Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Because

Good Evening, Kittens!

Because there are some things I want to tell you about, but can't just yet, I am going to share with you some pottery pictures ...

Mugs


Mugs!  The inside is Michigan Brown.  And the outside is Lisa's Favorite Blue and Black (around the rim).  I think I will be giving one of these to V from Philly, who I will be seeing this weekend because I told him I would help him work some sort of Mulled Wine Booth at the National Harbor's Harbor Holiday Festival (or something like that). The company is putting us up in a hotel room there all weekend. And I get to talk about booze to strangers.  Good times!

Bowl


Bowl!  It is all in Lisa's Favorite Blue.  I am thinking I will give this to a family member.  Maybe my brother (and his girlfriend) for Xmas. I used my credit card points to get my family members gift cards to various and sundry stores.  So I feel like I should also give them something that I actually paid for ...

Hm ...

As for my online shopping/black friday/cyber sunday/whatever let's shopday experience ...

My brother will also be getting some of this Super Delicious Hand-crafted Tonic. It's from Arizona, so, Carrie, you should totally buy some.  It is full of the Nomz!


I have decided that Uni-Qlo's on-line store is going to drive me to bankruptcy.  I bought 2 sweaters, a pair of dress pants, 5 pairs of socks, and two t-shirts the other day.  I wore one of the sweaters to work today and got OODLES of compliments.  YAY!  Admittedly, I did look super-cute.  Well, super-cuter than usual.

I also bought more lube.  Well, after Thanksgiving, I needed more.  *ahem*  What?  No judgement.

And, I guess that's all the news (that I can share).  Have a wonderful night!
*smooches*



Saturday, November 24, 2012

Thanksgiving Update: Whole Lot to Be Thankful for Edition

Good Afternoon, Kittens!  I hope you had a delightful Thanksgiving and are using the rest of the weekend to relax and exercise off all those excess calories you consumed ... as for me, my Thanksgiving holiday has been possibly one of the Best EVER!

On Wednesday afternoon, I got some VERY  GOOD news (which I will be sharing later once everything is signed and official). THEN, M in Las Vegas texted asking if I would be home on Thursday, because he wanted to pick up the car.

Um.  WHAT?  "Are you in town," I asked.  He said he would be but was driving from DC to his family's in NC.  CRAZY PANTS!

Later that evening, another M (this one local) called saying he and a friend were in the neighborhood and could they stop by.  "Sure," I said. When they got here, the friend stayed in the car.  Weird.  But, whatever.  So M and I chatted for a minute.  And then ended up having superhot buttsecks while his friend sat in the car waiting ...

Hmmm ...

On Thanksgiving morning, some of my neighbors, former neighbors, and friends ran the 2nd Annual Sligo Co-op 10(ish)K and Brunch.  That was awesome.  The weather was gorgeous and we all had a good time.

When we got back, we had brunch at K-Factor and the Canadian's apartment.  While I was there, M (from Las Vegas) texted saying he was at Fort Totten Metro and could I come pick him up at Silver Spring.  Fortunately, I had only had one mimosa so I was fine to go pick him.

He had flown on the red-eye to NYC and then transferred to DC and then metro'ed to Silver Spring.  CRAZY.  And, he was planning on just hopping in his car and driving the 6 hours to his parents' home in NC.  CRAZIER!

He brushed his teeth, washed up a bit, and ... um ... well, then, we ended up having superhot quickie buttsecks before he left.

And, then, I went back up to brunch.  Very hungry.

I left "brunch" around 4 and started making a vegetarian chili.  M (from DC) had mentioned that he wasn't going anywhere for Thanksgiving.  He has recently become vegetarian and didn't want to deal with all the drama surrounding that with his family.   So, I invited him over.  We ate chili.  Watched DVDs.  Went to bed superearly and ended up having really fun buttsecks that night ... and the next morning.

It seems I have had a very Whore-y Thanksgiving.

Friday, I helped the neighbors rake leaves.  Then, I met this guy who I've been talking to online for a long time for lunch.  He's nice.  We did not have superhot buttsecks.  Not sure if he's my type.  But, a nice enough guy, for sure.

