Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ice Ice Baby

Good Morning, Kittens.

It's a Popsicle World in the Winter/ When the sleet covers the ground.

And I have to venture forth to work. Ugh. Fortunately, I should only be working a half day. I think I am going to chicken out on my New Year's Eve date with ScooterGuy ... especially if this weather sticks around. I would rather hole up on my sofa with a kuddly kitteh, a bottle of champagne, and Mad Men Season 2. Oh, Don Draper, come give me a New Year's Kiss. *mwah*

Perhaps I will even type up some sort of "end of the year/looking forward to the next one" kind of post. That seems like a unique thing to do (*cough*).

OK. Must start getting ready for work. Have a great last day of 2009!
*smooches*

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I <3 Cashews

Good Evening, Kittens!

I hope you had a brilliant day. Mine was chock full of rainbows and glitter and unicorns and pixie dust.

Or not.

I'm in the midst of a semi-important work project ... and another HIGH PRIORITY!!!!! work project has been ceremoniously dumped in my lap. Of course, the only reason it is HIGH PRIORITY !!!OMGWTFPONIEZZZZ!!!11111elevenz is because other people have been sitting around on their asses for 6 months. Yay. On the plus side, I am learning all sorts of interesting things about heating systems.

Meanwhile, last night I went to dinner with my friend, CJ. I invited Ray to join us as well, but he was busy. We went to MatchBox in Eastern Market and ate. ourselves. silly. OMG. So much food. the bloat! the bloat!

My skin is superdry. I hate the winter. I am ready for Spring.

New Year's Eve is fast approaching and I have tentative plans with ScooterGuy. We may go to one of his friend's homes for a party. OR, ScooterGuy may go to Florida to visit his parents for the weekend. So, my NYE options are (a) party with ScooterGuy or (b) champagne and Mad Men Season 2 alone on my sofa. Surprisingly, both options are equally appealing.

I am just not feeling the holidays this year. Don't know why, other than this past year has been such a crappy/fascinating experience. I didn't even put up my purple tinsel tree. Oh, well ...

So, that's all the news in Vutopia. What's new with you bitches kittens?

*smooches*

Monday, December 28, 2009

Good Morning, Kittens.

I hope you are recovering from your weekend activities. I know I am going through the complete Family Detox. Whew. Love my family, but -srsly- 2.5 days of them all together in one place is just about right.

So, anyway, on Xmas Morning, I awoke, really really early to bus and metro to the airport. I felt like total crap. Stupid cold. DC National Airport (DCA) was pretty dead and going through security was a breeze. Lots of cute boys apparently travel on Xmas Morning. Yayz.

I arrived in Greensboro. My brother and father picked me up. We went back to the house. I wrapped presents and drank lots and lots of coffee. Then, we opened presents. From the brother, I got a Barnes and Noble Gift Card (yay!). From the parents, I got an argyle sweater, a shirt and tie, a Target Gift Card, some moneyz, and several pieces of pottery.

I know it probably seems weird to give *me* more pottery, but I have several blue and white serving dishes from a NC potter. That potter is discontinuing the blue and white glaze, so the Parents picked me up a deep dish pie plate, a casserole, a dinner plate and a salad plate for me.

My crazy aunt (my Mom's sister) gave me a mushroom/penis magnet. My brother got the potato/poo magnet.

One of my brother's friends joined us for Xmas Dinner. After he left, we watched TV and played games.

The next day (Saturday), more food, more games, more TV. And, then, my brother and I went to a local bar to meet up with some of his friends. Boozy good times. We came back to the house, ate dinner, and played more games.

We all turned in early because my flight back to DC was supposed to be at 630AM. However, around 3:30AM I got an automated call from US Air saying the flight was delayed about 2.5 hours.

Turns out, DCA had a water main break which flooded the lower floor ... which is where our gate was. Anyway, I arrived home around noon after stopping by Whole Foods for some necessities, checked email and took a two-hour nap.

Later, I self-medicated with homemade ginger-lemon-chili tea. Some neighbors came down for cocktails. After they left, I got ready for another exciting week of work. Joy. Rapture.

