Happy December! I can’t believe this year is almost over already…in the meantime, here is this week’s Friday Five.

1. View from the Newseum: this past Monday, my mom and I visited this museum dedicated to all things news. The museum is huge! To be honest, I wasn’t super into the exhibits, but the museum has a sixth floor patio with an amazing view of the National Mall and the Capitol Building. That was definitely my favorite part of the place!

2. Osteria Morini: I’ve eaten at this Italian joint in Navy Yard several times now, and it is freaking delicious every time. I went there with my parents and brother-in-law this past Sunday and per usual, it did not disappoint.  I started with a cocktail called Old Piemontese Pal; that’s not a carrot garnishing the drink —it’s an orange peel wrapped around a sprig of rosemary. To eat, I got the Spallina, a pumpkin and robiolina-filled ravioli with brown butter, sage, and pumpkin seed. My dinner could not have been more seasonally appropriate. Perfection!

3. Light Yards: after dinner at Morini, we went to check out this new installation in the grassy area outside. It’s a bunch of glowing globes that form an interactive selfie-and-light show. A staffer was on hand to show us how to use the flashlight on our phones to project selfies onto the big globe you see in the center photo below. It’s super cool, and I recommend checking it out if you’re in The Yards!

4. Create A Treat Gingerbread House Kit: yup, I bought another one of these motherfuckers! I say “motherfuckers” because I struggled to build both the haunted cookie house and the gingerbread turkey, and I did not enjoy the actual process. But the end results were worth it, so when I saw this kit while running an errand at CVS yesterday I decided to buy it. Maybe I’ll rope my husband into helping me with this one like I did with the Halloween kit.  🙂

5. New Books & A Bookstore: we’re getting a new bookstore on H Street next year called Solid State Books, and I’m very excited about it! They currently have a holiday pop-up shop next door to their permanent location so I checked it out for the first time yesterday, and they have an excellent selection. I picked out two books right away (True Crime Addict: How I Lost Myself in the Mysterious Disappearance of Maura Murray by James Renner and Ghostland: An American History in Haunted Places by Colin Dickey) and saw so many more that I wanted to buy! I can’t wait to have an independent bookstore so close by.