Friday, July 31, 2009

Unemploymentiversary

Good morning, Kittens.

This is it. One year ago today was my last day of work. Had I realized at the time that I would still be unemployed one year later, I certainly would have approached things differently. For example, I would have taken up Montgomery County on their Unemployment Compensation Option to spend 6 months developing my own business in lieu of (the obviously pointless) applying for jobs. Perhaps, Pottery Bar/Infusions would be a Silver Spring reality right about now ...

Anyway, I have applied to over 100 jobs this year and have had only six(!) interviews. From this, I can only draw one conclusion:

I am unqualified for the jobs I want to do.

(Either that or the Powers That Be in HR think I am unqualified ... and in the end, that's about the same thing).

It sucks being unemployable. Srsly.

I'm sure you are wondering how I will be spending my First Unemploymentiversary (and, since you didn't ask the Traditional Gift is GIN; the Modern Gift is CASH).

First, I am heading over to CNTBD's lovely home for a fun boozy lunch.
Then, I think I will venture forth into the District for a little Retail Therapy. Spending money you don't have is *so* 2009.
Finally, I will be drinking myself into a stupor with my friends, possibly at Nellie's. If you're in the DC/Metro Area and want to join with, keep an eye on Twitter for updates.

Have a great day.
*smooches*

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The Bad and the Good. No Ugly.

Good morning, Kittens!

For the nearly four years I have lived in my apartment, my kitchen sink has given me fits. It clogs regularly. I usually end up having to buy some fancy "older pipes" safe clog remover. I pour it down the drain. Things gurgle and fume and the clog goes away ... temporarily.

Yesterday, I noticed the drain was getting slow again. Unfortunately, I didn't have any expensive clog remover. BUT, then I remembered that the last time my parents visited, they bought a toothed flexible plastic thingy to for my bathroom sink's temperamental and unaccesible drain. "Why don't I try that first,"I thought.

So, I stuck it down the kitchen sink and I heard this weird thunky sound. "Something's in there," I thought. It looked black. Maybe I had dropped a utensil at some point and didn't realize it. I skillfully maneuvered the toothed flexible plastic thingy and managed to bring to the surface ... a disgusting toothbrush, stained black from all the food gunk (and probably the corrosive clog remover). Here's the thing: It was not a toothbrush of mine (they are all accounted for. I checked).

Ew.

The drain was still slow. I fished around with the plastic thingy some more, hoping to break up the clog. And, I heard another thunky sound. "Something *else* is in there?" GAH. This one was too deep and difficult to bring up with the plastic thingy, so I grabbed some long cooking chopsticks, snagged the sucker, and brought it to the light of day ...

A steak knife. I disgusting crud-encrusted steak knife. It was not one of mine. They are all accounted for. I checked.

Ew.

I wrapped them in a paper towel and tossed them in the trash (after taking a photo for blog and posterity).

Since you so graciously read through that nastiness, here's some yumminess ...


Homemade black olive and oven-dried grape tomato tapenade on toasted pita points.

You see, I had some grape tomatoes that were about to go off ... and a lot of time.

First, I broiled them in my toaster oven at 500F. BUT, as they were broiling, I read in Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything Vegetarian that I could lower the temperature to 225F and wait for a couple hours, which is what I did.

While that was happening, I chopped up some kalamata olives, garlic, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a food processor and put the mixture in a bowl.

After the tomatoes finished drying, I put them in the food processor with a little more olive oil. Once they were well-chopped, I stirred them into the olive mixture.

Total teh Yumz.

Pottery class was good, but not very productive. I have almost finished Esther and Joe's wedding present. Yay. It took the entire class.

There are only two classes left. I have not been very productive this summer: 2 vases, one bowl, one wedding present. I have two mugs in the making. And that's it. Not much.

Have a great day!
*smooches*

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

I Hear Random Beeps as Life Passes Me by

Good Morning, Kittens.

Off in the distance, I can feel the swirls of stress and uncertainty approaching. I am holding myself together with force of will and some tea tree oil-containing dental floss. And, for now, the steel clamps are only hovering around my chest. Uncertainty. It is so ... uncertain.

Monday, I journeyed into DC to meet briefly with our building's property manager. We've been trying to open an ING Account for our reserves for nearly 2 years. If all goes well, we may get it all together soon. Then, I returned home, after a quick pitstop at Adega for a salad and a glass of wine.

Later, leftover pizza in hand, I watched the final two episodes of Mad Men, Season 2. It's a bit sad that I won't be able to watch the series premiere on August 16th. Oh, well.

Tuesday, I finished proofreading the neighbor's thesis. It was a lot of work. And I'm sure he'll have comments about it once he starts reading what I wrote. Maybe I'll get a bottle of wine (or gin!) for my troubles.

I worked on completing lots of minor little projects ... and, in a fit of sweaty passion, I turned on the air conditioner for the first time this month.

