Thursday, December 24, 2009

Let me tell you about my morning...

The Fairfax Connector was finally running, despite the lack of plowing that has happened on only our street. The bus usually comes around 7:07 or so, and I got out to the stop around 7:04. Of course, Bruno has been awesome enough to give me a ride to the metro this week because I haven't even cleaned my car out from under the snow of the weekend and the bus hasn't been running. So when I saw that it was back in service, I decided to take it. So I wait, and wait, and wait for the bus and by 7:20 it still hasn't arrived.

"Crap," I think to myself. "It must have come early today."

So I decide I may as well walk to the metro. As soon as I turn to start walking, I look back and see the bus coming. I of course am on the opposite side of the street as the stop since that side isn't cleared at all. So I start waving my hands as the bus comes and he almost passes me by!! I can't run, since the street is still covered in ice, but I start yelling and he stops. Sheesh!

So I get to the metro and a man gets on near me and decides that he's deaf. By this I mean his headphones were so loud that I could literally hear every word of the song that he was listening to. Really? Then at the Dunn Loring stop a man sits behind me and reaks of smoke. I had to cover my nose and mouth with my scarf because I felt I would become sick because the smell was so strong.

Finlly, I get off at my stop. Kinda. As I'm exiting the train, which is a mere 3 secs after the doors open, the doors start to close on my hands. Luckily, I got my hands out of the way but my newspaper dropped on the platform. WTF?!? So the doors open and I turn and glare at the metro driver (I was on the first train.)

Now I'm at work, with the few people in my office. My coworker has brought his son in and he is sitting in our work area playing his DS. Not a big deal, one would think. Except apparently this kid likes to eat ice. And by eat ice I mean suck and slurp on it as he twirls on the stool. Awesome. Thankfully I have my iPod headphones today, but I have the broke-ass ones where only one side works. So I put that side in my left ear so has to block out as much slurping as possible. Seriously, what kind of day is today?? Luckily I'm only here for 4 hours...

Merry Christmas Eve!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

I don't know what came over me...

But I decided a few weeks ago that I would run a 10k. Yeah. The girl who doesn't like running, hates it really, has decided to run a 10k. Like I said, I don't know what came over me and why I decided, "Hey, 6.2 miles would be AWESOME to run!"

It started on the ride to Neocon. Juli brought up some Jingle All the Way 10K, taking place Dec 13th in DC. Actually, when she brought it up, she did NOT mention the 10k part... she thought it was 5k. "Hmm... I could run 3 miles," I thought to myself. Again, I do not know what came over me. I have NEVER in my life heard about a race and actually thought about even attempting to run. Normally, I make a face and say, "I hate running." But this time it was different.

So I look into this race, and find out it is in fact a 10k, not a 5k. I've just doubled my mileage. I mean, 6.2 mi is a lot! I would be running OVER AN HOUR! In the time I could watch a Gilmore Girls episode, I would be running instead. Why would I even want to do that? But for some reason, I wanted to.

I don't know if it's because I've always had a hatred for running, but really no reason to dislike it so much. I've never really ran... I mean come on, softball doesn't count. I usually only run 60 feet, so the thought of running 6.2 mi has never ever crossed my mind of somethingI would want to do. But I'm doing it.

I started training 2 weeks ago. My first run was 1.5 mi; today I ran 5.5 mi. Yeah... 5.5! I couldn't believe it. Maybe it's because I thought my circuit was .75 mi when in fact is was .9 mi, but who cares. Maybe I really CAN do this 10k thing. It has helped that my friend Andrea is training for a marathon, so I've been able to train with her. Running with a partner is way better than running alone.

I think I can get one more run in this week before taking a probable week-long break while in Seattle. Then only a few more weeks until go time. Wish me luck!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

It's going to be a really tough day...

Back in March, the local news highlighted a devastating and tragic news story. Two people, a husband and wife, were jogging early on a Sunday morning and were randomly attacked by a group of what is suspected to be about 4 guys in a white van. The husband was brutally beaten to death and the wife was left clinging to her life on the other side of the path. By the time authorities came, the suspects had fled the scene. The man beaten was my old softball coach. Needless to say, this story hit me pretty hard as I couldn't even believe something like this could happen, especially to someone, both of them, that I knew so well growing up.

My mom and I attended a vigil walk, down the same path they took, at 5am the following Sunday. Most of those in attendance were neighbors of the victims, most not actually knowing these wonderful people at all. But they still came out and together we walked, somberly. It was a very sad morning.

Weeks passed and I searched endlessly on Google to find out how the wife was doing, even calling the local hospitals to try and send flowers; to offer my condolences. I came up empty. I searched for weeks, trying to find word of when my old softball coach would be remembered and laid to rest. I came up empty. Through the wonders of Facebook, I found my friend, their daughter, whom I had also played softball with, and reached out to her.

"How are you doing? How is your mom? How is your sister?"

Since not having heard or seen any updates on her mom, I didn't know what to think. Was she still in the hospital? Was she still alive?

Thankfully, my friend responded and filled me in. Her mom was ok, though still in the hospital. But she was going to make it. A rush of relief swept over me, and tears of joy and pain came to my eyes. I still couldn't believe that this had happened, but I was so thankful to hear that she had made it through.

Yesterday, I received an email from my friend, filling me in on the details for her father's service and memorial. She asked that we spread the word to anyone else who knew them and would want to attend. I fowarded the message to a dozen people, most of whom had been coached by this wonderful man.

My mom and I are going to the service. I've heard word of so many other people, old teammates and friends, who we haven't seen in years, who will also be in attendance. This man was more than a coach, he was a teacher and such an incredible influence. His military background may have made his words a little louder, and his shorts a little shorter (come on, you all know his shorts were sometimes a little on the short side!), but through his commanding voice, there was a man who truly cared about every girl he coached and wanted all of us to succeed.

The memorial service is going to be so emotional... I teared up just reading the details of it. But I know that every single person there was influenced by this man in one way or another and his service will truly pay homage to his life.

