Sunday, June 28, 2009

Salon de Baile

I took 282 pictures at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival at the Mall yesterday.... and somehow managed to whittle it down.  Here are a few of my favorites from the Salon de Baile, where the Texomaniacs took the stage and Haley (among others) took over the dancefloor!

(Let me know if you want to see the rest, and I'll send you the Kodak link).

LOVE her pigtails and flamingo glasses.  I want to be this carefree when I'm old.

This couple embodied the phrase "cut a rug:"

Her shirt proclaimed "Freedom" despite its binding fit.  He was saving the paper to read after the Texomaniacs were through.

Most dramatic woman on the floor:  meet the most dramatic man.

Haley and Mr. Congeniality

Mr. Radichevich, a retired Physical Scientist who worked with NOAA and the US Dept of Commerce, gave me $5 and his business card, and asked me to send him some pictures from the dance.

Isn't he adorable?

Love it.

Yes, yes she does.

The quick-stepping duo

Pure joy.

"I like to dance" (in that voice).

Eastern Market on a Saturday!

After being closed for years, the building opened up this weekend!  What a better way to celebrate than to run into Nicole, Grant, Emily S., Kate, Austin, Bree, Theresa, and company!!

Nawlins band marching through the crowded market:

Yes, there was a guitar and random man wearing sunglasses, clapping and bringing up the rear of the band:

Hula hoop contest!

I love summertime.

Capitol Hill Books!! Coolest used bookstore ever.

I need to live in this area.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Random thoughts swirling in my head:

1. It's Friday night.  What are you up to?  I am making a delectable peach cobbler, drinking red wine, and watching TV.  Beat that.

2. Seriously gale-force winds and rain just swept through the Hwy. 50 corridor!  Horizontal wind - lots of dirt in the air, then massive windy rain, lightning, thunder, then nothing.  Quiet and cool.

3.  I've been pondering C.S. Lewis' frequently-quoted line from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe: "Is he safe?  'Course he ain't safe.  But he's good.".... as it relates to my bike helmet that, in my humble opinion, looks like a "special" helmet.  "Good looking?  'Course it ain't good looking.  But it's safe." (and thus I don't drop any $$ to buy a spiffy helmet).

4. Natalie moved back to Texas today, and this makes me sad.  

5.  Inappropriate commercials for medication make me want to become dictator and take away everyone's prescription drugs so they are left impotent, sad, fat, insomniacs with heartburn.  Don't act like you've never thought of this before.

6.  Speaking of commercials, have you ever been intrigued by a food commercial only to find it is a cat or dog food commercial?

7.  Minivans are still. not.  cool.  I don't care who you are.  Trey and I still have a pact that if either of us gets a minivan in life, the non-owner has permission to shoot the owner.  It's times like these that I am thankful I have a brother looking out for my best interests.

8.  I never read Heart of Darkness by Conrad in high school.  Weird, huh?  I was in Honors English but somehow missed out reading it.  Thus, I bought it, and am reading it.  Dude, I missed out!

Marine Corps Band Parade

Every Tuesday in the summer, the Marine Corps Band holds a little concert/parade/ceremony at the Iwo Jima Memorial!  This is less than a mile from my house, and Natalie and I caught the tail end of last week's event.  Very cool.

Mis-behaved child causing a ruckus as he hit his mother in the face:

Retiring of the colors

Uniforms in uniform.  God bless our military.

Birthday Weekend!

'Tis true.  I am officially "grown up."  This is "the" year - the pinnacle of awesomeness, the arrival at a quarter of a century.  Being the proud, patriotic American that I am (being born on the 14th of June - Flag Day)...(and because I live here), what a better way to celebrate than spend the weekend in and around our nation's capital!?

Because you can never have too many pictures of this:

And this:

Well, looky here, boys and girls!  Look who's joined us on our birthday weekend!  It's Kayla!  All the way from Wakeforest.  She's awesome. 

And here we are.

Forgive me, I didn't quite know what to do with my hands.

Joining in on the protests

Sri Lankan protestors: "President Obama! President Obama! You are our only hope!"

