Saturday, December 30, 2006

We are living in a rice cereal world

The past week and a half has been great fun. It started last Tuesday night with the Iota Christmas party, where champagne flowed like the mighty Potomac. Even with all the fun people, and general seasonal merriment, the highlight of the night was during the post party party when Dave and I sang Karaoke. Now, I am not a karaoke kind of girl, so belting out Linda Rondstat and Aaron Neville was a little out of character for me.

The song was "I don't know much, but I know I love you" but it should have been titled "I don't remember much, but you signed me up for that cheesy song and there I was singing in front of a lot of our friends." I do remember a lot of people cheering..so that must say something. Ha.

Christmas was awesome, and appropriately was all babies and puppies. Tucker, the wonder Airedale, is the newest addition to the clan. Since Rudy died last spring my parent's house has been dogless for the longest period of time I can remember. It is great to have big fumbling paws around the house again.
Tucker, the man and his dream

This little guy is awesome. After only spending a few days with him he already told me I am his favorite, sorry guys. Dave and I really want a dog, and we can have one in our place, but we you can't exactly bring a dog to all the places we plan on traveling to in the next few years. My parents have kids who can help watch the dog, I don't. And I like my freedom too much, we can wait. So, it was awesome to hang out with Tucker for a few days, now if only he lived closer to us...

Speaking of being the favorite, my nieces are getting so big. Not too big for my Dad to corral them together in their matching red dresses...so cute, right?
My Dad and his ladies


All of them are going to be little heartbreakers one day.
Ellie taking a tubbie


At the beginning of December I wrote a post about a great shopping web site I found. The site had camouflage everything, but my favorite item was the fancy water bottle cover. Well, my brother's girlfriend Danielle(Hi Danielle!) had me in the grab this year and yup, you guessed it, I now have my very own cheetah print drink holder. Brilliant.
One of the greatest Christmas gifts

Now, this gift is great and all, but it does not compare to the Mugatu hat, and Zoolander t-shirt she also gave me. Genius. Danielle is a genius. If ever there was a good reason to blog, it is so people will know what kind of great gifts to get you. Seriously.

We spent last night celebrating the holiday with Dave's family so it has been a marathon week of Christmas celebrations. It was great to see everyone, but as always it went by too fast. Way too fast. Lastly, I promised Sheri I wouldn't post this picture on the blog:
Yes, we have too much fun together
I lied. That's what best friends are for.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Santa Sez

I was just sent this link by my friend Kelly, who is providing me with a lot of great blog material this week. Everyone needs friends like that.

So, at Santa Sez you can type in commands to Old St.Nick and he will do what you say. Hilarious. He does all the basics, like jump, eat, kick, talk, etc. But be creative. My favorite so far is "Kill Rudolph."

Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Channeling Julie Andrews

This past week has been very stressful in my office. That is stress with a capitol S. Let's just say, for the sake of being appropriate, that no matter how much extra time we put in, stuff just keeps piling up. Today, it feels like it will never end. I just stepped into my friend/co-worker Kelly's office (Hi Kelly!) for a little chat, and an attempt to destress...

Me, practically sweating: "Kelly, things just can't keep going on like this."

Kelly, out of breath: "I know, this is crazy."

M: "For reals, what are we going to do?"

K: "I don't know, but something has to give."

M: "But it won't be my sanity."

K: "I was just thinking that."

Kelly then looked at me, sighed, calmly raised her hand to her head, and faced downward. She then stated, "Raindrops on roses, and whiskers on kittens..."

I love my coworkers.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

This is NPR

I'm a big NPR fan. I recently discovered the music page on their web site, and I am even more in love. Go ahead, dive right in check it out. If you are looking for a few good places to start, try listening to Josh Ritter live in studio. Or, Ray Lamontagne live in concert from this past Monday night at the 9:30 club in D.C. Or, you can sit your office paying bills and listen to Damien Rice, live from this past Friday, like I am right now. I just realized that all three of these men have graced the stage at Iota, before they started charging $40 for shows and I stopped paying their high prices. I still love them, but now I get them free on NPR. The Open Mic page allows you to check out some great bands that aren't charging $40 yet, like one of my favorites Middle Distance Runner. After all, you can't beat free. I love the internet.

