Category Archives: Personal

I’ve Moved!

Well, I have and I haven’t moved. My blog is still located at anjviola.com, but it’s now self-hosted instead of hosted by wordpress.com. If you subscribe by email, I think I’ve managed to migrate those subscriptions successfully. If you subscribe … Continue reading

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Old Year – New Year (*Not a Thailand Post*)

I need a break from prepping all of my Thailand posts, so I decided now would be a good time to reflect on 2016 and 2017. Warning: this will probably be a fairly long post, so if you want to read it … Continue reading

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Spring and a Few Thoughts on Happiness

I recently listened to the audiobook of Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. Although gimmicky (Rubin spends a year trying various projects to enhance her happiness), the book made me think a lot about my own life and what makes me happy. And … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Up To…

I’ve really been neglecting my blog lately! Mainly, that’s due to our HHG finally arriving the Monday of Thanksgiving week. Most of my time has been spent settling in to our home properly and arranging everything exactly how I want … Continue reading

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Out of the Hotel

We got our house last Thursday, October 8. I’ve got a few pictures for you, but I’ll hold off on more until we have our household goods (HHG) and we’re more settled in. It looks pretty barren at the moment. … Continue reading

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Traveling on the Patriot Express

We booked a hotel near the Seattle airport for Monday night. We were supposed to check in between 2:30 and 5:30am for the AMC (Air Mobility Command) flight, also known as the Patriot Express, so we decided to go at a … Continue reading

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The Viola and Me

On Sunday afternoon, I played my last orchestra concert (just for now, I hope) with the Richmond Symphony. I have no other performances scheduled or planned in my future, and that is a very strange feeling. The 4th movement of … Continue reading

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Restaurant Eve Anniversary Dinner

Last weekend, we celebrated our 6th anniversary in style with an overnight trip to Old Town Alexandria. We stayed at the lovely Hotel Monaco, had pre-dinner drinks at the very cool Bar PX, and splurged on the 9-course tasting menu … Continue reading

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Projects

In the 132 days since I last saw my husband, I have made uneven progress with the many projects I lined up for myself. One big one has been the goal of becoming a paperless household, which is almost completed. I scanned … Continue reading

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Insanity Wrap-up

I did it! Today was my last day of the Insanity program, a final fit test to track my progress from Day One. I did every workout in the program, some with more energy and enthusiasm than others, and I … Continue reading

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My Fourth Decade – Love

Only 3+ months past my 40th birthday, I decided that today would be a good day to write about the most important part of my thirties. Today is a good day for it because after dinner tonight, I have to … Continue reading

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My Fourth Decade – Memorable Experiences

There were a lot of cool, interesting things I got to do over the past decade. Unfortunately, I’m getting older and my memory is not what it used to be. I imagine that if I don’t have a picture of … Continue reading

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My Fourth Decade of Reading

As my 40th birthday is zooming towards me at an alarming speed (5 days away!), I thought it might be fun to reflect back on some parts of my thirties. The easiest way to start is with books, since I’ve … Continue reading

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Online P.E.

This summer, two of my high school age students have completed an online P.E. course so they don’t have to take Phys Ed during the year. Wait, whaaaaat???? Clearly, I was born in the wrong decade.  I cannot even begin … Continue reading

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Hodgepodge

This summer is really flying by.  I feel like I’ve had so much going on, so this will be a quick catch-up post.  I intend to do a little write-up with photos later this month about our Cape Cod trip … Continue reading

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