Tuesday, March 31, 2009
It seemed like I spent most of yesterday putting off doing things ... rather than clean the spare room I ...
(a) Got three packages ready to mail (one of which has been sitting on my desk since October), and
(2) Ordered lots and lots of yarn and stuff from Knitpicks! Fortunately, since I had 2 giftcards from friends, I only spent $10 of my own money!
I bought this sock kit, these needles, and -hopefully- enough of this yarn (in planetarium and ivory) to make a seamless sweater (a la Zimmerman).
Then, I ate leftover pizza and went to pottery class. Where I threw these:
Today is going to be SuperBusy. At 11:15ish some guy is coming to inspect our boilers. Before that, I have to clean clean clean clean clean as much of my apartment as I can. Because after the boiler guy leaves, I am going to the post office (to mail the three packages) and to the pottery studio. And, tonight, I am planning on meeting CNTBD somewhere for dinner.
Fun times. Have a great day!
Monday, March 30, 2009
Good MORNING, my Sweet, Sweet and Cuddly Kittens! I hope you had a SuperFabulous Weekend full of sparkly dancing unicorns and rainbows!
My weekend was *almost* that good ... Friday, I met CNTBD for lunch. Then, I like, totally chilled at the National Portrait Gallery/American Art Museum. Hello, Free WiFi! Hello, Electrical Outlets? Um. No. NPG/AAM has teh free WiFi but is not as generous with their electrons. Fer sure.
I took the 70 bus home. Sometimes it's fun to travel above ground with the commonfolk.
After a nap, I went to Happy Hour with the Neighbors. The German is leaving us. We are all quite sad. And, I'm sorry, David, but he did not agree to the nude layout. After Happy Hours, SCGB and I went to the Whole Foods, where I happened upon the Ugliest Easter Cookies EVER:
Saturday, I ventured forth unto DC, where I had originally planned to meet Robert (not *that* Robert) at the American History Museum.
But, hello, Crazy Crowded Mall full of kite festival tourists! Instead, we decided to go to Dupont Circle for Mexican food: Liquid Cheese! Margaritas! Scoping Out Cute Gay Boiz! After eating, we came back here, and SCGB joined us to watch Little Children. Which was amazing. Creepy. Disturbing. But, wow. So good.
Sunday. I cleaned my bedroom. oh, it is so lovely now I never want to leave it. Then, I went to the pottery studio for awhile. I have new pottery. Photos coming later today (perhaps). Then, I hung out with the fab neighbor, K-Factor. We had martinis. We ordered pizza. We played Scene It.
Fun times! Great weekend!
Hope you all are hunky dory!
Friday, March 27, 2009
Yesterday was a Study in Laziness and Non-productivity. The weather conspired against me and I failed to move off the sofa until well past Martini Time.
Then, I met a friend for dinner and bowling ... except the bowling alley was closed for a Private Event. So, I met a friend for dinner and after dinner drinks at an Irish Pub near Chainatown. It was fun, and good to get out of the house for a bit.
Today, I am meeting CNTBD for lunch. Then, I think I will hang out at the Musuem of American Art/National Portrait Gallery Courtyard with Iris, the Tiny Little Netbook. I haven't applied for a single job this week. I need to kick it into high gear this afternoon.
Tonight, I'm going to a little farewell happy hour for the German. He is moving out of the co-op. Wah *sad face*. He's not going back to the Germany for another month though ... so maybe there will be a few more opportunities for Quality German Time. We shall see.
No other exciting plans for the weekend ... lots of cleaning, maybe a trip to the pottery studio ... we shall see.
Have a great day and weekend! *smooches*
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Rainy day here in Vutopia. And my fun lunch plans have been cancelled. Waaaah. Oh, well. I still am going to dinner and bowling tonight, so that should be fun. Huzzah.
Yesterday, I went to the pottery studio. I glazed a whole bunch of goodies and then I trimmed two mugs and attached the handles. Afterwards, I met Y for coffee.
I know what you are thinking, but it was his birthday. I figured coffee was the least I could do ... so I also bought him a brownie and some ice cream.
Then, I came home and did laundry. Who can haz all teh funz? Oh, yeah. That would be me.
Have a wonderful day. *smooches*
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
I hope all is well in you world.
Yesterday was quite the adventure. My phone interview went well (IMHO). Here's a question though: Should one send a "thank you" email for an initial screening phone interview? I'm not entirely sure what's expected. Of course, I would send one for a face-to-face ... if I ever have one of those again. What say you, my Loyal Minions?
