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April 2015

Spring has finally sprung.

You GUYS.  I hope that you had as spectacular of a weekend as we had here in DC.  I mean, OMG.  Friday was eh, with rain and still kinda chilly, but Saturday? BE-A-UTIFUL.  Sunday???  Equally as gorgeous.

Saturday I finally decided to venture into DC, because I had to figure out this Metro at some point (it's less difficult that the NYC subway, but I wish it had more stops like NYC....), and it was the last weekend of the Cherry Blossom Festival.

Well, I got off the Metro close to where I'd have to then start walking to the river to see the blossoms, and OMG.  People.  Everywhere.  I felt like I was in that Bugs Bunny cartoon where he says to Gossamer "Doc! Look - out there! In the audience!"  and Gossamer yells, "PEOPLE!!" and runs through all the stage backdrops to get away.  Insert me instead of Gossamer and that was pretty much how my Saturday in the city began.

So, rather than try and see the blossoms, I just kept on walking to the downtown area.  I really wanted to go in at least one museum, while I was there, but all those people?  I was OUT.  Downtown and Georgetown, here I come.

The city gave me plenty to take shots of, but honestly, I was too busy enjoying the sunshine (hello, Vitamin D! i'm SO glad to have you back!!) to take many pictures.  Here is a glimpse, though, of some of what I saw during my walk.

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Also, if anyone has about eleventy billion dollars they want to give me so I can move to Georgetown, that'd be fabulous.  


COFFEE. COFFEE. COFFEE.

It's no secret I have a love affair with coffee.  I used to drink so many lattes, I named my blog after that obsession.

Over the last year or so, I've gotten back into stamping since I've been making my Christmas cards and keeping project life album.  Stamps are a quick way to add a little bit extra on a filler card, but not so much that it becomes overwhelming.

I'm also a huge fan of Tim Holtz's work - he does some really incredible things with ink and paper, and his mixed media creations are absolutely out of this world.  When you get the chance, check out the stuff he makes. Seriously.  It's incredible.

Tim has a line of stamps with Stampers Anonymous (and also designs and teaches for Ranger Ink), and my favorites of all of them are the holiday themed ones (the stamp I used on my Christmas cards this year was from one of his sets).  

Until this year, when a set from the blueprint line came out dedicated to coffee.

Yes.  You heard me correctly.  

Coffee.

Naturally, I needed to get my hands on a set.  I mean, hello.  Coffee stamps.  It's an obvious need.

I had a gift card that I somehow never used and found when I was unpacking, which clearly was destiny.  This gift card was meant to be used for these stamps I so desperately needed.  And yesterday, they came in the mail.

I ripped open the package, and ran to my craft table to try them out.  I grabbed PL cards that were relatively plain and could use a little somethin' somethin' and went to work.

Tim Holtz coffee blueprint stamps

You better believe I'm going to be using these stamps on EVERYTHING. 

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Nerd Alert.

I've been impatiently waiting for my eleventy billion ebooks to come off the hold shelf at the library, so in the meantime, I checked out one from the history section. 

Because...I'm a nerd.

And also because, the American Revolution, Civil War, and Turn of the Century eras in American History are really intriguing to me.  European history will always completely fascinate me, as well the Ancient Egyptian, Greeks and Romans, so I really gravitate more towards books that deal with those time periods before anything else.  And, any time there is something on tv about The Templars, I'm in.  Hook, line and sinker.  A order of knights sworn to secrecy and to gather and protect ancient religious treasures and relics??  IN.  I have a book called Christopher Columbus, The Last Templar.  A Templar?  Chris?  Almost 200 years after The Templars had been forced to disband???  SO IN.

Fun fact: Although not the origin of the superstition, Friday the 13th is linked to the fate of the templars.  

Back to the book.  So, I'm impatient, and I decided to check out a book called George Washington's Secret Six.  

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I kept gravitating toward this book whenever I'd be in Barnes and Noble, so I decided to check it out on ebook from the library instead.  It was a very good account of the spy ring that helped GW squash those pesky Brits and get the American Rebels ahead in the war.  I won't spoil it for you, in case you're as big of a nerd as me and you want to read this, too, but there are four plots that the spies foiled, including the big one involving Benedict Arnold.

I was expecting this to read much like ever other history book I pick up to read for fun (again. nerd.), which is usually akin to a college textbook.  However, the author of this book really made it accessible and it reads more like fiction.  It's a quick read, keeping it as general as possible as to not get into the real nitty gritty details of the circumstances surrounding the war, but giving enough details so you can piece everything together and see how much these spies really risked in the name of freedom.

The best part?  One of the six was a woman, proving vital to the ring because she was able to get into the inner social circles of the British officers, and her identity still remains a mystery.

Next up is the new book from Eric Larson, Dead Wake, which I started last night, and I'm already loving it.  

What are you guys reading????  I'm always looking for recommendations!  You guys have given me some great ones so far!! 

Happy Thursday!!

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