Friday, February 26, 2010

Drainbead

Good Mid-Afternoon, Kittens.
 
Sorry for the delayed posting, but -OMG- today has been like Total Oogification ... SQUARED!
 
But, first ... last night was a LOT of fun.  Hanging out with the German was awesomesocks.  And my half-price happy hour veggie burger was deeee-ricious.  Nom nom nom nom nom.  Nom.  Several neighbors were there and a couple of the German's friends arrived late (as did the German's <strike>GF</strike> Intended ... but she wasn't as late as the last two guys to arrive).
 
Then I went home and went to bed.
 
Who has the best Thursday nights EVER? That would be me.  Srsly.
 
This morning was also SuperFun!  You see, yesterday at 3PM, my client informed me that I should plan to give a brief presentation regarding my project status at a meeting the next morning (meaning *this* morning ... meaning I had about 1.5 hours to put together a fucking presentation).  So, I quickly made some calls, gathered some information and threw together a little powerpoint slide.  I emailed it to my client and the guy who was leading the meeting asking for feedback. 
 
This morning, no feedback.  Hm.  I wondered.  Did Mr. Leading Meeting Guy even see my slide?  I printed out a copy so that I could speak about it even if he hadn't.  At 10, when we get to the meeting, he shows me the slides for the meeting.  My slide was the only one that had more than a few words on it.  Srsly.  the other slides were like "Plan A" and "Outline" ... WTF?
 
This did not bode well.  And the agendaless, leaderless, clusterfork of a meeting dragged on for 2.5 hours, which meant that I did not have time to go buy lunch before my 1PM call with my company supervisor to discuss my 90-day review.  Luckily, one of my co-workers who needed to get out of the building after that meeting, decided to go out to lunch and gave me her (vegetarian) microwave meal.  Hurrah!
 
As for the weekend, nothing too exciting.  Hanging out with Mr. Fantastic for dinner in Silver Spring (not sure where we are going) and, then, Tomokito and SCGB might come down for drinks.  Yay.
 
Saturday, I must clean the house (or part of the house).  I feel like I am living in a heap of clutter.  I no like.  Then, in the evening, Mr. Fantastic and I are heading over to Mike (Who Makes Cakes)'s house for a game night or something.
 
Sunday, I will go to the pottery studio.
 
And, I have to work on Monday.  *ugh*
 
So, have a great weekend.  *smooches*

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Good News/Bad News

Good Morning, Kittens!
 
Good News: My 8AM meeting in Franconia-Forkin'-Springfield was cancelled.  Hurrah!  
Bad News: I will not be getting a salary increase.  Boo! (which was expected, but disappointing ... )
 
Good News: I look SuperCute today!
Bad News: The pants I chose to wear this morning are a thinner material than I  thought ...
 
Good News: It didn't snow last night.
Bad News: It's really windy (see previous Bad News statement).
 
Good News: Tonight is a Happy Hour with the German (SCGB's former roommate, who is visiting his GF) at McGinty's (1/2 price veggie burger 'til 7)!
Bad News: Mr. Fantastic invited me (about 10 minutes after I'd accepted the above invite) to go out to dinner with one of his friends who is also visiting from out of town.
 
Good News: Mr. Fantastic changed his Facebook relationship status to "in a relationship."
Bad News: Mr. Fantastic changed his Facebook relationship status to "single."  (Although technically this isn't Bad News ... after he changed to "in a relationship," I texted him to ask who else he was seeing.  Ha ha.  Funny.  Then, we had a call in which I had to explain that I'm not a big fan of advertising my relationship status on Facebook ... it just leads to a lot of mess that I don't want to deal with.  He understood ... I think).
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

A New Arrival

Good morning, Kittens.
 
Francis the Nook finally arrived yesterday and isn't he pretty? I purchased two books last night, Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (the second book in the Thursday Next detective series) and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot (which is about the history of HeLa cells and the woman they came from).  One of the cool features of the nook is that you can lend other nook owners books for two weeks.  Scott has loaned me another book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett.  I also purchased a monthly subscription to the Washington Post ... which I get to try out free for 14 days (and, if I don't like it, I can cancel without being charged).  Yayz.
 
Prior to picking up Francis, I met Mr. Fantastic for dinner at the Heights.  We shared the fried green beans appetizer (yum!), and I had the butternut squash risotto.  Tasty (although the risotto was a bit too salty ... which could explain why I feel so dehydrated this morning).  Mr. Fantastic complained about his roommate (and "best friend") for awhile.  I think he wants me to be all "you are right and he is so wrong" ... which I can't do.  I'm only getting one side of the story.  I did tell him that it seems like they are both intentionally needling each other.  It's long and it's complicated ... and it amazes me that he calls this guy his best friend.  I am trying to keep out of it as much as I can.
 
