Friday, May 29, 2009


Good Morning, Kittens! Happy Friday!

A critter is eating my flower garden, chomping on cosmos seedlings like there is no tomorrow. I think it might be a bunneh. Or an elephant. Not sure which.

As long as it stays away from the bush basil I transplanted yesterday, I will be happy. I have plenty of cosmos seeds, but only one bush basil.

I have been unmotivated this week. I think the job hunt is getting me down. Dooby dooby down. Wah wah wah waaaaaah. It would be nice to hear *something* from at least one of the 6 (or was it 7) government jobs I've applied for this past Spring. Gah. It would also be nice to apply to some jobs this week, which I seem to be unable to do ... even though I've come across several interesting ads.

Last night, I dreamed I was stranded in the Philadelphia airport (with my brother!) because a hurricane had closed all the airports in DC. And I was wondering what to do because I didn't know anyone in Philly. But, then, I realized I did! Through blogging! But I didn't know how to contact any of them! So I tweeted my phone number. Wasn't that clever? Then, my brother and I started debating whether we should rent a car or not because DC is only 2.5 hours (or so?) from Philadelphia. And then the alarm went off. I certainly have exciting dreams, no?

My weekend plans?

Tonight is Tomokito's 40th Birthday Party Happy Hour at Nellie's. Why don't you join us (if you're in the neighborhood)? It'll be v. low-key. Just good friends and booze. What could be better than that? Hm. Maybe good friends and free booze?

Saturday, I'll be meeting some former co-workers for margaritas (and tequila shots, perhaps?) in the afternoon. Then, I may just hang out in DC (depending on the weather).

No plans for Sunday. I'll probably just stay home and be poor. That's always fun. Perhaps I'll be motivated to clean a bit. Perhaps not.


Thursday, May 28, 2009


Good Morning, Kittens.

I spent most of the day yesterday waiting for something to happen.

Then, at 11:23PM it did. The SPAMpocalypse!!!!

OMG! Run for the Hills (although it might be too late since I'm posting this on the Day After). By now I'm sure some Demonic Bill Gates-like Creature has devoured teh Intartubez and is wreaking havoc on the Entire World.

Hope you've read your SPAMZombie Survival Manual. Me? I'm moving in with Pesky Mac. I'll let her behead the SPAMzombies with her Dragon Boat Paddle for me.

Have a great day! Watch out for blood spatters.

PS. A very happy 40th birthday to my best friend and super upstairs neighbor, Tomokito. Keep on rockin' the Manolos, Sexy Mama!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Isabella Approves of this Post

Good Morning, Kittens.

*yawn* One of us did not sleep very well last night, possibly because that person has realized that, if his unemployment check does not arrive in the next day or so, his mortgage payment (which is automatically deducted from his account) could go all Boing-bOing-boIng-boiNg-boinG. And, there is no one to blame, because he was lazy and did not check his balance for the month in time to transfer money from savings. *sigh*

On a brighter note, the final Surprise Pottery Package has been received by SwankyMama. Here's a picture. It's a doggie bowl for her new Yorkie. AND, Tulsa William texted to say he received his package too and that he liked the bowl. I'm amazed nothing was broken. Maybe I'm getting better at this pottery packing thing.

Today, I need to get a few job applications out. Then, house-cleaning and laundry. I'd like to do some seed planting outside, but I think it's too wet/rainy. Alas...

Have a great day! *smooches*

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I Bite Myself

Good Afternoon, Kittens!

Several nights ago, I had a nightmare in which I was being strangled from behind (hm, sounds slightly familiar, no?). In my dream, I turned my head to the left and bit the attacker.

In my reality, I awoke with an "Ow!"

Yes, in my sleep, I bit my arm near my shoulder. It hurt, and I remember thinking to myself, "That's going to leave a mark" before I fell back asleep. When I awoke the next morning, I forgot to check. A few days later in the shower, I noticed a mystery bruise on my left arm.

I thought for a minute and it all came flooding back. With a bruise to prove it. *sheesh*

Now, you should all scurry over to Puntabulous (if you haven't already) to read his latest Funtabulous post. See if you can spot VUBOQ!


