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19 December 2007 @ 06:13 pm
Gretchen, Dan, and I watched Sweeny Todd last night. It made me sad. It had all of the perfect elements to make the WORLD'S BEST MOVIE, and I was bored through most of it. How can you take Tim Burton, Johnny Depp, and add a musical that I adored as a kid and get a bad movie? I just don't get it. I'm still sad. I know it is a musical (and generally I love musicals), but they took my favorite song out "The Ballad of Sweeny Todd" - and that is what I remember most from watching it in middle school. The other songs tended to drag along - it seemed that you heard the same song for almost the whole movie, which can get very boring. They almost seemed to be pretty love songs in my mind. I want odd, discomforting music! The only time the sweet love song is appropriate (in my mind) is when he was gazing lovingly at his barber's knife before he used it to slit a throat. All other love songs were inappropriate. Everything is very pretty, even when there is blood shooting up into the air, but that isn't enough to make me want to watch it again or to buy it. So sad.
18 December 2007 @ 10:36 am
Took my car in for the yearly state inspection this morning. FAILED. I have no brakes. $500 to fix.

Happier note... I rearranged my schedule and am going to see Sweeny Todd at the Drafthouse tonight!!!!! YEAH!!!! Anyone interested in going along?
12 December 2007 @ 11:52 am
This week sucks. I have always been able to see life from the bright side, never having to deal with depression, but I think that an entire 28 years of BAD has finally caught up with me. Individually the events don't seem that bad, and there have been a few bright lights this week, but overall this week has left me exhausted and bawling myself to sleep every night. Can this week PLEASE end soon?????

So this is what has knocked me over the edge……Collapse )
Current Mood: aggravatedaggravated
01 November 2007 @ 02:54 pm
Who says I am too old for trick-or-treating!!!! Last night's event on Embassy Row was fabulous. I love events done by Things to do DC - they are always well run and quite a bit of fun. We got candy from 8 different embassies/residences and from quite a few private residences as well. Highlights of the evening include: Collapse )

So, the total embassy count for 2007 is currently ten. Five during the EU Open House, I have gone to the French embassy numerous times for ballroom dancing classes, I attended events at the Chinese and Ethiopian embassies, and I went into Monaco and Romania last night.

My laziness caused me to pass up going to a free happy hour at the Australian Embassy (through my membership with the Smithsonian) and I also was to lazy to attend the Kalorama House and Embassy Tour, where I would have visited additional embassies. I still plan on attending an event at the Italian embassy in December, so hopefully I can hit 11 by New Years!
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
31 October 2007 @ 03:15 pm
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Last night I ushered at the Shakespeare Theater for the first time.Collapse )

On another, unrelated note today is HALLOWEEN!!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN ALL!!!! I am at work dressed in all black, with spider jewelry, and a black cat scarf around my neck. I'm counting down until this evening when I will be going trick-or-treating on Embassy Row with Things to do DC! Tonight I will be a flapper. Friday night I will be a belly dancer! Last Saturday I was a wench. Hopefully sometime next week I will be able to post pictures of all of my costumes!!!! I have realized that I am a complete costume whore. I think it's a disease!

As a last note, this post is in direct response to wanderingastray's comment last week in CT during survivedestiny's beautiful wedding, asking for me to update more often. I promise to try!!!!!
Current Mood: happyhappy
8 p.m. Friday, July 20
Information: 703-836-2498
Price: Free

King Street will be transformed into Diagon Alley, with local businesses and organizations offering Harry Potter-themed treats all night. Kingsbury chocolates, The Sugar Cube and Candi's Candies will sell wizard delicacies like chocolate frogs. Gadsby's Tavern Museum will offer tours, complete with herbology lessons. Dog bakery and boutique Barkley Square will host a costume contest for dogs. The Alexandria Symphony Orchestra will play music from Harry Potter films at Union Station. Other activities include trivia contests and wandmaking.

