July 1. New month. New quarter. 2nd half of 2020. 183rd day of the year, 183 days to go. Today, I choose to celebrate. celebrate. I have once and for all put to rest all of my grand 2020 plans (made pre-COVID-19), I have once and for all accepted that this current reality is indeed the new normal and will be for quite some time. Today, I choose to celebrate.
I celebrate the first half of the year.
- My family and I are alive and healthy.
- My Mom got COVID-19 and beat it.
- I have spent 107 days and nights in a row with my husband and we are more in love than ever.
- I am still in business.
- I work in an industry that will never go away and that makes people not only look better, but also feel better.
- I did not lay off or furlough anyone on my Alchimie team.
- I became a cat mom.
Today, I also choose to focus on all that I have to look forward to in the second half of 2020.
- My sister Rachel’s wedding (praying to the travel gods).
- Botox at Forever Institut (praying to the travel gods).
- A couple of weeks in Tinos, Greece (praying to the travel gods).
- Hamilton on Disney Plus.
- The elections.
- Quiet dinners at home with my husband and cat babies.
- Quiet dinners out in those places that are excelling at safety measures and social distancing (including Bourbon Steak and Peacock Café)
- Getting back out in the field.
- And, I am sure, many (hopefully good) surprises…
Here’s to the second half of 2020!
Last Friday, I had the pleasure of attending Carol Joynt’s Q&A Café. She interviewed Nancy Taylor Bubes, during a fabulous lunch at the Georgetown Club. (Read more about the interview here). There is hardly anything more Georgetown than that, and it reminded me how much I love this neighborhood I live in…
- The amazing architecture, the row houses, the hidden gardens (and swimming pools), the cobblestones. Every time I walk down the street, I discover something new, beautiful, and captivating. (Go on the House Tour and Garden Tour to discover some of these secrets…)
- The Potomac, with its boat houses and rowers.
- The trees, which change their dress with the seasons, and also look magnificent.
- Thunder: the best burger in Georgetown, and heaven if you like beer. Also, Bernard and Josh are possibly the most entertaining bartenders you will come across…
- Peacock Café: the best fries in Georgetown, and my personal favorite lunch spot.
- Bourbon Steak: the best Manhattan (other than the one my husband makes), and fascinating people watching if you want to see (foreign) Government-looking types in suits.
- Georgetown Tobacco. Every time I walk by there, I am reminded of when my Dad used to smoke the pipe, and then Blue Gitanes… (shhhh, don’t tell him I told you).
- I even love the ginkgo trees around Olive street… stinky in the fall, yet so Georgetown.
- The birds of Spring. They start chirping at 4:10 am, like an orchestra of happiness for things to come.
- The sound of tennis balls hitting racquets on the courts of Montrose Park. There is nothing quite so civilized.
- The community feel of the neighborhood, where people still say “good morning” and nod and smile to each other when walking down the street.
- The international feel of the neighborhood, enhanced by the embassies nearby and the international Georgetown students.