For some reason I hadn’t realized I didn’t have to work on Friday. When I was reminded of the fact that it was UVA’s “Spring Break Day,” it was like a gift that fell out of the sky and right into my lap.
My friend and I met for breakfast at Bluegrass Grill & Bakery. Afterward, we popped into Paradox Pastry right next door. I stashed a pain au chocolat in my purse, and had it later for an extra-decadent lunch for my extra-bonus day.
I went to all my favorite spots on the Downtown Mall.
…always has beautiful, and unusual things. Sometimes I have no idea what these things are, but don’t they look like they would enhance the quality of one’s life somehow?
Caspari is always beautifully styled too:
…but the real reason I go there is to admire the zebra finches. I love that their cage is always lined with pretty wrapping paper:
One couldn’t really consider a pain au chocolat a proper lunch. So I made a pit stop at Timberlake’s Drug Store for a vanilla milkshake to round it off! O’Suzannah is another favorite:
I can’t sew a stitch, but for some reason, I love to wander through the color coded rooms at the Second Yard, a fabric store in a creaky old house on Market Street. You can buy furniture and home decor there too:
I still had time before it was time to pick up my daughter from school, so I stopped off at Ivy Nursery. It’s always a pleasure to see the gorgeous displays there:
In the greenhouse there are always friendly women chatting with each other in Spanish as they create lovely arrangements:
Even the pot display is pretty:
I got some plants to fill out the urns we finally transported from our old house to our new house a couple weekends ago:
And a few more, just because I was helpless to resist their charms:
The boys couldn’t stop picking at the pot full of lettuces I brought home. They popped the leaves straight into their mouths!
We capped off the day with our new favorite evening pastime – a game of badminton, using our fence as a net:
I love the pace of the game – the shuttlecock travels so slowly, I could take photos and return the volley!
My son has been doing rocketry after school. On Saturday we drove a couple of hours to Great Meadow Park in Fauquier County, Virginia to watch his team test the rockets they’ve been working on for months:
All three flights were clean and the payload of two (raw)! eggs remained undamaged!
That night my daughter followed an online play by play of the UVA/UNC game. I had no interest in the game. My entertainment was watching her reactions:
Yup. Our guys lost.
The next morning my very tall ten-year-old daughter wore my dress to church. We can wear the same clothes, but I’m still a little bit taller than her…when she’s not standing on her tippy toes!