Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Year of Reading

For my kittens who aren't my friends on the Facebooks ...

Rainy Sunday = Great day to blob on the sofa and read. These are the books I read this year:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What you Can Do About it by Anna Lappe
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole McAfee Wolverton
Wool: Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

This doesn't include books that I re-read, such as the Hunger Games Trilogy, the Thursday Next series (books 1-6), among others.

I have been compiling a list of books to read in 2014.  This is what I have so far:

Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind by Gavin Edwards
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jenniver Chiaverini
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next #7) by Jasper Fforde

What did you read this year?  And what do you want to read in 2014?


Saturday, December 28, 2013

Move Along. Nothing to See Here.

 Hello, Beautiful Kittens.  I hope you had a wonderful December.  Apparently, there was a holiday or something recently. 

I was in North Carolina for the aforementioned holiday.  My mother forced us all to wear elf hats as we opened presents (on Xmas Eve, because I flew back home on Xmas morning).

I had a good Xmas.  I received some very nice gifts.  My parents helped to pay for my new spectacles and for another session of pottery class.  My brother and his GF gifted me with lots of colorful socks and a cookie press.  Plus some other things. 

And, once I got back to DC, I had a fantastic XXXmas with M.  In addition to copious amounts of teh hot buttsecks,we watched a lot of streaming movies on the Netflix, including The Hobbit, White Christmas, and Blackfish. Yeah.  It seems like we are in it for the long haul.  He gave me Apples to Apples (which, he reminded me, we played at a game night with Mike (Who Makes Cakes), who I ran into just the other day in the metro station after a work happy hour and I nearly introduced him to my co-worker as "Mike (Who Makes Cakes)") and an HDMI cable for my new DVD player.  Hmmm.  I need to hook that puppy up now.

What did I give M?  THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE! *ahem* Not really.  I gave him a beach trip (with me) sometime this summer.  And, if you know me, you know that the beach is not my favorite place ... the things I do for the people I love ...

How about another pic of me that shows off my cute new glasses (and my cute not-quite-as-new haircut)?

In other news (and perhaps this explains my lack of posting ... and the lack of a StickSteven 2013 Year in Review), work has been SuperCrazyAssBusy.  We had a major deadline on 12/15.  6 of my 7 teams made the deadline.  The 7th?  I don't know what happened.  Other than the fact that their previous facilitator did all their work for them.  And I don't play that way: Do your own work.  I will help you.  But, I don't have the time (or inclination) to do everything for you.  Also, work is severely short-staffed.  However, that should be remedied soon.  I hope.  This year, I will be assigned some new sites, including Detroit (near the SuperFantastic Cuzin and GayProf!) and Miami.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Powers That Be start letting us travel again because VUBOQ needs to visit Miami (as well as my other sites in Boston, San Francisco, and St. Louis).

Lessee.  Last night, I went to the Kennedy Center to see "Flashdance: The Musical."  It was SOOOOO much better than I expected.  Admittedly, I had very low expectations.  I had some minor quibbles, but it was super fun and the music was enjoyable.  I think a good time was had by all.  It was much better than "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Sister Act: The Musical."  Next week, we are seeing "Elf."  I have high hopes for that one, too.  We shall see.

I guess that's about it.  Eric from Baltimore is coming down in a little while.  Along with Tomokito, we are going to do a little post-Holiday Silver Spring bar crawl and food extravaganza.  Good times!

Have a great day!  *many huge smooches*

Saturday, November 30, 2013

The Boys of Thanksgiving

 Hello, Kittens.  What up?

Things in VUTOPIA are about the same as always ... work is fun, but superbizzybizzy.  Pottery class has ended until next year.  Sad Facez.  I am still taptaptappin' away.  I missed the most recent class because I had a cold.  Yuck!

So, you may not have noticed, but there was a holiday recently.  We call it Thanksgiving.  And, as is our tradition, my building held our 3rd Annual 10(ish)K and Brunch.  This year, because our normal hosts moved, I hosted the brunch.  It was fun.  My apartment looked like this:

I made tofu scramble, pumpkin coffee cake, and baked egg casserole with spinach, mushrooms, and salsa:

I also had cheese and crackers and a varied assortment of homemade pickles and sauces.

