Thursday, December 30, 2010

Last Post of the Year

Good morning, kittens!
 
Today, after work, I am boarding a bus for my fifth (!) and final trip to the Big Apple this year.  I'll be crashing at Jake's Penthouse in the Sky, and we'll be attending a New Year's Eve Party with David.  Other than that, I don't have plans.  I would like to meet up with some other friends, but I think it will depend on the weather and if the Mountains of Snow have been successfully cleared.  I also hope to make a pilgrimage to the Mothership (aka UniQlo).  I am really not looking forward to the bus rides there and back.  Fingers crossed that there is no traffic.
 
This will be the first time in a very long time that I haven't spent the New Year in DC.  In fact, I can't remember the last time I was out of town for New Year's Eve ... Hm.  I will have to research to find out. 
 
Anyway, have a great and safe New Year.  I'll (possibly) be doing an End of Year post when I return, plus a breakdown of my New Year's Resolution. 
 
*smooches*  and See you in 2011!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Holiday Update: Now With Some Pictures Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

And, here is my eagerly awaited Holiday Update with Photos. Yay!

So, my trip began, as some trips do, at Dulles International Airport, where after passing through security (and having to remove my sweatshirt ... y'know, because their high-tech metal detectors can't "see" through thick jersey?), I boarded the cute little train to Terminal A. As I exited the train, I thought, "Oh, shit. I had a rollybag carry-on."

Yes, your hero, left one of his bags at the security checkpoint. Oops. Of course, I have an excuse (or two). 1. I was pissed at having to remove my sweatshirt, so the gathering of all my scattered clothes combined with having to get dressed distracted me, and (b) I very rarely have a carry-on rollybag. Normally, I have one carry-on because I've checked a bag (one of the perks of business travel = they pay for that checked bag! Yay! More shoes for my tripz!). ANYWAY, so I had to schlep back to security to get my bag. Fun times.

Then, I went to the bar. And drank. A lot.

Eventually, I made to hip, happenin' Greensboro. My brother picked me up. We stopped at the grocery store and bought a bottle of wine and headed back to his house.

The next morning, we went grocery shopping. And I bought a shirt for church (I forgot to pack one). The parents arrived. We talked. Cooked dinner. And went to a Christmas Eve service. I did not burst into flames upon entering the church. And the church roof did not collapse. I believe those two things should prove to all of you that there is no God.

Or that He/She/It doesn't really care about what we do. You decide. No pressure.

Saturday morning (i.e. CHRISTMAS!!!!!), we awoke to this:

My Christmas presents were all wonderful. Because my brother works for the Ralph Lauren dot Com, it was a very Polo Christmas ...

1225101342.jpg3 ties, a t-shirt, a dress shirt, and a SuperCUTE hoodie sweater

I also got some money (to pay for pottery class!) and a gift card to Nordstrom's. Oh, yeah! SHOPPING! My "fun" present was from my Crazy Aunt:

1225100959.jpgWho *doesn't* need an LED headlamp?


The snow continued to snow, and many hours later, it looked like this:


We got about 6-8 inches. GAH! Srsly. WTF?

I think my brother was happy with his present (RoboRally, a supercool board game). I gave my parents a bowl and a goat (they're great for families!).

Sunday, my parents had planned to go to church, but all the churches were closed (insert "aw" sound here). We lounged around, and, then, around 1, my brother and I met with my Greensboro Fan Club. Here's a picture of me with the President of my Greensboro Fan Club:

Why, yes, I did knit that scarf for her.

And, on Monday, I woke up at 4AM, checked my flight, saw it was on time, showered, dressed, checked my flight again, saw that it was delayed four hours, and I died. Right there. On the spot.

And, from this point on, the previous post takes over (I think) ...

*smooches*

Holiday Update: Teaser Edition

Good morning, Kittens.
 
I forgot to upload my pictures last night, so I'm not going to do my full-blown (*heh* "blown) holiday post until I get home tonight.  Until then, here's a little something to tide you over ...
 
A big whoops at Airport Security.
There was snow.  6-8 inches of it.
Lots of food.
Good presents. 
Not nearly enough booze.
And,
A delayed flight home.
 
Once home, SCGB picked me up at the airport.  yay!  So, I took him out to lunch.  We ate at Adega ... and drank a bottle of wine.  Back home, I took a long winter's nap.  And, then, SCGB and I met Mike (Who Makes Cakes) at McGinty's for Pub Trivia.  We got SPANKED.  BUT, our team did when a prize for best team name: FAUXpocalypse.
 
Not much going on today.  I need to do my year-end employee self-review (why, yes, I *did* do a FANTASTIC job).  Then, grocery shopping, ironing, and blogging.  Woo hoo!
 
Have a groovy day!
*smooches*

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Have Yourself a Merry Little [Generic Holiday]

Good morning, kittens!
 
And, it's finally arrived.  The last day of work before the Xmas Holiday.  I'll be flying to Greensboro tonight (around 10PM).  Woo hoo.  I'll be leaving for the airport after work.  It will get me there early, but it's better than going home first and leaving from there.
 
Meanwhile, look what I got from my co-worker: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enviroboi/5284973279/ ... Best Xmas Present EVER?  Hmmm.  Perhaps.
 
Last night was super exciting.  I did laundry and drank vodka.  And then one of the washing machines stopped working.  So I had to move all my sopping wet clothes into the other washing machine.  fun times.  Then, I packed my little suitcase.  And SCGB came down for some boozy eggnog. 
 
Then, I went to bed.
 
I doubt I will be updating much this weekend (if at all).  So for those of you who are celebrating, have a Merry Christmas.  For the rest of you, have a fabulous weekend.
 
*smooches* and *huggles*
 

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

It Happened On Night

Good morning, kittens.
 
This is the cute little face that greeted me this morning: http://www.flickr.com/photos/enviroboi/5283003830/.  Awwwww.  Poor sad hungry kitty.
 
Last night was Super FUN!  I met SCGB and SuperCute Anthony (who we met last Saturday at CJ's Awesome Holiday Shindig) at Nellie's for Drag Bingo.  The only problem is that (1) I drank too much and (2) I didn't eat enough.  So, put that together and you have (1) me inappropriately drunk texting people and (2) very bad hangover this morning.  Anyway, Anthony is SuperCute.  Did I mention that?  I may have a little crush.  *sigh*
 
Also, Drag Bingo is LOUD.  So we were yelling at each other all night.  I am hoarse this morning. 
 
