Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Why do they even sell ugly paint colors???
I know that "good" paint colors are subjective but colors like "convict orange" and "pee yellow"...really? Why do we even let people have the option of picking these. People wonder why people make bad paint decisions...because we let them!!
Anyone...can you explain why we have ugly paint color options??
I had a great dinner at Redfeather with a few friends from high school tonight and had a great meal with some great company. The rest of my day was shopping/returning clothes with my mom, who is such a trooper to help me find awesome clothes! I ended up with a great black sweater dress and a grey sweater and some darling accessories. We shopped at Barbara Barbara which has been a favorite of mine for years. I will second the yelp reviews and say they take such great care of you and make you feel so cute when you do find a fabulous piece of clothing! And to also make a rebuttal, yes the clothes are expensive...FOR BOISE! The clothes here are a steal compared to DC prices...so stock up...especially if you are BBDakota or Jack BBDakota fan... because there stuff is darling and looks fabulous on my five foot frame.
After that my mom and I went to Cabellas to return a gift for my sister and I scouted the BBHP game to play with Erin and also scouted the fabulous Idaho Men in the store (can we same CAMO anyone?)
I am getting increasingly stressed about returning to DC. My family is awesome and Idaho is so beautiful. I miss seeing mountains and skiing and feeling like myself. But I also know there will be a huge amount of relief getting back to DC and knowing that I am not going to cry for days or plan on how I am going to pack my car with all of my stuff to move back to the west coast. At least I can say I have grown enough into DC, that I feel like I fit in, I have a place, and I like that place (even if I do miss my former lives). But...change is good. And I am growing in DC. Figuring out who I am, finding happiness in different things and learning to realize that the Idaho part of me will never leave, but i just have to figure out how to mix into my big-girl self.
When I was younger I actually would make "blueprints" and would build the house from scratch. My best attempt to date was a GBH that ended up being referred to as the "cathedral". It got to be a bit bigger and more elaborate than planned.
This year we used pre-made gingerbread houses, but combined two kits to create a "Sun Valley McMansion" (yes pre-made, I know, BUT we were under a time crunch!). We also totally cheated and used hot glue to put the thing together but honestly I don't think I will ever go back to frosting construction again. The structural integrity (some architectural jargon courtesy of Nicole) was much stronger, and the construction period was much shorter, under budget and might push us into the LEED Silver or Gold range if we are lucky.
I must say I was very impressed with what we produced this year. Take a look!:
Completion: Back Yard. Check out the swimming pool with diving board complete with swimming/diving gummy bears.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Here are some favorites of Wyatt:
Saturday, December 19, 2009
In a good way. Nicole had a good friend come over with her family to see Wyatt and then I took and nap along with Wyatt (boo being sick- I hope I get over this soon!) and then ran some errands with my mom and picked up some cold/cough medicine.
I have to comment that one thing I forget about being home is how quiet the world seems. Granted things in Idaho are just a tad bit...."slower", but in general there is just less noise. When you sleep you can hear the hum of the refrigerator upstairs. And when you walk outside you can hear a siren downtown. And that whole people are friendly, I forgot just how friendly. I am constantly taken aback by people talking, commenting and generally just treating you like their BFF. I am sure my face says "strange" every time it happens to me.
Hopefully tomorrow I really start to feel better because as much as a love lounging around my parents house, I am ready to get out and get some shopping done!
I will also say...and this is for the record books...I wish I was in DC and could play in the snow (BUT I am very thankful to be home safe and sound).
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This cold that has been making me feel a bit blah will hopefully go away after a relaxing day tomorrow. I have a lot of Christmas shopping to do...ok more like ALL of it. But I am so ready for baking, gingerbread house making, movie watching, smack-down with the poodle, some Idaho football and some major nephew time.
Everyone keep your fingers crossed that I actually get home tonight (I finally learned and packed some extra clothes in a carry on so when my luggage doesn't arrive I at least have something to wear tomorrow). But I am stocked with some good reads, some work (if I get reaaaallly bored), a few DVDs and my furry hood vest that I can use as pillow in case of the off chance of a miracle and I fall asleep on my flight!