Today, I will continue spiraling into the abyss.
And I will do laundry and go to pottery class.
The Normal, it is what will kill me.

*smooches*

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Mad Men Me

Thanks to Biddy ...

Mad Men Me

Oh, yeah. Mad Men, baby.
Mad Men yourself here.

*smooches*

Monday, July 27, 2009

Weekend Update: Better Late Than Never Edition

Let's see if I can pound this out before midnight ...

Friday, I did nothing except drink and watch Mad Men.
Saturday, I filed papers and shredded papers. And, then, I went over to Mike's to watch him make this:

Behold! the reason why we are going to be over an hour late to the party.

And, then, we transported it to Town for a private party. We ate. We drank. We danced. We left around midnight. I came home. And watched more Mad Men.

Sunday, I blobbed. A lot.
And I also watched some Mad Men.

Oh, and I did some proofreading for a neighbor. It is difficult. I was supposed to finish yesterday. That didn't happen. I still have about 15 long and tedious pages to go. *urgh*

Tomokito came down for Martini Time.
She left.
I ordered pizza.
SCGB came down for pizza and beer.
He left.

I watched more Mad Men.

And, that's about it.

Good night, kittens. *smooches*

Friday, July 24, 2009

Video VUBOQ

Even a Less Than Perfect Day Can Still Be a Perfect Day

Good Morning, Kittens!

I have a bit of a Rant Post gurgling within mah belleh, but it still needs to percolate for a bit. Until then, you must make do with the tale of my Thursday.

The plan was to meet Ray for lunch and then spend a lovely afternoon at the Zoo. In Vutopia, the weather would have been sunny and warm with a lovely breeze ... not Land of the Torrential (and Ill-Timed) Downpour.

So, I met Ray for lunch at Open City Diner in Woodley Park. It was quite nice (except for a minor service snafu). As we were finishing up, it started to sprinkle. Ray stopped to buy an umbrella at CVS, and, by the time we got to the zoo (he had an appointment near the zoo entrance), the rain was falling steadily ... but not steadily enough to deter my desire to See the Flamingos! Oh, how I love the flamingos. Back when I lived in the neighborhood, I used to get drunk on margaritas and wander to the zoo to watch the flamingos be all goofy and flamingo-y.

It's been awhile since I've been to the zoo. And, like, WTF, it's been re-arranged. No longer does the first right lead to the Bird Area. The first right leads to Sloth Bears (love!) and Fishing Kittehs (lovelove!) and Pandas (eh. meh.). THEN, another right and across a bridge and we're in BirdLandia! Except, as I was crossing the bridge, Torrential Downpour Numero Uno happened. Soggy shoes. Wet pant. Not fun. I found shelter. Eventually, the rain let up. I saw my flamingos:

zooday 015

As the sun turned the rain into a lovely steamy sauna (without the fun), I left the zoo and met up with Ray again. We (OK, I) had drinks at Urbana in Dupont Circle. We chatted. Ray worked. Eventually, Ray had to go home and I arranged to meet Mike (Who Makes Cake) for dinner. I sat in the Circle taking random photos and reading. We met up and started walking to his place.

Hello, Torrential Downpour Numero Two-o.

Not quite dried soggy shoes became soggier. Pants got wetter. Ugh. We ran into the Whole Foods on P St to pick up a few things, and -luckily- caught a bus the rest of the way to Mike's house. He loaned me some shorts. I threw my pants and sock into the dryer. We (OK, he) cooked. We talked. We (OK, I) drank.

And, around 9PM, I started the journey home.* Once in Silver Spring, as I was walking home from the metro station, Hello, Torrential Downpour Numero Three-o. OMG.

Today, I was destined to be rained on until water squished out of all my extremities. UGH.

BUT, I'm home now. And I'm dry. And, srsly, I had a fabulous day with my friends. Most of the photos are on flickr.

*smooches*

*On the Metro ride home, I actually laughed aloud (not out loud. how gauche!) while reading a book, a book which other people might not find funny. It's called The Red Queen: Sex and the Evolution of Human Nature. The funny part (to me at least) began with a study of attractiveness and zebra finches. A scientist discovered that placing different colored bands on the finches increased (or decreased) their attractiveness. On males, red rings = attractive. Green rings = unattractive. And the author continued, "It was not just the rings. Little paper hats glued to the birds' heads also altered their attractiveness." Imagine! *snort*

Thursday, July 23, 2009

How Does Your Garden Grow

Good Morning, Kittens!

VUBOQ's little Field of Basil is doing quite well ... even though it hasn't rained since late June.

Cinnamon basil,
Thai basil,
Purple basil,
Bush basil,
and Sweet basil

They are all looking tasty tasty:

Cinnamon BasilAnise (Thai) BasilPurple BasilBush BasilSweet Basil

And there's also Thai Dragon Chili Peppers:

Thai Dragon Chili Peppers

And an Eggplant (which has yet to produce any eggs):

Eggplant

And Cosmos for days and days and days ...

