Wine & Winning

Wow, this day just flew right by! It’s actually kind of amazing, given the fact that I have done a whole lotta nothing today. I’m really glad Danielle and Bryce are so good at laying around because that’s all any of us felt like doing today. Probably because we were so busy having fun yesterday!

I wound up going to get a much-needed massage yesterday afternoon, and as I was driving back, Danielle called and asked if I’d like to meet them at Dave & Busters for arcade games and beer. Yes, please!

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I’m not all that big on video games, but arcade games are fun! And even more fun with beer! Smile

We hit up skee ball

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Basketball

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Something called Fruit Ninja (which was actually a lot of fun!)

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Guitar Hero (serious concentration going on—and we still stunk at it Smile)

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And this random game where I hit the jackpot—392 tickets!

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Since we weren’t in the market for any giant stuffed gorillas, we cashed in most of our tickets for game credit and a couple of treats. Nerds Rope, anyone???

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Then we walked down the block to Keagans, an Irish Pub, to sit on their patio and have a beer and a couple of snacks.

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We had beef tips smothered in blue cheese sauce over crostini and hot pretzels with grainy mustard and cheddar ale sauce. Everything was absolutely delicious!

We hung out for a bit and enjoyed the milder temps while we enjoyed our snacks. Pretty evening, right?

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After weighing our options, we decided carry out pizza and wine back at home on the deck was a good plan.

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I had never had Extreme Pizza before, but holy deliciousness! Some of the best pizza I’ve ever had!

We got a Pandora’s Box

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Spinach, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, feta, garlic, fresh basil, oregano and mozzarella

I loved this one, but we all agreed that the Hanoi stole the show.

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Shredded pork marinated in a spicy hoisin style sauce, mozzarella, peanuts, green onions, jalapeños, carrots and fresh cilantro

All I can say is wow. I don’t know if I would have ever thought to put this combo on a pizza, but I will definitely try to recreate this at some point. It was incredible! The jalapeños weren’t too spicy, the hoisin sauce was just a tiny bit sweet, and the cheese and peanuts gave it a perfect salty bite. I loved every last bite!

We ended up cracking open a few bottle of wine and hung out on the deck all night. It was exactly how I wanted to spend my last Saturday night in Virginia with my bestest friends.

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We’ve just been lazing around watching movies all day, and I’m feeling a little sad about leaving tomorrow. I know I’ll be happier overall living in Michigan near my family, but I really have loved a lot of things about living here, namely those two people in the pictures above. I wish I could bring them with me. Or have my family move here. In a perfect world, right? At least I know I’ll be in DC once a month, so hopefully I can convince them to come up and see me!

Time to watch some more movies! Smile

Have you ever been to Dave & Busters?

It was my first time, and I loved it!

PIVOT!

Well, it’s empty.

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After working all day yesterday, everything I own is either safely tucked into my pod or crammed into the back of my car. I feel like I should be having some sort of existential crisis about the fact that my whole life fits in a box, but I’ve got too many other things to worry about.

Of note, however, is this funny anecdote. As the 3 of us were moving the couch down the 3 flights of stairs yesterday, Steph commented, “This is just like when they moved the couch on Friends!” We all kind of laughed, and then it got quiet again because we sort of needed to focus on what we were doing. As we rounded the 2nd flight of stairs, Adam goes, “PIVOT!” just like Ross. OMG. Hilarious. We were dying laughing. OK, maaaaybe you had to be there, but if you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch this clip and tell me it’s not hysterical.

Ah, gotta love Friends.

All in all, it was a successful moving day. Thank goodness for that! The hard part is over—for now. Phew!

And at the end of the day, I was rewarded with hanging out with this chick!

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Since I don’t actually need to be in DC until Monday night, I’m spending my last weekend in Richmond with Bryce and Danielle at their place. And yes, I did have to put on a sweater last night because it was only 80*. I’m going to freeze my butt off in Michigan. I even look all hunched up and cold in that picture. I’ve got to do something about that.

Anyway, we celebrated Friday night with some Skinny Pina Coladas starring this trifecta of awesomeness.

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We made these last week before Steph’s wedding and they were so good that I had to share them with my Richmond besties. I’m not very good when it comes to eyeballing proportions of drinks, but I’d say these were 2 parts rum to one part each coconut water and pineapple juice. Yes, strong, but also delicious. Play around with the proportions until it tastes good to you. Isn’t that kinda how you mix any drink anyway???

With our Skinny Pina Coladas, we made a little buffet of snacks. Kind of like wine and cracker night, but amped up!

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I love Poey in the background. She’s all, “Hey, guys! Where’s my plate?” Too funny.

