DC to Denver

I decided to document our cross-country drive on Tumblr so I could easily post from my phone and am just now taking the time to upload the DC to Denver adventure to WordPress. Denver is so beautiful I have been spending every free moment in the mountains rather than at my desk…

IMG_0979Pictured above, left to right, are Lori-Ann & Ruca, Me, Hannah, and Melissa on the stoop of what we called “The Elm Street Lounge” near Howard University in Washington, DC. Melissa and Lori-Ann moved to San Francisco at the same time that Geoff and I left for Denver. Melissa has already been to Denver to visit us!

IMG_0987My room all packed up and ready for Transit Systems.

IMG_0992Me, Riley, and Geoff beginning our adventure out west.

IMG_0995First stop: Kentucky! DC to Kentucky was about 8 hours, so we went there first to spend a couple nights with Richard and my aunt Boo at their place pictured below.

IMG_0997See why I’ve been speechless? The pictures say it all.

IMG_0998Geoff, Riley and me looking like a happier version of American Gothic by Grant Wood.

IMG_1005Geoff and me at the Kentucky Horse Park…

IMG_1002Where there was a dog show and I fawned over this Bernese Mountain Dog.

IMG_1009Later we had our own dog show with Riley and Twiggy. What’s better than a floating dog bed?

IMG_1037After a relaxing stay at Boo & Richard’s we got back on the road to travel from Kentucky to Kansas, a 12 hour stretch. Pictures above and below were taken in Indiana.



IMG_1031More Indiana.


Heading through St. Louis!

IMG_1072I decided it was mandatory to stop at the Kansas City Library, which is built to look like it’s made of books. See Geoff with The Lord of the Rings and me with Journals of the Expedition By Lewis and Clark.

IMG_1073St. Louis and Kansas City.

IMG_1081Made it to Kansas!

IMG_1088Then there was a lot of this…

IMG_1091Until Riley decided it was time to stop.

IMG_1108And we stayed here.

IMG_1109Kansas transportation.

IMG_1134Last day on the road! Here is the Windmill Farm in Kansas along I-70.

IMG_1167Upon arriving in Colorado we tried to visit the Wonder Tower in Genoa, but it was closed 😦

IMG_1179Thrilled when we finally made it and got this shot on the balcony of our new place!

IMG_1200Our view– worth the move.


Farewell DC

Awaken in a cardboard castle
Climb in my snowy beast and turn the key
Roll down Elm street, taking in my rainbow row

Traffic cop brightens my 2,191st day with his smile
Chats with bikers and skips with children across the street
Will I never know his name?

The blind man waits patiently for the bus
Shading his eyes, straining to see
Does he know I send him love each day I speed by?

Fog sits over a sleepy Potomac
And a tear, at last, is pulled down my cheek
As the Key Bridge sways to embrace me

Visually Merchandising a Small Space: Miss Pixie’s

I love DC shops because in order to stay in prime DC real estate these retailers have to be superb merchandisers. Miss Pixie’s does a great job of displaying a lot of product in a small space, on the cheap.

Stopping by Miss Pixie’s the morning after their Easter peep party this April I was greeted by colorful peeps on skewers at the cash register, as well as threaded to create this inexpensive window decoration:


Beautiful paper lights added decoration without extra clutter:


If you’re feeling crafty check out how to make this egg carton flower light:

Miss Pixie’s maximizes their space by stacking merchandise. The bright, bold color of this hot pink chair in the front center of the shop is incorporated in the umbrellas (which cover unappealing stage lights) and is reflected in the paint color of the back wall, helping attract your attention to the back of the store.