Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Tell Me About It, Stud

Sligo Creek before the Deluge
Good Afternoon, Kittens!

Well, Sandy has come and gone.  She tried to do her worst, but we persevered.  The power flickered once, but that was it.  Hurrah!

So, how did I spend my day "working from home?"

I'm so glad you asked ...

I baked a pumpkin in my toaster oven.

Is that a
pumpkin in your toaster oven or are you just happy to see

I sat on the sofa a lot ... except when a certain Ball o' Kitteh stole my spot.

There is a Ball o'Kitteh in my spot.

I ventured out into the wind and the rain to take a photo of the roaring torrent, Sligo Creek.

Roaring Torrent

I made Blue Hubbard Squash Risotto, using this recipe (minus the radicchio).

Blue Hubbard Squash Risotto. So. Much. Stirring.

Isabella and I celebrated when the radiators came on.

Cat on a Hot Tin Radiator

Then, I headed up to K-Factor and the Canadian's apartment for an evening change of scenery.

And, that was my day.  Good times for sure.

Today, I am trying to be productive, but it's not happening.  Boo.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekend Update: The Calm Before the Storm Edition

Good Evening, Kittens. 

As I sit here waiting for Sandy, I thought I'd take a few minutes to update you on my week and weekend.

The week was SuperCrazyBusyInsane!  I had a major deadline on Friday plus an event for Energy Action Month on the same day.  I spent most of the week trying to get all of that done.  GAH!  Fortunately, the event was a success (yay!) and I managed to get all of my reports and databases turned in on time (double yay!).

After work on Friday, I was in a celebratory mood, so I came home, put on my pajamas, and made a martini.  As I was settling in for a long night of sofa-blobbing.  My friend, V, texted, "are we still going out tonight?" ... D'oh!  I had totally forgotten about that.  Oops.  SO, I put on real clothes.  He picked me up.  We had a quick dinner in Downtown Silver Spring, and, then, we went to the Green Lantern.  We left around midnight.  It was boozy good times.

I may (or may not) have smoked a cigarette afterwards.

Saturday, I ran errands in the morning and bought supplies at the Giant.  Then, I met my Cute (and Well-Hung) Neighborhood Friend, M, for lunch at El Golfo.  He had never been there before.  Poor guy.

We parted ways after lunch, and I came home and clean clean cleaned my apartment.  Because, later that evening, I held my (usually) Annual BYOP Pumpkin Carving Party.  It was fun.   We drank vanilla-cinnamon infused vodka with apple cider.  Ate Mike (Who Makes Cakes) pumpkin spice cake.  Carved a pumpkin or two.  And talked and drank and ate and talked and drank and ate.  Good times!  Most people left around 11ish.  Tomokito stayed around and chatted until maybe 1?

And, today, I got up and went for a 6 mile run.  And, then, I called some friends.  And I did the post-party washing up. And I ironed for the week.  And I applied for a new job.  And roasted a blue hubbard squash (for a risotto).  And had more cake with my neighbor, K-Factor.  And soon I need to figure out what I want for dinner. Probably leftover blue mashed potatoes and sauteed red kale.

The storm has still not arrived.  I am hoping the Federal Government closes and I don't have to go to work tomorrow.

I am also hoping my power stays on.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pottery Porn

Good Evening, Kittens.

Last night, at pottery, a couple of pieces had been glaze-fired ... Prepare yourself for some Unattractive Pottery Porn

Duo of Boring VasesToo big to be mugs.  Too squat to be useful.

BowlActually, this isn't half-bad.  I may gift it to a family member.  Or a family member's girlfriend.

And, there you have it. 

In other news,  work.  It is keeeeeeeeeeeeeelling me.  I just have to make it through Friday.  I can do it!  I know I can.

Have a fabulous evening (or day.  whatever)!


Monday, October 22, 2012

Weekend Update: I Ran All Night Edition

Good Morning, Kittens!

Not much to catch up on from the week.  Work is work.  I missed pottery class last Monday (sore back.  bad rain.  lazy).  My date with the SuperHot Trainer Guy got postponed (again).  His other job keeps him very busy, and he has to work late a lot.  *sigh*  And, I did laundry.

This weekend, however, quite a bit happened.

I decorated for Halloween.  Meaning, I put up my Halloween lights, including the Cute New Mummy Lights I got using a Target gift card I found the other day.

THEN, I got a package:

Cute Nu Shooooz. Early Xmas present from the folks. Yayz!

Cute Nu Shoooooz!  They are an early Xmas present from my parents.  Yay for parents who support your bad habits!

That evening, I met SCGB at Adega for wine and carb-loading.  I had (most of) a ginormous flatbread pizza.  YUM!

And, on Sunday, I woke up SuperEarly.  My co-worker and her BF picked me up and we headed to the Army Ten Miler. 

I had a pretty good run.  It wasn't as fast as i wanted, but my bad back and being sick the last two weeks hindered my training.  Also, the last two miles were pure torture.  According to my Nike+ GPS watch, the last two miles were also my fastest.  And, I finished the race with a time of 01:26:30. About 8:30ish second miles. 

I came in 6306th place overall (out of 21912).  In my division, Men 40-44, I was 790th (not sure out of how many).  And out of all males running, I was 4941.

My time was almost 13 minutes faster than last year.  Of course, last year, I was recovering from surgery. 

