Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Update: Xmas Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

Previously, on VUBOQ, I was wandering the streets causing random cars to burst into flames ... well, apparently, I have a new SuperPower.

But, enough about that!  Things were superbusy crazypants up until I left for Greensboro, NC after work last Friday.  Luckily, my flight was on time, and I arrived on time, in one piece, and slightly tipsy (yay for airport barz).

Friday night, I went to one of my brother's friend's birthday party.  I knew a couple people.  It was fun-ish.  The beer was cheap.  And, then, since I was starving, we left the party and grabbed some food.  Yay food!

Saturday, I met some of my college friends for lunch at the Village Tavern.  $5 martinis all day on Saturday! WOO HOO!!!

My BFF from college (24 years and going strong) gave me some fun Elon gear.  Go Fighting Christian Phoenixes!

Saturday afternoon, the parental units arrived.  I took a nap.

On Saturday night, the water heater exploded (see aforementioned SuperPower).

On Sunday, I went for a six mile run with the President of my Greensboro Fan Club.  And, then, I showered at my brother's girlfriend's house.  Yay!

On Monday, there was much blobbing around the house.  Plus, some grocery shopping.  And on Monday evening, Santa came.  Apparently, I have been a very Good Boy.  Either that or Santa turns a blind eye to the naughty naughty buttsecks.

I got several gift cards (Whole Foods, Barnes and Noble, Regal Cinema, Target), a couple of Polo goods (it helps when one's brother works for Mr. Lauren), and my parents paid for the upcoming Spring pottery session.

Tuesday morning, I flew back to the DeeCee.  And, later that evening, I unwrapped my favorite present ... M (not the one in Las Vegas, the one who lives here). 

Today, I went to work. Yuck.  We were allowed to leave at 3PM because of the weather.  And I did laundry.  And roasted vegetables.  Good times.

Soooooo ... how was your Xmas (for those of you who celebrate it)?


Sunday, December 16, 2012

Week Update: Excitement Edition

Good Sunday Afternoon, Kittens!

I guess it's time to update everyone on my week and weekend.  It has been fabulous (mostly).

After work on Monday, I busied myself by getting My Cocky & Rude Bloggy Gift Exchange packages ready to mail.  I hope that they (a) have arrived by now and (b) that they arrived in one piece.

On Tuesday, my co-worker drove me to the Pottery Studio so I could pick up the last few pieces of my pottery.  I was mostly pleased with how things turned out.  Especially this bowl:

Cool BowlWhich I gave to my co-worker as a thank you for the ride

And My Little Yellow Soup Tureen:

We All Live in a Yellow Soup Tureen

Once I got home, I had to get ready for my building's monthly board meeting.  So much fun.  not really.

On Wednesday, I did laundry and M (not the one in Las Vegas.  Obviously) came over for an Adult Sleepover.  We watched Men in Black 3 and ate pizza.  And maybe did a few other things ...

On Thursday, I relaxed mostly.  And, made spicy stir-fried napa cabbage and noodles.  Tasty!

Friday, the real excitement began!  First, the power in my building went out.  And came back on.  And went out again.  And came back on.  And went out again.  Until finally, I left around 2.

But, I had a doctor's appointment.  I am mostly healthy.  He prescribed some antibiotics for my persistent cough.

On Saturday morning, I got up and went to a Holiday Brunch at Old Ebbitt Grill.  I had the pumpkin spice french toast.  Very. Tasty.

Then, home to take a nap.

And, then, I met M and we went to Game Night with Mike (Who Makes Cakes).  As we were looking for parking, M's car got a flat.  We called AAA and they sent someone out to change the tire.  As M waited for AAA, I walked to the house and, suddenly, a car BURST INTO FLAMES.  Seriously.  Right as I was walking by it.   Some college age kids had just parked it.  And one of them was all, "Dude, I think your car is on fire."  They called 911.  I went to see if I could find a fire extinguisher.  But, by the time I found one, it was too late.  See:

I bring the excitement. First, my friend gets a flat. Then, this car fire starts right as I walk by.

Game Night was fun.  We ate pizza.  Drank wine.  Played Apples to Apples and Spades.  M and I won in Spades.  Yay us!  Then, we came back to my place and had even more fun.

And, then, we may have had more fun this morning before heading to Eggspectations for breakfast.

And, then, we may have had more fun when we got back from breakfast.

And, now, I am ready for a nap, but -first- I must do a little cleaning ... and ironing.

Good times!

Hope your week/weekend was equally as exciting!  *smooches*

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Week Update: [Insert Clever Title Here] Edition

Good Sunday Evening, Kittens.

Let's catch you up on the past week, shall we?

