Friday, December 30, 2011

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

Good Morning, Kittens!

It's the last workday of the year! YAY! And, there are only two of us in the office today. YAY! All I have to do is pound out my monthly report for December and, then, I am surfing the internetz for the rest of the day. SUH-weet.

So, last night, I had a first date with this guy, R, who I met on OKCupid. He seems nice enough, but he, like the few other guys I have met on that site, has the slight whiff of desperation about him. Or something. Or a tinge of the crazy. I'm not sure what it says about me since I am also on the site. Or maybe I am sure, but I am unwilling to admit it.

ANYWAY, we met at the Clarendon metro station (in Arlington ... where I did see some guy wearing brown flip-flops (um? hello? it was 30 degrees outside. Put on some fucking shoes and sucks, douchebag!)). On the way to the little coffeeshop place, I unexpectedly ran into my
friend, Carolyn. So totally random! She got a new (and awesome) job in Pennsylvania and is only in town for a few days. We are going to get together for brunch on Monday. YAY! A great way to start the New Year, for SURE!

Back to the date, very nice. Handsome. Very talky. And a bit too into the fitness/exercise/gym scene. Apparently, he used to be overweight and is now all into being exercise-y. I, on the otherhand, have neither been overweight nor have ever been into being all exercise-y.

So, to sum up: nice guy. handsome. possibly slightly crazy. really not much spark. but, overall, worthy of a second date, i think.

AND, for the rest of the weekend ... tonight, I am having a New Year's Eve Eve celebration with Eric from Baltimore, Tomokito, and SCGB. I also invited the young (well-hung) ex-Marine. A couple of days ago he said he might come; however, he is also a little flaky. I am not
holding my breath. We are going to Nellie's for happy hour and then to Alero for foodz. YUM!

On New Year's Eve, I will be spending the day scouring my filthy house. I am determined to start the New Year with a clean (and mostly cat-hair free) home. Then, in the evening, I believe I am hanging out and having sake with Tomokito (and Hana).

Sunday, I am having boozy lunch with A (from two summers ago. He texted me out of the blue last night). And, on Monday (Federal Holiday! YAY!), I am meeting Carolyn for brunch. At some point during those two days, I also need to do major grocery shopping (Hello, $75 Trader Joe's gift card from my parents) and ironing (yuck). And probably some martini drinking ... Y'know ...

Well, have a wonderful weekend and a Happy New Year!
*fingers crossed that 2012 is a good year for us all (but, especially, me)*
See you on the flip side!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

A Year of Good (and some Bad) Books

Good Morning, Kittens!

As 2011 draws to a close (hurrah!), I thought it would be fun to take a quick minute to list the books that I've read this year. Most of them were very good. A couple were truly awful (I'm looking at you, "The Lost Symbol" and "The Land of Painted Caves.").

Without further ado, in (close approximation of) the order in which I read them, here are the Books of 2011:

1. An Object of Beauty by Steve Martin
2. I Am Not Myself These Days by Josh Kilmer-Purcell
3. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
4. The Surrendered by Chang Rae-Lee
5. The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
6. The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #1) by Rick Riordan
7. The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #2) by Rick Riordan
8. The Titan's Curse (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #3) by Rick Riordan
9. The Land of Painted Caves (Earth's Children #6) by Jean M. Auel
10. The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #4) by Rick Riordan
11. Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell
12. The Last Olympian (Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series #5) by Rick Riordan
13. Border Dilemmas: Racial and National Uncertainties in New Mexico, 1848-1912
14. The Beak of the Finch: A Story of Evolution in Our Time by Jonathan Weiner
15. Clown Girl by Monica Drake
16. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
17. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver
18. The Birth of Venus: A Novel by Sarah Dunant
19. Tomatoland: How Modern Agriculture Destroyed Our Most Alluring Fruit by Barry Estabrook
20. Emma by Jane Austen
21. In War Times by Kathleen Ann Goonan
22. Lady Susan by Jane Austen
23. 10 Ways to Recycle a Corpse and 100 More Dreadfully Distasteful Lists by Karl Shaw
24. Centuries of June by Keith Donahue
25. The Secret Lives of Hoarders: True Stories of Tackling Extreme
Clutter by Matt Paxton
26. Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

I also re-read the Thursday Next Series by Jasper Fforde (5 books) and the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (3 books).

I am trying to finish "The Family Fang" by Kevin Wilson before the New Year.

Interestingly enough, only two of the books I read in 2011 were not on my nook, "The Beak of the Finch" and "Border Dilemmas." I *heart* my nook (sad little first generation nook that it is).

As for 2012, so far I have purchased, "Back to Work: Why We Need Smart Government for a Strong Economy" by Bill Clinton and "J. Edgar Hoover: The Man and the Secrets" by Curt Gentry. I will also continue to work my way through the Jane Austen canon. Good times.

As always, I am open to your 2012 reading suggestions!

Have a great day!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Weekend Update: Xmas Edition

Good morning, Kittens.

It's a lonely morning here at the office. Where is everyone? I have no idea. Possibly still sleeping off their holiday hangovers ... which is where I wish I could be. Oh, well ...

Anyway, I had a pretty good weekend in NC. My flight on Thursday was uneventful and on time! Yay! So, I arrived around 9:30PM. My parents picked me up. We went back to my brother's house. I ate a sandwich and went to bed. Good times.

Friday, the highlight of the day was meeting several college friends at the Village Tavern. It was great fun to see them, catch up, and hang out. In the evening, the brother, his GF, and I went to a Christmas Eve Eve drinkfest at some bar. Good times.

Saturday, I cooked dinner - Winter Vegetable Sheperd's Pie. I posted the recipe on Facebook a few days ago, I think. Anyway, it was quite tasty. Then, we went to an evening Xmas Eve service. Yes, I went inside a church ... and SURVIVED!

Xmas morning, we all opened our presents. I got a Nike+GPS watch. Yay! and a cute pair of shoes and a nice dress shirt. I also some gift cards to Target, Trader Joe's, and iTunes. Overall, a pretty good haul.

And, on Monday, the parents and I had lunch with Liz (aka. the president of my Greensboro Fan Club) at a Thai restaurant. Fun to see her. The food was kinda *meh*.

And, then, the folks drove me to the airport. I had just enough time for a martini and a G&T before boarding. I arrived home around 7:30PM, picked up my mail from Tomoko, ate a quick dinner, and went to bed.

If you'd like to see some pictures from my weekend, they are here:

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Good morning, sweet and peppermint-flavored candy-coated Kittens!
After work this evening, I'll be heading Home for the Holidays (I'm a home for the holidays Superhero).  Except I sort of consider Silver Spring "home" ... so I'll be going to that other "home" - North Carolina.  And, once there, I won't even be "home," I'll be at my brother's house.  In fact, I'm not even sure where "home" would be in North Carolina.  My parents' house doesn't seem like "home" either. Nevertheless, I will be going "home" to Greensboro, NC.  Good times.
Whilst there, besides the usual Xmas festivities (a.k.a. my family bickering with each other), I will be meeting up with a group of my college friends.  That should be fun.  I'm looking forward to seeing them.  And, hopefully, I will be able to have drinks or something with my Greensboro Fan Club.  And the food and the cookies and the games and the hidden bottles of likker (because my parents don't drink).  Good times, for sure.
I'm supposed to cook a meal at some point (feat. brussels sprouts) for the family.  No idea what I'm going to do.  Maybe something with polenta?  Hm.  I need to get on Epicurious and figure it out.  I'm open to suggestions.
I'll be back on Monday evening, and I'll more than likely be tweeting and facebooking my misery (and joy?).  Follow along there.
Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful Xmas. And/or a fantastic 5th/6th night of Chanukah.  And/or a brilliant post-Winter Solstice Celebration.  And/or a simply fabulous pre-Kwanzaa. Oh, Saturnalia.  Can't forget Saturnalia.  Have a good one of those, too!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

VUBOQ Gets Political (or, well, rants a bit)

Good morning, kittens.
I would like to thank the Congressional Republicans for f**king me over.  They say they are all for cutting taxes and blah, blah, blah.  I guess we all know that is a big ol' pile of poop, since they have all gone on their Happy Holiday Vacations while letting the payroll tax cut lapse.
I guess when you make hundreds of thousands of dollars a year that tax cut doesn't matter.  Well, it mattered to me.  Without the payroll tax cut, my paycheck is going to drop about $100(ish) a month.  Add to that that with their Congressional Inaction, my metro benefits are also being cut ... which means I will have to be paying about $25-50/month more for public transportation.  AND, (although I can't really blame Congress for this ...), my mortgage interest has increased, so my monthly payment for that is going up about $30/month.
So, in total, I'm getting a $150/month pay cut.  $1800 less this year.  Way to spur the economy.  Fingers crossed my company did well and can afford to give me a decent raise.  Otherwise, I will be cutting back, spending less (except on shoes!), and trying to economize.  BAH. 
Congress sucks.
In other news, I am *almost* finished the StickSteven 2011 Year in Review.
AND, I only have one more day of work (after this one) before I fly to NC for the Xmas.
Good times, yo.
Have a great day!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Weekend Update: City of Brothers Who LoveEdition

Good Morning, Kittens!

