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Life: Dirty 30 updates

This might be the first time I’ve had for almost 2 weeks to sit down, write, and update you on life as it currently stands.

photo 4(6)Two weekends ago, I traveled to Pittsburgh to celebrate Jenna and Sean as they tied the knot. I hitched a ride up to Pittsburgh with Kelly and her boo. To tie it all together so you get the connection – Kelly, Jenna, and I were roommates for 4 years. We had a lot of memories to share. We were there for each other’s ups, downs, and general WTF moments in life, so it was a really special weekend.

It was so nice to get away for the weekend; I, of course, had the best date at the wedding. All the ladies were totes jelly.

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Now before you judge, we brought Edward as a special guest since Jenna used to be (maybe still is?) obsessed with Twilight. She’s even met some of the cast members. He was, naturally, a hit! The evening itself was filled with love and laughter and I was pretty chuffed with myself for capturing this amazing moment…

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Just pure love. There were so many fun things about the wedding like the post-reception bowling, the tater-tot bar, and the cookie table; but the best was getting the mother of the bride drunk…a favorite past time of the roommates when we all lived together. Yes, that’s a flask. Get on board.

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It took at least a day to recover after all the shenanigans, but it was definitely worth it. I didn’t have long to rest until I was out celebrating my own birthday and moving into my very first place! I wasn’t feeling the over the top party this year, for whatever reason, so I just had a few girls together for happy hour on Wednesday and then a fun dinner/night out on Saturday around 14th/U street.

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But let’s rewind for a hot second, because I skipped right over moving into my very own place! It’s not much, but it’s mine…all mine! I’m still in my same neighborhood which I loved too much to leave and I’m now in a studio, but I don’t really need much more space. I did think about living in DC, but there were a few factors that kept me in VA and for now, I’m very happy with my decision. Maybe in a year, I’ll be ready to take that leap.

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Of course, it doesn’t look like this now, but there is definitely a long way to go before it feels like home. I’m trying to hone my inner John and Sherry of Young House Love and live happily in the in-between. Half the fun I get from reading their blog is seeing a space evolve over time, so I’m trying to relish that in my place. To get the fun started, I did manage to hang this fun octopus from the YHL collection they just launched at Target. Fancy, eh?!

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So yeah, that’s what I’ve been up to. I just can’t wait to bring you even more apartment updates as I DIY the shit out of the studio! Wheeeeeee!


Weekend review: Birthday celebrations

This past weekend was BF’s birthday and I waited until today to share because we didn’t finish celebrating until last night!

Like years past, BF’s birthday tends to fall on the Mid-Atlantic GAA finals, so it’s pretty easy to get all the lads together because everyone is already planning to go out. After many, many hours of sitting in the sun, we finally headed out in Baltimore for a good laugh. There were loads of birthday shenanigans and I even wore heels! It probably wasn’t my smartest idea, but I looked good. 🙂 Unfortunately, the only pic of the night, was a selfie I grabbed after a few drinks:


I think we both look funny in this photo, since we’re trying to not act a little tipsy (but I lubs it all the same). I also think I’m biting my lip which isn’t normal at all. All in all, the night was really fun and BF said he really enjoyed his birthday…success!

But it wasn’t over just yet; I’m quite the fan of extended birthday celebrations! Since we both enjoy tasty noms and since it was Restaurant Week here in DC, we visited Filomena Ristorante in Georgetown last night for dinner. I couldn’t believe how good the food was, not to mention the size of the portions! I think we both ate the appetizers, brought home 2/3 of the entree, and at least 1/2 of the dessert. I won’t have to cook for the rest of the week!

I tried to snap a few photos inside, but I hate being that girl with the flash and it was romanticly lit (read: kind of dark inside) for dinner. None of those photos really turned out, but I did mange to get this photo of the “Pasta Mamma” upstairs making pasta as you walk in. Isn’t she adorable?


So needles to say, if you’re in DC and looking for a really nice Italian restaurant – you can’t go wrong with Filomena!

And Happy Birthday boo, there’s no one else in the world that makes me smile like you!

Happy birthday to ME!

It’s my birthday today and I LOVE celebrating, so please excuse the little party I’m having on my own blog for my own birthday. While I’m here, I also thought I’d share the awesome gift from BF this morning:


It’s a double-sided grumpy cat tea mug, complete with Irish sayings. Isn’t it perfect?! Squeeee!!

Weekend review: April’s adventure

My official birthday is tomorrow, but this past weekend, I went to Orlando for a special birthday adventure. I knew I wanted to do something really fun and different this year. I’ve done the big parties in DC, I even had a themed party last year in Annapolis, and while I love celebrating with friends – I definitely knew I wanted an adventure.

BF and I have been planning this adventure since February and while it was a little pricy and a whirlwind mini-holiday, it was one of the best birthday weekends ever! I don’t think I’ve laughed so much in 2 days as I did when I was in Orlando.

The idea of the trip popped into my head because BF and I are Harry Potter fans, but you can’t go to Orlando and not also go to Disney – so we packed Saturday and Sunday with the most fun possible. I’m certainly paying for it now, but it was worth it!

We arrived late Friday night after work and headed for the hotel to prepare for the next day. We intentionally set out late (read that as not at 8 AM with the rest of the kids) on Saturday morning as we knew we’d be staying until at least midnight at Disney. We just had to see the fireworks and Tinkerbell fly from the castle in Magic Kingdom!

It was all a flurry when we arrived – took quite a few pics, saw the ‘Celebrate today’ parade, and of course did a little souvenir shopping. Here we are in front of Cinderella’s castle with the famous duo: Walt & Mickey!


We rode every possible ride, figured out their FastPass system so we could ride our faves again, and somewhere in there stopped for ice cream. Hey, it was my birthday weekend. Of course I was going to have ice cream!


