Should we name new kitty Jax or Fivel?

Sunday, November 21, 2010

One more show!

I'm getting too old for this, but we had to see two of our favorite bands playing together last week: Saves the Day and Say Anything. After 2 hours in traffic and waiting in the cold, I was so happy to see some "bleachers" to stand on during the shows and sit on in between bands. The bands were totally worth it, and Say Anything came out for an awesome encore at the end. Also, we didn't die (important 'cause we were in Baltimore). If anyone has seen The Wire, yeah, we were there.

Mark Twain Humor Award

Joe and I were lucky enough to be guests of his friend for a fun event at the Kennedy Center a few weeks ago: Tina Fey was being awarded the Mark Twain prize for humor. We got to dress up, eat a fancy dinner, see some hilarious comedians (Steve Martin, Steve Carrell, Tracy Morgan, Tina Fey, etc.) and then go to an after party with DELICIOUS desserts. It was tons of fun for a Tuesday night!

joe edit: favorite line, steve martin "every year at this time DC becomes a comedy mecca... and we all know how funny mecca is. we're here to give an award so important, that is presented on a tuesday."

Restore Sanity!


A few weekends ago, Joe and I were part of the insanity to descend upon the Mall during the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear. I really can't think of any other cause or idea that I would ever bother dealing with such a crowd, so I'm glad this one came up. Though we never got to see the stage, we still had a fun time walking around with family and seeing all the costumes and signs.

-Metro set a new record for Saturday riders with 825,000+
-Crowd estimate at the Mall around 215,000

You can't really tell, but this is the line at West Falls Church metro...wrapping around the parking lot. We drove.

One side: "More Long Island Iced Tea Parties" The other side: "Obama: Bring back Arrested Development!"


Starting about 8 blocks from the stage, this is all we could see.
The boys were troopers!

We were here!

This was funny 'cause, like, Joe works in Financial Aid for one of the most expensive universities in the country.

People just set up camp in the sculpture garden.

Joe's new fave lunch truck!

Snakes ARE scary.

Some excerpts from Jon Stewart's speech:

...This was not a rally to ridicule people of faith or people of activism or to look down our noses at the heartland or passionate argument or to suggest that times are not difficult and that we have nothing to fear. They are and we do. But we live now in hard times, not end times...

...The country’s 24 hour political pundit perpetual panic conflictinator did not cause our problems but its existence makes solving them that much harder...

..If we amplify everything we hear nothing...

...I feel good—strangely, calmly good. Because the image of Americans that is reflected back to us by our political and media process is false...

...We hear every damn day about how fragile our country is—on the brink of catastrophe—torn by polarizing hate and how it’s a shame that we can’t work together to get things done, but the truth is we do. We work together to get things done every damn day...

...Where we live our values and principles form the foundations that sustains us while we get things done, not the barriers that prevent us from getting things done. Most Americans don’t live their lives solely as Democrats, Republicans, liberals or conservatives. Americans live their lives more as people that are just a little bit late for something they have to do—often something that they do not want to do—but they do it--impossible things every day that are only made possible by the little reasonable compromises that we all make...

Halloween Happened

-We attended the ward party, (picture is with my "boyfriend" Daniel)
-Joe was a pumpkin for the 9th year in a row
-We dressed up as characters from that movie we always talk about, THE ROOM, for a co-worker's party (we were Lisa and Mark, duh)

Thursday, November 18, 2010

more pics

the sign for the falaffel stand outside my work

We did a fantasy football league at work. i asked one of the girls to write down the players she wanted to draft, because she couldn't make the draft. She asked for:
Randy Ross ( aka Randy Moss)
Michael Strahan (retired like 4 years ago, also plays defense)
Michael Oar ( Michael Oher from "the blind side," an offensive lineman)
and Adam Vinatieri, patriots kicker (left the patriots like 5 years ago)

Monday, November 15, 2010

We never post, i know

sorry for the dry spell. I am going to start posting photos from my phone, and make posts from them. Unlike most people, I don't have a super smart phone that will send my photos to various social media platforms.

The first photo is one I saw at a concert. The guy selling T shirts is trying to pay off a six figure student loan. Student lending and tuition costs are out of control. I will soon launch my website to address this, so stay tuned.

The second picture is of my lobster roll. I got it from the DC Lobster truck, which drives around DC selling maine lobster rolls. it is awesome!

Saturday, October 16, 2010


Yesterday was, by far, our classroom's most out of control day. Each of those blue bars is 5 minutes of my can see we had a few runners :)

Utah Trip!

Last weekend we went to Utah for Jacob and Ashley's wedding. The ceremony and reception were gorgeous! We spent four nights in four different places, and saw as many friends as we could. These trips are never long enough, but we were so glad we got to sneak away for a few days.

We enjoyed:
-the wedding ceremony and luncheon at La Caille in Sandy
-MoTab choir practice
-yoga, pool, and hot tub usage at Terrace Falls
-Olympic parks, Main Street, and alpine slides in Park City
-hot dogs at JDawgs!
-the wedding reception at Sleepy Ridge in Provo
-the after-party where I fell asleep on the couch by 11pm
-present opening and cinnamon rolls with Ashley's family
-a quick trip to see Jenice and baby McCoy
-Tucano's with Dave and Anna
-BYU game (win!) with Dave and Anna
-Jersey Shore party with friends
-brunch with family
-second brunch/lunch with more family
-sandwiches and s'mores with even more family in the canyon
-Sunday night football and In-N-Out with friends
-one day of sleeping in!!!

They don't really do this least not when we're around.

Family Time

Joe's brother and his family recently moved to the area, and we are excited for Joe's sister and family to head out this way in just a few months. 10 extra Cramers (and one more on the way!) make for lots of fun family gatherings to come :)