Other people brought delicious foods as well! Bread! Fruit salad! Vegan sausages!  And lots and lots and lots of champagne.

It was all quite tasty and fun!  But, I was quite happy when everyone left (around 2:30).  Silence is golden.

Afterwards, I headed to Virginia to hang out with M (y'know my ex).  We may (or may not) have had lots (and lots) of very hot sex.  And ate leftovers and watched a movie (Iron Man 3).  It was his birthday.  And, kind of an anniversary, because last year at Thanksgiving was when we reconnected (for the first time).

ANYWAY, I also met this other guy.  We had a date (and ... maybe ... hot sex) on Tuesday evening.  He's amazing.  Educated.  Handsome.  Funny.  Beautiful Smile.  Well-traveled. And supersexy.  Soooooo my type. There is one minor problem: He lives in Switzerland.

We had a second date Friday night.  It was also good.  He flies home this evening.  We have promised to skype.  I guess we will see what happens.

In the meantime, I will deal with M's insecurity issues.  And my inability to not be attracted to him.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

How About Some More Pottery Pix?

Since my last update, so much has happened (ok.  not really).  BUT, anyway, the Army 10-Miler was awesome.  I made it my bitch and took about 5 minutes off my previous time.  Yay me!

I am still taking tap class.

Last week, I took a Living Social Intro to Pickling class.  That was fun.

And, pottery is winding down for the Fall.  I still have a few unfinished bits and bobs, but here are a few more pottery pix for you to enjoy(?):

A bowl!

Two mugs!

A handbuilt mug!

All of them were glazed the same way.  When they were "leather-hard", I sponged black and white slip onto the clay. After they were bisque-fired, I used clear glaze and translucent blue glaze.

And there you have it.  Everything I've made (so far) this Fall is here in this set: Fall 2013.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pottery Photo Session

I should be cleaning my apartment.  Victor from Philly will be arriving around 2ish.  We're running the Army 10-Miler tomorrow.  ACK!  But, instead of cleaning, how about some pottery photos?

This is a handbuilt bowl-thing:


Here is a bowl:


And here are two mugs that sort of are almost alike:


And, now, I suppose I should get back to cleaning ... ugh.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Still Shutdown ...

Government Shutdown Day 7 Activity 3: Naptime! Oh yeah ...Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...

It looks like M and I might be getting back together.  Recently, we've had amazing times together.  And, he seems to be open to us going to counseling.  I am hoping both individual and couple.  BUT, I haven't had the inclination to look into it because.  well.  I am stressed out about the whole stupid Government Shutdown.


As for the other guy I was casually dating (remember: the hot bad kisser?), I let him down easy.

WHICH, brings me to the title of my new book idea: How to Let Him Down Easy by Not Returning His Phone Calls.

I KID!  I did return his phone calls.  well, his text messages.  And I was all "this just isn't working for me."  Because it wasn't.  I don't get it.  He was super-hot. Smart.  Good job.  Nice guy. BUT, I wasn't all that into him.  *sigh*  I should have been.  Oh, well.

I have been baking a lot.

I made Carrot Cake Cookies.

Government Shutdown Day 8 Activity 4: MOAR COOKIES (Carrot cake cookies)

And Cookie Butter Coffee Cake.

 Bam! Cookie Butter Coffee Cake!

And, although this isn't baking, a fucking amazing Peanut Soup!

Peanut Soup!

I am still taking tap dance.

And making bad pottery.

And I made more habenero hot sauce.

And I'm infusing some vodka with lemons and habeneros.

Government Shutdown Day 9 Activity 1: Lemon Habenero Infused Vodka

And, I should really work on updating my resume.  And applying for jobs.  Because who knows when (or if!) this stupid shutdown (which is keeping me from a job I really like) will end.

I should also clean my house.  And maybe do the ironing.

Or I could just watch DVDs and take naps and drink martinis.


