Sunday, January 31, 2010
1) tell my friends and family what was going on in my life and
2) have a record of my life, considering I figured moving across the country was one of the biggest things I have ever done in my life so far.
Anyways. Since this is a record for me. Today used to carry some significance. But I am excited to have new days of significance and meaning.
There is OBAMA!!!
at Lauriol Plaza. And trust me when I say I should have stopped after the margaritas. But no, "IamanadultandIdowhatIwant" won in that situation.
After LP we walked a lengthy 7-8 blocks to go to Sully's on U Street so we could shoot some buck. Erin has been practicing (and not telling me) and seriously kicked my butt multiple times. AND we discovered the intensity of playing head-to-head. We made some BBHP friends and watched their wives/girlfriends glare as their boyfriends/husbands chatted it up with us. After a beer to many and the addition of my friend Alex who just moved her from Seattle (We were in b-school together and I am slowly bringing people here 1-by-1 Hurrah!) we headed home.
It was an evening with a mission and was very successfully accomplished.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
"The dedicated life is worth living. You must give with your whole heart."
I think this really has meaning in a lot of ways. Especially for me. I am so driven by "what next" or thinking about how to get to point B, rather than stopping and thinking about being at point A and experiencing what that means and what that requires. I will say I feel like I do live my life with a lot of dedication. In particular I am dedicated to my family, my friends, being a good person (interpret that how you want) and most importantly...love. I think my level of dedication to my relationships with people is my way of showing my love. While I have learned that words often fail me (unless they are written), I have to hope that people see that my dedication is a reflection of my love for them. For me this links to the second part, if you are dedicated, truly dedicated, you have your entire heart into something. No shortcuts, no holding back, no avoiding emotion or confrontation (yes you can all laugh), but delving in and investing your whole heart with result in a deep level of dedication and thus a never ending love for someone.
To keep on this emotional rant I have going right now and in some more recent posts. I was talking to SM the other day and she was stressing over how she feels like she is still discovering who she is and how that translates and effects a relationship. And I can completely relate to her. Deep down I am convinced that we are never done with understanding ourselves and learning who we are. But since I was analyzing her life (I fail at doing this with mine) I was able to come up with some deep logic on this. And that is, people are in your life to help you learn about yourself. While someone may have one aspect of their life figured out and to a point where they understand themselves, they may flounder in an area where you are completely comfortable. The whole reason we have relationships/friendships/etc is to have people who push us to discover more and learn more about ourselves. So not having it figured out is half the fun. The people who will be in your life will like you exactly for who you are right here and now and also enjoy the idea of who you could become and respect that no one has any idea who that will be.
So in short, I am so blessed to have so many people in my life who are pushing me to define myself and love me for me.
Phew...another mushy post about feelings. Time to get back to blogging about nonsense!
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
I am sure you can all tell me there is something like colored post-it notes that make you giddy at work?
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
One idea I have had so far ( I haven't gone through any research to see if this is already in use and I am sure it is) is a play on Potato-Potato, or something that incorporates potato and apples (Idaho and Washington people). Maybe this is just all inspiration from another one of my new favorite blogs: Blackberries to Apples. Or if someone can come up with something about morphing from Drew to Andrea or anything else that incorporates the following nuggets of information: (Carly I am expecting some great suggestions from you)
I am sure this is just the start of a discussion on renaming this blog, but at least it is on the table now. So there...contemplate. Ponder. Invent. Then let me know. Mk. Thanks.
Blogging is so personal and I love reading about other people's lives. Some of my favorite things about reading blogs are:
1) Getting new ideas and inspiration for cooking, decorating, clothes, gifts, crafts, my own blog postings, etc.
2) I love reading about people's families and what they are doing with them. I love hearing about people's family tradition, especially since the older I am getting the more I realize that you can't recreate the way you were raised and spent holidays and such, you do get the opportunity to invent your own traditions and special moments that you get to carry forward. I love "borrowing" people's traditions and incorporating them into my life.
3) I have always wanted to have a creative naming device for the people I talk about in my blog: Like using the letter of their first name to identify them ( C=Carly, W= Wyatt, etc) or using inside nicknames (Cliclean:Carly, Riot: Wyatt, CBear: Nicole) but I love seeing how other people talk about the people in their lives.
My latest blog fixation: Inchmark
You will love it! I can't stop reading it! Her kids are cute, everything in her life is cute and preppy and darling. She is so creative it makes me wish I never needed sleep so I could be as creative with every aspect of life as she is. Anyways, let me know if you have any blogs you think I should read. I am in particular need of some off-the-beaten-path-where-to-eat-and-do-cool-things-in-DC blogs.