Let's Be Friends

Good Morning, Kittens.

Rainy and cool here in Vutopia today and no plans on the agenda. I need to make a schedule so that I don't spend the entire week slowly merging with my sofa.

Anyway, yesterday was all right. I spent most of the day being horizontal and overhung. Then, I had a very late lunch (or early dinner?) at Eggspectations (which I don't really like, but we wanted breakfast food).

I came home and blobbed. I decided I wanted to drink something besides water, so I started some sun mugi-cha with teabags Tomokito gave me awhile back.

I used to make (and drink) mugi-cha in Japan all the time. We always called it "wheat tea" because mugi = wheat and cha = tea. However, I was reading about it last night on wikipedia and they called it "Roasted Barley Tea. Hm.

Anyway, that's a picture of it. Usually I boil it, but this time Ithought I'd make sun tea. Which is probably why it's raining. I have no idea when it will be ready. Maybe by this afternoon.

Moving on ... why do people say "Let's be friends" when they really mean "I never want to talk to you again?" I find it disingenuous and upsetting. I thought Tulsa William and I had ended on a good note with an agreement to be friends. But, I haven't heard from him hardly at all since I got back. If I initiate contact he'll respond (usually by a single short txt msg), but that's it. Frustrating and hardly indicative of actually wanting to be friends. Oh, well ... People are weird.

And it's time to make the coffee!

Have a great day! *smooches*

Monday, May 25, 2009

Weekend Update: Memorial Day Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

*oog* One of us is VERY hungover. It might be me. Eric from Baltimore came down last night. We had margaritas and then went to JRs and Cobalt. It was at Cobalt where two guys in shirts and ties walked by me and I said, "Ooh. Look! Mormons!"

One of the guys said, "Close. We're actually Jehovah's Witnesses. We're here to convert you."

To which I replied, "I love to be converted!"

I think I will be spending most of today on the sofa. Sofa good.

In fact, most of my weekend was spent on the sofa. Friday night, SCGB and I went out for food and drinks. And, let me tell you, the Open Bar Hour at Cobalt (from 11-Midnight) is Dangerous. Saturday = sofa.

Sunday, I planted a small patch in the front garden area with poppy seeds. I call it Unemployment Plan B: Opium Den. Maybe they will sprout. I also started some marigold seeds as well.

And, that's pretty much all I've accomplished.

Finally ... here are the answers to the quiz from yesterday:

1-d, 2-c, 3-b, 4-e, 5-a, 6-d, 7-c, 8-b, 9-c, 10-b, 11-d, 12-c, 13-a, 14-a, 15-c.

Thanks for playing.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

How Well Do You Know VUBOQ?

Good Afternoon, Kittens. Happy Memorial Day Eve.

Since only a few people took my quiz over on my facebook page, here it is. Feel free to put your answers in the comment section. Correct answers will be posted tomorrow. For those of you who already took the quiz on facebook, no cheating!

1) VUBOQ has one tattoo. Where is it?
a) lower back
b) left shoulder
c) neck
d) right ankle
e) VUBOQ doesn't have a tattoo

2) VUBOQ is ...
a) unemployed
b) drunk
c) both a and b
d) neither a nor b

3) VUBOQ's cat, Isabella is named after
a) his best friend, Isa.
b) Isabella Rossellini
c) Isabella I of Castile
d) Isabella Fiore
e) Saint Isabel of France

4) VUBOQ's favorite color is ...
a) orange
b) purple
c) blue
d) red
e) green

5) Prior to living in the DC/Metro Area, the place VUBOQ lived the longest?
a) Rural Hall, NC
b) Kitakyushu, Japan
c) Marion, NC
d) Albemarle, NC
e) Beijing, China

6) VUBOQ sometimes refers to his cat as
a) Frankenkitty
b) Mouser McMouserson
c) Fluffy Fluffsalot
d) Psychokitty
e) Stinkypoo