But other than the hangover and the hoarseness and the residual drunk text embarassment, I am doing Great!  It's my next-to-last day of work before I fly to NC for the holiday weekend.
 
Tonight will be SuperBusy, because I have to do a TON of laundry and I have to pack.  And pick up my boots that are being repaired.  And try to find a stuffed goat.
 
Good times.
 
Have a great day!
*smooches*

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Just Another Manic Monday

Good Morning, Kittens!
 
Last night was SuperFun.  SCGB and I met our friends, Gayle and the Nuge at McGinty's. I had a small wedding gift to give them.  While waiting for them to arrive, Pub Trivia started.  SCGB and I thought "what the hell," and started playing.  Team Martini *ROCKED* the Pub Trivia.  Gayle and the Nuge arrived about halfway through and helped us to come in 4th place. YAY Team Martini!  The sad thing is that only 1 point separated us from 3rd Place (which would have been $15 off our tab).  Boo.
 
And, Gayle gave me this totes awesome hand-bedazzled martini shaker.  So cute and fun!  I didn't have time to snap a photo, but will try to do so in the next day or so. 
 
In other exciting news, StickSteven 2010 Year in Review is ready to be sent out.  Yay!  If you don't receive your copy either by email or through a facebook message, please let me know!  Also, the pdf file is pretty big, so if you can't open it, let me know and I'll send you the smaller jpg version.
 
Tonight, I am going to drag bingo with some people I met at CJ's SuperFantastic Holiday Party last weekend (which I forgot to mention in my wrap-up yesterday.  Apologies to CJ and his SuperFine Partner).  Someone may be dragging in a bit late to work tomorrow.  We shall see ...
 
I guess that's about it.  Have a great day!
*smooches*

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Week Update: Orlando Sucks Edition

Good Afternoon, Kittens.

I'm taking a break from my annual StickSteven Year in Review holiday letter and thought I'd finally update my blog. I am sure you are getting tired of looking at a shadowy me.

So ... Last Sunday morning, I left for the airport for my work trip to Orlando. I got to the airport in plenty of time. Unfortunately, our plane did not. In fact, our plane was trapped in Boston by fog/weather. And DCA was also in danger of closing to all flights because of limited sight distance. Aren't all these planes guided by Advanced Robotics anyway?

My flight, which was supposed to take off around 1PM had not even arrived by 3PM. Gah. How did JetBlue remedy the situation? They put the entire flight on SuperShuttle vans and drove us to Dulles. Where we had to go through security all over again. Ugh.

Once on the flight, I needed a gin & tonic. Apparently, so did the little grandmother sitting beside me. She reached into her pocket and pulled out a mini bottle, saying "I bring my own and security has never questioned it. I just put it in my coat pocket. I guess because it is less than 2 oz."

"You know you can put it in your quart bag with your toiletries, right," I asked.

"Oh. I wouldn't want to be that obvious about it," she said, as she screwed the top back on and returned it to her pocket. I love me some Closet Drinkin' Grannies!

The flight landed around 8ish. I was checked in at my hotel by 930. Yay. I had a drink and an appetizer at the hotel bar and went to bed.

Monday through Thursday, I was in class. I was hoping to be able to take public transportation around town in the evenings after class. However, it was sooooooo damn cold I didn't want to wait for the trolleys. OMG. Weather.com totally lied to me about the temperature. At night, it was dropping down to below freezing. UGH.

Luckily, my friend, Carolyn, was in Orlando for another conference. And she had a rental! On Wednesday night, we went out to dinner to Emeril's Tchoup Chop. The food was OK. A little on the bland side. Not entirely sure it was worth my entire per diem that day.

After picking up a 6-pack at Walgreen's, Carolyn dropped me off at the hotel around 11PM. As I was entering the elevator, a guy hopped on. I pressed 5. He didn't press anything.

"You have the right idea," he said, nodding towards my beer.
"Yep," I said.
"Are you here for business or pleasure," he asked.
"Am I being picked up," I thought. "Or marked to be robbed in this elevator all by myself?"
"Fun," I said. Then the elevator stopped and the doors opened.
"I'd like to join you," he said, as I left the elevator.
"Ack," I thought and didn't reply. Halfway to my room, I stopped to see if he had followed me. He hadn't.

Weird.

The next day, after reflecting about what happened, I reported the incident to hotel security. I did this for two reasons (1) I got the impression that he was not a guest of the hotel and (2) I wanted to know what security measures they have in place in case something had happened. Trust me, I was ready to break a bottle of beer over his head if I had to.

On Thursday, I only had class until noon. AND, the weather finally warmed up to the 60s. Yay! Carolyn and I spent the afternoon at the Outlets. I didn't buy anything.

And, finally, on Friday, I returned home. I got home around 5:30PM. So good to be back. Later that evening, Tomokito came down for drinks. She and Baby Hana left on Saturday for Japan. Jealous.

Saturday, I did grocery shopping and cleaning. Which is what I have been doing today as well. And working on the StickSteven 2010 Year in Review.

Back to work tomorrow. yay.

Have a great rest of your day! *smooches*

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Greetings from Orlando

Good Evening, Kittens!

I have many fun stories to tell about my trip to Orlando, but it is TOO COLD to type them all up. You'll have to wait until I get back home (on Friday) ... back to the land where when it is cold they turn on the heat (rather than leave the a/c on).

To keep you entertained until then, here's a picture of me nekkid ...


Have a great rest of the week.
*smooches*

Friday, December 10, 2010

VUBOQ Reads a Book or Two

Good Morning, Kittens.

As the 2010 comes crashing to a dramatic and fanciful close, everyone makes the lists. You may remember I bought a Nook around the beginning of this year. Francis the Nook has made reading much more convenient and the 45 min (on a good day) commute to work much more enjoyable.

