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Stuffing My Face

Heyo, what’s up? I stayed home sick from work on Friday, so I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and catch up with emails and work.  So, my last post was about how my cat mysteriously found her way outside Thursday morning, and thank god I stayed home Friday because she did it three more times.  After she went missing for the third time before noon, I scoured the house looking for openings and then finally just sat down to watch her.  Eventually she got up from her nap on the couch and meandered her way back to the laundry room.  First she had to slide the door to the laundry room open with her paw, and then I watched her do this:

Mystery solved,  and that doggy door is now taped closed.  The rest of the day was spent relaxing while my sister napped (she worked night shift and drove down early Friday morning) and grocery shopping for our weekend.  I had a fantastic weekend with my sis and I wish she could have stayed longer.

We cooked a crap load of food, watched three movies (I Don’t Know How She Does It, Moneyball, and Sarah’s Key), ventured into DC, and splurged on a dinner out at Dogfish where we contemplated ordering everything on the menu.

American History Museum

sister on The Mall


both of us

Now the food:

Crock Pot Buffalo Wings, recipe courtesy of my girl Jess

homemade Stromboli, and taco cupcakes

Both recipes I found on Pinterest, and you can find my board here to see the original recipes.  Everything was amazingly delicious and fantastic.  My sis left to head back to PA yesterday around 4, and I spent the rest of the day and evening making my way through leftovers and chicken wings.  It was a delightful weekend, and now I can really start to look forward to my trip to the mid-west next week!

Happy Monday!

Hey, Did you know it’s Hot?

Oh hey, sorry for the disappearing act yesterday I was too busy roaming around town in a heat and booze induced stupor to blog.  Kidding, sort of.  I was working from home yesterday morning until 11, at which point I subjected myself to the disgusting weather, got on the metro, and made my way to the National Museum of American History to meet up with the rest of my work department.

Now I’m a huge loser and love museums, so I was actually kind of excited about this trip, and the subsequent scavenger hunt we were participating in while there.  We were split up into teams, given our clue sheet (cryptic questions that needed deciphering), and sent out into the museum for an hour and a half.  My team didn’t do very well, mostly because not everyone is as smart as me and they were wandering slowly through the museum.  Oh well, it was still fun.

After the scavenger hunt ended, it was back on the sweat box, I mean metro, and out to Crystal City for snacks and refreshments.  After a lovely stroll in the sunshine from the metro station to Jaleo, I arrived dripping with sweat and ready to quench my thirst with sangria.  Luckily I had just enough time to chug two glasses before the free drinks ended and it turned into a cash bar.  Then I paid $6.50 for a Hoegaarden because I was still thirsty.  The only food I managed so snag before the vultures got to it was three mini hot dogs… I was more concerned with booze.  The day ended at 3:30, at which point my lovely roommate was kind enough to drive my buzzed and heat stricken ass home.  There was more wine later last night while I packed and did laundry for this weekend.

Wednesday was a much regular day, so I won’t go into it much.  I did manage to do two full circuits of the Spartacus workout and 20 minutes on the elliptical so that was good.  Other than that, nothing really worth mentioning that I can remember.

The roommates and I are off to the beach this afternoon and won’t be returning until Monday, which means the blog won’t until Tuesday.  I’ll probably post random things on my Facebook page throughout the weekend, so feel free to check in there.  Tomorrow we will be here, doing lots of this.  Have a good weekend!

Taking Advantage of DC

Yesterday, in an effort to have a productive Sunday, Adrienne and I decided to take full advantage of the things DC has to offer and once again hopped on the metro and headed into the city.  Three stops later we were at our destination and braving the rainy gray day to head to the Newseum.

As a former Journalism major in college, I was totally geeking out with excitement over this.  The Newseum has been on my list of places to visit in DC since I found out it existed.  It totally lived up to my expectations, and we spent almost four hours exploring the six floors.  With exhibits featuring 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina I found myself choked up with emotion, and having to hold back tears.  Then there was the Sports Photography exhibit with featured photos by Walter looss that made me want to break out my camera and really learn how to take pictures.  I could have spent hours in the News History Gallery with the collections of historic magazines and newspaper stories.  I almost shelled out $40 for the hardcover book featuring every photo to ever win the Pulitzer Prize after exploring the gallery.  The Newseum has officially become my favorite museum, and I can’t wait to go back again.

East German Guard Tower from the Berlin Wall exhibit

West German side of the Berlin Wall, the East German side was completely blank

Great quote

Wall of 9/11 Front Page Stories

Part of the satellite tower that fell

Awesome quote in the 9/11 exhibit

Seriously recommend checking out this museum if you are ever in DC, there is so much to read and see and it is so interesting.  In fact, if you’re in town and going, invite me!  I want to go back!  After our day at The Newseum, Adrienne and I made our way back to the metro, Newseum umbrella souvenirs in hand (the rain really picked up while we were inside) and then it was over to the grocery store to do our shopping for the week.  When we finally got home, I got right to business in the kitchen making some dinner for the two of us.  My favorite, Parmesan Crusted Chicken stuffed with Asparagus and Mozzarella Cheese with a Lemon Poppy Seed Sauce.

brocoli and Rice Au Gratin

So good and a perfect Sunday night meal to end the weekend.  After dinner I sat on the couch with a glass of wine, in front of the fire, watching White Christmas.  It was a fantastic weekend in VA and DC and I can’t wait until the next one!  Also, I found out I got into the DC Cherry Blossom 10 Miler, so it looks like I officially have another race to look forward to and train for 🙂  Who else is running?!

I woke up this morning to a dusting of snow covering the grass and cars, it was so pretty!  I also am completely scatter brained today and left my work computer sitting in my living room.  Luckily I have training from 1-5 pm today and there is a computer I can use until then.  Sigh, haha, one day I’ll get it together.  Happy Monday!