Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Thank You Wednesday

For not raining all day. Yes, you sprinkled a little while I was outside. But overall, you were lovely. I was even able to BBQ! Well, I didn't BBQ, Shawn did. Remnants from last weekend's 80s party. Who knew there was an Aldi around here? And who knew they have really, really good burgers? I do now!

We even braved the walk from ghetto Union Station area by the sketchy K. St bridge/Greyhound station to get to our house. It wasn't quite dark outside and we had a good group of people with some guys in it, so I felt alright. That's the sucky thing about going to Shawn/T's house. You can take the metro from my place in 3/4 of a circle, or you can just walk the 1/4 of the circle, which is major sketch, and I don't recommend. We made it though, without incident. How many more times will we make it without incident?

Hmmm....what else. Had a really nice commute home today. A little roundabout, but that's perfectly alright. Nothing like Monday's absolute commute mess. Seriously awful! I didn't have it nearly as bad as most people but it was still a pain. Water, water every where and not a drop to drink. Is that from Willy Wonka? Lemonade. The fizzy lemonade. Right? That's the part where they say that. I think.

I finally decided to move on from current job. I officially quit yesterday. It was weird. It's still somewhat surreal that I'm leaving this place and starting at a new one. All new people, all new copy machines to figure out, all sorts of new stuff. The more I think about it though, the more I feel it's the right move. Here's hoping!

Monday, June 26, 2006

Stank-a-roo

Rainstorms + City + Trash day = Grossed-outness on the walk to the Metro this morning

Saturday, June 24, 2006

Decadence

Sleeping in til noon. BR sale, JCrew sale, headband craze, getting talked into highlights when all I wanted was a hair cut. Another round of blueberry muffins with more butter than you can imagine.

That's my Saturday in a nutshell. Tomorrow I MUST CLEAN.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Farmin' in Okieland

It was seriously so nice to be home over Father's Day weekend. I just kinda hung out - it's been awhile since I did that. Lots of time with the family, and I managed to see a few friends (that aren't yet married). I think we're going to make it a family tradition every year - blueberry season and Father's Day.

So here's the famous blueberry farm. We all got up at 6am on Saturday to get things set up for the U-Pick operation that my parents have going. Of course as soon as we had everything out of the storage shed, tables set up, buckets out, gate open, the clouds moved in for a torrential downpour. Thankfully, that meant I got to go home and go back to bed :)

What else did I do while home? Hmm....hit the bar scene in Ft. Smith. Can't say I've done that before. Ran into an old high school friend at the pizza joint one afternoon, who immediately exclaimed, "I didn't think I'd ever see you again!" Very nice surprise to see him.

Had to get the usual food - snow cones, cherry vanilla DPs from Sonic, ribs from the gas station, plus mom's blueberry muffins, blueberry pancakes, blueberry pie, blueberry......

We had a full family day on Saturday afternoon, even managing to drag dad to the movies (Nacho Libre), and dinner at a lovely Italian restaurant from which I'd gotten a gift certificate for my parents at Christmas. I'm glad I got a bite of my own gift!

For once it was actually a little hard to come back to DC. No more lush hills and trees and berries at my fingertips. A few more pics:
Honey, the dog who sniffs out ripe berries for herself
Learning about the berries from Mr. Berry, aka Dad.
The brosOur day's pick!

I Can Breathe Again

At 9:55am this morning, I was out the door of my office on the way to Cingular across the street. I've been mulling over the RAZR trend for several months now, and I just gave in. Cost me more than it should, but I can't argue. Plus, all the cheaper phones that I would've wanted are out of stock. I needed a phone instantly.

All my phone numbers are intact. Whew. Call away....

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Uh.....

My cell phone just dropped on the floor.

It smashed into 2 pieces.

Granted, it was starting to detach. It's a cheap one, and it's 2.5 years old.

Guess I'll be running to the Cingular store first thing in the morning!

In the meantime, how I am going to survive the next 10 hours without my phone?!

Update, 10 minutes later:
Okay, I'm really distressed about this. I mean, it's 11pm. I don't think I need to call anyone. And I don't think anyone's going to call me. But I have some important stuff going on in life right now - what if I do need to talk to someone at midnight? Like west coast friends? How do I tell them I'm unreachable? What if my sim card doesn't work, and I lose all 300 phone numbers? Seriously....this is an issue....

What time does my Cingular store open.....

RIP

Pyke, rest in peace. I was there for your ownership transfer from Petsmart to Dre, and I waited outside the men's bathroom during your funeral. You'll be missed!

La Dee Dah

What to say, what to say.

There are fantastic blueberry muffins in my oven right now, whipped up by me, complete with streusel topping and blueberries that I picked myself, just a couple days ago. Lucky for me, my roommates don't really like them - all the more for me. Yum! They're smelling super good. I'm supposed to wait til morning to eat them.....

