Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 15, 2009
The Paella was a lot of food for two people with the additions of the tapas but it was amazing! There was tons of seafood and the flavor was amazing.
We topped the meal off with a tradition flan that was incredibly creamy and silky in texture.
I would definitely go back, probably not order the paella since it is a bit pricey for your average night out to dinner. But our meal was fantastic!
A word of warning... don't wear slippery shoes. I had just bought a new pair of shoes *see earlier post, and the bottoms are supper slippery. Needless to say I almost took out a table in the bar...awesome.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
1) Lost 10 pounds- getting there
2) Get hired full time- I think this is out of my control and self-defeating (think of something new)
3) Make my 100th posting- this will be my 61st post---39 posts to go!
4) Start 52 Card Pick Up-- need some more inspiration
5) Start volunteering somewhere- got to get my act together
6) Stop biting my nails- maybe if I wasn't so damn stressed out (must think of diamond that will grace my fingers at some point!!)
7) Only drink 1 soda/week- Change to only drink 1 regular soda per week, diet is okay
8) Do not check facebook for 1 week- need to buckle down and do it!
9) Turn my cell phone off for three days- not sure if I will survive
10) Donate my hair to Locks of Love (completed- December 2008)
11) Take one photo a day for a month and make a photo album- need to set a start date
12) Go to the top of the Old Post Office Tower (November 2008)
13) Complete a scrapbook
14) Only drink water as a beverage for 1 week- lets scale back and say 5 days, weekends are hard!
15) Read 20 books- easily done, probably already done but I haven't tracked
16) Do not eat meat for two weeks- need to do it
17) No alcohol for one month, ummm scaling back to two weeks
18) Host a dinner party- too embarrassed by my apartment
19) Start studying for the LSATs- not sure I want to go to law school anymore
20) Take a trip somewhere I haven't been before- does Maryland count?
21) Send 5 friends hand made greet cards- V-day cards!! DONE!
22)Go to dinner and a movie alone on valentine's day---done
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
We now have a couch. Now it isn't an incredibly attractive piece of furniture, but it is black and white (fitting my decorating scheme) and it could be worse. It also has a hide-a-bed so more places for friends to sleep if they come visit!
It feels amazing to look in my apartment and actually feel like it is a place to live rather than just a place to come at the end of the day and to store my stuff. I am really want a TV now and a dining room set to replace the desk.
I moved my big desk into the sun room, which will work until it is super hot (not good for the computer and electronics). It is too bad we don't really have anywhere else to put it since I hate the variable temperature in the sun room.
I will post pictures of the couch soon!
1) they are work appropriate and I will wear them all the time
2) I haven't bought a new pair of shoes since August
3) I wanted them
4) They were only $25
Anyways I am in love with them...you can check them out at Target.
Monday, March 9, 2009
Sunday, March 8, 2009
I was catching up on my Idaho news on Idahostatesman.com and found an article this morning about the fate of the sculpture that stood in the entry way at the Boise Towne Center (lame name for the Boise Mall). The sculpture was of two boys swinging on a tire swing. I remember the water pool below them was always filled with coins and if you were going to make a wish it was always lucky if your coin landed on the brass slab that sat just at the waters surface and held the statue up. This fountain was the place where you would meet up at the end of the day when your mom would take you and your 4 little elementary school friends to mall and would let you wander alone freely by yourself and spend your parents money in Claires. When I think back I can vividly imagine what the sculpture looked like and how it seemed quite large at the time.
Well what might you ask has spurred me to take a trip down memory lane concerning the Boise Mall? Well the statue had been removed from the mall when it went through a period of rejuvenation. Strangely, I have visited the mall many times on my trips home, and somehow managed to miss the fact that this icon of childhood was gone from the main entrance. In the article in the statesman they say that the statue has been cut up and is at a recycling center. How strange to have a piece of art go to a recycling center? Really? Way to go Idaho. The mall said they would give it to someone who wanted to put it back together and do something with it, and they had no takers. However the recycling location said that they have had people lining up to take the sculpture. Not even going to ask on what type of advertising the mall did to get people informed about the sculpture. My guess...none at all. Anyways, Tim Woodward, the columnist who reported on this, is taking suggestions for where it should be relocated to. My top three options:
Boise Train Depot
Somewhere along the Greenbelt
You can read the whole story Here.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
I'll let you know if I try any of her recipes, and if I can stay under $5 for them!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Mrs. Stephanie came in on Friday morning, so I took the day off from work rather just switched work days, and picked her up in Baltimore. We took public transportation to avoid morning traffic, which was a bit long but not bad. We went back to the abode in Alexandria and had some delicious mac and cheese, chatted each others ears off and then took a short power nap. We then headed into DC where I got to show Mrs. Stephanie my office, introduce her to some of my co-workers and then we headed to check out the White House, where we missed seeing Obama get into Presidential Helicopter by a few minutes...darn!
We then walked to the Lincoln memorial, something I haven't seen since I was visiting D.C. in high school on a leadership trip. There were 900,000,000,001 tourists all in big groups there, it was like a zoo! (Making me dread spring time) We walked and saw most of the monuments and memorials, and ended up catching a breath-taking sunset!
Do to my lack of timing, we missed the Smithsonians, so we headed back to VA. We ventured to King Street and grabbed some thai food and the took a stroll to ensure that I could drive after my very strong mango margarita. After dinner we rented a movie, which neither of us could keep our eyes open for. Mrs. Stephanie's title for it was "Sex and the City: Menopause!".
The next day we woke up and had a delicious breakfast and then set out to take a tour of the capital. Mrs. Stephanie and I almost died laughing while watching the introductory film they show. After that we met up with Alex and went through part of the Natural History museum.Mrs. Stephanie and I did some shopping at Pentagon City. She made some darling purchases, and I even found a very cute shirt for our evening plans.
We had dinner in Del Ray at one of Alex and I's favorite Mexican restaurants. We each ordered a "large drink", another Mrs. Stephanie quote moment "It is as big as my head". We fondly called our drinks "swimming pools".
After dinner, we did a quick hair and makeup change and headed back into D.C. to meet up with co-worker/friend (heaven forbid I ever make another friend at work that I blog about! I won't know what to call them!) for a few drinks. Sadly we were all too tired to really get our drink on, but I had a good time and it was fun to see my old world meet my new world.
The next morning Mrs. Stephanie and I thought we had died....4am bedtime, and site seeing...not a good combination.But we managed to finish off the Smithsonian's by going to the American History (the first ladies exhibit is awesome!). And then made a stop at the ADPi chapter house here at George Washington. The girls were adorable and going in the house made me really miss my days at Alpha Theta!!
The day concluded with driving to Baltimore to drop Mrs. Stephanie off with minutes to spare to catch her flight ( I really need to learn my way around!) and then I proceeded to drive back in the blizzard that hit that evening.
It was seriously one of the best weekends I have had in a long time! Now I just need to make plans to go visit her in FL and meet her adorable puppy Lila Mae!
After we did these two fabulous displays. We went up in the observation tower. While there wasn't much to see due to the fog and rain, you do get a great view of the building and a sense of how massive it is.
Went went through the modern art section lastly and there was one room that housed some of the best pieces of art in the whole museum.
Outside there were some very amazing pieces of art as well. Nothing beats a giant safety pin....
There was also a large rock that had been covered in silver, pounded, and then polished...if only it had been sunny!