I guess that's it for now.  I should probably try to get some work done today.
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*
 
 

Monday, February 22, 2010

Weekend Update: Movies and Boozies

Good Morning, Kittens!

Hope you had a fabulous weekend! Mine was full of fun and excitement, fer sure.

On Friday, I jetted out of work early for an important appointment ... my hair appointment! Yes, I am reblonded. Huzzah! Afterwards, I headed home for a night of alone time (just me and my martiniz). Tomokito called down around 10:30 to see if I wanted to come up for a drink. No need to ask twice.

Saturday morning, Ray came by to visit Jasha (who is currently living with SCGB). After Ray had a little hug and love time with teh kitteh, we went to brunch at Austin Grill. Then, we did a little shopping. I bought booze (vodka and wine).

After Ray headed back to DC, Mr. Fantastic asked that I wait for him in Downtown Silver Spring, so I plopped myself down at the McGinty's bar with a Boddington's and waited. Once there, he ordered some food and then we walked back to my place.

Around 8, another friend picked us and SCGB up to go to Sarah (of Sarah and Mario)'s birthday party. It was a lot of fun. I drank a lot. And made a couple new friends. Yay!

Sunday, Mr. Fantastic and I parted ways around noon. He went home and I went to the pottery studio. The studio was crowded. I threw a vase (but I think I messed up the top ... we shall see). I was thinking of throwing another one, but there was this one girl in the studio who was giving instruction to some of her friends. And she was loud, had a high-pitched voice, and was treating them like kindergartners ("Oh. That's sooooooo good. I think you have a Gift!"). I started to get a headache.

I cleaned up my wheel and headed into DC. Mr. Fantastic and I picked up a few empanadas and hung out at his place for a bit. Then, we met Mike (Who Makes Cakes) for dinner (Thai!) and watched Up in the Air. My 4-Word Review? Wait for the DVD.

Seriously, it's a good movie. Nice acting. Some funny moments. But, LOOOONG. And with very little resolution. Not sure about George Clooney's Best Actor Oscar nom either. He was good, but was he *that* good?

Today is my flex day. We slept late and are heading out for boozy good times in a bit. I need to head home at some point to do ironing for the week and mentally prepare for work. *ugh*

Have a great day! *smooches*

Friday, February 19, 2010

A Very Shallow Night Out

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
As you know, Mr. Fantastic and I met ShallowGal in DC for drinks last night ... and it was So Much Fun.
 
We went to Urbana (in the Hotel Palomar) for $5 glasses of prosecco and $8 pizzas.  Then, we headed into the hotel to meet up with some photo booth vendor that she was thinking of hiring for her son's Bar Mitzvah (in 2011!  hello advanced planning).
 
Once we located the Photo Booth Guy, we discovered it was part of some wedding event thingy with FREE BOOZE!  and FOOD!  and, did I mention the Free Booze?  And Chocolate?  And cookies?  And cupcakes (one of which went missing ... poor lost cupcake.  Someone left her cupcake out in the rain).  OMG.  So.  Much. Fun.
 
Especially the photo booth ... you can see the pictures on flickr, since I have trouble posting photos through email:
 
 
 
One (or all) of us may (or may not) have been slightly durnk in these pictures.  There is one more photo booth picture, but ShallowGal has it.
 
Anyway, hanging with ShallowGal is always a total blast-o-rama. And, there was the added bonus of Mr. Fantastic.  Such a fun night.
 
Of course, now, I'm at work.  Exhausted.  Slightly overhung.  And ready for the weekend.  At least I get to leave a bit early today for an appointment (a hair appointment!).
 
Have a great day! *smooches*
 
 

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Exciting Life

Good Afternoon, Kittens!
 
Not much has happened these past few days ... Tuesday after work was spent blobbing on the sofa with my good good friend, Dirty Martini.  Wednesday, I blobbed some more *and* did two loads of laundry.  Who has all the fun?
 
Today has been equally exciting - filled with data entry and graph-making.  Woo hoo!
 
Fortunately, tonight will be much much better.  Mr. Fantastic and I are meeting up with ShallowGal for drinks after work.  Yay!  I know you all are totally jealous of me.  Try to deal with it.  I promise to take a few pictures ... if I don't get too drunk and forget.
 
And, I have a busy weekend planned as well, but that will be for a later post.
 
*smooches*

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Hey, Guess Who's Back in Pottery Class?

Good evening, kittens.

