Hi there 2015

Well hello there, 2015. When did you sneak up on me? Seems like just yesterday I was plotting out my grand plans for 2014.

hello 2015 new years

Around this time last year, my sister was visiting me in the city. We bopped around DC, enjoyed a snowy Georgetown shopping day, celebrated at a crazy New Years Eve party, and courageously tried out that whole skiing thing for the first time. This New Years Eve was spent quietly at a friend’s house, away from the city traffic and noise – it was perfect. And if my New Years Eve party preferences officially mean I’ve “grown up,” I’m ok with that.

Overall 2014 was a good year to me. Processed with VSCOcam with hb1 preset

I am excited to see what 2015 has in store. Here are some of my goals and resolutions to work on throughout the new year:

  • Blog way more! Last year I slacked in blogging and I’d like to get back in the groove of posting regularly
  • Travel to visit my sister in Australia, head south to Columbia & Charleston, explore new destinations
  • Take another course and learn something new
  • Put my computer skills and beautiful equipment to good use
  • Track my finances better using Mint to budget and save more money (sorta contradicts my travel goals, I know)
  • Don’t drink soda, something I too easily cheated at in 2014
  • Pick up 1 new artistic hobby

2015, be nice to me! Looking forward to seeing how the year rolls out.

Merry Milwaukee Christmas

Merry Christmas from cold Milwaukee, Wisconsin!

milwaukee christmas trip

This Christmas I’m at home with the family, partaking in our usual traditions – like an over the top Tilly Christmas photo shoot in front of the tree. I can’t wait to bring Tilly back home to DC with me after this trip. It’s a pretty great Christmas gift.

christmas dog tilly photo shoot

christmas tree tilly photo

tilly dog at christmasAnd now we are off to make cookies, watch Christmas movies, and finish wrapping the gifts. Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas, with love from Tilly & me.

Launching www.MorganReid.me

Y’all know that saying: “you can’t teach old dogs new tricks”? Well this winter I so proved them wrong.  After ten weeks in General Assembly’s Front End Web Development course, this dog is now HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and JQuery proficient.

morgan reid front end web development

I originally signed up for the class to extend my print design skills to include more practical web design skills. I was already a pro at Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and PhotoShop – but couldn’t even wrap my head around designing for the web. And since I work in digital marketing, I knew this would come in handy in the office. So off I went to class, feeling nostalgic… like a student starting a new school year.

Twice a week 40 students all gathered at the DC campus for a few hours of coding lessons. The class was intense, not a second of teaching time wasted. It took me back to my college days, homework and all. But the instructors were all extremely helpful and on top of their game. Though the lessons were tough at first, with some practice, soon it started to all click. And by the end of the class, my web design abilities grew 40000%. I went from basic HTML novice to a “holy cow, so I just made my own website” web designing pro.

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Our final project for the class was to create a personal website of our choice. It was great to watch all of my classmates, with such varied careers, side businesses, and passions, show off their work. For my final project, I created a personal website, which includes about, work experience, and contact pages.


To check out my final project yourself, visit:



morgan reid personal website


To know that I can now create a website from scratch, no template or help, is empowering in today’s  tech-driven world. For anyone looking to add new skills or shift their career, I’d highly recommend General Assembly’s great classes.

Thanks to the lovely & talented Ashley in DC for all website photos.

Grateful for 2014

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Because I’ve been overwhelmingly busy this season with work & web design classes, I have not had 2 seconds to blog. But I still wanted to continue on my annual tradition of pausing and reflecting on what I am grateful for this year.

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This year my calendar was full of trips to see family and friends, including visits to Seaside, Emerald Isle, Seattle, Atlanta, Charleston, and more. I am thankful that I am able to take these trips, get a break from city life, and see the ones I love.


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I am so grateful for my wonderful family who temporarily adopted Tilly and sent me countless Snapchats when I missed her.

Bachelorette Pad in the City

small studio apartment dc

In 2014 I moved into my own “big girl” apartment, which is not so big at a mere 500 square feet. I am grateful that living alone can be checked off my to-do list. Don’t be alarmed by the photo above – that is not of my apartment, but of my next door neighbor Cathy, the National Cathedral.


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This year has made me thankful for technology. The kind that allows you to stay sane by spying on your crazy dog, work from home once a week, and have monthly book club discussions with girlfriends spread far and wide.

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For the last 10 weeks I’ve been knee-deep in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and jQuery. I’ve loved learning these front end web development skills and pushing myself. I am thankful for the opportunity to continue my education at General Assembly, made possible through my job. My brain has doubled in size.

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This summer my middle sister, Devan, made the long trip to Australia where she will be nannying for 1-2 years. I’m thankful she was first able to spend time with me in DC, just us sisters, before she left. It was part 1 of my not-so-subtle “Operation Move Devan to DC Post-Australia” campaign.

Happy Thanksgiving,


Fallcation in Wisconsin

What’s better than being surprised? Planning one yourself. In October Sam & I secretly flew to the midwest to surprise my Mom for her birthday. She had zero idea we were coming and was completely shocked. Mission Surprise: Success.