Cosmos

In other news, pottery class was fun. I made two cylinders which will become mugs. Next week might be difficult because my regular ride is out of town. I'll need to figure something out. As a last resort, the instructor offered to pick me up at the metro station (She's so nice!).

I'm off to DC today. Meeting Ray for lunch and, then, if the weather is not too hot/humid, I think I'll go to the zoo for a bit. Say hi to the flamingos. Wander about.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Breakfast of Champions

Good Morning, Kittens!

So, last night, after dinner, I was having a glass bottle of wine and I made a shocking discovery. The wine I was drinking was better as a spritzer than straight. Whoa.

I immediately contacted K-Factor to see if she wanted one. She called back, "I'm baking. Wanna come up?"

Is a dog scared of its own farts? Of course, I wanted to come up because it would inevitably mean "take home bag of goodies." Yayz.

Behold, the glory that is a Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake sparkling in the morning sun. Teh YUMZ.

Then, I ran into* SCGB who generously let me borrow Disc 2 of Mad Men Season 2. I watched the first episode last night. Oooooh. So good.

Pottery class this evening. Yay.

Have a fantabulous day. *smooches*

*If one defines "ran into" as "pounded on his door asking 'are you done with Disc 2 yet' repeatedly"

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I'm a Winner

Good Morning, Kittens.

Sometimes, it pays to have good relations with your neighbors, because you never know when they might show up at your door with something like this:




Why, yes, that is a handle of vodka and an award certificate which states:

Project HostGay Award
This certificate is awarded to
Stevie Martini
the 2009 winner of the "take this crap and make an awesome farewell party" challenge. Although the guest of honor's prize did not reflect an understanding of the event*, the award committee recognizes the immense effort involved
(signed) K-Factor

This is, of course, in reference to Crazy Neighbor's Going Away Party, which you can read about here. To thank me for hosting her going away party, Crazy Neighbor gave me this:



Why, yes, that is a wooden Christmas tree ornament which she probably found while cleaning out her apartment to move. I was so touched.

So, anyway, last night, I started watching Season 2 of Mad Men on DVD. OMG. So good! In Episode 1, I realized that Don Draper was drinking out of Libby Golden Foliage glassware, which I also use sometimes! AND, in Episode 2, one of the songs playing in the background was a song my friends and I used to sing in karaoke all the time when I lived in Japan. This is it:



You may recognize the tune, because a group (I can't remember which one) in the mid-90s recorded an English version which was quite popular.

Now, I'm waiting for SCGB to drop off Disc 2 (Episodes 4-6, I guess). Why doesn't he HURRY?!?!?!

Have a wonderful day! *smooches*

Monday, July 20, 2009

Weekend Update: Magic and Men Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

What an amazingly full weekend. On Friday, Eric from Baltimore came to town. He had the day off, so we went to Alero in Dupont Circle for margaritas and cheese dip. As we were sitting there enjoying the day, a member of the Real World DC cast walked by. I recognized him by his total greasy skankiness (srsly, dude. Ever consider showering?) and the cameraman (who was HOT!) and the handler following him. My little brush with Lame Reality Show Fame.

After lunch, Eric and I wandered over to the National Portrait Gallery/ American Art Museum. Fun. As I was taking a picture outside the museum of the upside down US Flag. We heard this loud CRASH! We looked at this woman on a cellphone totally smashed into the front of a parked car. She backed up a bit ... AND DROVE OFF! So, I took a picture of her license plate (since I had my camera out). We looked at the car she hit but there was no damage (amazing!), so we didn't leave a note (Neither of us had pen/paper either).

Around 5, we went to Nellie's for Happy Hour. There, we met Mike (Who Makes Cakes), Tomokito, and Y. Lots of Cheap Happy Hour Drinks were had by all. Happy Hour over we walked to Ulah Bistro for dinner. I hadn't been there before but I have a vague recollection of someone recommending it to me. I had the white bean veggie burger. It was good, especially the fries. Mmmm.

Pictures from the day are here.

By that time, one of us (maybe more) was v. durnk so Y drove us home ... except Mike (Who Makes Cakes), who walked home to make a cake (srsly). Y was v. pissy. He's all "your friends only tolerate me because they you're friends" and "you make friends so easily" and blah blah blah blah blah and "poor me." And I was all

Shut the Fuck Up Already.

Because, as I gently explained to him, I do not make friends easily. I *work* at making AND keeping friends. I don't sit at home expecting to be invited out. I invite people out. I don't sit at home waiting to be invited to parties. I host parties. So, if he wanted to have a little Y Pity Party, he wasn't getting it from me.

Then, I went to bed.