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
However lets take a moment to pause and reflect about the idea of guys running around with long stem roses dishing them out to the women they wanted to get to know more. Can you imagine being handed a rose, just on a date, wondering what a guy is think... lets just take the guess work out of affections! I think this is a brilliant idea. Lets ruin real life with some fabulous reality tv show perspective!
Also if I could get some dream dates to go along with those roses to jade my perspective of the guy...that would be great too.
I don't mean to be a hater. Honestly I am a huge fan of the Bachelor, but I do have to laugh, as this season so far as been way over the top! Can't wait for the rest of it.
Monday, January 11, 2010
1) More directed and focused effort regarding my job
2) Eat healthier and more physical activity--lost the post-college weight and use that gym membership!
3) Eat out less. Plan more meals, cook more often, and stop using dining out for social reasons...get more creative!
4) Go to church at least once a month. Its early yes but can I do it...yes.
5) Start/join a book club
6) Be more serious. The humor as a crutch thing getting old. I think anyways. Thoughts on this one?
7) Research grad school options. At least have a better idea of what I want to go back to school for.
Here is to a fabulous new year!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
I also took a trip to San Fran in Feb. not for the best of reasons but I got to spend some time with my sister and my mom and her sister, Aunt Jackie. It was really neat to get to see the De Young and some beautiful art!The very end of February Stephanie came to visit me and I had such a great weekend showing her DC and introducing her to my new friends!
My mom and her long time friend Victoria came out to visit me and Victoria's son Ben. We had a wonderful time doing all the DC tourist things. AND Ben arranged for us to take a tour of the capitol dome. It was by far one of the coolest things I have done in DC to date!
My boss, Jessica, gave birth to her beautiful baby girl, Adrienne which meant I started working fulltime while she was on maternity leave. This was all kicked off by Jason's rooftop Opening Day party for the Nats!
Always a favorite month for me! Birthday month! This year I celebrated in Jacksonville FL with Kendal and Stephanie. This was such a great trip! Beaches, Disneyland, Branding marks, beers with straws, Budweiser factory tour, and of course getting to be with two of my most favorite people!
Big changes this month, the end of my college romance came to an end and I put on some major big girl pants finding a new apartment, moving and getting settled into real DC living. In the end it all came down to being "In it to win it" and I think I made so really good choices for the next chapter of my life.
I also celebrating getting hired as a full-time HR Coordinator at my work! That was one of the biggest accomplishments of the year by far! I am still so happy with my job and my boss, I honestly could not have ended up working for a better company!
Earlier in the month I also got to sneak up to MD to see Kendal when she was visiting family and spent a great day shopping, gossiping and catching up!
My uggs are on their last legs, having been a staple for many years now in keeping my toes nice and cozy. I think these are super cute with the bow. I saw a girl walking to work the other day wearing these and they look even better in person. The bow isn't as stiff as in the picture, so they almost have a ballet pointe shoe-esqu air about them (and we all know my affinity for anything that reminds me of ballet!). Now just to keep my eye out for them on sale!
Gougere with Truffle Butter
JD Merieau Bulles Brut Loire, France NV
Potato Latke with Beet & Goat Cheese Quenelle
Girard Sancerre Loire, France 2008
Bacon Wrapped Scallop with Rosemary Skewer
Proscuitto Fritter with Smoked Paprika Tomato Sauce
Brunelli Apricale Super Tuscan Italy 2007
Drunken Duck Flatbread
Carica “Kick Raneh” Syrah, Sonoma, California 2006
Vol au Vent Beef Wellington-Bacon Wrapped Duxelles with Mushrooms and Puff Pastry
Cadet Piola St. Emilion, France 2006
Buttermilk Blue Goat Cheese Crumble
After seven glasses of wine we headed to the Willow bar and had some small plates (I got a artichoke crab dip) and yet another good glass of wine. We then headed to Iota bar in Clarendon and put back a few more glasses of wine. (I think we can all properly agree there was a lot of wine last night).
Sam did a great job of putting this all together, I had an amazing time and really enjoyed the different wines and tasting them with the amazing food at Willow.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Anyways, to hopefully get rid of the bad feelings and thoughts I am having, lets re-cap some awesome events during my trip home.
The big news is in...it is official...my lovely, beautiful, and amazing sister is tying the knot! Her boyfriend proposed on Christmas eve and they told us Christmas morning!! I am so excited for her and Jon!
For New Years Eve I decided instead of just hanging out and baking or something equally boring I made a impromptu trip to Sun Valley to be with Nicole and Wyatt. Wyatt was so smart, and he woke up at 11:45 pm to watch the ball drop in times square with Nicole and me! The next day we had a sorts of fun together and then Nicole and I went out to have a few drinks that night. We took Wyatt sledding...he was a riot!
I had such a great time getting to see Nicole, Jon and Wyatt again!! Well wish me luck tomorrow and lets all pray this "mood" I am in will disappear quickly!