OMG! It's the week before Xmas (and I still haven't drawn my StickSteven Year in Review letter ... ugh).

Anywayz ... I had a mostly fabulous weekend.

On Friday, after work, I had plans to meet up with my friend, Eric (Not From Baltimore). However, I got out of work at 4 and we weren't meeting until 6:30.

So, I did the most natural thing I could think of ... I went to a bar and had several drinks (and read a book). Once we did finally meet up, we had dinner at the Heights in Columbia Heights. It was pretty good. I had the side platter - mashed potatoes, butternut squash, and brussels sprouts. Nomz.

It was a good time.

We parted ways - He to meet up with his bf, and I headed home. And, that's when the fun really started.

As I rounded the construction at Silver Spring Metro Station, I was texting and misjudged the curb. WHOOOPS! And there I fell, arms and legs akimbo. Fortunately, my phone survived with just a few scratches on the sides.

I have a large bruise on my knee and this:


Yeah. Ouch. It has scabbed over, but is still kinda painful.

Saturday morning, I woke up early and headed to Union Station to catch the bus to Philadelphia.

I arrived at 30th St. Station around noon. I walked around a bit and stumbled into this really yummy restaurant near Rittenhouse Square, Tria.

They had rosemary potato chips!

Potato chips

And, I had a spinach, mushroom, and cheese panini.


and I may have also had several glasses of wine.

Then, I walked up to Love Park to the Christmas Village. A guy I met online (but had never met IRL) was working at the Mulled Wine Shop. I got a cute little mug filled with mulled wine:

Christmas village

The guy was really nice (and cute ...). We walked around the Village and had a nice chat. I am kicking myself because I forgot to take a photo of us. Oh, well ... next time.

Then, I ventured onto the Philly Subway to go to Lora and Dave's Annual liday Spectacular. And, it was spectacular. They have a lot of friends! And lots of good food. And lots and lots and lots of booze. Lots. of. booze.

Around 9PM, Dave drove me back to the train station ... and I came home on the Amtrak. I think I slept most of the way.

I got back to my place around midnight:30. And went to bed almost immediately.

Sunday? Very. Hung. Over. *ugh*

And, that was my weekend! Have a great day!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Finally Friday

Good Afternoon, my Fine Young Kittens!
I had my post-op doctor's appointment this morning.  And, it was the fastest freakin' doctor's appointment I've ever had.  My appointment was at 9:30AM.  I got there around 9:15.  Before I had even settled in to the waiting room, they called me back.  Doctor came in.  Talked.  Left.  Done. and, I was running to catch a 9:30 bus to the metro station.
As for the actual appointment, there was much good news.  No cancer.  Very low chance of future cancer.  Healing nicely.  Huzzah!  Someone is having a martini (or two ... or, y'know, seven) tonight!  Let's hope that we are done with this mess for a long, long while.
And, my bloggy gift exchange recipient received his package yesterday.  AND, it arrived in one piece ... as opposed to several pieces, which has been known to happen when I have shipped the breakables in the past.  *whew*  I wonder when I will be getting my package?  And what (or who?!?!) will be in it?
As for my exciting weekend plans, I believe I already shared with you that I will be heading up to the City of the Brothers Who Love on Saturday morning for an afternoon and evening of holiday boozing and celebrating.  The Candy Cane Vodka is ready for the trip!  It tastes like candy canes ... and vodka.  I can't wait.
Tonight, we finish work at 4 (yay!). I am meeting a friend for drinks/food in Columbia Heights at 6:30.  Should be fun.
And, on Sunday, I plan on sleeping late and then doing fun stuff like ironing and grocery shopping.  Oh, the good times.
Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My Life is Dull

Good almost afternoon, kittens!
The longest week ever (a.k.a the first week back after being off) is slowly grinding towards a close.  I was supposed to have the morning off to go to the surgeon for my post-op follow-up, but the doctor changed the appointment to tomorrow morning.  I was really looking forward to sleeping in this morning.  Oh, well.
Last night, I started some Candy Cane Vodka.  so easy to do.  Crunch up about a dozen regular size candy canes and let them slowly dissolve into a fifth of vodka.  Pepperminty goodness, fer sure.  It tastes a bit like peppermint schnapps when it is finished.  I'll be hauling that shit up to Philadelphia on Saturday for Lora's fabulous (so I've heard) holiday party.
I talked to my BFF from college last night as well (while I was doing laundry).  We're going to meet up while I'm in NC for Xmas.  It looks like I'll be able to see several other college friends as well.  Yay!
And, that's about all that's new here in Vutopia.
Enjoy the rest of your day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My Life So Far

Good morning, kittens.
I am one v. tired v.uboq this morning.  I woke up at 3 this morning to go to the bathroom, but I couldn't fall back asleep.  I am blaming recently giving up the night-time Percocets for this calamity. 
So ... lessee ... what has been going on in Vutopia?  Hm.  On Sunday, I ventured out of the house to attend a social event for the first time since the surgery.  The German and His Wife held a yummy holiday brunch.  It was fun.  Interacting with people after prolonged solitude was difficult.  and weird. 
After brunch, I met a friend for a late lunch at Alero in Dupont Circle.  That was fun as well.  At the end of lunch, he offered to drive me back to Silver Spring.  Huzzah.  Except we spent over an hour walking around trying to find his car.  He couldn't remember where he had parked.  I was tired and my butt hurt, so I took the bus home.  He texted later to say that he eventually found his car ... we had walked by it at least twice.  Srsly.  Ugh.
And, yesterday was my first day back at work.  I didn't do much but catch up on a bunch of stuff.  I was very glad when 5PM rolled around.  It was a long day.  I was tired, but at least I wore cute new(ish) shoes. I came home, made some chili, read for a bit, and went to bed.
Oh, my exciting life.
Have a great day!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Week Update: What I've Been Doing Edition

Good Afternoon, Kittens.

Well, it's been awhile, hasn't it? I would have blogged more whilst in Recuperation Mode; however, I didn't really do much other than sit on the sofa, take Percocet and have Very Weird Dreams. All of the days of the past week have sort of blurred into one big, very long day.

Fortunately, the PWS was not nearly as horrible as last time. I don't know if that's because the surgery was not as invasive/extensive as last time or if I took more Percocet. Anyway, can't complain about less PWS, that's fer sure.

I did manage, in my drug-fueled haze, to get a few things done ... I sorted a huge pile of papers into Shred, Toss, File, and Taxes piles ... and then filed and tossed the File, Tax and Toss piles. Shred is still sitting there waiting for me to borrow a neighbor's shredder.

AND, I created a HUGE mess trying to get several packages ready to mail:

AND, I finished knitting the Panda Scarf for my BFF from college (except I still need to attach the eyes. No idea how to do that. Help?):

AND, I started knitting ribbed and tweedy sock Number 2:

AND, I've watched Harry Potter 1-7B more times than I'd like to admit.

I think I will take a nap now. Yay Nap!


Monday, December 05, 2011

Weekend Update: Percoset-Infused Vodka Was a Bad Idea Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

As you may remember, I was surgered on Friday. Everything seems to have happened as planned. I spent most of Friday and Saturday and Sunday popping pills and sleeping.

On the plus side, this surgery does not seem as bad. So, fingers crossed that the recovery will happen more quickly than last time.

During the times I was awake over the weekend, I managed to spend lots of money! Yay!

I registered for the Spring semester of pottery class. And, then, I bought a bus and train ticket to Philadelphia to go to a Holiday Party (I'm hoping I feel better by then, but if not, I should be able to exchange them for later dates). And, then, Mush sent me a Barnes & Noble gift card so I went shopping for Nook Books. Yay!

And, that's about it. Other than sleeping. Eating. Drinking. and Slightly Painful Pooping. Great weekend.

Have a wonderful Monday. I'm off all week!

Friday, December 02, 2011

Calendar Boy

Good Morning, Kittens.

And, just like that, it's December.

As some of you may know, there is a group of Bloggy Friends that put together a calendar each year. This year, it was a swimsuit calendar, and I am December!

Swimsuit by Hugo Boss. Body by Genetics (and Carl). Awesome Photoshopping by Michelle M

For next year's calendar, I get to wear a lot more clothes. Yay!

Have a great day! Send me good vibes as I get surgered (around 10AM).

