Monday, July 24, 2006

What a Weekend!

This has been one of those weekends you don't usually have when you leave college... We were up till 2am Friday and Saturday, catching cat naps, non stop parties, sightseeing, and company that has left me completely unable to give a crap about returning to my workaday life this morning.

Friday night we had our Pirates of the Caribbean party. We had 2 last minute cancellations, sadly, but it was a blast nonetheless. We all dressed up as pirates, and Joe and I sponsored a little treasure hunt. We also had a pinata pirate ship which everyone took a crack at. As we were outside with that, people driving by were yelling "AHOY MATEY!" and "AARGH!" out their car windows as they drove past.

We went to the theater in costume and people yelled more as we got there... I was surprised, only one person made a joke about what movie we were going to see, and several expressed envy at not a) dressing up themselves or b) knowing us so they could have been invited.

I will post pictures when they get sent around. Per usual, I didn't have time to take any. I was busy cooking!!! Our menu was Caribbean jerk chicken, rice, Caribbean jerk roasted veggies, and steamed shrimp.

The movie itself was fantastic. I really enjoyed it. It was a good bit more serious than the first one, but there were lighter moments, and it was flat out action-packed. I was disappointed with the ending, which was little more than the set up for #3, which will be out next year. But it's something to look forward to.

Saturday morning we were up early and did a MyPC event to Montpelier, James Madison's home, which is a little less than an hour away from here. The home was left to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, or some such thing, by the Dupont Family, and is in full restoration back to the way it was when the Madisons lived there. It was a riveting little tour, since once it's complete, no one will ever see the bare bones of the structure and get that look at it again (for instance, the door we used to enter the house is going to be converted back into a window!). I didn't know much about James Madison or about the house, so it was a really interesting day.

When we got back home, we tried the new Greek restaurant in town that everyone's been raving about. It really was quite fantastic. Melissa left, and I fell asleep and took a 3 hour nap.

Joe had come back with us Friday night, and we had planned to go see the Pirates again, but the General vetoed that idea, and we decided to go over to Central Park to see if the arcade over there had Skeeball. It did, but it also had a $22 cover and so we decided to check out Chuckie Cheese instead, and for the price of the other place's cover, we were able to play Skeeball for hours. We played a lot of other games as well, and have started our collection of tickets to turn in for a prize eventually.

After that, we went to McDonald's for Pirates of the Caribbean happy meals (I haven't had a Happy Meal in ages, but I must say, they don't make a bad little meal), moved all the bunnies up to the bunny room and then drove Joe back to Alexandria, as I had forgotten Michael had invited company over to lunch on Sunday.

We got home around 2:30 and I cleaned up a bit, as I wasn't too tired due to my nap. Yesterday, I got up, did the grocery shopping, cleaned up the house, and we had Ken over for the better part of the day. He was such a great guy--I'm glad Michael works with him. He asked me what he could bring, and I couldn't think of anything, so I told him to bring something purple. He brought me a purple light up yo yo. It is the greatest present... I'm loving playing with it.

I finished off the evening with the final installment of my guilty pleasure, My Fair Brady... The wedding special premiered last night, and I was impressed at the amount of drama they still managed to pack into such a happy time. Hopefully they'll live a long and happy married life, we'll see :)

So now I must conclude here, lock Rambo back in his cage and head to work. Tonight is the big night--I'm meeting Alton Brown from the Food Network, who is giving a presentation at the Smithsonian. I'm so excited!!!! Hopefully he'll pose for pictures and I'll have something to post.

Till next time...

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