Was that a groan of disgust I heard? But, it's true! Pottery class has begun (after the first class was canceled due to snow) ... Prepare yourself for the onslaught of pottery photos.

Like these:

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Of course, before pottery class, Mr. Fantastic and I met K-Factor, the Canadian, and another friend at the movies. We saw Avatar in 3-D. It was pretty awesome (the 3-D, not the movie). I mean, the movie was a fun, silly, formulaic action adventure ... but Oscar-nominated? for Best Picture? I don't think so.

VUBOQ sez "the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences is WRONG!" Now, go forth and spread the word.

And, today, I went back to work. Work iz hard. Fortunately, there was a 2-hour delay. Getting up at 7AM is soooooooo much better than 5AM. Srsly.

After work martiniz make it all better though!

Have a great night! *smooches*

Monday, February 15, 2010

Weekend Update: Valentine's Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

Hope you had a brilliant weekend. Mr. Fantastic and I are off to see Avatar (in 3-D) with K-Factor and one of her many friends in a little while.

Our weekend was awesome. Saturday, we had dinner at the Quarry House and, then, watched the Star Wars Trilogy (Episodes 4-6) with SCGB.

Sunday morning, I helped a neighbor shovel out our trash dumpster. Then, Mr. Fantastic gave me some Valentine's presents ...

Chocolates! And a double-headed diamond-studded 12 inch dildo (not pictured).

Later that afternoon, we headed up to K-Factor's for champagne and truffles. Yum.

And, then, I cooked dinner:


Potato Leek Soup and Wild Mushroom Ragout over toasted baguette. Tasty! And, then, there was more movie watching.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Friday, February 12, 2010

12 of 12: snOMG Edition

Good Evening, Kittens.

My 12 of 12 photos aren't all that interesting this time. It's hard to be fun and exciting when you don't leave the house 'til noon.

So, Mr. Fantastic and I blobbed around his apartment (no pictures). Then, we walked to the Diner in Adams Morgan.

The Counter

I had a grilled cheese sandwich with feta, spinach, and tomato.

Lunch

Mr. Fantastic had pancakes, eggs, and toast.

With a Name Like Smuckers

I also had coffee. Mmm. Coffee.

Coffee

On the walk back to his place, we saw this bike.

Have You Seen My Bike

When we returned to his place, my New Boots had arrived (which I had only ordered yesterday. Zappos? It rocks). How cute are these boots?

How Cute Are These Boots?

Then, I headed back to Silver Spring.

Columbia Heights

This is the tree in front of my building.

Snowy Bush

And this is the parking lot.

Parking Lot

I took a long nap with Isabella, and, then, I flipped through cookbooks to find something to cook for Valentine's Day dinner.

Cookbooks

Icicles!

Icicles

Sidewalk!

Sidewalk

And that was my day. Plus or minus a few cocktails.
*smooches*
Good Morning, Kittens.

I'm heading back to Silver Spring today. Yay! I am so ready to be home. Not that spending the entire week at Mr. Fantastic's has been bad. But, as Dorothy Gale said, "There's no place like home." I am sure Miss Isabella is getting lonely.

Yesterday, after blobbing around the apartment for a bit, we decided to go out for lunch. Margaritas, baby!

Then, we did a little shopping (chocolate!) and headed back to the apartment.

We watched movies and I ordered a pair of boots (which are supposed to be delivered today. Crazy!). Still no sign of my Nook though. I have emailed B&N service center to see what is up with that. The delivery tracker hasn't changed since 2AM February 9th. That is forked up.

No big weekend plans. Mr. Fantastic will be heading up to Silver Spring on Saturday night, I believe. I guess we will cook dinner on Valentine's Day. and that will be about it. Monday, even though it's a holiday, I may go to work. We shall see.

*smooches*

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snow Boots

Good Morning, Kittens.

Not that I need new snow boots (I have a rockin' pair of Doc Martens ... who knew they even made snow boots?), but I've spent the past week trolling Zappos ... I totes love these two pair:

Polo Ralph Lauren Ranger Sherling Rolldown

and

Polo Ralph Lauren Tavin Rolldown

If you had unlimited funds, which one would you buy? (and you can't say "both")

Lessee ... I am still snowbound in Adams Morgan. I left work last Friday at noon and haven't been back. And, I don't have to go back until Tuesday. Oddly enough, since I'm going a little stir crazy, I'm thinking about heading to the office later today or tomorrow. What up with that?

And, where is my NOOK? WHERE? It's been in Columbia, MD since February 9th according to the tracking website. Anyone want to drive out to Columbia? I hear the snow isn't bad there.

