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A trip to Virginia Wine Country

The outdoor areas of Quattro Goombas Winery in Middleburg, Virginia

My knowledge of wine is limited, so when people say that they are going to “wine country,” I assume that they are headed to Napa or Europe. Apparently Virginia has a wine country as well, which we explored on a recent day trip to Middleburg, VA.

Our first stop was Quattro Goomba’s — a winery about 40 miles away from Washington D.C.

Quattro Goomba’s also has a brewery. That is where we spent most of our time because: beer > wine (particularly on muggy weekends.)

A sampler flight at Quattro Goombas Brewery in Middleburg, Virginia

A sampler flight at Quattro Goombas Brewery in Middleburg, Virginia

The outdoor areas of Quattro Goombas Winery in Middleburg, Virginia

The outdoor areas of Quattro Goombas Winery in Middleburg, Virginia

The main hall of Quattro Goombas Brewery in Middleburg, Virginia

The main hall of Quattro Goombas Brewery in Middleburg, Virginia

Kids playing in the outdoor areas of Quattro Goombas Winery in Middleburg, Virginia

Kids playing in the outdoor areas of Quattro Goombas Winery in Middleburg, Virginia

Beer among the children

Quattro Goomba’s is a very family-friendly place that bans tour buses. There are large open spaces with dogs and children running around. Continue reading “A trip to Virginia Wine Country” »

Dallas Life Washington DC

It’s nothing

Lightning above the Trinity River in Dallas

It is July and I am in still in Dallas. I dial my insurance company’s nurse hotline on the way home from work and regret my decision within a few minutes —

“Sir, you need to pull over right now and call 911,” the nurse says.

“What?” I ask. (I can’t believe what I’m hearing.)

“You need to pull over your car and call an ambulance,” she repeats. “Based on the information you have given me,  my professional medical opinion is that you are having a stroke.”


The numbness has been going on for about a month now.

It starts in my neck – immediately under my right jaw. It then spreads to the right side of my face – lower lip, then upper lip. Then to my cheek – and sometimes to the back of my head. Continue reading “It’s nothing” »

dogs Washington DC

Upgrading the dogs’ diet

Gunter the Chiweenie exploring the park.

I’ve never been a fussy buyer of dog food. While many other dog owners brag about buying this-or-that designer brand, I seem incapable of remembering what brand of food that I purchased last (and typically get whatever’s on sale.)

Side note — I met someone once who told me that they only fed their dog lunch meat. I thought this was insane.

My lack of discipline in dog food buying often has disastrous consequences (e.g. gas and diarrhea) but I’m too disorganized to stick to a single brand – until now. Hill’s Science Diet® approached me to do an ad campaign for the blog, which was perfectly timed because we had an upcoming dog food trip planned anyway.

Hill’s Science Diet seemed to also be aware of my recent discovery of Amazon deliveries – they offer a 15% discount when you subscribe via Amazon. This is highly convenient because I rarely make time to actually drive to the store anymore. Continue reading “Upgrading the dogs’ diet” »

Washington DC

The H Street Festival

Overlooking the H Street Festival.

I haven’t been good about going to monuments or museums, but festivals are another story.

Michael and I recently went to the H Street Festival, which is Washington’s version of Grand Old Day. The festival spanned about a dozen blocks and had plenty of food, crafts, dancing and dogs.

A dog and festival goers at the H-Street Festival.

A dog and festival goers at the H-Street Festival.

A recycling-themed car at the H Street Festival.

A recycling-themed car at the H Street Festival.

Dancing at the H Street Festival in Washington D.C.

Dancing at the H Street Festival in Washington D.C.

The crowd at the H Street Festival in Washington D.C.

The crowd at the H Street Festival in Washington D.C.

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