Mike and Laura’s… Weekend! Of! Fun!

 It’s almost like we have friends or something…


On Saturday, we invited everyone we know in the area to come to our house and watch the first FSU game of the season (we bought it on pay-per-view). Of course, we beat them in a shut-out. Go Noles!


Our guests included:

·         My cousin, Joanne, and her family (husband Julian, daughters Alanna and Nikki)

·         A friend from home in Port St Lucie. She was actually my sister, Sarah’s, friend. Jamie Hahn came & went before we broke out the camera, so we don’t have any pictures with her in them. But that’s ok – she’s a Gator.

·         Lindsey and Ivan Portugal – Mike knew Lindsey from “TeenPact” a long time ago, and they stayed in touch. Lindsey and Ivan are newlyweds, and they brought their puppy (more like a fluff ball) to watch the game with us.

·         Adam Kincaid – Mike’s BFF, and a mutual friend from our college/Wesley days.

·         Mike Walsh, aka “Walsh” – Another throwback to college/Wesley. He and Mike were roomies the year that Mike and I dated long distance. Walsh is a Marine.

·         We invited Mike’s cousin DA and our friends Irene and BJ Lykens, but they couldn’t come… party poopers.


Here are some pictures from that night:


This picture is of everyone who was in FSU apparel 


The Boys


Lindsey and Ivan (the newlyweds), and their fluff ball, “Harmony”


Mike needs a cuddle buddy… now that he and Jason Hollister are separated…

(PS – Can you read Adam’s hat?) 🙂


This is my “first cousin, once removed”, or my cousin’s daughter: Nikki


Another “FCOR”: Alanna


My cousin Joanne, and the fluff ball


Seriously, is that even a DOG?? I don’t know why Mike was putting her on Adam’s head…


She’s so LITTLE!



Then, since that wasn’t enough socialization, my friend/former coworker, Alyssa, came into town on Sunday for business. We met up on Sunday afternoon – a beautiful day following an under-impressive but still very annoying tropical storm the previous day. The sky was crisp blue with no clouds, it was in the 70’s, and humidity was low.


Mike, Alyssa, and I toured the DC monuments, and we walked almost 7 miles!


We walked to Georgetown and found a cute place to eat dinner – it’s called Rugby. But before we found Rugby, we wandered into a college-y, bar-ish restaurant that looked interesting. After having to ask the bartender where to sit, we found a table, sat down, and waited. Finally, Eeyore – I mean, our server – came up and said “Yeah, I’ll be with you in a [starts walking away] minute.” Umm, ok. When he came back, he got our water orders, and Alyssa asked if he could also bring us menus. He came back with the water after pumping it from the well himself. He made a separate trip back to our table to drop off the menus. By “drop off,” I mean “fling.” Suffice it to say we were not impressed. But we picked up our menus to look for something to eat. Worst menu ever. It might as well have said:


·         Hamburger

·         Greasy Sandwich

·         Food Poisoning

·         Booze

We didn’t want to stay, but we felt uncomfortable leaving. We did leave, though, after putting two dollars on the table for his “trouble.” I’d say we were more than generous.


Here are the photos from our tourist explorations….


A crazy…


Fuzzy Bunny!! (Alyssa and I have weird nicknames for each other)





































Alyssa being a tourist… wait, there’s one of me being touristy coming up…


































Each of these stars represents 100 American lives lost in World War II. There are 4,048 stars on the wall.

(Yes, Jill, Mike actually counted)


On our way from WWII Memorial to the Lincoln Memorial



These ducks kept diving underwater, and it was so funny-looking with their bottoms sticking up in the air!!





I like that Lincoln’s speech includes the line above: “The judgments of the Lord..true and righteous altogether…” The whole speech is so eloquent and inspiring.


Ok, see? Here is MY touristy photo…


And finally…

Handsome man in a beautiful place! 


On a few other notes…


·         The technical writer on the contract with me at work is now working in the DC Office, too. He is British, and if he is any indication, one can use the word “cheers” to mean any or all of the following:

§         Yes

§         No

§         Sure

§         Thank you

§         Hello

§         Goodbye

§         Ok

§         “Hmm



·         And, finally, I would just like to say that I feel very cosmopolitan – riding the metro every day, working minutes from our nation’s capitol building, etc… But yesterday I was listening to the following song on my iPod, and I think I lost some coolness… The most ridiculous portion is in blue…


Veggie Tales: “What We Gonna Do?”


Oh no! What we gonna do?

The king likes Daniel

More than me and you

Oh, no! What we gonna do?

We gotta get him out of here.



We could throw him in the dungeon

We could let him rot in jail

We could drag him to the ocean

Have him eaten by a whale


We could throw him in the Tigris

Let him float a while

Then we’ll all sit back and watch him

Meet a hungry crocodile


We could put him on a camel’s back

And send him of to Ur

With a cowboy hat without a brim

A boot without a spur


We could give him jelly doughnuts

Take them all away

Or fill his ears with cheese balls

And his nostrils with sorbet


We could use him as a footstool

Or a table to play Scrabble on

Then tie him up and beat him up

And throw him out of Babylon


And it continues…




Oh – one more thing. Quote of the week:


“I have a dollar bill coin!” – Me

  1. #1 by Katie on September 14, 2008 - 7:31 pm

    Just want you to know that Josh and I love your blog…we think it is HI-larious! I am totally jealous of all the cool places you saw on your outing. The Lincoln speech was my favorite thing when I went to DC…cool to see that at least our founding fathers had a healthy fear of our Maker (well, some of them).
    Oh, and don’t feel lame because of the Veggietales song…I totally can sing that song from memory!

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