Sunday, April 29, 2007

Morris Cabin

Just got back from a great long weekend at PATC cabin Morris. I and eleven others enjoyed great camp food, a roaring fire, an adventurous hike in the woods, and much tomfoolery. More later, persnaps.

(5/21/07 - This just in! There won't be more. I am such a liar. You really should have seen that coming.)
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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Happy Happy Joy Joy!

The long search has ended! I just accepted an offer today from ATIS to be their Committee Administrator for IPTV (Internet Protocol TV) Interoperability. The Committee is made up of four task forces, three of which I will have sole responsibility for. The salary is great, the benefits are good.......but most importantly I have a job!!!!!! Aaaahhhhhh! Finally!

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Scavenger Hunt on the Mall

Yesterday I and the rest of the illustrious Moose & Squirrel team (temporarily renamed Boris & Natasha) participated in the annual Trivia Scavenger on the National Mall. We ran from the Lincoln Memorial, around the Tidal Basin and along the Mall, to the Capitol, and then finally ended up at Gordon Biersch at 9th and G. We went into the African History Museum, the Sackler, the Freer, the Air & Space Museum, the NGA, and the American Indian Museum (we should have gone to the Botanical Gardens as well, but we were short on time). In total we walked about 8 miles in our crazy hunt for truly random pieces of trivia. Sample question: How many horsepower can the engines of the USS Enterprise generate? Answer: 280,000 (found at the Nat'l Air & Space Museum)

Pictured above are the B&N team members (in shots taken as part of the competition): me, Patty, Enrique, Mike, Jan Louis, and Dana. Go B&N!

Monday, April 16, 2007


Last night I made the most amazing dinner. Wasn't quite a pizza, although that's probably the best description for it. It had ground turkey, spinach, onions, garlic, olives, feta cheese, mozzarella, roasted red peppers, parsley, and cucumbers. Plus, I made my own pizza dough!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Sakura Matsuri / Fun with Munchlax

Even though the weather was cool and cloudy, I took my little friend Maya out to see the Japanese street festival (Sakura Matsuri) yesterday. There was delicious food - tako puffs, Pocky sticks - people dressed up as anime characters, music of both the traditional and pop/rock variety, and of course just a lot of overpriced shoppies. The best part for me and Maya, though, was the Go tent. We played three games after getting instruction from my friend Max, who happened to be there running the tent.

Maya prepares to get her butt kicked at Go.

Friday, April 13, 2007

Thrumming right along

For my latest knitting project, I've decided to try a technique called thrumming. It's where you incorporate regularly-spaced bits of unspun wool in your pattern, which then create not only an interesting decorative effect on the outside, but a nice fleecy lining on the interior. I'm making a pair of mittens at the moment. You can see the exterior decoration in the first picture, and what will eventually (with wear) become the lining in the second.

This is a gift for a friend. Who? Maybe you!

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter Peep S'mores

Turns out toasted Peeps are even better than regular Peeps. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Cherry Blossoms + Been a While, Yes?

I was recently inspired/cajoled to take up this blogging thing again by my old (oldest?) friend Juliet. Yesterday provided me with the perfect excuse, too: my annual sunrise photo excursion to the Tidal Basin on the cherry blossoms' peak day. I'm not a great photog but it's hard not to get at least an interesting shot when you're surrounded by so much beauty. I was there around 6 am - this picture was probably taken around 7. Gorgeous day.

In other news: bought a condo, looking for a job, singing away with the Maryland Chorus, knitting like a fiend, learning to cook, kicking my ass with yoga, and just generally trying to live life without too much stress/unhappiness/negativity while facing some tough times. Did I mention I'm looking for a job? ug