Yesterday, I did my taxes (partially. I realized I'm missing two forms). Which reminded me that I need to start organizing the 10% Refund Challenge. I'll be donating about $100 this year. Last year, 18 people donated a Grand Total of $2633. Let's do better this year :-) ... Details eventually.

Have a great day! *smooches*

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blizzardlicious!

Good Snowy Morning, Kittens.

I'm still hunkered down at Mr. Fantastic's. Yesterday, I managed to make it out to Silver Spring. I cleaned out my refrigerator (three days with no power = gross cheese. srsly). I created a warm little blanket house for Isabella. I figured out what was up with my apartment's electricity (tripped breakers in the boiler room). And, I moved the rest of Jasha's stuff up to SCGB's apartment (where we thought he would be warmer).

Then, I met SCGB for a late lunch at Adega (tomato! basil! soup!). Once we finished, I headed back to DC to await Snowpocalypse Part II (or are we at III now? srsly. Too much snow).

Last night, Mr. Fantastic's roommate stopped by. I won't say much but Much Drama ensued. Watching the interaction of those two was certainly interesting ... Mr. Fantastic trying to be a "nice guy", Roomie being manipulative. Quite interesting. The sad thing is that Mr. Fantastic considers someone who treats him with so little respect and consideration to be his best friend. My advice to him after witnessing them together for just about an hour was "find a new best friend."

Other than the roommate issues, Mr. Fantastic and I have been getting along pretty well (considering we've been snowbound since Friday). And the sex is fun ;-)

Other highlights of the past few days ... We had a Super Bowl Party on Sunday night. K-Factor and the Canadian came over, as well as Ray and his friend, Juan. Mike (Who Makes Cakes) has come over twice to watch movies on Mr. Fantastic's GINORMOUS TV. And, on Monday, we walked to Dupont Circle to meet K-Factor for Monday Margaritas at Alero. The Canadian was supposed to come to, but he was a bit overhung (can't hang with the Big Dawgs!).

Oh, and in the Most Exciting News! I ordered a Nook. Happy Early Birthday to Me! It's supposed to arrive in the next day or so, but, given the weather, who knows when I will actually get it.

And, since none of you have asked ... here's a pic of Mr. Fantastic and a friend (pix in this post were taken on Monday):
Have a great day! *smooches*

Monday, February 08, 2010

Snow.

Good morning, kittens.
 
I've been snowed in with Mr. Fantastic since Friday.  I hope to make it back to Silver Spring at some point today.  The Sligo Co-op finally had power restored at 330AM today.  It had been out since midnight on Friday.  Poor frozen neighbors.
 
I'll fill you in on all the excitement later.  Just wanted to check in to say hi.
 
*smooches*
 
 

Friday, February 05, 2010

Security Now Knows What Color Underwear I Wear

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
As we await Snowpocalypse 2, how about an entertaining little story.  See ... where I work we have to pass through a security check.  Usually our bags are x-rayed and then we go through the little metal detector (which my steel-toed snow boots set off).  Today, however, the x-ray machine was borked ... which meant "visual check by security guy."
 
Please keep in mind that, because I am planning to spend the Snowpocalypse 2 Weekend safely ensconced within Mr. Fantastic's apartment, I packed my knapsack with clothes for several days.  Which the security guard relished rummaging through.  Also keep in mind that since I am planning to spend the Snowpocalypse safely ensconced within Mr. Fantastic's apartment, I may (or may not) have packed cuter underwear than I normally would pack.  Just sayin'.
 
Anywayz ... we should be getting Early Release from work today (12:30!  Boo-yah!).  Then, I'm heading over to Mr. Fantastic's.  Later tonight, I invited several friends over to watch movies on his GINORMOUS TV.  I don't know if they will come or not.  Maybe the DC-based ones will. 
 
No other plans for the rest of the weekend ... maybe going to Barnes and Nobles to check out the Nook.  Maybe going to check out birthday party venues.  More than likely having some red hot luvin'.
 
Have a safe and happy weekend!  Stay warm.
 
*smooches*

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Why I Hate Groundhogs

Good Morning, Kittens.
 
Are you bundled up?  Out shopping for supplies - bread, milk, toilet paper, gin?  Yes, it's SnowPocalypse Eve Part Deux. 
 
WTF?  If I had wanted this much snow, I would have moved to fucking Michigan (or Canadia!). But I didn't.  I live in the South!  Below the Mason-Dixon Line.  We are not supposed to get two 12"+ snows in the same winter.  My contract specifically states that we get ONE snow (of less than 6") only per winter.  And that should be all gone by the next day.  Alas, here we are, anxiously awaiting the Storm of the Century (Part 2!).  I am going to brave the stores, because I need chips and salsa and popcorn and something for dinner.
 