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Here We Go Again

Good afternoon, kittens!
Sorry all has been quiet on the Vuboqern Front recently.  Not much exciting has happened since the Weekend and the Day of the Giving of Thanks.  I've mostly spent my days working and my evenings drinking and running errands (not always in that order).
Tomorrow morning, I am having *another* surgery.  UGHZ.  According to the surgeon, one in ten people need a follow-up procedure.  Hurrah.  I am lucky.  I have to be at the hospital at 8AM.  The surgery is scheduled for 10.  Hopefully, I will be back home and in some sort of Percocet Haze by around 1. 
I have taken all of next week off to recover.  The surgeon also said that the follow-up surgeries usually aren't as bad, so I may not need the whole time.  We'll see.
I am hoping that I will be able to do a lot of the following:
-Blobbing on the sofa
-Watching lots and lots of DVDs (I now own all 8 Harry Potter DVDs)
-Knitting (I have 4 projects that I need to get to work on: finishing up the Panda Scarf, working on the seamless sweater, starting a sock to match the one I finished months ago, and casting on of the Dragon Scarf)
-Job hunting
-Cleaning up the spare room (at least getting my files organized for my taxes)
-Drawing StickSteven's 2011 Annual Holiday Letter
-AND, experimenting with Percocet Cocktail Recipes.
Have a great rest of the day! 
And, I'll provide updates later this weekend, I'm sure.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Weekend Update: Giving Thanks/Drinking Booze Edition

Good morning, kittens!
What a wacky, booze-filled weekend I just had ... So, on Wednesday, we got out of work early (3PM!). Yay!  I went home.  Blobbed and did laundry.  Who knows how to have a rockin' good time?  Oh, yeah.  That would be me.
On Thursday (aka Thanksgiving), I gathered with a group of friends and neighbors and we ran a 10K through downtown Silver Spring and Sligo Creek Park.  It was a lot of fun. The weather was awesome.  We finished in just under an hour, and, then, after cleaning up, we had brunch at K-Factor and the Canadian's place.  There was much mimosas.
At 1PM, I had to leave the brunch and quickly cook brussels sprouts for dinner at Brian's house in DC.  They said to meet at 3.  I figured we would have drinks and appetizers followed by dinner around 5 or so.  I arrived at 3:30, and everyone was sitting at the table ready to eat.  srsly?  I was still full (and a little drunk) from brunch.
After dinner, we watched a movie, Crazy Stupid Love.  It was cute, but I started to get a champagne hangover.  I left around 6, got home at 7, and blobbed on the sofa for the rest of the evening.
Friday, I did nothing.  Tomokito and I went out for afternoon drinks around 3. That was fun.
Saturday, our building had a Leaf Raking Party.  Yay. Raking leaves.  So much fun.  (not really).
That evening, I headed to Mike (Who Makes Cakes)'s house for pizza.  My ex, Y, was visiting from NYC, and he brought his new BF.  I was relieved that I am much cuter than the new BF, who -while nice enough- seems youngish and a little chubby.  And, as GayProf wisely said, "Fat and young now means fatter and older later." Apparently, we are cruel bitches.
Sunday, I put up my Xmas decorations, lights in the window and the purple! tinsel! tree!  I ironed a metric shit-ton of shirts. Then, Tomokito came down for afternoon cocktail hour.
And, I spent the evening blobbing and dreading work today.
Good times!
Have a great day!

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Eve

Good Morning, Kittens!
Since I last updated, not a whole lot has happened ... Pottery class on Monday night was uneventful.  I glazed two bowls.  I still have three more which haven't been bisque fired. Hopefully, they will be before the final glaze firing (which is now next Tuesday).  Last night, I called my BFF from College to wish her a (slightly) belated happy birthday.  And, I blobbed around the house.
My building has also been without hot water since Sunday afternoon.  That was *finally* fixed yesterday.  Huzzah.  Hot showers are a beautiful thing.
Today, I am hoping we will be granted an Early Release.  And, then, I will do laundry.  And, as we all do on Thanksgiving Eve, I will snuggle warm in my bed while visions of sugar plums dance through my head ... or something like that.
As for the long (four day!) holiday weekend, I don't have a lot planned.  For Thanksgiving, my neighbors and I have organized a 10K run, followed by brunch.  We have t-shirts
After brunch, I will need to cook up some brussels sprouts to take to Brianna's house for a 3PM Thanksgiving Dinner/Potluck-like Thing.
And, that's really all the plans I have.  I am thinking I will be hanging out with Ray on Friday at some point.  And, I should do some cleaning and organizing and getting ready for next week. 
I think that's about it.
Have a great day and, for those of you who celebrate it, a Happy Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Week Update: Holy Cow, I Keep Forgetting to Post

Good Morning, Kittens!
Terribly sorry for the lack of posting ... I'd say I've been busy, but -actually- I'm just lazy.
So ... let's see ... where did we leave off ... last Monday's penultimate pottery class was good.  I trimmed 5 bowls. 
Tuesday, I did laundry (a day early, because ...)
Wednesday, I had an after work happy hour with my company people.  I left work early (around noon) to have a visit with the surgeon.  And, guess what?  I get to have surgery AGAIN!  YAY!
Or, well, not yay.  Because PWS*?  Not Fun.  I've scheduled it for Friday, December 2nd.  Woo hoo.  Which means, I will be missing out on lots of fun Holiday parties.  Boo.  But, hopefully, I will be recovered enough to not be Super Mr. Crankypants while I'm at my brother's house over the holiday.
SO, after receiving that wonderful news, I went to happy hour.  Since it was a work-thing, I try to limit my alcohol consumption.  No one likes to get ubersloshed in front of their bosses.  I was not entirely successful.  I did not get ubersloshed; however, I did get slightly tipsy.  Grrr.
Thursday, our new division chief guy had a "team-building" luncheon at a place that had NO vegetarian options (I had checked ahead so I brought my lunch).  We had to wear these horrible matching shirts.  Vomit.  On the plus side, the new division chief guy dismissed us after the lunch.  YAY!  Of course, I had evening plans in the District.  So, my co-worker and I went shopping and then drinking at Capitol City Brewery. 
That evening, I journeyed to H St, NE, to visit my friend, Barbara.  And meet her new boo.  That was fun.  Cocktails.  Snacks.  Good conversation.
Friday, at work, the Cleaning and Organizing Bug struck.  A co-worker and I cleaned out and organized our supply cabinets and closet.  They are so nice and tidy now.  Yay!  After work, I blobbed on the sofa.  Yay for blobbing.
Saturday, I had dinner with Mike (Who Makes Cakes).  Then, we went to Ray's 30th Birthday party at Melting Pot, where I realized that I don't really enjoy fondue all that much.  It was fine.  Nice people. Decent drinks.  But, I don't feel any need to ever go there again.
And, Sunday was totally not my day.  I planned to get up early to go to the Whole Foods before the Weekend Thanksgiving Shoppers descended like locusts.  However, I did not get up early.  And when I finally got to the store, I realized I had forgotten my wallet.  I went back home and did some housework until time to drive to pottery.  Once at pottery, nothing I had made was ready to be glazed.  Grr.  However, I did have some finished bowls and vases.  Unfortunately, one vase had some broken glaze.  I managed to slice my thumb open on the sharp edges.  Ouch.  AND, when I got home, Tomokito called to see if I had hot water.  I didn't.  It turns out our building's hot water heater broke somehow.
The plumbers came, but they can't fix it.  Which meant a very cold shower this morning.  K-brrrrr.  The plumbers left.  I walked to the Whole Foods and, then, treated myself to some drunken noodle at That at Silver Spring.
Then, home and -eventually- bed.  Yay!
Today is the last pottery class.  fingers crossed that they did a bisque-firing and I can glaze my pots.  Otherwise, it will be a sad, sad Xmas for some ...
Have a great day!  *smooches*
*pooping while screaming

Monday, November 14, 2011

Weekend Update: Fun with Cupcake Edition

Good Afternoon, Kittens!

Happy Monday! I am so glad that I am not working today! Yay me!

My (extra-long, four-day) weekend has been SuperAwesome.

Thursday, after work, I had my hairz did. Then, I met Mike (Who Makes Cakes) for dinner at El Guapo. Spinach! Enchiladas! YAY! Then, I went home.

On Friday, I mostly blobbed about all day. K-Factor and I had boozy lunch at Adega. I took a nap. That evening, I had a date with V. You may remember V as the guy from a few weeks ago who I went out with, had four cocktails on an empty stomach and ended up having a little too much fun in his car in my building's parking lot.

WELL, this time, I thought to eat. And still had a cocktail or two. But, had enough sense to bring it inside. We had some good times *wink wink nudge nudge*

On Saturday morning, I did a little (very little) cleaning and tidying. Around 3PM, my former neighbor (who used to be referred to as DUN, but isn't diagonally upstairs anymore) and her brother, SCGB, came over for a visit. K-Factor and Tomokito and (no longer a baby) Baby Hana joined us. Boozy good times.

Then, I threw them all out and got on the Metro to my co-worker's house-warming in Germantown (or Gaithursburg?). Her house is HUGE! I think the turn-out was not as large as she hoped, but I still had fun. AND, they drove me home. HUZZAH! That was much better than a drunken hour-long Metro ride.

Sunday morning. Very. Hung.Over. BUT, I still managed to make it to pottery studio, where I managed to throw 3 not-completely-horrible bowls:

Trio of Bowls

I blobbed for a bit longer, and, then, I headed into the city to meet the SuperFantastic Ryan(WithCupcake). OMG! He is SUCH the nice guy. See:

We had drinks at Nellie's (which was surprisingly crowded and way too noisy for me. What can I say? I am old). Then, we walked to Busboys and Poets for dinner. Nom! For dessert, we had pumpkin ice cream. It was delicious! (and had bits of crust in it, which was weird).