So, here's a list of the books I've read (in no particular order ... although I used the covers of my favorite fiction and non-fiction books of the year as illustrations):

Michael Tolliver Lives -- Armistead Maupin
Pride and Prejudice -- Jane Austen
Cleopatra: A Life --Stacy Schiff
Never Let Me Go -- Kazuo Ishiguro
You Are Not a Stranger Here -- Adam Haslett
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo -- Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Played with Fire -- Stieg Larsson
The Girl who Kicked the Hornet's Nest -- Stieg Larsson
The Hunger Games -- Suzanne Colllins
Catching Fire -- Suzanne Collins
Mockingjay -- Suzanne Collins
Sons and Lovers -- D.H. Lawrence
The Scarlet Letter -- Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Poisonwood Bible -- Barbara Kingsolver
One Day-- David Nicholls
The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet -- David Mitchell
The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine
-- Michael Lewis
Liar's Poker: Rising Through the Wreckage on Wall Street -- Michael Lewis
The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon --David Grann
House of Versace: The Untold Story of Genius, Murder, and Survival -- Deborah Ball
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature -- Janine M. Benyus
Lost in a Good Book -- Jasper Fforde
The Well of Lost Plots -- Jasper Fforde
Something Rotten -- Jasper Fforde
First Among Sequels -- Jasper Fforde
The Help --Kathryn Stockett
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- Rebecca Skloot

A busy year of books, no? I am currently reading (and thoroughly enjoying) Secret Historian: The Life and Times of Samuel Steward, Professor, Tattoo Artist, and Sexual Renegade by Justin Spring ... but I doubt I will finish it by the end of the year. It's long. With lots of juicy footnotes. Rumor has it that GayProf is the Distinguished Professor from Midwestern Funky Town who had a Wild Night of Passion with Steward around page 130. Names are strictly confidential, so we'll never know for sure.

And what did you read this year? Anything worth sharing?

Have a great day! *smooches*



Thursday, December 09, 2010

Center of Fabulous

Good morning, Kittens.

As you may well remember, yesterday, GayProf posted the beginnings of our fun little bloggy conversation. And, without further ado, here's GayProf/VUBOQ Joint Blog Post, Part II: Electric Boogaloo ...

VUBOQ: Of course, you know what goes great with a vegetarian diet? BOOZE! As you may know, I love the alcohol. Fermentation is my friend. Some people, when planning a party, put a lot of thought into the food they are serving or the decorations or even which of their hundreds of sets of dishware they are going to use. For me, I concentrate on the Signature Cocktail for the evening … and the rest of the party falls into place.

GayProf: So, you are saying the key to being a vegetarian is drinking to forget the pain?

VUBOQ: Yes.

My Signature Cocktail usually involves an infused vodka of some sort mixed with punch. As a service to my (very few) non-drinking friends, I never spike the punch.

At my most recent party, I made a delicious ginger-infused vodka. The punch was pineapple-orange-lemon. And after enough of those boozy cocktails no one gave a flying fork about what food was served and what dishes we used (if you must know – I used my supercute cut glass triangular plates with matching punch cups, which my parents got as a wedding present).

GayProf: I am jealous of your snack sets. Only one dish set that I own originally had a snack set option. They are absurdly expensive on the ebay. Then again, I do have the grill plate option for my dishware. Only depression-era engineering would guarantee that you can eat without any of your food touching.

With agreeing to host Thanksgiving this year, I remembered why I always aim for a cocktail party rather than a dinner party. Dinner elevates the expectations of guests. You are responsible for giving them the major meal of the day.

With a cocktail party, though, people see any food as a happy surprise. Plus, what with the drinking, they end up having a good time no matter what.

VUBOQ: For the holidays this year, I am going to attempt Candy Cane Vodka. That sounds like fun, doesn’t it? And, I’ve been toying with the idea of orange-infused bourbon. What do you think, GP? Delicious or Disaster in the Making?

GayProf: It’s wintery marvelousness! The trick, of course, is whether you will be able to balance the mint and sweetness. Go too far in one direction, and you are drinking syrup. Too far in the other direction, and it’s mouthwash. My guess, though, is that you know exactly what you are doing.

Quite frankly, though, the orange infused bourbon sounds like a better stripe of genius (maybe because I have not been so keen on candy canes since I was around 9 or so). Orange bourbon would be like taking one step out of the tediousness of making an old fashioned!

VUBOQ: I have been remiss in my co-blogging and have already made both the Candy Cane Vodka and the Orange Bourbon. Both are deliciously drinkable straight or as part of a cocktail. The Orange Bourbon does indeed make a lovely Old Fashioned. I’ve been mixing the Candy Cane Vodka with either coffee, hot cocoa, or club soda.

For those of you who are interested in making either of these holiday concoctions, here’s how:

Candy Cane Vodka = 2 dozen mini candy canes + 750 mL Vodka + about 2-3 hours.

Orange Bourbon = 3 oranges (sliced) + 750 mL Bourbon + about 5-6 days. Strain out and toss the orange slices (They do not taste delicious. Yes, I sampled them … I did that for you, my kittens).

GayProf: What if Bourbon doesn’t last in my house for 5-6 days?

For my part, I want to attempt making Tom and Jerry this holiday season. It was the drink of choice during the 1930s (after the repeal of that pesky Prohibition), but has basically been forgotten today. Basically, it is a form of eggnog. Except it is served warm, sometimes has coffee added, and involves much, much more liquor (which explains its popularity). Best of all, it has its own serving bowl! What hostess would be caught dead without a Tom and Jerry set?

VUBOQ: I believe we need to see a photo of your set.

GayProf: Alas, the bowl to my set broke in transit. It was an art-deco style.

I suppose Tom and Jerry fell out favor given it involves some raw eggs. People are so skittish about semolina these days.

VUBOQ: Personally, I have never found wheat used to make pasta frightening. To each their own, I suppose.

GayProf: Salmonella. Smart ass. Damn my lack of spelling skills and the “autocorrecting” MSWord.

Quite frankly, now that most “eggnog” that you purchase in supermarkets has the dreaded High
Fructose Corn Syrup added to it, I think that it is time that we take back our right to decent noggy drinks. Let’s show the corn empire that we reject their devil’s syrup. Well, unless it’s pecan pie. Then I might make an exception.

VUBOQ: Isn’t it called “corn sugar” now? Mmmm. Corn sugar sounds so Natural and Healthy!

