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The Mixtape // 01.05.18

Happy New Year, friends! I hope you had a great holiday and are feeling hopeful about your 2018. We had a pretty low key holiday that involved being in New York with family for Christmas and then spending a few days in D.C. to catch up with more family and friends.

As we head into the first weekend of the New Year, here are a few things worth sharing…While in D.C., we made a visit to Union Market on the Saturday morning before we headed home. Now I’m extremely partial to Eastern Market (and particularly Market Lunch on Saturday mornings), but Union Market opened shortly after I moved from D.C. to NYC, and after hearing so many good things about it, we had to check it out. Sadly, several of the places didn’t open until 11:00 a.m., and we had to leave before then. But we did enjoy the things we sampled from South Block, Peregrine (an old fave), and On Toast. We also ran into someone I worked with over 10 years ago and snapped a few pics in front of this mural pictured above.

Speaking of good food in D.C., if you ever find yourself there, it’s worth checking out three places we made sure to visit while in town — Ben’s Chili Bowl (half smoke #forthewin), Founding Farmers, and Menomale (for some of my favorite pizza outside of Italy).

We’ve managed to survive what’s apparently known as a “bomb cyclone,” and now we’re left to deal with incredibly cold temperatures for the weekend. This cartoon from The New Yorker about the whole situation made me crack up.

Also related to snow, these photographs of snowflakes are absolutely incredible. Nature is a glorious thing.

Over the holiday, I had time to indulge in two books — a novel named Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng and a memoir called When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi. Both gave me lots to consider when it comes to the type of life we each choose to live.

And finally, if connecting with friends is one of the things you’d like to do more of in 2018, check out 15 Ways to Catch Up with Friends That Aren’t Grabbing Coffee or a Cocktail. I’ve tried about half on the list with great satisfaction. Hope you enjoy the weekend, and never give up. :-)

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