Monday, August 24, 2009

A Follow-Up

We are homeowners!!! Not completely officially, but pretty much. We found a great condo in Oakton (yay!), in our price range (yay!), that will also give us cheaper payments every month then where we live now (SUPER YAY!) This condo is 2 bdr/2 ba, about 1140 SF. We've been eying this property for a while, but it was always overpriced, and at the beginning, out of our price range anyhow. But it was meant to be because we put down an offer (less then what they asked for) and they accepted it!

We had our inspection yesterday and everything is in tip-top shape. The place was kept in really good condition by the sellers and has a recently renovated kitchen, with glass door cabinets that will show off our colorful new dishes VERY nicely! What we love about the space is that it has defined areas, including a nice dining room, breakfast nook, and sun porch. We figured our current eating set-up will work better in the breakfast nook, so for a while, we will have an empty space in the dining area. No worries. The bedrooms are smaller, but the closets are bigger, so in the end, it evens out.

We hope to settle around mid-September so we would then have 2 weeks to paint and move-in before our lease runs out at our current place. We are just very excited and can't wait to move into our first home AND have our first visitors!!!! Contact me if you'd like to see pictures of the place.


Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Can I sign up for Property Virgins to get the free gift? Oh, and a place to live?

Bruno and I have been house hunting since the beginning of the year. Yes, before our wedding. Obviously we didn't get too serious about the searching initially because we had a wedding to plan! But after all the fun and merriment, it was time to crack down.

We put an offer on a condo in Fairfax City a week after we returned from our honeymoon. It was a quick decision, but it needed to be. The condo was a short sale and had been on the market for less then a week. If we didn't jump on it, someone else would. So we threw our offer on the table and proceeded to wait... and wait... and wait some more. Funny thing about a short sale - it's not short at all! Our realtor told us to expect to wait 30-45 days to even hear anything. So of course I made a countdown on my calendar. While we waited, we scouted out other places, but none seemed as great as this place. Sure the layout may be a little small for our stuff and the storage may be lacking, but you really can't beat the location.

On day 54, the bank rejected our offer. It was too low. Devastated, we hung our heads and asked our realtor what we could do. We couldn't offer anymore money, we were at our limit. Or were we? Our relator looked into another bank for a loan and low and behold, we were approved for more money! Hot dog, that condo is ours! But wait, if we are approved for more... couldn't we find a NICER place, or even a townhouse or single family home? Hmm... this opened a whole new realm of possibilities.

This is where we are now. We counter-offered on the condo with a slightly higher price, but in the meantime, are checking out other options. We've basically ruled out single family homes because although we can afford a little more, those we can afford still need a lot of work and we really aren't the fixer-upper types. So we are focusing on condos and townhomes. Our relator tells us a townhome is a better investment and of course it has more space. Dilemna? We can't afford townhomes where we WANT to live (Oakton, Vienna) but where we can afford them, is a bit too far (Reston).

We just don't know what to do. Our relator tells us it's a lifestyle choice - condo close in or townhouse further out. Well I don't know! We looked at 2 townhomes in Reston yesterday. One had a great downstairs and patio, but the upstairs sucked (small master suite, huge guestroom). The second one had a great upstairs (good size master suite, 3 bedrooms) but a terrible downstairs (useless and undefined space). We refuse to settle on anything, so we'll keep looking.

The idea of Reston is very appealing. The town Center is really nice, and has a lot going on. The neighborhood of the townhomes looked so nice and friendly AND we could have a grill. BUT I work and play softball in Arlington. The thought of driving 30-45 minutes home after an 11pm softball game in Pentagon City really doesn't appeal to me at all. I can do Reston, but about as east of Reston as we can get, and still be on the toll road.

So that's all we have to find... by October (to close by Nov 30). A nice townhouse in East Reston off the toll road. No biggie, right? Right...... this will really put our realtor to the test!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Sunday Night Stalking

Earlier in the week, Lindsay sent Karen, Megan and I an email, an invitation really, to the 5th Anniversary Party at Halo (gay bar in DC), on Sunday, from 7:30-9. Under normal circumstances, we wouldn't A) go out on a Sunday night but if we did, it wouldn't be B) at a gay bar. But these were not normal circumstances. Through the "Anti-Real World" blogger, there was a 2-1 chance that cast members from the DC Real World would be there. Awesome.

So we ventured out, to Halo, on a Sunday evening, dressed as though it was Saturday night. I had called ahead for the dress code, but figured there would be a bunch of people there, dressed nice, considering it was an anniversary party AND potential Real World stalking. We come into Halo and quickly discover that A) we are overdressed (most were in shorts and flip flops) and B) we were the only women (and probably straight people) in the bar. We made our way to order drinks, trying to ignore the stares we were receiving. Luckily, there was a 2-1 deal on drinks until 9 :)

Shortly after we secured our drinks and table, we saw the camera crew come in. There they were! 3 cast members, and their crew, walked right by us and lingered on the dance floor (steps from our table) for a bit. Needless to say we all immediately texted people who would care to let them know who was there. Unfortunately, the excitement only lasted maybe 5 minutes as the cast made their way to the "VIP Party" upstairs. Foiled again! We had another drink, and made our way out the door. But as we passed the stairs, we noticed it was no longer roped off. Karen asked if we could go upstairs and the bouncer said, "No problem!" So away we went.

And they were there. Hanging out. Awesome. And even better? There were free drinks at the bar. Apparently it was for this "VIP" party, but hell, we were the only straight women in the place, so we were VIP. Ha. So we got our free drinks (Belvedere Vodka, Barefoot Chardonnay) and scooched to the other side of the bar, where the cast and crew were. Oh, and what else was there? Um, how about an appetizer table - Saweet! Free drinks AND free food. We quickly scavenged the table and then just looked around, as if we belonged there.