My SuperFantastic Cuzin wrote a poem about low-fat eggnog many years ago. I can’t find my copy of it, but it began like this:

Low fat eggnog
Is not for me
No way, no how,
No Sirree.
High fat nog
Is how I like it
Eggs and cream and
Then I spike it.

She is a poetic genius (among her many other talents). Back in the day, when we were bored at work, we would email silly rhyming poems to each other.

Speaking of talented people (and to make this post *even* gayer), how many Oscar nominations do you think “Burlesque” will garner? I’m going to guess 4: Best Supporting Actress (CHER!), Best Original Song (Show Me How You Burlesque), Best Score, and something technical like Costumes or Cinematography.

GayProf: Oh, Burlesque will surely sweep the Oscars. I mean, with that acting and tightly woven script, how could it not?

VUBOQ: Of course, “Burlesque” will totally rack up the Golden Globe nominations (refusing to insert pun here about Christina Aguilera) because the Foreign Press Association loves campy good times (See: Zadora, Pia).

GayProf: I tend to like it when movie companies transparently make films for gay audiences. I mean, even though the movie is entitled “Burlesque,” I don’t think they could have made the women’s dance numbers less sexy if they all were wearing angora sweaters. Meanwhile, they provided gratuitous screen time to a naked Cam Gigandet. Aside from simply projecting gay porn, they know what the gays want: Sparkles, dance routines, naked men, and, of course, Cher.

VUBOQ: For those of you who have not yet seen this cinematic masterpiece, why not? Get thee to a theater! It’s CHER, for chrissakes. Sparkly! Fabulous!

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Center of Fabulous

Good morning, Kittens!
 
Check out my co-post with GayProf over on his blog today.  And come back here tomorrow for Part II.
 
Have a great day!
*smooches*

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

I Love My Mondays Off

Good morning, Kittens!
 
Let me just tell you, after such a crazy boozy weekend, it is sooooo good to be back at work.  *cough*  *dies*
 
Yesterday was a totally awesome day.  I had intended to catch an early showing of Harry Potter 7(a); however, my booze-adled body did not want to move off of the sofa.  Instead, I met Ray for a late lunch at Matchbox.  Mmmm.  Delicious.  Then, we did a little shopping.  I returned a cardigan and got a new belt.  I have been without a decent brown belt for about a month. I considered buying some new pants but decided to wait 'til after Xmas.  Ray and I also looked for a menorah for my office's multi-cultural holiday display.  I couldn't find one ... although the singing/dancing plush rabbi (for only $7) was tempting.
 
Then, I headed home.  I checked a few places in Silver Spring for the menorah, but I was not successful in my quest.  Once home, I did a little housework and, then, around 7 Mike (Who Makes Cakes) came over.  He wanted to copy my Burlesque soundtrack.  He brought Baja Fresh for dinner.  Mmmmm.  Baja Fresh.  Later, SCGB and K-Factor came down for drinks.  They all left around 10 and I went to bed.  Bed is good.
 
Today, I have to leave work a little early for an "appointment."  A hair appointment!  Yay!  Time to be reblonded!  So happy.
 
And, that's all the news I have.  Have a great day!
*smooches*

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Weekend Update: Winter Gala Edition

Good afternoon, kittens.

Last night was my company's Winter Gala! Since I would know all of about 3 people (out of about 400), I invited the Fabulous ShallowGal to be my "date." Let's just say that, in a conservative company made up mostly of retired military, we caused a bit of confusion. She has kids? And a husband? And it's not you? Correct!

Can you spot the bad hairpiece?



Anyway, here are a few photos from the evening ... (one of us has a new camera that he still hasn't quite figured out) ...

Hmm...

Maybe a little better?
Almost there ...
Fourth time's the charm, no?
Anyway, the booze was good (and free!). The food was typical hotel ballroom fare. And, my hot date was the best! So all in all a pretty good evening.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend. I'm off tomorrow too. Yayz!

*smooches*

Friday, December 03, 2010

Friday

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
This week seemed like it was never going to end.  Five-day work weeks coming off a four-day weekend are the WORST.  But, we made it!  Yay us!
 
I've got quite a bit to accomplish today at work.  Including finishing up an end-of-year report. 
 
After work, a co-worker and I are meeting up with our former "mentor" for happy hour.  She is no longer our mentor since she was laid off a few months ago. We're going somewhere in Alexandria.  Chadwicks?  Something like that.  In honor of journeying across the Potomac into Preppylandia, I wore this.  It's my own private Label Queen joke - I'm wearing four things Ben Sherman. (Five if you count that my manbag is also Ben Sherman): sweatshirt, shirt, belt, shoes.  I am actually kind of pleased how well the tie matches ... I stumbled across it in Marshalls the other day.
 
Tomorrow is my company's Holiday Party!  Since I will know about 5 people there (out of about 500 or so), I've invited the Perfect Date.  Which will make the even much more funner.  Srsly.
 
My other plans for the weekend include lots of cleaning, ironing, and possibly venturing down into the basement storage area to haul up my Xmas Decorations.  Purple! Tinsel! Tree!
 
And, I'm off on Monday!  Hurray for Flex Days!  I think I'm going to try to catch the Harry Potter movie and then go to the National Portrait Gallery.
 
Good times!
Have a great day and a fabulous weekend!
*smooches*
 
 

Thursday, December 02, 2010

I Met a Famous Blogger!

Good Morning, Kittens!
 
Yesterday was SuperFantastico!  I left work a little early to meet the Famous Blogger, Kelly Stern!  After reading each other's blogs since BOSSY's First Road Trip, we finally met at Smith & Wollensky's on 19th St.  They actually have a pretty decent happy hour - reduced price bar menu and $4 draft beerz.  I haven't been to the S&W in years ... maybe it was 2002? or 2003? The event was a free Johnny Walker Tasting.  Which was uberboozy ... and a very difficult day at work the next day ... I rolled in around noon and slept at my desk until 2.  The last 3 hours at work were fine though ;-)
 
This visit to the S&W was not nearly as intoxicating, but much more fun! And I'm looking forward to even more boozy Good Times w/ Kelly (and Bossy? and Jeff?)!
 
