Archive for November, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from our table to yours!  It was an excellent day.  First, a wake up run/walk, then monkey bread for breakfast where two bites equals the amount of calories I ran off!  I cooked Mom’s sweet potato casserole recipe and stuffing while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.  I’m so ready for the Christmas season and listening to Christmas music now that Santa has made his official appearance.

Our official Thanksgiving dinner was at Rob Gibson’s.  The food was fabulous!  We stuffed our faces, played Apples to Apples, watched some football then finished with dessert.  I hope you and yours had as wonderful a Thanksgiving as we did.  We have so much to be thankful for that it will take another 364 days to list them all.  I’m the luckiest girl alive with great friends and family and I appreciate them everyday.  Never take things for granted.

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Bon Voyage, Maria

Rose Bowl Tickets!

2009 Rose Bowl Tickets

Tonight is the last time I see Maria before she becomes a Californian.  I’m sad.  Maria and I worked together at Wells, but didn’t really, really start hanging out until I left the company (and she broke up with her boyfriend).  During our two great years, we’ve tailgated, road tripped to State College, 2009 USC vs PSU Rose Bowl, biked more miles than I’ve cared to bike, “cooking classes” (she taught me), tried out new restaurants, talked office(s) gossip and transportation headlines, and decorated gingerbread, among many other fun adventures.

Maria is headed to San Francisco for a Masters in Sports Management at USF.  People think she is crazy for giving up her engineering job (and Professional Engineer’s certification) close to home to move across the country to be dirt poor in one of the country’s most expensive cities and ultimately end up with a masters and half the salary.  To that, I say bullhonky.   I am so proud of her for making this decision and taking her fate into her own hands.  And she is pumped and passionate again.  To this day, the best decision I’ve ever made was to move to Los Angeles for school, so I wish her the best of luck. 

I hope PSU does not go out of business without her to buy all the PSU gear!

Of course, that means I lose one of my dearest east coast friends and I’m very sad about that.  But, I’m thrilled to have a person in SF to visit!  You west coasters are making my west coast swings harder and harder by spreading out – with my folks in LA and my sister in Seattle and now Maria in SF.  I’ll make due.  Too bad that high speed rail isn’t ready yet.

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Curling with B&D

Curling RocksEach year one of our clients invites a few folks from my company to a curling event that they (she) hosts.   “She” is Ann Drummie who works for Brailsford and Dunlavey a few floors below us, and she has been curling for about 20 years.  She trained but did not make the USA 2010 Curling Team, but I hear she gave it a good shot.   There’s always 2014 because this is a sport that you can get better with age.

Chris, Beth and her fiance Jeff made the trek to Laurel, MD to the Potomac Curling Club.  There is a “hang out room” that is heated (important) with couches, tvs and windows to the ice.  My favorite part was when she said we could help ourselves to the cold drinks by the ice in the metal cabinet, not a refrigerator, because the whole room is cold!  I got tickled by that.

So this was my second time curling because Emily Dalphy and I represented last year.  It is so much fun that words do not describe.  For the first 30 minutes we went over technique and rules, then we were off!  Not as easy as it looks, and I have the bruises to prove it.  You fall on the ICE if you are not graceful enough to keep your balance.  The four of us made for a pretty lousy team and we only scored once in two games.  But I’m pretty sure we were the most enthusiastic group there!

If you are interested in trying it, let me know.  Ann has all the ins to help you/us get started.  They open the ice for newbie training, and I would certainly go again!

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Improv Follow Up

Sunday afternoon was so much fun! One of the many great reasons to take a class is to perform in the Student Showcase. WIT opens its theater to an audience of friends and family ready to support their, well, friends and family on stage.  Which means they are nervous for us which means a higher propensity to laugh.  We’ll take it.  Chris, Rob Gibson and Maria came to laugh and they told me they had a good time (thanks, guys!). I know I was having fun and that’s all that matters to me!  The suggestion from the audience was ‘hunting’ and somehow that turned into ‘hunting school children’ about three skits in.  And by “somehow” I mean I blame myself.  That’s the fun of improv!

In the session after ours I got to watch Nancy, Brandon and Amelia perform in three of the five troupes. Amelia was in the Musical Improv 2 class and freakin’ amazing.   Man, that looks like fun! I can’t think on my feet in quite the same way, but I’m pretty sure the class will teach some tricks of the trade. I may just take that when the time is right…you know how I love musicals.

Last but certainly not least, I ran into my friend Darnell from my first class (Level 1A). He’s really supportive. Darnell has been practicing with one of my classmates, Nick, and they invited me to practice and play with them weekly. I’m so excited! I’ve been looking for folks to practice with. Apparently, they’ve been looking for someone with good physicality. I’ve got the physicality down, it’s the voice and emotion and initiation and action and limiting my language that needs work! But now I have some folks (who are great at those things) to practice with. My first practice with the group was tonight and we laughed lots and lots, so I’m already looking forward to next Monday.

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PSU vs OSU

Here they are…photos from our road trip to State College, PA.

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Lots of Improv!

This weekend is more improv for me than Improvapoloosa!  Washington Improv Theater (where I take classes) is performing within walking distance of Chris’s place, so we’re trying to take advantage of cheap, local and fun entertainment.

Friday night was the opening of the WIT season with Seasonal Disorder, but we went specifically for iMusical, the musical improv group with WIT.  These guys are seriously good, and you have lots of chances to see them between now and the end of the year.  I highly, highly encourage you to see what they can do especially if you enjoy musicals.

Last night Chris and I went at 11:00 to see Juliana Duffy in her first performance with JINX.  She was awesome, as always, and seemed to really fit in with her new group.  I look forward to many more of her performances this month.

Finally, today is our Level 2 Characters class’s showcase at 4:00, also at Source Theatre.  It’s free, so come on by.  Plus, Brandon is performing at 5:30, along with some other improv buddies, so I’m staying to watch their performance and I’m always happy to watch with friends.  I’ll let you know how it turns out.  Improv gives me such a rush of adrenaline, so I may be sleepless tonight.

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My Best Boyfriend Ever

Chris and desserts at Old EbbittChris and I just celebrated six wonderful months of fun togetherness!  Life is so much better when he is around, and he’s around a bunch.  For our anniversary we went to dinner for yummy happy hour sushi in Chinatown, then walked to E Street Theatre (one of our favorite indy movie theatres) for “New York, I Love You.”  The movie was okay, but not highly recommended. 

You can’t celebrate an anniversary without desserts, so we went to Old Ebbitt Grill by the White House.  Walked around our beautiful city on a nice evening then went home.  It was a great night and a reminder of why we are so happy together.  I mean, look at those desserts!

And speaking of desserts, two nights ago I’m sitting on the couch and Chris drops a stack of fresh baked cookies right in front of me!  Surprise!  Proof that the way to a woman’s heart is by cookies!

I love you, Chris, and I look forward to celebrating lots more anniversaries together!

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