There were a few photographers taking pictures to document the party. One of the photographers, a young woman, asked to take our picture. Thinking nothing of it, we smiled and carried on. She told us that the picture would be for The Blade (the gay newspaper for DC) Great. We may be plastered on the front page for all we know. But we moved on. Then, it happened. Karen, pieced it together - young photgrapher, camera crew filming HER taking pictures - she was a DC cast member!!! We had our picture taken by a DC cast member! I know it's nothing, nothing at all. These people aren't celebrities - yet - but I was SO excited about it. It made the night totally worth it.

We hung around a little more, and Karen and Lindsay got their picture taken with JD - Real World Brooklyn. He was there promoting the event. We finally decided to roll out around 10:30, probably much to the relief of the regulars there. "What are these straight women doing here anyway??" We walked outside, and then learned that the cast was still there, downstairs. We walked back in to grab another look - and came to the conclusion that the camera crew had figured out that we were there for the cast. Whatever. It was awesome and totally worth it. We plan to work some full-fledge stalking on August 15, if anyone wants to join :)

Karen and I - DC Camera Crew behind us

Erica (DC Cast)

Lindsay, JD (Real World Brooklyn), Karen

Callie (DC Cast) - the sneaky photographer

Monday, July 13, 2009

New Respect

I have a new respect for slow pitch catchers. Yesterday, I played on my friend's team in Manassas because they were short girls. Being a sub, I rotated between outfield, bench and catcher. I have never played catcher in slowpitch, and haven't played catcher since 6th grade. And let me tell you, that position is hard! I mean, I have ALWAYS underestimated this position. First of all, you have to constantly change position behind the batter because I for one was scared to get smakced in the head by the bat. Secondly, that ball takes weird hops when it hits the ground and it's hard to stop all of them. But the third, and worst part of the position - the squatting! Holy Quads Batman. I didn't even play catcher the entire game(s) but MAN are my quads sore! I mean wow. I was having some troubles going down the excalator today. I knew my legs were getting a workout, but I really didn't expect this. So catchers, I commend you. You must have legs of steel.

In regards to playing yesterday, this league by far had the weirdest rules. The team is only required to play 2 girls = SUPER LAME! I mean seriously, do you have no respect for the ability of the women? This rule is RIDICULOUS and just really bugs the crap out of me. It's hard enough dealing with the stupid "girl walk rule" but 2 girls?? I mean, why have any girls at all? I am one girl who HATES walking after the guy does. My Monday night team NEVER lets that happen, even if we are losing. We come to play, not get walked. My Thursday night team, well, I think they only want you to walk if we're losing or the game is close. Still not a fan of that. Honestly, this is Rec league people. It's not our careers. I want to hit. So yesterday, I was almost in the position of having to walk. Being a newbie on the team (and previously striking out) the "coach" urged me to take the walk instead of hit. I, of course, glared in his direction and forcefully put my bat down. He says, "Everyone has to walk. It's not a big deal." well it's a big deal to me! I WANT TO HIT. That's why I have been playing softball for the past 18 years. If I get walked, then fine. But I will NEVER be happy about walking without even getting in the batter's box. Seriously... it's just a game! And you know what happened? I couldn't walk because there was only 1 out. So I got a basehit instead. Yeah.

But the WORST rule in this league... the safety base. "What is that?" you may ask. Yeah, exactly. There is this random temporary base a few feet off of homeplate. So it eliminates any possible collision. How it works is that is a play is coming home, the runner has to tag the safety base before the catcher tags homeplate. This rule is STUPID. It eliminates any close plays and excitement at home. Sure, it eleiminates possible collisions. I understand in a sense because our catcher got clobbered at homeplate and had to have knee surgery. But that doesn't happen often. Most players slide or hold up when there may be contact. It's a completely ridiculous rule... and I got called out on it. If the runner goes to homeplate instead of the safety bag, then the runner is out. So I, who had not been told of this at the beginning of the game, naturally tagged homeplate instead of this stupid safety base and I was called out. I was pissed. The ump later told me that they usually only use the safety bag in the 65+ leagues. Right.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

My weakness... 6 in 15

If you know me at all, you know my weakness is concerts. I've always been a concert-lover, but until I met Bruno, I never had anyone to go with me. So I'd average maybe 2-3 concerts a year. But when I met Bruno, well that all changed. Since he's a lover of concerts as well, and we share similar music tastes, my average per year got bumped up to 20-22! And I LOVE it!

It's our weakness... we will buy tickets when we have no money. We can't help it. We just get so involved in the music and hate missing our favorite artists. We will see them 2-3 times in a year, if we're lucky enough to have them tour that often. Our wedding was focused on our love of music - from the table names, placecards and ever favors.

So this is the background that leads me to this post - 6 in 15 days. I recently went to my 6th concert in 15 days... and even for me, that's a lot! Here's the list of the shows...

New Kids on the Block
Taylor Swift
No Doubt
The Fray
Plain White T's

You know what I love about this list? I love that all the music is SO different. Yes, I'm a teeny-bopper at heart but when it comes down to it, I really love music and will try almost anything when it comes to it. I will go to concerts having never heard the artist before (the Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3 years ago) and concerts where I know EVERY SINGLE SONG (Panic at the Disco).

The atmospheres and crowds of these 6 shows was so different from each other... it was just great. I can't say much more about, aside from that I loved them all... I went to the shows with different groups of people... and had a great time at every single one of them.

I don't think I can ever give this up. I want to say I'm around 10 or so for the year... so I may be behind schedule. But it catches up and I'm sure I'll make it over the 20 mark. Next up - Eric Hutchinson and Jason Mraz. I saw Eric at the beginning of May at the 930 Club. Now he'll be performing at Merriweather. A different kind of venue - not nearly as intimate. The largest venue I've seen Jason Mraz at is Constitution Hall. So it will be a different feel, especially sitting on the lawn (pavilion seats are sold out!) but nonetheless, I can't say no.

Anything you can't live without??