I went home. Ryan(WithCupcake) went to meet up with his fellow conference attendees.

This morning, I had a doctor's appointment to check my vitamin levels. Everything seems to be in order with the supplements I am taking. But, my blood pressure is ridiculously high. I need to keep an eye on it. Ughz.

For the rest of the afternoon, I'm going to be running some errands, napping, and, then, heading off to pottery class.

Good times!
Have a great day!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

I Have a Complex

(I also have a tapeworm, named Carl ... but's that a story for another post)

Good morning, Kittens.

As you may know, I am not really dating anyone seriously right now (b/c, y'know, a certain someone is in Las Vegas and the other guys I have been seeing have not been panning out). BUT, I do maintain a couple of profiles on a couple of "dating" sites.

I realize that the majority of men do not use these sites to date. I do. I have met several fun friends and gone on some cool dates with guys off these sites.

Recently on one of them, I have received a flurry of emails (OK, 3 emails, spread over about a week) from a man in Baltimore.

Now, (1) Baltimore is too far for me, and (2), while this guy said in his profile he is 40, he must've had a hard, hard life (and not moisturized regularly).

Anyway, he seemed nice enough, but I am not at all attracted to him or interested in meeting him. I could only see the emails continuing, so, after the third email, I sent him the following:

Thank you for the compliments and your several emails. I apologize for not responding sooner; however, while I certainly admire your tenacity, I am not interested in exploring the possibilities of "something more." Good luck with your search (and, even though [online dating site] may not be the ideal place to search for it, I do believe it is possible).

I thought it was polite and to the point (read: leave me alone, plz). Then, I get this response:

well best of wishes and take care, well no surprise here. Generally I don't find it a bit surprising being the majority of the older guys in the gay community have a complex that kinda strange. I guess its just the city over there. Good luck to you.

OLDER GUYS?!?! COMPLEX?!?! What about my email made him think I have a complex? Srsly. I kind of want to write him back and be all "um. hwhat? I just don't find you attractive and was trying to be polite. Sorry."

Some people. *sigh*

In other exciting news, at work yesterday, an indirect supervisor called me into his office and said, "This isn't about work. But, what do you think about me as a person? How would you describe me?"

um. hwhat?

So, I lied.

And all was well.

Today, after work, I am getting my hairz did. Yay! And, then, I am meeting Mike (Who Makes Cakes) for dinner.

It's a long weekend for me. Federal Holiday on Friday (Yay Veterans!) and Monday is our regular day off. Suh-weet!

If I remember, I'll try to post a 12 of 12 ... I wouldn't hold your breath though.

Have a great day and a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

VUBOQ Does a Good Deed

Good morning, Kittens.

Guess what day it is?



But, it is also some sort of charity day in the DC/Metro region called "Give to the Max Day." Now, I know a Max, and I wouldn't suggest giving him any moneyz (I won't say why, but it rhymes with "Bot Brustworthy." It could also rhyme with "Bill Bonly Bend Bit Bon Brostitutes." No judgment, just sayin'). However, if you have a few pennies to throw at some local charities, you might want to consider it.

There is a cute story about how I came about learning that today is "Give to (not just any but) the Max Day" ...

A friend of mine (who happens to be a well-hung 26-year-old ex-Marine) mentioned that he is wanting to volunteer to help the homeless.

And, I just so happen to have two very wonderful and generous-with-their-time neighbors (K-Factor and the Canadian) who volunteer with a local organization, Miriam's Kitchen. So, I shot them an email to get the contact information for the volunteer coordinator.

Later that day, I receive an unsolicited email from (can you guess who?) ...

A volunteer at Miriam's Kitchen! Isn't that crazy?

And, not only is he a volunteer at Miriam's Kitchen, he is all soliciting Social Media (like, y'know, Very Popular Blogs) to spread the word about "Give to the (Not TJ, but) the Max Day."

And, I was, like, WHOA! CRAZY! Look, here's a cute little link he sent to promote the day.

So, that's what I'm doing. I mean, I cleaned out my closet and gave Miriam's Kitchen 13 Winter Coats; the least I could do is give them a bloggy shout out.

Go. Give. Feel good (better?) about yourselves.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 08, 2011


Good morning, Kittens.
Last night was pottery class.  Some days you throw the clay.  And other days the clay throws you ... I was out of clay.  Even though there are only 3 classes left (and just 2 before the final bisque kiln firing), I bought a new bag.  $25.  I like new bags of clay better than recycled clay.  New bags of clay are clean, heavy cubes.  Recycled clay tends to be soggy and lumpy and sometimes has non-clay things in it (bits of sponge and shredded rubber tools).
I won't use all of my new clay in the next two weeks, but there is always next session. Right?
And, so I took the new bag of clay and wedged three pieces.  The first one was 3 pounds.  The second and third were between 2.25 and 2.50 pounds.  I turned three pounds of clay into a fairly decent bowl.  And I turned 2.25 pounds and 2.50 pounds of clay into wetter, blobbier blobs of clay.  The clay threw me.  And, after the second failed pot, I knew that I wasn't going to accomplish anything else in class.  So, I cleaned up my work space, shoved the wetter, blobbier blobs of clay back into the bag, and headed home.
where I had a glass of wine and some cheese and crackers while I washed the dishes and picked out my clothes for today.
And, then, I went to bed.
Have a great day!

Monday, November 07, 2011

Weekend Update: One is the Lonelinest Number Edition

Good afternoon, Kittens. 
I'm a little late on the post-weekend update because I had to wait for the plumber this morning (and by "plumber" I mean "my friend, the Nuge").
So, Friday, after work, I made mashed potatoes and sauteed red kale and quorn chik'n cutlet w/ gruyere.  NOMz!  And then I watched DVDs and drank too much.
On Saturday, I was uberproductive!  I got up and went for a 6.2 mile run (checking the route for the Sligo Co-op 10K and Brunch, which takes place Thanksgiving morning).  I took down my Halloween decorations, and I broke my kitchen sink ...
Well, in trying to fix my kitchen sink, I made it worse.  Drippy McDripsalot!  Fortunately, the Nuge provided some over-the-phone guidance to staunch the flow of water.  Yayz. 
And, then, I divvied up my Habenero Hot Sauce into cute little jars to give away to people who like Habenero Hot Sauce.
And, then, I ironed 10 shirts and 2 pairs of pants.
And, then, I blobbed on the sofa drinking myself into a comfortable haze.
Sunday morning, I was up. very. early.  Time change.  Yay.  So I cleaned.  And started a knitting project.
Then, I went to the pottery studio.  Several pieces were out of the kiln, like this one ... and this one. I glazed a little pitcher and a bowl.  And I threw another bowl.  I am almost out of clay.  And there are still 3 more classes left (I think).
Once home, I discovered that Isabella had decided to use my knitting project as a fun, new toy.  Yarn!  Everywhere!  and one of my #6 dpns is nowhere to be found.  I love the bamboo needles, but I hate how they are the exact same color as my hardwood floors.  Bah.
Later, Tomokito came down and we watched Project Runway Season 2 on DVD and drank champagne. 
And, that was about all of my weekend excitement.
The Nuge came over this morning to take a look at my kitchen sink.  It can't be fixed without the building's water being turned off.  Gah.
Have a great day!

Friday, November 04, 2011

A Weekend of Nothing Much

Good Morning, Kittens!
Yesterday was uneventful.  After work, I went for a short run of about 2.5 miles.  Then, it got dark.  I ate leftover chili.  Went to bed.
My life has been so exciting lately.
And to prove that it has been so exciting, here is a list of my planned weekend activities:
Yeah.  See?
I am only sort-of kidding.  I do have *some* plans, but they all involve me being single/solitary/aloooooooooooone.
Tonight, I am making mashed potatoes.  Yum.  I am not sure why I find that worthy of being recorded in this blog.  I guess it is a testament to the mundaneness of my current state of being.
Tomorrow, I am going for a 6.2 mile run.  I thought I should give the Sligo Co-op 10K route a test drive before I finalize it.  And, I need to clean (from the party), undecorate (but the motherfucking decorative gourds stay put 'til after Thanksgiving), iron, and -maybe- I can find someone to hang out with on Saturday night ... perhaps to even spend an extra hour with after the time change.  wink wink nudge nudge.
But, I doubt it.  So far, no one has been receptive to the idea.
AND, on Sunday, I will go to the pottery studio.  There are only a few more weeks of class left, and -given the recent pottery catastrophes- I am a little behind on my Xmas list.  *durgh*
I guess that's about it.  I'm sure something fun will come up at some point.  We make our own fun, right?
Have a great Friday and a funtabulous weekend!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Holy Fuck! It's November.

