Archive for December, 2017

December D.C.

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

The birds discovered the feeder!

The birds discovered the feeder!

This was a week full of friends, something I am so grateful for!

John and I had a great dinner out with Nina, who we know from our time in Pakistan. She is super interesting and engaging, and we were happy to have a good visit with her before she heads off to be ambassador to Angola.

Wednesday evening a couple of really fun guys from John’s office came over for happy hour at our apartment. We had a great time laughing and sharing stories over a bowl of chili. It’s so nice to be around funny, smart people.

Thursday I met Tammy, Amy, and Donna for happy hour – these ladies are hilarious and immersed in the world of consular work, so we had a great time trading stories.

Friday night was the Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre, an annual event for my friend Pamela and her cute daughter Manuela. We met for dinner first at Hamilton, along with Pam’s good friend Duffy, who I really enjoyed spending time with. The ballet was beautiful with great dancers and costumes, and some really cute kids dancing, too. It was a wonderful girls’ night out and so fun to see Manuela’s eyes light up during the show. She’s just precious.

After spending a lovely day at home watching snow fall and our birds at the feeder, we topped off the week with a nice dinner out Saturday night. Afterward, we metro’d over to Clarendon for Jim and Kellee’s cookie decorating party. Lots of cute cookies, and I especially had fun visiting with Sarah. Thanks for a fun evening, Jim and Kellee!

Nassau

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017
Lighthouse across the bay

Lighthouse across the bay

I had a fun and productive trip to the Bahamas this week for work. The highlight of the trip was staying in a lovely old colonial hotel (now a Hilton), conveniently right across the street from the Embassy. It was on the water, a quiet bay where the cruise ships dock, so it was fun to watch them come and go while I ate breakfast. They are so close, and it’s amazing to see them maneuver in a small bay.

Love old hotel where I stayed

Love old hotel where I stayed

Work was interesting and I met some nice folks. The consular section sees a lot of American citizens due to the high number of tourists, and also sometimes passengers have to de-board the cruise ships due to some kind of problem – and they usually end up at the Embassy needing an emergency passport.

I walked around a little bit after work a couple of days but it got dark early, so I didn’t linger too long. Most of the businesses in that part of town cater to the cruise ships, so there are lots of tacky bars, souvenir shops, and high end stores selling (supposedly) duty free luxury goods like watches and diamonds. Two nights I sat by the water’s edge and did some work while having a glass of wine – the weather was lovely.

Happy hour view

Happy hour view

I have to say it was a pretty nice get-away since D.C. is getting pretty cold these days! Click to see all of my photos.

John is in Fayetteville this weekend visiting his family, but Flavie was happy to see me come home!

Fresh conch for sale

Fresh conch for sale

Lobster fresh off the boat!

Lobster fresh off the boat!

Hotel beach - the ships come so close!

Hotel beach – the ships come so close!

Old church

Old church