After Kelly and I parted, I headed home, poured myself a glass of wine, and blobbed until bedtime.  Oh, yeah.  I know how to live.
 
Not much other excitement going on here.  alas.
 
And, now, I must work.  *ugh*
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I Force You to Look at My Pottery

Good Morning, Kittens.

Yesterday was quite CRAY-ZEEEE! I had to take part in a meeting in which I was to give my quarterly presentation to the 1-star and 2-star generals. About an hour before the meeting, I decided to make some minor changes to my slides. I went to the shared file and -somehow- my slides had been replaced with the slides from a previous meeting. Um. GAH! PANIC!

I fixed the slides. Spoke to a few people, but was not 100% confidant my fixed slides would show up at the meeting. Fortunately, they did. And, my presentation was, to quote the Administrative Assistant, "spectacular."

I know. I am amazing. Or, at least, I know how to give Good Presentation.

For the rest of the day, I worked on a few other ongoing projects. Deadlines! Approaching! ACK!

Once home, I took pictures of my pottery. Here are some:

Mug:

fallpottery2010 019It is very similar-looking to this mug. I may give them both to the Colornatrix for her Xmas Present.


Oval Bowl:

fallpottery2010 018I may keep this. Or I may not.


Ugly Little Round Vase:

fallpottery2010 013Note to self: Warm Jade + Black Glaze = Ew.


The rest of the pottery I picked up are wedding gifts. You will see them after they've been gifted. Maybe.

One of which will be gifted after work today ... Stay tuned for that little surprise :-)

Have a great day! *smooches*

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Excitement

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
Yesterday was quite the day.  After lunch, I decided to check my bank account to see if I check I had written had cleared.  And, SURPRISE!, I had completely forgotten about my student loan payment coming out.  So, my bank account was at $19.86.  Which would be fine, except the check was for $20.  And had been cashed that morning.  Normally, when my checking account is getting low, I simply transfer money from my ING Direct savings account.  However, that can take up to two business days. Too much time to prevent a check from rubberizing.
 
Luckily, I happened to have $40 in cash on me, so I left work and hoofed it to the nearest bank (3 metro stops away).  I made it.  The check cleared late last night.  Hurrah.
 
and *whew*
 
After work, I went to the pottery studio to pick up some glazed pieces: 2 platter/bowl things, 1 large-ish bowl, 1 vase, and a mug.  I still have one plate that needs to be glaze-fired.  Picking up the pottery took a lot less time than I thought it would, so -even though I was meeting my friend, CJ, at 7:45- I still had time to go home first.  Yay.
 
And, good thing I did!  I had a package waiting for me!  A friend of mine in California sent me a bottle of delicious newly pressed extra virgin olive oil and some linen coasters as a thank you gift for the scarf I knit for him.  Yay!  I am so excited about the olive oil.  I may buy some bread on the way home tonight and have some for dinner.
 
Then, I met CJ at Mi Rancho and ate lots and lots of cheesy enchiladas.  mmmm.  Tasty.
 
All in all, a busy good day.
 
Today is going to be equally as crazy.  I have a presentation later this morning. And I have a boatload of errands to run - buy catfood, return cardigan, check on the Washington Sports Club in downtown Silver Spring. 
 
*whew*  I'm exhausted just thinking about it.
 
Have a great day!
*smooches*

Monday, November 29, 2010

Weekend Update: Thanksgiving Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

and, weeeeeee're back. Who missed me the most?

So, the four-day weekend was Chock Full o' FUN and ADVENTURE ... actually, I spend most of it like Isabella, curled up on the sofa. I watched movies. I knat. I drank. like. a. fucking. fish.

Oh, hello, Glass of Wine, who is helping me type.

Thursday (aka Thanksgiving), I got up EARLY (like 6AM) to run the Turkey Chase 10K with some of my neighbors. I finished in 1:03:22, which is not too bad considering the course is HILLY and it was COLD and WET out.

After the run, we went to K-Factor's for a delicious brunch. Mimosas! Coffee with Candy Cane Vodka! Brunch ended, and I headed downstairs to nap and knit and nap and knit and cook.

I had Thanksgiving Dinner at my neighbors' apartment. I made braised butternut squash with pesto pasta:

Braised butternut squash w/ pesto pasta. why yes, i did make the casserole.

and spicy sauteed brussels sprouts with hazelnuts:

Spicy Sauteed Brussels Sprouts w/ Hazelnuts. why yes I did make the caserole.

Nomz.

Friday and Saturday were lots of the same - food, booze, knitting, naps, shopping, food, booze, naps, knitting, booze, friends ... Good times.

I am making some progress on my seamless sweater:

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Sunday, I did some winterizing of my drafty bathroom window. Then, I went for a run. The highlight though was seeing BURLESQUE with friends.

And then having booze with friends.

And then totally dreading going back to work.

How about a photo of habenero peppers ...

Have a great day!
*smooches*

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

How's Your Cat?

Good morning, kittens!
 
One of the many things I am thankful for during this Season of Being Thankful is that I have managed to live in this area for longer than I've lived anywhere else.  The bonus of putting down roots is that you interact with the same people on a regular basis - the server at Adega, the teller at BOFA, the crossing guard at the metro station.
 
I used to see her every morning on my walk to work.  As we waited for the lights to change, we would exchange general pleasantries ... talking about the weather, the holidays, and our pets.  She eventually moved to a different school, and, now, works evenings at the Silver Spring Metro Station Bus-terfuck.
 
Yesterday, standing at the intersection of Wayne and Dixon Avenues, we caught the light just right ...
 
Crossing Guard: How's your cat?
Me: She's doing well.
Crossing Guard: How old is she now?
Me: Hm ... maybe 9 or 10?
Crossing Guard: Yeah, I was thinking it's been maybe 5 or 6 years. 
Me: Wow, it has been a long time.  She's as crazy as ever.  And your dog?
Crossing Guard: He's good too. He still likes to chew on everything though.
 
And, then, the light changed.  We waved good-bye and she stepped out to stop a left-turning car from running over us.
 