And gin.  I'm out of gin.  Why is life so cruel?
 
No exciting news from yesterday, unfortunately.  I spent most of the evening doing laundry and catching up with friends on the phone.  At least, when I'm buried under an avalanche, I'll have clean undies on.
 
Have a great day!  *smooches*

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

My Kingdom for an Egg and Cheese Biscuit

Good Morning, Kittens!
 
What a day yesterday, huh?  I am exhausted.
 
After work, I headed over to Mr. Fantastic's house.  We watched a Star Trek: the Next Generation marathon on his HUGE TV.  Then, we ordered chinese take out from Mr. Chen's Organic.  Yum Yum Yum!
 
Then, it started to snow.  And we watched that (and had teh secks).  And, then we watched "The Devil Wears Prada" and had more of teh secks.
 
And, then we went to bed.  and, um, well, y'know ... *ahem*
 
And, then, I got up this morning and made him check the OPM website from his phone to see if work was cancelled.  It wasn't.  It wasn't even forking delayed for an hour or two.  So, after a little more *ahem* y'know ... we got up and I got ready for work.
 
He walked with me to the metro station.  So sweet.
 
But, yeah, so tired.
 
And I like him a lot.
 
*smooches*
 
 
 
 

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Today Was Busy

Good Afternoon, Kittens.
 
Here it is almost Go Home Time and I *finally* have a moment to fill you in on my life.
 
Yesterday, I had a conversation with a manager who instructed me to do something which I felt was slightly unethical.  I still did it (because I was told to); however, I am keeping records and my name is not on the project.  I don't think anything will come of it, but it made me feel slightly icky.
 
After work, I met Mr. Fantastic for dinner.  We went to Ulah Bistro on U Street.  I had the white bean vegetarian burger.  Nom.  And a martini.  And a glass of wine.  Tasty.  Although I was tempted to go back to his place for a bit, I had to head home.  Lots of things to do there.
 
I let the Guest Kitteh out of his room for awhile.  I checked email.  I washed dishes.  I contemplated various outfits for work today.  I *ahem* packed an overnight bag, and, then, I went to bed.
 
This morning, the nationwide manager of my program came for a site visit.  He and another gentleman helped me set up a database, which -once I learn to use it properly- will be very very helpful.  They were quite informative and friendly, but I was still a bit stressed out during their visit.
 
They left around 2:30 and I breathed a huge sigh of relief.  *SIGH*
 
Tonight, I am heading over to Mr. Fantastic's apartment for a little sleepover.  Should be a fun time.  SCGB has promised to visit my apartment to spend some quality time with the kittehs tonight.  He's so awesome.
 
And, it's supposed to snow tonight.  I wonder if it will?
 
Have a great rest of your day!  *smooches*

Monday, February 01, 2010

Weekend Update: Mr. Fantastic Edition

0201100810.jpgGood Morning, Kittens. I'm trying a new thing and posting a photo via an email posting. Since, I can't view my blog at work, would someone be so kind as to let me know (either via comment or personal email) if it worked? Thx.

My weekend was SuperFuntastic! Friday night, I did nothing. Yay. I went to bed early. Yay!

On Saturday, I got up, did a little cleaning, and headed to the grocery store (in the snow!). Mr. Fantastic called to say he was running late (we were to meet at noon), so I headed to Adega to make some wine purchases and eat a plate of eggplant fries. Yumz.

Mr. Fantastic met me there around 12:30ish. He had a bite to eat and we trudged through the snow back to my place ... we blobbed on the sofa, talking and watching movies (and "watching movies"). That evening, with the snow still falling, we decided to eat in rather than braving the elements to eat in Downtown Silver Spring. I made black bean chili and rice. We drank wine.

Later, K-factor and the Canadian came over to watch Lara Croft Tomb Raider (and drink Cava). After they left, we watched Harry Potter 6 and went to bed.

Bed time was fun.

Sunday morning bed time was fun too. *wink wink*

Of course, it was cold out so I cancelled my plans to head into the District. Instead, we blobbed on the sofa and watched movies. Later in the afternoon, we headed up to Tomokito's for some wine and hanging out with the Baby Hana.

After the wine, we headed back downstairs and ordered pizza. Mmm. Pizza.

He left around 8:30. I did a few little chores and then went to bed (alone. *le sigh*).

Today is going to be SuperBusy at work (if I can get motivated and stop thinking about Mr. Fantastic). Tomorrow will be busy too, but I may be treating myself to a sleepover at his place afterwards. *hehe*

Have a great Monday! *smooches*