Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I'm super excited because I'm going to a Caps (nhl hockey) game tonight! Thanks to the company I work for, I got tickets for 10 bucks!!! I'm sure they aren't amazing seats, but who cares. Ten dollars is ten dollars! Unless, you know, you are going to a National's game (baseball) where the cheapest ticket actually costs $10. I'm only recently getting into hockey, so I don't know many rules buuuuttt I do like to see blood when there's a fight! So I'll be Rockin' the Red tonight....even though I don't actually own anything red. I mean, red just washes me out (and I can't be having that) but in my heart (hehe there's my red thing) I will be rockin it out and routing for the Caps to win.

Monday, March 28, 2011

This Day in History v. 18

This is me standing next to one of the lions in Trafalgar Square in London in 2008. Look how small I look next to that massive thing!
From my reserach:
Trafalgar Square is a square in central London, England. With its position in the heart of London, it is a tourist attraction, and one of the most famous squares in the United Kingdom and the world. At its centre is Nelson's Column, which is guarded by four lion statues at its base. Statues and sculptures are on display in the square, including a fourth plinth displaying changing pieces of contemporary art. The square is also used as a location for political demonstrations and community gatherings, such as the celebration of New Year's Eve in London.
Nelson's Column was built between 1840 and 1843 to a design by William Railton at a cost of £47,000. The sandstone statue of Nelson is by E. H. Baily and the four bronze lions on the base, added in 1867, were designed by Sir Edwin Landseer.
The sculptor of the four lions on Trafalgar Square had never even seen a lion when he cast the statues. He used his dog and a cat as the models for the statues. That is why the lion has his tongue out, much like a dog!
Did you know that Nelson's Column is where all distances to London are measured from? Well, now you do! Climbing that thing was a B*TCH. I'm sure Hannah had a great time pushing me up by the butt as I try my darndest to even get a hand up to the top, much less climb up monkey style and embarass myself.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Looking for the Perfect Match

No, not an actual match, boyfriend match or soccer match, but roomie match. Ugh as some of you know I have decided I'm going to have to get mmyself a roommate to help with some of the cost of living in the exorborant (and totally unnecessary) cost of DC. While I have cherished indefinitely the ability of living by myself, I've also had minor freakouts about spending half my salary on rent, not saving for the future, and not being able to afford to go on trips and vacations. Whats the fun in having 20 days of vacation/sick leave if you can't afford to do anything fun?!?!?! It sucks I tell you!

So I've been scowering Craigslist to find the perfect apartment/roommate situation. To no avail I haven't found anything promising. I decided to take matters into my own hands to ensure that I can find a good match. So, without further adu (spelling?), here is my fantastic ad:

Hello future roomie!

Short version: Looking for a responsible female roommate ages 22-32 willing to split a $1600-2300 (with utilities and parking) 2 bedroom/2 bathroom apartment. Me: 28 female responsible adult who works in the city as a Consultant. I currently live in Pentagon City so I’d like to stay somewhat in the area. Oh and my lease is up April 28-May 1stish timeframe, so I’d need to find a place to live within that timeframe. I’d like to sign a year lease as well.

Longer version: Me: I’ve been scouring Craigslist with no avail for the perfect roomie situation. I am looking for a 2 bedroom/2bath situation (in no way referencing Jersey Shore) in either a current apartment or a perfect spot found with a new roomie. I want to stay in the Pentagon City/Crystal City location within walking distance to the metro, or I am willing to live in a building with a shuttle to the CC/Pentagon City/Pentagon metro stations. I also have a car so parking is a must. I am clean and will keep the common areas clean as well. I’d even spring for a maid! (oh the luxuries in life). I am moving from my own studio so I have everything needed for an apartment (except for a big comfortable couch, double points if you have one! And a nice big TV is TRIPLE points!) but I am looking to cut down on my costs and find the ideal roommate. I am 28 (yet somehow 24 at heart) and like to watch girlie movies, trashy tv, and read a good book here and there. I like exploring the city since I’ve only been here for about a year. I run and go to the gym so that I can indulge in beer/wine/ice cream whenever I choose. I really like HHs and Sunday brunch too. You: A fun loving female who is also looking for a fantastic roommate. Clean and neat who likes to cook and drink. You should be social and have your own friends but enjoy drinking an occasional boxed wine on the couch.