Sunday, October 06, 2013

Government (and Emotional) Shutdown

Hello, Dear Kittens!

As you may have heard, the Federal Government has been shutdown since October 1st.  What you may not know is that this affects VUBOQ most negatively.  I have been out of work since that time.  My company was able to carry me on overhead last week; however, starting on Monday, I will either have to use up my leave time (which is not very much) or go unpaid.

I would like to take a few moments to clear up a few common misconceptions.  Congress is working very hard (LOL!) to make sure that furloughed Federal employees will receive backpay.  However,  furloughed government contractors are not the same as furloughed Federal employees.  We will not receive backpay.  Additionally, Maryland and Virginia have made it Very Easy for furloughed Federal employees to apply for unemployment benefits.  Furloughed government contractors have to wade through the usual bureaucratic unemployment redtape.

I will be calling my company's HR person tomorrow to check on the status of my health insurance.  I have no idea what happens in this weird grayzone of not employed but will have a job if the Republicans ever get their shit together and vote on a "clean" (meaning no stupid Defund Obamacare amendments) Continuing Resolution (CR).  I feel that it would be slightly ironic if I lost my healthcare because a handful of Tea Party House Republicans want to defund a healthcare program.

Or maybe that isn't irony?  Is it like rain on my wedding day?

Or ten thousand spoons when all I need is a knife?

ANYWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, I have been finding all sorts of fun ways to spend my furlough days (funnily enough, most of them involve alcohol ... or even more alcohol.  Oh, hello, Bourbon.  Will you be my friend?).

I am putting photos of those Fun Activities on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Flickr.  Feel free to check them out ... somehow ... I am too lazy to post links.

Last Wednesday, I took a Spur of the Moment Day Trip to the City of Brothers Who Love!  It was boozy, gelato, fantasticness!  I met (for the first time EVER!) famous author Nicole Wolverton.  Not only did she sign my copy of her (very good.  Go buy it now!) book, "The Trajectory of Dreams," she also paid for my lunch.  I had a vegan BLT.  It had no T.  So I guess it was actually a vegan BL.  Which seems kind of weird in retrospect.  It was tasty.

AND, I got to hang out with BOSSY!  OMG! So fun!  We haven't been able to chat about life and booze and life and boys in So.  Long!  We had great fun ... and in this picture I am only half as drunk as I was about to be ...

Government Shutdown Day 2 Activity Something: Boozy with BOSSY.

Other fun Government Shutdown Activities have included making cookies with a pregnant former neighbor, buying new pottery tools, pickling radishes, and watching the movie "In a World ..." (which was very funny.  Plus, free popcorn for furloughed workers!).

Last night, Eric from Baltimore came down.  Along with Tomokito and SCGB, we went to Number 9 for cocktails and then Town for dancing.  Good times!  I ran into my super fabulous stylist, Leah, there.  Crazy!

And, then, today, I had a third date.  With a very attractive high school English teacher, who is totally my type (but not actually a very good kisser).  And, I am not quite getting his humor.

However, M (the ex with whom I am still sometimes having Very Hot Sex) and I are hanging out on Tuesday evening.  And, by "hanging out," I mean "possibly having very hot and sweaty buttsecks."  The last time we did this, it did not end well.  We didn't speak for over a week.  However, it turns out that he got mad about something very stupid and reacted in his typically petulant way (getting all huffy and leaving but at least nothing was thrown at my head). 

I really think that we need to stop meeting for the very hot and sweaty buttsecks and maybe try to transition to being friends.  However, have I mentioned that the very hot and sweaty buttsecks is very hot and sweaty?

ALSO, there is the new guy. Who seems more ... erm ... stable ... but there are concerns on my end about the quality of any potential buttsecks (based on the badness of the kissing) ... I guess we will cross that bridge when we come to it.  So to speak. 

AND, I think that brings you up to date on all that is fun and exciting (and stressful and causing my blood pressure to skyrocket) on my end.  Stay tuned for more fun Government Shutdown Antics!


