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A Sexy Explosion of Purple Sass

Updated: 2018-02-05T15:00:35.810-05:00


April Already. How Did That Happen?


Good Evening, Kittens.

So, what's new and exciting in your lives?  I'm doing laundry.  Yay!  And, drinking a martini.

I suppose I should try to catch you up on all that's going on in my life, except not much is going on in my life.  Just the usual: Work. Sleep. Eat. SteamyHotButtsecks. Pottery. Tap. Tappitytappitytaptap. And running.

I have signed up for the Asheville Half Marathon in June.  I know.  WTF, right?  Normally, I wait for a Fall Half.  But, I figured I need to visit the Parental Units and Asheville is close to their town. The course is hilly as all get out.  I'll survive somehow.

Cuddly Little Boo Bear McLovin' has signed up for the Wildwoods 8K in NJ in May.  I'll be sidekickin' it there.  He doesn't want me to run (fine by me!).

Of course, it's the weekend after my work trip to (wait for it) MIAMI!  Oh, yeah.  The reward for being sent to Detroit in February is a May trip to the Land of the Dolphins.  HashtagWINNING!

If all goes well, I have several other work-related trips in my very near future: Detroit (again) in May, LA and San Francisco in June, and St. Louis in July.  Busy Busy Busy.

OH, how about that cute UMass basketball player (Derrick Gordon) coming out?  Good on him!  We need more cute athletes to come out!  Yes, we do :-)  With each one, it gets easier for the others, I think.

How about some pottery?  This is the only thing new-ish that I haven't posted here:

It was supposed to be a utensil stand, but it's a bit too short (6")

I have 5 more vases/drinking vessels/somethings that will be glazed in a similar manner, but weren't finished by the end of the last session.

The new session (which starts tomorrow.  yay!) is going to be the Session of Large Things (Like bowls and platters).  I have a LOT of clay that needs to be used up.

I guess we are all caught up now.  Huzzah!


Weekend Update: The Best Day of the Year Edition


Hello, Kittens!I hope you all remembered that Monday was the Best Day of the Year!  And, I had a super-fantastic 4-day weekend to celebrate it!On Friday, I picked up the rental car and, after running a few errands (in which a "few errands" means "eating lunch and buying booze"), I drove to pick up Mike (Who Makes Cakes).  Then, we drove to pick up my cuddly little boo bear, M.And, then, we all drove to Virginia Beach.It. Took. For. EVER!Once we arrived, we checked in to our fabulous resort hotel and, then, went out to dinner. I may have had a few cocktails.Then, Mike (Who Makes Cakes) and I chilled in the hotel bar, whilst M (who may have had a few too many cocktails) went to bed.  Boo Bear just can't hang with the big boys ;-)  LOLz.Saturday was ABSO-fucking-LUTELY gorgeous.  After breakfast, we walked to the Virginia Beach Convention Center so I could pick up my (and Tomokito's) Shamrock Half Marathon runner's packets. Mike (Who Makes Cakes) was doing extra shopping, so M and I walked back to the hotel via the Boardwalk and (a not very delicious) lunch.That evening, we had a late dinner at a very yummy restaurant.  And, then, drove to the airport to pick up Tomokito.The next morning, I got up VERY early to run the half marathon.Here is a video (Listen closely, you can hear M's very sexy voice and my ... um ... not so sexy voice): allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='320' height='266' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />The run was ... hm ... well, on the plus side, I ran a PR of 1:51:35.  Yay me!  BUT, the course was soooooo boring.  Yawn!  BUT, afterwards, we got FREE BEER!  Mmmmm!  BUT, it was cold and way too early to drink four free beerz.  So, I only had one.  And then I went back to the hotel and cleaned up. The four of us had a lovely breakfast.  And, then, we played games and drank Guinness and Irish Hard Cider until dinner.Dinner was yummy.  AND VEGAN!Monday morning (the Best Day of the Year!), we woke up, packed, ate breakfast, and drove home - where it had snowed!  Like 5 inches!  I have always dreamed of a white St. Patrick's Day.  Ok.  No I haven't.  I'd rather my SPD (aka tBDotY) be full of sunshine and daffodils. M gave me a supercute birthday gift - a running shirt with this image on the front: And, on the back it says "Drinker with a Running Problem."  CUTE! M and I went out to my favorite Irish Pub for dinner - El Golfo!  I had spinach enchiladas!  and Negro Modelo!  And, then, we headed home to drink and watch DVDs.  YAY!And, then, we went to bed because, well, work.  Blah.BUT, overall a fab day (and weekend!).  I hope yours was as well.*smooches*[...]

Catching Up + Pottery


Good evening, Kittens!

