31 May, 2008

Vegas part duex

So T and S bet that I wouldn't remember this conversation when I got back to DC. Now it's been awhile ladies, I'll admit, but thanks to my handy dandy little note (oh you laughed then, but who's laughing now?), I remembered.

Now all the rest of you, keep in mind that we were at the airport, about to board the red-eye home to DC and were very, very, VERY tired...

"Imagine how much your day would suck if you were a bird that flew into a plane!"
"Well at least you'd go to bird heaven."
"Not if you were a a shitty bird."
"How could you be a shitty bird?"
"I don't know...What if you pooped on the Pope?"

(Gales of laughter ensue...)

30 May, 2008

reality tv

So I'm minding my own business, catching up on my magazine reading by the pool last night, when I see an article on two of the newest reality TV shows that will be hitting the air this summer. Now most of you who know me know that I basically loathe and despise reality TV with a couple notable exceptions, the first being Top Chef (I know, right? Who'd have ever thought that I'd like a reality show about food? I mean, you can't even taste the food! I think it all tracks back to watching Iron Chef with A our freshman year at Butler...) and the second being...hmm, okay, one exception.

But the point of this blog is that I think it's possible that we may have finally hit a new reality TV low. Lindsay Lohan's MOM gets a reality show. What's she going to do, teach other parents how NOT to raise their children (come to think of it.....)?

Also, Denise Richards has a reality show. Perhaps slightly, slightly more legit than Dina Lohan (at least she's somewhat famous in her own right), but come on, really? The last thing I remember her in is Love Actually back in 2003, and that was a very, very brief role in which she spoke maybe one word ("Hi!"), and then stuck her tongue down some guy's throat. I think she may have also had a guest spot on Two and a Half Men that same year, but it was her then-husband, Charlie Sheen's show, so I don't think it even really counts. Speaking of which, apparently ex-hubby sued to keep their two daughters off camera. I agree with EW...when Charlie Sheen is the unseen voice of reason, I'm officially terrified.

27 May, 2008

One thing....

So there's one thing I forgot to add about my day yesterday.... I was sitting in the atrium, waiting patiently for the ceremony to begin, and I glance over to the left as people start applauding. In walks none other than Bob Dole!



(Not a great pic, I'll grant you, but you can still kinda tell that the guy in the middle with the blue tie is Bob Dole.)

Anyhow, that's not the funny part of the story.

As everyone's clapping, and he's waving, the guy behind me asks "Who's that?" Thinking that perhaps he can't see very well, I say "It's Bob Dole." He responds, "Who?" I turn slowly around, hoping, hoping, that the guy is young...like, teenager young.

Nope.

50 if he's a day.

So I said "Bob Dole? Former Senator from Kansas? Former Senate Majority leader? Republican nominee for President in 1996?" The guy just shrugs. He had no idea who Bob Dole was! Now, again, I'm not a Republican, but come on, it's Bob Dole! I couldn't even vote in 1996, and I know who he was! The sheer ignorance that so many people have about American politics scares me. Now I know I'm a political junkie, and I know that I watch CNN and other news shows considerably more than most people, but come on, to never have even heard of Bob Dole?? That's just sad...

26 May, 2008

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day Kids!

I spent the day at the Memorial Day Celebration at Arlington National Cemetery, where I got to hear President Bush speak.



Now I know most of you know that I'm not a Republican, but when you get the opportunity to see a sitting president speak, and honor the men and women who have died serving our country...well, who can say no to that?

It was a beautiful day, and we got to listen to the Marine Corps Band play while we waited for the official ceremony to start. The whole thing was more beautiful and moving than I'd expected, but I guess this was the first time that it really hit me as a government employee, as someone who serves my country, granted in a considerably less dangerous way, what Memorial Day is really all about. It's not about the day off work, or the picnics, or the day the pool opens. It's about the men and women who have fallen defending this country. It's not a day for politics, it's a day to honor those who gave their lives so that we could be safe, and free. And whatever you believe, there's something really beautiful about that.

Happy Memorial Day.

24 May, 2008

Picnic!

I absolutely reek of smoke...totally worth it though! It was a beautiful day in DC today, so my friends and I had a picnic in Georgetown, on the banks of the Potomac. The weather was exactly what we'd hoped for, 75 and sunny all day long. We spent the first couple hours tossing a football around (yes, me, football...I even caught it a few times!) and then started in on the food.

It took the boys over an hour to get the grill lit...absolutely, completely, endearingly, hysterical. Finally, they went to Safeway and picked up some more charcoal and a big bottle of lighter fluid...that got things started REAL quick, and then we threw the hot dogs and hamburgers on. I think it might really be true that the more you work for the food, the better it tastes, but those burgers were damn good! For the finishing touch, s'mores heated over the grill...perfecto!

All in all, a great day in DC. I'm really gonna miss this town.

22 May, 2008

Viva Las Vegas!

Wow, where to begin....



Welcome to Las Vegas!

