Wednesday, July 27, 2011


Good morning, Kittens.
How can it only be Wednesday?  Srsly.  This has been one of the least fun weeks ever.  But more on that later ...
My weekend was pretty cool ... even if I can't remember what I did. (Have I mentioned that I have a Vitamin B-12 deficiency, and B-12 affects memory?)
Did I have happy hour at Ted's Bulletin?  Or was that the week before?
Did I spend a shit-ton of money at the Farmer's Market and, then, make an uberdelicious gazpacho?
Did I go see "Captain America" with C? And then have fun After Movie Times?
I think I did.
At least I saw "Captain America."  I was underwhelmed. 
And, on Sunday, I went to SCGB's new pad.  We had a little cocktail gathering with the German, his Baby Mama, and their CuteCute Baby
At some point, I had yummy sake with Tomokito and her family.  Was that Sunday night?  I think it was. 
Work has been stressful.  It will culminate tomorrow at the weekly staff meeting, when -as I have heard through the grapevine- a certain someone has said he plans to "throw me under the bus" (in order to make himself look good).  Srsly?  WTF?  Who does that kind of thing?  I am working on shoring up my defenses.
Last night, I had dinner with C.  We had a good talk.  There are two things weighing on me for this coming weekend.  (1) M is coming back (from Vegas) for the weekend and (B) I am having minor -but apparently painful- out-patient surgery on Friday.  We talked about both.  I am still unsure of what I should say to M. And, depending on how I feel, he might be coming to my place on Saturday. So, will I be tripping on pain meds when I say whatever it is I have to say?  Possibly. 
I really like C.  But, I also really like M.  *ugh*
My headhurts ... and -because of the surgery- I can't take ibuprofen.  Here's a picture of me in black and white.
Have a great day!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Laundry and Kisses

Good morning, Kittens!
I guess I need to update you on all the exciting goings-on in my life ... Tuesday, after work, I headed to pottery studio.  I learned that a cute little bowl I made wasn't chipped.  It was broken beyond repair.  Apparently, someone knocked it (pretty hard) and it broke.  Boo.  Usually, the culprit leaves a note of apology.  Not this time.  Ruuuuude. So, I had to throw out the bowl.  Wah. 
In class, I trimmed a bowl and attached a handle to a mug.  And, then, I left.  I texted C.  He responded that he had had a bad day and wanted a drink.  I told him I was just leaving class and we could meet up, if he wanted.  So ... he came and picked me up.  We drove back to my place and had margaritas (and lots and lots of making out).  He left around 10 or so.
Wednesday.  Very.  Tired.
When I got home from work, I started a load of laundry.  C texted that he was in Silver Spring getting his hair cut.  So, after he was finished (and after he did some shopping/eating), he stopped by so I could see the new 'do.  Very sexy :-)  ... and there was a little more of the making out.
He couldn't stay long though (*sad face*) ...
After he left, Tomokito, her sister, two nieces, and Hana came for a little visit.  That was fun.  In my apartment, Hana loves three things: (1) terrifying Isabella, (2) playing with my Gay Pride Mardi Gras Beads, and (3) watching "Finding Nemo."
The adults had margaritas.  I have started putting a little peach lemonade in them too.   It makes them slightly peachy and even yummier.  The family left around 9:30.  I called C and then went to bed.
Have a great day! Stay cool.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

How About Some Pottery Pix?

Good Afternoon, Kittens.
I was in training (3 hours!) this morning, so I didn't have time to update you on all the excitement in my life ...
Also, there is no excitement in my life.
We need to work on that ;-)
Luckily, I had several pottery pieces glaze-fired, so here are some clicky links to pictures:
My favorite is the brown bowl.  I am loving how the inside glaze turned sort of rusty reddish orange.  Fabulicious!
I also trimmed and attached handles to a cute lidded casserole.  I am hoping this will turn out well (but it still has to survive bisque-firing, glazing, and glaze-firing ... so much could still go horribly horribly awry).
I am going back to the studio this evening for class.  I have a bowl to trim and a mug to trim and make a handle for.  Then, I still have a shit-ton of clay.  I will try to make some things.  No idea what.  There is only one more class left.  Not much time to do anything overly substantial or labor intensive.
On a romantic front, not much is happening ... I will probably be seeing C again at some point (even though he thinks my bed is too hard ... Apparently he is Goldilocks and I am Papa Bear).  I wonder if his bed is too soft ... or just right?
And, I guess that is about it for now.
Have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Weekend Update: Valley of Shattered Dreams Edition

Good (Yes, It's Still) Morning, Kittens!