How the heck did it become March already?  On the plus side of the time flying is that it is almost the Best Day of the Year!  YAY!

What happened last month?  Hmmmm ... M and I had a bit of a spat, but we made up. I went to Detroit for work.  Detroit.  In February.  I kinda hate my boss (except, I really like my boss(es) and they felt bad about sending me to Detroit, so I also get to go to Miami in May.  Oh, yeah~!).  BUT, I did get to hang out with the SuperFantastic Cuzin and (the blogger formerly known as) GayProf.

As is my usual MO, I also made pottery.  Here are some photos:

A flower pot, because I accidentally put my finger through the bottom while painting on the slip design ... oops


An OK ish mug


A teacuppy thing (obviously I need to work on my handle pulling)


A Japanese-style teacup (because it was too dry to attach a handle.  bah.)


A bowl with some glaze crawl (maybe it gives it personality?)


And, possibly, the best thing I've glazed in a long time


It's a little heavy, but I kind of love it.

Pottery ends next week.  I am, of course, continuing with my "studies." 

In other news, I am running the St. Patrick's Day 8K tomorrow in DC, and, next weekend, I am traveling to Virginia Beach to run the St. Patrick's Day Half-Marathon.  Wish me luck!  And, fingers crossed that my back holds out.

*big smooches*

10% Refund Challenge!


Hi, Kittens!

It is that time of year again - Tax Time!  I did my taxes this weekend.  And, since I recently donated to the Washington Animal Rescue League in honor of Miss Psychokitty Isabella's 14th birthday, I will more than likely be donating 10% of my refund to Food and Friends and/or the Whitman-Walker Clinic.

Those of you who are loyal reader-kittens of this blog, may remember that I have challenged you to donate at least 10% of your tax refunds in previous tax years, and, then, rewarded one lucky Challenge winner with a piece of my pottery. 

This year, since no one really reads blogs anymore, I will send a piece of made-to-order pottery* to any kitten who donates 10% of his/her refund and emails me proof that the donation has been made.  Please, when you send your email proof, include any pottery/design/color preference.  If you need my email address, leave a comment to let me know.

Of course, since the pottery is made-to-order, you may not get it for several months (or longer ... sorry about that ... I am slow pottery-maker).

Deadline to receive any proof/requests is, of course, April 15th.  May the tax odds be ever in your favor.


*as long as it is either a mug, vase, or bowl.

The Last of the 2013 Pottery


Happy Saturday, Kittens.

On Thursday, I received the final three pieces of pottery that I made in 2013.  Here they are:

A handbuilt vase-thing ...


A (slightly heavy because it was too dry to trim properly) vase ...


Aaaaand, a handbuilt plate-bowl-thing ...


Stay tuned for exciting 2014 pottery coming soon to a blog near you!


Weekend Update: Norfolk Edition


Happy Snowy Tuesday, Kittens!

Over the weekend, M and I went to Norfolk.  I am not really sure why, other than neither of us had been there before.

It is not very likely that either of us will ever go there again.

There doesn't really seem like there is much to do in Norfolk.  We did some sightseeing.  We ate at some pretty good restaurants.  For the size of the city, they had a surprising amount of vegan/vegetarian friendly places.  We had dinner on Saturday night at an Italian place that had a separate vegan menu.  And, dinner on Sunday night, was the buffet at an Indian restaurant.  If I could remember the names of the places, I'd tell you ... y'know, just in case you ever find yourself hungry in Norfolk.

We didn't arrive until early Saturday evening, so we really only had time to check into the hotel (the Norfolk Plaza), which was nice enough, although it had seen better days.


On Sunday morning, we went for a 2.5 mile run.  It was COLD.  And, then, we had brunch at a downtown diner, D'Egg.  Then, we walked to the Nauticus Museum and the USS Wisconsin.  Touring battleships is kind of fun.



Then, dinner at the Indian place and a little driving tour of the downtown area.

Monday morning, we got up.  M went to a bagel place to pick up breakfast, and, after eating, we packed up and drove home.

I've uploaded some of my photos to the Flickr: Norfolk 2014.

We got to his place around 4, watched some movies, and "watched some movies."  Then, I left for tap class.

Tap class was difficult.  I must practice a lot this week.  UGH.

AND, I didn't get to bed until after 11, so I am VERY glad that the Federal government closed today.

I went for an almost 4-mile run.  Did some shopping at the Whole Foods.  And I plan on spending the rest of the day watching it snow, eating, drinking, ironing, and knitting.  Good times!




Hi, Kittens!

It's the New Year!  2014!  How the fuck did that happen?  And where did all these eye wrinklez and gray hairz come from?