Afterwards, I had planned ot take Iris, the SuperCute Tiny Little Netbook, to Downtown Silver Spring for a bit, but I totally got sucked in to watching the Rupaul's Drag Race finale and reunion (ru-union?) show on Tom and Lorenzo's blog.
So, instead of heading to Hip, Happenin' Silver Spring, I went rollerblading in the park. The sunshine was deceiving though and my ears nearly froze off. K. Brr.
For dinner, I made a warm salad of chickpeas, pecans, and rice with a ginger lime dressing. It was pretty good. I should have marinated the chickpeas or something first though. Then, K-Factor came down for leftover birthday cake. And, I know, y'all are thinking "he *still* has birthday cake?"
And, I am saying, "YES!" When one had 2 cakes (and Tomokito brings you a chunk of a third cake), it takes awhile to eat it all ... especially when one is concerned about keeping his pre-40 figure well into his 40s.
Today, I need to apply for a couple of jobs, but -instead- I'm heading to the pottery studio. I have lots to trim and glaze today. Fun times.
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Anne-Marie from Philly requested a picture of the yarn, so here it is. Delicious!
This morning has been busy. I had a phone interview (which I think went well), so I was prepping for that. This afternoon, after lunch, I think I'm going to take Iris, the Tiny Little Netbook, out for a walk ... and apply for a job or two.
Yesterday, I had a successful, but not overly productive, pottery class. I pulled several handles (which I didn't have time to attach). Then, the instructor demonstrated how to throw spouts. After throwing two spouts, I trimmed the teapot body and lid. Then, I attached a handle and the best looking of the two spouts. Teapot is finished! Well, teapot is assembled. There is still firing and glazing to go.
I think I will go to the studio tomorrow to finish some other trimming, and -maybe- glaze a few things as well.
Hope you are having a beautiful day! *smooches*
Monday, March 23, 2009
How was the weekend? Chock full o' fun and sun? Ready to take on the work week with renewed vigor ... and maybe some vim?
My weekeend started off with a blast! Friday evening, Iris, the Tiny Little Netbook, joined my electronic family. Plus, I got some delicious yarn for my birthday from Anne-Marie in Philly! Hurrah! So I spent the evening on the sofa playing with the new computer! It has a webcam! I have Skype! You can Skype me people! Wouldn't that be fun?
Saturday, I blobbed.
Sunday, I had a surprise birthday party to attend. I made cute little blue cheese and pecan canapes to take, but they took longer to assemble than I thought. So I rushed out of the house about 30 minutes late. When I got to the street the party was supposed to be on, I looked at my directions and realized I hadn't written the house number down. Yeah. Oops. I opened my phone to call the host, and that would be when I realized that I didn't have his phone number. In fact, the only phone number I had was the Guest of Honor. Can't really call him to ask where his surprise party is being held, huh? I called a couple of friends who live in the area to see if I could use their computers, but no one answered.
So I came home. Bah. Major Party Fail.
Tomokito came down and we had a beer. Then, I got ready for dinner with CNTDB. We went to Adega. Yum.
And, that was my weekend. Chock full of fun and excitement.
Today, I have to do some job stuff and, tonight, pottery class! Yay! After an unbearably long Spring Break, I have a lot of trimming to do tonight (unless everything is too dry). And handles to pull. Busy busy busy. Plus, I have tons of things to glaze too, but I doubt I'll get to that tonight.
Have a great day! *smooches*
Friday, March 20, 2009
After spending most of the day on the sofa plus a long-winding walk to the Whole Foods (and Likker Store), I am feeling a bit better. I hope it is not the Just Woke Up After Boatloads of Sleep-type of Feel Better.
I still have 47 Gabillion canker sores, which are still making eating a bit of chore (but on the plus side of that, I bet I've lost that extra pound I was packing over the holidays!).
VUBOQ's Guide to Losing Weight: Don't Eat! Woo hoo!
So, last night, I actually followed a recipe (I know! Shocking!) in How to Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. I made Glazed Carrot Soup with Garlic, Tequila, and Lime.
Here it is cooking:
And here's the final product:
Final Result: DELICIOUS ... although 1/4 cup lime juice was a bit too much for my 47 Gabillion canker sores. Le Ow!
This weekend, I don't have too much on the agenda ... Dinner on Sunday. And that's about it. I'm sure more excitement will develop as the day progresses and my thousands of friends call to invite me to do things.
Have a Happy Sunny Day! *smooches*
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I still have the canker sores. Ow. My tongue? It hurts. I have no food. I'm congested and I feel like poo.
And this is why living alone totally sucks. I want someone else to go to the store and buy all the feel good-y things I need. Alas, at some point, I will peel myself off the sofa and head there myself.