I realized today at work that I haven't shaved my legs thoroughly in ages. Sorry if that's TMI, but it's the truth. I threw on some shorts tonight to clean up the forest. Feels good. I just slathed on some weird smelling lotion that will tan 'em up. The things we women do for beauty! It's nice to lounge and pamper myself. Licking muffin batter off the spatula, smooth legs, slippers, chick flick on ABC Family. What else does a girl need?

Next Monday Niki and I are taking it to a new level, starting a routine of massages. She found a massage school in Friendship Heights that's pretty cheap, so we're off to de-stress. Man, I need it. Hopefully it'll be a regular thing, as often as I can afford to splurge. Fifty bucks for an hour for a graduate of the school, only 35 if you don't mind a student that has an observer. This could be a good, good thing.

Our little Izzy, the sugar glider, has gone back home after residing in the 314 hotel for a month. I immediately looked for her this morning, but the cute little thing is gone. I did see some free ones on a message board today....do I dare? In exchange for our sugar glider babysitting services, AF brought back some neat jewelry from Kenya.

Hopefully I'll have some pics from my OK trip up soon. My camera is on its last legs, so I used my brother's, and of course he hasn't sent me the pics yet....we'll see how slow he is.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Back...

Back from middle America. So refreshed. Head is in a much better place than it was a week ago. The weekend before I left I was so stressed and teary-eyed and weepy through the whole thing. That's been melted away. I have a new direction in life. I feel good about things. I have lots of options. That's sometimes an overwhelming position to be in, but I feel much, much better about life and where it's going. It's all good. I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Quick!

No time to write - I'm going to Oklahoma tomorrow! I'm excited. It'll be weird though.

Quick weekend wrap up - JR from Philly came down this weekend with his Swiss friend, who looks 19, but is really 5 years older than me, and is the size of a toothpick, no joke. We took her out Friday night to Tryst, which was amazingly not crowded for a late Friday night. Was very nice and chill. AC man finally came to fix our system, at 9:45 that night. Better late than never!

Saturday night we all went out to Five. By the end of the night, Caro, Niki and I were fending for our lives on the dance floor, as it was 85% guys who were complete animals and thought they could get all up in our business. We were throwing their dirty little paws off us every 2 minutes. It was disgusting. I'm used to some degree of that in clubs, but it's never been this bad. Absolute vultures. We had to leave - couldn't take anymore. We're on man-hating phase at the moment because of this, so watch out! However, if anyone of the male gender would like to step up and try to redeem your entire sex, be our guest.

The housemates and I were heathens on Sunday, sleeping through church and hitting up the Nats game instead. Company day there, free tix, t-shirts, and $20 in food vouchers per person. Oh yeah, we spent every cent and downed all types of junk food. Oh so satisfying, and the Nats actually played well! Good times.

Today was my last morning of tutoring for the school year. They had a nice little appreciation breakfast for us, and the students made cards for the tutors and said lovely things about us during our little party. It was really nice. It's been kinda hard to go sometimes in the early morning, but I think I'll go back in the fall for another year. I'd like to think I'm helping someone, even if it's just a little bit!

World Cup in full effect! I've been trying to go the gym when the games are on that I want to see. Yay for Spain finally starting off right! We'll see if they can continue to perform. Coming soon - my guapo survey of all the teams. :)

Time to sleep. Wake up early to finish packing. Wack! Flying to NW Arkansas via Detroit tomorrow. Then off to the blueberry farm. Back to the DC land in 6 days. See ya then.....

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Britney, Honey

Time to wake up and smell the coffee.

Surely we're all rooting for her to ditch the K-Fed for the manny. How perfect!

And after this a couple weeks ago, we gotta get you to move on.

The Shady Gym Regulars

Every gym has the "stand-outs" - the ones you always notice. I haven't seen many of my regulars in awhile, but they all came out of the woodwork today.

Gymmer number 1: Jock
Looks like a used car salesman. Mid-50s, gold chain. He's been going to the gym since August, but doesn't seem like he's made any strides. He likes to go in the afternoon and leisurely ride the bike while reading a book. Nothing vigorous, until he gets to mat exercises. Then he does this mini crunch where he tries to punch his chin into his chest really quickly, while kind of grunting. Not much range of motion, not sure what it's supposed to work. Oh, and I'll let you guess why he got that name.

Gymmer number 2: StareBear
StareBear is a starer. Like a blatent one. We can't figure out which team he plays for, cause he doesn't favor staring either sex over the other. He also wanders around a lot. Today he came out of the locker room, stared, did 10 reps of something, got a magazine, flipped through, did another 10 reps somewhere else, went to the check-in desk to sign in on the computer, stared, rode the bike for 2 minutes, got up, wandered around. That's his daily routine! Sometimes he'll sit and read for 20 minutes. I don't know what his deal is.

