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Happy Anniversary!

My mom and step-dad are celebrating their one year anniversary this weekend, so Happy Anniversary to them! I can’t believe it’s been an entire year! The best wedding ever, despite all the jet lag from flying home from Ireland the day before! Love you guys!

Happy Friday!


Two Freakin’ Years

Well, I was a week late celebrating my one year blogging anniversary, so it only makes sense I am once again a week late in doing so.  Oops.  I actually realized last week that I missed it, but figured this would make a suitable post to schedule to go up while I was away.

I can’t believe I have somehow managed to ramble on about my boring life for two years now.  I find it even harder to believe that pretty much the same group of ladies has been coming back to comment for the past two years.  Thanks girls, I pretty much love all of you <3.

Let’s see… this year of blogging captured a lot of changes in my life.  I quit my job, moved to Virginia, started a new job, broke up with one boyfriend, got back together with another, entered my late 20s, and finally got to meet some of the awesome girls I’d been talking to for a whole year.

Amy and I got to hang out twice in Chicago, Kacy and I met up numerous times in Arlington and then she moved here!  Steph considers DC a second home and made many a trip down for dinners, drinks, and talks about everything and anything.  Also, despite the fact that we’ve never met, I have Jess’ number in my phone, so we should probably hang out ASAP.  Girls, seriously, thank you for the emails that are forever having me on the verge of snorting water out my nose in laughter.

In all seriousness though, minus those emails and friendships, lately blogging just hasn’t had the same appeal to me.  I started this blog two years ago as a place to exercise my love of writing, and to document the fun things I was doing.  I don’t really know what it is now.  Some place I come every morning and ramble on about nothing usually, and it’s boring even me.  Occasionally I use it as a form of therapy to write about the nutty stuff that goes on in my head, and I like it for that, but the daily workout recap.  Meh.  Oh don’t worry, I’m not going anywhere, I’ve become far too addicted to quit, just letting you all know that this past year has made me realize how dull I can be, haha.

Anyways, if being able to go back and read what I was doing a year ago and two years ago on this date has taught me anything, it’s that a whole lotta crap can change.  So who knows what the December 2012 3 year anniversary recap will say.  I guess, I look forward to finding out.  So happy birthday little blog of mine, thanks for letting me write about whatever the hell I wanted for the past two years.

Our Weekend of Celebrations

Thank you all for the well wishes on Friday!  Darren and I had an awesome long weekend celebrating our anniversary together, and it was over way too quickly.  His flight arrived right on time Thursday evening, and with only a slight delay in baggage claim (boyfriend is worse at overpacking than I am) we were on our way home for my delicious homemade lasagna.  The slow cooker sauce was a huge hit, and Dar ate about half of the lasagna by himself.  The rest of the night was spent sitting around on the couch enjoying some drinks and hanging out with my roommate Dani and her guy friend.

Friday morning I once again set out to prove my cooking skills and made Dar and myself a breakfast of eggs in a basket and bacon.  Nothing fancy, but enough sustenance to get Darren through a day of shopping withe me.  The two of us headed out to Tysons Corner to pick up some things he needs for our vacation in December and things I didn’t need, but definitely wanted.  J. Crew was our first stop where we both took advantage of the addition 30% off of sale items, him with some khaki pants and me with a pencil skirt, sweater, and long sleeve shirt.  Dar bought me the sweater because he was proud of me for realizing I couldn’t afford to buy everything I wanted, haha :).

Friday night a group of 8 of us headed up to Poolesville, MD to experience Markoff’s Haunted Forest, and by the time we got there my nerves were shot.  I’m not a big fan of being scared or surprised, and the waiver we had to sign before going through was especially troubling.  I made it through without peeing my pants or crying, and may have only broken a small bone in Darren’s hand with my death grip.  I did get my head grabbed at one point, which wasn’t cool, but that was probably the worst of it.  A few of us headed out for some drinks once back in Arlington, and Dar and I called it a night around midnight and came home.

We spend the first part of Saturday lounging around until it was time to head to my football game around 2:30.  Dar is my #1 fan, and just like when he came to my kickball game and I was voted MVP for the day, I had a stealer football performance catching the ball for an extra point and batting down a pass on defense.  We celebrated our 54-6 win over the other team with post game drinks at The Front Page before heading home to get ready for our celebratory dinner.

We had dinner at one of my new favorite Arlington restaurants, American Tap Room, mostly because neither one of us felt like venturing too far away from home.  We started with the Crab and Spinach dip appetizer, amazing, followed by the Chilean Sea bass (him) and the slider trio (me).  The slider trio consisted of a pulled pork slider, jerk chicken slider, and cheddar cheese burger slider, all of which were amazing.  We ended dinner by splitting the cheesecake for dessert, also amazing.  After dinner we came home and watched Horrible Bosses, and I thoroughly enjoyed our date night.

We made the most of Darren’s last day here by venturing a little further West down 50 in search of a pumpkin patch.  We didn’t find one, but we did find a garden center where we picked up some pumpkins for carving.

my boo

looking like a geek

hard at work

slow and steady

Finished products

Shortly after we finished carving our pumpkins it was time for Dar to pack up and for us to head to the airport :(.  His 6 pm flight to Milwaukee was right on time and he made it to security with about 20 minutes until boarding.  We said our goodbyes and then I made the lonely walk back to my car.  Luckily our next visit with each other is in 47 short days, and then we get to spend almost and entire month with one another.  All in all it was a fantastic weekend, and I miss my love already.  I think it’s safe to say I will be spooning with the teddy bear he sprayed with his cologne for quite some time.