What a wacky weekend here in Vutopia. As you may remember, Tomokito, SCGB, and I were supposed to take a road trip to Baltimore on Friday after work. However, due to circumstances beyond our control, we were unable to make the trip. Instead, we had pizza and wine (lots and lots of wine ... as well as some whine) at Casa de Esteban. Good times.

On Saturday morning, I went for a run. I wanted to run about 6 or 7 miles. My knees only wanted to run 4.5. So that's what we did. Listen to your body, Kittens.

After cleaning up, the weather was so nice that I went for a bit of a wander. Farmer's Market. CVS (where I finally found the vitamins I'd been looking for). Caribou Coffee for an iced decaf. Then, home.

That evening, I headed over to Mike (Who Makes Cakes)'s house for dinner and conversation and booze (lots and lots of booze). It was good times with a small group of friends. I got home around midnight, I guess.

Sunday, after a leisurely morning, I drove (eek!) to the pottery studio. I put the handles on a pair of mugs. And I made a bowl and another (potential) mug. The kiln was on so I may have some finished pieces when I go back.

I came home and made pesto.

And, then, C came over. We walked to Downtown Silver Spring and had dinner at Thai at Silver Spring. Then, we walked back. We then may (or may not) have spent the rest of the evening making out on the sofa ... until we decided to move to the bedroom. And, he may (or may not) have spent the night.

Anyway, there aren't going to be any pix posted of C for awhile. I told him about the blog, and he is a bit wary about having his countenance broadcast all over the intertubez. Completely understandable. Also, I finally figured out who he reminded me of ... my friend, Ray. Well, if Ray were a 40-year-old African-American ... It's not that they look alike. It's more the way he says things and his hand gestures which remind me of Ray.

So, we got up early this morning, rolled around for a bit. He left. I went for a 3.5 mile run. Then, I went to see HP7B; however, the place was *crawling* with Summer Camp kids. Ew. I decided to wait until next weekend and go to an early early show (or a late late one). Instead, I went to the Whole Foods and spent too much money.

Later, I'm going to the pottery studio. And, then, Tomokito, her sister, and nieces (who are visiting from Japan) are going to stop by for a visit.

Good times! Have a great day!

Friday, July 15, 2011


Good morning, Kittens!
Happy Friday (Friday. We we we so excited)!  Or, at least we would be excited if we hadn't stayed up really really late last night making out with a hot guy.
Yeah, so, what happened was ... I had a third date with C.  He came over around 8PM last night (after I had gone for a short -2 mile- run and eaten a light dinner).  We had cocktails (blueberry margaritas!) and settled on the sofa to watch a movie.  He picked "Ghost."
Well, as it so happened, we didn't watch the movie as much as we "watched" the movie.  And, we "watched" the movie until nearly midnight.  Which, while fun, was not the smartest of ideas, considering I have to get up at 5:45A.M. for work.
Needless to say, someone hit the snooze button several times this morning.
And, then, convinced his co-workers to go to McDonald's (*shudder*) to get an egg 'n' cheese biscuit and a coffee (with caffeine!) for him this morning.
As for this weekend, tonight, SCGB, Tomokito and I are driving up to Baltimore to hang out with Eric from Baltimore.  The original plan was to spend the night, but I don't think we will. 
Saturday, I am going to Mike (Who Makes Cakes)'s house for drinks/games/something.  I may be bringing C with me.
And, on Sunday, I will be going to the pottery studio.  There are only two more weeks of class left, and I have a lot of stuff to do.
Monday, I am off (again!).  YAY!  I have no specific plans.  I might catch a morning showing of HP7B.  I also need to make a doctor's appointment and get passport photos taken.  Good times.
Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011