Have a great day!
*smooches*

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The Exciting Life of Vuboq

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
Lessee ... yesterday, I worked.  It wasn't fun.
Then, I went home.
And I had a martini.
And I made a clever twitter response to Puntabulous.  But, I can't access *new* Twitter here at work for some reason ... you'll just have to go here.
And I burned my frozen pizza for dinner.
And I goofed around on the internetz.
And I watched part of a DVD.
And I went to bed before 9:30.
 
And, when the alarm went off this morning (at 5:15), I felt like I hadn't slept at all.
*ugh*
 
On the plus side, my neighbor signed for my new digital camera, so it was outside my door waiting for me this morning. It's an Olympus FE-4030.  I'm not sure what that means, but this is what it looks like. 14 megapixels seems like a lot.
 
No real plans for today, although I feel like there is something I have to do today after work. I can't remember what it is ... oh, well.
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*
 
 

Monday, November 22, 2010

Weekend Update: No Dates, but Still Fun Edition

Good morning, kittens!
 
Hallelujah, it's a short week.  only 3 days of work.  Yay!  Love it!
 
So, the weekend ... lessee.  Friday night, I stayed in and had cocktails with Peter and Tomoko.  That was fun.  Then, on Saturday, we had Co-op Yard Work Day to rake leaves.  After that, I went to the grocery store.  And, I made Candy Cane Vodka (finished product).  Later, I spoke with the Young'un and learned that we wouldn't be having out date.  He has a sinus infection and wasn't feeling well. Boo.  *sad face* ... Instead, I got to have dinner with K-Factor and the Canadian.  We went to Adega.  And drank a lot of wine.  Then, we came back to my place and drank prosecco and watched Moulin Rouge.  After they left, I watched A Single Man, which was pretty durn awesome (although sad).
 
Sunday, K-Factor and I went to the pottery studio.  I had two completed pieces (they are gifts, so no pictures yet).  Also, K-Factor found a mug that I had made and completely forgotten about, so I glazed that one.  Yay.  I have a lot of things in the kiln right now: the aforementioned forgotten mug, two wedding presents, a large oval bowl, and a vase.  I may go pick them up on Wednesday after work (if I have time).
 
Once home, I had to go back to the Whole Foods to pick up a few things I forgot.  Then, Carolyn called and we met at El Golfo for dinner.  Mmmm.  Spinach Enchiladas. Once home, I goofed around for a bit and went to bed. 
 
So exciting is my life.
 
Not much going on today (no more pottery class until next year.  *sigh*).  I guess I will do a little cleaning and tidying when I get home.  Fun times.
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*

Friday, November 19, 2010

Friday. At Last.

Good morning, kittens!
 
My date yesterday was a bit of a bust.  Boo. He got caught up in a meeting.  Of course, he didn't tell me this until 30 minutes after we were supposed to meet ... using the old "my cell phone battery died" excuse.  hello? who hasn't used that one before?  So, then, I was like, Fine.  I'm going home.  [I did get a very apologetic text much later in the evening ... ]
 
On the way home, I bought a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau.  Hurrah.  It was fruity and delicious. When I got home, I had two packages waiting for me.  The first was from my parents.  It was filled with yummy baked goods and a gift card to Whole Foods.  Something about my 5th anniversary of home ownership.  Has it really been five years?  i've lived with that crappy kitchen for FIVE years?  *sigh*
 
Anyway, the second package was the clothes I ordered from Macy's.  Dark blue Hilfiger cords and two cardigans.  One cardigan I am going to return because it seems poorly made.  The other one I am still debating.  I'm not sure if I am a fan of the epaulets.  Here's a picture of me in the cords and questionable cardigan.  What do you think?
 
Not much going on this weekend (yet).  Tonight, I'm cleaning and cooking and maybe watching a DVD (I got "A Single Man" from Netflix yesterday).  And, I need to start my experimental seasonal vodka infusion - Candy Cane Vodka!  Yum?  Tomorrow is Yard Work Day.  Raking!  Cleaning!  Fun!  And, then, I need to go for a run.  The Turkey Chase 10K is less than a week away.  Saturday night, I *think* the Young'un is coming over.  At least, I hope he is.  We haven't really confirmed anything.  No plans for Sunday, although I might go to the pottery studio to see if I have anything to pick up.
 
And there you have it. 
 
Happy Friday!  And have a great day!
*smooches*

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dull Should Be My Middle Name

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
There is a reason I haven't posted in a couple of days: Nothing has happened.
My life is on the Fast Lane to Snoozeville. Get up.  Go to Work.  Come Home.  Martini Time.  Eat.  Go to Bed.  Wash. Rinse. Repeat.  Dull.
 
I don't even have the energy to counter all the spurious* claims about how those stupid fullbody airport scanners make us safer.  I mean, really, if they were so fantastic, why do you still have to take EVERYTHING out of your pockets before entering.  And remove your belt?  And, wouldn't the one country with the hands-down best airport security (hint: Israel) be using them?
 
Hmm.  In the end, it's all a part of the Safety Wool TSA places over our heads before we board.  Just like sex (only much less fun), flying will never be 100% safe ...
 
Meanwhile, the social life is picking up (sort of).  Most likely, I will be going out with the Young'un on Saturday night.  And, I have a date with a not-so young'un after work today. It's also Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Huzzah!  Let's all get really drunk on not great but greatly marketed wine and then make out.  Yay!
 
I want Panera for lunch today.
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*
 
*I am not entirely certain I used this word correctly, but I am too lazy to look it up.  Let's just pretend it means what I think it means.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The First Day Back is Always the Worst

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
I'm getting back into the swing of things at work.  I still wish I were on vacation.  And, now that I've been on the job for a year, I'm formulating a plan to be out of this job in a year or so ... if I can hold onto it for that long.  Maybe at some point I'll decide what I want to do when I grow up ... if I grow up.  Step 1: Update the old resume and Network Network Network.
 
Anyway, there was a cloud over work yesterday.  One of the soldiers unexpectedly passed away over the weekend. People moved around in a fog and work wasn't really getting done.  I didn't know her, but had seen her around the building from time to time. I doubt the rain today will improve the gloom.
 