Later, we had sex. Several times. Apparently, I have no standards. *wink*

Saturday, Very. Hung. Over. So, I postponed the date and spent the day resting, relaxing, cleaning, and wondering when the hell Y was going to leave my apartment. The Answer to that would be 7PM ... and only after he started getting hungry and I (a) didn't have any food and (b) didn't want to go out. And, for those of you who know about the Possible Roommate Situation, I know what you are going to say.

After he left, I watched DVDs. And went to bed.

Sunday morning, I ventured forth into Virginia (*shudder*) to meet friends (Carolyn, her manfriend, and Kristin) to watch Harry Potter 6. Without giving too much away, I'll say that I really liked the movie. In fact, I consider Book 6 to be the worst in the series, but Movie 6 is one of the best (perhaps second after HP3). One reason I may have been so positively impressed by the film is that it's been quite a long time since I read the book. I can't remember what they left out and/or changed for the movie. The production of the film is stunning. And, I love me some Helena Bonham Carter. Even though, I'm sure, they deleted a lot of important (to the fans) scenes from the book, the overall storyline stayed true with enough little details included to build anticipation for the final two movies. Hurrah.

Carolyn drove me home and I got back in time to clean up a bit for my postponed date. We had made plans to have some wine/cheese and, then, go to dinner somewhere in Silver Spring. What actually happened was that we had wine and cheese and, then, Vuboq, was a little tipsy because all he had eaten all day was a blueberry muffin* ... so we had sex. Yes, if you're counting, I had sex with 2 different guys in 3 days. I believe that officially makes me a slut. Oh, well.

The sex was all right. Nothing spectacular. But, it wasn't bad. Which is good. And, the he was a little more interesting (prior to the sex) than the previous dates. So ... deserving of another date (once he gets back from work travels).

Today, I don't have any special plans. I need to run to the store to buy food. And, I should do a little job hunting, too.

Have a great day!
*smooches*

*"I'm on this new diet. Well, I don't eat anything and when I feel like I'm about to faint I eat a blueberry muffin."

Friday, July 17, 2009

The Exciting Life of VUBOQ

Good Morning, Kittens.

All sorts of exciting things happened yesterday.
I went to the likker store. Hello, Gigantic Bottle of Gin!
I ran into some former coworkers. I lied and said everything was fabulous.
I shaved my armpits.

And, I had this conversation with a friend:

Friend: It's the kind of work I'd do for free, except for the fact that I have to eat and such.
VUBOQ: That's great! It's always fun to get paid for something you love doing.
(pause)
(pause)
VUBOQ: Yet another reason I should consider prostitution.

*rimshot* Thank you very much. I'll be here all night. Try the veal.

Lots of things going on this weekend ... Today, Eric from Baltimore is coming down around lunchtime. We're going to margarita and, then, hit the museums. Later, we'll meet up with friends for happy hour at Nellie's.

Saturday, I have a date that I'm not overly excited about. We'll see what happens.

Sunday, I'm seeing HP6 with Carolyn and Kristin. I am overly excited about that.

All the deets on Monday. *smooches*

Thursday, July 16, 2009

So You Think BOSSY Drinks A Lot

Good Morning, Kittens!

Yesterday was actually quite productive. I did two loads of laundry. And, applied to two jobs. And, discovered that some job application websites are evil.

The two jobs I applied for yesterday both used a web-based HR System, which *required* resumes/cover letters in MS Word. I use Open Office, because I am cheap and can't afford MS Word (and also I like how easy it is to export a document to pdf from Open Office). After saving my beautiful Open Office resume as a Word document, I noticed that, when I attempted to open it in MS Word, the formatting was all forked up. Joy.

I didn't bother to fix it and submitted it as is.

I almost included a note in my cover letter saying that my formatting would be screwy and, srsly, who the fuck wants resumes in MS Word and not PDF? Crazy. Totally.

Pottery class was a lesson in disaster management. The two vases and bowl that I had to trim were very, very dry. I had to be very careful while trimming them. And, the bowl, which I trimmed first, as I was taking it into the kiln room, shattered in my hands. Um, what? How? Odd. The vases did not explode. Always a plus.

Then, the Very Special Gift I have been working on began to go horribly horribly wrong. And, in those situations I have learned that the best thing to do is to be all "GINA!!! Save my pot! It's a really important gift!" and she does. She is amazing. Srsly.

So, I came home. I made a martini. I had some chips and salsa. I surfed the web. And, after a couple of hours, I decided I needed another drink: vodka + lemonade. And then I hit upon the fabulous idea of putting a lemonade popsicle in it to help keep it cold.

OMG. I am a drink-making genius. Really. I need to open a bar or something.

*smooches*

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Good Morning, Kittens.

How the heck did it get to be Wednesday already? Time flies when you blob on the sofa and do nothing for days. Srsly.