I don’t know if I could pick a favorite part of the day, but the night displays were brilliant. Conor and I had put ourselves into the Disney mood when we bought ears and I must have had a permanent smile plastered to my face as we watched the Electric parade and the fireworks. Aren’t the ears the best??


I think we got home around 1:30 that night and I already had a blister on my little toe, but it was the best adventure! I just didn’t know how Sunday was going to top it.

On Sunday, we pulled ourselves out of bed super early to pack in as much park time as possible at Universal’s Islands of Adventure because we already knew that we’d want to spend at least half the day in Harry Potter world!

There was butterbeer, every flavor jelly beans, chocolate frogs, turkey legs, a visit to Olivander’s, riding every ride at least twice, and a trip to Hogwarts!


We even got to meet the conductor on the Hogwarts Express!


But with all that sugar and excitement, I definitely think both of our favorite part of the day was Hogwarts and the journey you can do inside. When we were deciding what rides to do again, both of us said that one first. Even if you’re not a massive Harry Potter fan, this part of the park is just unbelievable and could easily turn you into an instant fan!


We flew back this AM with bags in our hands and bags under our eyes. We also managed to bring back 2 extremely sore legs – I couldn’t believe the amount of walking we did! But it was without a doubt, the best weekend of 2013 (so far!). BF and I have had a lot of great adventures, but this one takes the cake. I don’t know if the next will live up to this past weekend, but it’ll sure be fun to try!

Look Mom, I’m flying!

Last year, BF got me a flying lesson for my birthday. I had plans to use it in the fall when the leaves were changing but that just didn’t happen. So I decided to wait for Spring. I originally scheduled my flight for March 31, but each time I tried to fly the weather kept cancelling me out.

Finally, after 4 different tries to learn how to fly, yesterday was the day! I got to fly with Bob from Chesapeake Sport Pilot, located just over the Bay Bridge. It was a pretty good deal – he did all the hard stuff and I did all the fun stuff. Meaning, I got to fly the plane, but he did the take-off and landing! 🙂

Flying was pretty easy, to be honest. He said most planes can pretty much fly themselves these days, but of course when I went to do it, making the turns felt terrifying and down right death defying. So after I’d had my fun, I went back to happily observing and taking it all in. Burning it into my memory so I wouldn’t forget.

Oh, and course, I took a few pictures. So much fun!

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Birthday shenanigans!

It R mah birfday today! But I couldn’t help but celebrate this past weekend with a little pub golf. If you’re not familiar with the concept – it’s really quite easy. Dress in golf gear, play/visit 9 or 18 holes/bars, have fun. Some professional pub golfers add in rules and set par at each pub, but I couldn’t be bothered with all that. I knew it would get messy on it’s own – no rules required!

Here are a few pics of the epic night out…

And just one more of me and BF…the cutest golfer on the circuit if you ask me 😉

It r mah birfday WEEK!

In case you haven’t spotted the countdown widget to the right, I’ll just go ahead and catch you up to speed. It’s my birthday in exactly 1 week, which means starting today…it R mah birfday WEEK!

I love to celebrate my birthday. It’s an amazing reminder of how lucky I am and I relish every moment, even that 2 day glow that comes after the big day.

This year, I’m celebrating all weekend long with a themed night out of Pub Golf on the Friday and a Snow Patrol concert on Saturday. Sunday will definitely be a day of rest and perhaps a delicious brunch.

I take the planning of my celebrations seriously. I plot out not only what I would love to do, but also what my friends would love to do and I plan. And by plan, I mean I set things into motion at least 2 months in advance. I know it seems overkill, but many of my friends are always busy and the only way to secure a time is to let them know at least 2 months in advance. So that’s what I did.

I specifically let 2 of my college friends know since they are notorious for making plans on top of plans. I knew it would potentially be a stretch for them to make it since I’m celebrating in Annapolis this year, instead of DC, but both were instantly down for it. I was excited. In fact, I was so excited that I have been talking about it with them for the past month!

Then, yesterday, both of them decide to bail (but only after I texted to ask something random). 1 sites money as her reason; the other sites ‘Easter weekend’ when in truth the second is bailing because the first did. How do I know that’s the truth? Because I stated it was Easter weekend when I first told them about the night out. Easter has been ruining my birthday for many years so I’m well aware of it. Sorry Jebus.

While I want to give out sympathy for the financial reasons, I just can’t. Not when you’ve known about it for 3 months. I also can’t  because next weekend she is flying to Vegas for a bachelorette party. I know those cost a lot of money, but my BIG night out is only 1 night. She even had free housing for the night, so not like I was forcing her into a hotel.

Anyways, needless to say…I am annoyed. Actually, I’m offended and have the exact opposite feeling I love and cherish about my birthday. I’m offended because I go to lengths to maintain friendships. To make sure they don’t just fizzle out when life seems to have us all running around like lunatics. And having both of them cancel for unvalidated reasons is an insult and just shows me that they don’t respect me.

I’m trying to let it go because I understand that I can’t control these sort of things, but I wish there was some way for me to tell them so they understood. However, I’m sure they think they aren’t wrong in their decisions so there’s really no way for us to see eye-to-eye. I’ll just choose to compartmentalize these feelings so they don’t ruin my birthday week. And by compartmentalize, I mean ignore texts and ridiculous excuses for the foreseeable future.

Of course, just as my anger was boiling to the top, I went to check the mail. And inside I found 2 lovely birthday cards from dear friends in England. And it magically wiped away my anger and I felt loved all over again. I felt appreciative of the genuine friends in my life and that no matter the distance, we’ll always be connected.

So I’m holding on to that feeling and dismissing the rest, not just for my birthday week, but for as long as I get to celebrate life, love, and friends.


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