Because I have so many photos from graduation weekend at UVA, I decided to split things up into a few posts. Friday night, we had a fancy-schamncy dinner at C&O on the Downtown Mall. Friday was a beautiful day, weather-wise, so we were at a table on the back patio getting some fresh air. The restaurant is tiny and really interesting inside. There was a set menu for graduation weekend, and everything we had was wonderful.
We started out with a bottle of champagne to toast the new graduate! Cheers to Sarah!
We started with appetizers; most of us got the buffalo mozzarella–so good! After the champagne, we got a couple of bottles of wine for the table. Then it was time for our main courses. Quinton (Sarah’s boo) and I got the salmon, and the rest of the table got the beef tenderloin. The salmon was delish, but the beef was so freaking good. Melt in your mouth–love that!
Dessert was equally as good. I got the creme brulee, but there was sticky toffee pudding and some sort of peanut butter and chocolate thing. Everything had a generous sprinkling of powdered sugar.
After dinner we took some photos outside before heading back to the hotel to rest before an early morning brunch with Stephen Colbert! More to come…
Switching gears today to some of my favorite posts I’ve written over the past two years of life of this blog. This post is part of Blog Every Day In May.
In light of the recent disaster in Oklahoma, one of the first posts that came to mind was my post about Hurricane Sandy and the devastation is caused all over the east coast, and especially in Breezy Point, NY. This post means a lot to me because of how much the community means to me. I had so many comments and emails from people in the area, and people that knew my grandparents and mom when they were younger and living in Roxbury.
As an update to this post, we ended up having to tear the house down and are in the process of navigating building plans, architectural designs, and building permits and restrictions.
Like I’ve said in the past, if you have anything to give to help those affected by natural disasters, please do so and make sure it is to a reputable organization, like the Red Cross. To help out the American Red Cross Disaster Relief, donations can be made through their smart phone apps, visiting redcross.org, dialing 1-800-REDCROSS or texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
With that being said, I just have a few other light-hearted posts to share that might make your day, or dinner, a bit better.
Some of my favorite travel posts:
A few of my favorite yummy recipes for today:
I would also like to wish a very Happy 22nd Birthday to my little sister and new graduate, Sarah!!
You guys, today has been so stressful! Just a lot of work to do and we had interns start today so getting them acclimated was another challenge on top of the regular workday. So today I wanted to do a shoutout to five of my favorite bloggers. When I first thought about this list, I was instantly overwhelmed. I real A LOT of different blogs on all sorts of topics. How am I supposed to narrow it down?
Then, I really thought about whose blogs I get super excited about when I see they have new posts in my Feedly: my friends of course!
Lauren & Hugh: Lauren has been blogging for a while and was the person that introduced me to a lot of the blogs I still read today. She has transitioned from her own personal blogs to a blog about the adventures of her and the Hughsband. She takes amazing photographs and has such a positive and carefree way of looking at life; it’s a true rarity and I’m so glad I get to be a part of their adventures every now and then!
Cainon’s Travels: Cainon is currently in Africa as a volunteer consultant in Zambia. It has been so great to be able to see what he’s up to on the other side of the world. And to see all the weird things he eats (bugs!) and his living arrangements (a hut!).
Laura’s Stories: Laura and I have been friends for 13 years now. She got married almost two years ago and is a new momma to adorable 6 month old James Patrick. Seriously guys, how cute is he?! I cannot wait to meet him soon. Laura is so honest in her writing about the joys and stuggles of new motherhood. It’s really easy to just show the world the pretty sides of life, but it take courage to share how things really are–it ain’t easy, but she does it with grace, and that is truly amazing to me.
There are so many more wonderful bloggers out there to talk about, but I thought these were some great people to share today. Sleep tight!
Whew! I got back a bit ago from Charlottesville for graduation weekend. It was a great time, and I am so proud of little Sarah! I have so many photos to go through, but here are a few sneak peeks of the weekend! Even though it was a rainy Saturday, the rain thankfully held off for Final Exercises on the Lawn today!
And with that, it’s time to finish watching Game of Thrones and rest up for the week ahead!