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Ok, I'm a slacker

So it's been about a month and I PROMISED to write about the wedding day... but honestly, most of you have already heard about it. It was a WONDERFUL day - PERFECT! And I couldn't be happier!

Our honeymoon was FANTASTIC and I think it worked out perfectly with the balance of being busy and relaxing. All the pictures from it are on Picasa, and on our Facebook.

So now that we're back to regular life, I've had more questions about, "Do you feel different?" Even Bruno asked me. And honestly, well, I kinda do and I kinda don't. I'm thinking since we've already been living together, sharing expenses and a bank account, well, being married so far is like not being married. But I am happier... I really am. Sometimes I just sit back and think about how lucky I am to have found such an amazing guy, who loves me SO much, and takes care of me... he's just awesome and I love him SO much!!!

Ok, mushy-stuff done...

Maybe the "I feel different" will take affect when I go through all the name change stuff. I've started the process... but it's a long one. And with a lot of other stuff going on right now, changing my name immediately isn't the best thing. So I'm pretty certain when I really have to refer to myself as Molly de Lima-Campos... and become that new person, then I will feel different. Right now, honestly, I just feel old! Even though I'm still 28, as I was before we got married, I feel old when saying, "I'm waiting for my husband." I'm very proud to say it, and love it and embrace it, but when I say that to people I don't know, I just feel old. Has anyone else felt that way?

I also thought that I would miss the planning, but I don't. I like coming home and not having to worry about it. Of course I still ready the WeddingBee blog 15 times a day, but I don't miss the planning. I was super happy with the wedding, and would only change minor things... (like printing a little neater on the placecards) but it wa perfect. Everyone had a fantastic time and we honestly had the greatest exit ever! I can't wait to see the video.

But that's where we are. Back to the regular day to day, but working towards becoming Mrs. de Lima-Campos. I'm excited for my new "identity" but a little sad too. But I love seeing "Molly and Bruno de Lima-Campos" on cards :)

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Don't Worry!

I PROMISE to post a blog about our wedding very soon. Hopefully before we leave for our honeymoon because I know some people would love the inner details of the day. Soon, I promise! But to tide you over, here are some of my fav pics so far from the Best. Day. Ever.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Here it is!

What you all have been waiting for... the recap of my Bachlorette Party!!! Let me say again what an AWESOME job Karen and Allyson did, and what an FANTASTIC time I had with everyone. You guys ROCK!


The weekend event started Saturday morning when Karen, Allyson and Chelsea came through my front door, yelling and putting a sash and veil on my head. My thought, "Will I have to wear this for EVERYTHING?" Haha.

They gathered my things, pushed me out the door, and we were on our way. Destination unknown. As the whole weekend was. We caravaned with Erin to Manassas, where we made our first stop to pick up Julie. At this point, I figured we were headed South.

Our first stop, aside from the gas station, was the James River Winery. Lottie joined us and together we all went in to sample some delicious wines.

After a round of tasting, we bought some bottles and headed outside for an amazing picnic. All the girls had brought such a great spread of food, including Garlic Knots from Montana Bread Co. in Richmond (thanks Lottie!!) and more food then all of us could eat. At this point, Linda, Mollie and Lindsay joined the crowd.

We ate, drank, made some new friends, and we were on our way to the next stop.

We stopped at a hotel just outside of Richmond, where we would be hanging out until it was dinner time. It was there that the others joined the crowd... Stephanie, Kim, Juli, Chrissy, Joyce, Jen. We hung out in the rooms, which were appropriately tagged with signs for "Molly's Bachlorette Party"... I think that made other visitors in the hotel a little nervous!

After getting ready to go to dinner, all the girls gathered in my room for some party rules, plans, presents, cookies and champagne. It was after the gift opening that I was told of my fate for the evening... I would have a series of competitions that I would need men I would meet that night, to complete. The prize was a fantastic gold medal. In addition to the competition, all the girls had written their own requests that I would have to complete throughout the night as they handed them to me. I told them, "Let me have enough drinks before you hand me any cards!"

Next stop... The Beach House Bar and Grill, specifically The Keys Piano Bar.

Adorned in my veil, sash and now pink boa, we all sat down at the table and anxiously awaited for the pianists to make their appearance. The food was delicious (including cheese fries!) and the fun soon began.

We all started making requests... and after handing them a generous donation, the pianists played our songs, including once specifically for me.
A few hours later, it was time to head to our next destination. We left the bar after an great rendition of "Rocking the Suburbs" and were on our way. Little did I know we'd be taking such a sweet ride... a limo bus! We picked up everyone and headed to Old Tobacco Company in Richmond.

It was there that we danced, drank and got free pink champagne. I handed out my medals, after some stiff competition of course, and worked my way through the other cards. The night was fun, and our large group rolled out around 1:30am.


Though I wasn't sure it would happen... my group and I were able to get out of the hotel by 10am. Karen had told us all the night before about getting up early, but you just never know...

So we left the hotel and headed back to Richmond. I was a little nervous when we got out of the car and the girls made sure I had my veil and sash again.

"For breakfast?" I thought.

Well, it turns out, it was for brunch. And it WAS a definite must. Stephanie and Kim had to leave to head back to NY, but Andrea and Jennifer joined us just in time for what was sure to be a one-of-a-kind meal. We got to Godfrey's and waited about 20 minutes, along with about 50 other women.

"Why are all these women here?" I thought.

And then there she was. I mean, there he was. I mean, huh? Yep... we were about to embark on a Drag Queen Brunch. Holla!

I'll just leave you with pictures, because they really do speak a thousand words. The brunch was so much fun, the food was excellent, and I couldn't stop smiling. You won't either!

Thanks again to EVERYONE who made this weekend so memorable. It was truly incredible and I'm so glad to have such amazing friends!!!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In case you missed it...

