Friday, May 27, 2011
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
So along came May and we had our toga party. Many thanks to Brad for lending us his home, planning the parties, and making sure everyone came in toga attire (some people slipped through the cracks apparently). I was surprised at the toga-showings and how creative some people got!
Colored solo cups representing the Olympic rings (in the exact order of the real ones) and medals to be given to the winners...WINNING!
Brad's super AWESOME flip cup table!
Serious heated shit talking (check out Jeff's awesome wolf-tastic toga)
All smiles though! It was definitely a Jamaica Wolfpack Reunion!
This duo is dangerous!
What's a Toga Greek Olympic party without events? First event was a basketball toss (from a sitting position).
Event 2 was dizzy bat (of course you had to down a solo cup of beer first and however long it took you to drink you had to spin that many times) In all of Taylor's normal glory, she fell down, scraped her elbow and knee and started bleeding. It seemed like EVERY frat party in college she was bleeding!
Josh after winning flip cup. In everyone else's defense, it started raining and most of us went inside so don't tell him but I think we just all forfeited.
Monday, May 23, 2011
What do you all think? Can leggings be pants?
Friday, May 20, 2011
Any true Kate Middleton fan knows of this website. Hilarious!
Man, I wish I had her life. She goes from walking down an aisle that takes her 4 minutes to walk down to walking down the aisle of the grocery store! (Yes, apparently she does her own grocery shopping...along with 3 bodyguards.) She's just like me! Riiiiiiiiight. Just LOOK at that stunning ring. I often wear a 18 carat engagement ring to the grocery store. No? Hey, a girl can dream! She obviously did, and look where it got her!
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Another great thing about this area is the very random things that happen on the street, from protests, to events, to something I ran into the other day. I went out for lunch and had about a 3 block walk and came upon a mass load of police officers in all kinds of different uniforms, some on foot, some on horses. There were Scottish bagpipes playing (...weird) and there were 2 firetrucks hoising a VERY large American flag and it was waving in the wind. I wish I had time to stop and watch everything but I had somewhere to go.
I was very curious to find out what was going on so I did a bit of googling and found this:
St. Patrick Catholic Church
16th Annual Blue Mass
Held each year at the beginning of National Police Week, we pray for those in law enforcement and fire safety, remember those who have fallen, and support those who serve. Representatives of Federal and local law enforcement and public safety agencies from the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area and around the country attend.
Before Mass, hundreds of law enforcement officers and public safety officials gather outside for the solemn processional into St. Patrick's. Units from federal, state, and local jurisidictions gather in formation to pass under a huge American flag proudly hung over the street by two fire ladder trucks. Also gathered outside are officers on horseback, as well as pipe and drum corps units.Inside the church, the principal celebrant and homilist for the 2011 Mass will be the Reverend Monsignor Salvatore Criscuolo, Chaplain, D.C. First Responders. The Mass includes an honor guard, bagpipers, and the solemn playing of "Taps" in memory of those who gave their lives in the past year.
So...yeah! You'll have to excuse my finger in one of the pictures, I was trying to hurriedly walk to a lunch meeting so I was walking/shooting pictures.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Friday, May 13, 2011
NBD, its just some cannons going off...where do I live?!?!?!?
Well, I fell back asleep then trolled the blog reels that I read and lo and behold, it was cannons:
This morning, DCist heard more complaints from District residents about yet another loud racket which woke them up a little earlier than they would have preferred. Fortunately, though, we didn't have to go on quite the same kind of wild goose chase to figure out what happened this time -- Arlington's alert system filled us in that, indeed, the booming noises were again blank cannon blasts, fired during a drill conducted by the Old Guard's Presidential Salute Battery.The Presidential Salute Battery will be conducting firing drills (canon [sic] fire) in Arlington National Cemetery May 2 from 6:30 to 8:00 a.m. The training is being conducted before the cemetery opens to not interfere with ongoing memorial services.