Good morning, kittens.
Yesterday, I had a productive day at work (so far today, not so much. bah.).  After work, I went to pottery class.  I glazed a bowl.  Then, I made what will hopefully be a small lidded casserole dish.  Lids are difficult.  We shall see if this one fits.
After pottery class, I met up with C.  We had dinner at El Golfo and then we went back to my place.  Once there, I initiated a discussion about some rather intense things going on in my life right now.  Well, one is intense; the other not so much.  We talked about M and how I'm sort of in a holding pattern regarding anything with him right now.  We talked about something that I was worried was going to scare him away ... but it didn't.  Which made me very relieved.  (Yes, I'm being purposefully vague, because I'm not quite ready to broadcast that particular issue across the internetz).  And, then, we made out. And hugged.  And fooled around.  And it was really great.  And I could see myself really liking this guy ... even though it's only been two dates (with the promise of more to come). 
And, now, I'm at work, wondering why I can never win the lottery so I don't have to be at work anymore.
Have a great day!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weekend Update: Better Than Last Weekend Edition

Good Afternoon, my Sweet Sweet Kittens!

I am trying to type with a kitten leaning on one arm and a cocktail in the other hand. Complicated, fer sure ...

ANYWAYz, my weekend has been pretty durn fabulous. On Friday, after work, I had plans to meet this guy who I went out with last summer (E? maybe?) for happy hour at 5:45. I got there a little early, found a table, ordered a drink, and waited ... and waited ... and waited. At 6PM, I thought, "Am I being stood up?" I checked, but didn't have his cellphone number, so I sent him an email (hoping that he had a smartphone).

It turns out he was in another part of the bar, not realizing that there were two sections. So, we had another few drinks and some food and good conversation. It was very nice.

On Saturday, I did lots of blobbing. And some cleaning. And a little grocery shopping. And, possibly some napping. Later, I ventured forth into the DeeCee to attend a BBQ at SCGB's cute new apartment. It is cute! And new! I volunteered to bring fixings for a cocktail. So, I chose the Cherry Caipirissima from the NYT's recent article on simple summer cocktails (three ingredients!). I had previously made the basil gimlet which was totes YUM YUM YUM.

Here's the cocktail:

Cherry Caipirissima

The recipe is pretty simple ... 3 cherries, pitted and halved, 3/4 oz simple syrup (I actually used Rose's Lime Stuff), 2 lime wedges, 2 oz of white rum, 6 ice cubes.

In a cocktail shaker, muddle the cherries and lime wedges with the syrup. Add the rum and ice cubes. Shake like the dickens. And pour into a rocks glass.

Very tasty. and festive!

The BBQ was fun. I left around 10PM. Got home around 11PM. Tomokito came down and we had the same cocktail (only I used vodka instead of rum).

Sunday, I drove to the Pottery Studio. Yay! So easy (if a little stressful). I glazed four things (only recently realizing that I actually have made 5 things ...). And then I made what will eventually be two mugs. I also had two completed pieces. One is hideously ugly and bound for the trash bin (or something). The other is this lovely bowl, bound for Brooklyn:

David's Bowl 1

Once home from pottery, I took a nap. Revolutionary!

Later that evening, I had a date. With a very cute guy. We went to Mandalay (mmm. Burmese food). And then we walked around downtown Silver Spring. And then we came back to my place and made out on the sofa. He's definitely a keeper. And he seems to be into me. I, of course, am not sure. I still have in the back of my mind that something might work out with M (y'know, the guy who is letting me use his car for the year he is in Las Vegas). What to do? What to do?

Anyway, this guy (let's start referring to him as C) left around midnight. I went to bed.

This morning, I was supposed to go for a 6 mile run. That didn't happen. I slept a little later. And then I went to the dentist.

Where I had a shit-ton of novocaine shot into my gums and the dentist drilled and filled four cavities. My mouf is a little sore right now. It seemed like forEVER, but I was out of the dentist office in about 50 minutes.

I headed back to Silver Spring, went to the Whole Foods and then treated myself to a boozy lunch at El Golfo. Spinach Enchiladas! YAY!

Then, I took a nap. (I seem to do that a lot, huh?)

And I ironed 4 shirts for work.
I applied to a job.
And now I'm thinking about what to make for dinner.

Hope you all had a great weekend and a happy Monday!