Caveats: NO pets. I love them but my allergies do not :/ And I have an out of town boyfriend that visits every other weekend, give or take (bonus that means I’ll be gone on the off weekends!). Oh, and I’m looking for a roommate, not someone who just simply holes up in their room and only comes out to pay the rent on the 1st of the month.

If this ad looks interesting, please email me back with a little about yourself/situation/and where you live or would like to live. In order to get to know each other better, I’ve included some fun questions to answer if you’re interested. Choose to answer all or none, my feelings won’t be hurt.

  • It is 8:00PM on a Saturday, what are you drinking/listening to/watching?

  • How do you feel about small social gatherings at the apartment?

  • It is December 17th. What does our apartment look like? Is there a Christmas tree? Lights? Mistletoe?

  • Do you like posters on the wall? Or framed pictures?
  • Name three things in your refrigerator.

  • You are invited to an 80s party. What are you wearing?

  • I mean, who WOULDN'T want to room with me?!?!?!? I have gotten back one really fun response so we'll see where that leads! Here are the answers to my (AWESOME!) questions:

    -If it's 8 o'clock and I'm home, I'm drinking wine and either watching trashy tv or a movie. Otherwise, I'm out with friends at a concert, or in a low key bar/pub, definitely not a club person. I'm looking forward to getting to know DC as I haven't been there since I was in middle school.

    -All for social gatherings, it'd be a great way for me to meet new people!

    -As for Dec 17th, it would probably depend how busy I've been at work. I haven't really had a place to call my own in several years so decorations sound comforting and nice but I am not one of those that can start singing carols the day after Thanksgiving (I used to teach elementary school so it burned me out a bit).

    -I love to travel and take pictures so my personal walls will be decorated with travel photos, I'm not as picky about common areas but would probably lean towards framed pictures.

    -Cheese, Wine, Cheese

    -A few years ago it would have been an AMAZING bright blue 80's prom dress, sadly I gave that away when I moved to Australia a few years ago.

    She sounds like a winner! Stay tuned to find out. Actually, I am sort of excited by the thought of a roommate. As long as she likes to drink and watch Disney Princess movies with me and cleans up after herself, and of course pays her half of the rent.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2011

    For Potter Heads

    AHAHAHAHAH I LOL'd for quite a bit over this. My friend Nikki sent it to me (you may have to click on it to blow it up) but I thought it was hilarious! I absolutely LOVE Harry Potter and I've read all the books and watched all the movies and can't wait for the next movie to come out!

    Monday, March 21, 2011

    Life as I Know It...

    So my friend sent me this super cute picture and all the title of the email said was "this is how i imagine your life..."

    .....yep, that's about right!!!!!

    Friday, March 18, 2011

    I Don't Want to Grow Up

    Yeah, peter pan was right, I don't ever want to grow up! Apartment searching is giving me anxiety and I wish I could just close my eyes and pretend I don't have to do anything!

    On the subject of Peter Pan, I googled a bit of information:
    Peter Pan is a character created by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie (1860–1937). A mischievous boy who can fly and magically refuses to grow up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood adventuring on the small island of Neverland as the leader of his gang the Lost Boys, interacting with mermaids, Indians, fairies, pirates, and (from time to time) meeting ordinary children from the world outside.

    Peter Pan became Barrie's best-known work, credited with popularising the name Wendy, which was very uncommon previously. Before his death, he gave the rights to the Peter Pan works to Great Ormond Street Hospital, which continues to benefit from them. Who knew?!?! (Now you do!)