ANYWAYz, it is the time when one makes resolutions for the New Year (2014!*).  And, here are my New Year's (2014!) Resolutions (in no particular order):

1.  Last year, I read 10 new books (I re-read a lot of other books, but only 10 new ones).  In this New Year (2014!), I resolve to read *at least* TWELVE NEW BOOKS!  I have already started with "Ender's Game," which a couple of my co-workers will not. shut. up. about.  So far, it is not too bad.  Yay! 

2.  Last year, I ran 97 times for a total of 431 miles.  This year (2014!), I will run 500 miles and I will run 500 more.  Just to be the man to run 1000 miles to your door.  A-hahahaha.  I kid.  I resolve to run 100 TIMES!  And, if those 100 times total to 500 miles?  BONUS!!!

3.  Last year, I blogged 30 times.  Ugh.  So few.  This year (2014!), I resolve to blog MORE!  No promises, blogging is so, like, 2010.  BUT, I am old.  It is hard to adjust to these new fangled technological things, like the Tumbler and the Twitter and the Instagram.  SO, I shall continue to post on a a semi-regular basis. 

4. Last year, I continued with my pottery studies and I began to learn tap dance.  This year (2014!), in order to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks, I will continue to take pottery and tap dance AND I will begin to LEARN A NEW LANGUAGE (possibly Spanish.  but maybe French)!

And, finally...

5. Last year, I bought so many, many supercute pairs of shoes (and boots!).  This year (2014!), I resolve to NOT BUY ANY SHOES (OR BOOTS**)***.

And, what were your New Year's Resolutions?

*I'm sorry.  I'm going to keep typing that until I stop typing 2013.
**Excluding the boots I just bought
***Until, at least, April 2014.

A Year of Reading


For my kittens who aren't my friends on the Facebooks ...

Rainy Sunday = Great day to blob on the sofa and read. These are the books I read this year:

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What you Can Do About it by Anna Lappe
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson
Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
The Trajectory of Dreams by Nicole McAfee Wolverton
Wool: Omnibus Edition by Hugh Howey
World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks

This doesn't include books that I re-read, such as the Hunger Games Trilogy, the Thursday Next series (books 1-6), among others.

I have been compiling a list of books to read in 2014.  This is what I have so far:

Last Night at the Viper Room: River Phoenix and the Hollywood He Left Behind by Gavin Edwards
The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Detroit: An American Autopsy by Charlie LeDuff
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jenniver Chiaverini
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 
Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by Lawrence Wright
The Woman Who Died A Lot (Thursday Next #7) by Jasper Fforde

What did you read this year?  And what do you want to read in 2014?


Move Along. Nothing to See Here.


 Hello, Beautiful Kittens.  I hope you had a wonderful December.  Apparently, there was a holiday or something recently. I was in North Carolina for the aforementioned holiday.  My mother forced us all to wear elf hats as we opened presents (on Xmas Eve, because I flew back home on Xmas morning).I had a good Xmas.  I received some very nice gifts.  My parents helped to pay for my new spectacles and for another session of pottery class.  My brother and his GF gifted me with lots of colorful socks and a cookie press.  Plus some other things. And, once I got back to DC, I had a fantastic XXXmas with M.  In addition to copious amounts of teh hot buttsecks,we watched a lot of streaming movies on the Netflix, including The Hobbit, White Christmas, and Blackfish. Yeah.  It seems like we are in it for the long haul.  He gave me Apples to Apples (which, he reminded me, we played at a game night with Mike (Who Makes Cakes), who I ran into just the other day in the metro station after a work happy hour and I nearly introduced him to my co-worker as "Mike (Who Makes Cakes)") and an HDMI cable for my new DVD player.  Hmmm.  I need to hook that puppy up now.What did I give M?  THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE! *ahem* Not really.  I gave him a beach trip (with me) sometime this summer.  And, if you know me, you know that the beach is not my favorite place ... the things I do for the people I love ...How about another pic of me that shows off my cute new glasses (and my cute not-quite-as-new haircut)?  In other news (and perhaps this explains my lack of posting ... and the lack of a StickSteven 2013 Year in Review), work has been SuperCrazyAssBusy.  We had a major deadline on 12/15.  6 of my 7 teams made the deadline.  The 7th?  I don't know what happened.  Other than the fact that their previous facilitator did all their work for them.  And I don't play that way: Do your own work.  I will help you.  But, I don't have the time (or inclination) to do everything for you.  Also, work is severely short-staffed.  However, that should be remedied soon.  I hope.  This year, I will be assigned some new sites, including Detroit (near the SuperFantastic Cuzin and GayProf!) and Miami.  Let's keep our fingers crossed that the Powers That Be start letting us travel again because VUBOQ needs to visit Miami (as well as my other sites in Boston, San Francisco, and St. Louis).Lessee.  Last night, I went to the Kennedy Center to see "Flashdance: The Musical."  It was SOOOOO much better than I expected.  Admittedly, I had very low expectations.  I had some minor quibbles, but it was super fun and the music was enjoyable.  I think a good time was had by all.  It was much better than "Jekyll and Hyde" and "Sister Act: The Musical."  Next week, we are seeing "Elf."  I have high hopes for that one, too.  We shall see.I guess that's about it.  Eric from Baltimore is coming down in a little while.  Along with Tomokito, we are going to do a little post-Holiday Silver Spring bar crawl and food extravaganza.  Good times!Have a great day!  *many huge smooches*[...]