Then, I got ready for the theater!  My co-worker and I went to the Kennedy Center to see "Jekyll and Hyde" starring American Idol alum, Constantine SomethingThatBeginsWithAnM.  OMG.  The show was boring.  And his singing had two levels - flat or LOUD.  Way too many "power ballads" for one show.  Blech.  The female leads were pretty awesome though.  Loved them.  And I may have giggled once or twice at the goofy staging.

Can't win them all I guess.  Next show we're seeing is "White Christmas."  I imagine that it will be AWESOME!

This morning, when I finally woke up, I noticed that the wind had blown an entire new batch of leaves all over our nicely raked yard.  Grrrrr.  So, I helped a couple more neighbors rake that mess up.

Then, I made pickles.

Watermelon radishes, purple carrots, regular carrots and weird fractal looking cauliflower

And, now, I am trying to update my iphone.  It is taking forever.  After I finish that, I'm heading to the bank, likker store, and the 7-11 to buy PowerBall tickets ($315 million, bitches!).

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
*smooches*

Monday, November 19, 2012

Weekend Update: Half-Marathon Edition

Good Evening, Kittens.

I have returned from a fun-filled and slightly exhausting weekend in the City of Brothers Who Love.

After work on Friday, I headed to Union Station.  My train wasn't scheduled to depart until nearly 9PM, so I had arranged to meet a friend for drinks/food beforehand.

Said friend never showed up.  Grrrrr.  And, then, made some lousy excuse.  This is a friend that I used to hang out with last year, but he met a boyfriend and ignored me.  Now, they have broken up, and he contacted me again.  I thought I would give him another shot.  Oh, well.  I am done with that guy.

The train trip to Philadelphia was uneventful.  I was mostly drunk.  V from Philly picked me up at the train station and we drove back to his place.  Had a few drinks.  And went to bed (it was nearly midnight).

The next morning, there may (or may not) have been some Morning Fun.  Then, we met Lora for brunch at the Green Eggs Cafe.  OMG.  The food was so good there.  And the portions were HUGE!  We all ordered different things and shared.  It was awesome!  Nom nom nom.

After brunch, V from Philly and I went to the Convention Center to pick up my race packet.  Then, we headed to the Macy's for the unveiling of their Christmas windows ... and Look Who Was There:

ANDREW McCARTHY and some guy in a red suit
After that, we drove up to Manayunk, so V from Philly could buy some new running shoes at a local shop where a friend of his works.   Then, we ate a very late lunch at a restaurant up there.

We drove back.  Blobbed around.  Decided we were too full to go out for dinner, so we ordered a pizza.  I needed to carb load.

We had to get up Way Early for the Half-Marathon.  V from Philly works with a group who runs a Beer Check at Mile 19, so he had to get up there before the roads closed.  He dropped me off at the starting line around 5:30.  KBrrrrr.  It was cold.

The race eventually started.  YAY!  It was fun, but so crowded I couldn't really concentrate on the sights.  I got a high-five from Mayor Nutter at the start ... and the finish.  The worst part of the course was a never-ending hill around mile 9.  UGH.  But after surviving that, the rest of the run was relatively easy ... until Mile 12, when a blister on my right toe burst.  Ouch!

My official time was 2:02:16.  Slightly better than I thought I would do, but not as good as I wanted to do.  I finished 3916 out of 10971 overall and 246 out of 511 in my division (M 40-44).  Not too shabby, I guess.

After the run, I hobbled back to V from Philly's place, showered, ate leftover pizza, drank a beer, and fell asleep.  He got home around 3 (I think?).  And, then, we went to a gay happy hour at the Hotel Monaco.  After that, we went to Khyber Pass Pub for drinks and dinner.  I had a vegan pulled "pork" BBQ sandwich, which was super tasty.  And, then, one of V from Philly's friends joined us and we went to another bar somewhere for more drinks.

And, then, we walked home.  And fell asleep around 10:30.

This morning, he dropped me off at the train station on his way to work.  I got home around noon.  Did housework.  Went to the grocery store.  And, now, I'm just chillin' until pottery class.  Good times.

