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Stuff I Love: The last kernel to pop

This is sure to give far too much insight into my neurotic tendencies, but here it is.  When I’m making popcorn and the time goes off and the light turns off in the little hot box of popcorn goodness, I always always wait for one last kernel to pop.  I love that one last kernel often gets there through inertia.  Sometimes it even takes a few seconds.  But if you wait – if you just wait – normally you’ll get that satisfying final pop.  It is a beautiful thing.

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It’s winter.  I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again: I’m not a cold weather person.  Summer is my glory time – long days, lots of light and a photo frenzy.  In the winter, it’s much harder for me to get motivated, get outside and shoot something.  On the very much plus side, I noticed last night that it wasn’t dark as I drove home.  That means the days are getting noticeably longer and light is coming back into our lives!

My image for you this week is my first-ever thrift/garage sale triumph.  Oh yes, I’ve bought tons and tons of stuff at secondhand sources that I wear or use all the time.  Fully half my wardrobe is thrift, if not more.  But this one particular necklace pictured below I bought for $10, along with a bunch of other stuff at a garage sale, and sold this week on eBay for $160.  Hooray!  And now, linkage.

Samuel Beckett’s is open! | Arlington event photographer

Today was the grand opening of Shirlington’s newest restaurant: Samuel Beckett’s Irish Gastropub.  I meant to take photos of the brilliant fire-engine-red (my favorite shade of red) facade, but it was so freakin’ cold out tonight, I just couldn’t bare to be outside one second longer than necessary.

The opening was jam-packed, but the place is so big we were seated fairly quickly.  But not before grabbing the house ale, which was really really good.  I think I’ve passed my beer-drinking peak.  Now I just want a solid, tasty brew with not too much bitterness.  Their house ale hit the spot.

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And I have to say, the decor in the place is rockin’.  They have some kind of gold distressed paint on a lot of things, and it looks really cool.  I also really dug the wraparound bar.  That’s Samuel Beckett in the middle there.  I swear the entire time this place has been under construction, I thought Samuel Beckett was just some generic Irish name.  No, it’s that Samuel Beckett, you know, the one who wrote Waiting for Godot. Shoot.