The Boys of Thanksgiving


 (image) Hello, Kittens.  What up?

Things in VUTOPIA are about the same as always ... work is fun, but superbizzybizzy.  Pottery class has ended until next year.  Sad Facez.  I am still taptaptappin' away.  I missed the most recent class because I had a cold.  Yuck!

So, you may not have noticed, but there was a holiday recently.  We call it Thanksgiving.  And, as is our tradition, my building held our 3rd Annual 10(ish)K and Brunch.  This year, because our normal hosts moved, I hosted the brunch.  It was fun.  My apartment looked like this:

I made tofu scramble, pumpkin coffee cake, and baked egg casserole with spinach, mushrooms, and salsa:

I also had cheese and crackers and a varied assortment of homemade pickles and sauces.

Other people brought delicious foods as well! Bread! Fruit salad! Vegan sausages!  And lots and lots and lots of champagne.

It was all quite tasty and fun!  But, I was quite happy when everyone left (around 2:30).  Silence is golden.

Afterwards, I headed to Virginia to hang out with M (y'know my ex).  We may (or may not) have had lots (and lots) of very hot sex.  And ate leftovers and watched a movie (Iron Man 3).  It was his birthday.  And, kind of an anniversary, because last year at Thanksgiving was when we reconnected (for the first time).

ANYWAY, I also met this other guy.  We had a date (and ... maybe ... hot sex) on Tuesday evening.  He's amazing.  Educated.  Handsome.  Funny.  Beautiful Smile.  Well-traveled. And supersexy.  Soooooo my type. There is one minor problem: He lives in Switzerland.

We had a second date Friday night.  It was also good.  He flies home this evening.  We have promised to skype.  I guess we will see what happens.

In the meantime, I will deal with M's insecurity issues.  And my inability to not be attracted to him.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

How About Some More Pottery Pix?


Since my last update, so much has happened (ok.  not really).  BUT, anyway, the Army 10-Miler was awesome.  I made it my bitch and took about 5 minutes off my previous time.  Yay me!

I am still taking tap class.

Last week, I took a Living Social Intro to Pickling class.  That was fun.

And, pottery is winding down for the Fall.  I still have a few unfinished bits and bobs, but here are a few more pottery pix for you to enjoy(?):

A bowl!

Two mugs!

A handbuilt mug!

All of them were glazed the same way.  When they were "leather-hard", I sponged black and white slip onto the clay. After they were bisque-fired, I used clear glaze and translucent blue glaze.

And there you have it.  Everything I've made (so far) this Fall is here in this set: Fall 2013.

Pottery Photo Session


I should be cleaning my apartment.  Victor from Philly will be arriving around 2ish.  We're running the Army 10-Miler tomorrow.  ACK!  But, instead of cleaning, how about some pottery photos?

This is a handbuilt bowl-thing:


Here is a bowl:


And here are two mugs that sort of are almost alike:


And, now, I suppose I should get back to cleaning ... ugh.

Still Shutdown ...


(image) Sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ...

It looks like M and I might be getting back together.  Recently, we've had amazing times together.  And, he seems to be open to us going to counseling.  I am hoping both individual and couple.  BUT, I haven't had the inclination to look into it because.  well.  I am stressed out about the whole stupid Government Shutdown.


As for the other guy I was casually dating (remember: the hot bad kisser?), I let him down easy.

WHICH, brings me to the title of my new book idea: How to Let Him Down Easy by Not Returning His Phone Calls.

I KID!  I did return his phone calls.  well, his text messages.  And I was all "this just isn't working for me."  Because it wasn't.  I don't get it.  He was super-hot. Smart.  Good job.  Nice guy. BUT, I wasn't all that into him.  *sigh*  I should have been.  Oh, well.

I have been baking a lot.

I made Carrot Cake Cookies.


And Cookie Butter Coffee Cake.


And, although this isn't baking, a fucking amazing Peanut Soup!


