A three-day weekend…ahhhhh

With our friend Syllie at brunch

We have really been enjoying our three-day weekend, especially after weeks on end of working six days a week on passports. We’ve been pretty lazy, and it’s so refreshing. We had massages, took naps, and I’ve been watching some of the U.S. Open tennis on television.

Yesterday morning, we met a friend at the Eastern Market – a big flea market, farmers market and crafts market rolled into one. It was a beautiful morning and a lot of fun. We bought some delicious redskin peaches and honeycrisp apples, plus, I found a pretty amber necklace. Afterwards, we went to The Mansion on O for brunch. I can’t begin to describe The Mansion. It is totally funky. It’s like a hotel meets a flea market with wonderful food. Brunch is served buffet style, and it just goes on and on, with very interesting off-the-beaten-path dishes. We spent over three hours there, eating, drinking and wandering around the rooms. It’s really one of the best days we’ve had here – and was topped off by a small dinner party at a friend’s house. I didn’t think we could possibly eat more, but somehow we managed…wouldn’t want to be rude, you know.

Otherwise, it’s been a pretty low-key week. I think we did one BBQ night up at the grill with some classmates, and John went to a magic club meeting in Maryland one night at a friend’s house. We watched The Pursuit of Happyness, which we enjoyed. I finished reading The Last Chinese Chef, a book my friend Joan recommended. It really made me want to eat good Chinese food – the descriptions in the book are so wonderful it makes your mouth water. The author, Nicole Mones, also wrote Lost in Translation.

At the Eastern Market

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