Here is the wedding announcement from the Washington Post Express. I was so excited to see it in there on Monday morning. I immediately turned to the page on the metro, and stood there smiling. Then I looked around to see if anyone else was reading it, and if they reconginzed me as the bride. Haha. Of course they didn't. There are so many people and faces on that train... but one can hope.
I looked like some shady thief, rummaging through the newspaper bins to grab as many copies as I could hold. this of course happening during a hard rain and I'm trying to hold my umbrella over myself and the papers. But with great success, I managed to grab about 12 copies. That should be enough... though I almost ran back out, in the rain, to the metro stop to get more.
But it's fun being a "celebrity" for a day. Both Bruno and I have had people email us letting us know they saw our BIO in the paper, and promptly sent the image along to our mutual friends.
Of course this, along with my latest shower and upcoming bachlorette party, reiterates how insanely close this wedding is! I won't go on about it, but I'll just say that 3 weeks is a lot close then 4 weeks! So much to do... and I think we have enough time? I dunno...
My shower this weekend was in New York with my extended family. Mom and I flew up because I was not about to spend 16 hours in the car for a short weekend. My cousins Kim and Steph threw me the shower and I had so much fun! They had compiled a list of 15-20 questions and gave them out to the guests. the questions were ones they had asked Bruno, and it was my job to answer them. I've done this before... and when I got one wrong, I had to add another stick of gum to my mouth. This time, I couldn't open a present unless I got an answer right! So mean... moreso because it took me until the 6th questions to get one right about Bruno. You would think after living with him for a year, and dating him almost 3, that I would know him pretty well. Apparently not. Haha. But after that first right answer, I was on a roll, and I think I may have only missed 1 after that. I was most impressed with myself for pulling out his answer to his "celebrity crush." It's Megan Fox, if you're wondering :)
The food was really great, and was all Mediterranean/Greek foods. you can't ever go wrong with that! And of course we had homemade Italian cookies to finish it off.
Sorry for the lack of post writing. I haven't had too much blog-worthy life stories.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009


When I go to Belle's Body attack classes, I tend to watch everyone else in the room, while we are going through all the tracks. I guess it keeps my mind off of the workout I'm getting, but I just observe, subtly of course. There will be people who can't stay on beat, those who are TOO into the class, those who just go along at a good pace, like myself, and a few other types. Here's 2 observations/evaluations from class last night.

The Girl that is TOO into (or too good for) the Class

Oh my God, this girl came in slightly late, just when we were getting started, which isn't a big deal. She proceeded to fix her hair, then took a spot next to me. I didn't think anything of it at first, since the beginning part is kinda slow and everyone is warming up. But soon enough, very soon, this girl IMMEDIATELY got on my nerves. She was basically going over and above what everyone else was doing. It's hard to describe, but it just drove me crazy. Basically, she was as energized as the instructor, Nate, which is great for an instructor. But when you are a participant and the girl next to you is kicking her legs WAY higher then everyone else, jogging faster, and, what's MOST annoying, coming into MY space because her gallops are so big... well, as you can see, it's just an insane annoyance. So not only was she being annoying this way, but she also kept stopping to fix her hair. I mean come on lady, it's gym class. Just get it out of your face and that's it.

I know this rant is silly, but for some reason, I just hated this girl. I wanted to be as far away as I could from her, and I couldn't because there were too many people there. I hope she's not there next week...

Thin Girl with no Stamina or Rhythm

Last night there was also a girl who was really thin, and looked like she was in great shape. You kinda assume that if these people are thin, then they must workout a lot. And maybe she does... but not cardio. We had barely gotten through Track 2 and already this girl was huffing and puffing and hardly keeping up. You have a long way to go sweetie.

I know I sound mean, or something, but it was just so interesting to me to watch this girl (and to keep away from over-achiever on my left), and kinda curse her at the same time. This is obviously a girl who doesn't HAVE to work out to be thin, so that's annoying also.

Haha I'm really not this mean, or judgemental... well, ok, sometimes I am. It probably stems from the competition crazy in me, and that's why I hate these people who do better then me. The over-achiever kicks higher then me, and has more energy. They thin girl, well, she's thinner then me and doesn't have to work at it. Darn that competitor in me. Go away so I can workout in peace.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

An Eventful Weekend

Well my weekend was full of great things... and I will highlight the high points.


I drove down to Crozet for my 2nd of 3 wedding showers, this one thrown by my sister-in-law K. It was a small gathering with great people and amazing food. I mean really amazing. K had a delicious spread of Risotto, green beans, spinach salad (in this really cool parmesean cheese cups) and prosciutto-wrapped chicken with a yummy mushroom sauce. Dessert was an assortment of cream puffs, eclairs and yellow cake with chocolate frosting and a strawberry cheesecake filling. Oh it was SO good! Aside from eating, we spent the afternoon opening gifts and just chatting away.

After everyone left, I stayed with Mike and K, have some QT with Julia and Ella (Cazin was there, but doing his own thing) I will tell you, Julia has Tita Molly right where she wants her... I will do just about anything with that girl, moreso as an effort to be a "cool aunt" that she has fun with. I am anxious for her to be a little older... like 13, because I seem to relate better with teenagers :) We can talk about Hilary Duff and the Jonas Brothers. Haha.


I took the plunge... I did it... I bought a new car! WHAT?!?! Yes, I have retired the Civic and now am the proud owner of a 2007 Nissan Versa. It was a tough decision, well kinda, but it was time. I've been saying for years how I needed a new car, and Sunday, well the offer was too good to pass up. It started on Friday when I took the old Civic in for an oil change, and came back with a report of needing new tires and a new axle... another $1000 to put into my car. Ugh. Bruno said, "That's it! We're getting you a new car!" I whined for a second, then said, "Ok."

I had looked at the Versa before and obviously liked it, so it was easier to decide on what to get. We went to the dealership about an hr before it closed, test drove the car, and were pretty happy with it. However, me, not being one to make quick decisions, wanted to sit on it and try some other cars at other dealers. Well the Nissan dealership would have none of that. The manager came over as we were heading out the door, telling us, "I've got to make a sale. This is what I can do for you..."

