Tuesday, May 30, 2006

It's not that I hate losing...

(ok, I sort of do hate losing) ... it's just that I can't stand losing to people who CHEAT!!! Two girls sat at the bar (that sounds like the start of a joke, doesn't it?) and called or emailed their friends for ALL of the answers! We (Clueless in Clarendon) had a great night -- only 3 wrong answers in all the question rounds, and 1 wrong photo -- we beat the 3 third place teams by one point! But these girls cheated. Grrr.... We complained bitterly to Patrick when it was over. Elizabeth was even thinking about cursing at them and giving them the finger -- which is something she would NEVER do. ;) No, seriously, that'd be completely out of character. She's very genteel.

Patrick promises to outlaw cellphones next week. :) He loves us. And we also love Dylan, our waiter, who gave us one or two answers, and got a nice tip in return. He also has that fabulous Irish accent.

So without further ado, here are some of the questions from tonight's quiz:
  • What is the Pope's private army called?
  • Who played Jesus in the Last Temptation of Christ?
  • Who wrote the Tommyknockers?
  • Where was the first escalator installed in London in 1898?
  • Who played Wonder Woman on the tv series?
  • Who played Detective John Kelly on NYPD Blue?
  • What is the capital of Jordan?
  • How many bones are in the neck of a giraffe? (hint, humans have 7 bones in their necks)
  • Who created Wallace & Gromit?
  • Who played the female murder suspect in Sea of Love?
  • What question and answer game was first sold in 1983?
  • What is the only city to have a car-free city center?
  • How many words were spoken in Mel Brooks' Silent Movie? (bonus from me - who spoke?)
  • Who wrote the song, I've Got You Under my Skin?
  • What actor is commemorated with a statue in London's Leicester Square?
  • How many people in 100 are left-handed?
  • What country singer named his private jet Maryann?
  • Who was the first to climb Mt. Everest?
  • Who played Pink in Pink Floyd The Wall?
  • Irish actor Richard Harris is from what county in Ireland?
The funniest moment of the night was May guessing the answer to one of the music questions before Patrick had even started singing. He asked for the name of the singer's *husband*, so May said, "Guy Ritchie." And then Patrick sang "Like a Virgin"! Perfect. We also requested a different musical - he's always singing songs from West Side Story. :)

Answers:
  • Swiss Guards
  • Willem Dafoe
  • Stephen King
  • Harrod's
  • Lynda Carter
  • David Caruso
  • Amman
  • Seven (same as humans)
  • Nick Park
  • Ellen Barkin
  • Trivial Pursuit
  • Venice (duh, we said Athens)
  • One - spoken by Marcel Marceau
  • Cole Porter
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Five out of 100 are lefties.
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Bob Geldof
  • County Limerick
How'd you do? :)

Friday, May 26, 2006

Bullsh##

Did you ever wonder how the closed captioning people indicate curse words? I just found out! "The Rock" is on one of the HBO's (I'm at home sick, remember?) . I muted the TV when I was on the phone with mom, and I just noticed that whenever the actors curse, the closed captioning says F### or BULLS###. heh. I guess that's better than having the voice-over curse words, like "freakin'" and "shoot" Hmm... I wonder if the closed captioning reads differently on TNT or TBS?

Anyway, I'm feeling much better, and I might even venture outside today. (at the very least, to walk over to 7-11 and get some more Gatorade...)

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Sick and tired


The weekend was lovely... Saturday was a birthday party for Kelly and Jeff (born within 3 days of each other, 34 short years ago) at Micki's house, and it was a beautiful day! (pictures posted here) Sunday was work-and-laundry at mom's, as usual, and dinner with Dani at Front Page (and ice cream from Cold Stone! yum!)

Of course, I was a bad girl and didn't take my lactaid before I ate my ice cream, so I was totally expecting to be sick on Sunday night.... and very surprised when it didn't happen. I'm still not sure if the lactose debacle (which did hit me Monday morning) is related to the fever I ended up with on Monday afternoon. We may never know. I went to work, but I came home after an hour (my boss put me in a cab and gave me money!) and passed out on the sofa. ugh.

