Friday, March 9, 2012

Cherry Blossoms = Visitors?

Well, I'm happy to say I have mostly survived my first winter! Sure, it was the most mild winter DC has had in a while, but it's definitely been worse than Florida. Now, I'm getting in the mindset for spring...and with spring comes cherry blossoms...and with cherry blossoms comes visitors! I hope! (hint hint)

I first noticed that spring was right around the corner yesterday when I was driving and this girl walking on the sidewalk caught my eye - she wasn't dressed all black or grey! She had on a blue skirt, white shirt and red jacket...and flip flops! This made me very excited since I haven't seen anybody wearing any color in months (except of course when I came home for the holidays - when I landed in the Jacksonville airport I looked like a goth with my new "all black" attire and everyone dressed in pink and purple gave me the creepy eye). 

But anyway, back to my point, we've had such a mild winter that they think the cherry blossoms will be blooming in just a few weeks! They've predicted the peak bloom time to be 3/24-3/31.  So here's your official invite to come visit me at the end of March or in April! :)

Monday, February 20, 2012

How much is a free drink worth?

So, as some of you know, lately I've been expanding my dating adventures. I went into this thinking...well, if nothing else, it's a free drink, right? But now, after a few dates with a few random guys, I'm starting to wonder, how much is a free drink worth?

Now, don't get me wrong.  All of these guys have been interesting in their own ways.  But you all know how easily I can eliminate a guy, and DC has not taken that out of me.  Here are just a few snippets:

One guy told me about how his mom is dying for him to have kids so she has some "normal" grandkids because his brother has some redneck kids from a variety of different women...none of whom he's actually dating or married to at this point.

Another guy told me that he goes straight home after work to play video games and then he stays up until about 2 am playing.  And he couldn't believe that his roommate had the audacity to give him a hard time about it and make fun of him for never working out. By the way, he's a US Marshal...scary to think I could probably out run him, right?

And my all-time favorite - I had a guy tell me that even though he's short, he'd be willing to wear "shape ups" to get a little taller if I prefer taller guys.

So, here's what I've learned: If by 30 minutes into the date, I'd rather be cleaning my condo and eating sour patch kids than hanging out with him, it's not worth the free drink.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Becoming a Washingtonian?

So, as the winter continues on, I've been thinking that I might be turning into a Washingtonian. Now, I knew if I stayed here for a while, this would probably happen eventually.  But I never knew it would happen THIS quickly.  Here are a few signs:

1. A few nights ago, I went over to a friend's house and it was 47 degrees out. I determined that this was "warm enough" to justify going in flip flops and a sweatshirt. No jacket needed for this warm winter night! Now, let me remind you that the first week that I moved here in August, it was in the low 70s in the evenings and I was covered in goosebumps!

2. I'm in the middle of doing laundry.  I used to divide my laundry by colors and whites. I now separate it by blacks and whites.  I blame the girl who made fun of my pink umbrella for completely traumatizing me into wearing only black.

3. Last week it was in the 60s and sunny, and I raved about how warm and beautiful the weather was outside. In Florida, 60s would have completely justified Uggs.

4. I complain about waiting for metro if the time for the next train is over 3 minutes.  When I first moved here, I couldn't understand why people cared if you had to wait 10 to 15 minutes for a train. I'm now THAT person.

5. I LOVE brunch and happy hour. These are 2 of my favorite things about turning into a Washingtonian.  At least if I have to be grumpy over the metro and look depressed in my all black outfits, at least I can drink mimosas and eat french toast on a Sunday afternoon with 90% of the other people in this city.  Who by the way, are also dressed in all black and completely grumpy!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

362 Days of Flossing to Go

So, I'm starting to regret complaining last month when the high was 60. This morning, I woke up and headed to the gym to find out it was 17 degrees out, and it felt like 8 degrees with the wind chill. I'm pretty certain that's officially the coldest temperature my body has ever been in! So, as the day went on, I though...maybe instead of working out and getting fit, I should plump up with some fat for protection. So, on came the cookies. Surprisingly though, I'm still doing better with sweets than I was during the end of 2011. So, all in all, 2012 is still a far! :)

Speaking of, I really like new years resolutions. I like getting a fresh start (even if I end up completely forgetting what my resolutions are later). But for now, here's what I've come up with:

1. Floss every day. I've always been a really good flosser, but I definitely skipped a few days here and there. So, here's to 366 days of flossing.

2. Take my vitamins every day. Geez, I'm feeling old that these are my first two resolutions.  But seriously, I realized how many days of vitamins I skipped when I went to take my vitamin on January 1st and realized that my vitamins expired in 2011 (This worried me not only because of my bad vitamin taking habits, but it also made me feel a bit like I was becoming my mom...the list of expired things that she's tried to put into my mouth would frighten child services....even though I'm 28.)

3. Work out six days per week. This actually has been somewhat easy recently (although it is only 4 days into the new year). I FINALLY found a new hot yoga studio. It's definitely not Blue Moon, but I knew I would never find anything that great. But for DC, this one is pretty cool.  So between that and Body Pumping and Spinning at Gold's, I'm hoping this resolution will stick.

4.  Focus more on the people and things that matter, and less on the ones that don't. This will be the toughest one, because I really take things to heart and tend to put too much focus on how my friends and people around me are feeling.  This year, I'm being selfish, and whatever effort I have leftover for anybody or anything else is going to the people and things that really matter.  As for the rest, I'm leaving it (and them) behind in 2011.

Well, I'm off to floss...