7) Which Famous Blogger has VUBOQ *not* met live and in person?
a) Puntabulous
b) Jimbo
c) Scott (formerly Scott-o-Rama)
d) Bossy
e) Someone in a Tree

8) VUBOQ's Gin of Choice is ...
a) Plymouth London Dry
b) Leopold's Gin
c) Hendricks
d) Quintessential
e) None of the above

9) The Best Harry Potter Movie has been
a) The Order of the Phoenix
b) The Goblet of Fire
c) The Prisoner of Azkaban
d) The Chamber of Secrets
e) The Sorceror's Stone

10) How many countries has VUBOQ been to?
a) 7
b) 14
c) 21
d) 28
e) 35

11) The clock in VUBOQ's dining nook doesn't work. The time is always:
a) 12:00
b) 2:10
c) 6:03
d) 5:51
e) 9:17

12) VUBOQ has never gotten the clock fixed because
a) He is lazy
b) He likes how it looks
c) It's a fun conversation piece
d) All of the above
e) None of the above

13) One of the few vegetables VUBOQ despises...
a) beets
b) asparagus
c) broccoli
d) bell peppers
e) brussel sprouts

14) The last time VUBOQ owned a car was in ...
a) 1995
b) 1999
c) 2001
d) 2004
e) None of the above

15) As a child, VUBOQ's hair color was ...
a) blond
b) brown
c) red
d) black
e) green

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Hair Up There

Good Morning, Kittens!

It's almost the Weekend! Hurrah! I know you people with jobs are excited :-)

What's going on with me? All sorts of fun stuff. On Wednesday, I met CNTBD for lunch. We went to Matchbox and had pizza. And wine. And then some more wine. And I was super bloated, so I came home and napped. Then, I did laundry. OMG. I have all the funz.

Thursday, I got my hairz did! YAYz. I took Leah the Colornatrix a piece of pottery (this one). She loved it! We did color. We did cut. And, when I went to pay, the front desk woman, whose name I can never remember, said, "It's been comped." Huz-ZAH! I was, like, are you sure? And, Leah, said "Yes. We can work something out after you get a job." It certainly pays to go to the same stylist for 8 years. Saved me about $100 bucks. Ya-HOO. (I still gave her a $20 tip though).

Hair all purty, I walked over to American University to have lunch with Mike. It was AU Staff Appreciation Day, so the school was having a huge BBQ on the Quad. Free Food! Veggie Burgers! Potato Salad! Roasted Veggies! Ice Cream! It rocked! VUBOQ *hearts* free food.

Today, after applying for *at least* two jobs, I am having lunch with the wonderful Clio Bluestocking and one of my neighbors. Then, I must venture forth to the Post Office. I'm sending a couple things (including this bowl) to Tulsa William as a Thank You for Hosting Me Present. And, I'm sending a special little surprise (no pictures until it's been received ... although Biddy McBidson knows what it is!) to the lovely blogger, SwankyMama.

My weekend plans are still percolating, but there may be a fun night out with Eric from Baltimore in the works. woo hoo!

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. *totally awesome smooches*

Thursday, May 21, 2009

4006 Words

Good Afternoon, Kittens!
New Hair Pictures:

No Time to Post Post

Good Morning, Kittens.
I have an early morning hair appointment, so you'll have to wait until afternoon for your Daily Dose of VUBOQerly Goodness!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Lunch and Death

Good Morning, Kittens!

Not much happened in Vutopia yesterday. I applied for a job (yay). I spent an inordinantly large amount of time prepping for our monthly Co-op board meeting, which ended up being quite short. We only have one major issue to decide and we still need a little more information. Carolyn stopped by prior to the meeting to pick up her prize for winning the 10% Refund Challenge drawing:

Grand Prize Plate

I should've taken her picture posing with the plate, but I didn't think of it at the time. Oh, well.

She also shared some unpleasant news: A former co-worker of ours committed suicide last month. I only worked with her for a year or so before she left for a better job, so I didn't know her very well. Still, it is sad.

Couple that with a woman who I knew while I lived in Japan recently passing away from cancer, and it makes me wonder who amongst my outer periphery of friends and acquaintances will be next...

