Friday, April 30, 2010

all the cool kids will be there

Please come to this event! I'll be there, and so will Liz and Rachel!

D.C. Charity Chicks' Spring event will benefit Room to Read, a non-profit focused on literacy and education in the developing world. Room to Read builds schools and libraries, publishes local-language books, and provides scholarships to young girls in Asia and Africa.

There will be a silent auction and raffle at the event to help raise additional support for Room to Read’s activities. Event tickets are $25.00 and include one raffle entry. Additional raffle tickets may be purchased for $5.00, or five for $20.00 For more information on the silent auction and raffle items, as well as various event packages, please RSVP below or visit our Events page.

Cocktails for a Cause will be a fun night out with friends, music, food, and drink specials all evening. If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support D.C. Charity Chicks and Room to Read by making a donation on our site.Please forward this invitation to family and friends, and share it online.

Mezza Luna
1140 19th Street, N.W.Washington, D.C. 20036
(two blocks from Farragut West metro station)

Tuesday, May 11, 20105:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tickets RSVP to purchase your event and raffle tickets.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

my first wishful Wednesday!

Here is a fun new post post topic that I decided to participate in! Kelsey over at Seattle Smiths has a game called "Wishful Wednesday" and I thought I'd play along this week!

Question du jour-

What was one of the earliest jobs you worked when you were a teenage that you'll never forget for one reason or another!!

'I wish' .... I could go back and spend one day working at a job from my youth, and it would be ______!

The best job I ever had was the summer after my senior year of high school and freshman year of college. I worked at a golf course where I drove around in a golf cart and sold beer! Yup, little old 18 and 19 year old me was selling beer to 50+ year old men!
Best. Job. Ever.
Half of the time I would be working in the bar inside the clubhouse, where I'd make drinks, pour wine, get beers and also make sandwiches. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights, there were the leagues. I'd arrive at the golf course around 3:30pm (they'd begin at 4pm) and I would load up coolers full of ice and cans of beer and bungee cord them to my golf cart. I'd spend the next 3-4 hours driving around the course selling beer, along with candy bars and chips!
It was a nine-hole course at the time (they've since added a back nine), so I would just loop around the course, cutting between the greens. I was quite visible from most every angle, so I'd often hear someone yell "beer chick!" and I'd race over. The men played in teams of four, and the cans were $2 each. They'd take turns buying rounds, and would give me $10, and I got to keep the $2 tip every time! Most nights I'd walk away with around $100 in tips. They loved me.
The funniest story was one Thursday (Thursdays were the busiest, as it was the largest of the leagues). It had rained the night before, so the grass was still slightly slick in some spots. I was coming down a stretch between two greens when someone called me, so I turned to head that way. In doing so, I fishtailed a bit and somehow managed to flip the cart on its side! I flew out, the coolers flew out, the beer and ice flew everywhere.
It was a bit of a disaster. I had a walkie-talkie that I used sometimes to call Mike, who was the guy who cleaned the carts when they were returned. Sometimes if I ran out of beer, he'd bring more. I called him on the walkie and told him that I needed his help. He drove up, took one look at me, sitting in a mud puddle, surrounded by ice and beer, and cracked up. Of course, I was wearing white shorts that day. He helped me clean up the mess and I drove back to the pro shop. The pro took one look at me, cracked up and told me to go home and take a shower.
Even with that, it was the best summer job I ever had! Since the course was in my hometown, I knew many of the people that came in to golf. If they were tourists (it wasn't a private club), we'd chat about the area and I would make suggestions of where to eat and such. One of my long-time crushes worked there too, which always made it fun. He'd come in for lunch and I'd try not to blush throughout our conversation. I'd known him for years, as we had gone to school together, and our sisters were good friends.
I loved being out in the sun those days. I actually had a tan, imagine that! Steve is always amazed that I never snuck a beer while I was driving! It would have been way too easy, but I never, ever did, not once! Too many people knew me and my parents, so I was terrified of being caught :) Even so, I really don't think I ever considered it, I was a good girl back then ;)
Maybe if I ever become a teacher and have summers off, I will get a job as the beer girl again.
Best job ever.
What was your best summer job?

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

my closet overflows

Do you ever look in your closet and say to yourself "ugh, I have nothing to wear!" when looking at a full closet? Of course you do. Admit it. I know I do!

I did laundry over the weekend, so when I got home last night, I spent some time hanging things and folding things, putting them away and I noticed (as usual), that I have no space in my closet to hang things, because there is too much there! I try to regularly go through my closet, taking things out that I never wear and donating them, but despite that, I feel like there is never enough room for everything.

I hope I don't sound shallow for saying this- I use my closet for a lot of storage too!

Still though, I find things in there that I haven't worn in years, but I can't bear to part with, for sentimental reasons. It isn't as though my wedding dress is hanging in there, since I'm not married yet, and I don't have any children, so I am not storing their first outfits either. My sentimental items include this ridiculous pink furry sweater thing that I bought in Poland, thinking it was the coolest thing I ever saw (it wasn't!) and a fabulous leopard-print lined red trench coat that I bought in Luxembourg (maybe I should wear that the next rainy day?).