Since then I have just been wiped out (the fever broke before I woke up on Tuesday morning). I went to work for a while on Tuesday, and again for a few hours today... but there were moments when I felt like I was just gonna pass out at my desk. So tomorrow is a sleep and get better day. We'll see if I feel up to going in on Friday. We were very productive today... my summer intern started (YAY!) and we submitted a grant proposal to the Department of Energy. So that felt good.

Tomorrow I'll post about last week's visit to the British Embassy. :) (better late than never, right?)

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Jinxed!

I couldn't bring myself to write this blog entry... Clueless in Clarendon didn't manage to win, place or show last Tuesday. :(

Much as we love Patrick, he jinxed us! In the middle of the second round, he said, "Clueless in Clarendon is back to defend their title, they're the ones to beat!" -- we got BOOED when he said it, and that was enough. It wasn't that the questions were awfully hard... it was more that we kept second-guessing ourselves, changing the first answer we came up with to something that turned out to be *wrong*. Oops. See what happens when Dani doesn't come along?!?!

By our count, we tied for third, but somehow they took away one of our points.

If we do better next week, I'll post the questions. grrr..

Friday, May 12, 2006

the end is in sight!


I started working on this "Friendship Stars" crochet blanket a million years ago (well, maybe ony two years ago, but it seems like it's been draped over the back of my sofa forever)... and tonight I finally sewed the last of the twelve big squares onto the blanket!

The last thing to do will be to do the edging (in maroon, I think). It's 66" x 88" - covers my double bed nicely.

I think maybe I'll give it to my mother for Mother's Day this weekend. Which of course means I'd have to do the finishing between now and then. hmmm, on second thought...

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Defending our title...

Clueless in Clarendon (with a slightly different crew) won again on Tuesday night! The photo round was the hardest yet... it was close-up pictures of animals. We thought the pheasant was a goldfish! And the music round... Patrick went for harder rock this time - Alice Cooper, Billy Idol, and how could you not have U2 in an Irish pub?!

A smattering of the questions:
  • By what name is Lord Greystoke better known?
  • Omar Sharif holds international standing in what game?
  • Who was well-known for bending cutlery in the 1970's?
  • Name the 6 actors who have played James Bond (not including the new guy, Daniel Craig).
  • Where would you find the smallest bone in the body?
  • Who played 'Spartacus'?
  • Where were the 1908 and 1948 Olympics held?
  • Who played 'Bugsy' in the 1991 movie of the same name?
  • Who played the lead role in 'Taxi Driver'?
  • What is the official airline of the Republic of Ireland?
  • What is the longest running radio program in the US?
  • What was the first feature-length cartoon movie with color and sound?
  • Where were the 2004 Summer Olympics held?
  • What Beatles song is named for a street in Liverpool?
Elizabeth took the time to figure out what the first and last letters of the bottom row of the keyboard are (Z and M), and which of the seasons is longest (summer). We were thoroughly stumped by the radio show question (answer below), and one that I have just now learned we completely mis-heard: What did John Logie Baird invent? (we heard "John Yogi Bear"!!) The answer was television, although I'm not sure everyone agrees. One of the teams said the sleeping bag! (we were all thinking Hanna-Barbera, of course... ) E's brother Nick was there to help out, but I think I like having the team of just girls.

Answers:
  • Tarzan
  • Bridge
  • Uri Geller
  • David Niven, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Sean Connery, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan
  • The ear
  • Kirk Douglas
  • London
  • Warren Beatty
  • Robert DeNiro
  • Aer Lingus
  • The Grand Ole Opry (nobody got this one!)
  • Snow White
  • Athens
  • Penny Lane
Can Clueless in Clarendon go 3-for-3? Find out next Tuesday!

Always a bridesmaid...

