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With 73 degree highs in February, it's illegal to stay inside.

Feb. 19th, 2017 | 12:21 pm

At least according to the law of my house.

Running never happened yesterday per my last entry, though we did get out to the Comcast store and got our new cable box with no trouble. So running happens today! I ate breakfast, I'm hydrated, stretched, and warmed up. Now it's time to go! Aiming for seven miles.

And though I don't have any registrations yet, I spent some of Friday afternoon researching 5Ks and other runs that we could do as a group for work. This turned out to be excellent inspiration to ensure I get back in training!

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"Depends on the cheese and depends on the rice."

Feb. 18th, 2017 | 03:53 pm

This is my new mantra.

On Thursday B brought home two leftover long sandwiches, and I'm impressed with the Dew Drop kitchen. Good bread! Good cheese and meats! A perfect quantity of that Italian seasoning! Etc. They don't usually have the subs from the other place, but the occasion was the Immigrants' General Strike, in which WLand gave their whole kitchen staff the day off with pay and only had subs on the menu instead. A very creative and progressive way to mark the occasion, I say!

Last night I encountered far too many cranky tourists just arriving in town for the weekend. I don't know what happened on the trip here, but it must have been super unpleasant. And for literally just going from the gym to CVS to home (3,500 steps max), there sure were a lot of them. I spent the rest of the evening holed up at home doing laundry and eating off the long sandwich.

Today I finally finished putting said laundry away, and may go running. It's now 67 degrees and is expected to be similarly lovely tomorrow. Hopefully that puts everyone in a better mood. Later we are taking a trip to the Comcast store, because our cable box finally kicked the bucket and we need another. It was 12.5 years old, not bad for a piece of consumer tech. Nevertheless I expect our relationship to be tested a la Liz Lemon and her boyfriend at Ikea. Wish us luck!

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Chrissy Teigen may take over writing this blog.

Feb. 12th, 2017 | 11:57 pm

John Legend can pick the soundtrack.

Friday at work felt like constant misfiring for a few reasons. First I was getting intermittent calls and emails (only addressed to me) from one of the Finance people asking questions, and learned while trying to find answers from local coworkers that she also reaches out to them individually about the same things. Is she shopping for the answer that best suits her? No idea, but it's super inefficient. Also I found out just before she was doing it that Key Suburbs Coworker* was out at 2:00 pm but since she didn't announce that in advance and I'd been saving all the items for her until later in the day. Also my boss came to me at 3:00-something with a list of things he wanted me to research and "get back to me, I'll be here until 6:30 at least." Then I ran into him leaving at 5:57 when I was returning from the whiz palace. Oh well; I found the answers he needs and will bring them to him on Monday.

From there I went to the gym and then met Blake for dinner at Duplex after that. He was sitting at the bar with Patrick, Kevin, and Doug so we all chatted. Then later Joe and Adam came in with friends so I also chatted with them over drinks and finally Sara called Last Call pretty early so I sat there and gabbed while she closed up the bar. A good antidote to the workday prior!

Earlier on Friday Andrew had mentioned that Travis would be coming into town for the weekend from Blacksburg again, so we made quite a few impromptu plans! Josh researched hikes and on Saturday morning Andrew & I went to their house while Josh and Chris bought snacks, then Travis traded sweaters and we drove all the way to Poolesville to the trailhead. I unfortunately was quite nauseous during the ride up as has been such a long time since I've been an auto passenger for a long distance** and basically had to put my face in my sweater to keep the dizziness at bay. But I very much felt better as soon as I was out of the car! And the hike turned out to be 14.4 miles, which was a more intense distance than we were planning for but also completely flat so still doable. While hiking I was able to have meaty conversations with everyone and it felt very therapeutic to be outside for half a day with no real rush or agenda. We also took a few photos at the aqueduct that was at our halfway point. Then for the long drive back we went through Potomac to gawk at the horrific McMansions, then home where B had made pork katsudon.