On the bright side, I got a great new book from Florida Sue (thanks!) and David sent me a gift card (Can we say, "Hello, New Blender?") and I bought myself one of these ...
I also finished one government job application. Hurrah.
And, I had dinner with some neighbors: penne pasta with gorgonzola sauce and leftover birthday cake. Teh yumz!
Have a great day! *smooches*
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Are we all recovering from the Best Day of the Year festivities? Nursing those hangovers with lots of juice and Chik-fil-a Egg and Cheese biscuits?
I had a very good day!
My hair? It looks Fabulous! And Blonde! Hurrah.
I got boatloads of great gifts ... 2 KnitPicks gift cards (1 from some of my neighbors and 1 from Goblinbox and Her W2Crew). An iPod Nano (it's GREEN!) from the parents (as well as Whole Foods and Target gift cards). 2 Bottles of Gin (Hendricks from Tomokito and Leopolds (pictured) from Sassy). A lovely plant from Tomokito's Mother-in-Law. And a MotherFucking Shitload of Birthday Wishes from many wonderful readers and friends!
And, the best thing? I still have a few more Cards Stuffed with Cash and Presents to come! It's like the Best Day of the Year has become the Best WEEK of the Year! Ya-HOO!!!
After getting my hair did, I came home, changed, and left again. I met CNTBD at a fun new(ish) restaurant, Founding Farmers. We had drinks. Shared an order of homemade potato chips. I ordered the 17 Vegetable Salad, which was delicious (even though one of the 17 vegetables was beets. Yuck). CNTBD had the filet with mac 'n' cheese and roasted brussel sprouts. For dessert, we each had Irish Coffee. And, I had a Vertical Banana Split. CNTBD had an apple turnover. Deliciously boozy fun!
The only downside of the day is that I think I'm coming down with a cold. I have a headache. My throat is scratchy. And I have about 5 canker sores on my tongue. Owie McOwerpants. But, even feeling draggy couldn't keep me down!
Today, I have loads of shit to do. Laundry. Several pressing Board matters to deal with. And, I want to research some more netbooks. AND, I have to finish the two essays for the government job which closes tonight. GAH!
Have a wonderful day! *smooches*
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Today, we (or I, I suppose) are 39.
I *heart* being 39.
Because, that is the age I am. And I *heart* being the Age I Am.
And, Kittens, I hope you *heart* being the age you are, because, really, you are totally fabulous at that age. And I couldn't love you more.
So, today, I am off to get my Hair Did. And, then, if the bank account agrees, I'm going to buy myself a netbook. Then, I will be doing some shopping (because, GRRL, I totally need to find myself a copy of Priscilla Queen of the Desert). And, later on in the evening, I will be having dinner with CNTBD. And, then, perhaps, some Birthday QNT. We. Shall. See.
Oh, and totally Happy St. Patrick's Day. I'm blowing shamrocks out my ass just for you.
ps. Did I mention that VUBOQ totally *hearts* you on his birthday even if you did not send him a Card Stuffed with Cash?
Monday, March 16, 2009
It's the Best Day of the Year Eve! How are you going to spend it? Getting all those Cards Stuffed with Cash to the overnight courier service, I hope!
Last night, I was talking to K-Factor about the Best Day of the Year, when I realized that GAH! My passport will expire this year. For your viewing pleasure, I have photographed my very first passport (at age 19) and my second passport (at age 29). Enjoy the glory that is VUBOQ without a receding hairline and massive teh eye wrinklez.
My weekend was chock full of fun and excitement. Friday night, I went to a dinner party at the Del Merei Grille in Alexandria, Virginia. We were celebrating Kristen's return to the area after leaving in Washington and Florida for about 2 years.
Saturday morning, I had to clean. And, then, I cleaned a little more. And, then, I cleaned. And, then, I relaxed until the my Superfabulous Birthday Party. The party was a wine-tasting. Everyone brought a bottle of wine and a hunk ... of cheese. The wine was masked (in SuperCute StickSteven Paper Bags). Throughout the evening, we tasted each wine and gave it a score between 1 and 10. Later, as K-Factor and Jeff tabulated the results, I brought out a yummy pineapple citrus champagne punch. And, we ate cake.
Unfortunately, the cake, although delicious, was not a Mike Creation. *sad face* He had made a cake for me in the shape of a wine bottle, but -for some reason- it started to lean and he couldn't transport it. I'm going over there tonight to taste my cake. Yay!
The last guests left around 1:15. I stayed up until around 3 doing the dishes and putting everythng away. Pictures from the party are here.
Sunday. Very. Hungover. Sofa blobbing. All day long. Around 7, K-Factor came down for leftover cheese and to help me start finishing off the approximately 50 million opened bottles of wine in my fridge.