Well, ok, I wasn't actually a bridesmaid this time, thank goodness. (the bridesmaid dresses were celery-green and strapless, I don't think that would have looked that good on me!)

Anyway. The wedding was Sunday. The new Dr. and Mrs. (or is it Dr. and Dr.?) Miller are in Hawaii already, for two weeks. The wedding was at Washington Hebrew, in the little chapel. The huppah was beautiful, it was made from a 14th century Indian scarf (or something like that... I have to find the little program booklet to be sure) that Becky's mom found in an antique shop many years ago. It has become a family tradition to use it for the huppah when they get married. The rabbi was ok... I liked the woman rabbi who did Kenny and Melissa's wedding better (but that was six years ago, and she's from Amherst).

The party was at the Fairmont. It's a beautiful hotel, it's really too bad we couldn't be outside in the garden, the weather started sprinkling. I had a great time sitting with the Maret high school crew. It's sort of odd that I'm better friends with Ryan and Kenny and the people they went to high school with than I am with the people *I* went to high school with. But anyway.

I have posted the photos on KodakGallery, but here's a cute one:



Left to right: Jamie, Jessica, Joel, Ryan, me, and Kenny

The food at the wedding, btw, was excellent. Artichoke and baked brie salad with greens, crabcake and filet entree, and a trio of lovely small desserts (chocolate tart, strawberry sorbet, and creme brulee). YUM.

Jess and I were the last two people at our table... we had to tell the waiters to stop pouring champagne and not serve more than two slices of cake! The whole party managed to go rather quickly... we left after the cake had been cut and the couple had been hoisted on chairs for the Hora. (you can see pics of that, too) and I made it home in time to see Grey's Anatomy! :)

Monday, May 08, 2006

I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted!

I know I've said this before, but I feel like I need a weekend to recover from my weekend!

Friday night we went to the Nats game... and they WON! :) Having been to the longest game ever with Jen on Wednesday night (Nats lost to the Marlins 6-5, but it wasn't over until 11pm), it was nice to go to a relatively quick game, win 6-0, and still be home by 10:30. Oh, that sounds bad. Yes, I'm old. This was the first time I got to sit in my 1/4-season-tickets seats, and they're pretty darn good -- just past the first base line in the lower section of the upper deck (408, if you're looking at the stadium map). Next game I get is Memorial Day Saturday. :)

But it was so damn hot in my apartment (over 85 degrees) that I didn't sleep well at all, so Saturday seemed way too long from the start. To be fair, though, the day was much longer for Dani, who went to the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival for the first time. I'm sorry I missed it, I'll have to go next year!! (better start saving up money now...)

My favorite class at the gym is the noon spinning class on Saturdays. The teacher is really great -- she's probably all of 22 years old, she goes to GW -- but she knows all about the physiology of exercise, what it's doing to your heart and your muscles, and she plays pretty good music. We didn't have class last week - they told us her car had been broken into. Turns out some drunken idiot was *walking across the tops of cars* and fell through her windshield!! Her car was parked a block from GW hospital, so you'd think the guy might have stumbled in there, bleeding or whatever. Scary. (More evidence to support my long-held belief that People Are Stupid.)

After spinning, I rushed over to Potomac to the pre-wedding open house. I just barely caught the guys from high school as they were leaving, and got to meet adorable little Noah G. for a few seconds (since he wasn't coming to the ceremony the next day). Apparently when he's not in his carseat, he's a "whirling dervish"... all I saw was a cute little boy sitting quietly waiting to go home for his nap. heh. I'll have to go to NYC and see him in his element.

Ran from there to the Peabody's to pick up my race t-shirt and bib for the Race for Hope. Our team raised $14,000! Amazing. Scooted from there to meet Amy and mom and shop for a bit at Tyson's -- we got Amy a dress for her graduation next weekend (Master's in Communications from AU! Go Amy!!) -- I am the best personal shopper for everyone else... too bad I can't do it for myself! Then I came home. I was exhausted. and had to go to sleep early, because Sunday was Race day!