Sam was so excited for the trip, he broke his finger literally 5 minutes after landing at ORD before we could surprise my Mom. We just rolled with the punches and pretended like an early morning visit to Urgent Care was part of plan the whole time. The

sam broken finger

Lucky for us, my Mom’s birthday falls during the best time of year. We took advantage of the autumn weather and activities, completing the ultimate fall trip to Wisconsin. You name it, we did it – wine tasting, apple picking, pumpkin picking and carving, baking, sitting around the fire, etc.  Warning – large amount of Tilly & pumpkin photos ahead.

In addition to our autumn overload, Mom’s one request was taking a day hike along the Lion’s Den Gorge Nature Preserve for her birthday. We read online that the gorge’s path to Lake Michigan beach access that looked like “Wisconsin’s version of Oahu or Narnia,” which had me questioning the reviewer’s sanity and vision. I love visiting Lake Michigan, it’s beautiful and reminiscent of the Pacific Northwest somewhat. But Hawaii it is not.

In addition to family time, I even got to sneak in a lunch with my favorite Wyler family of 3.

visiting Emerald | milwaukee trip

It was wonderful to be home for my Mom’s birthday and spend time with Tilly again. I really cannot wait to get Tilly back home in DC with me. Until Christmas, Wisconsin! xo

Date Night in Petworth

A few years ago, once I’d decided to move to Washington, DC, I spent weeks combing Craigslist for an affordable apartment. Like most recent graduates moving across the country, my budget was tight. Even worse, I had to move into a new apartment without even touring it first, with only one touristy DC trip under my belt. So that’s the story of how I ended up living in Petworth for a year. It was the perfect storm of desperation and naiveté.  The story of how I left is much shorter & can be summed up in 1 word: mugging. But that’s another blog post!

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Most DC residents are not even familiar with the neighborhood, located north of Columbia Heights on Georgia Avenue, which makes it a hidden little neighborhood. But in the years since I’ve first moved to the city, the neighborhood has seen a growth in hip little neighborhood shops, restaurants, and bars. I predict that in 3-5 years, Petworth will be the next 14th Street or Columbia Heights. Would I move back to Petworth tomorrow? No. Would I go back for drinks & dinner, then blog about it? Read on.

chez billy drinks

To surprise Sam for date night, I planned an drinks and dinner in Petworth, thanks to Open Table. Since Petworth has grown in the last years, I relied on the site’s recommendations for a trendy spot for pre dinner drinks and discovered Chez Billy.From the exposed brick to the giant chandeliers and taxidermy on the walls, the place oozed French hipster bar. Sam loved the extensive beer list and I enjoyed a Fitzy Fizz cocktail.

cocktail bar petworth washington dc

After dinner, we had reservations at Domku, a Scandinavian restaurant located just a few blocks away from Chez Billy. My apartment was just blocks away when I lived in Petworth. Domku was one of the first restaurants we visited after I moved the city, so it holds a warm place in my heart. It was sweet to sit at Domku years later and reminisce.

date night in petworth dc

As a Swede myself, I love the menu at Domku. We went a little overboard and enjoyed fried pickled herring, roasted tomatoes with feta, beef stroganoff, swedish meatballs, and brussel sprouts. We were stuffed. Domku is a small hidden gem of a restaurant with delicious food and beautiful decor.

first apartment dc petworth

And because no trip to Petworth is complete without a trip to my old apartment, we finished off the night with a quick drive by. Date night reminded me that Petworth isn’t the only thing that’s changed for the better.

Playing Tourist at Home in DC

May through August, Washington, DC is overrun with tourists from around the world. During the summer months, DC locals avoid the most famous tourist attractions like the plague, avoiding the battle for a parking space or another outrageously long line.

With the fall season officially upon us (yes, count me as another PSL and sweater weather crazed girl,) DC has once again returned to its not so touristy self. In an effort to cross a few final items off our “DC Summer Bucket List,” this weekend Sam & I played tourists in our own hometown.

kayak tour on potomac river in washington dcOn a perfect fall evening we hit up the Key Bridge Boathouse in Georgetown for a twilight kayaking tour along the Potomac River. kayaking in washington dc

We kayaked along the Georgetown waterfront, National Mall, and all the way around Theodore Roosevelt Island. It was great to see the monuments from the water from such a unique and peaceful perspective.key bridge dc kayaking

Our next activity was visiting the top of the Washington Monument. After DC’s earthquake in 2011 forced the monument to close for the past few years, there was quite the demand to get tickets upon its reopening earlier this summer. Luckily the free tickets were easy to score thanks to a little patience and advanced reservations online.

washington monument view

The views of the Lincoln Memorial, White House, Capitol, and Thomas Jefferson Memorial below were wonderful and worth the trip. That being said, the viewing area was small and stuffed with SO many visitors, making me feel claustrophobic.

visiting the top of the washington monument in dc

The top of the monument was obviously compact, and there are only 4 views (north, south, east, west, duh), so in a word, the visit was quick! And crammed. And patriotic, all rolled into one. But hey, that’s what DC Bucket Lists are all about!

lincoln memorial from washington monumentNow that summer is over, talk has already begun on what our Fall Bucket List will include. So far it’s mostly crock pot cooking, pumpkin, and winery visits. Which pretty much sounds like our life year round too.

The weekend left me feeling grateful that we live in a city like Washington, DC with so much to do.