Sunday, September 22, 2013

Mid-September? How Did That Happen?

Where to start to bring you up to date?  Hmmmm.

Worklife:  Work is still good.  I still like my job.  We are very short-staffed at the moment, but should be bringing on a few new people in the very near future (assuming their security clearances go off without a hitch, which -considering recent events- may not be that likely).  I am keeping my fingers crossed that Congress can get their collective heads out of their collective asses and not shut down the government.  I needz mah paychex.

Lovelife: This part is a mess.  I have resumed sexual relations with my most recent ex.  We both know that we are not good as a couple ... except when we are naked and having the superhot buttsecks.  I'm pretty sure that this is not going to be sustainable in the long-term.  But, I am enjoying the ride (so to speak).  I am also trying to date some.  We'll see how that goes. 

Runninglife: The Parks Half Marathon was fun.  I ran it in 1:56:41, twenty seconds slower than my personal best.  The photo above is me levitating to the finish. My next big run is the Army Ten Miler on 20 October.

Taplife: Tap class has started again.  It is a little easier this time.  I still have the style and grace of a drunk 3-legged elephant.  I'm sure with time and practice I will improve.

Potterylife: Pottery class has also started.  Here are a couple of photos of things I made during the summer. 



I also made a green bowl, but I gave that away before I remembered to take a picture of it.  Oh, well.

And, I guess that's about it!  Have a great day!

Monday, August 26, 2013

August Roundup

Good lord, kittens.  It's been awhile since I've filled you in on all the strange and wonderful things going on in my life.

So, let's see ...

Tap class has ended.  It was only 5 weeks long, but it was fun.  Most of my classmates are signing up for "Next Steps."  However, because that class starts at 8:30PM, I have registered to repeat "Intro."  It's like I'm being held back.  I'm in Remedial Tap.  Oh, well ... The "real" reason I'm staying in Intro is because I want to get home at a semi-reasonable hour on a worknight.  If I took Next Steps, I wouldn't get home until around 11.  And that is way too late for someone who has to wake up at 5:45 the next morning.  Tap class starts again on September 9th.  The day after I run a half-marathon.  Joy.

 Yes.  I'm running the Parks Half Marathon on September 8th.  If you're local, come out to cheer me on.  If you are hyper-local, give me a ride to the starting line!  Otherwise, I'll be taking the bus.  Ughz.  This will be my second half-marathon this year.  I've already registered for one of my 2014 half-marathons, the Virginia Beach (something) Half.  It's the day before my birthday.  I'm trying to convince some friends to run it with me as a birthday celebration.

Pottery class has also ended.  I will be posting some pottery pictures eventually.  Or not.  I haven't been overly pleased with my product this term.  The electric wheel is hard to get used to after years of using a kick wheel.  I have also signed up for Fall Pottery. It starts sometime in mid-September.  I plan on improving a bit.

Metro. Bowl.

My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 14th, so I spent a fun-filled weekend in North Carolina.  Here they are departing for their honeymoon:

50 years (+ a couple days) ago ...

I'm pretty sure I was adopted.

Ever since I got the new kitchen (and stopped having constant sex with the most recent ex, with whom I may (or may not) have resumed having sexual relations ), I have been expanding my cooking skills into the World of Baking.  On Saturday, I popped my Cake Baking cherry.

Voila! Kahlua-glazed Mexican Chocolate Poundcake. Tasting to commence shortly.

It's a Mexican Chocolate Poundcake with a Kahlua glaze.  Pretty damn tasty, if I do say so myself.  Although, like most poundcakes, it could be improved upon by serving it with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

I guess that's pretty much all the news (or at least all the news I can think of at the moment).  What's been happening in your world?


Thursday, August 01, 2013

Pottery Post

This pottery session has been filled with more disasters than triumphs so far.  Here are the first two finished pieces:


It's a mug.  The glaze on the outside is T(something) Gold.  I sort of like it. The inside is glazed with Nutmeg, which I also like.  There's just something about the mug that is kinda.  I don't know.  Blah.