Have a happy Monday! *smooches*

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Have Yourself a Merry Little Xmas

Good Evening, Kittens.

Well, I did it. I finished StickSteven 2009 Year in Review: Better Late Than Never Edition. I have emailed a high resolution image to people I thought might like to have it. If you didn't get one, it's possibly b/c I don't have your email address ... or I somehow skipped over your name. Drop me an email or leave a comment and I'll get one to you tout de suite.

Although, since I am not traveling with Iris the Netbook tomorrow and I'm leaving v. early in the morning, it might not be as tout de suite as one would like. Apologies. There is a crappy digicamera pic on flickr.

Meanwhile, I think I'm coming down with a cold. Joy. Fortunately, Manhattans are good for colds, right?

OK. I guess that's it. I'll be updating twitter/facebook from my phone. I may be able to respond if my brother has connected the internet in the new house. We shall see ...

Merry Christmas to those of you who celebrate it. To those of you who don't, have a super weekend (I guess those of you who do celebrate Xmas can have a super weekend, too).

*smooches*

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

I'll Be Home for Xmas Eve *sigh*

Good Afternoon, Kittens.

Here's a photo of a cute guy I saw on Metro this morning:

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The book he's reading is called "Holographic" (or something like that) ... Science Fiction maybe?

We had early release today. Yay! I finished work at noon. And, I'm off tomorrow. Hurrah! Who wants to play?

And, by "play" I mean "do my laundry" and "wash my sink full of dirty dishes" and maybe even "cook me dinner."

Anyway, yesterday, I had a date with this guy, the Canadian. We have been communicating for awhile but have never been able to meet because of conflicting schedules. We went to Helix Lounge. It was fun. Good conversation. A couple of drinks. Decent food. Not a bad evening.

Once home, I shot him a short email saying I made it home, had a good time, would like to see him again at some point. This morning I got the reply: "It was nice meeting you. Have yourself a merry little Christmas."

Um. What? Brush off? Seems like it to me. Oh, well. I may email him when I get back from NC to see what's up. We'll see ...

On the way home from the date, my Christmas Eve Date (aka Scooter Guy) called to cancel. His parents have been visiting since Thanksgiving and have decided to leave Xmas morning ... which means he will need to spend time with them on Xmas Eve. What up with that? Shouldn't he have chosen me over them?

So, here I sit with no Xmas Eve Plans. I guess I will be all alone, watching movies and stuffing my face with booze and popcorn ... which actually doesn't sound half bad.

And maybe I can get my StickSteven Year in Review finished (and by "finished" I mean "started").

I shouldn't stay up too late on Xmas Eve anyway. I have a 9AM flight to NC on Xmas Morning.

Tonight, I'm heading up to SCGB's apartment for a little shindig. I'm taking the leftover gingerbread-hazelnut bourbon balls. So even more people can taste my ginger balls!*

And, that's about it for now. *smooches*

*That joke never gets old, does it?

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Snow Day!

Good Morning, Kittens!

I'm off to work today ... but, yesterday, I "worked" from home ... I did actually do some work. But, I also took naps.

And knitted.

And, then, K-Factor and the Canadian BF wanted to play Death Croquet. in the snow. It was fun. And snowy. And cold. And I think Eddie Bauer did not design their croquet set for cold weather use.

Here we are, intrepid Snow Death Croquet Players:

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Then, I was reminded by a co-worker that tomorrow is my office's Round Treats Holiday Celebration. I thought it was Wednesday. Had to run to Whole Foods to buy the ingredients for gingerbread-hazelnut bourbon balls:

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Have great day! *smooches*

Monday, December 21, 2009

Weekend Update: Blizzard Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

I am "working" from home today. Oh, yeah. Federal government closed, but I can't take the day off. Must continue to slave for the Man. *sigh*

So, you may have heard this already, but we got a s**tload of snow on Friday. No official Sligo Co-op totals, but probably somewhere between 16"-20". I am kind of annoyed because our new snow removal contractors only showed up at the beginning of the storm and haven't been seen since. Gah. ANYWAY ...

Great fun was had by the residents of Sligo Co-op.