Today, I'll be working on some government job essays. Oh, the joy! Have a great Best Day of the Year Eve!
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The rest of the pix are here.
ps. If you haven't put those Cards Stuffed with Cash in the mail, you still have time. The Best Day of the Year is on Tuesday!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Yesterday was a SuperFun day ... except that I forgot to document it in photos for 12 of 12. Bah.
I met CNTBD for lunch. We went to Matchbox, a pizza place in Chainatown. It was good, but I think I prefer Sette. We think the server messed up our order, because it took *forever* to get our food. We were treated to a free dessert for our troubles though. Hurrah!
Stuffed with pizza, dessert, and beer, I staggered home ... and took a nap. Mmm. Nap.
Then, I purchased my bus ticket to New York City. I first tried Bolt Bus, but they're schedule for the day I wanted to leave wasn't up (weird). So I tried Megabus. I got my roundtrip ticket for $13.50. Not bad, eh? I'll be leaving on April 17th and returning on the 20th. Now, all I have to do is buy the tickets for David's show ... and organize a weekend of fun activities with my NYC-based friends!
Today, I have to make a couple of potential job-related phone calls. Then, I must go to the store to buy things for my Fabulous Birthday Celebration on Saturday (have I mentioned that my birthday is in 4 days?). Tonight, I'll be venturing into Virigina for a Welcome Back to the Area dinner party for a friend.
The rest of my weekend will be:
Crazed Party Prep.
Fabulous Birthday Party.
Good times, eh? Have a wonderful day! *smooches*
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Hope you had a lovely day at work. I'm sure you did.
(1) My new cellphone ring is this.
(2) I am currently reading the Worst Gay Novel EVER Written. And, no, Scott, it wasn't written by FARB. I read it at night before bed. I should really stop doing that, because I get so mad. I think, "I could write something better than this crap. How did this guy get published?" And, then, I have bad dreams. The book is awful. Cliche. Poorly written characters. Dialogue that tries to be fun/witty, but really isn't. Total Sex and the City retread. And, I'm amazed that I still keep reading it. Maybe I am hoping that it will get better as it goes along. So far, I have not been that lucky.
(3) If you would like to send me a Card Stuffed with Cash or a Box Full of Gin for my birthday, please email me (environy(at)gmail(dot)com) and I will send you my mailing address. You only have 6 more days, so you'll probably have to send things priority! *wink*
OK. I need to get started on my laundry.
*wasuremono = forgotten things
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Yesterday certainly didn't turn out exactly as planned. I received a txt msg from Dana (pictured) asking if I wanted to meet for lunch. Turns out she's had a week/weekend of Drama and needed Many Margaritas.
And what's a friend to do? Well, comply. We sat in the sun, had many margaritas and bitched about men. So, if I don't get a job this week because I didn't send out enough resumes, it's all Dana's Fault.
Afterwards, we did a little shopping. I came home and experienced the malaise known as "I Really Shouldn't Have Had Margarita #4."
I managed to pry myself off the sofa in time for pottery class. There was only one other student this week. Hurray for individualized instruction. I made a teapot (well, parts of a teapot: the body and two lids). I forgot to take pix. Maybe I will when I go to the studio tomorrow.
My plans for today: I need to work on my Federal Resume (*shudder*), apply for a job or two, and prepare for the Board meeting tonight (*shudder* again). So many fun things to do.
Have a great day! *smooches*
Monday, March 09, 2009
Hope you had a lovely weekend, enjoying the warm, warm (yet slightly humid) weather! I sure did ... OK. Fine. I didn't. I stayed inside most of the time. Whatever. I had Things To Do.
Friday, I had to clean the apartment. OK. Fine. I had to clean the Living Room and the Bathroom. But that's a good 2/5 of the apartment, so it counts ... right? Then, one of my neighbors invited me over to beat them in this popular stratergery game, Settlers of Catan (Milan?). They lost very well.
Saturday, I cleaned. And shopped. And, while at the grocery store, I ran into this crossing guard who I used to see every morning on my way to work. But, then, she transferred to a different intersection. And, of course, I stopped working. Recently, I see her sometimes at the Silver Spring metro station.
But, Saturday, I saw her at the grocery store ... and totally didn't recognize her at first, because her hair was all done up and she didn't have on the Crossing Guard Reflective Uniform. She recognized me and asked about my cat. She has a puppy and a cat.