For most of the day yesterday, I scoured the intarwebz for job openings. I found a few which look interesting. Today, I'll be updating and modifying my resume and cover letter templates to make them more job specific. That way the Job Openings will each feel special in their own little way. Isn't that cute?

Then, I walked up to the Whole Foods for hummus, cheese, and tortilla chips. Somehow that ended up costing over $25 and completely filling my shopping bag. Weird.

I also made some more tea-infused vodka. This time I used Sainsbury's Kenya Loose Leaf tea. I think I used too much because that shit is strong (and delicious!). The blueberry gin I took up to BOSSY's was so good I am considering making a little more for Home Use. And, CNTBD liked it, so I should make him some too.

Later in the evening, I attended our co-op's monthly Board Meeting. Joy. Rapture. And, OMG!, so long. There is a certain Board Member who loves to complain about how she dislikes being on the board and all the accompanying duties (when you can tell that she secretly loves it). I need to learn to filter out the complaining, because the jobs get done. Still, it's annoying.

After the meeting, Tomokito came down for a martini made with delicious Bluecoat gin from Philadelphia. The bottle is almost empty, and Tomoko was about to do an On-the-Spot AA Intervention until I explained that I did not buy this bottle while I was in Philly over the weekend, rather it was a present from Anne-Marie in Philly who came down awhile back. I should've picked up another bottle while there though. Oops.

Fortunately, I checked the website (linked above) and I can buy it in DC. Hurrah.

ANYWAY, hanging out with Tomokito was fun. She can drink now! In fact, on Friday, Eric from Baltimore is coming down and we're all going to go to happy hour. Yayz!

And, of course, I have pottery class this evening. Mostly I'll be doing trimming. I'm thinking of trying to throw a large water pitcher if I have time. We shall see ...

Have a Great Day!
*smooches*

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Sunrise. Sunset.

Is this the little girl I carried?
Is this the little boy at play?
I don't remember growing older
When did they?

The Kiss

When did she get to be a beauty?
When did he grow to be so tall?
Wasn't it yesterday
When they were small?

Watching the Speech

Sunrise, sunset
Sunrise, sunset
Swiftly flow the days
Seedlings turn overnight to sunflowers
Blossoming even as we gaze

Mmmm.  Pizza.

Congratulations, (Former) DUN and DUN's Boyfriend (Now, Husband)!
The Wedding, on Friday, July 10, was beautiful and perfect.
The Reception at American Flatbreads in Ashburn, VA, was totally awesome fun.

See my photos (from the reception only) here.

And, I happened to look pretty cute that day, too.

*smooches*

Honest Tea

Good Morning, Kittens.

At some point over the weekend, BOSSY and I had a brief conversation about blogging (Imagine). I don't have the readership of most of the power blogs out there. But, as BOSSY said, "Your readers are loyal." And, it's true. I have this fun little community out there, who are very important to me.

Back in the day, when I was getting about 10 hits a day, I was no-holds-barred honest. Now that I get a few more hits than that, I have noticed that I have started to be more secretive. And what's the point of keeping a personal journal if you don't record everything?

Which brings us up to the whole point of this post (almost) ... a few months ago, Y and I resumed a sexual relationship. I haven't really blogged about it (although I think I've hinted?) ... mostly because I feel like I'm disappointing readers. I'm certainly OK with the sex. Otherwise, I wouldn't be having it with him. It's not like I plan to re-enter a Romantic Relationship, because we all know that that wouldn't work. But the sex? That was probably the best part when we were together ... and it's what keeps bringing me back.

What can I say? I'm weak.

Anyway, the whole deal got ratcheted up a notch when he asked if he could start renting my spare room. Monday morning*, we started discussing the ramifications of what that would mean. I mentioned several of my worries and some things he does which annoy me: that when he's here he expects me to wait on him, that I don't want to cook for him, that he tends to monopolize the living room ...

Then, I said that he shouldn't expect to spend every night in my bedroom. And, he became silent. And started to look sad. "I guess I shouldn't expect that," he said with a resigned tone which indicated that that was what he was expecting.

"No," I replied. "You shouldn't. And, if I decide to rent the room to you, you need to be prepared for that."

Then, we had sex (again). And he left.

I did nothing for the rest of the day ... except eat and sleep and drink. Y'know. The usual.

*smooches*

*Oh, right. I apologize to those of you who I told a "friend" picked me up at the station on Sunday night. It was Y. I'm sorry for misleading you.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Weekend Update: Gay Camp BOSSY Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

Someone went to Gay Camp BOSSY, and all I got was this lousy hangover.



On Saturday morning, BOSSY and Her Friend Martha picked my up at the Philadelphia train station and we went for a driving tour of some cute neighborhoods, Society Hill, south Philly, some other places … Then, we parked and had lunch at Cuba Libre … “Does this place have hamburgers or hot dogs,” asked the elderly gentleman who sat at the table next to us. I don't think they did, but they had some lovely sangria. We drank lots. Fizzy Wine-y goodness.

