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After a later start than I would have liked, I made it down to DC. I met [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings for dinner, then we went to to see Craig Ferguson perform.

The opening act was Josh Robert Thompson, who does the voice for Geoff Peterson. He's hlarious and awesome. And he does an amazing imitation of Morgan Freeman.

And Craig was hilarious as always. One of my favorite jokes is he was talking about Canadians and was going on about how nice, sweeet, and polite Canadians are - until you give them a hockey stick. And he figures the Canadian army should just do away with weapons, give their soldiers hockey sticks, and tell them the Taliban has the puck.
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Just got back to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' house. We had gone into DC this evening for dinner and to see Frankenstein - this time with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature and Benedict Cumberbatch as Frankenstein. I think Jonny Lee Miller did a good job as the Creature, but I still prefer Benedict. Possibly/probably because I saw his version first. I really wish it was coming out on dvd, even though I know it isn't.

And now I've got the trek home and back to the real world. :-(
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Whee!

It is the weekend and I am at casa de [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings. :-D

Our plans for this weekend: relaxing, watching things, and going to see Frankenstein Sunday night (with Jonny Lee Miller as the Creature).

To that end, tonight we've gotten caught up on "Suits" and she finally watched (and I rewatched) the last two "Vampire Diaries" episodes. :-)
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[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I watched Conan this morning. It wasn't really good or bad - it was just kind of flat. It was like they couldn't decide what they wanted to do with it. Though, looking at Jason Momoa wasn't bad.

This afternoon, we went to Longwood Gardens. It was a really nice afternoon. It's still too early in the year, but there were a couple of things were starting to bloom. Inside of the Conservatory, though, there were a lot of things blooming - including an orchid exhibit. We walked around for two and a half hours without a break (the minute on the whispering bench doesn't count :-P). But it was beautiful and we decided that we need to go back when everything's in bloom.

And then we went to Applebee's for dinner and ate all the calories we'd walked off. :-P

Tonight we tried to watch David Tennant's Cassanova, but the dvd didn't want to work. So we watched Puss in Boots - which was a lot of fun.

And now we're watching "Graham Norton" with Gerard Depardieu, Damien Lewis, and Dominic West.
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I had a great time yesterday!

I left for Frederick, MD, right after work yesterday and I'm glad I got out early, with having to deal with Baltimore's Friday traffic on I695. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings, [livejournal.com profile] gblvr, [livejournal.com profile] wolfshark, and Mr. Sharkie at the Olive Garden. We had a good dinner and a good time talking about all sorts of things.

Trying to park in the theatre's parking garage was an experience and a half, but we finally found spots - on the roof. The theatre itself (technically the Weinberg Center for the Arts), is a nice place. There weren't as many people as I thought there would be. (I honestly thought it would be sold out, and it wasn't). And it was also a "Listener Appreciation" concert by WFRE, the local country station. We arrived about 7:50, and were able to get seats in the middle on the floor, near the back. In front of us was a mom, dad, and son (who looked about 15). The parents looked like they were there for a bit of culture and you could tell the son didn't want to be there - mainly because he played on his gameboy the entire time. In front of them was a mom with three girls - one about 13 or 14 and the other two maybe 10-11? The two younger ones were standing on their chairs and dancing the whole time and one of them held her hands in the shape of a heart most of the time.

Brian Nutter was the opening act. He did a few of his own songs, and a cover of John Mellencamp's "Pink Houses" - which Christian joined him on.

Then Christian and the rest of the guys came on. They did a bunch of songs from The House Rules, along with "Middle America Saturday Night", two covers - one of a Trace Adkins song and one of a Waylon Jennings son, and a couple songs I'd never heard before. (And to some extent which you could say I still didn't hear because the acoustics weren't balanced right and by the end of the show, it was kind of hard to understand. You can still have a loud, rocking show and be able to understand the words.) And [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I had a good laugh because Christian introduced one of the songs as being about a "red-headed stripper from Oklahoma City", and we heard it was about a "*red-neck* stripper from Oklahoma City".

