Tuesday, March 28, 2006

D'oh moment of the day...

In case you didn't already know, I'm lactose intolerant. So I buy Lactaid milk (lactose-free and fat-free, calcium fortified, as long as I'm at it). It comes with one of those little plastic spouts on the side that you unscrew, instead of having to open the end of the carton like we used to in the good ol' days. And, you have to shake it up before you pour it.

All of that is a setup so I can tell you about adding milk to my coffee this morning... I poured the milk on my cereal, and then when the little coffee pod machine was done dispensing its yummy java, I went to shake up the milk to pour it into my mug. But, um.... I hadn't put the cap back on after using it on my cereal. Milk EVERYWHERE. Splat!! Almost made me miss the bus!

Somehow I have a penchant for spilling stuff all over the place. Just ask Dani -- I'm also known as "ketchup girl"! (better yet, please don't.) ;)

Went to the movies this weekend for the first time in a looooooong time. I literally cannot remember the last time I paid for a full-price movie ticket. The last few non-Netflix films have been at the Cinema & Drafthouse. Anyway, we saw Woody Allen's Match Point. It was really good - not a comedy at all, and Woody's not in it (which isn't so bad...) Jonathan Rhys Meyers was very good, and Scarlett Johansson didn't annoy me as much as she usually does. Unfortunately, it was also about -25 degrees in the theater! We all curled up inside our coats -- Rob even put his hat and gloves on! But we survived.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Random updates

First, here's a picture of the beautiful shrimp on rosemary skewers that I made two weeks ago. (yes, my plates are red white and blue. You're surprised?) I bought more avocados and tomatillos to make that salsa again... Yum!

I forgot to note the best thing my mom did when we went to Billy Joel last week -- she smuggled in her Haagen Dazs! We had dinner at Clyde's Marketplace (the takeout place on the side). The great new restaurants down on 7th street were all jam-packed... it would have been a good idea for me to have made a dinner reservation. Oh well. Anyway, we went to HD for dessert, and when we came out, they were about to open the side doors to the Verizon Center. So mom tucked her little cup of (something chocolatey) ice cream into her huge tote-purse, and we went in. The security guard who checked purses giggled, but she let us in. Go mom! :)

The APIC show was a big success. I was exhausted. We had a photographer from the Washington Times (I never saw the article, though), and a lot of people who saw the ad in the Weekend section of the Post. We're already planning for next March, but we will definitely be charging more for tables (we barely broke even, and we haven't raised the rates in 7 years!) and maybe also for the entry fee. It's not the room rental, it's the taxes and fees that'll get ya.

Just for the fun of it, I've been checking on eBay for tickets to the Billy Joel concert on April 14th. I really would love to see him from the floor. I don't have to have front row, but somewhere closer than two miles away would be nice. hmm...

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Sing us a song, you're the piano man...

Must blog before bed. IT WAS AWESOME. Seriously.... I just love going to see Billy. He's so much fun to watch in concert. He always seems like he's having fun up there! I only wish I had splurged and gotten tickets a little bit closer to the stage and a little bit less in the nosebleed section.... cuz really, who knows when or if he'll come back around? (well, ok, he'll be back in DC in April, but that's sold out already...)

But I digress.

Mom and I had a blast. She was singing along! We got 25 Billy Joel songs, an AC/DC song (sung by a roadie!) and a lot of entertainment. :)

Playlist:
  • Angry Young Man
  • My Life
  • Everybody Loves You Now (from Cold Spring Harbor, a real blast from the past)
  • The Entertainer
  • New York State of Mind
  • Downeaster Alexa
  • Zanzibar (from 52nd Street, probably the least known song on that album)
  • Allentown
  • Don't Ask Me Why
  • Pressure
  • Goodnight Saigon*
  • Movin' Out
  • Innocent Man **
  • Always a Woman
  • Captain Jack
  • Keeping the Faith
  • River of Dreams
  • I go to Extremes ***
  • ## AC/DC interlude: Highway to Hell##
  • We Didn't Start the Fire
  • Big Shot
  • It's Still Rock 'n' Roll To Me
  • You May Be Right
Encore(s):
  • Only the Good Die Young
  • Italian Restaurant
  • and of course, Piano Man.
The band has changed a bit... Crystal was still there (we loooove Crystal Taliaferro. She does everything - she plays maracas, sax, drums, tambourines, she sings, she dances... she's amazing!!), and Mark Rivera on sax, but our favorite drummer, Liberty Devitto, was nowhere to be found. Not that the new guy did poorly, mind you... he just wasn't Liberty. The new sax player was also incredibly talented. Don't recall his name.

