Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tech Tuesday: Legs' Edition

There's a new blog I'm really loving: The Glitter Guide. It's all about being fabulous and living life to the fullest. Last week they posted an awesome gadget guide that I thought I'd share.

Check out the product details on The Glitter Guide's website.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Farmers Market

It's that time of year again! The berry truck has been out weekly at the Courthouse farmers market. We picked up some fresh Italian rosemary bread, cherries, blueberries, red potatoes, (lots of) delicious tomatoes and basil at this weekend's farmers market. We're ready for a week of great food!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Monday, June 20, 2011

Sister CJ's Birthday

Steak and I had a wonderful time celebrating Sister CJ's birthday this weekend. I attempted to make a 12-layer cake, but it ended in disaster! While I was at the eye doctor getting drops for my scratched eye, a few layers of my cake burned to a crisp! Luckily Cakelove had an extra cake on hand and Firefly supplied a surprise birthday treat.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Happy Birthday, Sister CJ!

I love you!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to our wonderful fathers! We love you and thank you for your unwavering support throughout the years.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Steak is a Yogi

Steak's mom is a wonderful and fit lady who happens to be a yoga instructor. She introduced Steak and I to yoga a few winters ago but we never kept it up. Recently we signed up for an introductory pass at Saffron Yoga and we love it! Hopefully we'll keep practicing and impress Mama Steak the next time we see her.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tech Tuesday: Battlefield

I was just trying to think of some of the things on the horizon that I'm most excited about and one thing stood out.  Battlefield 3.  It does not come without a bit of heartbreak though.

Battlefield 3 is a much anticipated game to be released before this holiday season developed by DICE (Digital Illusions CE).  It's a fantastic franchise that I've been a fan of since the first game they released, Battlefield 1942, which hit shelves back in 1992.  Battlefield Vietnam (2004) followed and was topped by Battlefield 2 (2005).  There have been several other spin offs since then, but I've been eagerly awaiting the release of Battlefield 3.

You can only imaging my excitement as I watched very bit of video released by the studio leading up to the E3 Gaming Expo.  I'm all ready to upgrade my desktop computer just to play this game!

You can also only imagine my disappointment with the way EA, Electronic Arts (the publisher) decided to cut up the game into several packages to give certain pre-orders an advantage when they hit the front lines on release day.  Luckily, it appears to have just been some marketing lingo that got them in trouble.  The add called the exclusive weapons "an essential item" while, EA is now saying this is not true and that they would not limit access to something that was actually essential.  Frankly, I don't know what to believe, but I'm not going to let a little thing like this get in my way.  I can't wait to jump in and kick some butt!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Serendipity 3


I am pleased to say I finally got to try the famous Frrrozen Hot Chocolate at Serendipity 3 in Georgetown. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant, the wait staff and the creative menu, but I must admit that after having waited years to try their frozen hot chocolate I was a bit disappointed. I actually think co co. sala's salted caramel frozen hot chocolate was better. 

Steak's ice cream sundae, the outrageous banana split sundae, was magnificent! I enjoyed stealing spoonfuls of his more than I enjoyed drinking my shake. I'll have to go back soon to try the caramel frozen hot chocolate and see how it competes with the co co. sala version and try a decadent sundae like Steak's (but not quite as massive.)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Ice Cream Dreams

Steak and I bought ice cream bowls and matching ice cream spoons at Crate & Barrel the other day. I finally used the pink one for a decadent post-work sundae. As the weather gets warmer (and warmer) I will have many more ice cream filled afternoons.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tech Tuesday: Of Course it's iOS5!

Today Apple held their keynote at WWDC and, as expected, unveiled the next version of iOS, iCloud and... iOS5.

If you haven't checked it out already, I'd suggest doing so. http://www.apple.com/ios/ios5/  It's a pretty good set of improvements.  All things that definitely needed to be done.  The single BIGGEST change resolves my single BIGGEST complaint with all other versions of iOS.  The notification system.

Instead of opening up their OS to allow 3rd party developers stuck in Cydia, Apple pretty much took their ideas, bundled them all up, and called it iOS 5.  Just about every single part of iOS5 has been done before.

  • Camera: Now with some of the features that Camrea+ (http://campl.us/) has.  The funniest part is that for a while Camrea+ was pulled from the App Store for using an unapproved API.  What did they use?  Volume button to take photos.  One of the "new" features in iOS 5.
  • Safari: They added the ability to, while your browsing something, "read it later".  Sounds a lot like Read It Later (http://readitlaterlist.com/).  Now of course, Read It Later had no way of integrating their app into the browser since Apple doesn't allow developers access to that like Google does with Android.  So Apple did it themselves.
Reminders, and the location based reminder feature, is pretty original and actually looks very cool.  I'm sure someone will make something similar for Android if it doesn't already exist.

Those are the biggest features really.  I only point this out because I think that, while good features, they could have done better by just offering 3rd party developers a little more freedom on their platform.  There was really no need to duplicate the efforts of developers that already have widely used applications.

Also, it should be noted that all the apps I listed have many more features than the iOS5 alternatives, so I'd still highly recommend LockInfo, WhatsApp (actually works with Android and Blackberry too!), Camera+, and a service like Read It Later.  These are actually some of my favorite apps so I'm still excited to see Apple recognize that they are good.  I'm also excited to see what all these talented developers will do next!  I like David Ashman's (Stimpy5050) attitude in his twitter post 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Potluck & Liberty Tavern

Steak and I had a great weekend and it all started at my beautiful friend LR's apartment in Rosslyn. She hosted a delicious potluck that included chips and salsa, pasta with chicken and mushrooms, homemade vegetable soup, fruit and cookies. After dinner we were fortunate enough to meet up with some of our Illinois friends at Liberty Tavern in Clarendon. We got to the bar very late and all of the bar's patrons were in rare form. There were quite a few characters in Clarendon on Friday night. We all laughed it off as we people-watched and then headed home to safety. Regardless of the atmosphere, it was wonderful to be able to have so many great friends in one place!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Foodie Friday

I made a few more Oh She Glows recipes this week. Loved the salad, but have determined vegan dessert is not my cup of tea. If you're looking for some healthful recipes this weekend try one of these. But whatever you do, don't watch 127 Hours like I'm doing right now. Torture.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Boys Night Out with Legs

Two Fridays ago I went to a happy hour to celebrate Steak's co-worker's last day at their company. There were a few girls at the beginning of the night, but by the end it was just me and my favorite guys. We started the festivities at Mad Hatter in Dupont where I sipped a delicious "Orange Fizz" made from fresh squeezed oranges. Then the boys got hungry so we dropped by the newly opened DC Shake Shack. I didn't get anything but Steak got a cheeseburger and a vanilla shake. I tried both and must say the burger was phenomenal. We ended the night at Sign of the Whale with a hilarious dance-off.
This was one of our favorite nights out in DC thus far. 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Two Short Years

May 29th was the first day of our 3rd lease here in Arlington. That means that as of Sunday we have lived together for two whole years. That also means that we have lived together longer than we dated prior to moving in together. These two years have flown by. I honestly feel like these years have gone by quicker than the years we dated long distance in college. What can I say, we make great roommates!

To celebrate our time together we grabbed dinner at Eatbar and then went and saw Bridesmaids. Eatbar was amazing and I'm shocked we didn't discover it earlier. They played Guys and Dolls on the big screen while we sipped on spiked cream soda and split a delicious salad. I ordered a big beautiful burger with a side of onion rings and Steak had the diablo chicken. Both were fabulous. We split the banana split waffle sundae for dessert.