Fortunately, I don't consider my blog readers and friends to be "outer periphery" so I know it won't be you :-) *whew*

And, now, in an abrupt change of topic, my plans for the rest of the week include lunch today with CNTBD, a hair appointment tomorrow ("as God as mah witness, ah will be blond again!"), and lunch on Friday with the fabulous Clio Bluestocking. Fun.

Have a great day. *smooches*

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

A Post About Pottery. What a Surprise.

Good Morning, Kittens.

I went to the pottery studio yesterday to pick up my final pieces. One is still in the kiln, so I probably won't get it until the Fall. I am Totally In Love with this bowl though. And, I think I'm going to send it to Tulsa William as a Thank You Present for hosting me. I'm going to give him a choice though, but my feeling is that he will choose this bowl. We shall see...

Anyway, besides the bowl, I had three mugs and two vases finished ... Here's one of the mugs:

Brown Green Mug

and one of the vases:

Bud Vase

I also had 6 pieces of bisqueware which I didn't have time to glaze this session. If I can take a course this summer, I may be able to glaze them then.

I am partial to the cute little handbuilt creamer:

Handbuilt Creamer

and this funky vase thing:

Funky Vase Thing

The other items are my most recent uploads on Flickr. Enjoy!

I don't have that many unassigned pieces this session, but stay tuned for a Pottery Giveaway within the next week or so. Love me. Love my crappy free pottery :-)

Have a Great Day! *smooches*

Monday, May 18, 2009

Weekend Update: Party and Boats Edition

Good Afternoon, Kittens!

Saturday day was pretty much a wash. I slept. A lot. And then I took a nap. And then I had to run around like a crazy person because how did it get to be 530PM already and I need to leave the house at 6ish to get to Shallowgal's Birthday Party on time?

The party was at Dino in Cleveland Park. Lots and lots (and lots) of booze. And appetizers. And food ... like this:

which VUBOQ didn't eat, of course ... but there was also lots of vegetarian items. Hurrah. Shallowgal is so thoughtful and wonderful and has BOOBS OUT TO HERE*! Anyway, at the party I met lots of Shallowgal's friends. And, guess what? Not all Virginian Suburbanites are Scary! Isn't that great?

After the party, I staggered home, and ran into SCGB, who gave me a ride. Which was awesome because it was pissing it down rain.

Sunday morning, SCGB and I met Maura, the German's girlfriend, for brunch in DC. Fun times. She's so nice. And, she's heading to Germany in 3 weeks for a month. I am trying not to be too jealous.

After brunch, I headed to Georgetown to watch the Dragon Boat Festival on the Potomac. The Blogger Formerly Known as Pesky Mac was going to be there. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet up (wah!), mainly because I was underdressed and it was cold and windy and I left. I know, boo on me. BUT, I did see a couple of races, which was fun:

Once home, I took a nap, had a martini, and, then, met K-Factor at Adega for dinner! Weekend Date Night Special: 1 appetizer + 2 entrees + 1 bottle of wine = $35 + tax. It rocks! After dinner, we bought dessert at Whole Foods. We watched a movie at my place with SCGB and ate and drank more wine.

Fun times!

Have a great afternoon! *smooches*

*and VUBOQ now knows more than he ever really wanted to about "taping"

Week Update: Tulsa Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

I had a SuperFabulous Weekend (and will be updating that later today), but -for now- you will just have to make do with a review of my Funtastic "Week" in Tulsa.

I set out on Tuesday the 12th with all intents and purposes to participate in 12 of 12. I took lots of photos. I just never got around to picking 12 and posting them. Oh, well. The trip to Tulsa was uneventful. All my flights were on time and relatively drama free. I did spot a SuperHot Guy in Chicago during my layover. Bonus!

Anyway, William picked me up and we drove into Exciting Downtown Tulsa. We had lunch at an Irish Pub near where a new baseball stadium will be built. Then, he had to finish painting a mural for Mayfest, Tulsa's art festival. Once that was finished, he showed me some of the Art Deco Landmarks in the downtown area. We went back to his house and chilled for awhile. And, later, with his SuperCute younger brother, we went back to downtown to disassemble his scaffolding (for the mural) and dinner ... Pizza. Yum.