Our spread included mango salsa and multigrain tortilla scoops (so delicious), super garlicky hummus, spinach dip, Roasted Gorgonzola Crack(ers) from Trader Joes, and Parmesan Garlic Pita Chips.

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Pretty sure I could eat mango salsa with a spoon and call it dinner, but I was nice and shared last night.

Danielle also had a little leftover wedding cake to share for dessert. Given that I put down something like 4 pieces of said cake at her wedding, I was all over it.

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Just as good as I remembered! I wonder if there’s any of the lemon left . . . mmmmm.


I had planned to get up and go for a run on my favorite trail this morning, then turn in my apartment keys. My body, however, is in some serious pain. Let’s just say my strict regimen of not strength training caught up to me. I am crazy sore from moving. My quads, calves, biceps, everything! It all hurts. Sad smile I know, poor me.

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So maybe I’ll do some yoga. Or maybe I’ll get a massage. Or maybe I’ll just lay by the pool. At any rate, I think I’ve earned a rest day!

What’s your favorite “skinny” drink?

Do you count moving as a workout?

Skinny drink-wise, I love Skinnygirl Margaritas, but these pina coladas are pretty good, too. I am also, as of late, pretty into Iced Skinny Vanilla Lattes from Starbucks.

And, well, moving definitely worked me out yesterday. Yowsa!

I Like to Move It Move It

It’s moving day!!!

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My friends, Adam and Steph, are coming to help me load up the POD momentarily. I tried to dismantle everything as much as possible so we can just move everything and get it over with!

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I hate hate hate moving, but I have done it so many times I’ve lost count. Since college, I’ve lived in at least 8 different apartments, and that doesn’t count all the times I’ve intermittently stayed with my parents between places. That’s more moving than any one person should do. I wish I could just buy a place and stay put for a while. Hopefully in the next couple years!

To make the moving more bearable, I treated myself to some Starbys this morning.

I Red heart you, Iced Decaf Skinny Vanilla Latte!

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Alrighty, time to carry lots of things! Yippeeee!!! Can’t wait!!! (That would be me psyching myself up for the moving.) Moving is basically strength training, and we all know how I feel about that, so I’m hoping my feigned enthusiasm will somehow seep into my psyche. Probably not, but worth a shot!

How many times have you moved??

The Last Supper

My POD came today!

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Most of my boxes are already loaded. Tomorrow, a couple friends are coming to help me load up the big stuff, and then I’ll be out of here. It’s so weird to think that I’ve been here a year. In some ways, it feels like I just moved in, and in others, it feels as though I’ve been here a long time. This has definitely been a transformative year in my life. I’m processing it all pretty slowly. I guess it just doesn’t feel real yet that I’ll be living in Michigan again soon. Maybe once I’m back there, I’ll have a better perspective on it all. But for now, my mind is full of skips and hops and jumps. (Anyone know that literary reference? If you do, you get a prize!!)

For my last meal here, I used up a few more things from the fridge. It wasn’t the most exciting meal, but I did eat it at the table!

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Yes, I did eat this meal out of a recycled to-go container. The dishes are just about packed, so this actually worked out pretty well.

I ate the last bit of my bag of spinach dressed in olive oil, lemon juice and S&P. There were a few tomatoes hiding at the bottom, too.

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Exciting, right?

And then I had a ketchup veggie burger on an English muffin.

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I promise I could still taste the burger! Winking smile

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Feeling a little lackluster this evening after a long day and I still have some packing to do, so I’m out!

Hope your day was fantastic! See ya when I see ya!

The Bartender Hates You

Please excuse my tardiness this morning . . . it’s been a little hectic here, kids!

Anyway, if Tuesday was a day for great customer service, the universe went ahead and balanced things out yesterday.

First, I spent half the day going round and round with Verizon Fios trying to cancel my service. Without going into specifics, let’s just say I won’t be going back to them for service when I need it again. Sheesh.

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Moving on . . . I met my friend, Debbie, for dinner and drinks at the Boathouse. Yep, I do go there a lot. Smile

Right when I arrived, it was pretty busy, so I put our name in for a table and found a spot at the bar. Peaceful, no?

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But as I waited for Debbie to arrive, I got pretty thirsty . . .

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Yes, the bar was busy, but not full. I tried to be patient and watched the ducks and the boaters and the sunset, but 10 minutes later, still no service.

At this point, Debbie arrived (YAY!), and she decided to try to go up to the bar for our drinks. No dice. Couldn’t even get either bartender’s attention. Strangely, the men at the bar didn’t have the same issue . . .