The sad thing about running this weekend was that I missed a 20th Reunion Brunch with several of my college friends and professors.

What a fun group of people, no?

ANYWAY, after the run, in order to avoid the ubercrowded metro system, co-worker, her BF, and I went to lunch at Pentagon City Mall.  And, then, we headed home.

I showered and took a nap.

And watched DVDs.  And knitted.  And then had a martini.

And, then, somehow, ended up inviting a Cute Neighborhood Guy over for an Adult Sleepover.  That was fun.  He left around 8 this morning to go to work.  I am off.  Yay!

I need to clean.  Iron.  Grocery shop.  And, at some point, get my butt off the sofa.

Have a wonderful day!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Week Update: Miserably Ill Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

This past week has been chock full of fun and excitement!  Especially if you define "fun and excitement" as "feeling like Death Warmed Over!"  YAY!

I contend that V from Philly gave me some sort of Deadly Philadelphia Germ.  He refutes that claim, because he has not been sick. Whatever.  Carrier.

ANYWAY, I spent most of the week feeling like El Crapola.  The cold has been mostly in my chest.  Lots of coughing and hacking.  Not much sinus pain (huzzah for small favors).  And, thus, I did not do much.

I did go to pottery class, where I threw two (future) mugs and a bowl.

I also made two very yummy soups: black lentil/tomato/vegetable and thai red curry butternut squash (pictured above).

This weekend, I have been feeling a bit better.  Still, I cancelled my planned daytrip to Philly to hang out with the fabulous Lora and Bossy.  I will see them -fer sure- when I run the Philadelphia Half Marathon in November.

I've mostly blobbed around the house.  Drinking juice.  Taking vitamins.  Making Serrano-infused Tequila with the chilies I had to pick b/c of the Threat of Frost.  And also some Vanilla-Cinnamon Infused Vodka for my Low-Key BYOP Pumpkin Carving Party in a couple of weeks.

Threat of frost tonight, so I picked the last of my peppers.The Last of the Chilies

 I did manage to run 3.5 miles this morning.  The Army 10-Miler is next Sunday.  I don't think I'm ready. Stupid back issues.  Stupid cold.  BUT, I will do my best.  I will probably be slower than I want to be though.  *sigh*

I am off tomorrow.  So, I'll be doing laundry.  And grocery shopping. And all sorts of other fun things.

Hope all is well and healthy in your world!

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Weekend Update: V Edition

Good Evening, Kittens.

Well, we are on Day 3 of my 4-day weekend (*w00t*), so I thought I would bring you up-to-date on all the excitement in my life.

So, on Friday, I mostly ran errands.  I also ran a few miles.  I went to the Giant and bought some necessary supplies, like kitty litter and paper towels.  Then, I did a little grocery shopping at the Whole Foods.  And, I may (or may not) have had a slightly boozy lunch at Adega.

Three guesses where I am and the first two don't count.

Once home, I took a long nap.  Then, I cleaned the bathroom. Yay clean bathroom! 

As I was doing all this housework, I was reminded that my iron had died.  I also remembered that I had a Target giftcard.  SO, I went to target.com and did a little shopping.  I bought a new iron (yay!), a new rug for the bathroom, a shoe rack, and some Halloween novelty lights. YAY!

And I spent the rest of the evening watching Downton Abbey, Season 2.  LOVE!

On Saturday, I journeyed out to Wheaton to talk to the people who are designing my kitchen.  AND, I totally LOVE LOVE LOVE the design.  However, it is a bit more expensive than I had budgeted.  I'm trying to see how I can make do. 

I do have one major decision to make: the floor.

The cabinets are wood with a brushed aluminum veneer.  And the countertops are this ice-stone-like recycled materials red.  With the floor, I can't decide between white cork and red linoleum.  Here are the options.  What do you think:

UntitledWhite cork flooring

UntitledRed linoleum flooring

I am leaning towards the red flooring.

After meeting with the kitchen people, I met my friend, V, for brunch.  We went to Eggspectations.  Yum.  Then, we went back to my place and "watched a movie."  (*wink wink nudge nudge*).

He left.  I got cleaned up and headed into DC to meet my friend, V from Philly, who was here for the Red Dress Run.  V from Philly is a hasher, and those people?  They are a little cray-cray.  But the after-run party was fun (even though it was at McFadden's in Georgetown). We got a little durnk.  And, then, we took a taxi back to Silver Spring.  We walked down to Pacci's for a late night pizza.  YUM.

And, then, we came home and went to bed.

This morning, we slept in.  Had some coffee.  Eventually (after a little "movie-watching"), we walked over to El Golfo for brunch.  On the way there, we met another V, the woman who was the front-desk receptionist at the company I used to work for in Silver Spring.  She lives across the street from me.  Such a nice woman :-) ... Brunch at El Golfo was delicious.

We came back home and took a long nap on the sofa.  Then, he had to drive back to Philly (*sad face*).  And, after we found his car, I went on a 7 mile run.

Now, I am home, about to have dinner, crack open a bottle of champagne and watch the last episode of Downton Abbey, Season 2.

I'm so glad I'm off tomorrow, too!

Have a great night and a Happy Monday (especially if you are off!).


P.S. the fabulous Earl Cootie is celebrating 101 Days of October.  And, I'm a guest poster.  Check out my October photo here (and send him some of your Fall pix too)!