I am still taking tap dance.

And making bad pottery.

And I made more habenero hot sauce.

And I'm infusing some vodka with lemons and habeneros.


And, I should really work on updating my resume.  And applying for jobs.  Because who knows when (or if!) this stupid shutdown (which is keeping me from a job I really like) will end.

I should also clean my house.  And maybe do the ironing.

Or I could just watch DVDs and take naps and drink martinis.


Government (and Emotional) Shutdown


Hello, Dear Kittens!As you may have heard, the Federal Government has been shutdown since October 1st.  What you may not know is that this affects VUBOQ most negatively.  I have been out of work since that time.  My company was able to carry me on overhead last week; however, starting on Monday, I will either have to use up my leave time (which is not very much) or go unpaid.I would like to take a few moments to clear up a few common misconceptions.  Congress is working very hard (LOL!) to make sure that furloughed Federal employees will receive backpay.  However,  furloughed government contractors are not the same as furloughed Federal employees.  We will not receive backpay.  Additionally, Maryland and Virginia have made it Very Easy for furloughed Federal employees to apply for unemployment benefits.  Furloughed government contractors have to wade through the usual bureaucratic unemployment redtape.I will be calling my company's HR person tomorrow to check on the status of my health insurance.  I have no idea what happens in this weird grayzone of not employed but will have a job if the Republicans ever get their shit together and vote on a "clean" (meaning no stupid Defund Obamacare amendments) Continuing Resolution (CR).  I feel that it would be slightly ironic if I lost my healthcare because a handful of Tea Party House Republicans want to defund a healthcare program.Or maybe that isn't irony?  Is it like rain on my wedding day?Or ten thousand spoons when all I need is a knife?ANYWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY, I have been finding all sorts of fun ways to spend my furlough days (funnily enough, most of them involve alcohol ... or even more alcohol.  Oh, hello, Bourbon.  Will you be my friend?).I am putting photos of those Fun Activities on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter/Flickr.  Feel free to check them out ... somehow ... I am too lazy to post links.Last Wednesday, I took a Spur of the Moment Day Trip to the City of Brothers Who Love!  It was boozy, gelato, fantasticness!  I met (for the first time EVER!) famous author Nicole Wolverton.  Not only did she sign my copy of her (very good.  Go buy it now!) book, "The Trajectory of Dreams," she also paid for my lunch.  I had a vegan BLT.  It had no T.  So I guess it was actually a vegan BL.  Which seems kind of weird in retrospect.  It was tasty.AND, I got to hang out with BOSSY!  OMG! So fun!  We haven't been able to chat about life and booze and life and boys in So.  Long!  We had great fun ... and in this picture I am only half as drunk as I was about to be ...Other fun Government Shutdown Activities have included making cookies with a pregnant former neighbor, buying new pottery tools, pickling radishes, and watching the movie "In a World ..." (which was very funny.  Plus, free popcorn for furloughed workers!).Last night, Eric from Baltimore came down.  Along with Tomokito and SCGB, we went to Number 9 for cocktails and then Town for dancing.  Good times!  I ran into my super fabulous stylist, Leah, there.  Crazy!And, then, today, I had a third date.  With a very attractive high school English teacher, who is totally my type (but not actually a very good kisser).  And, I am not quite getting his humor.However, M (the ex with whom I am still sometimes having Very Hot Sex) and I are hanging out on Tuesday evening.  And, by "hanging out," I mean "possibly having very hot and sweaty buttsecks."  The last time we did this, it did not end well.  We didn't speak for over a week.  However, it turns out that he got mad about something very stupid an[...]

Mid-September? How Did That Happen?


Where to start to bring you up to date?  Hmmmm.

Worklife:  Work is still good.  I still like my job.  We are very short-staffed at the moment, but should be bringing on a few new people in the very near future (assuming their security clearances go off without a hitch, which -considering recent events- may not be that likely).  I am keeping my fingers crossed that Congress can get their collective heads out of their collective asses and not shut down the government.  I needz mah paychex.

Lovelife: This part is a mess.  I have resumed sexual relations with my most recent ex.  We both know that we are not good as a couple ... except when we are naked and having the superhot buttsecks.  I'm pretty sure that this is not going to be sustainable in the long-term.  But, I am enjoying the ride (so to speak).  I am also trying to date some.  We'll see how that goes. 

Runninglife: The Parks Half Marathon was fun.  I ran it in 1:56:41, twenty seconds slower than my personal best.  The photo above is me levitating to the finish. My next big run is the Army Ten Miler on 20 October.

Taplife: Tap class has started again.  It is a little easier this time.  I still have the style and grace of a drunk 3-legged elephant.  I'm sure with time and practice I will improve.