This is a bowlyvasething.  The glaze on the outside is Nutmeg, which I like.  The glaze on the rim and on the inside is T(something) Gold.  I don't really like it at all.

Today, I glazed a mug and a bowl in Avocado.  And, then, I left, because I am sick and felt like crap.  Yay.

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow

Yesterday ...

I went to work.
I had happy hour with friends.
I drank too much (four tom collinses).
I may (or may not) have made out with a guy who I used to date, who (later that evening) may (or may not) have made out with another guy in our group who I thought was rillyrilly cute.
Except I left early.
Because I was a little drunk.
So, rillyrilly cute guy became Fair Game.
I started texting guys in my phone who I haven't texted in a longlong time.
Some of them texted back.
I watched "Despicable Me."
I went to bed.

Today ...

I woke up.
I managed to get out of bed.
I may (or may not) have been a little overhung.
I walked to the Whole Foods.
I baked cookies.
3 dozen peanut butter cookies.
Almost 5 dozen snickerdoodles.
I used my new kitchenaid standmixer.
It's red.
 My new shoes arrived.
They are also red.
One dozen of the snickerdoodles cooked for too long.
They are like brickerdoodles.
 I tried to take a nap.
I couldn't sleep.
I watched "Despicable Me" again.
I pickled carrots.
I thought about going out to eat.
But, I decided to make lemony green bean salad with feta.  And pasta with pesto.
And 1 martini.  Maybe 2.
I thought about this blog.  And what I'm going to do with it.
And I still don't know.
I have eaten A LOT of cookies.

Tomorrow ...

I will run 10 miles.
I will eat more cookies.
I will iron many shirts.
I will have dinner and cocktails with Tomokito.
I will prepare for work.
I will not be sad.
I will not be lonely.
I will not miss him more than I already do.
I will miss him less.
And less.
And less.
Until he doesn't exist.

And, the Day After Tomorrow ...

That's a rillyrilly bad movie.
But you should watch it.
Just for the scene where the HeroTeens outrun the cold.



Sunday, July 14, 2013

And, I'm Telling You ...

The moment my heart broke was when the bottle of sunscreen he threw in anger hit the wall above my head.

And, that was my weekend.


Monday, July 01, 2013

The Tale of the Platter of Trials and Tribulations

Good Evening, my kittens!

Much has happened since my last posting.  I received a visit from a Famous Blogger, Professor and Author.  I have done many loads of laundry.  I have ironed many shirts.  I have drank (drunken?) many, many martinis.  I have started a new pottery session at a new studio.  But, all of these are stories for another time.  For, now, I must tell you the sad, sad Tale of the Platter of Trials and Tribulations ...

Once upon a time, in a pottery studio far, far away, there was a pottery student who decided to make a fun platter.

As he was throwing the fun platter, the walls became to thin.  And one of the walls developed a crack.

His pottery teacher had a great idea.  By making diagonal cuts similar to the crack, he could create an interesting folded/braided edge to the platter.

However, as he was doing this, the crack became worse, so the pottery student had to cut a half circle in the wall of the platter.

He balanced that half circle by making another one on the other side of the platter.  He had an idea that fun handles might make that work.

After the platter was leather hard, the pottery student trimmed the bottom to make it nice and light.

Then, he added circular twisted handles where the two half circle cuts had been made and placed the platter on the shelf to be bisque fired.

He waited a long time for the platter to be bisque fired.  One Sunday, many weeks later, he and K-Factor were in the studio.  He noticed that a bisque fire had happened, but his platter was nowhere to be seen.  He thought maybe it was still in the kiln and went about his business.

Later, K-Factor said, "Hey.  Isn't this your platter in the garbage?"

Um. WHAT?!?!  Apparently, someone had broken off a piece of the platter and -rather than leaving it with a note like a Thoughtful Person would do- threw the platter -which they did not make- into the trash.

The pottery student was Very Angry.  And may (or may not) have left a (slightly) passive aggressive note.