Things like that. Clothes can invoke memories. I can remember the outfit I was wearing when I met certain boys that had importance in my life. I can recall what I was wearing when I found out that my best friend was pregnant with her first (and only) child, my godson Jackson. I can remember exactly where I was when I wore certain things. Since these things (and others) are attached to happy moments, I don't want to get rid of them, even though I may not wear that pink fluffy sweater (maybe I should post a picture of it, and take opinions?).

Do you do this? Do you attach memories to certain articles of clothing?

Monday, April 26, 2010

we have a winner!

Remember my great giveaway from the other week? Well, there is a winner!

Katelin, of Gorgeous Footsteps in the Sand, it's YOU!!!!

Hooray, Katelin! How appropriate, as this past weekend was her birthday and she's getting married this summer! Katelin, consider this your birthday and wedding gift ;) Please email me your address so that I can send it out to you!

Thank you all for entering, and taking a minute to learn about the amazingness that is Scarlett Threads. Check back, as I love them so much that I will likely do another giveaway this summer. They have new apron designs out AND some adorable cloth bags!

run for your life!

Steve ran a 5K this weekend! It was for work, as there was a team of people who trekked to Columbia, MD at 7:30am. Yes, I went too. What a good, supportive girlfriend I am, eh? :)

Here's Steve, before-

Here's Steve, after-

He finished in about 35 minutes, which for his first ever 5K, wasn't bad! He came in well before many other runners, and met his goal of not being the last from his team to finish :)

I was so proud!

It was kind of cool being there, surrounded by all these runners. It was so early, but they had so much energy. Runners give off a cool vibe, and now I kind of want to be a runner too! It was rather inspiring, I thought.
My main reason for not running is my bad knee. I played field hockey in high school, and that did some damage to it, but it would be so good for me to run. Maybe I should get a good brace and take a jog around the park.
This may sound stupid, but I've never bought a pair of sneakers! Of course, I've always had them, but my aunt used to work for Nike, so she'd get them for us for free. It was great- we'd get cleats and sneakers, and shorts and tshirts, and whatever else we needed. Maybe I should have been sportier?! The sneakers I have now are way old, so old that I am embarrassed to say how long I've had them, so I think it is time to find a new pair!
Any suggestions for a new pair of sneaks?

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

a winner of a dinner

The other day, Katie posted a recipe that sounded too good not to try. It sounded easy and delicious, and I knew Steve would like it!

Chicken Crescent Squares!
Here is her recipe, with my modifications-
  • 3oz of cream cheese (softened) (I used the entire package...which was too much :) The 3oz didn't seem like it was enough, but I think I had more than enough chicken, so I had to even things out. I'd say more than 3oz, but not the entire 8oz in the package...maybe 6oz would be perfect)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter (softened) I used a bit more than one tbls...
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken (I chopped up a package of chicken breasts (the thin ones) into pieces and that worked fine)
  • 1 Tablespoon of chopped spring onion (I don't like onions themselves, but I like the flavor, so I sprinkled in a few shakes of onion flavor!)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon of dill (I didn't use dill, but used garlic instead!)
  • 1 Tablespoon of rosemary (I used basil instead of rosemary)
  • 1 8oz can of refrigerated crescent rolls
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter (melted)
  • 4 Tablespoons of crushed croutons or panko bread crumbs (I didn't do this)
1. Preheat oven to 350*.
2. Beat the cream cheese and softened butter until smooth.
3. Toss in chicken, rosemary, dill, onion & salt & pepper.
4.Unroll crescent rolls from can. Separate into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforated edges into one another to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture into center of square.
5. Pull 4 corners into center to make a sort of purse (or dumpling looking) shape. Pinch edges to seal.
6.Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Brush tops of squares with the melted butter, sprinkle tops with crushed croutons or bread crumbs. If you chose to do this step.
7. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
This is how mine looked---

They were super easy, and really good! Steve made suggestions for how we could try making them next time. Of course, he wants to add cheese...! He also thought about using shredded beef. I don't think that would work with the cream cheese, so I'd have to figure that out.

Have you made any good recipes lately?

Monday, April 19, 2010

too much travelling?

Is there such a thing as too much travelling? I never thought so, until today! I've been out of town the last two weekends. I worked three days last week and four days the week before. Last weekend I was on the west coast, in Seattle and Walla Walla, WA (and in Oregon for about an hour!), so I visited two new states. This past weekend, I went to Iowa for the first of six weddings this year.

I'm not sure why Steve is looking a bit goofy in this photo, but here is us at the wedding reception.

The wedding was at a lovely old historical church and the reception was held in a lodge at a local state park. It was low-key, like the other Iowan weddings we've gone to, where we were among the most dressed up. The wedding was on Friday, so Saturday we visited friends and then went down to the Amanas, one of my favorite places, as you know! It was a quick trip there, but I did go into my favorite quilt shop there and found some adorable fabrics, including some 1930's reproduction prints, which is my current favorite. They are too cute, so I am thinking up ideas of things to make from them!

