Saturday, May 31, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
We didn't do very much this Memorial holiday. The hubby's birthday was Friday, so we went to dine at Bonefish. The Xterra stayed in the garage the rest of the weekend. We hung around the condo and played Mario Kart (my birthday present to the hubby), lounged at the pool, walked to Wegman's for lunch and light grocery shopping and then ended the weekend grilling steaks. That's the best way to make a 3-day weekend seem long. However, it is never long enough.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
What can I say....the Spurs have knocked out another contender. They have successfully beaten the Suns and the Hornets, two amazing teams. Now it's on to the Lakers, who happen to be one of our biggest rivals. This has been an exciting playoff season watching the Spurs push through these formidable opponents. I'm hoping for a Spurs vs Celtics final round! I think we can whop on some leprechauns, how about you?
Sunday, May 18, 2008
We took a little metro trip to Ballston today for Taste of Arlington. It's basically an outdoor food and music festival so local restaurants can give samples and try to convince people to come to their restaurants and pay full price. We had: pitas stuffed with chicken from Lebanese Taverna, chocolate covered strawberries, pulled pork sandwiches from Rocklands Real Barbeque, crab cake sandwiches from Carlyle, banana creme stuffed Bavarian cream puffs from Best Buns, mini buffalo cheeseburgers from Ted's Montana Grill, Chili from Hardtimes and a smoothie from Robeks. We walked away pretty stuffed. We came, we ate, we conquered!
Friday, May 16, 2008
Tonight, May 16th is Meet the Artist Night and tomorrow, Saturday, May 17th is Blogomatic, for all of us blogging about Artomatic. We'll have free food and some artists giving us a tour. This is a great event for DC area artists. Please support your local art community!
This is our newest office gem. We tend to find something funny and wear it out to the point of annoyance. It hasn't reached that level yet, but give it a few more weeks. I can't wait to have kids so I can catch them doing things like this on video. Nothing like some good ol' humiliation to set them straight later in life :)
Monday, May 12, 2008
We went to go see The Black Keys at the 9:30 club. We of course had to stop by Ben's Chili Bowl for dinner before the show. We indulged in some chili-cheese half smokes and shared a slice of cake. Our tummies were content! We got to the show on time to see the opening act, Buffalo Killers. They weren't bad, their sound was not mixed right though, so the sound could have been a lot better. The Black Keys were awesome! They rock hard and long. Unfortunately, something overcame me and I started feeling sick towards the end of the show. Since I couldn't stand up, the hubby and I decided to get out of there. It was really crowded and hot inside and I think the proximity of all the people, the heat and stomach issues all at once was too much to take. We didn't miss too much of the show according to Jeffrey at work the next day. I'm sure we'll get to see them again in the future; probably when we move to Austin :)
It was in middle school when my love for the Cure first developed. I was never a "goth" kid, I just loved their music. I loved all kinds of music actually, so I was well rounded musically. Anyway, back to The Cure. I remember sitting in a Dairy Queen with my cool older sister Lisa. I was telling her about The Cure concert in Houston and that I really wanted to go. My mom would never let me go to a concert 3 hours away without some supervision, so I was trying to convince her to go with me and be my chaperon. I guess my powers of persuasion were still rough around the edges, so I couldn't convince her to make the trek. I went home and turned on "Pictures of You" and cried. Yes, it was a "I didn't get my way" cry, but anytime I felt melancholy, I listened to that song to make myself cry even harder. Fast forward to 2008....my very cool friend Angela ended up with an extra ticket to The Cure concert at the Patriot Center. It was a single ticket, so I would have to sit alone, but I didn't care! This was my chance! After almost 20 years, I finally got to see them! We didn't get tickets ourselves because we had already spent way too much money on concerts last year when they went on sale. At the time, I had thought that I would never get to see them. Thank you Angela, for fulfilling the dreams of a middle school girl who just wanted to see The Cure. The concert was 3 hours with 3 encores. It was just like heaven :)
Thursday, May 08, 2008
It really does taste like the real thing. It also makes me belch like a sea monster. So it satisfies my sweet craving and entertains the office at the same time. All for 50 cents. Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too?
Wednesday, May 07, 2008
I work for a certain biotechnology company that manufactures cell culture media. I work in the Quality Assurance department, but I also help with technical support when needed. There are some questions that are way over my head, but I tend to get stupid questions on a regular basis. I know we've all heard the saying that there's no such thing as a stupid question. I truly beg to differ. For example, at least twice a day I get a call from a customer asking if they should use a product that is expired. Would you reach into the refrigerator and drink milk that is expired? Of course not! So why would you take a bottle of expired media and put your cells in it? It's much cheaper to buy a new pack of media than a whole new cell line. That is by far my favorite stupid question. I also get a lot of obvious questions and see many examples of people with genius minds and no common sense. I try not to get frustrated and just laugh it off. Hopefully these people are not cloning themselves in the lab.
Sunday, May 04, 2008
It was my turn to pick the next bike trail to conquer. I decided we should try the Mount Vernon trail. We do have a bike rack for the car, but it's not as solid as we'd like it to be. So we only take it for short distaces, not highway excursions on 66. I can just imagine Atom's bike flying off and rolling down the highway smashed to pieces by a semi-truck. We opted to take the metro. Ironically while we waited for the next train, who did I see, but the Kleister on her way to do her community time at Artomatic. We now have proof that we've actually been biking on the weekends. We metro'd to the Rosslyn station and headed towards the Mount Vernon trail. It pretty much starts right at the beginning of the Key Bridge. One short mile down was the Teddy Roosevelt Island. We parked the bikes and headed across the bridge. Atom had never been, so we decided to have a walk around. There is a giant statue of Teddy in the center. There are also various paths all over the 88 acre island. There is a marsh with a nice wooden trail through it. We saw ducks and birds and lots of bugs. Apparently the caterpillars which I think were webworms were crawling all over the place making it hard not to squish them. Once we were done roaming around the island, we headed back to the bikes to continue down the trail. We stopped for a great picture of the Washington and Lincoln memorials. We went down the trail and rested at Gravely Point. This is right next to Reagan National Airport (DCA) and you can watch the planes taking off and landing. Apparently landing at Reagan is not an easy feat because the pilot has to make a sharp turn since it has to follow the Potomac river. They fly right over your head as you can see. We pushed on past the airport and finally found the Riverfront Trail. We followed this into Olde Town Alexandria. Once we found King street, we cut across through downtown and headed towards the King Street Metro. You have the most amazing view of the Masonic Temple right from the platform. We were beat. For the first time ever, we were in the first car (with the metro driver) and in the front most seat. So if I turned around, I could have the same view the driver had. It was pretty neat to see it that way. Once you get in the tunnel, you can't really see anything. We made it back home safe and sound with the bikes. I can't say it was completely hassel free to take bikes on the metro, but now that we've done it we know what to expect. We totalled about 9 miles on our bikes and about 2 miles walking on the island.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
Finals are over! I got an A in my Figure Drawing class. It's pretty hard not to get an A in an art class if you really do put forth an effort and come to class on a regular basis. The two drawings were my final for the drawing class. I got an A on both, thank goodness. I'm still waiting for my grades for my 20th Century Art History and theology classes, but I'm hoping for an A and a B. If that happens, I'll remain on the Dean's List, which is my goal throughout my remaining semesters. I'd really like to graduate with honors since it's taken me this long to finish. I've got a week off and then summer sessions start on the 12th. I will be enjoying my one week off, but luckily the summer session ends in June. My entire summer will not be spent hitting the books. After June, I'll be hitting the pool :)
UPDATE: I got two A's and one B. I'm content.