Today we reunited for brunch in Old Town, and the Metro was very much not cooperating so I waited about 25 minutes for the train over. Still made it on time, though! Hooray for planning ahead. I had actually budgeted time to get coffee at the new place by us, so after seeing the expected wait times I simply took it with me on the train and all was fine, plus I gave directions to lots of tourists. Brunch was lovely, too! There were never gaps in the conversation or the mimosas, and Jackson 20 can now be added to my list of places that get both hollandaise and crispy bacon exactly right (don't tell my doctor I'm making a list). Then I parted ways with the group which was doing an Escape the Room thing*** and returned to DC. Only had to wait 10 minutes for the train back!

Tonight Mario is over and we have the Grammys on. They're overall pretty unfortunate, the Bowie and Prince tributes and Beyonce's performance aside. It is a bit of shame because there is a whole bunch of great musical talent there and being celebrated, but various presenters, awardees, and performers are acting bizarre and generally foolish and that will dominate the headlines. Meh.

*She is on a support team but is almost exclusively devoted to our team because our portfolio got so large. And she's great! I just didn't know she was leaving early and I try to announce our absences to her just to keep things running efficiently.

**I am very much not a fan of cars and driving so overall I consider this a plus and it's part of the reason I live in DC. And the last time I remember being stricken with carsickness was 2010.

***I do not understand the appeal of paying money to be locked in a room. I truly don't.

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Is January over yet?

Jan. 31st, 2017 | 09:58 pm

If something unpleasant happens in the next two hours and five minutes, you can say I jinxed it.

The weather has been annoyingly inconsistent. It was 33 degrees when I left for work but 56 on the way back home and too warm for my wool coat. Plus there was snow off and on yesterday, but none of it even stuck very long.

Taxes were filed and I'm glad to get that chore out of the way again. When the refund comes I will apply some to paying off my last college loan and the rest will go into savings, minus maybe a good pair of sunglasses.

B's intended Christmas gift, a Nintendo Classic finally arrived last week and I have been obsessins over Super Mario Bros. 3. A nice way to decompress after work, and a random excuse to use this icon again! I don't think there's much else to report. Boring may be preferable to all the ridiculous news, though.

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We gave Meryl Streep an award for being herself.

Jan. 8th, 2017 | 11:34 pm

The category was forever cancelled thereafter.

With another round of rumors that "We don't know what could happen to LJ" coming in the past two months, I did get my LJ backup through 2012 in place. Tomorrow I'll do 2013 through the present, and then push it all into my backup. So let's all hope this site (and my aging MBP) stay in working order for another 24 hours.

All I really did today was 1) more work, and 2) get a few groceries. Because it's so cold I drove to the Giant. Might have been a mistake because half of their parking garage is closed as the building on the other end is finally under construction, and most of Earth had just finished with church and was descending. Nevertheless I got a lot of stuff on sale, begged the lady in the BMW lurking behind me to back up enough to actually let me out of the space, then came back here. Tonight we watched the Golden Globes, which were ... fine. I've seen virtually none of the movies that were honored, but my TV shows did reasonably well.

Back re: work, I spent probably about ten hours of the weekend on that. January is coming in like a lion filled with unnecessary red tape. But once I'm through this full week, I only have a three-day week next week and then if the world ends after Inauguration Day I never have to tote my work laptop around again. ;)

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Get outta here, Santa.

Jan. 7th, 2017 | 10:34 pm

Your pile of cookies is blocking my route to the gym.

Traditionally my parents always kept our Christmas tree and other decorations up until exactly January 6th, Three Kings' Day. I have more or less adhered to that schedule just by habit since being out on my own, though we are definitely not religious at all. But yesterday was really nutty at work, then I was scheduled to meet Blake at Duplex. So our tree is still up, and I haven't put my unwrapped gifts in their ultimate destinations either. B got me new shoes, his parents got me two button down shirts, my brother got us coffee thermos mugs and chili bowls, and the work Christmas gift exchange yielded me a new exercise ball. I did a fair amount of cleaning today, including washing the bathroom rug and all the sheets, putting those back where they go, and emptying the dishwasher. So Tree and Gifts are staying where they are one more day.