It was a great trip, and EXACTLY what I needed. I was able to just let everything go, and have a great long weekend with my girlfriends...it was perfect.

We arrived Thursday evening, around 11pm Vegas time, so we spent some quality time in our hotel (Treasure Island) playing a little Blackjack and enjoying ourselves before we crashed in bed for the night, in our PENTHOUSE SUITE!!

Friday we woke up earlyish and spent the afternoon hanging out by the pool, catching some rays and drinking 42oz Mango Mai-Tais!



In the evening, it was time for dinner at Tao, one of the best Asian restaurants in town that requires reservations something ridiculous like a month in advance. After the AMAZING dinner, it was time to hit the clubs. Yes, yes, I know what you're all thinking....C? Clubbing? Really? Are the pod people coming? Should we be worried? Well, I'll just let this next picture speak for itself....



All in all, it was a hysterically fun night...by all accounts as we skipped to the front of the lines, it's good to be part of a group of pretty girls in Vegas! :)

Saturday was all about rest and relaxation. After our night of clubbing, we pampered ourselves at the spa with massages and pedicures, followed by some more pool time, and then a Cirque du Soleil show, Mystere. It was...amazing. I don't even really know how to describe it. My jaw was on the ground half they time. It was an equal mix of hysterical and awe-inspiring. I didn't know we could do that...it was pretty intense, and well worth the price of admission.

After the show, we went to Isla, the Mexican restaurant inside Treasure Island for dinner, followed by a little more gambling, and me taking my turn at the slots, which wound up being the most successful part of my gambling experience ($10 baby!!).



Sunday was all about exploring the strip. We took the monorail up and down the strip (with me humming the Simpson's 'Monorail' song the whole time!), including....wait for it....wait for it....The Star Trek Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton! Yes, I totally geeked out and got my picture taken with a Mark IV Photon Torpedo.



And the Borg...



Yes, I'm a nerd, you should all have accepted that long before now.....jealous A? :-)

Sunday evening we went to old downtown Vegas, to the Golden Nugget where we saw the waterslide that goes through the shark tank, and the lightshow at the Fremont Street Experience. I don't have pictures of that because my camera died, but my friends have them, and I'll post once we exchange photos!

Then, finally, it was Monday, and it was time to go...well, at 11:25pm...which meant we had a whole extra day! We spent the morning by the pool (I'd like to point out that I didn't burn AT ALL, and now have a healthy, tan glow!), and then checked out of the hotel and spent the afternoon doing cheesy Vegas things like souvenir shopping, more casino exploring and generally running up and down the strip in 100 degree heat. It's actually quite amazing that the whole "dry heat" thing is true! It really didn't feel like it was in triple digits outside! Of course I won't be able to experience that in Florida...humidity here I come! We took the red-eye out of Vegas at 11:25pm, which put us back in DC around 7:30am on Tuesday. So what did we do? Went to work of course!! Yes, we're just THAT crazy. I'm still not totally back on East Coast time yet, but I'm hoping to accomplish that little feat during the holiday weekend...Happy Memorial Day everybody!

All in all, it was really the perfect trip...good times with great friends, and we're going to try to make a girl's trip an annual occurrence, so thanks to T and S for a great inaugural event. I had a wonderful time ladies, and can't wait to do it again!

15 May, 2008

Off to Vegas Baby!

That's right, it's finally time for Girls' Weekend in Vegas! We leave tonight, and I'm very excited. It'll be great just to get away and spend some quality time with my girlfriends away from work and other things. I promise to update when I get back, but until then, I leave you with this: Viva Las Vegas!! Hope everyone has a great weekend

11 May, 2008

A Long Weekend

I went to North Carolina this weekend. R and I have decided to end things. It's an incredibly painful time for me now, and I just wanted to post this in an attempt to avoid the awkward "Hey C, how was your weekend, how's R?" questions that result in mini-breakdowns for me right now. In the end, it may have been the right decision, but knowing that doesn't help right now.

Please don't comment on this post. Thanks.

09 May, 2008

I'm officially exhausted...

It's just been one of those weeks. Having the wisdom teeth out didn't help of course, and don't get me wrong, having Mom here was the best part of the week for me, but I went back to the office, and Murphy had been to visit...it seemed like everything that could have gone wrong did. My inbox was FULL to bursting with problems, and it didn't feel like anyone had taken the initiative to step up and fix them. What are these people going to do when I leave? I'm not taking this work with me to Florida, I promise you that. I'll have a whole host of new responsibilities and problems to tackle when I get there. I guess maybe the pain has made me cranky (geee C, ya think? really?), hopefully I'll be in a better mood after the weekend. Sorry this is just venting....scroll down a few days back for amusing anecdotes.

I'm headed to NC tomorrow, so I'm hitting the sack now. Rant off.

08 May, 2008

Rude Questions

I hate rude questions. I'm a big fan of the social niceties. Please, thank you, you're welcome, here, let me hold this door for you, that little half-stand, half-sit thing that guys do when a woman gets up from the table at a restaurant (that one pretty much melts me. God help me if I find a guy who does that.).

