Wednesday, April 09, 2014

April Already. How Did That Happen?

Good Evening, Kittens.

So, what's new and exciting in your lives?  I'm doing laundry.  Yay!  And, drinking a martini.

I suppose I should try to catch you up on all that's going on in my life, except not much is going on in my life.  Just the usual: Work. Sleep. Eat. SteamyHotButtsecks. Pottery. Tap. Tappitytappitytaptap. And running.

I have signed up for the Asheville Half Marathon in June.  I know.  WTF, right?  Normally, I wait for a Fall Half.  But, I figured I need to visit the Parental Units and Asheville is close to their town. The course is hilly as all get out.  I'll survive somehow.

Cuddly Little Boo Bear McLovin' has signed up for the Wildwoods 8K in NJ in May.  I'll be sidekickin' it there.  He doesn't want me to run (fine by me!).

Of course, it's the weekend after my work trip to (wait for it) MIAMI!  Oh, yeah.  The reward for being sent to Detroit in February is a May trip to the Land of the Dolphins.  HashtagWINNING!

If all goes well, I have several other work-related trips in my very near future: Detroit (again) in May, LA and San Francisco in June, and St. Louis in July.  Busy Busy Busy.

OH, how about that cute UMass basketball player (Derrick Gordon) coming out?  Good on him!  We need more cute athletes to come out!  Yes, we do :-)  With each one, it gets easier for the others, I think.

How about some pottery?  This is the only thing new-ish that I haven't posted here:

This came out nice. But at 6" maybe a bit too short for a utensil holder (which was the original idea) #pottery #nofilter
It was supposed to be a utensil stand, but it's a bit too short (6")

I have 5 more vases/drinking vessels/somethings that will be glazed in a similar manner, but weren't finished by the end of the last session.

The new session (which starts tomorrow.  yay!) is going to be the Session of Large Things (Like bowls and platters).  I have a LOT of clay that needs to be used up.

I guess we are all caught up now.  Huzzah!

*smooches*



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Weekend Update: The Best Day of the Year Edition

Hello, Kittens!

I hope you all remembered that Monday was the Best Day of the Year!  And, I had a super-fantastic 4-day weekend to celebrate it!

On Friday, I picked up the rental car and, after running a few errands (in which a "few errands" means "eating lunch and buying booze"), I drove to pick up Mike (Who Makes Cakes).  Then, we drove to pick up my cuddly little boo bear, M.

And, then, we all drove to Virginia Beach.

It. Took. For. EVER!

Once we arrived, we checked in to our fabulous resort hotel and, then, went out to dinner. I may have had a few cocktails.

Then, Mike (Who Makes Cakes) and I chilled in the hotel bar, whilst M (who may have had a few too many cocktails) went to bed.  Boo Bear just can't hang with the big boys ;-)  LOLz.

Saturday was ABSO-fucking-LUTELY gorgeous.  After breakfast, we walked to the Virginia Beach Convention Center so I could pick up my (and Tomokito's) Shamrock Half Marathon runner's packets. Mike (Who Makes Cakes) was doing extra shopping, so M and I walked back to the hotel via the Boardwalk and (a not very delicious) lunch.

That evening, we had a late dinner at a very yummy restaurant.  And, then, drove to the airport to pick up Tomokito.

The next morning, I got up VERY early to run the half marathon.

Here is a video (Listen closely, you can hear M's very sexy voice and my ... um ... not so sexy voice):

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The run was ... hm ... well, on the plus side, I ran a PR of 1:51:35.  Yay me!  BUT, the course was soooooo boring.  Yawn!  BUT, afterwards, we got FREE BEER!  Mmmmm!  BUT, it was cold and way too early to drink four free beerz.  So, I only had one.  And then I went back to the hotel and cleaned up.

Finished! Unofficial time 1:51:35. NEW PR! Go me! #running

The four of us had a lovely breakfast.  And, then, we played games and drank Guinness and Irish Hard Cider until dinner.

Dinner was yummy.  AND VEGAN!

Monday morning (the Best Day of the Year!), we woke up, packed, ate breakfast, and drove home - where it had snowed!  Like 5 inches!  I have always dreamed of a white St. Patrick's Day.  Ok.  No I haven't.  I'd rather my SPD (aka tBDotY) be full of sunshine and daffodils. 

M gave me a supercute birthday gift - a running shirt with this image on the front:

My birthday present from Marcus is this running shirt. On the back it says, "Drinker with a Running Problem." *hehe* #bestdayoftheyear

And, on the back it says "Drinker with a Running Problem."  CUTE!

M and I went out to my favorite Irish Pub for dinner - El Golfo!  I had spinach enchiladas!  and Negro Modelo!  And, then, we headed home to drink and watch DVDs.  YAY!

And, then, we went to bed because, well, work.  Blah.

BUT, overall a fab day (and weekend!).  I hope yours was as well.

*smooches*

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Catching Up + Pottery

Good evening, Kittens!

How the heck did it become March already?  On the plus side of the time flying is that it is almost the Best Day of the Year!  YAY!

What happened last month?  Hmmmm ... M and I had a bit of a spat, but we made up. I went to Detroit for work.  Detroit.  In February.  I kinda hate my boss (except, I really like my boss(es) and they felt bad about sending me to Detroit, so I also get to go to Miami in May.  Oh, yeah~!).  BUT, I did get to hang out with the SuperFantastic Cuzin and (the blogger formerly known as) GayProf.

As is my usual MO, I also made pottery.  Here are some photos:

A flower pot, because I accidentally put my finger through the bottom while painting on the slip design ... oops

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An OK ish mug

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A teacuppy thing (obviously I need to work on my handle pulling)

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A Japanese-style teacup (because it was too dry to attach a handle.  bah.)