It is strange that while I am very very excited to go home and see my family, I am not dying to get out of DC like last year. I honestly could hardly get to the airport fast enough last year, and so much of me want to not buy that return ticket back. Hindsight...read about it on BBTAs, its a mocking jerk of a concept that has some interesting implications. But the best thing about hindsight is when you look back, and see that in that 20/20 vision....everything turned out just fine. In fact, sometimes it turns out more than just fine and you find yourself exactly where you should be. (4 rules for living anyone?: The right people, what happens happens, things start, and things end and it all happens at the right times with the right people and in the right places). So there....that is my very small statement saying " I am not going to take out the little old ladies crowding towards the door of the plane to get on two seconds early to get out of this forsaken city"....in fact I just might be saying..." DC...I'll be back". OMG.
See you all on the other side/right side of the country!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Let's talk about that dress. (minus the tights, cute but not me!) I would rock feather headpiece as well!
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
THEN I drove around looking for parking for 2 hours. Seriously. Shoot me now. Just when I start to like DC I have a night where I want to put my head on my steering wheel and cry.
Again, lets attribute this all to being anxious to get home in 6 days!
Me Madre called tonight, I am so excited to spend time with my parents, sister, Jon, Poodle, ANNNNDD WWWWYYYYAAATTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!
Work Holiday Party tomorrow...bring on the debauchery and please let me wake up feeling somewhat okay on Sunday.
Secret Elf reveal was today. I got this awesome book on walking tours of DC, sooo perfect for me!
ok waaay past bed time.
Night all! Hope everyone is snuggled up and bundled for this cold weather!
Friday, December 11, 2009
Well I hope people walk better tomorrow. Or maybe I just need some sleep!
Secret Elf revealing at work tomorrow! And t-1 days until debacherous holiday party!!
Here it is in all of it's glory...
I'm a little nervous to show you all these. It seems so personal. I feel a little vulnerable! Okay maybe that is a bit dramatic, but no judging!!
The door in back right is our front door. The door straight back and to the left is my roomates room.
Looking into the apartment from the front door you look into our dining/living area. And to the right is the door to my room, which we will get to later. You can see my Christmas lights and chandelier decorations.
Here is some more living room, TV, and the closed door is the 2nd door to my bedroom which I keep closed.
The "reading nook"
So that is it! The abode! I feel so Carrie Bradshaw. If only I stored my extra clothes in the oven (which I might have to because my closet is SO packed). But I am a fan! Hope you all think it is as charming and darling as I do!
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Warm fuzzies galore.
And then to top it off, I watched the "Give Voice to Your Heart" advertisement and Tiffany's does it again. I was a little misty-eyed. Check it out...with all this snow and blustery weather (yes it is SNOWING in DC) you'll feel all warm inside!
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Lindsey and Dan came to visit me at the end of October, and we had a great weekend catching up (and getting to know each other (me and Dan))
And then there was the Redskins game. I have wanted to go to a pro-football game for years and this was such a great game! The weather was amazing, the Redskins won, we had a fabulous time tailgating and best part...freeeeee tickets!
Sam, Ryan and Nicholas enjoying the good seats.Beautiful sunny day!
This weekend I had a great and relaxing few days off. I had a minor (*cough* Major *cough*) roach issue in the kitchen that caused some serious tears and almost hyperventilation, but was remedied and Thanksgiving still went off without a hitch! Most notorious of my cooking feats: Brined my first bird, first time making mashed potatoes, learned how to roast beets AND made two pies completely from scratch!!
I was also pet sitting for a friend this weekend and I got to spend some quality time with this furry, fuzzy, goofball. Meet Puck the Husky (haha yes, my WSU friend thinks he is SOO smart...yea well who won APPLE CUP!!!)
Puck and I enjoyed some walks, dogparks and a lot of shedding together this weekend! Puck's pet comes home tomorrow and I will be back to being dogless!
So back to Apple Cup. I met up with Brooke, Keene and a friend of theirs who was in town visiting at a bar in Crystal City to watch the game. It was packed with Husky fans! Luckily we had an awesome game and defeated the Cougars and showed them to bow down to Washington. Bark for Sark people...
Sadly, in upcoming news, my New York trip has been postponed until 2010 (probably feb), which will be fine, and hopefully cheaper. Hotels were costing a fortune for this upcoming weekend!! But plans for Feb will happen and as long as I get to go I am a happy camper. Perhaps I will venture to NC to check out Furbish . I love Jamie's blog and have wanted to go see her store and hopefully meet Rowdy! Maybe squeak in a quick dinner with Mallory who is prepping for finals too!