Copies of "Deathly Hallows" will be issued at 12:01 a.m. at A Likely Story Books. Preorder by 6 p.m. on July 20 and receive $10 in "muggle money," valid for any store purchase until July 21, 2008.
29 May 2007 @ 12:58 pm
I often hear people complain about DC - about the people, the traffic, and even surprisingly enough, the lack of things to do. I've never understood how it is possible to dislike this city. Sometimes I get into the rut of spending all my time in northern VA and forgetting about the activities available in the city, but when spring comes around I usually remember all the activities that are available to take advantage of. For people that say that DC is too expensive, they need to open their eyes - there are free and cheap events constantly in this city!

The upcoming weeks remind me of why I love living in DC:
Tonight - Free showing of "Love's Labor's Lost" for the Shakespeare Free for All
Thursday night - Dance lessons at the French Embassy ($20)
Friday night - Free HBO taping of Dave Attell comedy show at Lincoln Theater
Saturday morning - Free tour of White House
Saturday evening - Very cheap camping at Prince Williams Forest
Tuesday night - Free Drag Queen Bingo at Club Chaos
Friday night - Cheap ($18) lawn tickets at Wolftrap to see Jesus Christ Superstar

That's not everything I'm doing in the next two weeks, but it is a good example of the wide variety of activities are available in the city for next to nothing! Thinking of other examples of free/cheap activities that I enjoy….

Screen on the Green, Jazz in the Garden, EU Open House, Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, Restaurant Week, dancing at Glen Echo, Meetup language groups, the various festivals (Folklife, Cherry Blossom, Greek Festival, Scottish Walk, Crystal City Rocks, Taste of…, etc…), the parades (St. Patrick's Day, Cherry Blossom, Memorial Day, 4th of July), Torpedo Factory, and this doesn't even hit on the monuments and museums (Smithsonian, National Building Museum, National Archives, National Geographic Society Museum, National Gallery, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, Woodrow Wilson House, Tudor Place, Old Stone House, Frederick Douglass Site, etc…) that are available.

So tell me, what are you favorite free (or cheap) things to do around the city?
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
17 May 2007 @ 09:20 am
A picture from the EU Open House....

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15 May 2007 @ 12:27 pm
This weekend I attended the first ever European Union Open House. Twenty-three embassies opened their doors to the public this past Saturday, and in the six hours that they were open I was able to visit five of the embassies: Portugal, Luxembourg, Ireland, Bulgaria, and Germany. The event was well organized with many buses to transport people back and forth between the embassies, fliers distributed showing the bus routes, embassy addresses and hours, and each embassy was prepared with stamps so that you could have your "passport" stamped at each location. Since this was the first open house of this magnitude, no one expected such a large turnout - we averaged only about 1 embassy per hour due to the lines that were wrapping around blocks to get into each embassy, and when we did go on the bus to ride to the German embassy there was no room to breathe there were so many people stuffed onto each of the busses. Many of the embassies ran out of food and drink within the first few hours. I'm hoping that the popularity of this open house means that this will become a regular event. It was wonderful going into the embassies, learning the history about the buildings as well as learning about each individual country.

PortugalCollapse )

LuxembourgCollapse )

IrelandCollapse )

BulgariaCollapse )

GermanCollapse )

I do hope that the next president of the EU will organize an open house. I'm sure that it was quite expensive for the involved embassies, so it can't be very often, but it is an opportunity that you can't find anywhere else in the world. I look forward to visiting other embassies in the future.

On a completely unrelated note, last night I decided that James Cagney is my all-time favorite actor.
24 April 2007 @ 05:16 pm
Since 2007 started I have not been home for more than three weeks consecutively. It seems like I have not kept up with any of my friends because of this, but thankfully the next trip (excluding weekends in PA) isn't until September and that isn't even a definite trip! I look forward to hanging out with all of you a lot more in the upcoming summer months!

So, here's a not-so-quick look at everything that has been going on so far this year.... just a warning, I have quite a few pictures in this post (if it works correctly!) so don't open this up unless you have a good connection.

Here goes....Collapse )