On Friday night, I had cocktails with Tomokito in her apartment. SCGB joined us later as we sipped negronis and watched the cars slide into each other on the snowy hill in front of our building.

Saturday afternoon, we gathered at K-Factor's apartment for food, games, and drinks. Lots of drinks. In fact, so many drinks, that we created the First Ever Sligo Snow Triathalon (loosely based on my pottery teacher's Greenbelt Triathalon).

We gathered at the track near our building, (1) ran one lap around it. (2) Ran to the middle of the field to do a snow angel. Then, (3) ran to the finish line to do a shot of bourbon. We were very lucky to have an Official Sligo Snow Triathalon Photographer to record this momentous event.

Check out rest of the pictures here.

Sunday was a lazy day of knitting and watching movies and walking to El Golfo with some neighbors for margaritas and Mexican foodz. Yumz.

And, that, my friends was the weekend brought to you by God's Anger Against DC for Approving Gay Marriage.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

You Wanted to See Snow Pictures?

Well, we ain't got no fucking snow pictures.

Good Snowy Saturday Morning, Kittens.

I am making coffee and watching the snow plows and reminiscing about sunny and warm(ish) San Diego ... *sigh*

The trip was good, except that -because I was in class from 8-5 pretty much every day- I didn't have time to do much sightseeing. I did get to see a lot of my hotel though, the Manchester Grand Hyatt...

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It apparently hates teh gayz and teh unionz.

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I was allowed outside during lunch breaks.

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Rumor has it that I luuuuuuuuuuuuuuv Mexican foodz.

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The BEST NIGHT EVER was on Wednesday, when the beautiful Michelle M picked me up at the hotel (and gave me -OMG- a Neil Diamond Xmas CD!!!11oneponiez) and drove me all over creation. We ended up in the Gayborhood, Hillcrest.

I had a HUGE salad.

saladand maybe a margarita or two.


This kid must've had a margarita or twelve.

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THEN, we went to Urban Mo's to meet the SuperCute Daniel Phillip and (later) his partner. So much fun. Drag queens! Booze! Creepy Old Man! YAY!

Here are a bunch of pictures from the night (mostly taken by Michelle M):

mandvMy brush with Drag Queen fame. Morgan will be on Season 2 of the Best Show EVER, Rupaul's Drag Race.


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Daniel Phillip and Richard and Michelle must be the three most amazing fabulous people in all of San Diego. I am so Happy that the intertubez brought us together. What a crazyfun night! (and what an awful hangover the next day ... but I still made it to my classes on time ... not sure how though).

The rest of the photos (which will eventually have titles and labels and tags and shit) are here.

Enjoy the Snowpocalypse! *smooches*

Teaser 2

OMG, Kittens.

I love the internet, because it has allowed me to meet so many fantastic people who I never would have met otherwise ...

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The fabulousness that was my Wednesday night in San Diego is documented here. And will be documented *here* as well ... once I get around to typing it all up. srsly. wowz.

Tomorrow ... I shall type a full post. Promise.
I'll be fucking snowed in, so what else will I be able to do...

*smooches*

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Teaser

Many apologies, kittens, for the lack of posting this week.

Here's a fun little teaser pic. Details coming this weekend. Promise.

So much cuteness in one place should not be allowed.

*smooches*

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Greetings from San Diego

Hi, Kittens! I'm not dead, just uber-busy -learning a lot, meeting new people, developing an ulcer because of all the work I will have to do when I get back ...

Because I don't have time to go out much, here's the view from my hotel:


And, I'm looking forward to meeting the fabulous Michelle M. tomorrow!
*smooches*

Sunday, December 13, 2009

12 of 12: Errands Edition

Kittens! Here are my 12 of 12. Enjoy!

Early morning in Sligo Creek Park.
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Silver Spring Farmer's Market.
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Breakfast.
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Picking the perfect tree.
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The Beltway.
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Mailing an Xmas Package.
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Stop It.
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*giggle*
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Ironing.
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Packing my bag for work trip to San Diego.
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Courage in a Glass.
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Heading to the Company Holiday Party. Tricked Out Hair. Conservative Suit.
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The rest of the photos are here.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

We Have a Winnar

Congrats, Ms. Clio Bluestocking.