So when someone I don't know very well asks me how much money I make, I get a little offended. When they follow it up and ask what exactly I do with my money, I get a little snarky with them. Example: "I use it. For food, water and rent."

Why do half the people I deal with on a regular basis seem to, at times, be nothing more than breathing boxes of doorknobs? Maybe I should chalk my bad attitude today up to being supremely cranky that my teeth are still hurting like a b*tch.

07 May, 2008

I HATE Bugs

So, funny/creepy story. I got into a little car accident today.

That's not the funny part.

I'm taking the back roads into work today b/c the main roads were all crazy busy. I'm sitting at a red light, minding my own business when I feel a little "bump." Now I think to myself, "Seriously? We're sitting at a red light. We've been sitting at a red light for the last few minutes. Who the hell hit me?"

I glance in my review mirror and see the girl in the car behind me flailing wildly. So I pull my car over to the side of the road, and get out of my car thinking "Perhaps she's having a seizure, I should help."

Turns out, she's not having a seizure. She's being swarmed by what I have now determined were likely Box Elder Bugs.

(See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Box_elder_bug)

I yanked open the car door and pulled her out of the car to try to help get the bugs (at least 30, probably more...I wish I was kidding) off of her. So now we're both flailing wildly and one of them managed to fly down my shirt (I therefor spent the rest of the day feeling totally skeeved out and like something was crawling on me.).

So next (yes, there's a next), a policeman, who had been getting money from a nearby ATM, comes running over with his gun drawn, likely convinced that I'm attacking the girl. Of course, he soon gets close enough to see what's really going on, and...I kid you not...screams like a little girl. He then joins in and helps us.

We eventually manage to get the bugs to disperse, and the guy takes our statement, then leaves, saying that this will be the strangest accident report he's ever had to file.

The only thing I can think of, is that this girl must have had a nest or something in her car. She said she noticed one first, swatted it away, then two, then the horde came, she thinks from the backseat. So it had to be a nest in her car, right? I mean, otherwise, what are the odds that 30 Box Elder bugs would all decide to swarm one girl, in one car?

At any rate, one of the most seriously creepy events ever to have happened to me...straight out of a B horror movie or something.

I have to go shower now.

05 May, 2008

Forgot to add...

It might not mean anything to most of you, but The Kitchen Cabinet was this past weekend (a tradition my father and his friends started 40 years ago), and Dad won the KC cup!

To give the briefest possible explanation, he and all his friends fill out a questionnaire every year with all kinds of impossible to know questions. What will the price of Sears stock be on February 29th 2009? Who will win the 2009 Masters? Who will win the 135th Kentucky Derby? Which two teams will compete in the Superbowl? What will the collective weight of the Kitchen Cabinet be on meeting night? Which Cabinet member will have lost the most weight? Gained? Which KC member will travel the farthest to get to the meeting?

When they have their meeting each year, they weigh in (a sight we kids were, thankfully, never allowed to see...and the poor pizza delivery guy probably had to see a couple times more than he'd like!), tally up all the points and award the KC Cup, which is engraved with the names of all the past winners for the last 40 years. This year Dad won the KC trifecta...he'd lost the most weight (there's a separate award for that, a scale mounted on a plaque...that just started a few years ago when they all realized how much weight they'd put on in their 50's :-).), he won the most money in the Derby pool, and he won the cup! So a big shout out to Dad! It'll be good to have that cup back at the Homestead!

I'm Baaaaaack!

That's right cats and kittens, I survived my first ever surgery (I thought about it the other day, and it's true, I've NEVER had surgery before...a little weird, right?)! Half an hour in and out, some high quality drugs, and lots of loving care from Mom, and I'm back in the saddle again (forgive the many puns, I blame the residual Vicoden). It was as good an experience as excruciating pain can be I suppose, and Mom was great...bought me lots of Frosty's, and made me many, many helpings of scrambled eggs and mashed potatoes. She also commented that the apartment looked "great." I think that's a special victory in and of itself! And no, I did not mention that I'd hired someone to clean the place. I simply said "thank you" and moved on. I put her on the plane this afternoon after a nice shopping excursion to Tyson's, where we picked up some new makeup for her (Bare Minerals, great stuff!) and some new fancy eyeshadow for me for the upcoming Vegas trip (navy blue eyeliner, and some smoky shadow combinations).

I spent the rest of the afternoon doing some more recuperating, watching TiVo, and catching up with some friends on the phone:

"Let me tell you, shopping, by yourself, at Barnes & Noble, inebriated, at 1 o'clock in the afternoon....now that's living!"

That's just one of the gems from one of my best friends who just finished up her last final exam EVER after undergrad, law school and a masters...Congrats A, you did it!

On that note, I'm still not eating solid foods yet, so I've gotta go make some more mashed potatoes...it's good to be functional again, though I do miss the Mom-quality care. It was nicer than I could ever have imagined to be a kid again and have Mom taking care of me. :) Thanks Mama!