How did that happen, kittens?
And the month certainly started off with a bang.  A co-worker returned from his (very late, very long) lunch around 4PM completely schnockered.  And proceeded to go on a full-force profanity-laced rant about the incompetant people with whom we work.  I was in and out of the office during this time (some of it was avoidance), but apparently he dropped the c-bomb in reference to a female colleague.  He left the office around 4:50.
Now, I understand the need to rant about this job, because -honestly- some of the people here are not very clever.  And, by "not very clever" I mean "dumber than a box of rocks."  and the move at the glacial pace of a government agency.  So it can be frustrating.
However, it has not yet driven me to drink (during working hours).  And, one would hope that if it ever does, I will have the sense to go home after lunch rather than return to the office and show my ass to my co-workers.
To my drunken and slovenly co-worker's credit, he did apologize to the co-worker who bore the brunt of his rant, and, this morning, he apologized to the rest of us in the office.  Still, if my brunt-bearing co-worker wanted, she could totally have the guy fired.
Good times, for sure.
So, I went home.  Had a few beers.  Ate frozen pizza and leftover cake.  And made a metric shit-ton of habenero hot sauce.
Tonight, I am doing laundry.  And going to bed early. 
Have a great day!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Another One Bites the Dust

Good Morning, Kittens!
I had pottery class last night.  And, it's beginning to look like it won't be a Merry Christmas for some of my family and friends ... another piece of pottery has bitten the dust: the mug on your left in this photo.  I understand that things get broken in pottery class (not everyone is as careful as I am - haha). However, my feeling is that if you break a piece of pottery, you should at least have the common courtesy to leave a note.  This mug did not break on its own (unlike my bowl that cracked last week).  Someone had to knock it against something.  Grrrr ...  but, oh, well.  There are still 3 more weeks of class left.  Maybe I can make a replacement or something.
In other pottery news, the studio manager is out with some sort of surgery, which means no one knows when anything is going to get fired.  *sigh*  Maybe it is going to be a pottery-less Christmas for everyone.
Not much else is going on here in Vutopia; however, you should click on over to Earl Cootie's blog to check out his 100 Days of October.  There is a very special guest photo around Day 95 (or so).
As for me and the rest of my day, I plan on surviving work (somehow) and then going home.  I should go for a run, but I think -instead- I am going to make some more habenero hot sauce.
And, then, I am going to blob on the sofa and go to bed early.  Yay me!
Have a happy Tuesday!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Weekend Update: Run Like the Wind Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

As you may recall the Marine Corps Marathon and 10K were on Sunday. I had to wake up VERY early (but not as early as Tomokito). I was out of the house at 6AM and at the starting line for the 10K a little after 7. Ray met me there. We huddled together with the frozen masses until it was time to start (at 8!). OMG. It was so cold. And there were several icy spots on the bridges. Yikes. Fortunately, neither of us fell and broke a hip.

So here are my results:

Time: 0:57:14
Overall Place: 1584 (out of 6867)
Sex Place: My house. Haha. 1002 (out of 2708 Males)
Pace: 9:13/mile

Not too shabby, eh?

After the race, Ray went home, and I crossed the bridge to cheer Tomokito on (as you may remember, she ran the actual marathon). I met my neighbor, K-Factor, at Mile 10 (just under the Kennedy Center). Tomokito saw us before we saw her. Crazy.

Then, we went to have food (K-Factor and I. Tomokito was still running). And, we managed to catch her again at Mile 15-ish. And, then, we walked to Mile 20 to watch Tomokito Beat the Bridge (you have to make the final bridge before 2PM or you have to board the Bus of Shame and get driven to the Finish Line). She made it with plenty of time to spare. She also totally ignored us as we were yelling and screaming for her. Apparently, Tomokito was more interested in her Gu than in her fan base.

K-Factor and I walked back to her car and drove to Silver Spring. I finished the vacuuming and sweeping. Then, I took a nap. Then, I showered and got ready for Tomokito's (and the rest of Team Run for Japan) Congratulations Party. It was a lot of fun. The chili I made was delicious (Oprah's Pumpkin Vegetarian Chili). and Mike (Who Makes Cakes) made a cake:

A good time was had by all. I didn't get to bed until around 11. So very tired.
And a little stiff this morning. Ow.

Have a great day!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Saturday Rambling

Good Afternoon, Kittens! Look, I'm getting all 100 Days of October!

It would seem I haven't blogged since Wednesday morning. Hm.

So, lessee ... Wednesday night I did Laundry.

Thursday, I blobbed (and picked up my MCM 10K Bib).

Friday, I had a long, unproductive meeting. Then, I picked up my MCM 10K T-shirt (a.k.a. the not nearly as cute as last years and quite possibly the ugliest t-shirt ever). For comparison's sake, here's last year's shirt. After work, I met a friend at the Ritz-Carlton for happy hour. That was fun.

Then, I came home and froze. Apparently, our heat stopped working (some problem with the thermostat). It is working now (obv):

I have been cleaning and running errands (in the "wintry mix") all day today. I am hosting a post-Marathon soirree for Tomokito and the rest of her Run for Japan team tomorrow evening. It should be fun (and it's making me get my house all cleanish.

Tomorrow, I'll get up and run the 10K. Then, I'll go hang out along the route to cheer on my friends who are running the marathon. Should be a good time ... unless it is too cold. I have my superspecial (and expensive!) running gloves and hat ready to wear.

Oh, so there is an interesting story behind my whole running the MCM 10K this year. I wasn't planning on it at all, except a certain Mom Who Marathons, emailed me and said she signed up. So I signed up to run with her. BUT, then, she couldn't make it.

Fortunately, my SuperCute Friend (and ex), Ray, is taking her bib and running as the Hot 40-Year-Old Mom Who Marathons. Yay! I won't be running alone.

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Alas, Poor Bowl, I Knew It Well, Horatio

Good Morning, Kittens!

I was actually busy at work yesterday (I know! WTF?), so I didn't have time to tell you all about my exciting Monday.

Lessee ... I woke up. And then I went to the dermatologist for an Annual Mole Check. If you have never had one (I never had), be advised: The doctor is *very* thorough.

Luckily, I have no mole-y melanomas. Yay! And he said that I don't really need an Annual Mole Check. More like an Every 3 to 4 Years Mole Check (Tri to Quadrennial Mole Check, I suppose).

Oh! I forgot to mention that on the bus ride to the Silver Spring metro station, I ran into a cute neighborhood gay. We've hung out before. He's supercute, young, not very bright, and *ahem* rather well-endowed. SO I'VE HEARD! We were totally like "we have to hang out again." So maybe we will later this week. ANYWAYz ...

After the appointment ended, I headed home and to Trader Joe's, where I spent a ridiculous amount of money. Then, I went to Whole Foods, because Trader Joe's doesn't carry canned pumpkin puree (and I need the canned pumpkin puree for a party I am having on Sunday. I am making Pumpkin Chili (although I will be modifying the recipe a smidge (namely because kidney beans = EW))).

After Whole Foods, I treated myself to Breakfast for Lunch (and a Mimosa) at Eggspectations in hip, happenin' Downtown Silver Spring. Then, I came home and did a little house stuff. Nothing too exciting.

That evening, I headed to the pottery studio ... where I discovered that my beautiful bowl (pictured above) had cracked. WAAAAH! So sad. Someone is not going to have a Merry Xmas now ;-) Somehow, through my devastation, I managed to throw two bowls ...

Future Yarn Bowls

Which I think I will turn into Yarn Bowls (like this, only not quite so hideous).

Home and, then, bed.

Tuesday, as I said, was busy-ish at work. My end of FY11 reporting will be coming due soon (even though we haven't received a due date, I am trying to get everything finished up). Plus, my final Energy Awareness Event is this morning. AND, I think my head might explode. Huzzah!

Oh, and during lunch break, I ran into another SuperCute Friend (who is -unfortunately- all boo'ed up). We made plans to have happy hour on Friday. Yayz!

Once home from work, I went for a 3 mile run. Cooked braised and glazed brussels sprouts for dinner. And avoided cleaning my house even though I am hosting a party on Sunday.

Have a great day!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Weekend Update: Hot Mess Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

What a wack-o-matic weekend. So much fun. So much booze. So much hangover.

On Friday, after work, I met SCGB at 9 (the bar formerly known as Mova which was formerly known as Halo). Same great bar. Same great 2-for-1 Happy Hour. I had two delicious Makers Mark Manhattans (dry, with a twist). SCGB was drinking Dark and Stormies. Nomz. One of the bartenders was SuperCUTEZ! He reminded me both in looks and voice of the guy I was dating this summer who disappeared. Needless to say, I gave him a big tip. *wink*


SCGB and I left 9 and had dinner at Thai Tanic. Oh, the Thai restaurant puns. They keeeeeeeeell me. BUT, Thai Tanic is so delicious. I hadn't eaten there in ages and had forgotten how truly yummy it is. I had veggie drunken noodle. So spicy. So good. Mmmm.

Then, SCGB and I parted ways. On the way home, I stopped by the Whole Foods and bought a pumpkin to carve. And, I had to carry the damn thing home because I missed the bus. Heavy pumpkins are heavy.

Saturday morning? Slightly overhung. But, I did manage to go for a 7 mile run. Yay me! I did a little tidying up, and took a couple of photos for my 2012 Puntabulous Calendar (I'm March).