Hope you had an awesome weekend and a great Monday!
*smooches*

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Busy. Tired. Ready for the Weekend.

Good Evening, Kittens!

It's been a heckuvaweek (so far).

Monday, I went to the Trader Joe's.  And, then, I ironed 10 shirts.  Later, K-Factor came down and we watched "True Grit" (the remake, not the original).  It was pretty damn awesome.  I also made a potato leek soup (plus carrots).  It was delicious.

Later that evening, K-Factor and I went to pottery class.  I made three bowls, worked on my mini-soup tureen project, and glazed two mugs and a bowl.  Good times.

Tuesday, after work, I went for a 3.5 mile run.  And, then, I attended my monthly co-op board meeting.  Joy.

Wednesday, I did laundry and talked to my BFF from college. 

AND, today, THURSDAY, I had the job interview.  I think it went well.  I hope it went well.  I need the significant increase in salary that it would bring.  And, this evening, another Board member and I had an orientation/interview with a prospective buyer of one of the vacant units in our building.  Also, the cute shirts I ordered for my building's Thanksgiving Morning 10(ish)K (and brunch) arrived. They are cute! YAY!

Tomorrow, after work, I am heading to the City of Brothers Who Love!  On Sunday, I am running the City of Brothers Who Love Half Marathon. ACK!  13.1 miles!  It will be the longest I have run since I ran the Marine Corps Marathon way back in 2001.  I would like to run it in under 2 hours, but I don't think that will be possible.  It would be nice though. 

On the plus side, I will be crashing at V from Philly's pad for the weekend (and maybe there will be a little *wink wink nudge nudge hubba hubba hubba*).  AND, I will get to see the Super Awesome Ladies, Bossy and Lora. And maybe some other Philly Phriends ...  AND, I know there will be delicious food and fun drinkydrinkdrinks involved.

It's always a good time ...

Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay tuned for an exciting recap on Monday (assuming I survive the run).
*smooches*


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Weekend Update: Parental Visit Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!  And Happy Veterans' Day!  I hope you will all be able to celebrate and honor our veterans tomorrow by not going to work and hitting the mall for Big Big Sales.

ANYWAY,  my parents visited this weekend.  They arrived Thursday late afternoon.  That evening, we just blobbed around and ate and talked.

On Friday, I had a hair appointment.  While I was away, I tasked my parents with cleaning my place and putting away my Halloween decorations.

When I got home, we piled into the car and I drove (eek!) to the Kennedy Center.  We had a tour of the building and, then, had dinner at the KC Cafe.  After dinner, we attended a performance of "Warhorse."

It was pretty amazing.  BUT, I would like to say that the people who were all like, "The horses are PUPPETS! and, after awhile, you don't even notice the puppeteers" are either totally craycray or possibly mentally challenged.  Every time the horses appeared on stage, I was always like, "who is that character who is always leading the horse around."

Then, I would remember it was the puppeteer in charge of head movement.  I found it a little distracting.

BUT, still, the play was very good.  And, the parents enjoyed it.  Hurrah!

Then, I drove (eek!) home.  Through Rock Creek Park!  In the dark!  SCARY!  It was like driving through Deliverance

On Saturday, we went to Target.  The parents bought me a humidifier.  Yay?  They seem to think that will help with my "Winter Cough."  We'll see ... At least my sweaters shouldn't be so staticky now.

For dinner, we ate at El Golfo.  Yum!  Then, we came back and watched some of Downton Abbey Season 2. 

The parents left this morning.  And, I went for an 11 mile run.  Then, I went to the likker store and the Whole Foods and had a boozy lunch at Adega.  YAY!

Then, I had a nap.

Tonight, Tomokito and I are having cocktails here.  And, in the morning, I have a phone interview for what could be a very interesting (and much higher salaried) job.  Send good vibes around 9AM.

After the interview, I'll need to grocery shop and iron and maybe do some cooking for the week.  And, then, there will be pottery class ... which kicks off a very busy week.  More on that later, I'm sure.