The pottery student still wanted to glaze the Platter of Trials and Tribulations, but the best glaze (aka Lisa's Favorite Blue) was all gone.  So, he waited ... and waited ... and waited ... and waited for the Studio Manager to make some more (fucking) glaze.

She finally did.

And he glazed the Platter.  And, he may (or may not have) applied wax to the spot where the platter had been broken as a kind of F-U to the person who broke the platter and then threw it away.

And then he waited ... and waited .. and waited .. and waited for it to be fired.  And, the session ended.  And, the platter still hadn't been fired.

The pottery student returned to the studio a few days after the "Final Firing."  Can you guess what wasn't ready?

If you guessed, "the Platter of Trials and Tribulations" you would be correct.

A month (or more?) later, K-Factor went to the studio to look for her Casserole of Trials and Tribulations (which is her story to tell).  It was GONE!  But, the Platter of Trials and Tribulations was (finally) ready and she brought it home.


The pottery student is still trying to decide if he wants to keep it.  Or, maybe, somewhere ... out there ... there is a place for it.  Hmmmmm ...


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Memory Lane

48-hour chick embryo. Drawn in Comparative Vertebrate Embryology Lab. #memorylane

In preparation for a visit by a World Renowned Author, Professor, Ex-Blogger, I have been cleaning out my spare room.  During which, I discovered a treasure trove of memories.  One of which being the above drawing of a 48-hour chick embryo.  Which I made during the most difficult class I ever took, Comparative Vertebrate Embryology.

So, I posted the photo to the facebooks and a former classmate said she had also saved all her drawings and reminded me of the nickname we had given ourselves (ourselves being the 8 students in the class): The Pig Masters.

This was because we spent way too many hours every week in the lab staring into a microscope making sketches of cross-sections of a 10mm pig embryo.  Oh, yeah.  Good times.  And, at 3AM, things could get a little punchy ...

AND, then, tonight, I phoned my BFF from College (who was also in that class) and she was at her mom's house for the rest of the week.  Her mom is amazing (of course, everyone else's mom is always amazing).  She makes some of the best food I have eaten. And lots of it (which was very important to a college student).  BUT, we spoke on the speaker phone today and she was all, "STEVE! IT BEEN LONG TIME! HOW LONG IT BEEN? I THINK YOU SOMETIMES!  YOU GOOD PERSON!  YOU GOOD HEART!"

*sigh*  It's that sort of thing that makes one a little homesick, no?

AND, in other news, things with the BF are going well.
The house is nearly clean.
Work is cool.
And, I just got a promotion (by default ... the other guy didn't want it).
I am now a Senior Environmental Scientist/ (SLASH!) Deputy Program Manager.

Life is pretty damn good, no?


Monday, June 03, 2013

Catching Up

Good Evening, Kittens.

I can't even remember the last time I posted. I don't think it was *that* long ago. 

So over Memorial Day weekend, the BF (yes, over the weekend, we DTR'ed*) and I went to Pittsburgh (of all places) and Fallingwater.  Pittsburgh was surprisingly not awful.  We had good food.  Our hotel was nice (but I seem to have left a pair of chinos there).  People were friendly, which -being from the decidedly not very friendly DC/Metro Area- was a little disconcerting.  We adapted.

Here are some of my favorite pix (Have I mentioned how much I dislike Flickr's new interface?) ...

Pittsburgh and Duquesne Incline


At PNC Park


There are more pix available on the Flickrz.

After we returned from the trip, we got into a bit of a rather stupid spat.  It was all his fault, of course.  We didn't speak for several days (because he needed "time to think").  Finally, he admitted he was wrong.  And we spent most of this past weekend having very hot (and sweaty) buttsecks. 

So, all is well and right with the world! 


*Defined the Relationship (Does anyone else use this? Or is it something I invented?)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Two Thumbs

Who has two thumbs and totally got mad at someone for cooking him breakfast this morning?

Oh, yeah ...

Bowtie Wednesday!THIS GUY

I feel I was totally justified though.  The Certain Someone didn't start cooking until about 5 minutes before I usually leave for work.

