My Current Obsessions

by Wendy Copley on July 31, 2013

After a couple months of focusing on summer vacation and activities with my kids, I’ve started focusing a bit more on my own interests. Here are a few things I’m obsessing over right now:

Friendship Bracelets

I don’t know exactly what has come over me, but I’m suddenly obsessed with woven friendship bracelets. I think they are coming into vogue because I saw an article about them in Martha Stewart this month and they are popping up all over Pinterest too. I never learned to make them when I was a kid and so the other night I decided the time is right and sat down with some online instructions. My first bracelet started out looking pretty bad, but after I posted a photo to Facebook and got some pointers from friends it was pretty good near the end. Now I’m on my third striped one one and I’m kicking butt! I can go from right to left no problem but now I need to learn to go from left to right so I can make chevrons and other cool patterns.

The Evolution of a Friendship Bracelet

Washington D.C.

Next week the boys and I are heading out to Washington D.C. to visit their dad at work! He has been traveling there for his job very frequently over the last year, so we are excited to see his office and visit all the sites in D.C. I’ve wanted to visit the capitol since I was a kid and I can not wait to see the monuments and finally visit some of the museums in the Smithsonian! My first stop? Julia Child’s kitchen in the National Museum of American History! And how geeky is it that I’ve been watching The West Wing on Netflix because I’m so excited? If you have any recommendations for restaurants near the Mall or lesser known sights, I’d love to hear them.

Watermelon and Cucumber

When we were visiting my parents earlier in the month, they treated Zach and I to a date night at the new fancy restaurant in town. The appetizer I ordered was a little salad with hamachi, pressed watermelon, cucumbers, and jalapeños and it was so amazing that I’ve been thinking about watermelon and cucumber salads non-stop since we left. I’ve been experimenting a little on my own to come up with a good recipe, but I also found this recipe for Watermelon with Tangy Granita in this month’s Cooking Light that I’m dying to try too.

(photo courtesy of Cooking Light)

What are you obsessing over right now?

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  • ChrissiHR

    Makeup organization and storage, packing for vacation at the most amazing little mom & pop free admission amusement park in the mountains of central PA (Knoebels), and easy summer slowcooker recipes like my pesto ranch chicken that is bubbling away in the kitchen right now…in that order.

    That cuke and watermelon salad sounds great!

  • I LOVE The West Wing. Great show. Obsessing…homemade soups, organizing the house and decluttering, planning home improvement projects.
    Cucumber and watermelon is always good together.

  • Shannon Phillips

    Ooh, I want to try that granita!

  • Abby

    If you’re visiting the Capitol, Good Stuff Eatery is not too far away, towards Capitol Hill and away from the Smithsonian. It has burgers, a portabella burger stuffed with cheese that I like quite a bit, and EPIC milkshakes. Try the toasted marshmallow milkshake. 303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC.

    If you walk north on 7th Street, there are some restaurants. Jaleo has amazing tapas. There is a good cupcake place on 7th (Red Velvet Cupcakery. I like their salted peanut butter cupcake)

    I personally really like the postal museum. They sometimes have interactive activities for kids; check before you go. It’s right near Union Station, which has a large, diverse food court.

    In what area are you staying? I used to live in DC and might be able to recommend some things near where you are. ‎

  • Alexis Williams

    The best place to eat on the Mall is the cafe in the National Sculpture Garden. Good food, great pastries, they serve a nice sangria, and you can’t beat the ambiance. Just don’t tell anyone – don’t want it to get crowded.

    If you have time, take the bus from the Air and Space Museum to the branch near Dulles Airport. They have a giant hanger and all of the big stuff is there – like the space shuttle. You can drive but they charge $15 for parking. If you do drive, skip the McDs on property and eat at the Starlight Cafe in Tyson’s Corner. Super fresh food, breakfast all day and really kid friendly.

  • Liz Reilly-Hodes

    I’ll second the Udvar Hazy Air & Space Museum out near Dulles. It is a hike from the District, but worth it. You just can’t beat getting that close to the shuttle, and there are so many airplanes, etc. on display, plus, of course, an Imax theater. My in-laws live about five minutes from there and my husband and son love airplanes, so we are “frequent fliers” there (pun intended). Also, one of our favorite memorials is the FDR Memorial. Very cool water features, some shade for those muggy DC summer days and it is usually not super crowded. Have a great time!!


    Have a fantastic trip to Washington DC. I have always wanted to travel to the US and Washington DC is one of the places I would like to see 🙂

  • Thanks for these suggestions! I am sure we will use them. We are staying a couple blocks from the Mall, near the White House.

  • Excellent! thanks for the suggestions, Alexis!

  • Awesome! Thank you for the suggestions!

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