On Wednesday, we toured the Philbrook Museum, which was a former oil baron's Tuscan-style mansion. Beautiful gardens. Some interesting art. Next, we stopped by the Tulsa Garden Society and the Tulsa Historical Society, which are conveniently next door to each other. We had lunch in a funky little neighborhood deli.

Later that afternoon, we took a tour of the Mayo Hotel restoration project. It was neat to see all the work that is being done there. People in Tulsa love their Art Deco, fer sure. After the tour ended, we went to the opening event for Mayfest. Free Wine! Yayz! William painted the artwork for the official Mayfest Poster. Everyone really liked it. Then, William got a migraine. So we went back to his house.

Thursday morning, we went to the Oklahoma Aquarium. I found Nemo! And posed by the World's Largest Fishing Lure. Oh, yeah. It rocked! After lunch at D'vino, a restaurant which claims all entrees are under 500 calories, we went to see Star Trek. For an excellent analysis, you should go read GayProf's thoughts on this movie. We did a little more sight-seeing (Hello, Golden Driller) before heading out to the new casino ... where I only lost $19. Yay me! It was on our way to the casino where we had the interesting discussion alluded to in an earlier post in which William felt it was necessary to explain why he didn't like me in *that* way.

Of course, we had already discussed the day (or so) before that neither of use were actually feeling it. However, on Thursday, at dinner, he was being very weird. And, when I asked him at the restaurant what was up, he said "I'll tell you later." Later, in the car, I asked again. And that's when it all came out. Of course, being a fairly grounded person, I immediately recognized that all his negativity was coming from his own issues. However, being a relatively non-confrontational person (especially when being blindsided by waves of negativity), we did not discuss this at that time.

Friday, we went to Mayfest. It was early, but I still got to stroll through the booths full of arts and crafts. I also visited the Center of the Universe ... but I must've broken it, because it didn't work. Then, we went to a cute little Mexican Cafe for lunch. And, that's where I broke it down for William. I explained that I understand that I'm not his type (and, conversely, he's not mine either), but that his problems with me were *his* problems: I spent over half my life trying to conform to other people's expectations of who I should be, and -now- I am very comfortable with the way I am, the way I act, and the way I talk. If other people don't like it, it's a reflection on them. He understood. And I feel that the conversation was really positive. Then, we drove to the airport and hugged good-bye.

My flight from Tulsa to Saint Louis was fine. BUT, once in St. Louis, a huge storm system came through. My flight did not take off until after 1130PM. I wasn't sure if I would arrive while Metro was still operating, so I asked a friend to come pick me up. OK. Fine. I asked Y to come pick me up. He's the only person I know right now who would be awake at 3AM (and not drunk). We got back to my place at around 4. Very tired. And, yes, I put out. *sigh* He may be an occasional insensitive jerk, but we still have some amazing buttsecks.

And that was my trip. Come back this afternoon for my Weekend Update! *smooches*

Saturday, May 16, 2009

DC Fabulosity Quotient Returns to Normal

Because I don't want my blog to be topped by negativity all weekend ...

Good Saturday Afternoon, Kittens! Yes, I am back in the DC/Metro Area at last. Poor Tulsa. I assume it is weeping at the loss of me.

The trip was SuperFun, except for one or two moments of unpleasantness (see below), which were satisfactorally resolved before I left. So, it's all good.

Come Monday, I'll post a Fun-Filled Recap of all my Exciting Adventures.

Meanwhile, I have finished uploading all the photos from the trip. They're on Flickr in the Tulsa set.

Have a fantastic weekend! *smooches*

Friday, May 15, 2009

Square Pegs Round Holes

Good Morning, Kittens.

A quick update from the Land of Narrow Minds ... Apparently, VUBOQ is:

-a flaming queen
-overly effeminate
-not intelligent
-and, the way I talk would be OK if I were 21.