After work, I rushed home to get ready for pottery class. K-Factor is on work travel, so she couldn't drive us there.  It was the last class, so I didn't have much to do.  I could have done some hand-building, but wasn't in the mood.  Instead, I glazed a vase, a bowl, a plate, and 2 wedding presents.  Another bowl and a platter were in the kiln being glaze fired.  Maybe I can get them all back next week.  That would be awesome.  I did get another finished mug.  SCGB drove me home.  Yay!
 
Once home, I intended to have a quick snack and go to bed; however, the evils of the internet sucked me in and I was up until nearly 11.  Ugh.  I am draggy this morning.
 
Not much exciting going on today.  I have a lunch meeting in Alexandria.  And, no evening plans.  I guess I will try to get caught up on some housework.  My after work running plans will probably not happen because of the rain.  I don't like running in the rain.  Maybe I should consider joining the gym. 
 
Also no plans to see the guy from last week.  We text quite a bit, but he hasn't indicated a time he can meet up again.  So, I sit here pining away ... and not being productive.
 
Such is my lot.
 
Sorry for the rambling post.  I must be in a mood.
 
*smooches*
 
 

Monday, November 15, 2010

Weekend Update: The End of the Vacation Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

And, I'm back to the grind. Woo hoo.

So, how was my weekend?

BEAUTIFUL!

The weather was stunning! On Saturday, I went for a 6+ mile run. It was fabulous. Well, as fabulous as a 6+ mile run can be.

After I got back, Tomokito and I went to El Golfo. We had many many many glasses of sangria. And, I had my usual: spinach enchiladas. Deliciousness!

I was supposed to go to Mike (Who Makes Cakes)'s for Game Night, but he canceled because of a date. Boo. Instead, I cast on a sweater ... I'm going to attempt Elizabeth Zimmerman's seamless sweater with this yummy navy blue cotton. Later, SCGB stopped by for several cocktails. mmm. cocktails. I tried a variation on an Old Fashioned. It didn't work. Oh, well ...

Sunday, I was uberproductive. I did lots of cleaning/organizing. Then, I went shopping (and bought way too much stuff, both in the stores and online ... some of which I actually needed!).

I ironed 14 shirts and a pair of pants. I repaired two broken mugs (and nearly glued my fingers together in the process). And, then, I cooked a fabulous dinner of baby bok choy and tofu.

Today is my penultimate pottery class. Lots of glazing and maybe some fun handbuilding will be in store.

Have a fabulous day. *happy smooches*

Friday, November 12, 2010

No One Reads Blogs on Friday Evening. Except Maybe Me.

Good Evening, Kittens!

I totally meant to post this morning ... except -well- I had a "visitor." Remember how I mentioned previously that I was stood up? Or, (after reading my last post) maybe I didn't. Perhaps, it was on Twitter.

Hm. Or maybe I didn't there either. ANYWAY, Wednesday evening, I was supposed to have a date. But he never showed. Yesterday though, he texted and had a Very Good Excuse. Trust me.

SO, I invited him over last night. He was having dinner with friends and drove over after that. We talked and watched a movie. And then we made out.

And we ended up having a little happy sleepover.

(And, just so you don't think I fall into bed with every guy on the first date (which I don't), I have been chatting with this guy since early May. But he was out west and only recently moved back to the Old Line State.)

Yeah. So it was fun. I see there being some potential. Also some potential problems. But, whatever. We're going to let it ride ... and see if there will be a second date.

After he left (hm. I may have to come up with a nickname at some point), I headed into DC to meet the Most Fabulous ShallowGal for lunch and to deliver her prize (see photo above). If you remember, she won First Prize in the Show Me Your Best Mug Shot contest. (Michelle M. won Second Prize. I still haven't chosen the 3rd and 4th Prize Winners. What can I say? I'm slow.)

We had lunch at Busboys and Poets. It was delicious. And, there was some delicious Eye Candy ... and surreptitiously taking a picture of it was an adventure in hilarity. "OK, ShallowGal. I'm going to pretend to take a picture of you, but I'm really going to be taking pictures of Mr. Yummilicious over there."

This is the best one we got:

1112101313.jpgHe's the one on the right. Although the guy on the left wasn't so bad either ...


After lunch, ShallowGal and I parted ways. *sniff* I came home and took a nap. Naps are awesome.

Now, I am having a martini.

Unfortunately, I don't have many exciting plans for this weekend. Lots of cleaning and organizing. Lunch with Tomokito. A run. Game Night with Mike (Who Makes Cakes). And that's about it.

Have a great weekend! *smooches*

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Pottery Pix

Good Morning, Kittens! Happy Veteran's Day (also known as Day 2 of my Staycation)!

My plans today are in flux. I was supposed to have a lunch/movie date with a friend, but he texted last night that he has a 102 degree fever. Boo on illness! BOO! So, I will probably just blob around the house doing housework. And I might go for a run if it warms up a bit.

And, maybe, I'll see if Tomokito is off and we can do afternoon drinks or something.

Yesterday, my big excitement (other than getting stood up. bastard) was a trip to the pottery studio. I trimmed a big bowl and glazed a platter. I was surprised that I only had one thing out of the kiln. But, then, K-Factor texted to tell me she had picked up two pieces during class on Monday.

The mug that was still at the studio needs to be worked on a bit.

Anyway, last night K-Factor brought down my pottery. I am very pleased with the mug! The bowl is OK (I messed up the glaze on the bottom, which you can't see in the photo).

Bowl:

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Mug:

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Have a great day!
*smooches*

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Week Update: Michigan Editigan

Good Morning, Kittens!

I am back from a fabulous few booze- and food-filled days visiting my fantastic cousin (and cousin-in-law) *and* GayProf in the Great Frozen Tundra ... where actually (and luckily) it was quite mild, temperature-wise.

My arrival to the Frozen Tundra was uneventful. Suzanne picked me up at the airport around noon. I was still in the throes of the Worst Cold Ever, so we worked on rearranging our plans to hang out in Detroit that evening. Instead, Detroit came to us! Several of Suzanne and GayProf's friends joined us for dinner. We made chili. GayProf brought cornbread. We drank LOTS of wine.

On Sunday, Suzanne and I wandered around the town. We ate lunch/brunch at Seva, a vegetarian restaurant. And, then, toured Suzanne's workplace, the Kelsey Museum. (They've recently undergone a HUGE renovation project ... and need to update their website).