Idaho is just around the corner and I can not wait to go home (with a different sentiment at heart time year). I can not believe how a year things looked so different. Not only has my life changed a lot...there are now FIVE in the family clan! (and if we want to go crazy...which I dare say we might...there are SIX...including Jon!!!) So crazy! I can't wait to experience Wyatt's first Christmas!!
Well I hope you all had a fabulous weekend like me!
PS Brooke may be helping me to re-vamp my blog...perhaps a leap from old to new? It seems fitting in light of all that has happened.
Oh and I must not forget...to follow blogging form for Thanksgiving...
Things I am Thankful For:
1) Family and Friends. And most importantly we are all Happy, Healthy and Loved. My family and friends are such amazing people and I can't imagine my life without them!
2) A roof over my head a job that provides and clothes on my back. I have an awesome job, with awesome people and in turn I can provide a great place for me to live (minus the roaches) and clothe myself in something besides a burlap sack.
3) Who I was, Who I am, and Who I am going to be. Cliche...yes. But this year has taught me that who I am is fabulous, life is one crazy adventure and where I am going, while I don't know where that is...is going to be great.
And some less serious things:
1) Chai Lattes
2) Fuzzy blankets
3) oversized sweats
4) winning apple cup
5) Christmas lights and holiday displays at the stores
6) good books
7) lint rollers (dog hair and fuzzy blankets shed like no other)
8) poodles (1 in particular)
9) my awesome car (I don't care if it is like 15 years old and looks like a mom-wagon..it is my mom-wagon)
10) and many other random things that bring a smile to my face!
Sunday, November 22, 2009
I feel asleep on the couch tonight with a fork in my hand while eating dinner...
But I had an amazing weekend!!
Friday night I went out to celebrate a co-workers birthday at a bar just up the street from my office. Came home and went to sleep in preparation for my early morning on Saturday.
Saturday morning I walked the Help the Homeless walkathon that starts on the mall, circles the tidal basis and finishes up back near the Smithsonian metro stop. As we all know being anywhere at 8am is not one of my strong points, but I managed to make it! After the walk we headed to Lauriol Plaza which is just a hop and skip around the corner from my apartment to have lunch. After lunch since Scott came and brought Puck his Husky/German Shepherd we decided to check out the small dog park a few blocks from my apartment. I could have sat there all day and watched the dogs play! There was a puppy chow that look like a teddy bear! We wore Puck out and then walked back to put him in the car.
For the rest of the day I took a power nap and then started getting ready for an evening I have been looking forward to for a long time! Sam, a co-worker that I took to a a Caps game and then to the Redskins game last weekend (yes, needing a post) wanted to thank me for the tickets (totally unnessary, but very nice) by taking me to get drinks with him and his friends at PX in Alexandria.
We started out with dinner at Rustico where I started with the Beet salad once again, and then tried the fig and prosciutto pizza which was delish! I also got to have a glass of my Smuttynose brown dog ale...so good.
After dinner we headed over to PX, which gave me a fabulous excuse to wear my dress from graduation again which I adore. (ps someone finally lost 15 pounds! only 10-15 more to go!) They have a dress code so we all looked pretty spiffy and cleanup which I always enjoy. PX lounge is a speakeasy marked with a blue light, requires super advanced reservations and you ring a doorbell when you arrive...can we say beyond classy and fabulous?
I had three of the most amazing cocktails that I will probably ever taste in my life. The first was one with basil which was light and refreshing and a surprise for the taste buds. The second was my favorite, The Bellevue (yes I ordered it because it reminded me of Seattle!) but it had an amazing foam and a unique spoonstraw to sip and scoop! My last drink was the most "manly" one the evening for me with tequila and an unusual ice chunk. Honestly, this experience changed my perception of cocktails and the craft of mixology! I only hope and pray I can frequent this amazing establishment again. You should read up and gush! After a fabulous night of drinks, meeting Sam's fabulous friends and good food I crawled into bed and collapsed. Thanks for an awesome evening Sam!
Today was running some domestic errands and then meeting up with Scott and Puck to get the run down of how to take care of Puck since he is going to be my dog for thanksgiving weekend! (Yay!) and then taking a nap (aka sleeping while trying to eat dinner).