Potterylife: Pottery class has also started.  Here are a couple of photos of things I made during the summer. 



I also made a green bowl, but I gave that away before I remembered to take a picture of it.  Oh, well.

And, I guess that's about it!  Have a great day!

August Roundup


Good lord, kittens.  It's been awhile since I've filled you in on all the strange and wonderful things going on in my life.

So, let's see ...

Tap class has ended.  It was only 5 weeks long, but it was fun.  Most of my classmates are signing up for "Next Steps."  However, because that class starts at 8:30PM, I have registered to repeat "Intro."  It's like I'm being held back.  I'm in Remedial Tap.  Oh, well ... The "real" reason I'm staying in Intro is because I want to get home at a semi-reasonable hour on a worknight.  If I took Next Steps, I wouldn't get home until around 11.  And that is way too late for someone who has to wake up at 5:45 the next morning.  Tap class starts again on September 9th.  The day after I run a half-marathon.  Joy.

 Yes.  I'm running the Parks Half Marathon on September 8th.  If you're local, come out to cheer me on.  If you are hyper-local, give me a ride to the starting line!  Otherwise, I'll be taking the bus.  Ughz.  This will be my second half-marathon this year.  I've already registered for one of my 2014 half-marathons, the Virginia Beach (something) Half.  It's the day before my birthday.  I'm trying to convince some friends to run it with me as a birthday celebration.

Pottery class has also ended.  I will be posting some pottery pictures eventually.  Or not.  I haven't been overly pleased with my product this term.  The electric wheel is hard to get used to after years of using a kick wheel.  I have also signed up for Fall Pottery. It starts sometime in mid-September.  I plan on improving a bit.


My parents celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on August 14th, so I spent a fun-filled weekend in North Carolina.  Here they are departing for their honeymoon:


I'm pretty sure I was adopted.

Ever since I got the new kitchen (and stopped having constant sex with the most recent ex, with whom I may (or may not) have resumed having sexual relations ), I have been expanding my cooking skills into the World of Baking.  On Saturday, I popped my Cake Baking cherry.


It's a Mexican Chocolate Poundcake with a Kahlua glaze.  Pretty damn tasty, if I do say so myself.  Although, like most poundcakes, it could be improved upon by serving it with ice cream and chocolate sauce.

I guess that's pretty much all the news (or at least all the news I can think of at the moment).  What's been happening in your world?


Pottery Post


This pottery session has been filled with more disasters than triumphs so far.  Here are the first two finished pieces:


It's a mug.  The glaze on the outside is T(something) Gold.  I sort of like it. The inside is glazed with Nutmeg, which I also like.  There's just something about the mug that is kinda.  I don't know.  Blah.


This is a bowlyvasething.  The glaze on the outside is Nutmeg, which I like.  The glaze on the rim and on the inside is T(something) Gold.  I don't really like it at all.

Today, I glazed a mug and a bowl in Avocado.  And, then, I left, because I am sick and felt like crap.  Yay.

Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow


Yesterday ...

I went to work.
I had happy hour with friends.
I drank too much (four tom collinses).
I may (or may not) have made out with a guy who I used to date, who (later that evening) may (or may not) have made out with another guy in our group who I thought was rillyrilly cute.
Except I left early.
Because I was a little drunk.
So, rillyrilly cute guy became Fair Game.
I started texting guys in my phone who I haven't texted in a longlong time.
Some of them texted back.
I watched "Despicable Me."
I went to bed.

Today ...

I woke up.
I managed to get out of bed.
I may (or may not) have been a little overhung.
I walked to the Whole Foods.
I baked cookies.
3 dozen peanut butter cookies.
Almost 5 dozen snickerdoodles.
I used my new kitchenaid standmixer.
It's red.
 My new shoes arrived.
They are also red.
One dozen of the snickerdoodles cooked for too long.
They are like brickerdoodles.
 I tried to take a nap.
I couldn't sleep.
I watched "Despicable Me" again.
I pickled carrots.
I thought about going out to eat.
But, I decided to make lemony green bean salad with feta.  And pasta with pesto.
And 1 martini.  Maybe 2.
I thought about this blog.  And what I'm going to do with it.
And I still don't know.
I have eaten A LOT of cookies.

Tomorrow ...

I will run 10 miles.
I will eat more cookies.
I will iron many shirts.
I will have dinner and cocktails with Tomokito.
I will prepare for work.
I will not be sad.
I will not be lonely.
I will not miss him more than I already do.
I will miss him less.
And less.
And less.
Until he doesn't exist.

And, the Day After Tomorrow ...

