Did y’all know that Friday was not only Harry Potter’s birthday, but also JK Rowling’s 50th birthday? These birthday messages from members of the cast made me smile.
I decided to celebrate their birthdays with a Harry Potter movie marathon. It was a pretty excellent way to spend a weekend. Saturday I headed to Hampton to the American Theatre in Phoebus and watched the monks of Drepung Loseling create a sand-painted mandala. They were featured on the 3rd season of House of Cards, and I’m in awe of what they created. You can read more about them & their sand mandala here.
Every single speck of color is made of sand. Insanity. And so beautiful. After seeing the monks, I headed to the pool. My friends and I had the pool almost entirely to ourselves. There was beer, wine, Jello shots…This summer had the potential to seriously suck… but these people (along with my mom, mother-in-law, and friends – Brittany, Kelly & Heather) helped make it a lot of fun. Saturday night, I had Hermione’s BFF come over to hang out. These two are so much fun. They ran around like crazy things all night, and right before Rhaego went home they spent a good 20 minutes running in circles around the ottoman. I spent Sunday taking it easy. I went to the gym for a while, and then came back here and spent the day doing absolutely nothing. It was lovely. Dinner was simple. I swear I’m on the verge of becoming a vegetarian, and I’m incorporating more vegetarian meals into my diet. I made a large pot of Mexican Quinoa for dinner, and a few lunches.