Thursday, May 31, 2007

Happy 30th Birthday Erin!!!

Mrs. Langley joins the cool kids today. Actually, she raises our street cred.

Monday, May 28, 2007


The Full Tea Spread
Because I have my priorities straight...two pix that let you in on the goodness that was tea at the Ritz.

For Kathy
My sister would eat mashed potatoes at every meal if it were possible, and so I give her this, a picture of my dinner from the District Chophouse. 2 Filet Mignon w/ lump crab meat and bearnaise sauce, asparagus, and a whole heap of white cheddar mashed potatoes. Yes, it was as good as it looks.

It's just gonna be this way

Since my last post I got a new job. Same agency, but totally different position. The new life involves a normal schedule (after almost 2 years of shift work), intellectual challenge, concrete product output, a HUGE initial learning curve and.... no regular internet access. So as sporadic as the 'Sport has been, it's going to be even worse from here on out. But really, weren't y'all getting a little tired of hearing about classes and sleeplessness? Me too.

In other news summer is here! We've been to happy hour at Cantina Marina, bar hoppinng on Solomons Island, sea kayaking, a sunset wine festival at Mt. Vernon with Teresa and Dave, and a ridonkulous-good surprise dinner from N at District Chophouse in the last two weeks. Then Saturday Kristin and Todd were in town and we caught up over dinner and drinks at Pentagon Row. Seriously, that place has turned into a real gem in this neighborhood. The shops and prices are sliiightly yuppy for me but the general feeling of community and sitting outside with tons of kids and patrons, enjoying the atmosphere and weather, can't be beat. Plus? Ann Taylor Loft, thankyouverymuch. *Then* Sunday XOLondon took me to the Ritz-Carlton for a belated birthday/happy promotion high tea. So decadent! We did the champagne version (of course!) and chatted the afternoon away.

And now? I'm going to enjoy the rest of the holiday by laying in my hammock out back. A cold beer or two...possibly. A nap or two...DEFINITELY.

Sunday, May 13, 2007

Everything about being chic, sociable, and Irish I learned from my mom. I wish I had a picture of her with all 6 of us (and her 5 grandchildren) so you'd get perspective on what a parenting badass she is, but alas I don't have digital versions of anything like that. So a wee view of me and Pat on Capri (off the coast of Italy) in March 2005 will have to suffice. She's tiny but she's fierce--like any good mother. :)

Thursday, May 10, 2007

I am so tired...

...that I'm watching the video montage The Today Show put together for Ann Curry's 10th Anniversary on the show and I'm all choked up. CHOKED UP. Over Ann Curry and Elmo singing "You Light Up My Life." Seriously, people. That? Is tired.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Brace yourselves

Because this? Is going to be the biggest post in the history of The 'Sport.

Clearly, I've been MIA for the past few weeks. Starting in early April life sped up a lot and left little time (or more importantly, energy) for blogging. This quarter was extremely haphazard and the bulk of the grades came from 2 projects at the end of the session--projects I was totally disinclined to work on and thus left to the last minute. Add to that several jaunts out of town, my birthday, and increasingly lovely weather that makes one want to goof off outside and that makes for no updates. Y'all know how it goes.

The birthday
: Kicked off Friday night by co-opting the Secret Service happy hour at Sine. Corizzle from Harrizzle was visiting for a friend's wedding and made it out with Lisa and Gwendie. Then Saturday, HWSWNMBSITITV and I went awalk in Great Falls then gussied up for Fondue at Melting Pot. Holy France there's something to be said for taking your time and working through 4 courses.

For the actual BIG DAY, 31, can't-fudge-I'm-wholly-in-my-30s, HWSWNMBSITITV took over the birthday planning from me, and besides knowing that it was a brunch I had *no* inkling what was in store. After consulting with some of my ladeez, the plan was made for us to do the Drag Brunch at Perry's. NSFW pictures here and here. A huge belated thanks to everyone who joined me, called, emailed, texted, sent cards, or in other ways commemorated my big day. An especially heartfelt thank you to HWSWNMBSITITV for pouring so much time and energy into the weekend. You are The. Best.

I have found that finishing a quarter of school must be immediately followed by a detox wherein I take several days off from work and just hold STILL, at least mentally if not physically. This time around I accomplished that by making a leisurely road trip up to Rochester, NY to visit Christie and Stefan. They bought a house in November and it is the sweetest bright, airy nest, perfect for catching up over snacks, many naps, TV, and the staging of rambling walks in Highland Park. As ever I wish these 2 lived closer to me. [aside: I feel compelled to mention that the Buffalo Girls informed me that they often refer to it as Crotch-ester. Heart!]

The Dempsey/Langley Wedding
: In the way that perfect timing has, my quarter finished just in time to be witness to the marriage of Erin and Brian, and what a day it was. Buffalo was enjoying unusually flawless May weather--warm and sunny--and if ever a clan knows how to enjoy a moment, it's these folks. From start to finish the whole day was fun, endearing, classy, spirited, seemingly effortless, and clearly blessed. I would not have missed it. Or the wee day trip I took to Niagara Falls--ha!

And now? Now I'm home, with no school for a couple weeks, the weather is amazing, getting revved up for summer. Change is in the air, dear readers. Watch this space.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

"I carried a watermelon?!!?"

In honor of the 20th anniversary of this EPIC film, it's being rereleased in a few theaters for 2 nights only. Kristen, Megan, Heather, Hillary, and moi are going to the Chinatown cinema tonight to crush on Patrick Swayze, look at Jennifer Grey when she looked cute and human with her own nose, and have the time of our lives.