Then, after stopping by the frame of Ben Franklin's house, we walked to Reading Terminal Market. (Yes. It is as fabulous as Pesky Mac always said). Lots of yummy cheese. And many many cute Geek Chic boys behind the various counters. And, I have it on good authority that Dustin Hoffman was eating lunch there. Shopping done, we headed to BOSSY's SuperCute and Cozy home.

And, we drank blueberry gin and sparkling lemonade.

And, BOSSY made dinner: salad and baked polenta with vegetables.

And it was good.

And if I had a working oven, I would totally try to recreate it sometime.

We talked. We drank. BOSSY's Friend Martha joined us again as we awaited David's arrival. He finally called, saying he was close and we spilled out the front yard waving at every passing car, thinking it might be David. The last time? It totally was!

We laughed. We talked. We drank. And, wait? How did it get to be 3AM? 3:30? Wasn't it 10PM just like 30 minutes ago?

Needless to say, when I awoke (around 730), someone was Very Hungover. It may have been me. I enjoyed the cool morning air on the porch and drank lots and lots of water. Soon, the rest of the house stirred and we enjoyed coffee and croissant with jam from DUN's wedding (more on the fabulous wedding later … probably tomorrow … or the next day).

We all cleaned up and David, BOSSY, and I headed to the cute little town of Media to meet Anne-Marie in Philly for lunch. We ended up at a little Irish Pub, Sligo. I had salad, fries, and a fab-u-lous bloody mary. Nothing like a little Hair o' the Dog to help one perk up. Then, we wandered the streets of Media, discovering an antique car show in the process. Totes Awesome!

We parted ways with A-M and headed back to the house, where we drank lots of water and blobbed as only the best hungover bloggers can blob. David left around 6. BOSSY, BOSSY's Husband, and I took a quick walk around their very cute neighborhood. We ate a quick dinner and BOSSY drove me to the train station.

I can't think of a more fabulicious weekend. Thanks so much for a wonderful (but too short!) weekend, BOSSY, BOSSY's Husband, BOSSY's Son, BOSSY's Daughter, Stella, BOSSY's Friend Martha, David, and Anne-Marie.

When are we going to do it again? I'll bring the blueberry gin!

Stay tuned for a link to photos (They are uploading to Flickr now).

Have a Great Day! *smooches*

PS. VUBOQ forgot to mention that BOSSY's Daughter made a Welcome Sign for us! With balloons! AND CUPCAKES! VUBOQ seriously considered stuffing BOSSY's Daughter into his bag and taking her home with him (except he doesn't have a working oven, so what's the point of having a personal Cupcake Baker?).

Sunday, July 12, 2009

12 of 12: Gay Camp BOSSY Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

Early Morning on the Porch


Stella. More than Great.


Pretty Cut Flowers on the porch:


Sometimes 2 heads (and one dog butt) are better than one:


The Irish Pub with BOSSY, David, and Anne-Marie


Hair o' the Dog


Antique Car Show on the streets of Media, PA


Point


to


ME!


A last glass of Lemon and Rosemary Water before leaving


The train back to DC arrives at 30th Street Station


Exciting Details and More Photos tomorrow! Good Night! *smooches*

Friday, July 10, 2009

Going to the Chapel

Good Morning, Kittens!

It has arrived! The day of all days! The moment of all moments!

But, first,

I had a date last night in which the guy *actually* showed up! Almost on time! This was a second date (although the first date was about 3 months ago. What can I say? I have a busy schedule). We went to Adega. And -for the first time EVER- I was disappointed in the food.

I KNOW!!

I ordered the portabello mushroom sandwich and I think the bread was old or something, because the insides were tasty but the bread was DRY and BAD. After dinner, we came back to my place. He wanted to see some of my pottery.

We talked. And then we made out for awhile.

If one defines "a while" to mean "over two hours." It was fun. He wants to see me again. And I probably will. But I don't see it being anything long term. I suppose I'll do what I always do: Use him for sex and then toss him aside.

ANYWAY, today starts possibly the Most FUNtastic Weekend Ever (to date)! First, this morning, my wonderful former neighbor, DUN, sister of SCGB, is getting MARRIED! The wedding is going to be beautiful; the reception will be superfantastic. I can't wait! And I promise to take lots of Blurry Photos! The Photo above is the tie and pants I plan on wearing.

THEN, on Saturday, I'm hoping on a midnight (ok, 9AM) train to Georgia (literally!). Philadelphia, Land of Cream Cheese, here I come! BOSSY is hosting David and myself for Gay Camp BOSSY, an overnight slumber party full of Glitter and Big Dreams! and Rainbows! and, maybe even Unicorns! And, best of all,


Blueberry Infused Gin!