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Yeah . . . so we tried again. Finding 2 actual seats at the bar, we bellied up, hoping for a drink. (I was so thirsty at this point I was feeling a little faint. OK, not really, but still.) The gal actually greeted us, got us water and a menu, but for whatever reason didn’t feel compelled to take our actual drink order. She got other people drinks . . .

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But not us. We’re going on 25 minutes at the bar at this point, no alcohol in our hands. Not cool, friends, not cool.

We decided to give up and go to the inside bar, which is still open to the deck, and grab a couple of seats there. Within seconds, I had this before me

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{This bartender did have one of those Y chromosomes . . . just saying.}

Sheesh. Talk about working for your dinner, er, drink!

But by then, we were much happier. Smile

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For dinner, we decided to stay at the bar and chit chat, rather than risk being rushed at a table. It worked out perfectly!

I started with a fresh spinach and gorgonzola salad topped with pear slices, pickled onions, pecans, and tomatoes in a balsamic vinaigrette (<—I cannot spell that word to save my life).

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Then we shared one of their amazing wood-fired pizzas—Crab, Brie & Asparagus with tomatoes.

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And you can bet your bottom dollar (sorry, the Annie soundtrack was playing on my Pandora this morning) I picked that asparagus right off. I didn’t want to chance it.

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At any rate, despite the crappy service at the outset, dinner was delish, the company was fantastic, and my mojito hit the spot. Overall, a win!

I can’t believe I move out of my apartment tomorrow! It feels like I have so much to do, but I think it’s actually going to go pretty smoothly. I know I’ll be a happy girl tomorrow night when everything is loaded up and the physical moving is done (for the time being).

Alrighty, back to work for this girl!

What bad customer service have you received recently? Are you a letter writer when you get bad service?

I usually fluff up my feathers and say I’m going to write a letter when I get bad service, but I rarely do. The one time I did write to Delta to complain about a rude person working at my gate, they did give me a credit, though, so I guess letter writing can have some pay off!

Major Dilemma

How was everyone’s day? Let’s just say I’m glad I’m heading out to have drinks with my friend tonight because I am feeling a teeny bit stressed.

Work this week has slowed down a bit, which is actually perfect, since I’m dealing with this at home.

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At least they’re packed, right?

It’s this that has me really stressed

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And this

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The major dilemma is figuring out what needs to travel with me (ie., in my car) back to Michigan and what I can put into storage. Not all of my clothes and will fit in my tiny car and since my stuff will be in storage for at least a month, it’s hard to decide what I’ll need. You know, given the fact that the seasons are about to change and September in Michigan can be in the 80s or the 50s.

Why am I moving back there again?!?

Oh, right.

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Anyway, back to my current dilemma. The other issue is that I am psychotic and get really stressed out when I don’t have my clothes with me. Not like I couldn’t go shopping, but I just want my stuff!

Recycling this photo because, well, it fits.

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This is who I am. If there is something to stress about, I will find it. Don’t you worry. Winking smile


In other news, I took a break from working and packing to make a yummy egg white sandwich for lunch.

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I just microwaved egg whites with a little torn spinach, S&P, then made a sandwich on a toasted bagel thin with havarti cheese and tomato.

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Scrumptious and satisfying!

Time for a much-needed cocktail. I’m thinking mojito. The summer is slipping away. Sad smile

Gotta soak it up while I can!

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Are you weird about your clothes or can you just go with the flow?

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a go with the flow kind of girl. What can I say? It’s just not in me.

Ice Cream for Breakfast

Just popping in for a quick hello this morning! I’ve got lots of work and more packing to do today, so let’s keep it snappy, shall we?

I hopped right out of bed early this morning to squeeze in a speedy 5 mile run before work.

OK, that totally didn’t happen. I woke up, rolled over, and pulled the covers back over my head. Eventually, the appeal of getting my workout in and over with took over, and I got up and hit the pavement. photo

I was slow. And it was fine. I’m not winning any prizes for speed, but as long as I do it, it’s good enough for me! Given that I don’t actually have a whole lot of cartilage in my knees, I’m just glad I can run at all!

For breakfast, I made another fruit and yogurt concoction, but this time, I froze the yogurt, too, before blending it up.

Last night, I found a plum in the fridge that was just this side of becoming a prune. I sliced it up and threw it in the freezer along with some vanilla yogurt and a hefty sprinkle of cinnamon. This morning, I put everything in the blender with a little coconut milk, whirled it up, and had ice cream for breakfast!

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Topped with another crumbled up granola bar for a little crunch action.

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Hit.the.spot.

Time to get my work on! Lots to do before meeting one of my old co-workers for happy hour tonight!

Have the best day! Open-mouthed smile