And we had a laugh over the amount of ass-smacking done by Christian. On Jason, his lead guitarist. And Steve. But mostly Jason. And also Christian grabbbing Jason's hair at one point and holding their foreheads together while Jason played. And also the bassist getting up on the drumming platform and Steve getting downstage of him so he could lean back against him. Sometimes it just writes itself.

Overall, it was a very fun, great time. :-D
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Am now home. Which is both good and bad. Good because of all the little things that I have here. And bad because I was enjoying my time with [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings. Not that I don't enjoy chatting with her online, but it's one thing to be watching a show together and type "Oh My God!" at the same time and another to both show it at the same time in the same room.

[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings kicked me out this morning when she went to work. I went to the local Panera and had breakfast and wrote some before heading out. (Wanted to miss rush hour traffic.) The drive home was fine and problem free.

Did some organizational things this afternoon before going out to eat with my family - who are being their weird selves.
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Today was a "no plan" day, which was nice. Watched Stonehenge Apocalypse this morning ([livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings still has it on her DVR) and it was appropriately cheesy and fun. And had Misha Collins, Torri Higginson, and Peter Wingfield.

Then had a flurry of emails and phone calls with [livejournal.com profile] dancetomato and she and [livejournal.com profile] essene (who was a last minute addition) picked me up and we went for lunch at Matchbox Vintage Pizza Bistro. It was very yummy food and a fun time with fannish friends. I'm glad I was able to catch up with them, though saddened [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings wasn't able to join us.

This afternoon, since I was locked out of the house, I went to the library and wrote a bunch of my [livejournal.com profile] atlantisbigbang. I'm almost done the set-up, which will make things easier. :-)

This evening I made dinner and we hung out and watched yesterday's Daily Show and Colbert Report. We also watched tonight's "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs".

Also, we enjoyed using Youtube and watching clips of Stephen Colbert on "Whose Line?" and just "Whose Line?" stuff in general.
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Today I trekked around DC while [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings was at work. I hit the National Zoo first to see how the elephant house is coming and... it's coming. But I always love going to see the elephants. And it was cute - there was a little boy (probably about three), who said to his parents, "Ephelants! Ephelants!"

From there, met [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings at her work and we had lunch together.

I then headed over to the Natural History Museum and went through the Dinosaur Hall and the Hall of Oceans. (Both of which I love.)

From there, I hit Union Station and got a small ice cream cone (it was a hot day!) and people watched for a bit.

Realized I still had some time to kill and went back to the Natural History Museum and looked at the Egyptian mummy and artifacts and went through the Hall of Human Origins.

After that, it was time to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and we went to dinner near her work before coming home. (It wasn't oppressively hot today, which I'm thankful about, but it was still warm enough that I felt icky for most of the day and I don't think a cold shower has ever felt so good!)

We watched a Craig Ferguson special on Netflix. And then we messed around on Youtube and watched some music videos and blooper reels. The American "Whose Line?" ones were fantastic. And also very funny because we were like, "wait, THAT got cut? They've aired worse!" And we found out Stephen Colbert's been on two episodes.
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My vacation started last night after work. \0/

My dad and I saw Cars 2. It was cute and had it's moments, but not one of Pixar's better movies. Though, I will admit my dad's reactions were at least as good as the movie. (He has a tendency to get caught up in movies, so his completely amused laughter and "awww"s were much enjoyed.)

And this morning, I came down to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' house. We hit Target for some groceries this afternoon, and have just otherwise been relaxing. We watched a marathon of "Drew Carey's Improv-a-ganza" episodes she had DVR'd. We also watched last week's episodes of "White Collar" and "Covert Affairs" and the premiere of "Suits" - which is promising.
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I'm home again. :-(

The drive to BWI airport was fairly uneventful, aside from a phone call to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings going, "We don't see any signs for BWI! We're supposed to be going north on I-95, right?" With how many times I've driven that stretch of road to visit her (and [livejournal.com profile] nakedwesley), you'd think I'd know which direction to go for BWI. *shakes head at self* But I got [livejournal.com profile] luvxander to the airport on time and continued on home - which was also easy and uneventful.