Not only did you impress the judges with your love him, and squeeze him, and name him 'George' comment. But, the Random Number Generator also picked you. Twice Blessed = Free Vase. Huzzah.

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For the other commenters, Thanks So Much! And, y'know, there are 87 gabillion more pieces of pottery. Stay tuned for More Exciting Giveaways. Grrl gotta get rid of this stuff ... before the new session starts in February.

May not be able to post tomorrow ... so here's my weekend rundown. Friday: Tomokito's Bad Mommy Happy Hour at Nellie's. Then, I have a date with ScooterGuy. We're having a late dinner at a local Ethiopian restaurant.

Saturday, I'm running lots and lots of errands and stuff. Updated to add: And, it's 12 of 12. And, it's my company's annual Holiday Party. Free food and booze. Bring it on, bitches.

Sunday, I fly to San Diego for the week. It's for work. I'll be busy during the day, but if anyone is free in the evenings, let me know. I'd love to meet up or something. I'm already looking forward to hanging out and having Many Many Martinis with the fabulous Michelle M. (not to be confused with the other fabulous Michelle M., Mush).

Have a great weekend.
*smooches*

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Wait. It's Only Wednesday?

Good Evening, Kittens.

I'm in the midst of the dryer cycle (and eating cookies) and thought I would take a few minutes to post.

Work is work. Life is life. On the plus side, there may be a date on Friday (after Tomokito's Bad Mommy Happy Hour).

How about we give away a Poor Little Vase Who Needs a Home? I have 20 pieces of pottery from this session. I have already picked the ONE I am allowed to keep. 6 others have been tagged as Xmas (or other) presents. Which means (if you are as good at math as I am), I have eleventygabillion pieces of pottery to get rid of ...

This cute little vase, glazed in warm jade and Lisa's favorite blue, is 4.5 inches tall and 5.5 inches wide (at the mouth). It's a little heavy, weighing less than my refrigerator and more than a martini glass. And it needs a Good Home. Somewhere to be loved. Somewhere to belong. And, that, my friends, is not in my apartment.

So, here's the deal ... take a look at the photos. Decide if you can provide a loving home for a kinda ugly vase. Leave a comment describing how you will create a Happy Home for it. And, like, maybe tomorrow or the next day, I'll decide who to send it to. Doesn't that sound like fun?

One final photo:

*smooches*

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Why VUBOQ is Tired in Approximately 38 Words and Some Pictures

Good Evening, Kittens!

Friday: Happy Hour with Hard Drinking Former Co-Workers

Saturday: Xmas Party with Hard Drinking Strangers

Sunday: Picking up final pottery from the studio. Mexican Food.



Monday: Day-trip to Philly to Join Hard Drinking Blogger and Friend!









Tuesday: 5:15AM

More Pottery and Philly Photos to be uploaded to Flickr at some point in the semi-near future. Stay tuned for LinkyLuv.

*smooches*

Apologencia

Good morning, kittens.

VUBOQ has had possibly the BEST (yet, tinged with sadness) long weekend EVER and he will tell you all about it ... soon.

BUT, first, he must go to work, recover from his hangover(s), deal with some co-op board issues, and not die from all the crap.

Wish me luck. and stay tuned. Good stuff is coming. Srsly.

*smooches*

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Slightly Overhung Snow Blogging

Good snowy afternoon, kittens!

After many beers, 2.5 tequila shots, and side order of fries, your Friendly Neighborhood VUBOQ was too blitzed to Tequila Blog last night. Sorry. But, the happy hour with my former co-workers was So Much Fun. Lots of catching up and good times. We hope to start doing it more regularly. I didn't take any pictures, but as soon as the ones which were taken go up on Facebook, I'll steal them and post them here.

The only interesting thing that happened at work yesterday was that during a very large meeting, my "sort of but not really but thinks he is" supervisor introduced me as "Erik." Um. What? My co-workers thought it was funny and called me "Erik" for the rest of the day.