Plus, I was stressed out because today was a Very Important Day filled with Lots of Things I Had to Do.  And I could not be late.*

Plus, all I could think was "I'm going to have to do all those dishes when I get home."

Also, it's hot.  My back has been hurting.  And,5 thousand other reasons that make it perfectly OK to get mad at Someone for Cooking Me Breakfast.


And one wonders why I am not alone ...


*as it turns out I was 20 minutes early.  I don't know how that happened.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Pottery Picture Post

Good Saturday Afternoon, Kittens!

Yesterday, I left work a few minutes early to pick up pottery from the studio.  Although, I have two pots which haven't been glazed yet and a missing pot, most of my pots have been fired.  The only thing that hasn't been fired is the Platter of Trials and Tribulations ... I may be able to pick that up later this summer.  We shall see ...

Anyway, here are a few pics of the Pots of Spring 2013.  Enjoy.

Marcus' Mug

Morgan's Mug


Soup Mug

All of my photos from Pottery Spring 2013 can be viewed on Flickr.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

Monday, May 06, 2013

Weekend Update: Elon Edition

UntitledGood Evening, Kittens!

Pottery class has ended for the session ... the final Glaze Firing still hasn't happened.  I hope to have some Pottery Pictures (and possibly some Pottery to Give Away) for you by the end of this week.  We'll see ... I don't have much confidence in the speedy work ethics of the new pottery studio manager.

ANYWAY, no class tonight means I have time to update you on my SuperFun, sex-filled weekend in the booming metropolis of Elon (and Burlington), NC.

A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to a former professor's retirement celebration at my alma mater, Elon University.  I was surprised that she remembered me, and I needed a little get-away, so I rented a car, booked a hotel, took Friday off work, and drove down to North Carolina.

I may (or may not) have had a certain someone come along with me ...

Friday, we slept a little later than usual, and, then, headed out to pick up the rental. Driving is stressful,

Me and the Carbut, at least, I am wearing cute shoes.

Traffic was awful.  I had planned to get to the hotel around 3:30PM, which would have given me enough time to shower and iron my clothes before heading to the reception.

Unfortunately, we got to the hotel at 4:45.  Isa was already there to pick me up for the reception.  I had to rush around to get ready.  Not fun.

Isa and MeBut, in the end, we still managed to look fabulous.

After the reception, Isa and I went to pick up my Mystery Guest, and we drove to Reidsville to hang out with another college friend, Elisa.  That was fun.  Lots of wine and snacks and laughs and conversation.

Isa dropped us off at the hotel after midnight and we CRASHED.

Saturday morning, we had breakfast and, then, walked around Elon University's campus.

Where Isa and I Used to GossipThis is the building formerly known as the Student Center.  Isa and I would sit on these benches for hours gossiping and making fun of all the Frat Boy Clones.

After lots of walking (in 20 years the campus has GROWN!), we had lunch at a cute little restaurant with lots of veggie options.

ChewingI had a falafel burger thing ... and a couple of beers.

Then, we headed to the outlets in Burlington.  Even though there was an Allen Edmonds store, I didn't find anything I liked.  *sad face*

That evening, we had Mexican for dinner.  Yum.

Cinco de Mayo Eve Margarita$6.95, people.  $6.95!!!

And, later, I learned that having teh buttsecks 3 times in one day might be a little too much ...

And, then, we watched "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" on HBO.  It was mildly entertaining.

Sunday morning, we got up, packed, and drove to Durham to meet Isa for brunch.  And, then, we drove back to the DeeCee.

It was sooooo good to finally be home.  Plus, I bought myself a present ...

Cheerwine to Smuggle HomeA case of Cheerwine! (although I've given most of the cans away)

And, that was my exciting weekend!  Hope yours was equally as fun!


Monday, April 01, 2013

National Poetry Month, Day 1

Good evening, kittens!

