52 Weeks – Week 4

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I made my first naked cake this week. It unexpectedly took me forever (although I should have known that the simplest designs always take the longest). I thought it was going to take a few hours and it was past midnight when I started cleaning up.

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I had made an extra 6″ cake that I was going to use to practice my piping skills on, but by the time I finished the other cake, I just wanted to go to bed so I decorated this cake with leftover icing in five minutes.

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Andrew was in class all weekend which meant I had a lot of free time to work on my projects. I made throw pillows for our newly reupholstered couch. I made the one with the buttons.

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I took the metro into the city. I haven’t taken the metro in a while. I got two stops from my destination when the train stopped for a good 20 minutes because they were single tracking.

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A bunch of us from DC went up to Baltimore to watch the Charm City Rollergirls season opener. The scores were very lopsided.

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After the bout we went to Paper Moon Diner. The decor is…eyecatching.

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We had lamb ragu for Sunday Night Dinner.

Lamb Ragu

Monday we sat and watched the news of the gigantic snowstorm happening a bit north of us. I think a lot of people here had some snow envy. We just got a pitiful dusting.

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However, Melissa and I did have matching dinners up the east coast. Frozen lasagnas are acceptable, if not a little disappointing.

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It’s bout week which means it’s bake sale time.

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Sunday Night Dinner – Lamb Ragu

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Lamb Ragu

So after a year of Sunday Night Dinners, we finally had our first repeat meal. I think that’s pretty impressive all things considered. Jen and Evan made us lamb ragu for dinner and it was as delightful and tasty as I remember. Also, this is a much better picture.

With news of the impending storm (good luck New England) we lamented over the pitiful snow we’re likely to see and reminisced about Snowmaggedon. Jen and I wistfully remembered snow days growing up in MA and CT and the joy of waking up early just to find out if school was canceled. Then it was a day spent shoveling snow in piles over our heads and cozying up inside with hot chocolate and TV. Alas, down here in MD, there’s usually less snow, more panic, and crazy driving. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a blanket of snow in the morning (but it’s currently 43° outside, so that doesn’t seem likely).
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52 Weeks – Week 3

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Andrew and I went to the movies and beforehand we got dinner at Five Guys. It took me a while to warm up to them, but dang, they make good burgers. The fries? Eh, I can take ‘em or leave ‘em, but they sure give you a healthy serving.

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Friday evening I went out with Liz and Betsy for happy hour and dinner. Since I hate beer, I got a pear and blackberry cider. It was gross. I could only a quarter of it because it was too syrupy sweet for my taste.

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We went to a place called The Ale House which has the most nondescript sign. It looks like a sad, generic little place, but inside it’s actually quite busy and the food is really good. It was a pleasant surprise.

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Andrew was away this weekend which meant I had free reign of the house. Since my schedule was light, I ended up making good progress on my projects. I got the entire table frame together before I lost momentum. Yup, I put it together in our dining room, right next to the old table. It was a little crowded.

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Being trying to decide which color to stain it. I’ve been talking to a lot of people and learning a lot about this whole process. It’s a little nerve-wracking, because after all the work you put into building the table, you want to make sure the finish looks good.

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For the first time in three years, I had a sudden craving for a Chipotle burrito. I haven’t been in a Chipotle for a while, but it seems to be burritos are going out of style. Are burrito bowls the hip things to get nowadays? Someone enlighten me for my next burrito trip in three years.

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I’ve been off-skates at derby practice for the last month because of a knee injury. Watching my team doing a paceline around the track was making me dizzy.

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Getting to hang out with this girl is always the best. Her family isn’t so bad either. ;P (Also, she’s worthy of the actual camera instead of just phone cameras.)

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We went to the CAPS game against the Edmonton Oilers. The CAPS led the entire game despite it being a somewhat lazy game. And then somehow they managed to let the Oilers tie it up in the third and then lose in a shootout. Cool to see a shootout, disappointing game to watch.

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