    Barrie died of pneumonia on June 19, 1937 and is buried at Kirriemuir next to his parents and two of his siblings. He left the bulk of his estate (excluding the Peter Pan works, which he had given to Great Ormond Street Hospital) to his secretary Cynthia Asquith.

    There's a really fun Peter Pan statue in Hype park in London that Hannah and I just happened to pass (okay, okay, we diligently searched it out!).

    Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Happy St. Patrick's Day

    As I sit here listening to Galway Girl by Steve Earle, I just had a flashback to 2008 when I was in Galway, Ireland for St. Patrick's Day!

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011



    A couple of my friends ran a half marathon a few weeks ago and the goof troop showed up to cheer them on. I am sad I do not have photographic evidence of this occurance. Sad times. Yes, me and 5 other girls stood around yelling at runners while sipping our mimosas. Yes, that's right, we were drinking while they were running. Its a good thing this race started at 1pm (why can't MY races start at 1?) so that we could be in prime cheering spirit in order to effectively cheer on the runners. I never realized how fun it was to cheer on the race instead of running it. Heck, I might just try this method instead :)

    It was actually really rewarding to cheer them on. It was a pretty small race (like under 2,000 people) and it was pretty basic, so no frills. We stood by the first bend in the road by the water and everyone seemed to be doing pretty well. By the 11th mile (we changed spots 3 different times on the course) they had to run up this ridic hill and you could just see how much they are hurting. Hell, you would have been able to hear me complaining from the bottom of the hill. And just seeing them smile when you were calling "FREE HIGH FIVES...GET THEM WHILE THEY'RE HOT" and most of them ran to the side of the street and gave us high fives. Afterwards when we were picking up our friends from the beer tent everyone was saying thank you to us for cheering and that it was really great we were out there and that they really needed it. Wow, that was awesome! Now I'm going to have to remember to say muster a thank you out while I'm running and passing cheerers!

    Btw, if you google image "high five" you get some pretty funny pictures! Such as:

    p.s.: you're welcome.

    Tuesday, March 8, 2011

    Happy Pancake Day

    Today is Pancake Day! For those of you who don't know what it is, please see my previous blog post. Get out your bisquick and enjoy! Or smuggle some into a bar while you are drinking...you know, that's just how I roll.

    Monday, March 7, 2011

    International Badge Day

    Today is International Badge day!

    International Badge Day was established in 1997 by the National Panhellenic Conference to set aside a day for women throughout the world to wear their sorority badges or Greek letters in a celebration of sisterhood. The date is generally recognized during March, which is also National Women’s History Month and set aside for International Women’s Day.

    The inaugural campaign was titled: "It’s as Simple as Wearing your Pin … With Pride." This year’s theme is once again: “Keep Your Fraternal Experience Close to Your Heart.”

    The creation of this event was the idea of a sorority woman. In the spring 1996 issue of Alpha Sigma Alpha’s "The Phoenix," Nora M. Ten Broeck wrote an article titled: "A Simple Solution — Wear Your Membership Badge Today." The article described her personal experience of wearing her sorority pin to work one day.

    Friday, March 4, 2011

    Happy Founder's Day!

    Happy birthday Phi Mu! Here's to celebrating 159 years of Love, Honor, and Truth. Thank you Mary, Mary, and Martha for founding an amazing organization that I have had the honor of being a part of. Joining Phi Mu was probably the best decision of my life. These ladies are my family and I couldn't have wished for more! Happy Founder's Day!

    Thursday, March 3, 2011


    I'm fiending for some chocolate...or some icecream...or some Thin Mint Grl Scout cookies. I'm currently looking at food porn (cooking blogs) and practically salivating over red velvet brownies or lemon meringues or how about this beautiful baby from Georgetown Cupcakes:

    Hi my name is Amber and I'm an addict....
    ...but I am 3 days sober.