Fortunately, VUBOQ is completely comfortable with these thing. He spent over half his life trying to be someone he isn't. And, he's very happy now being the Person He Is. If other people can't see that [he is happy and comfortable], then that is their issue [and, believe you me, they have Issues]. Not VUBOQ's.

VUBOQ is ecstatic to be returning home today (even though he doesn't arrive until Very Late tonight).


PS. Tulsa is -actually- a lovely little city ... even if its residents are not always so. More pictures this weekend.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Tulsa Photos. Day 1 and 2

Good Morning, Kittens!

Photos are up on Flickr. No titles/descriptions yet though. Have fun. Make up your own!



Wednesday, May 13, 2009

I'm Alive

And, this basement I'm locked in is v. comfortable.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Leaving on a Jet Plane!

Don't know if I'll be back again ...

That's right, Kittens. As you read this, I am (hopefully) sitting at the airport thinking, "Did I remember to pack my toothbrush?"

I didn't. I'm sure.

Oh, wait. Here it is.

[I'm also typing this post on Monday night, so that bit was a lot funnier to me]


Mine will certainly be interesting. Especially if I turn up hacked into pieces in a freezer in a garage in Tulsa, OK. Photographic evidence of the Killer will be Right. Here. On. the Blog. Assuming, of course, that I get hacked into pieces after I am able to post.

I say this all in jest. Srsly. He is a nice guy. And ShallowGal and SCGB have his address, cellphone number, and instructions to call the police if they don't hear from me (just in case).

Bases? They are covered.

My current dilemma is this. Last night, nothing was out of the kiln. AND, none of my greenware had been bisque fired. Hello? Wasted Trip? GAH. AND, two of the items that are in the kiln being glaze fired right now are things I was going to (a) give as a Hostess Gift and (b) give to a friend who is coming to DC this coming weekend.

G. to the AH.

and forkity forkity fork fork.

VUBOQ was raised right and always takes a Hostess Gift, which presents an interesting dilemma, fer sure.

Have a great day! Stay tuned to twitter/facebook for updates!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Weekend Update: Margaritas Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

Happy Monday! I hope everyone is bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready to take on the week! Yayz! I have a busy day ahead ... laundry, packing, last minute shopping, pottery. Fun times!

My weekend was rather uneventful. Friday, I lounged around a lot. Saturday, I had a few friends 'round for margaritas. And, Sunday, I lounged more.

I know. I live the exciting life. Truly.

At least my Oklahoma Adventure (Starting Tomorrow!) will provide for slightly more entertaining blog posts. Hopefully ...


Friday, May 08, 2009

Doozy Number Two-zy

I tend to think the best of people, even when they do bad things to me.
Hell, I was mugged and I think "maybe he had his reasons ..."
I forgive too easily.
I try to focus on the good in people.
Which gets me into trouble.

As a former co-worker once said to me, "Sometimes people mistake kindness for weakness."

Some of you may remember that I recently ran into John, the Cheating Cheater. Since then we have been in casual contact. I was thinking maybe we could rebuild some sort of friendly relationship. It's not like he's a bad guy. Sometimes he could be surprisingly sensitive. And he's funny. And he made me think about things in an entirely different way.

Last night, we were supposed to meet up. He was going to pick my up at the Metro station near his house at around 7:30.

I was running a little late ...

7:27PM: Me via text: "At Silver Spring Metro. There in about 10 min or so."

No response.

7:34PM: I arrived at the Metro station and called: "I'm here. It's still light. Should I walk to your place or do you still want to come pick me up?"

7:51PM: John via text: "Hey I need a rein (sic) check."


8:00PM: Me via text: "I don't think that will be possible. Take care."

8:01PM: John via text: "Sorry workes (sic) later than I thought ... big tasking at work sorry again ... u take care as well."

VUBOQ was still HOT. And realized that the "take care" brush-off was letting John off too easy.

8:09PM: Me via text: "And u didn't realize this until 21 minutes after we were supposed to meet? I hope u treat ur other friends w/ more respect and consideration than you did me."

VUBOQ was still HOT. But, felt a tiny bit better.