Around 3, Tomokito and Hana came down to carve pumpkins. Later, K-Factor and the Canadian and their niece (who is a little younger than Hana) joined us. Good times.

After they left, I contacted a gentleman caller who I went out with once before (several months ago). He didn't call back, so I busied myself making dinner. Then, he called. He said he would pick me up in about 30 minutes ... which was not enough time for me to finish cooking/eating dinner (big. mistake).

We started off at 8407(?) Kitchen Bar, the over-priced restaurant with good cocktails near Silver Spring Metro Station. We each had two cocktails at the bar, but none of the food was appealing to me (plus, the food there is v. expensive. Like, srsly, New York City prices in fucking Silver Spring). Anyway, the guy (who we shall refer to as V) paid. Yay!

Then, we walked to the Fire Station. Which is a restaurant. In an old fire station. We had chocolate martinis there. I had two. And, let's just say that 4 cocktails on an empty stomach makes for a very durnk VUBOQ.

"How drunk?" you might ask. So drunk that V and I were making out at the bar. I don't normally do that. He is a very good kisser, though.

So drunk that we made out in his car in the parking garage.

So drunk that there may (or may not) have been reciprocal oral secks in his car in front of my building.

Um. Yeah. I was beyond beyond.

BUT, it was super fun. And, I hope I haven't scared him off from wanting to see me again.

Needless to say, Sunday morning? Very. Over. Hung.

Somehow, I managed to get to the Whole Foods to buy some chrysanthemums (3/$12 ... I bought 5). And plant them.

And, then, I drove to the pottery studio ... without my wallet (oops).

I trimmed one large bowl. However, hangover + spinning pottery = very bad idea. Totes queasy. So, rather than throw any more pots (and risk throwing up), I drove home.

And, then, I walked to El Golfo for the wonderful healing power of spinach enchiladas and sangria.

Once home, I made habenero hot sauce. And did a little knitting. Ate dinner. Drank wine. Went to bed.

Today, I have a dermatologist appointment. I have to go to Trader Joe's. And, I have pottery class in the evening. Good times.

Have a beautiful day!

Friday, October 21, 2011

The Weekend Approacheth

Good morning, kittens!
Not much has happened the past few days, other than me trying (and failing) to catch up on my sleep.  Oh well.  at least I have a 3-day weekend to look forward to.  Yayz!
And what will I be doing this weekend?  Hm ....
Tonight, I am having happy hour with SCGB.
Tomorrow, I have to run about 7 miles (the MCM 10K is NEXT WEEK!) *and* Tomokito and (no longer Baby) Hana are coming down to carve pumpkins and drink boozy beverages.  Well, Hana won't have any boozy beverages.  M will also be carving a pumpkin in Vegas.  So we are having a little contest to see who can carve the best one (me, obv.).  The winner gets XXX pix!  Yay for sexting!
Sunday, I will be going to the pottery studio and probably doing other stuff, too.
And, on Monday, I have an appointment with the dermatologist.  Mole check!  Sweet.  I also hope to be hanging out with the ShallowGal (remember her? She used to blog).
I have a tentative martini date which has yet to be scheduled.  I need to get on that.
And I'll be cleaning and grocery shopping and making delicious habenero hot sauce at some point during this weekend.
The cleaning is important because I'm hosting a little congratulatory party next Sunday for Tomokito (and friends).  She (and these friends) have decided to run the Marine Corps Marathon!  26-point-2 miles, kittens.  MILES!  And, they are trying to raise -at least- $2000 for the victims of the Japanese Earthquake/Tsunami. Yay them!  If you'd like to support their cause, click on this link.  If every reader of this blog donated $5, Team Run Japan would earn at least $15.  Maybe more!
and that's about it.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011


Good sleepy morning, kittens.
I am one tired VUBOQ.  After not sleeping well on Monday night, I was hoping Tuesday would provide some much needed relief.  And it did!
Just not in the form of sleep.
More like in the form of a hot 26-year-old ex-Marine ... oh, yeah.  It was like that.  We met online, maybe two years ago.  He was home for the holidays.  I sort of ignored his message (because, hello?  16 year age difference).  He was persistent.  We started chatting.  He went back to Arizona (where he was stationed).  We continued to chat.  He left the Marines and moved back to Maryland.  We met up and had a really fun time.  Then, he, as he put it, "fell off the map."  I was, like, well, that was weird. But, whatever. I moved on.
Recently we reconnected.  And, last night, we had a date.  We went to Mandalay, the Burmese restaurant in Silver Spring.  It was delicious.  Then, he drove us back to my place.  We talked.  Had tea.  And, well, y'know ... some Quality Nekkid Time.
There are some benefits to having a sleepover with a 26-year-old.
There are also some drawbacks.  Namely, not actually sleeping.
There may have also been some early morning fun after the alarm went off ...
So, as we were getting ready for work, I thanked him for a nice time and said I looked forward to seeing him again in a year.  He laughed and said it would be sooner than that.
Although not *that* soon ...probably some time next month.
I have a feeling things are going to be getting complicated ...
I also have a feeling that I will be going to bed early tonight.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Ironing. Pottery. Knitting.

Good Morning, Kittens.
OMG.  I think I had the worst night's sleep EVER.  I am so groggy/tired/bleah.  Yuck.  Needless to say, I am slowly (very slowly) easing into the day.
Yesterday, I did a shit-ton of ironing - 15 shirts.  and a pair of pants! Then, I took a nap.  Yay for naps!
Then, I knitted for a bit. I am almost finished my friend's Panda Scarf.  All I have to do are the ears and the eyes.  It hink it's going to be supercute when finished.
I made dinner - stirfried onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, baby bokchoy, and tofu.  Tasty!
On my way to pottery class, I stopped by the Giant to buy saline solution and bleach.  Once at class, I trimmed a bowl.  And, then, I turned a rather lopsided vase into a pitcher.  I still have a large flat bowl to trim.  I would have trimmed it last night, but I had started to feel a little queasy.  I thought it would be best to call it a night.  So, I went home, got my stuff together for today, and went to bed.
Not much on my schedule for today.  I may be meeting a friend for dinner after work.  But that's about it.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Weekend Update: It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers Edition

Good Morning, Kittens.

I posted this link on the Facebooks over the weekend, but it is worth repeating here: It's Decorative Gourd Season, Motherfuckers.

My weekend has been superubercrazybusyfun. Friday night, Eric from Baltimore came down. Along with Tomokito, we headed into the DeeCee for a night of dancing fun. We ended up at Cobalt, which has an $8 cover ... BUT, from 11 to midnight, they have free vodka cocktails. Oh, yeah. We definitely drank our $8 worth. Boozy dance-y good times.

We got home around 3AM. *yawnz*

Saturday morning, I went for a three-point-five mile run. I did a little grocery shopping at the Whole Foodz. I made a delicious potato salad for dinner (as well as sauteed red kale and a quorn "chicken" cutlet with gruyere). Totes nomz.

Then, Mike (Who Makes Cakes) picked me up and we went to a party in Hyattsville. It was fun(ish). No cute boys ... except for one Kenyan guy (who was -unfortunately- very straight). We made s'mores. And drank lots.

I got home around 1AM. *yawnz*

Sunday, I went to pottery studio. I threw a bowl and a vase (which I think I may turn into a pitcher because the top of it seemed a little wonky). Then, I headed over to hang with Mike (Who Makes Cakes), Jim, and Brianna. Mike made pizza. Nom! And we watched "The Conspirator." And I may (or may not) have drank an entire bottle of wine.

I didn't get home until this morning. Yay for crashing at Mike's! And, Yay for not having to work this Monday!

Today, I am cleaning and ironing and cleaning some more. And maybe knitting. And, then, I'm going to the pottery class.

Hope you have a brilliant day!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Where Has This Week Gone?

Good Morning, Kittens!
I have fallen a bit off the blogging bandwagon, so I have quite a few things to fill you in on.
Monday, I was one sore puppy.  I guess running 10 miles will do that to you.  After pulling myself out of bed and getting all cleaned up, I hobbled into DC, where I met my friend, CJ, for lunch at Sei in Penn Quarter.  The food was good (if a bit overpriced).  Then, we went shopping.  I didn't buy anything.  Yay me!
I went home.  Blobbed.  And, then, drove to pottery class.  I didn't do much.  I glazed several things.  I hope they turn out well.
For some reason (old age?), I can't remember what I did on Tuesday evening.  I'm sure it was SuperFun and you should all be jealous of me.
Wednesday, I hosted a guest speaker at work from DC Water.  She was awesome (and we got free water bottles!), but the turn-out was lower than I had hoped.  Oh, well.  I am having two more guest speakers come in later this month (it's Energy Awareness Month!).  Maybe more people will show up for them.  We shall see ... If not, I think I'm not going to bother with it next year.  Once home, I did laundry and talked to my BFF from college.
Last night, G-Force and the Nuge came over.  We had post-Army 10-Miler drinks on Sunday.  During that time, it came up that the Nuge does remodeling/construction for a living.  He offered to take a look at my kitchen and help me with it.  Suh-WEET!  So we had a bottle of wine, some snacks, and some serious kitchen talk.  Good times.  If all goes well, maybe I can get this kitchen shit together soon.  Yay!  It would be so nice to have a kitchen with counterspace, drawers, storage space and a working oven.
I had really wanted to make this soup for dinner; however, Whole Foods was out of canned pumpkin.  They had canned pumpkin pie mix (which I thought would've been GROSS in the soup).  Disappointed.
Today, we are watching the documentary, Tapped, during lunch as another Energy Awareness Month activity.  This evening, Eric from Baltimore is coming down.  He, Tomokito, and I are heading out to paint the town pink (with glittery sparkles).  Tomorrow, depending on the weather and my hangover, I may be going up to Northern Maryland for a Autumnal foliage viewing trip with a friend.  And, on Sunday, I will go to the pottery studio.
I am off -again!- on Monday.  I don't really have any plans, but I do need to devote some time to cleaning and decluttering.  I don't want to become a hoarder!
Have a great day and a superfab weekend!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Weekend Update: Run for the Hills Edition

Good morning, Kittens!