I'll be back on Sunday evening. Try not to miss me too much.
*smooches*

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Pottery and Passive-Aggressiveness

Good Morning, Kittens!

Pottery class last night was fun. AND, Carolyn and I were on time for the first time this session. An eight week session is too short. Next week, the class is already half over. Wah.

I didn't take any pictures because I am working on a Very Special Project and I want it to be a surprise. I also trimmed one bowl-thing. Next week, another bowl-thing should be ready to trim as well as two vases.

When we entered the classroom, this note was on one of the wheels:



I kept it, because (a) it was funny and passive-aggressive and (b) the woman who usually uses that particular wheel got all offended. "I *always* clean my wheel," she huffed, not even noticing that yesterday was July 8th and she hadn't used the wheel yet. Hilarious.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

For Lack of a Clever Title

Good Morning, Kittens!

Quoth the Colornatrix, "I love cutting your hair, because you let me do whatever I want."

Well, it's only hair. If I don't like it, it can be fixed ... but I always like it!

So the hair appointment was fun! She's comping all my visits until I get a job. Isn't that the sweetest thing ever? I gave her the fifth of Tea-Infused Vodka. I guess we'll find out if she liked it at my next visit. And, perhaps, by then I will be gainfully employed. Wouldn't that be chock full of teh awesome?

CNTBD came over for drinks and a light dinner. We had martinis made with the gin which Anne-Marie from Philly brought for me. We both gave it two thumbs up. Way up! (Not as good as Leopold's though, but very very close). Dinner was Super Simple: Pita Wraps ... pita with hummus, lettuce, tomato, feta and black olives. And leftover quinoa salad. We also had some blueberry gin with lemonade. That s**t is delicious.

CNTBD has a big day today, so he didn't stay long. Oh, well. On the plus side, he brought by a couple of ties which might work for the outfit I'm planning to wear to DUN's wedding on Friday!

After he left, the SuperFantastic Cuzin called and we talked about all sorts of stuff: life, love, potential roommates and fun-filled visits to Ann Arbor. Good times.

Have a great day!
*smooches*

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Trials and Tribulations

Good Morning, Kittens!

I'm off to get my hair did this morning. OMG. I love me some Quality Time with the Colornatrix. I have a bottle of tea-infused vodka for her. Hope she likes it.

So, yesterday, there was Capital D Drama, which if you follow my facebooktwitterplurkstatusupdates you might have heard about...

I had a date. With a guy.
At 5:30. At Adega (mmm. Eggplant Fries).
I'm at Adega at 5:30, perusing the wine selection when I get a text message:
"I'm running late."
To which I reply, "How late?"
10 minutes and a Happy Hour Glass of Cabernet later, I get the following reply:
"I'll be leaving work in 5 minutes and it'll take me 4o more minutes to get there."
To which I reply, "I don't feel like sitting here for another 45 minutes, so don't bother."

I have given him a Third Chance though. We've rescheduled for Thursday. Same time. Same place. He says he'll be early. I'm not holding my breath.

Fortunately, after that disappointment, K-Factor and SCGB joined me at the abode for beer and cake-devouring. Mmm. Cake.

Fast forward to the future ... after my hair appointment, I'm meeting Mike Who Makes Cakes for lunch. And later in the evening, I'll be having cocktails with CNTBD (remember him?).

And there's even More Good News on the job front which I'm not going to blog about for fear of jinxing it. Stay tuned and fingers crossed.

Love you. Mean it.

*smooches*

Monday, July 06, 2009

Mid-Afternoon Experimentation Teaser

Good Afternoon, Kittens.

Not much reaction (yet) to my previous post ... oh, well. VUBOQ is getting boring. And he's OK with that.

Anyway, I was playing around with the "Best Shot" feature on my digicam, taking a photo of the same items using each Best Shot setting. Here's the result:



The Settings from top to bottom, left to right:
Portrait, Scenery, Portrait with Scenery, Children
Candelight Portrait, Party, Pet, Flower
Natural Green, Sundown, Night Scene, Night Scene Portrait
Fireworks, Food, Text, Collection
Monochrome, Retro, Twilight

Is fascinating, no? and can you guess where I will be going this weekend?

Weekend Update: Fantastic Fourth Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

Hope you are all well-rested from your Extra-Long Weekend and tackling this bright sunny Monday with vigor!

My weekend was quite good. On Saturday afternoon, I did some gardening, planting 4 different kinds of basil: 2 Thai basil plants, 1 cinnamon basil, 1 purple basil, and a whole bunch of sweet basil seedlings. Then, I made a red quinoa salad (red quinoa + corn + black beans + red onion) with a lime vinaigrette to take to Mike's Fourth of July BBQ, which was a lot of fun. From his house, we walked to Scott Circle to watch the fireworks. Here's a video (no sound) of the Grand Finale:



The rest of the photos are here.