Final verdict - free oil changes for 2 yrs, lifetime state inspections, 94k mile bumper to bumper warranty (my car started with 46k miles) and my monthly payment is $161. Um, yeah... could I pass this up??? Not a chance. So we left the lot with a new car and I'm SO excited about it! I wish I drove to work just so I could drive it more. But in due time...

It will take some getting used to, even with my friends who know me with my Civic. But after 10 years of driving it, it was time.

When I get some pictures taken of it, I will post them so you can see the beauty that is now my car. Yay!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Getting Closer!

Last night Bruno and I went and picked out his wedding band :) (PS as I post this our first dance song came on my iPod!) He picked out a tungsten ring that's mostly brushed, but has 3 thin lines of satin finish in it. It's really nice, a good size, and pretty unique. As I was looking at the rings with him I thought briefly that there wasn't much choice for the guys, but then I realized we were only looking at the Tungsten rings. There were a lot of other choices, some nice, some completely hideous. I looked at ALL the choices for women and I just have to give so much credit to Bruno for the ring he selected for me. I don't know how you could make such a hard choice, but he did, and picked out the most perfect ring for me. I honestly love my ring so much!

Otherwise, we WERE supposed to have ou "first" dance lesson tonight for the wedding. However, I got a message that our instructor needs to reschedule... doesn't he realize how hard it was to schedule this?? Ah well.

In other news, I went to the Britney Spears concert on Tuesday night with 4 of my funnest girlfriends. We started the night with HH at La Tasca. Luckily we were able to snag a table big enough for the 5 of us (after some stalking and quick manuevering from Susie and I). The Pussycat Dolls opened for Brit, and I thought they were awesome!!! Unfortunately, the did NOT play the song Lindsay and I most wanted to hear (Top of the World - theme song to The City) but we did love all the others.

Britney of course put on a great show with incredible choreography that got everyone in the crowd standing up and dancing. However, due to my never-ending concert trips, I feel as though I've become a bit of a concert snob. I mean this in the sense that I was disappointed that Britney didn't actually sing. I had heard she didn't, which is one of the reasons we got the cheap seats up top, but I was still saddened. There are plenty of artists who dance like she does and still actually sing (Justin Timberlake, Gwen Stefani) but what can you do. I had a great time, especially with Susie in town, and recorded a few songs as well.

Next concert is Richard Cheese and Lounge Against the Machine. I got these tickets for Bruno for Christmas, so we have been waiting a LONG time for this show. I'm really excited to see how it goes, as I've only heard good things about him.

AND Whitney and Jill are coming into town this weekend!!!! I'm super excited!!! We're going to Bruno's show at Whitlows Saturday night, so come out and join us! Otherwise, we plan on going into DC to see the Cherry Blossoms on Sunday. Hopefully the rain will hold out, but if itdoesn't, looks like we will visit the museums instead. I SHOULD have pics from the upcoming weekend so I will be sure to post them. I know blogs aren't as exciting without them.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Delicious meal stolen from Carrie

So a few weeks ago my friend Carrie posted this recipe on her blog and even though I've never been a huge fan of pork, the meal looked amazing! (she has a picture of it on her blog, and she's connected to mine, so check out the blog because seeing the pic really helps) So last night I decided to finally make this for Bruno... a nice homecooked meal after his crazy bachelor party weekend. The meal was DELICIOUS and SUPER easy to make. So I've pasted the recipe on here for all to enjoy. Thanks Carrie!!

Sweet Pork Tenderloin

Recipe -
2 lbs pork tenderloin
1/2 lb bacon, sliced thin
1 large onion, sliced thin
1/4 cup soy sauce
12 - 16 oz apricot preserves (you can use regular, light or sugar free it doesn't really matter)

Wrap tenderloin in bacon
Place onions in bottom of 9x13 casserole dish
lay tenderloins on top of onions
mix soy sauce and apricot preserves and pour on top of wrapped tenderloins
bake at 350 for 45 - 60 minutes (you can broil it for 5 - 10 to crisp the bacon at the end)

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I don't like "gym molly"

Those were the words my friend Joyce typed to me last night when I told her I was going to Body Attack instead of out for St Patty's Day. After she razzed me a little, I told her it was only until the wedding then I would go crazy. She said, "Good. I like the drinking Molly better."

Haha. Yes, I now find myself a hypocrite, as I have turned into one of those people I once mocked. I remember giving Susie a hard time for going to the gym instead of coming to Rock Bottom. How the tables have turned...

What's odd is that now I kinda find myself weight obsessed, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. I check my weight at least once a day... which I was told before that you should only do it every 2 weeks. I try really hard to monitor the calories I eat everyday, and have stuck to a good workout routine for at least 2 months now. I haven't reached the weight I was in college, and honestly, I don't see that happening. I mean, that would mean losing another 10 pounds, and that's just insane. But I'm relatively happy with my progress, especially when I think back to last year, and I was about 8 pounds heavier then I am now. Nice work. See what weddings will do to you??

I do feel good about myself when I work out in the morning, and get my butt kicked at Belle's class every week. But it is still so hard to get up in the morning and workout. I use Wednesdays as my break day, since Tuesday night is Belle's class. And let me tell you, I live for Wednesdays. I love sleeping in and not having to work out in the morning. I never work out on the weekends. Instead, I use that time to eat whatever I want. So sure, I could PROBABLY get down to my college weight if I worked out on the weekends, and tried to eat healthy then too. But then what would the reward be??? I need Wednesdays and weekends to keep me going. I will never deprive myself of the foods I love... and the great feeling of eating junk.

But overall, I am happy with my progress. I've had plenty of inspiration from my friends who have lost weight and look great (esp. Karen, Lindsay and Belle), so they keep me going as well.

Here's to the next 2 months, right?

Monday, March 9, 2009

It's REAL!

I had my first of 3 bridal showers yesterday. This one was planned by Karen and Allyson, my amazing MOH and bridesmaid. This one was deemed my "Friends Bridal Shower."

