
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I have been sick for almost two weeks. Congestion, sinus pressure, coughing, fever, runny nose…all conspired to make me pretty miserable for a week and a half. While I have probably been slightly affected by allergies due to the enormous amount of pollen in the air, I believe that it’s mostly been a lingering cold. Fortunately, I’ve felt much better the last two days, and hopefully I’ll completely shake it over the weekend.
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It’s been six months since we moved into our house. During this time, we have experienced two seasons: shoveling leaves and shoveling snow. Now that it’s spring going into summer, we’ll finally get to enjoy the outside of our home more, which were really the major selling points to us. We’ve barely been able to appreciate them with this past epic winter, so it’s nice to acquaint ourselves with the exterior a bit more.
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Last week was the peak bloom time of Washington DC’s famous cherry blossoms. These cherry trees, given as a gift to the US from Japan in 1912, bloom every spring and draw massive crowds of admirers to the city. While there are many blooming trees, the most famous are those surrounding the Tidal Basin near the Jefferson Memorial. Though the trees typically bloom in the early part of April, peak bloom date isn’t accurately estimated until a few weeks beforehand, as it can vary quite dramatically depending on the weather during early spring. This makes it particularly challenging to plan a trip to DC in advance to coincide with peak bloom, but that doesn’t deter millions of visitors from taking a gamble on timing and planning spring trips to the city in hopes of catching the blooms at just the right time. This influx of visitors causes added chaos on top of the normal insanity of DC traffic. However, for us locals, even though we have to deal with the added commotion, we have the luxury of swinging by the Tidal Basin to catch the blooms at precisely the perfect time.

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This week, I’m celebrating the return of two people, one about whom I’m very excited, and the other whom I really want to kick to the curb and possibly give a bloody nose.
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A few weeks ago, I snagged an Amazon Local deal for a local butcher in the shopping center right across from our neighborhood. It was a good deal, and I knew it wouldn’t be hard to find some fresh meat that we would enjoy eating. The expiration date was quickly approaching, so Bart and I swung by on Thursday to pick something out in anticipation of cooking it over the weekend.
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