All in all I had a great weekend and am in shock that we are already nearing the end of November!!
Two weeks until NY!!! And before I know it i will be in Idaho with the family! AND I just got word that get to take care of Wyatt for a whole day while my sister takes her architecture exam...basically I am never giving him back to her!!
Hope everyone else had a great weekend! Any good stories?
Made by Preserve, their toothbrushes are made from recycled yogurt cups! The bristles are new, and then brush has a neat angled design to get into the hard-to-reach places. And to top it all off...once you are done with it...mail it back to be recycled again!!
Checking out the Preserve website today (go ahead...I know you want to order your recycled toothbrush right now) I also found a toothbrush subscription....A-mazing!!!
Thursday, November 19, 2009
I would do this one with a some very long stemmed white roses with silver whisps and some sort of crystal bling.
3) I hope Brooke does a post on this. But this house in Sun Valley has been a love affair of mine since I first laid eyes on it about three years ago.
4) And in awesome news: Congrats Ben on your job offer!!! So excited for you and am so glad this keeps you in DC (since I selfishly would be very sad if you left me here!)
Friday, November 13, 2009
The Delish Dish:
A bundle of fresh (or frozen) asparagus
Red Wine Vinegar
lightly oil the bottom of a pan and place the asparagus side by side. Season generously with salt. Bake in an over at 375-400 for 8ish minutes.
While asparagus is doing its thing in the oven. In a small sauce pan, melt 2 tbs of butter, let it slightly brown (This is key!!) right at the brown turning point, add 1 tsp of soy and 1 tbs of the red wine vinegar. Stir and over low-medium heat allow the sauce to reduce. Take asparagus out, and immediately pour reduction over the spears. Let stand just a few minutes. Serve. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I can not wait for:
The Festival of trees
Drinks and dinner with friends
Yen Ching Egg Rolls
Tree decorating (this is a HUGE deal in my family)
Playing the Piano and Violin
Ramey Rolls on Christmas morning
Christmas Eve at Aunt Dixie and Uncle Blaine's and with that green bean casserole and fruit salad
Christmas Eve church
Driving down Harrison Blvd and seeing the Christmas lights
Trans Siberian Orchestra
My mom's out of control Christmas decorations
Cheese from the
Sunday morning pancakes
Shaw Mountain Road (Driving like speed racer)
Fires and cheese and crackers
My down comforter and Christmas movies
Driving aimlessly with Kim
Barbara Barbara (fingers crossed for a new dress)
Gingerbread Housing Developments
I am sure many more things will come to me, but that is a start!
Monday, November 9, 2009
A few weekends ago I was meeting up with some close friends at a restaurant I have wanted to try for a long time. Oyamel, is by the same peeps who do Jaleo, which I have been to and LOVED. Anyways, back to the point. Meeting up with my friends for dinner/dessert (I had already eaten dinner sadly), but I show up the Oyamel and am greeted in the breeze way to the restaurant by a secret service agent (ear piece and all) asking if he can search my coat and bag because there is a "VIP" in the house. I agree (who would I to be like "umm no, I am above you snooping through my bag"). I asked who the VIP was, and he coyly smiles and says "enjoy your dinner". I saddle up at the bar waiting for my friends to arrive, grab a drink, crane my neck around to see who could possibly be here (I doubted I would recognize one, since politics are the last thing on my mind). Friend arrive, we get seated. And before we know it, there are paparazzi like flashes and we finally find out that it was MICHELLE!! O-YES, OBAMA.
So I dinned with Michelle. Yes I am honored. Oh and while we are taking about all things fabulous--the Café de Olla, DELISH. A must try if you are here.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The game was really fun, always helps when your team wins (Go Caps!). Yes that is right, I am actually cheering for a DC team these days. Ut-o you may say, I can't think about it. I am on overload with my new found DC residency, license plates, and now sports teams!
We are sitting right behind the Geico sign:
Jessica and I:
After the game Ben and I grabbed some drinks at Clyde's and then called it an end to an awesome evening.
Friday, November 6, 2009
These headbands are so perfectly me...
And can't you all see me in this Miss. Ribbons and Bows dress??
And I want this for my Holiday Party in Dec.
Perhaps I will win the lottery??