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A bowl with some glaze crawl (maybe it gives it personality?)

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And, possibly, the best thing I've glazed in a long time

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It's a little heavy, but I kind of love it.

Pottery ends next week.  I am, of course, continuing with my "studies." 

In other news, I am running the St. Patrick's Day 8K tomorrow in DC, and, next weekend, I am traveling to Virginia Beach to run the St. Patrick's Day Half-Marathon.  Wish me luck!  And, fingers crossed that my back holds out.

*big smooches*

Sunday, February 09, 2014

10% Refund Challenge!

Hi, Kittens!

It is that time of year again - Tax Time!  I did my taxes this weekend.  And, since I recently donated to the Washington Animal Rescue League in honor of Miss Psychokitty Isabella's 14th birthday, I will more than likely be donating 10% of my refund to Food and Friends and/or the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Those of you who are loyal reader-kittens of this blog, may remember that I have challenged you to donate at least 10% of your tax refunds in previous tax years, and, then, rewarded one lucky Challenge winner with a piece of my pottery. 

This year, since no one really reads blogs anymore, I will send a piece of made-to-order pottery* to any kitten who donates 10% of his/her refund and emails me proof that the donation has been made.  Please, when you send your email proof, include any pottery/design/color preference.  If you need my email address, leave a comment to let me know.

Of course, since the pottery is made-to-order, you may not get it for several months (or longer ... sorry about that ... I am slow pottery-maker).

Deadline to receive any proof/requests is, of course, April 15th.  May the tax odds be ever in your favor.

*smooches*

*as long as it is either a mug, vase, or bowl.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

The Last of the 2013 Pottery

Happy Saturday, Kittens.

On Thursday, I received the final three pieces of pottery that I made in 2013.  Here they are:

A handbuilt vase-thing ...

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A (slightly heavy because it was too dry to trim properly) vase ...

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Aaaaand, a handbuilt plate-bowl-thing ...

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Stay tuned for exciting 2014 pottery coming soon to a blog near you!

*smooches*


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Weekend Update: Norfolk Edition

Happy Snowy Tuesday, Kittens!

Over the weekend, M and I went to Norfolk.  I am not really sure why, other than neither of us had been there before.

It is not very likely that either of us will ever go there again.

There doesn't really seem like there is much to do in Norfolk.  We did some sightseeing.  We ate at some pretty good restaurants.  For the size of the city, they had a surprising amount of vegan/vegetarian friendly places.  We had dinner on Saturday night at an Italian place that had a separate vegan menu.  And, dinner on Sunday night, was the buffet at an Indian restaurant.  If I could remember the names of the places, I'd tell you ... y'know, just in case you ever find yourself hungry in Norfolk.

We didn't arrive until early Saturday evening, so we really only had time to check into the hotel (the Norfolk Plaza), which was nice enough, although it had seen better days.

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On Sunday morning, we went for a 2.5 mile run.  It was COLD.  And, then, we had brunch at a downtown diner, D'Egg.  Then, we walked to the Nauticus Museum and the USS Wisconsin.  Touring battleships is kind of fun.

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Then, dinner at the Indian place and a little driving tour of the downtown area.

Monday morning, we got up.  M went to a bagel place to pick up breakfast, and, after eating, we packed up and drove home.

I've uploaded some of my photos to the Flickr: Norfolk 2014.

We got to his place around 4, watched some movies, and "watched some movies."  Then, I left for tap class.

Tap class was difficult.  I must practice a lot this week.  UGH.

AND, I didn't get to bed until after 11, so I am VERY glad that the Federal government closed today.

I went for an almost 4-mile run.  Did some shopping at the Whole Foods.  And I plan on spending the rest of the day watching it snow, eating, drinking, ironing, and knitting.  Good times!

*smooches*

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Resolved

Hi, Kittens!

It's the New Year!  2014!  How the fuck did that happen?  And where did all these eye wrinklez and gray hairz come from?

ANYWAYz, it is the time when one makes resolutions for the New Year (2014!*).  And, here are my New Year's (2014!) Resolutions (in no particular order):

1.  Last year, I read 10 new books (I re-read a lot of other books, but only 10 new ones).  In this New Year (2014!), I resolve to read *at least* TWELVE NEW BOOKS!  I have already started with "Ender's Game," which a couple of my co-workers will not. shut. up. about.  So far, it is not too bad.  Yay! 

2.  Last year, I ran 97 times for a total of 431 miles.  This year (2014!), I will run 500 miles and I will run 500 more.  Just to be the man to run 1000 miles to your door.  A-hahahaha.  I kid.  I resolve to run 100 TIMES!  And, if those 100 times total to 500 miles?  BONUS!!!

3.  Last year, I blogged 30 times.  Ugh.  So few.  This year (2014!), I resolve to blog MORE!  No promises, blogging is so, like, 2010.  BUT, I am old.  It is hard to adjust to these new fangled technological things, like the Tumbler and the Twitter and the Instagram.  SO, I shall continue to post on a a semi-regular basis. 

4. Last year, I continued with my pottery studies and I began to learn tap dance.  This year (2014!), in order to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks, I will continue to take pottery and tap dance AND I will begin to LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE (possibly Spanish.  but maybe French)!

And, finally...

5. Last year, I bought so many, many supercute pairs of shoes (and boots!).  This year (2014!), I resolve to NOT BUY ANY SHOES (OR BOOTS**)***.

And, what were your New Year's Resolutions?
*smooches*

*I'm sorry.  I'm going to keep typing that until I stop typing 2013.
**Excluding the boots I just bought
***Until, at least, April 2014.