Friday, December 15, 2006

The Boy in the Box

I was going to write y'all a nice little story about my night. There are even pictures. But then I came home, and made some "It's not delivery it's Digiorno," and started watching Jay Leno, and realized that I would not be able to write to you about the silly things that happened in my life today. Because Jay Leno is a moron. I know I have been slightly belligerent about the whole map thing lately, but sometimes enough is enough. Mr. Leno, was chatting with Leonardo DiCaprio tonight about his new movie which was filmed in Africa. While they were conducting the typical banter about Africa...poverty...aids...wildlife...like it is a zoo...Jay Leno mentioned that he has a friend from Rhodesia. Rhodesia. Yes, Rhodesia. Well Jay, it might be hard to have a friend from Rhodesia, b/c Rhodesia doesn't exist. Rhodesia was once a colony, run by the British, named after Cecil Rhodes. Cecil was a great chap who started DeBeers, and ran a large colony, and tried to build a railroad across the continent that is the five times the size of the U.S., which basically just means that he was responsible for a lot of pain and suffering for a lot of Africans. Rhodesia. Rhodesia is actually now Zimbabwe and part of Zambia, but we don't learn those things in school. Instead we have Jay Leno on the television every night showing the world how dumb we are when it comes to anything that happens outside the U.S. This would be like me going on National television tonight and telling the entire country that I am from this great place in the world, you should check it out, they call it the Thirteen Colonies. After that you should check out Germania. That place is awesome too. I also heard that The Holy Roman Empire is a great place to visit this time of year. I know that the Tonight Show is not history class, and these things may not be important in our day to day lives, but they are important to me. Perhaps it was a slip of the tongue. Perhaps he knows better. Perhaps I am making a huge deal out of nothing. But this stuff matters. Maybe not to Jay, or to Leo, or to most people, but it matters.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Armageddon

The Red Sox are playing the Yankees on my wedding day.

WTF???

Just for the record


I am determined...

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Clark Griswold has got nothing on these people

Candy Lights
My friend Derek and I went to Baltimore for dinner last night, just to get out of town for a few hours. After our meal we drove around the city in his new car, checking out a few different neighborhoods. We found this particular street that was awash in Christmas lights.
Trifecta
Holiday bling covered every inch of these homes, on both sides of the street. It was brilliant. I can only imagine the pressure the residents of this street must feel this time of year. There is probably the "I must outdo all of my neighbors" faction, and the "Oh man, this is crazy" faction. I was in the "This is the coolest thing ever!" visitor faction.
O Town A
This last house, that we are standing in front of, even allowed you to go on their porch for a closer look at all the decorations. There was a guest book. Oh yes, a guest book. If I put this much effort into decorating I would have a guest book too.

As soon as we left this street, Derek needed to pull over and get out of the car for a minute. Right after we stopped a very nice older couple also stopped to see if we needed directions. They said they saw our out of state plates, and were very nice to offer help (clearly they didn't know the map nazi was riding shotgun). The point is, the man driving had a full white beard, and was wearing a Santa hat. It was like Santa himself stopped to see if we needed directions.

After last night it finally feels like Christmas.

There are a few more pictures over on flickr.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

A perfect marriage of fashion and function

As I was shopping for Christmas presents today I stumbled upon the most amazing web site, from which I think all of you should shop. Seriously. Since all of you are probably very busy, I will just make this a lot easier for you with a list.

If you need to shop for a baby, I think every parent will appreciate the complete crib set. Bumper pad, comforter, diaper bag, and pillow all in coordinating camouflage. So great. They even have matching baby sleepwear. I love the lace they offer for the girls.

If there is a couple on your list, the matching bed set would make a great gift. Even better of they have the baby set too!

For that little girl on your mind I think the camo blouses are a dream. Very John Deere meets Betsy Ross, these items will be a classic.

And lastly, for the "gal" who has everything, Fashionable Water Bottle Covers. As the site says, "Animal print fabrics with wonderful fancy feather surrounds." Who needs Tiffany & Co. anyway?

So my friends, shop, shop, shop away. At those prices, who can resist?

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Spending all that time staring at maps will bring you great internet joy

I wasn't lying when I told you I loved that map game yesterday. I was not satisfied with my 82, I knew I was better than that. At 97 I stopped playing, mostly for my sanity.

Aside from reminding me of the time my older brother maxed out his score on "Space Invaders" and my Dad took a Polaroid of him standing in front of the television, I took the screen shot to show to you a few things.

1. Spending all those years studying African history finally did pay off. And to think that my parents thought I was crazy. They must be so proud now.
2. I am about 800 times more bitter about being forced by the powers that be to take not one, but two, yes two geography courses. Shouldn't this test alone count for one course? For reals.
3. I am better than you.
4. I wasn't kidding about number three.

To be fair, I was the only one in my seventh grade geography class to score a hundred on our world map test at the end of the year, so clearly I was heading into this with some advantage. If only the GRE was a map test...

Monday, December 04, 2006

Map Game

I can't stop playing this "Countries of the World Game" My high score is 82, but I keep trying to beat it. Try it, you'll like it. (via Kottke)

Friday, December 01, 2006

The more the merrier

I just found out that the new person in my office is a Red Sox fan, and I am very ecstatic. He is hahhd coh too, not just a band wagon fan. Last year when Johnny Damon signed with the Yankees I had no one in my office to sympathize with me. I was basically screaming at the blank faces of coworkers who wanted to run and hide from the inaudible freak. My excitement level has been pretty high, and I am having a difficult time determining the cause. It could be that I am so happy that my new office friend has Pats stickers on his car. Or, it could be that I have had three cupcakes, two pieces of pizza, a can of coke, and a gingerbread latte, in that order in the last few hours. Or, it could be both.

Yeah, probably both.