Friday, July 08, 2011

Chic C'est La Vie

Good Morning, Kittens.
It's Friday Friday!
And Yesterday was Thursday.  Thursday.  And I did lots of work.  Being productive is HARD.
When I got home, I went for a 3.5 mile run.  Which was also hard.  Like running in slow motion through a bowl of soup.  And not very delicious soup at that.
Then, I blobbed and talked on the phone with friends.  M was feeling homesick.  *sigh*
Oh, and in happier news, my new credit card arrived! HUZ-ZAH!  It is now activated and ready to GO!
Today, I am going to happy hour with a guy from last summer.  I recently saw him online and was, like, "um.  hey.  You look familiar."  And he was all "yeah!  We went out.  You introduced me to Uni-Qlo."  so I was like "cool, let's meet up."  And we are.  This evening.  for happy hour.
No firm plans for the rest of the weekend (yet).  I have an appointment with a contractor on Saturday morning to take a look at my kitchen. I may have a date with a cute doctoral student/intern, who recently moved here from Boston for a year.  I also want to go to the pottery studio on Sunday.
And, on Monday (have I mentioned that I am 3 out of 4 Mondays this month?), I am going to the dentist to get four (FOUR!) cavaties filled.  That should be a laugh riot.
That's about it!  Have a great day!

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Taking My Mind Off Things

Good Afternoon, Kittens.

It's been a wacky (and slightly unpleasant) day in Vutopia. So, rather than deal with all that (trust me, we will be dealing with it at some point on this blog), here are some photos of my "garden."

This looks suspiciously like jalapenos, but I'm almost sure I didn't buy a jalapeno plant ... Maybe I did.

OMG! Baby Habeneros! So CUTE!

Lemon basil. It is going CRAY-ZEE!

Regular basil. It is not going crazy. It is looking kind of sad.

Cilantro. I don't even like cilantro all that much.

Pretty Yellow Poppy

Yellow Cosmos

Orangey-Red Cosmos

Cosmos. With sunflowers behind them, which *refuse* to bloom. WAAAAH!

And, there you have it. Hope you had a fabulous day!

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Weekend Update: Independence Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!
What a weekend!  To say that it started off with a bang would be an understatement. 
On Thursday evening, I was chatting with a guy on Grindr.  He hanging out in Downtown Silver Spring, so we decided to meet up.  We had a fun conversation.  Then, he drove me home.  He's currently at the beach with his family.  We will probably meet up again once he gets back. 
While on the date, I received a phone call from a 1-800 number that I didn't recognize. So I ignored it.  And then forgot about it.
Until Friday morning, when I got another phone call (and a voicemail message) from the same number.  The message was from my credit card company regarding possible credit card fraud.  Did I make any large purchases in Modesto, CA on Thursday evening?
Um.  No?
So, somebody charged over $400 on my card at a grocery store, gas station, and McDonald's (ew).  Luckily my credit card company caught it.  The erased the charges and canceled my card.  *whew*  Bullet dodged.
Except, wait.  I only have one credit card.  And I use it for all my purchases.  And I had only about $120 in my checking account.  ACK!  Then, I remembered that my paycheck should be clearing later that day (which it did.  *hurrah*).
Of course, that also meant I was going to be cash based for the weekend (and this week, too.  ugh). 
After dealing with the credit card mess, I went into DC to have my hair cut and colored.  Yay!  I paid cash.  Boo.
Then, I texted Mike Who Makes Cakes to let him know that I would not be going to happy hour with him.  I picked up some groceries, some booze, and went home to chill.
Saturday morning, I woke up and started doing some boring house stuff, like vaccuuming, and putting away clean clothes, and trying to repair a drippy pipe under my kitchen sink.  That did not work out to well.  Blood!  Everywhere!  Ouch!  Pain!  Agony!
Saturday evening, I had cocktails with Tomokito and some of her friends.  Yay!
Sunday, I spent the morning getting ready for my 3rd of July Party.  Steveandbobby and Tomokito (and Hana!) and Eric from Baltimore came over for lots of boozy goodness and snacks.  Then, we went to El Golfo for dinner.  Nom nom nom.
Of course, I was schnockered by 9PM, so I went to bed.  Boring.
I got up the next morning and went for a 4.5 mile run.  Yay me!  So healthy!
Then, I went out to a very boozy lunch with a friend ... followed by boozy time in a sleazy bar ... followed by a nap.
Later, Tomokito came down and we toasted our Independence with prosecco.  Yum!
Once she left, I got my stuff ready for work, and went to bed.  Good times.
And, that's about all that happened.  Today, I am leaving work a smidge early to go to pottery class.  Yay!  Fun!  I'll also be picking up M's car (finally).  Wheels!  Freedom!  Huzzah!
Have a great day!  *smooches*