I was so nervous leading up to the event, and I'm not really sure why. I suppose it was the reality of all attention actually being focused on me, moreso than any birthdays I've ever celebrated. The games would focus on me, and the presents. It just made me so nervous, and as I later told Allyson, confirmation that I'm ACTUALLY getting married.

Up until now, it's almost been just like we're planning an event. True, we are planning an event, but it doesn't really hit you until this moment. And I suppose that's what made me so nervous. So nervous that I had clamy hands, and changed my outfit about 6 times.

I was still wiping my brow, wet with anxiety, as I entered the room and saw all my friends. I quickly paced around, said my hellos, gave my hugs, and breathed in the reality of MY shower. It's just so surreal in a way to look around at the pictures and realize they are of me, me and my fiancee. I've been to plenty of showers of course, but it was so weird being at my own.

But as I said, Karen and Allyson did an excellent job and I had a really great time. I would say my favorite game we played was a variation of catch phrase. The variation was in the words and phrases, which all related to me and Bruno. It was so cool seeing what the girls came up with based on their views of me and Bruno. I promptly bowed out of the guessing part of the game, halfway through, after realizing it wasn't fair for me to guess. The game ended up very close, my team only winning by one point. Good job ladies!

The food was amazing (homemade cannolis!) as were the guests. Thanks everyone for a great great time and I can't wait until May to celebrate with everyone!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Nobody knows for sure... kinda...

Our fate down at CBP has been a roller coaster ever since we found out the contract was going to end. Rumors went flying back and forth, and it seems like we may have an answer... finally... for now...

Monday afternoon, I was pulled into my boss' office. He proceeded to fill me in on the fate of the 8 of us down in DC. 4 of us would stay and work through the end of the month, the remaining 4, well, their job was done on 3/13. Yes, it's a Friday. Do they know yet? Well, I know one does...

Tuesday afternoon at our staff meeting we are informed that our last day is NOT March 31, but March 6. Yes, that's thus Friday. We were told to have our things packed up by COB Friday and that everyone would report to A-Town on Monday. Ok...

Tuesday later afternoon, my boss tells me that what we were told may not be true, and that we may be here until the end of the month after all.

Today, that was confirmed. The plan I was told on Monday is back in action. I asked my boss if the terms were going to change AGAIN and he says, "I don't know."

Could they make upt there mind please? And, last I heard from this afternoon, still only one person had been told that their last day was 3/13. Um... are you going to let them know anytime soon?

So yay, I will FINALLY be back in Arlington. Back to my window, back to my friends. But not back to work... there's really not enough for us there right now, so everyone is kinda stressing out about going back. But I've been assured that my job is safe... let's hope so...

Friday, February 27, 2009

How does he do it??

Bruno has done it again. I don't know how, but he has crept in to my mind and known exactly what I wanted for my birthday!

A few weeks ago, only like 2, I sent an email to Bruno letting him know I wanted a new black purse for my birthday. I hadn't mentioned it before AT ALL, just came to the realization one day after looking at the current black purse I own.

Last night Bruno gives me my birthday present early. (I think you know where this is going) Low and behold it's a new black Coach purse! I said to him, "Did you get this after I told you I wanted one?"

"No," he says. "I got it weeks ago, BEFORE you told me."

How does he do it??

And on the subject of purses, I'm growing into a expensive purse preferred type of girl, all thanks to Bruno. I never cared much for the fancy purses, and hadn't even heard of Kate Spade. Then he gives me a Kate Spade, my friend Michelle gave me a Coach Clutch, and now my newest Coach bag to add to my growing collection. All of the sudden, I care. And you know, there really IS a difference in the quality. The craftsmenship is really amazing, and mostly worth the money :) And I feel cool carrying my purse on my shoulder.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Ok so referring back to the last post, I've been reading Augusten Burrough's latest book, Possible Side Effects. One chapter is titled "Killing John Updike." In this chapter he goes on about buying all of John Updike's books, first edition mint condition books, because his friend told him that John Updike was going to fall dead at any moment. So Augusten bought all these books and was expecting to make it rich any day, based on the most certain immense value these books would have after his death. This book, Possible Side Effects was published in 2006.

This morning, January 28th 2009, the Today show announced that John Updike died yesterday from Lung Cancer. Had I not been reading that book, this news would not have meant anything to me. But it does. And now I have to wonder if Augusten Burroughs is going to cash in on his books...

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

The reasons I love him...

Okay, so this blog refers to (2) hims, but don't start freaking out yet. I'll start with the more important one.


For Christmas, my awesome and amazingly intuitive fiancee got me a fabulous pair of Uggs. I had never mentioned them to him, and honestly didn't realize I wanted them until about 2 weeks before Christmas. When I opened them as my last present, I was floored at how he somehow knew to get them for me! He is truly amazing when it comes to knowing me that it's a little scary sometimes. Haha. So since I got the Uggs, I've been wearing them nonstop. Nonstop enough to spill meatball sauce on them soon after I got them! I was devasted and Bruno was not too happy about it either. We, well mostly him, worked on getting the stain out with the stain remover/conditioner from Uggs, and while the stain came mostly out, the softness and deep color of the sheepskin had all but disappeared. Sadly, I accepted my boots and hated myself for ruining these wonderful treats for my feet.

Last night, Bruno takes my Uggs out of the bedroom to out them away. I figure they are annoying him because they were just strewn about the floor, in his way.

"Thanks" I say.

As we leaved later in the evening for dinner, Bruno has my Uggs, but it pulling a carboard shaper out of them.

"Why would those be in there" I thought to myself.

Then I looked at them closely, as he smiled, and they looked so much softer and richer then my Uggs. The awesome fiancee that he is, had bought me new Uggs! I think it bothered him that I had messed up mine, and he couldn't take it anymore. So now I have new Uggs, and I'm super pysched!!

Augusten Burroughs.