If you'll recall, the Old Guard told DCist last month that they began aiming the World War II Anti-Tank Gun they use for training purposes over the Potomac River, after residents in North Arlington complained about the noise. Sounds like it might be time for those of you who live across the river from the Cemetery to sign up for the Arlington alert system.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I must admit that I rode the Megabus up from Hampton to DC on Sunday and while it did take F-O-R-E-V-E-R (stopped in Richmond for about 15 minutes then took me on North Capital St (HOOD) and then had to walk 10 minutes to the metro then I had to metro home) it wasn't T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E. While I am reminded what kind of people ride those buses (ghetto fab), it was really nice to sit back and relax when I'm normally flying off the handle with road rage at some idiot who cut me off! So, while its not the best of situations, at least its got some perks. And if you buy it in advance far enough, it only costs A DOLLAR! A DOLLAR in this economy?!!?! No paying $4.15 a gallon for gas? Sign me up!
Monday, May 9, 2011
On a very sunny and crisp day Hannah and I set out to explore Primrose Hill. If I remember correctly, Hannah and I stopped for some hot chocolate and sat enjoying the view a little bit until we headed inside because it was particularly very cold and windy that day.
Primrose Hill is a hill located on the north side of Regent's Park in London and also the name for the surrounding district. The hill has a clear view of central London to the south-east, as well as Belsize Park and Hampstead to the north.
Some notable residents:
We found a cute local bookshop so we decided to browse
Friday, May 6, 2011
Photo by Sarah Culver
Photo by Sarah Culver
Tuesday, May 3, 2011
EEEEEEEEEEEKKKKKKKKKKKKKK it was so so so beautiful!!! I'm sad I haven't been able to post sooner, but work has been hella busy and I feel like I can barely keep my head afloat. This aptly describes the day I've had ALL day long: I just finished my 4 mile run and when I reach down to take off my shoes, I realize I've got 2 different pairs of shoes on!!!!
So yeah, back to the ROYAL WEDDING!!!! Hannah, Bree, and I baked cupcakes fit for a King and a Queen. They were these Tiramisu cupcakes!!!! OMGeeeeee these were SO good!!!!
The sugar content goes straight to your head :) After baking and socializing, Bree had to go home and I think it was after midnight before Hannah and I went to bed...NOT a good idea to only have 4 hours of sleep. And from all of the sugar, coffee, and excitement I had a really hard time falling asleep. The alarm went off at 4:30 and we sluggishly made our way to the kitchen to start making our breakfast that consisted of over easy eggs, grilled tomatoes and mushrooms and toast. And of course we popped our bottle of bubbly as well (when in Rome!) PERFECT breakfast! We sat down on the couch to enjoy the wedding and I found it VERY hard to stay awake because of the 4 hours of sleep, but I suffered through for the pleasure of catching a once in a lifetime wedding!
Btw, in case you don't realize why its "Prince William and Catherine Middelton" and not Princess, well in this case the name "Princess" is only for the women who are born into the royal family, and the only way Kate can be called Princess Catherine" is if the Queen decrees that name upon her. So for now, they are the "His Royal Highness The Duke of Cambridge and Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge." Of course, William has several other monikers as well, such as "Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus".
Even though she's in line to be Queen one day, she still followed the old wedding adage of "something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue:
Middleton's wedding dress, designed by McQueen creative director Sarah Burton, featured a long-sleeved lace overlay that paid respect to the Arts and Craft custom. This tradition, characterized by the Carrickmacross lace-making technique used in the dress design, is a tribute to British craftsmanship.
As a wedding gift, Middleton's parents, Carole and Michael, gave the bride a pair of leaf-shaped diamond earrings, which were made by Robinson Pelham to match her tiara.
The Queen lent Middleton the glittering 1936 Cartier halo-style tiara that crowned her curls. The tiara has been in the Royal Family since it was purchased by King George VI for the Queen Mother.
Although Middleton appeared to be all dressed in white, a hint of blue ribbon was sewn into the gown.
Ok on to the pictures:
And then on to the afterparty....