That's a rillyrilly bad movie.
But you should watch it.
Just for the scene where the HeroTeens outrun the cold.



And, I'm Telling You ...


The moment my heart broke was when the bottle of sunscreen he threw in anger hit the wall above my head.

And, that was my weekend.


The Tale of the Platter of Trials and Tribulations


Good Evening, my kittens!Much has happened since my last posting.  I received a visit from a Famous Blogger, Professor and Author.  I have done many loads of laundry.  I have ironed many shirts.  I have drank (drunken?) many, many martinis.  I have started a new pottery session at a new studio.  But, all of these are stories for another time.  For, now, I must tell you the sad, sad Tale of the Platter of Trials and Tribulations ...Once upon a time, in a pottery studio far, far away, there was a pottery student who decided to make a fun platter.As he was throwing the fun platter, the walls became to thin.  And one of the walls developed a crack.His pottery teacher had a great idea.  By making diagonal cuts similar to the crack, he could create an interesting folded/braided edge to the platter.However, as he was doing this, the crack became worse, so the pottery student had to cut a half circle in the wall of the platter.He balanced that half circle by making another one on the other side of the platter.  He had an idea that fun handles might make that work.After the platter was leather hard, the pottery student trimmed the bottom to make it nice and light.Then, he added circular twisted handles where the two half circle cuts had been made and placed the platter on the shelf to be bisque fired.He waited a long time for the platter to be bisque fired.  One Sunday, many weeks later, he and K-Factor were in the studio.  He noticed that a bisque fire had happened, but his platter was nowhere to be seen.  He thought maybe it was still in the kiln and went about his business.Later, K-Factor said, "Hey.  Isn't this your platter in the garbage?"Um. WHAT?!?!  Apparently, someone had broken off a piece of the platter and -rather than leaving it with a note like a Thoughtful Person would do- threw the platter -which they did not make- into the trash.The pottery student was Very Angry.  And may (or may not) have left a (slightly) passive aggressive note.The pottery student still wanted to glaze the Platter of Trials and Tribulations, but the best glaze (aka Lisa's Favorite Blue) was all gone.  So, he waited ... and waited ... and waited ... and waited for the Studio Manager to make some more (fucking) glaze.She finally did.And he glazed the Platter.  And, he may (or may not have) applied wax to the spot where the platter had been broken as a kind of F-U to the person who broke the platter and then threw it away.And then he waited ... and waited .. and waited .. and waited for it to be fired.  And, the session ended.  And, the platter still hadn't been fired.The pottery student returned to the studio a few days after the "Final Firing."  Can you guess what wasn't ready?If you guessed, "the Platter of Trials and Tribulations" you would be correct.A month (or more?) later, K-Factor went to the studio to look for her Casserole of Trials and Tribulations (which is her story to tell).  It was GONE!  But, the Platter of Trials and Tribulations was (finally) ready and she brought it home.Ta-Daaaaaah!The pottery student is still trying to decide if he wants to keep it.  Or, maybe, somewhere ... out there ... there is a place for it.  Hmmmmm ...*smooches*[...]

Memory Lane



In preparation for a visit by a World Renowned Author, Professor, Ex-Blogger, I have been cleaning out my spare room.  During which, I discovered a treasure trove of memories.  One of which being the above drawing of a 48-hour chick embryo.  Which I made during the most difficult class I ever took, Comparative Vertebrate Embryology.

So, I posted the photo to the facebooks and a former classmate said she had also saved all her drawings and reminded me of the nickname we had given ourselves (ourselves being the 8 students in the class): The Pig Masters.

This was because we spent way too many hours every week in the lab staring into a microscope making sketches of cross-sections of a 10mm pig embryo.  Oh, yeah.  Good times.  And, at 3AM, things could get a little punchy ...

AND, then, tonight, I phoned my BFF from College (who was also in that class) and she was at her mom's house for the rest of the week.  Her mom is amazing (of course, everyone else's mom is always amazing).  She makes some of the best food I have eaten. And lots of it (which was very important to a college student).  BUT, we spoke on the speaker phone today and she was all, "STEVE! IT BEEN LONG TIME! HOW LONG IT BEEN? I THINK YOU SOMETIMES!  YOU GOOD PERSON!  YOU GOOD HEART!"

*sigh*  It's that sort of thing that makes one a little homesick, no?

AND, in other news, things with the BF are going well.
The house is nearly clean.
Work is cool.
And, I just got a promotion (by default ... the other guy didn't want it).
I am now a Senior Environmental Scientist/ (SLASH!) Deputy Program Manager.

Life is pretty damn good, no?


Catching Up


Good Evening, Kittens.

I can't even remember the last time I posted. I don't think it was *that* long ago. 