Billy did spend a few minutes talking to the crowd, and he thanked those of us in the nosebleed seats for coming, cuz he needs the money -- his car insurance bill is exorbitant! ha ha ha

* The most heartwrenching part of the evening was 'Goodnight Saigon' -- at every show, Billy lines up a group of real Veterans to sing the chorus - "and we will all go down together..." at the back of the stage. These guys were from the war in Iraq. I cried. I think they got the biggest standing ovation of the night (until the encores).

** At the very end of Innocent Man, just before the light faded off of him, he mouthed the words "No I'm not" :) It was cute.

*** As always, when he played the riff towards the end of I Go To Extremes, he hopped down the piano keyboard on his butt. IN TUNE with the music. I love that part. It cracks me up. :)

When Dani and I go see Dave Matthews, she gets all giggly watching him on stage. Dave does goofy stuff, but I am never laughing as much as she is. But I recognized that giggle in myself tonight as I was watching Billy. :)

ok, it's late, and I have to rest up. Tomorrow night I'm being taken to dinner at Colvin Run (the website has a running water sound, beware!) and then I launch right into the button show on Saturday! ACK!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Getting Closer

...and YES, that is a Billy Joel song! Never previously released, it's on the My Lives CD set.
I doubt he'll play it TOMORROW NIGHT (yay! we're going tomorrow night!) but at least after this week I can use regular titles for my blog entries instead of song lyrics. I know you'll all be happy to hear that. ;)

ok, ok, I haven't blogged in weeks. Sorry about that. It's been a little bit busy around here! [Before you ask, the scarf isn't done, and I spent two hours the other night taking apart the purple sweater. Don't ask about that, either.]

I've been preparing for the APIC National Capital Chapter 7th Annual show, coming up this Saturday at Tyson's Corner. I've had to figure out who gets what tables, who sits next to whom... it's a headache. Particularly since my co-chair lives in Pennsylvania! But email is a wondeful thing. I'll just be really glad when it's over - don't call me on Sunday until at least 11am!

I have also started raising money for the Race for Hope. My friend and former-co-worker, Chris P., lost his daughter (14 mos old) to a brain tumor in early 2004. That was the first year we all participated in the Race for Hope, and Chris and his wife Lisa raised over $20,000 in about 10 days leading up to the race. It was amazing. This year I was the first non-family member to sign up for the "Peabody Tumor Trashers" team. :) It's the first of my two 5K's in the spring... one month later is the National Race for the Cure (Team Eye of the Tiger returns!). But you'll hear more about that later on.

My brother seems to be doing well in Australia... he's extending his trip so he can go see the Great Barrier Reef and some of the other stuff in the nothern territory. He took some amazing pictures on his last trip down the coastal road to Melbourne. He almost got to see U2 in concert in Melbourne, but apparently they cancelled some tour dates. Anyway, here's one of his pics - I love this one.

Jen and I have tickets to 10 games of the Washington Nationals this summer, including opening day! (Why do they do these things on Wednesdays at 1pm? Really. Jen will have an "appointment" that day.) heh We also managed to get three games over July 4th weekend... all Florida teams. (Devil Rays & Marlins)

Lesseeeee, what else have I been up to? I made a Cooking Light recipe for shrimp skewers on rosemary sprigs. That's one of those things that I will have to keep in my repertoire in case I have to make a fancy dinner for someone. It was delicious, and beautiful, too! I also made avocado-tomatillo salsa (the Jan/Feb issue of Cooking Light was full of yummy stuff! You might need to login to see the recipe. If you want it, I'll send it to you), which was very tasty. I probably should have bought some jalapenos to put in, since the recipe called for them, but I was afraid of the heat factor. Unfortunately, without the peppers, it was a little bland. Now I know for next time. (Bonus: the grocery clerk charged me for brussel sprouts ($1!) instead of tomatillos ($3.99/lb))

Dani is abandoning me this weekend to go hang with Stick and go to the Golden Corral 500 NASCAR race. Her driver (#48, Jimmie J!) has won this one before, so she's a tad bit excited. She had already packed her suitcase at 2:00 this afternoon! I hope they get good weather on race day. I might actually have to watch this one. heh