Roller hockey near the White House

Spiffy picture captured with the lightning-fast reflexes of my camera (sport function)

Some elderly folks resting under a tree in Ol Town Alexandria...

Because you can buy yourself pretty flowers for your birthday...

Miz Kayla makin' de mornin' breffast....

Gluten-free mini pancakes!! They were so good! Peaches & cinnamon, chocolate chip, and blueberry!

Presentation is everything.
And in the afternoon I enjoyed a lovely drink I made up using blended strawberries, lemon juice, mint, tequila, and cointreau.  Recommended.

Life is good.

Check this out! I have cool friends.

It's true.  I have really cool friends.  Here's one of them: Adam Beaugh.  He's in a contest to get a sweet $10,000 a month job at Murphy-Goode winery in Cali-for-ni-a.  Please check out his awesomeness.  He made the Top 50 cut with his video!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


It's been awhile.... "see other blog"..... oh wait, I don't have another blog.

So if you know me, you know I take great pleasure in boycotting certain things for a certain amount of time.  Rap music, Starbucks, Wal-Mart, there have been several.  For those of you who keep up with my boycotts and follow accordingly (as you should), or simply shake your head, I've decided to release the most recent list of:

Things I've Decided To Boycott for Various Reasons.
1. Twitter.  Honestly, I don't care what you're doing.  And I'm sure the Chinese don't either.
2. iPhones.  Principle of the matter: I don't want to have to pay an exorbitant amount for a phone and matching monthly fees.  Besides, they just released a new one that makes the old one obsolete. (I have a feeling I may boycott all new-fangled technology when I'm older and live like a pioneer woman.  I can't handle the iphone at age 25).
3. Wheat/Gluten.  This is a sorta-kinda boycott.  I give myself the right to make exceptions to this boycott, such as Mrs. Haugen's chocolate chip cookies, and my ice cream birthday cake... but it's really got to be worth it.
4. Dallas. Does this really need an explanation?

More to come, inevitably.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Me today

Me today: proudly waddled through the gym after work with a bag of Wendy's in hand.  There was a line to get on one of the 5 treadmills and 5 ellipticals.  Poor souls.  They could be enjoying Asian chicken and fries from Wendy's and watching Taken.  I hereby recommend this movie. YEEESSSS I LOVE it when the good guys win. GREAT movie. Just enough violence and heart-racing suspense to be interesting.

*Due to the high volume of people's responses regarding this post, I must clarify: I didn't sit down in the gym and chow down on Wendy's while laughing at "the hamsters" (the people who run entirely too fast and for entirely too long on the treadmills).  Nor did I go out of my way to walk through the gym with my bag of Wendy's.  Walking through the gym is a shortcut from the front of the complex (where I park) to the back (where my apartment is). Seriously, would I do such a thing?!?!! (don't answer that) =D

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Today is D-Day. 65th Anniversary, that is.

D-Day. Today.

Did you hear that the Queen of England was not invited to the ceremony in Normandy, France? Who does that?!?! She was one of the few world leaders that was actually ALIVE during D-Day.

In other news, I attended Day 7 of 7 of Training Week for work: Staff Care 101.  I realized that I am not in fact particularly happy today, and I'm not going to pretend that I am.  Thus, it is 10:20pm, I am watching History Channel (D-Day special of course), just finished my glass of (lactose free) milk and delicious (gluten-free) brownie, and am going to bed.  Judge if you want - I'm (temporarily) unhappy and therefore will not muster the bravado to act as if I'm chipper.

Sidenote: so apparently I go through bike tubes like I go through pantyhose.  In an amount of time too embarrassing to admit, I tried to patch the ripped tube but to no avail, and replaced it with my last extra tube.  I need to buy some more. TOTALLY worth it to just replace the dang tube instead of patching it.  And while I'm at it, it's worth it to take it to a dang bike shop instead of ripping fingernails to get the tire to fit over the wheel/tube.  Unless you are out on the road, in which case you a) call your roommate or b) call a cab.

In other news, I biked 14 miles today after no activity in the past 10 days... and over a month since a (legitimate) bike ride. Tomorrow shall be even longer (come on, sunshine!)

That is all.  Goodnight.