My passport expires in October and I need to renew it now, as you aren't supposed to travel with it within six months of its expiration. This means that I've had it for nearly ten years, which means that I was in Luxembourg nine years ago right now. How is this possible?! I will admit that I was a little annoyed when I realized that its final trip was to Iowa. Lame! I should have planned a trip back to Luxembourg, so it could go back to its roots and travel full circle :) Yes, I use my passport travelling domestically's just easier, I find.

How was your weekend? What did you do?

PS. My giveaway ends this Friday. Have you entered yet?

Friday, April 16, 2010

dressy dressy dressy

I just discovered something fun. Kyla has a new project called Six Months and Six Dresses, which I find to be such a lovely idea! Funny, because I've recently been thinking about how I lack dresses in my life. I love them, but don't know why I seem to have so few! I wear them more in the summer, of course, but should expand them into my winter wardrobe as well.

Her challenge is to buy or thrift one new dress each month, throughout the summertime. I'm not much of a thrifter (though I'd like to be- one day!), so I think I am going to challenge myself to buy one new dress a month. At the same time, part of my personal challenge could be to have at least one of the dresses be thrifted, but for some reason, I find most thrift shops a bit intimidating. Anyone in DC have a shop they love and think I should visit?

Caveat- the dress cannot cost more than $50! As much as I'd love to, I cannot rush out and spend my dress budget at anthropologie, despite my current lust for this lovely (and many others!). So pretty. Also, as you know, I have a few weddings to attend, so if I found cute dresses to wear to weddings, that would work. Bonus if I can wear them to work (with a cardigan or something!)

I won't begin until next month, since this month is half over, but I will post pictures of my dresses, I think!

So dress lovers, who wants to play?

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wednesday Wednesday

Happy Wednesday, hosted by Miss Philly!

This Wednesday, I am in one of my favorite cities, BOSTON! If you've never been to Boston, you are seriously missing out. It's amazing, to say the least.

Two years ago, the company I was working for at the time, had their annual meeting there. My sister lives there, and of course, my family is in nearby NH. Steve came up at the end of the meeting, so we could spend some time there. He had never been! Awful. I know.

You all know the story Make Way for Ducklings, right? At the Boston Garden, there is a statue of Mama Duck and her babies! I didn't know, but apparently there is also the same statue in Moscow, given to Former Soviet First Lady Soviet First Lady Raisa Gorbachev by Former First Lady Barbara Bush! Wikipedia has the story, if you are so inclined.

Here we are :)

The next time you are in Boston, check it out! So much fun.
Next time I'm in Portland, I totally want to see the Ramona Quimby statue....

PS. Have you entered my giveaway yet? Go enter!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

an extra special giveaway

I thought I'd call this a "springy giveaway," but considering it is 90* in DC this week, I'm not feeling too spring-like! April, please stick around. I like you better than August.

Despite the temperatures, I do have a special giveaway to share with you, one that I am really excited about. Through blogland (where else?) I've recently learned of Scarlett Threads, which is a compassionate boutique, specializing in unique products designed and produced by talented seamstresses in rural Asia. Scarlet Threads products are fairly traded and created in compliance with our core vision and values. When you purchase one of our beautiful hand-crafted products, you become part of our story by providing a woman with safe and rewarding work. (from their site)

Please read about their vision here and their values here.

Amazing story, wouldn't you say?

For you today, I am offering one of their amazing aprons, in particular, the Caroline, which is my current favorite. Right now, they have several new designs that will be out in the coming weeks, so who knows, I may do another giveaway in a few months :)

the Caroline- A little bit trendy and a little bit tropical, our Caroline apron pairs chocolate brown with a beautiful shade of teal. Styled after our popular Savannah apron, the Caroline brings the same fun ruffled hem and trimmed pocket to you in a modern color scheme. The adjustable neckline features two beautiful wooden buttons made from the husk of a coconut, and with long waist ties, we know this apron will make any woman feel beautiful.

Isn't she adorable? Wouldn't you love to have her? Here are several ways that she can become yours. You'll receive one entry for each of the following-
1- leave a comment, first of all, and tell me which of their aprons is your favorite design
2- become a follower of my blog (if you already do, just let me know)
3- become a follower of the Scarlett Threads blog
4- tweet about this giveaway (if you do, add the @lexilooo and @ScarletThreadFT so I see it) (feel free to retweet a few times a week, too!)
5- while you are tweeting, follow both @lexilooo and @ScarletThreadFT
6- blog about this giveaway on your own blog (leave the link here for me)
7- if you are really loving this idea, buy an apron from their shop for either yourself or a giveaway of your own, and you'll receive an extra ten entries!
So, if you do each of the above, that is a total of 16 entries for lovely lady Caroline. Please do me a favor and leave one comment for each entry, so it is easier for me to count.
I am leaving this giveaway open until Tuesday, April 20. I am out of town the next two weekends, so I will mail it to the winner by that Friday, April 23. Who knows, I may throw something extra in there too! Oh, and yes, I will ship overseas, so spread the news worldwide!
So, go have a look at the amazingness that is Scarlett Threads and tweet and blog all about it!