I have been bad blogger.  I am sure I will eventually have a few moments to fill you in on all the excitement (or lack thereof) in my life.  Until then, here is a photo (and they are worth a thousand words, I hear):

And, now, to the purpose of this posting.  April is National Poetry Month.  I am going to attempt (no promises about success) to post an original poem every day this month (probably not on weekends though, but we'll see).  No promises as to the quality of the poems either.  We'll see how this goes.  So, to kick it off, here's something I wrote while I was in high school (circa 1986 or so).


A witty little limerick
I started out to write,
but, it seems my wits have left
and will not return tonight.


Monday, March 18, 2013

Weekend Update: Best Day of the Year Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

As you may know, yesterday (3/17) was the Best Day of the Year!  And, I spent the entire Best Day of the Year weekend in fabulous and exciting New York City!  *w00t*

But, before I left, M came over on Thursday night for a little pre-birthday celebration (and a lot of hot buttsecks).  He gave me a watch as my present, which was very sweet ... but also shows that he doesn't listen very well.  I had suggested that he not buy me a present, but should cook dinner or something for me sometime in the near future. 

Anyway, this is the watch:


It is cute.  and green.

Then, Friday morning, there may (or may not) have been more buttsecks and I may (or may not) have been a smidge late for work ...

It was after work when the real fun began.  I metro'ed over to Union Station and had time to have 2 cocktails, a beer, and locate a likker store that sold little boxes of wine before boarding my train to NYC.

I arrived in NYC around 10PM-ish and headed to Jake's condo in Greenpoint/Williamsburg.  We ended up chatting and drinking and watching TV until very late.

The next morning, we got up and went to pick up my bib number for the NYC Half Marathon.

This is the number you should be cheering for tomorrow morning!

And, then, we walked to Uni-Qlo for a little Retail Therapy.  I was very good and only bought 3 pairs of pants, 3 dress shirts, and 2 ties.  Yay me!


Then, we headed back to Brooklyn for brunch at this cute little French bistro-y place, the name of which I have forgotten.  But it was tasty.  And cute.

We spent the rest of the afternoon blobbing on the sofa and watching TV, and later that evening, went to a cute little restaurant, Adelina's for pre-half-marathon-carb-loading.

It was very yummerz.

The next day (Sunday) was the Best Day of the Year.  I woke up at 5:15AM, got dressed, and headed to the NYC Half Marathon Starting Line.  This is what I look like at that time of the morning:


The run went REALLY well.  I beat my personal best half marathon time by a little more than 6 minutes, finishing in 1:56:21.  YAY ME! 

My results were as follows:

Overall: 5954
Gender: 3780
Age Place (40-44): 604

And, my split times:
5K - 00:28:51
10K - 00:56:57
15K - 01:24:08
20K - 01:50: 45


After finishing and finding Jake, we hobbled back to his place.  I cleaned up and we went to Enid's for brunch.  Bloody Marys! Free Guinness Mimosa (because it was the Best Day of the Year!)!  And, this:

Veggie Bear (veggie sausage, egg on a biscuit with gravy ) and cheese grits!

Nom nom nom nom nom.

Jake and I spent the rest of the afternoon/early evening blobbing on the sofa.  I may have had a couple of glasses of vodka ...

THEN, we headed to the Upper East Side for a birthday dinner with David and Ray.  We went to Candle 79, a delicious (if a bit over-priced) vegan restaurant.  We started with an eco-cocktail each.  I had the Cardamom Pom, which was quite tasty.  And, then, we shared several appetizers - steamed dumplings, a "cheese" plate, and an avocado tartare.  For my entree, I had the Moroccan Spiced Chickpea Cake.  And, for dessert, David and I split the Chocolate-Peanut Butter Bliss.  Tasty!

After dinner, we walked over to the Carlyle Hotel bar for another round of over-priced (but delicious) drinks.

And, then, it was like after midnight.  How did that happen?  So we all parted ways.

This morning, I packed.  Ran to Uni-Qlo to pick up my pants, which had been hemmed.  And, then, eventually, boarded the train and headed home.

So, all in all, a pretty durn awesome Best Day of the Year weekend, no?

Tonight, there is no pottery class  BOO! ... but, M may be coming over for post-birthday celebrations!  YAY!