Have a great night!  And enjoy your day off tomorrow (if you have a day off tomorrow).

*smooches*

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Election Isn't Over

KITTENS!

As some of you may know, I have a brother ...

The Brother and MeWe are practically twins


He is involved in some sort of David and Goliath Battle (he would be the David in this scenario) to be named Tailgater of the Year (or something) for Appalachian State University (which is a minor university located in Western North Carolina, and vastly inferior (except maybe in sports) to Elon University).

He has asked me to ask you to take some time out of your busy schedule and vote for his Humble Band of Tailgaters.  If you feel so inclined, here is the info:


Please follow these simple instructions: 

And, there you have it.  
Wasn't that easy?

OH, and you only have until, like, NOON on WEDNESDAY. So. HURRY UP for fuck's sake!

Have a great night!
Many *smooches* (especially if you vote for my brother)

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Weekend Update: Not in Atlantic City Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

This weekend, I was supposed to meet my friend, V from Philly, in Atlantic City; however, that trip did not happen.  Something about a Frankenstorm and most of Atlantic City being washed out to sea ... oh, well.  I was very disappointed.

Luckily, V from Philly decided to come here.  Yay!

He arrived Friday night.  I had been out to happy hour with a co-worker and former co-worker.  We basically blobbed on the sofa, drinking beer and watching DVDs.  Then, we went to bed.

On Saturday morning, we took our time getting out of bed, but eventually made it up to Eggspectations for brunch.  Where I was reminded that I am not a huge fan of the hollandaise sauce. Then, we took the metro into the DeeCee.

First stop was the Million Puppet March Rally.  It was kind of a bust.  There were definitely not a million puppets.  But, yay for support for public broadcasting.

We, then, wandered over to the US Botanic Gardens.  That was nice.  Lots of plants.  I took a few pictures:

Coffee BeansCoffee Beans!


PurpleOrchids!


At the US Botanic GardensUs!


Then, we walked over to the National Museum of the American Indian for awhile.  After wandering through the exhibits, we decided to find a place for happy hour.

V used some sort of app and we learned that the Hamilton has happy hour from 3-6 with half-price sushi.  So that's where we went ...

Navy Strength Gin MartiniThe Leopold's Navy Strength Gin (114 proof) Martini was regular price. $11 though


As you may remember, Leopold's is my favorite gin in the world!  I had never had their Navy Strength Gin.  I ordered it as a martini and the bartender said, "Boom!" and set about making it.

The gin was super smooth and tasty, but -let's just say this- it set me on the road to ruin.

We ate our sushi.  I had a beer.  And, then, V wanted to walk to the White House (it was only a few blocks away). 

After taking a few photos, we walked up to Lincoln for more cocktails!  I had two there, the Donkey (a blueberry-infused gin cocktail.  Tasty), and in honor of my powerless friends in the Northeast ...

ManhattanA Manhattan!  YUM!


Then, we walked up to Logan Circle to meet Mike (Who Makes Cakes) for dinner at Logan Tavern.  The wait was about 30 minutes, so we walked to Nine to grab a cocktail (2-for-1 happy hour!  Oh, yeah!). I had some sort of gin/lemon thing.  It wasn't very good.

We ate dinner.  It was yummy.  I had the vegetable side platter - broccoli, mashed potatoes, and roasted butternut squash.  Mmmmm.  I also may have ordered a Stoli Doli (pineapple infused vodka martini).

After dinner, we walked back to Nine.  We ran into some more friends there.  After a little while, I was ready to go home.  We were lucky enough to catch a bus and made it home quickly.  Yay!

And, then, I went to bed.

This morning, we woke up.  Yay for an extra hour of sleep!  And, then, went for a run.  I ran 8 miles.  V ran 6.  We showered and walked to El Golfo for brunch.

When we got back, we took a nap on the sofa and watched DVDs.    And, then, we went up to Adega for an early dinner.  V left from there.  So I am home all alone and probably going to go to bed early.

It was a busy fun weekend for sure.  I hope yours was too!  And, if you want to see a few more pix from the weekend, they are on flickr.
*smooches*