Monday, January 7, 2013

Weekend Basics

The weekend started out with a chilly and brisk walk through Richmond's First Fridays Art Walk (the first of the year) followed up by a little dinner date at one of our favorite restaurants, Azzurro (the place we first met). It was a lot of fun checking out the galleries and running into some familiar faces.

Images above from Gallery 5, upstairs and downstairs exhibitions and the front window and Quirk Gallery.

Saturday morning started out with a little get together here in the house — Tim is part of the planning group for the Richmond Food Co-op coming to town later this year and we hosted everyone for the latest meeting. Later that afternoon, we headed over to the newly opened Little House Green Grocery to pick up a stalk of Brussels sprouts (along with a few other odds and ends) for an upcoming blog post Tim has up his sleeves. All I can tell you is, this man can cook some Brussels sprouts!

Back to Little House Green Grocery — it's on Northside here in RVA and is such a cool space with a throwback vibe. Definitely worth a visit if you're in the area.

Sunday, the weather was chilly but surprisingly nice, so we jumped at the chance to get outside and cross a few garden/yard related cleanup and winter prep tasks off the list:

Strenuous work was involved:

More on these projects coming this week!

Later Sunday we lit up the fireplace while first watching the Seattle Seahawks take on the Washington Redskins then later the US premiere of Downton Abbey's season 3:

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Let's talk some football. I bet Tim never dreamed he'd see me write that, ha. We all know Tim's a huge football fan and his heart lies with the Steelers to the end, but since sadly the good old Black and Gold isn't in the playoffs this year, we were both cheering for the Seahawks yesterday. We might have been tagged as pulling for the Redskins in this particular game, being in Richmond, but I actually went to the same school as Russell Wilson (Quarterback for the Seahawks) here in Richmond and was in the same graduating class as his older brother, Harry. So as you can imagine, it's been a pretty amazing and inspirational season to watch having that old connection.

Let's talk some Downton Abbey. Are you a fan? Did you watch last night and are you caught up since season 1? Tim and I got hooked when we power watched the entire first season over a 2 day weekend back when season 2 was about to premiere and lots of buzz about the series was going on. We then watched all of season 2 in real time, week by week (sometimes saving it to watch online Monday night together when the episodes were 2+ hours). Now after what feels like an eternity since season 2 ended, we're pretty excited to be watching each week again.

Here's hoping you had a happy and full weekend as well!


  1. Ran across your wonderful blog this weekend--I've really loved browsing through a few posts! Was drawn to it if only for the premise of the 17 year difference--there's 19 years between me and my boyfriend, always nice to know there are others out there.

    The Little House Grocery looks so cute! I'm definitely going to have to check it out the next time I'm in RVA.

    1. Thanks Jes — so nice to virtually meet you! We love hearing about others with similar stories to our own, could not agree more! Keep in touch!

  2. Glad to hear your hubby's a Steelers fan! I grew up in Pittsburgh, moved away for awhile, only recently returning. It's a great city! :)

    1. Go Steelers! I think Tim's blood is black & gold Aimee! We will have to let you know the next time we are in town for a visit!

  3. That's a cool connection to have with Russell - he was our much loved quarterback at NC State.

    1. Thanks and that was such a close game yesterday! Maybe next year.