VUBOQ thought he would feel even better if he sent the following text:

"Btw, you're still not out at work, are you?"

BUT, fortunately for both of us, the V in VUBOQ is for Vicious, not Vindictive. Thus, I simply sat and stewed and drank and thought. Yes, there was a possibility that tonight besides talking we might have fucked. And, really, I'm ok with that, because, sometimes a fuck is just a fuck and even though John was not quite as endowed as he liked to think, he wasn't half bad in the sack.


Thursday, May 07, 2009

Where in the World is Vuboq Sandiego?

Good Morning, Kittens!

The rain seems to have stopped, the sun is trying to peek out from the clouds, and VUBOQ has lost total control of his senses ...

Yep. Totally Insane.



See. It's like this. I met this guy, WF, online a few months ago. We've been IM'ing daily and phoning every couple of weeks. Well, he just bought me a plane ticket to ...

And, I thought "What the heck, I've never been." And, he doesn't seem like a serial killer (but, just in case, I have a text message backup plan arranged with a couple of friends, including this Fabulous Almost-Birthday Girl). In fact, he's quite nice.

I leave next Tuesday. Expect a lot of "WTF Am I Doing?" Posts between now and then.

And that's just Doozy #1 in a long line of recent Doozies ...

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Apologies. Not the Doozy of a Post

Good Early Evening, Kittens.

I didn't get home from the studio 'til after 4 and I just don't have it in my right now. Sorry. I might start typing it up later tonight. Trust me. There's Drama. Intrigue. And Other Stuff.

For now, how about a picture of the Borked Bowl?


It doesn't look *that* bad, except you can't see the tiny little crack that runs to the base. sigh.

And, my Final Pottery Pieces:


One thrown mug. One handbuilt mug. One kindacutelittle handbuilt creamer/pitcher. And three weird handbuilt vases.

Not a bad haul, eh?

Final class is on Monday. I will be glazing glazing glazing. Fun Times.


Food and Such

Good Morning, Kittens.

Short post this morning. There should be a longer post this afternoon when I'm not so pressed for time (and believe you me the afternoon post will be a DOOZY!).

Instead you get to read about my dinner. It was delicious. Inspired by all the Cinco de Mayo tweets and posts, I decided to make a little taco-y salad for dinner.

It consisted of: a layer of mixed greens; topped with sauteed green squash and mushrooms; topped with diced tomato, red onion, and carrots; topped with spanish rice; topped with refried beans; topped with salsa and grated cheese; and surrounded by tortilla chips. OMG! It was so good. Yum yum yum SQUARED. And, then, I had a blueberry margarita on the rocks. Per.Fection.

and, now, I must get ready to head out. I'm meeting CNTBD for lunch at Jaleo (my favorite restaurant in DC, with the added bonus of having the best sangria too). Then, I'm heading to the pottery studio to finish up a few final things. Our last class is Monday. Hopefully, all I will have left to do is some glazing. Afterwards, the Great Pottery Give-Away begins! Woo hoo!

Have a great day! *smooches*

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

The Damp

Good Morning, Kittens.

It's cold and damp. And gray. Coffee refill? Yes, please!

Pottery class was a mixture of the good and the bad. First, the bad ... perhaps, you remember this bowl? Well, apparently, someone in another class decided to pick it up and take a look ... and when the put it back, they broke it. Very sad. I was hoping to give the big bowl to the friend who gave me all his extra clay. Alas, I shall have to figure out something else to give him.

On the good side, I am *very* pleased with how the items I glazed last time came out (see handleless pitcher pictured). No photos yet of the other items, because they are surprise presents. As for the handleless pitcher, I am thinking of using rope ... or wire ... or something to construct a fun, funky handle. We shall see ...

I may go back to the studio today (or tomorrow) to do some hand-building to use up the last remaining bits of my clay. Fun times. Then, next class, I will do my final glazing.

In other exciting news (if you don't follow my facebook/twitter updates, that is), EPA is advertising yet another job for which I am perfectly qualified. However, there is a trick question on the essay portion. Question 7 reads "If you answered 'yes' to the previous question, please explain. (Essay Question)"

However, Question 6 is also an essay question. In fact, there are no yes/no questions at all. I have placed a call to the HR department. They are supposed to get back to me today. We shall see ...