The race started at 8:30am on Sunday. Amy and I finished the 5K in a respectable time, just under an hour. I think I did about the same last year - it was nice to have someone to talk to this time! I came in 834th overall in the women... we ate our popsicles, drank some water, and went home. I was napping on the sofa by 10:30am! It was exhausting. and I had to save up my energy for the wedding.

Photos and blog from the wedding will be posted tomorrow. I'm too damn tired to do it now. ;)

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Starlight, Stallone, and a serenade = winners!

Clueless in Clarendon, against all odds (and much to our own surprise) came in FIRST at trivia night! Wooooo hooooo!!!

Let's see. It all started with Joan *abandoning us* to sit with the Mayor of Svenland and his team. (As it turned out, they came in second...) But she didn't particularly enjoy her time there, so I think she'll be back with Clueless next week. ;)

After the photo round, which was all pictures from musicals and thus very easy (May gave us Starlight Express and Oliver!) the questions were terribly difficult. We even complained to Patrick (who got himself an adorable haircut between last week and this). :)

The "tuchus point" (aptly named as E. pulled the answer from somewhere where the sun don't shine) was on the question about a singer arrested for alleged indecency in March 1969 in Miami -- who was that? Jim Morrison.

There were a lot of geography and history questions tonight. To what country does the island of Zanzibar belong? [Tanzania] Which country was the first to join with Nazi Germany in 1936-- Japan or Italy? [Japan. We got it wrong.] What is the most populous European country? Germany (that one we got) A U.S. bomber crashed into what building on July 28, 1945? The Empire State Building. What's the only US state that borders a Canadian territory? Alaska.

Then there were the entertainment ones- Name the movie set in 2032 starring Sylvester Stallone. [Demolition Man] Who played Rachel's little sister(s) on Friends? [Reese Witherspoon and Christina Applegate] What was the movie in which Morgan Freeman played the President of the United States? [Deep Impact]

May used her newly acquired medical knowledge to assure us that the substance with three oxygen molecules was ozone. She also was convinced that Monica Seles was the one who broke Steffi Graf's winning streak in 1990, and she was right. [We said Jennifer Capriati. oops.] Most Googled female athlete: Anna Kournikova. duh. (although not so much an athlete any more)

Some that surprised us: What country consumes the most ice cream per capita? Australia.
Who sang "Rich Girl" that "Son of Sam" David Berkowitz said drove him to kill? Hall & Oates. (drink one for Dani for convincing us she was right!) After water, what is the most popular drink in the world? Tea. (yes, May was right, we were wrong, we said Coke.)

The music round was not nearly as much fun as last week, but it started off well -- Patrick decided that instead of 70's music (which we had all studied), he would sing "Power Ballads." oy vey. First was Elton John's "Our Song," which he serenaded Elizabeth with! Unfortunately, she absolutely hates being singled out in a crowd, so she was a little uncomfortable. But she did give him a kiss on the cheek afterwards. :) awww... Then he sang, "Tonight, I celebrate my love for you" -- Peabo Bryson and Roberta Flack. (we think we got half points for PB.) Then came "Up Where We Belong" -- one of my favorite songs, from An Officer and a Gentleman. [Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes, although the question asked for the two men who sang it - the other was Kenny Rogers.] The fourth song was a Lou Reed song that we didn't get when Patrick sang it (poor boy was very tired tonight...) and finally, "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - [Bonnie Tyler] -- which we sang as loudly as we could. 3.5 out of 5 ain't bad. ;)

At the end, Patrick read off the third place team, then the second place team (Joan and the folks from Svenland), and then he started saying he was glad that the first place team had finally won, they had been coming in second for a few weeks now ... and then he was standing next to US! We were totally flabbergasted. I believe my exact words were "How the hell did that happen?" But we wouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth! So I think Saturday night we will be spending our winnings (a $50 RiRa gift card) at the bar! (where Patrick will be bartending...) I think I'll bring my camera. :)