Well, we did it! I finished the Army 10-Miler and didn't die (completely).

My official results were:

Net Time: 1:39:09
Pace: 9:54
Overall: 12321/21914
Gender: 8359/12245
Age Div (40-44): 1411/2103

Not too bad. My pre-surgery goal was to complete it in under 1:30. My post-surgery-i-couldn't-train-as-much goal was to complete it in under 2 hours. So, Yay me! I guess at some point there will be photos posted and I will be able to snag them.

As for the rest of the weekend, on Friday, I slept in (yay!) and, then, went to pick-up my race packet. After that, I went to the pottery studio. I spent most of the time trimming and attaching handles ...

Pitcher and Mug

Then, I had a boozy late lunch at Adega.

Spent the rest of the afternoon/evening knitting and watching Mad Men.

Saturday was such a beautiful day! I wandered around Downtown Silver Spring for quite some time. Then, I came home and blobbed and knitted and watched Mad Men. I also cooked pasta for dinner (carb-loading before the big race).

Sunday was the race. Afterwards, I came home. Took a nap. Ate a little bit. Then, Tomokito, K-Factor, and I walked up to McGintys for Post-Army 10-Miler Drink-a-thon. That was a lot of fun. Gayle and the Nuge joined us. And Mario. And SCGB. And a couple of Gayle's friends. Good times!

I came home, knat and watched the last two episodes of Downton Abbey, Season 1. So good. AND, I am almost finished my BFF's PandaScarf:

It's going to be sooooo cute (I hope).

And that's about it (so far). I am off today and have lots of fun plans!

Have a wonderful day!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Run Like the Wind

Good Morning, Kittens.

Today is my Friday! AND, it's a four-day weekend. Halle-fucking-lujah! My weekend was looking like it would be pretty uneventful, until last night when, all of a sudden, plans started being made ...

After work today, I have to go for a short run (maybe 2 miles). Friday morning, I may make another short run before going to my work site (ugh) to pick up my Army 10-Miler Race Packet! Then, I'm going to the pottery studio. After that, I *may* be meeting a friend for food/drinks (he still hasn't confirmed. bastard). Saturday, I am resting, relaxing, maybe cleaning, possibly grocery shopping, and carb-loading. Yay! Carbs!

Because, Sunday is the Army 10-Miler! I am so unprepared I hope I don't die. I was on track to be SuperAwesome, but having surgery sort of threw me off. Durgh. I hope to finish in under 2 hours, but we'll see ...

Later on Sunday Afternoon, some of my friends will be gathering somewhere for post-run booziness. And, finally, on Monday, I will be hanging out with CJ - lunch and a movie. And, then, going to pottery class. Good times!

And, that will be my weekend. Be thinking of me on Sunday morning!


Monday, October 03, 2011

Weekend Update: Baby It's Cold Outside Edition

Good morning, Kittens!

What a weekend of doing almost absolutely nothing ...

Friday, I had a super fun happy hour at Bar Dupont. Then, I came home and blobbed.

Saturday, I got up and (after waiting for the rain to abate and then getting caught in it) ran for 8(ish) miles. And, then, I ordered a pizza. Nom. Pizza.

Later, Tomokito came down for martini time.

Afterwards, I joined K-Factor and the Canadian (and two of their friends) for a delicious dinner. Nom nom nom.

On Sunday, I went to the pottery studio ... I made the pitcher pictured above. I also did a little experimental bowl like thing. It started out like this:

Then, I tossed it around on the table, and it ended up like this:

I'm not sure if I like it.

Then, I came home and watched Episodes 3-5 of "Downton Abbey" ... It is fabulous. And that was my weekend ... Or at least the highlights of it.

Have a happy Monday!

Friday, September 30, 2011

A Few Things Have Happened

Good morning, Kittens!

So, Monday at Pottery Class was good. I made a large, shallow fruit bowl like thing. I think it will be pretty stunning if it turns out (meaning, I don't screw it up at some point). I left class earl because I was sooooooo tired (after sleeping poorly Sunday night).

Tuesday, I struggled through work. The day seemed to drag on and on and on and on and on. But, eventually, it was Go Home Time. And I arranged to meet M in Downtown Silver Spring. We walked back to my place, talked, caught up, had a good time. I made dinner - Red Curry Sweet Potato and Black Bean Stew over red and black rice. It was pretty tasty. Then, we watched the best worst movie (possibly) ever, Burlesque and ate Haagen-Daaz. After the movie, we went to bed ... and didn't get much sleep (if you know what I mean *wink wink nudge nudge*).

It was great to see him again. And, I realized how good being with him makes me feel ... It helped me put my wacky dating life into perspective. Why do I bother to go out with guys who seem to try to make me feel bad, rather than be supportive? I put up with a lot of crap, and I need to stop doing that. If you can't be bothered to learn my cat's name because "you don't like pets," well, I can't be bothered to go out with you. Even if M and I don't work out in the long-term (or the short-term, for that matter), I liked being reminded that there are guys out there with whom I just click. Of course, I am hoping that something more will eventually happen with M (once he moves back to the area). That would be good.

On Wednesday, I did laundry.

And, yesterday, there was a shit-ton of work drama involving my contract. It was all resolved, but it was stressful while it was happening. When I got home, i ran 4.5 miles. I had originally planned to run 5, but it got dark more quickly than I had anticipated.

Today, after work, I am meeting a friend for happy hour at Bar Dupont. And i have no other plans for the weekend, other than grocery shopping, ironing, cleaning, pottery studio, and watching episodes 3 -5 of "Downton Abbey."

Have a great day and fabulous weekend!

Monday, September 26, 2011

Weekend Update: Zombie Edition

Good morning, Kittens!  Happy Monday!
Friday, after work, I was feeling kinda like box wine and frozen pizza.  So, I made pit stops at the likker store and the Whole Foods.  I spent the night drinking, knitting, and watching DVDs.  I started watching the PBS series "Downton Abbey" ... It is soooooo good.  OMG!  I only saw the first two episodes.  I can't wait to watch the rest.  My favorite line so far was when the Dowager Countess said, "Weekend?  What's that?"
Saturday, I went for a 7 mile run.  Then, I cleaned a bit before meeting SCGB, K-Factor, and the Canadian for brunch at Eggspectation.  After brunch, I bought a new pair of running shoes.  Went home. Cleaned more. Around 3PM, Tomokito and I headed into DC for "Mommy's Night Out."  We met SCGB and Mike (Who Makes Cakes) for many margaritas at Lauriol Plaza.  Then, SCGB left, and the three of us walked to 9 (the bar formerly known as Mova and Halo) for 2-for-1 one cocktails.  Steveandbobby joined us there.  We left pretty early (like before 10), but we were pretty durnk.  Thankfully, Steveandbobby drove us home.  Yay! 
Once home, I went online for a minute and discovered that my OKCupid Profile had been visited ... by my doctor!  I was slightly creeped out.  At least it was OKC and not Manhunt or A4A or something.  Still, (1) I didn't know he was single, and (2) does there need to be a two?  I'm hoping he just clicked on it, realized who I was, and clicked away ... Fortunately, my next appointment is not until mid-November, so I can pretend to have forgotten all about him checking out my profile.
Sunday morning, I wasn't super hungover.  Huzzah!  So I was able to get a few things accomplished before heading to the pottery studio.  At the studio, I threw a wide bowl-like-thing and I trimmed and attached a handle to a lidded cannister.  Once home, I made veggie broth and ironed like 10 shirts (and a pair of pants).  Then, I knitted and watched "Pride & Prejudice" (the A&E miniseries with Colin Firth).
So, a pretty chill, yet fun weekend.  I even managed to get to bed at a reasonable time (10!).  However, I had this really weird dream about being in the desert and being attacked by zombie-like creatures.  Around 1:15AM, I woke myself up saying "Help me!" and actually punching the pillow beside me.  I hit it really hard, because my hand is still a little sore.  After that, I did not sleep very well.  *ugh*  A little tired this morning for sure.
Lots of stuff on the calendar for early this week, so I may not be able to update until Wednesday or Thursday.  Tonight, I have pottery class (yay!).
And, in even more exciting news, M is arriving in town tonight!  He will be staying with his BFF this evening and then, tomorrow night, he will be staying with me.  Yay!  I am cooking dinner (Thai-inspired black bean and sweet potato stew).  And, then, I guess we will be able to catch up and talk a bit about life and stuff. 
I have a feeling I am going to be v. tired on Wednesday.
And, that's about it.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waxing Rhapsodic