Lessee ... I went to work every day ... and did not kill anyone.  Always a plus.  I am so unmotivated at work these days.  *sigh*

On Monday, I recovered from the weekend of working at the Crappy National Fucking Harbor.  And, um, I may have had a "friend" come over for an Adult Sleepover.

Tuesday, after work, I went to the pottery studio to do a little last minute glazing.  All of my work from this semester should be ready on Tuesday-ish.  Prepare yourself for an onslaught of pottery pix.  And try to contain your excitement.

Wednesday, I did laundry.

Thursday was the Day of the CSA Vegetables.  I am sort of tired of fresh vegetables.  Or, more accurately, I am tired of trying to figure out what to do with all the fresh vegetables I have.

And, on Friday, I went bowling (with the same "friend" from Monday night).  I did badly.  Also, bowling with a bad back is not a great idea.  Owz.  And, then, we got take out from Mandalay.  Mmm.  Yummy Burmese foodz.

Saturday, I may have had the buttsecks ... twice ... before heading to the Kitchen Design place to talk about my new kitchen.  Then, I ran home.  4.5 miles.  So exhausting.

Lots of blobbing then commenced.

And, Saturday night, Tomokito came down for Martini Time and Drinking an Entire Bottle of Wine Time.  Boozy good times!

Sunday, surprisingly not overly overhung.  After a leisurely morning, I headed over to the German and his Hot Wife's apartment to help them move.  OK.  I didn't really do anything other than drink beer and eat pizza.  Other people moved furnitures and boxes.  I have a bad back.  Really.

Then, I came home and cleaned and ironed.  Tonight, I'm going to figure out which vegetables to cook and maybe work on my annual StickSteven Year in Review Holiday Letter.

Where has the time gone?  Eh?

Hope you had a beautiful week and a fun-filled weekend!

Monday, December 03, 2012

Weekend Update: I've Been Working on the Weekend Edition

Good morning, kittens!

And, I'm back from my "wonderful" weekend at the National Harbor.  Well, parts of it were wonderful, but most of it Just. Sucked.

The wonderful parts were being able to hang out with V from Philly and ... well, that's about it, really.

Friday, after work, a co-worker drove me to the National Harbor, because there is really no good way to get there via public transportation.  I met V at the Aloft and he gave me a key to our room and then went back to work the Holiday Festival. 

The Aloft sucked.

The room had no heat.  We complained twice and each time they said they would send up an engineer to look at it.  They did not.

V from Philly got back from the Festival around 7ish, and we met his co-worker for dinner. We first went to the Rosa Mexicano, but they had no available seating until 9:30PM.  So, we tried this Italian place (name of which I can never remember) where my co-workers and I sometimes go for lunch.  They were not accepting walk-ins until after 9PM.  Really?  WTF?  We did manage to find a trio of seats at the bar.  And our bill?  For three came to about $130.  Really?  WTF?  This is not forkin' New York City.  It's the National Harbor.  In Fort Washington!  Prince Georges County!  And, thus, one theme of the weekend was set: Long waits for over-priced, fair-to-middlin' food.

After dinner, V from Philly's co-worker drove back to Philly.  We went to the dueling piano bar, Bobby McKeys.  $5 cover?  What?  Really?  $9 beer?  WTF?  Really?  We had one drink and left.  And, then, went to Harrington's.  No cover.  Still expensive beer.  Plus, a very nice (possibly drunk) redneck in a camouflage jacket said V from Philly and I made a cute couple and he should put a ring on it.  Ha!

The next morning, we grabbed breakfast at Freshii and caught the shuttle to the Holiday Festival.  I was on my feet for 9 hours shilling wines from a Pennsylvania winery.  One thing I learned is that even if you know nothing about wine, people tasting it will believe anything you say about it and will be all like "oh, yes, I do get a hint of that at the finish." 

The tent was cold.  Even with Uni-Qlo heat-tech longjohns and turtleneck and foot warmers, I was still chilly.  At the end of the day, we packed up and shuttled back to the main harbor area.  We ate dinner at Thai Pavilion, which fit into the theme of restaurants there.  Over-priced.  Fair-to-middlin'.

Then, we went back to the hotel, watched some TV, and I crashed before 10:30PM.  Werk iz hard.

Sunday, we stepped and repeated.

Breakfast at Freshii.  Drove to the Festival.  Shilled wine.  Tried to be pleasant to people even though I wanted to bash their faces in.

I have decided that sales/customer service is not the job for me.

We finished at 5.  Packed up the car.  And drove to Silver Spring.  We had dinner at McGinty's in DTSS, and when we got the bill, V from Philly said, "Wow.  These aren't National Harbor prices."  No, indeed, they were not.

Then, he drove me home and headed back to Philly.  I blobbed around the house for a bit and went to bed.

I am so glad I am off today.  I have a lot of running around to do.  Good times!

Have a great day!  *smooches*