This is the one and only author I can't get enough of. I've read 3 of his books, including Running with Scissors, and am on to my 4th one now. If you know me, reading is not my thing, and for me to LOVE an author is just crazy. But I do. I love him and read through his books so quickly. His sense of humor is exactly what makes me laugh to myself, even on the shuttle with everyone watching. I get lost in his books and am deeply saddened that he won't be writing anymore (or so it seems).

So yesterday as I started the book I came across a chapter titled "Team Player." The first line of this chapter...

"I collect college T-Shirts."

Someone else does that???? He goes into how he proudly wears these shirts, and then constantly gets questioned on when he graduated and whatnot. His most prized t-shirt? His solid red Harvard shirt. (The shirt I was wearing when I met Bruno). Coincidence? Well, yes. But it makes me love him that much more.

Read his books!

Friday, January 23, 2009

Slightly scared...

So today is the last day of one of our project managers who has resigned. She actually resigned last month, but has been sticking around to finish up projects. So why am I writing about this? Because I'm taking one of her biggest clients and I have no idea what I'm doing...

She has this master spreadsheet with all her projects, which is great. Unfortunately, when I've tried to ask her about how to update it, and who to call, she just talks and talks about the projects, but never actually gives me an answer. Or well, the answer I'm looking for. I tried to ask her this morning, since it's her last day. But again, not answering my question.

I'm really nervous about taking on her responsibilities because even though I've been down here for 2 months, there are SO many things I don't know how to do. The government has so many wacky processes that I'm honestly so lost. I really don't want this responsibility at all. I hate not knowing what I'm doing. I feel like I've just been thrown into this project manager role and I haven't had the opportunity to learn the designer role yet.

I don't like being down here, and getting this task only decreases my chances of going back to Arlington. All I keep hoping is that we DON'T get this contract renewed so we can get out of here in March. But that still leaves all of February.

Things here are overwhelming, well the processes I don't know. and honestly, I don't want to really learn them because I don't want to be here long. But I will tell you what, if I am here long, well in another few weeks or so, and I'm doing this whole project manager thing, I'm going to ask for a raise. This is not responsibility I was asked about, it was just thrown at me. All I want to do is space plan and work on CAD, not worry about chairs coming in....

Monday, January 12, 2009

Like Riding a Bike

Yesterday I got up at 6am to go on my first snowboarding run of the season. Yes, it's January and it's only my first run. With our busy schedule, and the way too warm weather, this was the first chance I got. Unfortunately Bruno couldn't go with me, since he got his wisdom teeth out on Friday. Poor guy has been eating mashed potatoes and ice cream all weekend.

Anyhow, so Steve picks me up at 630am, so we can get to Whitetail when it opens to beat the crowds and get the good snow. Yeah, I was tired but it was definitely worth it. By noon, when I would have normally gotten there, the lines were long and the snow was pushed all around.

Needless to say, I was really nervous when I got to the slopes. I hadn't been boarding in almost a year and I wasn't sure how it would go. But it was nothing... well not nothing, but I did really well. I took the first green really slow, just to get used to the balancing and everything again, but it was really no problem. After a few runs, I moved to the blues with the group, and eventually the left bowl with the black diamonds!

When I found out it was only black diamonds on the left bowl, I was so nervous. But hey, I might as well try it out. And then wouldn't you know, I did really well. I don't know if it was my experience in Vail last year or what, but I did great on the slope, only falling like 2x, and they weren't even hard falls. It was more of a lack of concentration that caused me to fall, not skill. I started psyching myslef out about being on a black diamond... but then I pushed that aside and on I went.

I was really pleased with the day and I'm really not as sore as I thought I would be. Hopefully I'll get to go again before our trip to Wisp in February, but we'll see. Nice.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Here they are...

Love in Philly


First Snow!

First pic of 2009

Bruno and Brian

Stephanie and Me

Friday, January 2, 2009

A Perfect NYE

To celebrate the New Year, Bruno and I decided to keep it low key. So along with my cousin Steph and her hubby Brian from New York, we stayed in a cool Bed and Breakfast in Media, PA, about 20 minutes outside of Philly. And it was perfect!

The B&B we stayed at was called the Alpenhof and it was awesome. We went up Tuesday night and arrived at the house a little after 9:30. Steph and Brian had gotten there around 8, and went on a beer run. Unfortunately, the liquor and beer sales in PA are different then here or NY, so the 2 came back empty handed after 30 minutes of searching. No worries. We said our hellos, chatted for a bit, and all went to bed around 11pm.

We got up early NYE morning and sat down to our Made to Order breakfast. Yep, Roland, the Inn Keeper, came into the dining room and asked us what we wated to eat, and had a plethra of options. The Inns Bruno and I have been to before have a set menu and while the food was always delicious, it was great to have exactly what we wanted. All but Brian sprung for the Eggs Benedict, which Bruno and I also ended up having the 2nd morning. It was amazing and a gret start to our day.

From there we trekked into Philadelphia to see some sites and be touristy. Our touristy stops, with pictures, included: LOVE park, the market (near HArd Rock Cafe, can't remember the name but it was AWESOME), the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. We didn't make it to Pat and Geno's for a cheesesteak, but given the really cold temperatures, and oh yeah, the crazy blizzard going on, we were okay with missing it this time. We had cheesesteaks in The Bourse food court instead, and they were pretty darn good!

After a few hours in Philly, we headed back to the house. We played board games and snacked on pizza to pass the time until our 10pm dinner reservation in Media. We ate at a restaraunt called Azia and it was REALLY yummy. We finished eating just in time, around 11:45, to walked down 2 blocks to join the big crowd of people (about 200-300) gathered to watch Media's very own ball drop. We counted down, cheered, kissed, and then immediately left the cold to head back home. We were all in bed by 1pm.

While it was a low-key early night (well, early for NYE) it was the perfect way to ring in 2009. Now where will we go NEXT New Years??

PS pictures to come...