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What a Weekend

After tons of family time this weekend, I was more than ready to spend the majority of my day yesterday alone and relaxing to wind down the weekend.  Then I realized how absolutely gorgeous it was outside, and pulled my shit together and joined my roommates in Clarendon for an afternoon of beer drinking in the sun.  I got home around 8:30 last night, and immediately crawled into bed until it was bedtime around 11.  Let’s back up to the beginning though.

After a typically slow Friday afternoon at work, I decided to take 2.5 hours of vacation and call it a day at 2:00.  My mom, aunt, and sis were already in town and bugging me to come hang out with them before dinner, and so I did.  We headed out into Clarendon for pre-dinner drinks and Boulevard Woodgrill before moving on to our 6:45 dinner reservation at American Tap Room.  It was a wonderful evening that we capped off by doing some wine induced shopping at Lululemon and Ann Taylor.  I picked up this adorable new workout top, while my mom, sis, and aunt all got some things at Ann Taylor.

Saturday started bright and early, way too early for the amount of wine that was consumed on Friday night if you ask me, and my sister and I met back up with the fam (now joined by another aunt and uncle) for a day of sightseeing downtown.  You know what’s annoying? Having to get 4 people metro cards while trying to make a train arriving in two minutes.  We missed the train and ended up waiting for a good 20 minutes for another one.  We made it to our brunch reservation at Distrtict Chophouse about 30 minutes late, and I was more than ready for a mimosa and food by then.

After brunch, the 6 of us headed over to the Spy Museum for some culture and fun.  I really enjoyed the museum, but I think I would have liked it more on a Tuesday afternoon when it was less crowded.  It was hard to really take advantage of all the things it had to offer when there were so many people around.  My sister and I eventually found ourselves separated from the group and enjoyed the museum together.  Most amusing was this mug I thought about buying Dar for his birthday.

He didn’t see the humor in it that I did.  Oh well.  After we all made it through the museum, our adventures continued with a walk down to The Mall. My aunt had never seen the Jefferson Memorial up close, so we strolled down to the Tidal Basin to take a look and see if the Cherry Blossom’s were blooming yet.  FYI, they’re not.

Then it was back to the metro to head to the hotel for a quick outfit change before our dinner in Georgetown.  My aunt and uncle treated us all to dinner at their favorite place, Neyla.  I was a little apprehensive about the meal at first, as I’m not a very adventurous eater, but I ended up loving it!  We ordered an array of appetizers, and for my meal I went with the Chicken Shish Taouk and was happily surprised.  I told the roommates we’d have to go back and check it out again when it’s warm enough to sit outside.

It was a long and exhausting weekend that left my feet and lower back aching, but I’m glad we had good weather and got to explore DC.  Now I just need to get my sis out to Wisconsin and show her that it’s not too bad…

Happy Monday!

Amazing is the Only Word

Yeah so I kind of disappeared after Thursday, but for good reason.  As you know Darren was visiting for the weekend, and his flight landed at 6 pm on Thursday night, so most of my attention and time was devoted to him after that.  I mean hey, we do only see each other every six weeks!

After picking Dar up from the airport, the two of us headed out to dinner at Legal Seafood for some much needed food.  We ate, a lot.  I think I ate more crab dip this weekend than the entire year so far.  The rest of Thursday night was spent on the couch with a bottle of wine watching TV.

I’m not ashamed to admit I was up bright and early Friday morning watching the Royal Wedding footage.  Since almost everyone else has mentioned the details about the wedding, and their opinions, I don’t feel the need, but yes I loved it.  Then Dar and I went out for an early lunch at Front Page in Ballston, before running some errands for the bbq/Caps viewing party that was going on at my house later on that evening.

Once the Caps game ended (unfortunately with a loss) everyone switched into party mode, and we moved on out to the shed for a night of drinking games and debauchery.

At some point during Friday night’s festivities I got word from my friend Ashley that her and her boyfriend were engaged!  Yay Ash and Sahil! Congrats again!  As Friday night slowly turned into Saturday morning, we all started to get tired and called it a night.  Saturday morning we were all up bright and early (4 of our other guy friends ended up crashing on various soft surfaces of our house) for coffee and bagels and the girls and I had to prepare for our double header day of kickball.

Yours truly was voted MVP of the day with two RBIs and the game ending double play to seal our second victory of the day.  We are of course, still undefeated.  After kickball, while the rest of the team headed to the bar for games of flip cup and Miller Light pitchers, Darren and I took off in the opposite direction to hit up the Crime and Punishment Museum.

I changed in a Potbelly bathroom, so what

The C&P Museum is seriously awesome, and the two of us spent more than two hours wandering around in there reading everything.  I had a Groupon that I’d bought a month or so ago, so we got our tickets for half price, which made it even more awesome.  Dar definitely loved it, and said it was probably the coolest museum I could have picked for us to go check out.  What can I say, I know my man.

I turned around at one point to grab Dar’s attention, and noticed the back of his neck and head was looking a little funny.

Someones mid-western skin was not ready for a day of fun in the sun in the South ;).  I laughed at him until he got annoyed, and then mentioned that at least he was wearing a hat and his entire bald head wasn’t red.  Then I ran away.  After hours of kickball, walking around DC, and browsing a museum, we were more than ready for dinner when we emerged.  I immediately hopped on my phone to try to figure out whether to stay in Chinatown or head back to Arlington.

What are you looking at? I'm working as fast as I can.

The people in Chinatown were annoying and loud, so we ultimately decided to just hop on the metro and head back to Arlington for dinner.  We ended up at one of my favorite Clarendon restaurants, Boulevard Woodgrill, where I was enthralled by a bulldog puppy for most of dinner.  After another meal with an absurd amount of food, it was back to the house where we enjoyed multiple vodka and sodas while watching The Fighter.  It was an amazing Saturday, and Dar loved being in DC and hanging out with my friends.

I’ll wrap this up now and be back tomorrow with more updates and info about the remainder of the weekend.  I’m exhausted, and I cried in the airport earlier, so now I’m drowning my sorrows in wine.  Have a great rest of the Sunday ya’ll.