52 Weeks – Week 29

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After the excitement of last week, this week was rather low-key. I’ve been through a ridiculous saga with my car involving torque converters, miscommunications, broken air conditioning, and lots and lots of driving to Virginia. I finally got my car back fully-functional after eating lunch at Panera…Andrew’s new favorite lunch spot.

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On Saturday we went to a baptism for the daughter of one of Andrew’s friend’s. It was my first baptism and afterwards they had an insane party, complete with a candy bar in celebration.

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I made a passport holder. Apparently these are things. I’m not entirely sure why, but since we’ve got a big trip coming up, I figured it was something worth trying.

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I got bored and decided to make chimichurri sauce. Fun fact…no citrus in this recipe. It was darn good though. Tangy and delicious!

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52 Weeks – Week 28

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My travels for work continue. This time we headed down to Williamsburg, VA. It was a decent drive, but the payoff was stopping at Pierce’s Bar-B-Que. That stuff was good!

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My coworkers were kind enough to book it back up to MD on Friday afternoon so Andrew and I could see our final show of the year at the Kennedy Center.

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I’ve been looking forward to seeing this show for a long time. We got there early and as we were leaving the parking garage we ended up running into our realtor, Rhonda. She was sitting much closer to us. This was one time that I was really wishing we had those orchestra seats. Before the show, the actor/musicians were jamming on stage and the audience in the orchestra section could walk on stage and get a real up close view of the performance!

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After I took that picture, the usher yelled at me for taking pictures in the theater. Since it wasn’t during the actual show, I think it was probably alright. Andrew and I took our traditional pre-show selfie anyways.

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Saturday we had a belated birthday party for Andrew. We held a beer bracket. Four categories, sixteen beers. Thanks to Betsy for the idea!

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The winner was Ballast Point Sculpin IPA. Thanks to Ryan for the picture!

 

 

Andrews Beer Bracket Champion: Ballast Point Sculpin IPA from Rob! #Happy30thAndrew

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Besides beer there was some food. I made Jen R make a salad for me.

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Jen came down from NJ! When she got here, I was making a pie-cake.

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We had to leave the party early because it was the DCRG Deja Bruise (end-of-season party). Can you guess what the theme was? Also, apparently I’m a midget.

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I was in charge of providing desserts. I made Jen M decorate a bajillion cupcakes for me.

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Here’s the pie-cake iced and ready for evening. Not the most beautiful…but it’s a pie…inside a cake.

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This was my second time making a pie-cake. It turned out much better this time.

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Jen was a total trooper hanging out with the derby folks all evening. People really embraced the 80s theme. It was truly impressive.

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The next morning was my team’s end-of-season party. It was the perfect day to be at the pool…so that’s what we did.

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Jen got to try picking crabs for the first time. When in Maryland…

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This was the award I made for my teammate, Menace to Sobriety. You can rotate each row to make different outfits.

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I took off work on Monday and Jen and I headed into the city. The Building Museum has an interactive exhibit called “The Beach” right now. SO COOL.

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It was outrageously fun. We were four feet deep in a giant ball pit.

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Then, Monday night…the reason Jen was in town…TAYLOR SWIFT!

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We got the crew back together for another concert.

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Jen and I saw her together last time she was in DC.

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Despite some technical difficulties, the show was AMAZING! It ended super-duper late though, and after getting trapped in the parking garage for 40 minutes after the show, I was exhausted.

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This was one crazy weekend. So many fun things, so little time. Sleep is overrated. (Not true, I was ruined for the rest of the week from not enough sleep. Still, what a fun weekend.)

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Sunday Night Dinner – Chicken Tikka Masala

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SND - Chicken Tikka Masala

Andrew and I made our way down to VA to have dinner over at Jen and Evan’s tonight. I’ve been commuting back and forth to Virginia many more times than I wanted over the past week or so because of work and car troubles and other things that make me groan. However, dinner was a much better excuse to make the drive around the beltway.

The last few days have been atrociously hot  so Jen was smart to make dinner in the crock pot. Going over for dinner is great because what we’re having is usually a surprise and it never disappoints. Whenever we walk in the door I look to see what she has on the counter to try to guess what’s cooking. I’m basically never right, but it’s a fun game to play. I did successful surmise she was making something in the crock pot this week though!

Jen said this was a new recipe for them, and I thought it was great. The chicken tikka masala was bubbling in the pot when we got there. She substituted parsley for cilantro on the cucumber salad (thanks!) and the chicken was tender and flavorful. A garden salad and some warm naan rounded out the meal. I’ve never made Indian food from scratch (in fact it’s only been recent months that I’ve really acquired a taste for Indian food), but I’m inspired to try. 

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SimmieSunday Night Dinner – Chicken Tikka Masala