Sunday, April 30, 2006

A bit of a leak....

Originally uploaded by margejames.
I'm moving into Stegret's next weekend (oy so soon!!) so I had to find a new home for my ferrets since his dog would have them for a snack if they ever got loose. I used this site called and got a bid from a small shipping company based in Oregon that usually moves cars and boats, but takes animals to help pay for gas. Well before they picked up the ferrets to take them to my mom in Oregon (the best new home ever!) they picked up a new trailer from NC. What they didn't tell me is the thing was like the size of a semi!! They took a corner too close (or perhaps it was so big it never would have fit) and just bowled over a fire hydrant. It was amazing stuff. The water sounded like a river and flowed out of the hydrant and all the way down the neighborhood. Anyone who wanted to get in their cars where the water flowed had to brave it and ended up with soaked feet. A bunch of my neighbors came out and were wondering what happened (after the guys left). I just shrugged my shoulders. :)

Taste of the Nation (3)

Originally uploaded by margejames.
I really can't get enough of this event. For $75 dollars ($50 of which is tax deductible) you get all you can eat and drink from the nicest restaurants in DC for 4 hours. How about a mini-burger from Bobby Vans with foie gras sauce? Perhaps a strawberry/rhubarb margarita from Eve? Oh wait you wanted some wonderful lamb with some hummus from Lebanese Taverna. Perhaps some halibut served with spinach tiki from Indeblue? I now have a list of like 3 places I must go to and a some good memories.

(Year 3 for me, 2 for Stegret, and 1 for Gordo.)

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

A Challenge

Here’s a challenge for everyone. Try to go about your day, completing all your normal everyday tasks, but with out putting any strain or pressure on your left hand index finger. Not so hard you say…Ok I’ll admit it, on a scale of 1-10 it’s probably only a 3, but it sure is annoying!

Why am I playing this fun game today? Well it’s all Taco Tuesday’s fault. As most of you know (and those of you that didn’t do now) every Tuesday we make tacos and invite friends over to eat with us. We usually have at least 4-8 people so it’s a ton of fun and super tasty. We have the cooking down to an art. I know just how much to cook, what to buy, where to get the best deals, how long it’ll take to prepare etc. etc. But last night just as things were getting to the good part (i.e. when we eat) I realized that my new Tabasco (the mild/green kind) was not open! So I grab a knife and apply it to plastic around the cap in a downward motion. At this time I’m thinking to myself “This is dumb, if I slip it’ll go right into my….ouch!!!!”. Yep it slipped, it punctured and then it gushed and then I got upset because my tacos were going to get cold and I couldn’t figure out how I was going to eat tacos with a finger that was bleeding and I began to get frantic and and well that’s when Stegret stepped in. Apply pressure, I’ll make the tacos for you...and it all got better. I applied pressure, put a bandage on it and happily ate my tacos with a throbbing/half numb finger.

Was it worth it you ask? I have to say yes, those tacos (as usual) were soooo gooooood and without the Tabasco (which Stegret finished opening for me and declared that he was only able to do it since I had started it so well...ahhh). But damn if it isn’t annoying today, in fact now my right arm is hurting from over compensating for my lame finger. Whine Whine.

End of Story: Will I live? Yes, I will. Will I try to open a bottle that way again? Yes, I might.

Friday, April 14, 2006


Isn't it funny how one decision can send your life in a totally different direction? Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining...It's just always amazes/entertains me that all the planning I do for the future can amount to a pile of nothing or it can turn into everything. So I like planning because it helps me prepare for things to come and accomplish goals that I set out for myself. Then again I also like it when you are caught off guard and all of a sudden you are swept down a completely different path. And isn't it great when the path you get swept down is so much better than the one you had originally planned for yourself?