On the topic of Duplex, Blake and I had soups and salads for dinner last night, then moved to the bar to yak with Jessie. Elliott also ran in to announce that he had served Angela Bassett at Open City, and he had photos to prove it; I am so jealous! Matty also came by, and Emmett was there per always, a very Cheers kind of evening. Blake's holiday travels sounded pretty intense, including their New Years' Eve in Austin.

A tiny bit of snow fell this afternoon, probably not even an inch here in the city. But it has been super cold, so we haven't gone anywhere. I'm using the Daniel Craig in the ocean icon to inspire warmer thoughts. Tomorrow I'll be back to the gym, regardless of the temps.

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Can I order counting sheep on Amazon?

Jan. 5th, 2017 | 11:55 pm

My week in (not) sleeping.

Monday: Woke up much too late without the routine of work behind me. Couldn't sleep much that night.
Tuesday: In bed literally three hours then went to the gym at 05:45, then first day of work for the year, was in bed by 21:00.
Wednesday: Back to work, then Mario came over for dinner, which we didn't even order until 22:30. I wasn't bed until almost 02:00, though the bocadillo coma was lovely.
Today: Back to work, much too busy given how little sleep I had. Stayed in the office until 20:15.

With luck our forecast overnight snow may give me a pass to work from home tomorrow. I have 08:30 and 11:00 calls but would gladly nap between them if possible.

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This blog works best on prompts.

Jan. 1st, 2017 | 07:56 pm

We do not discriminate between carrots and sticks.

Happy 2017, LJ! I've previously completed this survey a few times during end-of-year introspection, so why not have another whirl at it.

1. What did you do in 2016 that you’d never done before?
I hit some PRs in the gym?

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I actually never make any. If I identify something to improve in my life, I set out to do it right away.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Not that I know of!

4. Did anyone close to you die?
No, but sadly one of my mentors from Duke is in hospice so it's very likely that will occur in early 2017. That said, she is a super champ (one of her many jobs was as a patient advocate) and has the whole thing planned the way she wants it. I can't help but admire that.

5. What countries did you visit?
None. Someone force me to renew my passport, stat!

6. What would you like to have in 2017 that you lacked in 2016?
More travel, including making further dents in my state capitols project. Plans are starting to come together on that front.

7. What dates from 2016 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
  • January 24th - The most recent Snowpocalypse when we ate nachos three ways at American Ice because that was all the food they had.
  • March 3-5th: My trip to NC, where I ate so much and bought nice jeans, while Tyler and Blake generally put up with me throughout. And the highlight of that trip: The Six Plates closing party!
  • March 20th: The year's best brunch, at 1905.
  • April 5-7th: Vacation in the desert!
  • May 11th: Being at Nats Park when Max Scherzer struck out 20 batters!
  • May 22nd: Frances and Matt's epic going away potluck.
  • August 26th: Back at Nats Park for Scherzer Bobblehead Day in honor of the above, and Diamond Club seats too.
  • November 12th: My birthday at Duplex!
  • December 25th: Christmas at Elliott and Stu's house.


8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
At work: Big Project. It launched December 5th, whereas without me that date would have been never.

9. What was your biggest failure?
I spread myself really thin on social media, in ways that prevented me from even enjoying it sometimes. So I have corrected accordingly.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Thankfully no. I keep getting minor colds, though, which is highly annoying.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing major in the purchase department. I did donate to worthy causes including the Flint Child Health and Development Fund.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
My mentor from Question 4. She is a badass even with organ failure.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Lots of people on social media.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Rent. Debt payment. I set my pre-tax transit contribution too high so WMATA got a fair chunk that I'm still spending down.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
New books. Sex. Meeting and exceeding fitness goals.

16. What song will always remind you of 2016?
"E-MO-TION" by CRJ!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you: a) happier or sadder? b) thinner or fatter? c) richer or poorer?
I think I'm about the same on all of these. If you count being in less debt as "richer," then I'm that. Hah.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Cooking. Sex. Travel.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Become immersed in work drama. Ultimately there is no payoff and I'll never get that time back.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Apparently I'm doing this survey too late. But we were at Elliott and Stu's house eating roast goose, then playing Dutch Blitz until something nutty like 4 a.m.