Later that afternoon, GayProf came over and we had cocktails (!) and played this superfun game, RoboRally. I am totally getting that game for my brother for Xmas. Then, we had dinner. And lots of wine.

Monday, Suzanne and I chilled and did stuff. Like, y'know, talking and reading each other's tarot. Then, we walked over to GayProf's house and we made tamales!

On the way to his house, we walked by this amazing chickenwire leaf objet d'art ...

GayProf had done all the prep work for the tamales ...



So all Suzanne and I (and GayProf helped, too) had to do was assemble them. Easy! Fun!



Especially with Chef's Little Helper!



After assembly, they had to steam for an hour or so.



Then, we ate them. With friends! Nomz. And may have had lots and lots of wine.

Tuesday, I spent the morning reading and relaxing. GayProf picked me up around noon to drive to the airport. Once there, I discovered my flight was going to be delayed by several hours. Ugh. Of course, I had signed up for text alerts. As I was complaining via text to GayProf about this, the text alert *finally* came through. Thanks for the notice, Southwest.

So, what does one do with several hours to kill in an airport?

What else can one do when his flight is delayed over 2 hours?duh


Eventually, we were all boarded and we headed off into the sunset ... or whatever.


*smooches*

Friday, November 05, 2010

Sick. Again.

Good morning, Kittens.
 
I am -yet, again- a coughing, hacking mucous-y mess.  WTF?  I left work early yesterday.  Got home.  Napped until 4.  Made soup.  Ate soup.  Went to bed at 7:30 and slept through the night.  Well, I woke up a couple of times for water.  But, still ... ugh.
 
And, tomorrow is the start of my Fabulous Detroit Vacation (which will be spent mostly in Ann Arbor).  I am totally going to go on the drugs for the flight.  Super Shuttle is picking me up between 7:15-30.  My flight is at 10:15.  I arrive in Motor City around noon.  The Fabulous Cousin will pick me up. Yay.  In the evening, we're going to dinner with a group of friends and, then, depending on how I feel out to da clubz.  Or home to bed.  No other plans right now.  But, I'll be gone 'til Tuesday.  Should be a blast.
 
Assuming I can shake this disease.
 
Have a great weekend!
 
*germy smooches*

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Drama. I No Like It.

Oh.  Hai, Kittens.
 
Busy busy day here at the office.  Huge deadline approaching tomorrow.  ACK.  Panic.  Plus, I feel like I am coming down with a cold.  *ugh*  Just in time for my fabulous holiday in Michigan.  *sigh*   I am thinking healthy thoughts and taking lots of vitamins.  Maybe it will not become something too awful.
 
Yesterday, I was a total bum after work.  I did make another batch of habenero hot sauce.  yay!
And I ate lots of party leftovers.
And I may have had a glass of wine or two (or three).
 
Then, I went to bed.
 
Today, assuming I survive this workday, I will be doing laundry and cooking brussel sprouts.  Nomz.
 
The Drama so far today ...
 
I had a brief tiff with our financial guy.  Long story short, people in my office need to know how much money is paid on certain utility bills.  Financial Guy was all, "Well, you can get that from Steven."  To which, I replied, "I don't write the checks.  I have the bills, but I don't know how much of each bill is actually paid by our office." (I have been told that we only pay a mysterious percentage of our utilities.  DC Government pays the rest.)  He kept insisting that I did.  I cut him off and said, "No.  I don't know that information."  He got all huffy and stormed out of the office, saying something like "if you don't want to listen to me, you can find the info yourself."
 
What a douche.
 
Now, lunch.  And more reports to work on.  Fun.
 
*smooches*

Monday, November 01, 2010

Weekend Update: Sanity Edition

Good afternoon, Kittens!

What a totally insane weekend! Unfortunately, you'll have to wait until David gets back to NYC to see more pictures (than the few I took with my cell phone). His camera's batteries died, so I loaned him my rechargeable ones.

Anyway, David arrived Friday around 4:45. Which was near perfect timing, since I finished work at 4. Once he disembarked, we headed up to the Convention Center so I could pick up my (and a couple neighbor's) Marine Corps Marathon 10K Packets.

After that, we headed back to the Spring, did a little grocery shopping, and then went to El Golfo with SCGB for dinner. Mmmm. Once home, Tomoko came down and the four of us watched a movie and drank wine. Yay! Wine!

Saturday morning, we slept in a little and then, once Eric from Baltimore arrived, headed to the Rally to Restore Sanity. It was INSANE. Metro was crazy busy, so we ended up taking the bus (which was probably the thing to do). The crowd at the Mall was huge. See:

Rally shot


And there were people with signs:

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After awhile, Eric from Baltimore got bored and left. About an hour later, my legs started to hurt. And I started to think, "Hm. I have to run 6.2 miles tomorrow. Maybe I shouldn't be standing up so much?" So, I struggled through the crowd and walked to the Navy Memorial where I sat in the sun and people watched until the Rally ended and David found me.

Then, we walked up to U Street for a late lunch/early dinner at Ulah Bistro. nom. Even several hours after the Rally ended, metro was still packed. Un.Pleasant. We did make it home though (yay!) and we walked to the Giant to buy supplies for my Post-10K Party.

Sunday morning, we had to get up SUPEREARLY. OMG. We left home at 6:15ish. The race started at 8. We met up with our friends and everyone had a great run! Yay! I finished in 59 minutes 23 seconds. Which was a smidge under my goal of one hour. Hurrah.

Once home, I cleaned up and walked to the Whole Foods to finish party shopping. I then cleaned the house and did food prep. David, who had met friends for brunch, helped a lot when he got back. Yay!

is taking a pre-party break w/ Miss Kitty Isabella and David (@dpaste)


Party started around 4. About 10 people came. Lots of snacks. I made ginger-infused vodka, which we mixed with the pineapple/orange/lemon punch. Delicious.

I may have gotten a little tipsy.

This morning, we got to sleep in. yay! And then we headed into DC for lunch at Jaleo and wandering around the National Portrait Gallery/Museum of American Art. David boarded his bus at 3. I am typing this up and then I am taking a nap.

Pottery class later tonight. Hurrah. But back to work tomorrow. *sad face*

Have a great evening! *smoooches*