So over Memorial Day weekend, the BF (yes, over the weekend, we DTR'ed*) and I went to Pittsburgh (of all places) and Fallingwater.  Pittsburgh was surprisingly not awful.  We had good food.  Our hotel was nice (but I seem to have left a pair of chinos there).  People were friendly, which -being from the decidedly not very friendly DC/Metro Area- was a little disconcerting.  We adapted.

Here are some of my favorite pix (Have I mentioned how much I dislike Flickr's new interface?) ...





There are more pix available on the Flickrz.

After we returned from the trip, we got into a bit of a rather stupid spat.  It was all his fault, of course.  We didn't speak for several days (because he needed "time to think").  Finally, he admitted he was wrong.  And we spent most of this past weekend having very hot (and sweaty) buttsecks. 

So, all is well and right with the world! 


*Defined the Relationship (Does anyone else use this? Or is it something I invented?)

Two Thumbs


Who has two thumbs and totally got mad at someone for cooking him breakfast this morning?

Oh, yeah ...

(image) THIS GUY

I feel I was totally justified though.  The Certain Someone didn't start cooking until about 5 minutes before I usually leave for work.

Plus, I was stressed out because today was a Very Important Day filled with Lots of Things I Had to Do.  And I could not be late.*

Plus, all I could think was "I'm going to have to do all those dishes when I get home."

Also, it's hot.  My back has been hurting.  And,5 thousand other reasons that make it perfectly OK to get mad at Someone for Cooking Me Breakfast.


And one wonders why I am not alone ...


*as it turns out I was 20 minutes early.  I don't know how that happened.

Pottery Picture Post


Good Saturday Afternoon, Kittens!

Yesterday, I left work a few minutes early to pick up pottery from the studio.  Although, I have two pots which haven't been glazed yet and a missing pot, most of my pots have been fired.  The only thing that hasn't been fired is the Platter of Trials and Tribulations ... I may be able to pick that up later this summer.  We shall see ...

Anyway, here are a few pics of the Pots of Spring 2013.  Enjoy.


All of my photos from Pottery Spring 2013 can be viewed on Flickr.

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday!

Weekend Update: Elon Edition


Good Evening, Kittens!Pottery class has ended for the session ... the final Glaze Firing still hasn't happened.  I hope to have some Pottery Pictures (and possibly some Pottery to Give Away) for you by the end of this week.  We'll see ... I don't have much confidence in the speedy work ethics of the new pottery studio manager.ANYWAY, no class tonight means I have time to update you on my SuperFun, sex-filled weekend in the booming metropolis of Elon (and Burlington), NC.A couple of weeks ago, I received an invitation to a former professor's retirement celebration at my alma mater, Elon University.  I was surprised that she remembered me, and I needed a little get-away, so I rented a car, booked a hotel, took Friday off work, and drove down to North Carolina.I may (or may not) have had a certain someone come along with me ...Friday, we slept a little later than usual, and, then, headed out to pick up the rental. Driving is stressful,but, at least, I am wearing cute shoes.Traffic was awful.  I had planned to get to the hotel around 3:30PM, which would have given me enough time to shower and iron my clothes before heading to the reception.Unfortunately, we got to the hotel at 4:45.  Isa was already there to pick me up for the reception.  I had to rush around to get ready.  Not fun.But, in the end, we still managed to look fabulous.After the reception, Isa and I went to pick up my Mystery Guest, and we drove to Reidsville to hang out with another college friend, Elisa.  That was fun.  Lots of wine and snacks and laughs and conversation.Isa dropped us off at the hotel after midnight and we CRASHED.Saturday morning, we had breakfast and, then, walked around Elon University's campus.This is the building formerly known as the Student Center.  Isa and I would sit on these benches for hours gossiping and making fun of all the Frat Boy Clones.After lots of walking (in 20 years the campus has GROWN!), we had lunch at a cute little restaurant with lots of veggie options.I had a falafel burger thing ... and a couple of beers.Then, we headed to the outlets in Burlington.  Even though there was an Allen Edmonds store, I didn't find anything I liked.  *sad face*That evening, we had Mexican for dinner.  Yum.$6.95, people.  $6.95!!!And, later, I learned that having teh buttsecks 3 times in one day might be a little too much ...And, then, we watched "Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter" on HBO.  It was mildly entertaining.Sunday morning, we got up, packed, and drove to Durham to meet Isa for brunch.  And, then, we drove back to the DeeCee.It was sooooo good to finally be home.  Plus, I bought myself a present ...A case of Cheerwine! (although I've given most of the cans away)And, that was my exciting weekend!  Hope yours was equally as fun!*smooches*[...]