I've spent the afternoon running a few errands, doing laundry, and relaxing. And not wanting to go back to work tomorrow.


"Leverage" was pretty awesome tonight. I think it would've been even better if they hadn't put it so close to "The Scheherezade Job", but it was still a lot of fun. I'm 99.9% positive the restaurant scenes with the staircase were filmed in the Governor Hotel. Does anyone know if they filmed the venue stuff at Dante's?
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Today was my last full day with [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and [livejournal.com profile] luvxander.

We hung out for the most of the first part of the day. And we watched Kick Ass - which I enjoyed. (Though, I have to wonder at everyone getting pissed that "an 11-year-old said 'the C-word'" and seemed to completely ignore the fact that she was doing all that violence and having it done to her.)

Tonight, we went to Wolf Trap for a picnic dinner and then a concert with Idina Menzel and Marvin Hamlisch with the National Symphonic Orchestra. It was awesome. The first half of the concert was music of shows with great female characters - such as Gypsy, Mame, Annie Get Your Gun, "Memory" from Cats. Then, the second half was Idina doing a number of songs from Rent, Wicked, a few other places, and a couple that she had written herself. It was a surprise for [livejournal.com profile] luvxander, so he didn't know about the concert until we gave him the ticket right before we went in.
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Today was a mostly lazy day.

Though, we did go to the Safeway to get some stuff for tomorrow's surprise for [livejournal.com profile] luvxander and so he and [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings could stock up on Mountain Dew.

Tonight we were invited to dinner at [livejournal.com profile] thenyixie and Mr. [livejournal.com profile] thenyxie's house. It took us almost two hours to get there. It's in Alexandria. It *should've* taken about an hour. Stupid DC traffic. But it was fun getting to know them.

Also, there was a 3.6 earthquake at 5am this morning over in Germantown. [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings said she heard something, thought it was weird, and went back to sleep. Neither [livejournal.com profile] luvxander nor I heard anything.
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We went into D.C. today.

We hit the Smithsonian's Natural History Museum first and grabbed some lunch in the cafe, then met my dad and C, his girlfriend. My dad bought us all tickets to Wild Ocean - one of the 3D IMAX movies. From there, we went through the new Hall of Oceans - which was cool.

Then [livejournal.com profile] luvxander, [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings, and I went over to the American History Museum, since we wanted to look over there and my dad and C said they'd meet up with us. Not too long after, my dad called us and said they'd just meet up with me when I got home, since they wanted to go to the Federal Archives.

From there, we went back to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' house. I think it's the shortest amount of time I've ever been in D.C. (about four hours). :-P Also, the "Metro" in "Covert Affairs" was *so* not the D.C. Metro - though I could've told you that before.

This evening we just hung out, watched some tv and had leftovers for dinner. And I signed up for another big bang. On the plus side, it'll help me finish a fic I've been trying to finish for a while.
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We went and saw The Sorcerer's Apprentice today - which was a lot of fun.

Then this evening, we went to a Border's in VA for a book-signing Naomi Novik (The Temeraire books) was doing. And I'll admit that I'm odd in that while I love the fantasy genre, I don't like books with dragons or unicorns. But it was still fun hearing her read from her book and then answer questions. And the traffic on the way to the event was horrible and we hit practically every red light. And, of course, we breezed back.

On an unrelated note:
It amused me that a 302 number was given for the cover call girl agency on "Covert Affairs" last night. And the detective said, "Delaware?" And she replied, "Wilmington - tax purposes." (Which, for whatever else they got wrong, I thought that was an amusing thing to throw in there, since a lot of companies do incorporate in Delaware for tax breaks.)

