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!


Monday, March 11, 2013

Weekends Update: Catching Up Edition

Good Evening, Kittens!

Let's play catch-up!  Two weekends ago, I flew to North Carolina.  It was my Dad's 75th Birthday.  So, after work (and after a couple of martinis), I caught a plane to my brother's place in Greensboro.  Then, the next morning, we drove the 3.5 hours to my parents' town.  There we had a lovely lunch with about 10 of my parents' friends in the beautiful (if somewhat stinky) town of Canton. 

Canton's Paper Mill
 After lunch, we just chilled at the parents' house and eventually had dinner at a Thai restaurant.  It was not that great.  It started snowing.  "The snow's supposed to stop around 6PM," Dad said.  It snowed all night. 

The View from My Parents' Deck
Because it was (a) snowy and (2) 24 degrees F outside, I decided to wait to do my 11 mile run until I got to Greensboro.  Which is what I did ... And, then, I had an early dinner and several cocktails with my brother, his gf, and the President of my Greensboro Fan Club. 

Around 7, my brother dropped me off at the airport.  My flight was late.  I didn't arrive in DC until after 10PM.  Luckily, M agreed to pick me up at the airport, so I didn't have to deal with all of the metro construction and single-tracking and shuttle buses.  YAY for M!

During the week, there was the OMGSNOWISCOMING!!! panic.  But it turned out to be some snow and lots of rain. 

Snow Falling on Tulips

M and I had planned to be snowed in together.  We were together (several times during the day.  Hubba hubba.  wink wink nudge nudge), but not snowed in.

And, that brings us to this past weekend ... On Friday night, I had a lovely evening alone.  On Saturday, I ran 8 miles.  And, then, Tomokito and I met Bobby at Alero on U Street for margaritas.  It was a gorgeous day and perfect margarita weather.  On the way home, Tomokito and I stopped for a cocktail at 8407 Kitchen Bar.  Tasty.  Tipsy.  YAY!

Later that evening, M came over (literally).  In the morning, there was more fun and then we walked to DTSS for breakfast at Eggspectations.  And, then, we did a little grocery shopping at Whole Foods.  And, then, he left (*sad face*).

That afternoon, K-Factor and I went to the pottery studio.  I trimmed and attached handles on 2 mugs and a soup mug.  I also managed to get two large platters moved.  Yay!

After that, I ironed 7 shirts and a pair of pants.  Drank a lot of wine.  Used my oven for the first time (roasting brussels sprouts and rainbow carrots). And read a book until bedtime. 

And, now, you are all caught up on my life.  Huzzah!


P.S.  As some of you may be aware, the Best Day of the Year is this coming Sunday.  I will be in NYC to run the NYC Half Marathon.  If you are also in the NYC, maybe you would like to come cheer me on ... or have a cocktail afterwards.  If you are not in the NYC, I will still gladly accept your cards and presents. LOL

P.P.S.  The first photo is my brother and I when we were maybe 3 & 5.  It was in my parents' living room.