We woke up this morning to 60 degree weather. Those of you in Alaska are probably scoffing at my excitement, but for a girl who just recently emerged from her time in Oklahoma, cooler temperatures are enough of a reason to bust out a trombone and go marching down Main Street. So don’t mind me as I play Tiger Rag in honor of fall, football, sweaters, and the fact that we now live in one of the most amazing areas of the country (yes, I realize I may be biased).
Walking around Old Town Alexandria with Lucy (and the little guy, of course) has been our Saturday routine as of late. Yesterday, we stumbled upon the Alexandria King Street Art Festival, which featured work from 200 of the nation’s top award-winning artists. Six blocks along King Street were barricaded off so sculptures, painting, photography, glass, and jewelry could be showcased. What a pleasant surprise!
If living in Old Town Alexandria were in our price range, we would have rented a historic townhouse in a heartbeat. But with asking prices of anywhere between 1.2 – 3 million, we are just too middle class for such an experience. But at least we can still leisurely stroll through the neighborhoods and enjoy the food and drink scene while living in another Northern Virginia town.
I’ve been wanting to try Alexandria Cupcake for quite some time and yesterday morning made for the perfect excuse to do so. I realize that cupcake love has probably already reached over-saturation in pop culture but I don’t care – I just adore the tasty little morsels. While Clay appreciates a good cupcake, he doesn’t understand the designer cupcake industry and usually just shakes his head at my excitement for satisfying delights.
We limited ourselves to a half-dozen (dark chocolate, vanilla bean, strawberry, chocolate peanut butter, coconut, and raspberry vanilla). We both agreed that while quite appetizing, the Alexandria Cupcake cupcakes do not exceed Georgetown Cupcake cupcakes. Weston’s palette isn’t refined enough to notice the subtle differences – he was just excited to be eating a cupcake.
My family. 🙂
I’ll end this post with a short story. Okay, so this is something that had Clay and I laughing for a couple of hours. When we were walking around the festival, there were quite a number of people handing out flyers for various political campaigns, benefits, and events. Clay was handed a flyer for the Olde Towne Dog Walke (bottom) and a couple of minutes later, I was approached by a middle-aged woman wearing a fanny pack. She asked if I had heard about the Alexandria Shelter Walk (top). As she was handing me the flyer, Clay informed her that he already received one a couple of minutes prior and produced the flyer to show her. The lady scoffed and said in an indignant tone, “That dog walk doesn’t benefit animals,” and recoiled from the flyer Clay was holding as if it were advertising an event that slaughtered kittens. I took the flyer and she said, “I hope you make the right choice” as she walked away.
Clay and I had amused looks on our faces when we shared a smile. It was then that Clay noticed that while the Olde Towne Dog Walke did not have proceeds going towards animals, it did state that the benefit was for Veterans. How horrible! How dare an organization have proceeds benefit humans instead of animals! Now we love dogs. I don’t think anybody could make a reasonable argument for how Clay and I are not dog people. We are dog people through and through. Lucy is a very well-traveled dog and has lived a life most dogs dream about. But we also a military family and we support veterans. And for some random woman to imply that they’re unworthy of such support is just ridiculous. And what is even more absurd is the fact that the two events are not on the same day, they’re not even occurring in the same week. In fact, the two events are separated by a month. Clay and I are still scratching our heads as to why this woman representing the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria would bad-mouth another dog-walking event. Pure crazy town.