Y drove me home. We had sex. Lots of it. Then, on Sunday morning, he popped the question (so to speak). He asked me if he could move in for a few months. He will be finishing he dissertation this summer and looking for a new job (somewhere). He would like to rent out his entire condo rather than risk leaving it partially vacant.

In normal circumstances, I would have immediately said no. However, these are not normal times and an extra $500 for a few months would certainly be helpful. I would also have to draw some strict boundaries. Anyway, it's something I have to take a few days to think about for sure ...

After he left, Eric from Baltimore came down and we met Tiger and her boyfriend for Margaritas at Alero. Then, Eric and I went to Nellie's for a few drinks. It was dead. We left and got home a little before 11.

All in all, a pretty groovy weekend.
Have a great day!
*smooches*

Saturday, July 04, 2009

THE FOURTH

Oh
CRASH!
my
BASH!
it's
BANG!
the
ZANG!
Fourth
WHOOSH!
of
BAROOOM!
July!
WHEW!

--Shel Silverstein, Where the Sidewalk Ends

Friday, July 03, 2009

Timing

Good Morning, Kittens.

Happy Holiday Weekend. I hope you all have Firework Spectacular Plans! I have a pretty full weekend ahead, for sure.

Last night, I met a friend for dinner at Austin Grill (Margaritas!) and a movie. Because the Metro Red Line has become impossible to predict, I was a little early. I must've missed a storm by a few minutes. The ground was all wet and the light was amazing. Pictured is a shot I took on the corner of 8th and F, NW, looking west. I wish I had brought my "real" camera. Some other cameraphone shots are on my flickr page.

After dinner, we had originally planned to see The Country Teacher, a Czech film about a teacher who moves to the countryside. A woman who falls for him, but he falls for her 17-year-old son. Unfortunately, the website lied about the final showing (it was at 7:10 not 9:40. Boo on the website). So, we decided to see Food, INC, a documentary film along the lines of Fast Food Nation. It really didn't present anything new (at least to me); however, it did make me very glad that I don't eat meat and that I try to eat organic and locally-grown food as much as possible.

The movie got out late, so I took the 70 home. What a joy that is.

Today, I have no real plans. I need to go to the store and I'll probably stay home to watch DVDs tonight.

Saturday, Mike Who Bakes Cakes is hosting a BBQ. He's asked me to bring something vegan (What? I can't use the CHEEEEEEEEZ? The Horror!). Weather-permitting, we'll walk from his house to a spot to watch the Fireworks.

Sunday, Eric from Baltimore is coming down for Margaritas and Mayhem. I'm still trying to get a group together for that. If you're in the DC area and want to join, let me know :-)

Have a great weekend! *smooches*

Thursday, July 02, 2009

A Slight Glimmer?

Good Morning, Kittens.

Pottery class last night was fun (and productive). I threw two vases. One of which I will keep for my knitting needles ... if they turn out nice. I forgot to take pictures of them though. Bah.

When I got home from pottery, I had a positive email waiting for me. One of my government applications has cleared the HR Bureaucracy and has been sent to the Selecting Official, who will decide who to interview (or not to interview or not to even have any interviews). Since being laid off, I think this is the first -of many- government applications to clear the HR Hurdle. Unfortunately, I don't know anyone in that government office to contact to put in a good word to the Selecting Official for me. Oh, well. My stellar resume will have to speak for itself.

Although my day today will be filled the the drudgery of house-keeping and job-hunting. Tonight, I'm meeting a friend for margaritas and, then, we are going bowling. Fun times.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Catching Up

Good Afternoon, Kittens!

As I said earlier, I met my friend, Patty, yesterday afternoon.

First, we went to Lavantes, a Middle Eastern restaurant south of Dupont Circle for cocktails and appetizers. After lots of catching up, we walked to Straits of Malaya for dinner on their rooftop deck. The food was totally yummy. As we were paying our check, it started to rain. Great timing ... except I only had a small umbrella and we got soaked on the way back to her hotel.

Once back at the hotel, we decided to have a few more cocktails at the hotel bar. The bartender, Joe, was CUTE! (and gay ... I think).

And, then, I came home ... on the bus, because the red line metro has been stopping at Ft. Totten after 10PM. And, it was well after 10PM when we finished.

The bus took forever.

Today, after a ridiculously long metro ride (25 minutes from Silver Spring to Takoma Park ... which is only one station and should only take a few minutes), I met Patty at the Natural History Museum. She did a little souveniring in the gift shop, before we headed over to the African Art Museum. And, then, we decided to lunch at Jaleo. Yum. Jaleo. Sangria. Patatas Bravas. Basque Cake. Mmmmmmm ...

And, that was my adventure. It was super fun reliving old times.

Photo time!

Patty and Steven

Patty and Steven

Blurry Steven and Patty

The rest of the pix are here.