Oh dear. It’s been almost a week since my last post. I know you’ve all spent a considerable amount of time sitting around and refreshing your browsers, chomping at the bit for a little somethin’ somethin’. 😉
So, what’s been happening??? Life! It’s funny how much busier I am now that I live in DC even though, in theory, I’m new in town and don’t know as many people here as I do back in Michigan. The thing about being in a city is that there is always something going on. I have had so many invitations to do things that I’m constantly running here or there, much to the detriment of my apartment’s cleanliness and to the chagrin of one little girl.
I happen to see this WTF face quite frequently lately . . . but we have been going on lots of walks and a handful of trips to the dog park, so we’re making the most of the time I’m not busy doing 50 gazillion other things.
Over the holiday weekend, I was busy practically every single second. For reals. I don’t think that has happened since college. Sadly, I took very few pictures, but I’ll do the best I can to make this somewhat entertaining.
Friday night, I went out with my co-worker and a bunch of his friends to a couple of bars before landing at a DJ show featuring Lady Gaga and Madonna vs. Katy Perry and Britney Spears. It was exactly as fun as it sounds–and then some.
Me and my work BFFL Brian
Several Ruby Red Absolut and soda’s were consumed . . .
Which set me up perfectly to drink a whole lot of water and sit by the pool with my friend, Matt, from Michigan on Saturday. Even though I’m making lots of new friends and everyone I spend time with is really nice, it was good to see a familiar face and just relax. Plus, I got to wear my new bikini!
Mine is a lighter shade of blue, but you get the idea. I obviously look exactly the same as this chick in it.
Then, we grabbed subs at a place in Arlington named Earls that totally rocked my socks. I had some kind of grilled veggie concoction, and it was phenomenal. Next stop? A BBQ at Matt’s friends’ house where Roo was in her glory–a huge group of guys to play with and a big, fenced yard? What’s not to love? They even gave her a little swag.
Matt’s friend also made some amazing pulled pork that he slow-cooked all day. Bacon-wrapped dates were involved, too. Oh, and ice cream sandwiches. Yeah, I look exactly like that girl in my bikini. 😉
I made it an early night and got up on Sunday for a steamy 11-miler around the city. There was some kind of motorcycling event going on, which I didn’t realize. So to all the Veterans who got to see me running by in my sports bra and running shorts, I am mortified/that’s my way of giving back to my country???? Either way, it was a great run, and somehow I managed to bust out a 7:57 pace despite the humidity.
Sunday afternoon, I had a very fun brunch date, then headed over to Capitol Hill for dinner with some girls, which included a white sangria filled with peaches and basil.
MUST get that recipe!
Then, it started thunder storming. And I needed a cab. But if you know anything about cities, rain=no cabs. So I used a service called Uber, which, for the cost of your firstborn child, will send a town car to take you anywhere you like within about 10 minutes. My driver had absolutely no idea where he was going and I ended up using my phone to give him directions. Ahem.
Then, I met up again with the aforementioned brunch date for a drink and late-night face-stuffing in Chinatown. General Tsao’s chicken at 2 AM? Don’t mind if I do! Like I said–haven’t done that since college!
Most of Monday was spent recovering, thinking about cleaning my apartment, and grocery shopping, followed by a quick dinner with a friend on a cute little outdoor patio a few blocks from my building.
Busy? YES. Worth it? YES.
I’m finding that life somehow still goes on if I don’t do my laundry or clean my kitchen or run or blog . . . and the extra clutter in my life feels worth it because instead of obsessing, I’m actually living. And as it turns out, living makes me ridiculously happy.
life. Who knew?