*sigh*

My plans for the rest of the weeked ... Holiday Party tonight at CJ's. Ray will be going with me. Y arrives at some point. On Sunday, I want to go to the pottery studio to pick up my final 11 pieces. Hopefully, they will be out of the kiln.

AND, I really need to clean and stuff.

One week 'til my work trip to San Diego!

*smooches*

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Negroni Blogging

Kittens! I am home.

Work was so much fun today (*cough*). After work, I ran errands. I picked up a pair of boots that were being repaired. I ran to Whole Foods. And when I finally got home, I had to do several days worth of dishes. Here it is nearly 7PM and I'm just starting Martini Time.

When did life get to be so difficult?

Oh I miss those halcyon days of boozy lunches and afternoon naps with the kitteh... *sigh*

On the bright side, I now get paid a living wage.

Tomorrow, my former co-workers are gathering for a happy hour. If you remember, these are the co-workers that always start the happy hour with a round of tequila shots. So, possibly no posting tomorrow (either that or extremely durnken Tequila Blogging).

Have a great night! *smooches*

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Martini Blogging

Kittens! It looks like I may have to transition to an Evening Blogger. Because, srsly, 530AM? Too early to form coherent thoughts.

During Martini Time though? The Thoughts, they flow like gin.

Today was chock full o' Fun *and* Adventure. I got up. I went to work. I worked. While on my lunch break, I ran into K-Factor's BF and his Boss at the Harris Teeter (*waves at K-Factor's BF*). I may or may not have used the term "hot mess" to describe my job to K-Factor's BF's Boss. Srsly. It is. I should learn to keep that to myself though.

Loose Lips Sink Ships.

After lunch (sushi!), there was a field trip to [the National HQ of the Organization Where I Work]. I met several important people who can help make my Hot Mess of a Task less Hot Messy.

And, OMG, the office we were in? FULL of teh CUTE (but unfortunately probably v. str8) BOYZ. Very difficult to concentrate when CUTE BOY is explaining things, because he's all "And then this form here should be filled out this way with this information here" and I'm all "OMG CUTE BOY!!!!!" and then I'm all "huh?"

Somebody needs to get laid. and how. btw, did I mention that Y is coming down this weekend to pick up the last of his stuff?

Does anyone predict disaster?

*raises hand*

Oh, and then I came home. I made myself a martini and started doing laundry. joy. rapture.

Have a wonderful evening! *smooches*

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Totally Random Stuff. Srsly.

Good evening, kittens.

Monday was rather uneventful ... I mean, really, you must be tired of reading "OMG. I had to wake up early. And then I went to work. And then I came home. And I was sooooooo tired I couldn't even make a martini. or masturbate. Srsly. WTF?"

ANYWAYz. Work is work. Fun Little Activities which no one else knows how to do get dumped in my lap b/c I'm new *sparkles* and I am supposed to Magically Know how to get them done.

Um. Newsflash: I don't.

I did learn today that 1 therm = 100000 BTUs. mm-hm. That's right. And suddenly all that crappy paperwork I was given made sense.

Except it didn't.

Lessee... besides work, I am mentally preparing for the weekend ... Friday Happy Hour with my super boozy former coworkes. TSCA SHOTS! Saturday, Y arrives for the weekend ... to pick up the last of his stuff. Huzzah. Then, a fun Saturday Xmas Party at CeeJay's. Maybe I will take a date (not Y) since I will not know anyone (except the SuperCute Host).

Speaking of dates ... ScooterGuy emailed. Said he had a nice time but is busy this week/weekend. I interpreted that to mean "Um. Yeah. Thanks. Bye." Of course, if it really means "I'm super busy and would love to go out Next Week," I'll be pleasantly surprised. yay. I emailed back (because I'm a sap like that) to say "I, too, had a good time. Perhaps when you are not so busy we could arrange another pleasurable outing" or something to that effect. I forget.

I have another possible date with a SuperCuteGuy on the horizon. He's seems smart. and funny. and did I mention SuperCute? Cuz he is. SuperCute. and smart. and funny. *crushes*

AND, even more big plans are in the works! Stay tuned.

*smooches*