Well, not really.  That phrase popped into my head a few minutes ago ... AND,
I thought I would take a few moments to answer a few questions that have been asked in the comments (or on Facebook?  or Twitter?  Somewhere, I know someone asked me some of these questions at some point).  And, I can't remember the exact questions either, but they had to do with one of two things: (1) the new rug and/or (B) the soup I made.
So, first, the new rug. It is fabulous.  I bought it online from Hautelook (which is one of those daily bargain feeder things, like Gilt or Groupon or something).  I do not know the maker/brand because I threw out the label.  Sorry.  But, the rug was totes cheap, only $240 (or so), marked down from over a $1000.  Yayz.
As for the soup, it was also fabulous.  I did not follow a recipe (who follows recipes for soup?  I mean, really.  Soup is so easy).  I used, 1 butternut squash (peeled and cubed), 2 small apples (diced, not peeled), half an onion, a can of diced tomatoes, maybe 2 cups of homemade veggie broth, curry powder, garam masala, and salt.
First, I browned the onion, butternut squash, and apple in a pan with some oil and a very liberal shake of the curry powder.
As this was happening, I melted the frozen broth in a large stockpot and brought it to a boil.
Once the onion, et al. was nice and soft and browned and a little crispy, I dumped it into the simmering broth. 
Then, I swished a little white wine around in the pan to scrape up all the tasty little browned bits stuck to it and dumped all that into the pot too.
Next, I added the can of diced tomatoes.
I let all that boil for awhile.  Tasted it.  Added the salt and garam masala.
Boiled some more.
Finally when it all seemed well boiled, I took out my immersion blender (a.k.a. the Fabulous Zhoozher) and zhoozhed the soup until it was smooth.
And it was delicious.
I guess that's about it.  I ran 5 miles yesterday after work.  Today is Laundry Day!  Joy.
Have a great day!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pottery. Class 1.

Good morning, my sweet sweet furry purry little kittens!  How are we doing this fine (if slightly drippy rainy dreary) day?
Last night was my first pottery class for the Fall session.  YAYz!  The bad news is that the class scheduler people made a mistake and the class is mixed beginners and intermediates.  UGH.  Which means I won't have much time with the instructor because she will be working mostly with the pathetic beginners.  The class is all women except for me and this Korean guy (who is cute) ... but who totally pushed my "Grrr.  Go By Your Real Name" Buttons, when the instructor asked him how to pronounce his name and -without even telling her- he said, "You can call me James."  Um.  Great.  But that wasn't the question.
Now, I get that some names are difficult to pronounce.  However, no one will ever say it correctly if you don't bother to teach them.  There is an Indian woman in the class with a rather long, complicated name, but she wasn't all "Just call me Sally" ... she told everyone how to pronounce it.  Yay for her.  I guess the point of all this is my first impression of "James" -even though I'm sure he's a nice guy- was not all that great. /soapbox
In pottery, I made a lidded cannister thing.  I think I should concentrate on making lids.  They are hard, and I suck at it.
This session, the class filled up before K-Factor could register, so I am very grateful that M is letting me use his car while he's working in Vegas (as a showgirl.  haha.  kidding).  I got home a little after 10PM.  In the past, when I have taken the Metro, I don't get home until nearly 11. 
I was still very tired when I awoke this morning.  Very.  Very. Tired.
and, now, I'm at work.  slogging through the day.
Yay me!
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Weekend Update: Boozy Good Times Edition

Good morning, Kittens!
What a weekend!  On Friday, after work, I met C at Matchbox in Chainatown.  The booze and pizza were delicious.  Because my horrible tongue canker sores were still horrible at that point, I had a beer (followed later by a glass of wine).  Then, we headed back to C's place for a night (and morning) o' fun.  I still don't think much is going to happen with C over the long-term.  For the short-term, I am enjoying the now. 
Saturday, after C drove me home, I went for a four-mile run.  Then, I blobbed.  And knitted.  Around 3, I left to meet Ray in DC for drinks and dinner.  We started at Bar Dupont, which has a pretty decent happy hour.  From 4 to 6, their specialty cocktails are $6.  Suh-WEET.  The crowd was rather eclectic - typical hotel business types, some families with kids, and barely above drinking age gay African-American boys.  After 3 cocktails (each), we walked up the street to Sette, where we had yummy pizza and a bottle of wine.
Needless to say, someone (me) was very. tipsy.  So, I pretty much went to bed as soon as I got home (after drunk dialing M on the walk home from the metro station).
Sunday morning, I slept in.  Well, as in as a certain PsychoKitty would let me.  Then, I went to Trader Joe's.  Yay!  Groceries!  I watched some old movies.  I made curried butternut squash and apple soup. I knitted a bit.  Tomokito came down for Manhattans (and then wine). Later, I went upstairs to chill with K-Factor and the Canadian for awhile.  And, finally, I got all my stuff together for work today and went to bed.
And, that was my weekend.  Good times, fer sure.
In other fun news, pottery class starts back tonight!  YAY!
Have a great day!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Is It Friday Yet? IT IS!!

Good morning, kittens!
TGIF, fer sure.  Right?
It has been a long week (even though I was off on Monday), and I am glad it is coming to a close.
I should have gone for a run last night; however, a cold front was moving in.  It was rapidly cooling off and a bit drippy spitty rainy, so I opted to stay in and cook dinner.  Which I did.  Mushrooms, sugar peas, yellow bell pepper, and tofu stir-fried in a soy/mustard sauce over red & black rice.  It was tasty.
I also discovered that hot green tea makes my Horrible Tongue Canker Sores feel better.  I have been drinking LOTS of green tea since then.
While I was cooking, C texted to see if I wanted to come over.  His text was a little confusing, saying that it was a bad night for Happy Hour.  So, I assumed that he had happy hour plans which were cancelled.
After some internal dithering, I decided to go over for a couple of hours.  It turns out that his text was referring to me going to happy hour (which is odd, since I hadn't mentioned any happy hour plans).  His big plans were to work at home and watch some football game (and that would be the reason he didn't want to go out with me last night when I suggested meeting up a few days ago.  a football game.  really?).  Anyway, we hung out for a bit, had an interesting -but not entirely enlightening- discussion about our communication issues.  We watched some football (*gack*).  And, we made plans to meet up in DC after work tonight. 
As for the rest of the weekend, the Great Apartment Purge continues.  I need to grocery shop.  Go for a run.  I'm supposed to meet up with Ray at some point.  And, probably, do a little job searching.  Good times.
Have a great day and superfantastic weekend!

Thursday, September 15, 2011


Good morning, Kittens!
One of us is having a hard time waking up this morning ... and I think it is me!
I have these really painful canker sores on the bottom of my tongue.  I am almost positive they are from an allergic reaction to a toothpaste I started using a few days ago (and have since stopped using), Tom's of Maine Cinnamon & Clove something.  A friend suggested it might be a reaction to Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), a foaming agent used by Tom's of Maine.  However, I use other flavors of their toothpaste, which also contain SLS, and have not had canker sores.  I'm wondering if I am reacting to the cinnamon or clove oil in the toothpaste.  That would be weird.
Anyway, it hurts to talk, to eat, and to drink.  So it hasn't been a fun few days.  Fingers crossed that these sores heal quickly!
In other news, my new rug arrived!  YAY!  Here is the old rug.
And this is the new one.  It's very bumpy, like getting a foot massage with every step. 
I guess that's about it.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Food for Thought

Good morning, kittens!
This morning, as I munched on my delicious Asian pear ($0.89*  each at Trader Joe's), I read an article/blogpost/thing on the WaPoDotCom, "The Starvation of America's Middle Class," which led me over to the USDA's Food Desert Locator. Fascinating.  I had no idea about the inaccessibility of food to a great number of people, even in the booming megalopolitan*** DC Metro Area. It made me want to eat.
So I gnawed on my Asian pear and thought about apples ... because in a totally random early morning textual conversation w/ M, we were chatting about disco music.
And pancakes.
and he sent me this video.
I think I should go to the Farmer's Market this weekend.
And, that's pretty much been my morning.  Last night, I ate a veggie burger and watched "Red."  It was pretty cute (the movie, not the veggie burger ... although, I guess, as far as veggie burgers go on the attractiveness scale, this particular veggie burger was not bad looking).
Have a great day!
*Whatever happened to the "cents" symbol?**
**Not entirely unrelated, but doesn't it annoy you when people write "200$" instead of "$200"?
***Not that the DC Metro Area is an actual megalopolis, but how often does one get to use the adjectival form of the word?  Not. Very. Often.