Later that evening, several neighbors and the Mike Who Bakes Cakes came over for a mini FilmFest. We ate chili and cornbread and salad and Mexican Chocolate Cupcakes and drank beer. We watched several of the films which were shown previously at the Takoma Park Film Festival. The highlights being "The Postcard" ... a short Korean film about a guy who has a crush on his mail carrier and a Dutch documentary about a woman who was searching for a guy she knew and loved as a teenager. She finds him. He's a woman now. They get married.
Sunday, I worked all morning and afternoon on my Federal resume. OMG. Yuck. Then, I met CNTBD and Mike (Not the One Who Bakes Cakes but the One Who Lived in Glasgow) for dinner at Mandalay. It was delicious. N01, medium spicy, totally rocks the house! Mmmm.
Today, I have no plans other than to continue to work on my revised Federal Resume, to apply for a job or two, and to go to pottery class. Hurrah! Pottery Class!
Have a wonderful day! *smooches*
PS. Cross your fingers that I win Craig's contest!
UPDATE: I didn't win (*sniff*). But you can see all the entries (and the winner) HERE.
Friday, March 06, 2009
Yesterday, I spent most of the day pretending that I'm not unemployed and have unlimited funds! Hurrah!
I met CNTBD for lunch at Fado, an Irish pub in Chinatown (*heh*). I had many beers and some sort of vegetable quesadilla, in which the "tortillas" were potato based.
Then, I went to the pottery studio. I threw the two Proto-Mugs pictured. I'm pleased with how they are looking right now. We shall see ... which brings me to something I've been thinking about: Pottery Sales.
Even though I have been known to exchange a piece of pottery or two for goods of equal value (like gin and/or lunch), I tend to give away most of my pots rather than sell them. Why is that? Mainly, I am concerned that if I start selling my pottery, the making of the pottery will become a "job" and stop being fun. And, right now, I need moments of fun more than I need money. At the end of the session, I usually end up with more stuff than I know what to do with and the Great Pottery Giveaway begins. Stay tuned for that.
After returning home from the studio, I entertained myself by looking at netbooks (y'know, the SuperTiny and SuperCute little laptops). I'm thinking about buying myself one for my birthday (b/c, y'know, that is rapidly approaching). I liked this one. But I also liked this one. I don't need a huge hard drive, because I will only use the netbook for surfing the intartubez and word processing. What do you think?
I feel the need to start writing short stories again. And, I think, having a little netbook will help with that (because I do most of my thinking when I'm in transit).
Busy weekend ahead. Tomorrow evening, I'm having a few friends over for a mini FilmFest. I'm making vegetarian chili. And, Sunday, I'm meeting CNTBD and Mike (not the One Who Makes Cakes, but the One Who Lived in Glasgow) for dinner at Mandalay (mmmm. Burmese food). I thought CNTBD and Mike would like to talk since they are both History People with an interest in Boats (among other things).
Today, I have to clean, shop, and apply for one more job for the week. Augh! And keep my fingers crossed that Craig picks my entry as his contest winner!
Have a great day! *smooches*
Thursday, March 05, 2009
Wednesday, March 04, 2009
Yesterday was certainly a fun-filled day full of Fantastic Accomplishments!
I applied for a job I won't get. *w00t!*
I bought a MegaMillions Quick Pick. *w00t!*
I trimmed a bowl and two mugs. *w00t!*
I threw a platebowlthing. *w00t!*
I had Martini Time. *w00t!*
I finished reading Children of Men. *w00t!*
I watched The Last King of Scotland. *w00t!*
I knitted on a scarf for a friend. *w00t!*
And I'm sure today will be full of Even More Fantastic Accomplishments!
Applying for Even More Jobs that I Won't Get!
OMG! I don't know how my life could be any better!
Have a great day! *smooches*
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
Snow day is over. Hurrah!
In the morning, I helped shovel the sidewalks (ugh! Manual Labor!). Then, I had to trudge through the ice and snow and muck and slush to the Whole Foods.
And, while I'm thinking about it, can I just ask: Why is it so hard for people to shovel their sidewalks? I mean, really ... they can shovel their driveway so that not a single flake of snow is on it, but the sidewalks are never even touched. What is it? Do they not know they have a sidewalk? So frustrating ... but at least I have good snow boots.
After Whole Foods, I came home, made a quick lunch, then, went for a walk in Sligo Creek Park with SCGB, the German, and the German's SuperFierce GF.
Once we got home, we had hot chocolate. Mmm.
Then, I watched Doctor Zhivago. "You, my dear, are a Slut."
Pottery class was cancelled. *sad face* Instead, I made a yummy Thai Green Curry:
And drank beer. And watched more movies.
Today, after doing a little job searching, I'm going to head over to the studio for a couple of hours of Quality Pottery Time. Hurrah.
Have a wonderful day! *smooches*