21. Did you fall in love in 2016?
I've already been. :)

22. How many one-night stands?
Zero.

23. What was your favorite TV program?
Let's say a tie between Stranger Things and Luke Cage.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
Nope.

25. What was the best book you read?
It was a very light book year for me, but The Story of Sushi was surprisingly enlightening.

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Not new per se, but the release of new albums from Garbage, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Lady Gaga were on repeat a whole lot, the latter two especially during workouts.

27. What did you want and get?
I mean, I got an annual raise at work. An even 3.0%. And I paid off one student loan, an important milestone that took a lot of planning.

28. What did you want and not get?
To be totally debt-free.

29. What was your favorite film of this year?
Doctor Strange.

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
33. And I had various friends meet at Duplex, the bar where I spend a lot of my time anyway.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Better fit between my work portfolio and my interests. But there's more to life than that anyway.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2016?
The Angie Jordan School of Fashion: "I refuse to wear anything in my size or appropriate for my age."

33. What kept you sane?
Being on top of my work. Regular workouts. Having a supportive boyfriend that's also an amazing cook.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Oscar Isaac! As a bonus, he won a Golden Globe in 2016.

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
The integrity of our elections. Probably a popular one this year.

36. Who did you miss?
My brothers. My nieces and nephews.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Don't think I met a ton of new people. But we did hire some great new staff at work.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2016.
Too much of a good thing is wonderful.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
Can't think of one at the moment.

40. BONUS QUESTION: What were your best meals of the year?
1) Valentine's Day dinner was epic: ribeye, mashed cauliflower, garlic bread, and French onion soup. And all made at home so we didn't have to fight for square inches of restaurant space on that ridiculous day.
2) The potluck from Question 7 above. By far the best larb gai and bibimbap I've ever had.

41. Other new question: What are you looking forward to in 2017?
The planned travel mentioned up in Question 6. Potentially moving to a new apartment.

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Christmas looked like this.

Dec. 31st, 2016 | 12:17 pm

It was sufficiently festive for Mariah Carey.

Our somewhat crooked fiber optic tree.


Course 1: celeriac soup with balsamic glaze


Course 2: roast goose, mashed potatoes, elk meatballs, brussels sprouts with bacon

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This goose was probably not a Christian.

Dec. 26th, 2016 | 06:33 pm

But we committed gluttony in his name anyway.

Christmas turned out to be lovely, after all the stress of shopping and wrapping up work beforehand. We slept late, had coffee, and opened gifts at home in the early afternoon. While I still don't have B's primary gift, I will get it to him next week. No need to succumb to calendar pressure for no good reason. He liked the other gifts, and he got me some super nice shoes. My brother and his parents also sent us nice things, though I am going to have to cull my closet to make space.

Then we went over to Elliott and Stu's apartment around 5 for dinner. They moved just in October to this lovely building and I like it very much! It's a corner unit so has a weird layout, but that also includes a huge bedroom, and a nice dining nook. Since we were early we watched random Christmas specials (including Taraji P. Henson's, which was random but better than expected) while eating cheeses and crudités, then finally had dinner around 8:30. The menu: celeriac soup with balsamic glaze, roast goose, some sort of berry sauce*, mashed potatoes with ample chives, elk meatballs, brussels sprouts with bacon, and sparkling rosé. It was most excellent.

After that we played games on the Playstation, then switched over to Dutch Blitz and Rummikub. Ben G. came over at that point, had a plate, and then joined us. We ended up staying there until almost 3:30! And I improved my Dutch Blitz skills significantly over the last time I played, at Elliott's former place. Today has been very light on responsibilities, which is most excellent. I dropped B at work, then took a long walk to get my steps in for the day. The city is delightfully empty! Then I popped into the liquor store and CVS, now I'm back here. Will pick up B in a few minutes, and then we have to tackle dinner. I kind of want to raid Stu's kitchen to eat more elk meatballs but will resist.

*In my hunger and haste, I poured this on my mashed potatoes thinking it was gravy. It was still delicious.

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