And I read through the prompts on [livejournal.com profile] leveragekink out of curiosity. Bad idea. I now have two definite ideas (one somewhere between a drabble and a ficlet and the other a longer fic) and one maybe fic (it deals with a touchy subject, so...). But I think it'll be fun. And I think the shorter one will be a good way to help me get my momentum kicked into gear to write in general, since I've been doing a lot of planning lately, but not a lot of writing.
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And today I slept in until ten, go figure. (Granted, I went to bed an hour later than usual, but still.)

This afternoon, we went to the mall so [livejournal.com profile] luvxander could go to Macy's (for which he was in heaven).

I ate my slice of Chocolate Coconut Cheesecake tonight while we watched the new Star Trek - which was the first time [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings had seen it. I highly recommend the cheesecake. And the movie's always fun. Especially the gag reel.

We also watched yesterday's episode of "Leverage" - which was awesome. Especially when the "FBI agents" bump into Hardison and Eliot.
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Figures - I didn't set my alarm this morning because I didn't need to be anywhere this morning and I was awake at 7:15am. Regardless, it was a great, lazy day.

Then this afternoon, we drove over to [livejournal.com profile] dancetomato and [livejournal.com profile] essene's house. We went to the Cheesecake Factory for a yummy dinner and I couldn't resist bringing a piece of cheesecake home to enjoy tomorrow. (I was too full to eat it tonight, but even though I'm not a huge fan of cheesecake, I think it's a sin to not get a piece, since it's so good.) Afterwards, we went back and played Wii bowling and watched some of the Harry Potter marathon on ABC Family and continued our fannish discussion.
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I survived work! And now I'm off for the next nine days! Yay!

The trip down to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' house was, thankfully, easy and uneventful. We watched the season premiere of "Eureka" (oh, how I've missed you), and the series premiere of "Haven" (Eric Balfour!)

Tomorrow, [livejournal.com profile] luvxander arrives! And on Sunday we'll get to see [livejournal.com profile] dancetomato and [livejournal.com profile] essene! :-D :-D :-D
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This morning, [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I watched Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian - which was cute and fun.

This afternoon, we watched the Canada/USA rematch for the gold. Ryan Miller played a really good game, but the rest of the team didn't seem to have the fire they did in previous games.

The drive home was good. I'll admit - I like driving places almost as much as being there.

I wish we had a longer weekend, but we had a good time. :-)
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Today was a fun fannish day. [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings and I watched the two-part finale of "Leverage" and the latest three episodes of "White Collar". Olympics-wise, We watched the Switzerland/Sweden curling bronze game and the Canada/Norway curling gold game. And tonight we watched Big Eden. (Even though I've seen the movie before, it was fun seeing a younger Tim DeKay.)

[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings - "The curling pants made it to the gold medal game!" (aka Norway's men's team)

[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings - "[Neal and Peter] have got 14 minutes for a tender reconciliation." Which sent me into a fit of giggles. [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings - "I'm glad I amuse you." Then we both started giggling.

While watching "RuPaul's Drag Race" - one of the queens decided to be Carol Channing and I commented that I still love Ryan Stiles doing Carol Channing. Then [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings said, "*I'm* Spartacus!", which sent me into hystercial giggling. (I don't think that's ever not going to be funny to me.)

While watching the Canada/Norway curling gold medal game, one of the commentators said, "This could be the ball game right here."

[livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings (on trying to figure out why someone friended her on LJ) - "What, is this person trying to do recon on the liberal agenda?"
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Yay! I'm now at [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' house. :-D

Had a funny conversation at work. One of the student workers was putting together a "St. Patrick's Day" display and trying to find Irish-themed books. After finding a few, she was going through the resst of the store to find some more. And she kept asking about different books' settings and I kept replying with "England".

Then she asked, "Anne of Green Gables?".
Me - "Nova Scotia, Canada."
Her - "*How* do you know all this?"


Getting to [livejournal.com profile] eternalmusings' new house was very easy, and thankfully, little traffic (aside from the Outer Loop, but what do you expect on a Friday after five?

We watched the USA-Finland game - which was fun for the first 8 minutes or so. :-P

We also watched the latest episode of "Castle". Nathan's adorable.

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