Have a delicious day!

Monday, May 04, 2009

Weekend Update: Minty Edition

Good Morning, Kittens! Happy Monday!

My weekend was filled with mint, bourbon, knitting and rain! I know! So much fun!

So, lessee ... Friday night, after my date canceled, I was settling in for a solitary night at home, but -lo and behold!- a neighbor invited me over for a fun-filled evening of margaritas and Trivial Pursuit. Good times. Srsly.

Saturday, after hearing on NPR that it was Kentucky Derby Day, I decided to make Mint Juleps. However, I had no mint and no bourbon. Fortunately, a good friend saw my Facebook status update and personally delivered some mint from his yard. And took me out to lunch ... where I ran into CNTBD. Always good to see him.

After lunch, we headed back to my place to watch movies and drink mint juleps! Hurrah! We watched Breach (about the Robert Hansen spy case) with Laura Linney and Ryan Phillipe. It was much better than I expected. And, as an added bonus, I knat quite a bit on my First Ever Sock (version 2.0). For those of you who are wondering, it's KnitPicks Essentials Burgundy. and the pattern is some sort of moss stitch rib. And, I can make no sense out of the heel instructions. Guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it (still about 2.5 more inches 'til we get there).

Sunday, I had planned to do a little gardening, but it rained all day. Instead, I watched movies and knat. Rather a dull day actually. I did make french toast for lunch though. That was probably the most exciting part of my day.

Today, I'll be job hunting (duh), heading to my next-to-last pottery class, and trying to buy a plane ticket to Tulsa. Fun times. Really.

Oh, and I have a bit of a dilemma ... a friend of mine is the director of a summer program for outstanding math and science high school juniors and seniors at a university in North Carolina. Apparently, one of her regular instructors is unable to teach this year. So, she has asked if I would be interested in creating a course (preferably a lab course, which I assume means one with an experimental component).

Of course, I would be interested; however, there are several drawbacks.

First, the plusses:
(1) $4K + room/board for one month's work
(2) teaching smart/motivated students can be fun
(3) creating a course on environmental/ecological issues would be an exciting challenge
(4) the location is cool (literally and figuratively)

And, the minuses:
(1) how would this effect my unemployment benefits
(2) teaching smart/unmotivated students can be a total bitch
(3) figuring out cat care for over a month
(4) I haven't taught in a *really* long time
(5) missing DUN's wedding would not be cool
(6) moving to NC for a month would be difficult, esp. if I were asked to come in for an interview for a job in DC/MD/VA
(7) how would I do pottery?

So ... lots to think about. I have a few weeks to make a decision (and to plan a course if I decide in the affirmative).

Saturday, May 02, 2009

Saturday Morning Sock Blogging

Good Morning, Kittens! Happy Saturday!

Here's a look at First Sock Ever, Version 2.0, No Pooling Allowed Edition:


Have a great day! *smooches*

Friday, May 01, 2009

Chopped Up Bits of Japanese Pop Stars

Good Morning, Kittens!

It is Friday! You made it!
And May! How the fuck did that happen?

So let's dance around the May Pole as I recount the exciting events of yesterday ...

I got up.
I ate lunch.
I decided to head to the pottery studio.
About 10 minutes into my walk to the metro station, I had to turn around.
Explosive Poo!
I stayed home and started my First Sock Ever version 2.0.

I watched movies.
I rescheduled my date (fear of Explosive Poo Recurrence is a Total teh Buttsecks Turn-Off).
I made an Asian-esque Pasta Salad.

I drank a raspberry margarita.

I went to bed.

And, I don't know what is up with me, but I have been having Very Vivid dreams recently. At least, last nights dreams were not blood-filled and there were no ghost cats (or rabbits ... or hamsters).

As for the weekend, I currently have No Plans! GAH! C'mon, people. Invite me to do things! Make me feel loved.

Have a great day!