Gymmer number 3: The singer
She's a new one. Saw her for the first time yesterday, and she seemed a little off. She ran on the treadmill to the left of AB, inches away. His towel fell on her side, so she picked it up, and instead of just handing it to him, she walked around to his right side to give it to him. Was a little too friendly and eager to do so. She also stretched for about 10 minutes before she started, and I had seen her streching for another 10 in the locker room before she came out. A tad excessive if you ask me. Then while she's running, she starts singing. Outloud. For a long time. She did it again today. I actually saw her on my bus commute this morning, chattin it up with anyone around that would listen. Way too perky in the morning.

Lots 'O Goodness

Things have been a little hectic and outta control lately, but today was awesome. No doubt about it. I managed to make it to work early today, seeing that I now have 9am meetings on Thursdays. No more taking the 9:10 bus and arriving at 9:35....

I had the best Toffee Nut Steamer I've ever had at Starbucks around mid-morning. Can't wait for another one. Today it really hit the spot.

I knocked out a lotta work today that's been hanging over my head for weeks. What a relief. My muscles are sore from my gym workouts, so it means I've actually been getting a workout. Can't lose ground now, especially since excuses to not go have been prevelant recently.

And to top it off, I found a cheap ticket to go home next Thursday! I looked last week and fares had bumped to $700, but this afternoon I had airline karma. My boss was out of the office at a meeting, but thank goodness for Blackberries. I emailed to check in, and she wrote back that I could head outta here next week. Yay! That cheap fare is mine. Now I can make it home before the blueberries are gone, and before Nonie leaves for Switzerland and before the rest of my summer weekends get tied up. I don't think I've ever been so excited to go to Poteau.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Brain Freeze

I've been a little Lost on Wednesday nights without my show. (Ha ha, terrible pun I know). But thank goodness for some mindless tv that’s saved my mid-week tv hump night – So You think You Can Dance and The Hills. I know it's ridiculous to like these, but I gotta have something to do on Wednesdays.

I am ridiculously exhausted today. Hit me right as I got home – I could pass out any second. I should pass out now.

Have you gotten your Rita's yet? It's time, if you haven't. We made a little trip there tonight, thanks to B who has the car. Delish. As much as my house loves the Rita's, I don't really see us chillin on the Rhode Island Ave Metrobus route whenever we have a water ice craving.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Tired of Coming Up with Titles....

It's Sunday night - I'm bored and not yet tired. Always a dilemma. I should be asleep so I can get to the office early tomorrow and knock some stuff out, but no, I'm writing. Then I'm going to play online some more. Then I'm going to finish a movie. Then I might read.

I'm trying to book a ticket to go home sometime this month, but the web is being SUPER slow. I can't even deal. And the one fare I did manage to search for was $650. Yeah, no thanks. Love ya family, but not for that much $$$.

I had some Dairy Queen goodness this weeked - it's been ages! Their commerical on TV yesterday for the Monster Cookie Blizzard really got to me. I knew I'd be in Alexandria last night and vaguely recalled one in that area so I snooped it out. Yum! When I was about 8 years of age in Cordell, OK, we had a DQ in town for a little while. My dad's friend's daughter worked there. I remember going through the drive-thru once when she was working. I ordered my usual favorite and her response was, "I don't know how to make that yet. I'm new." After the store closed a couple months later, I was convinced it was all her fault, since she had no idea how to make things. Whether I was right or not, I guess I'll never know.....hah!

Time to finish The Lost Boys of Sudan, then maybe I'll get some sleep.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Thank Goodness for Shorts and Tanks

It's 86 degrees in my house and the AC has been running for 2 days. Houston, we have a problem. It's sweltering in here and it's only June 1. Anyone got some AC they wanna share? I pack light - you won't even know I'm there. Wait, that's a total lie, but I gotta do something quick. Stripping when home is getting old.

What else is going? The sugar glider is alive and well, though it pees often and pees on your arm. Work is long and a tad crazy, I'm exhausted at the end of the day. I had hoped to hit the gym 4 times this week, but I haven't made it even once! Saw DaVinci Code last night. I liked it - why is everyone hating on it? Take it as a piece of entertainment, and leave it at that. I just finished reading The Kite Runner, which is AMAZING. One night on the way home from work I was reading on the metro platform, waiting for a train. I was almost in tears. A few pages later, while actually riding in a metro car full of people, I gasped outloud. It's emotional. It's dark. Parts are hard to read. But it's great. Also read Middlesex, which is quite different from my normal picks, but I liked it.

I need a vacation. Might be time to pay a visit to the blueberry farm. A friend suggested Bermuda again. Anyone wanna spare $500?

Skop-meh and the good parts of Macedonia

We arrived back in Skopje after that early bus ride from Prizren, and while we had to check out of our Airbnb apartment that morning, we we...