Tuesday, August 12, 2008

body fail

I've given in, gave up - and started a new medicine for my Crohn's. Please forgive me for the next few days if I'm cranky, groggy or useless. It's going to take a little while for my body to get accustomed to the new meds, and I pray that they work! I'm tired of being in pain. It's only been one day since I started - but I woke up with a headache and I feel like a zombie. Hopefully, tomorrow will be better. This time the medicine (Pentasa) is less potent, and won't suppress my immune system or anything incredibly scary like before. The pills are bright blue and are GIANT, I have to take 2 pills 3 times a day. Luckily, they are gel pills, and look like those little toys that when you put in water - a sponge like dinosaur appears! Except, mine has bits of medicine inside, hehe. I can't wait to get home from work and have nap.

Monday, August 11, 2008

mom and gramz

My mom and grandma flew up from Florida Friday afternoon to spend the weekend in DC with me and my brother. It's convenient since Chris and I are in the same area code for the summer, so they took advantage of the time to visit.

Friday we started with a delicious dinner at Earl's Sandwiches and went to the Courthouse theater to see The Mummy 3. Yah, I know what you're thinking - who would see that movie?! Since we have an obsession with the first two mummy movies, we had to see this one as a family. It was OK and probably would have been a lot better had Rachel Weiz kept her role as Evelyn. We went to their hotel room to hang out and we watched Iron Man - which I hadn't seen before, and really really liked!

Saturday we woke up early and had a bagel breakfast before going to see some monuments in DC. Chris had made plans weeks in advance to do paintball, so he was gone for most of the day. We saw the big monuments, had an Italian Ice and went back to Clarendon to do some shopping. I got a lot of new clothes and a jacket for my and Anthony's trip to Iceland! We met up with Chris for dinner, and played Clue at the hotel. And I won, it was Mrs. Peacock in the Billard Room with the Candle Stick.

Sunday we slept in and were lazy. We brought my mom and gramz to Bob and Edith's for breakfast (mmm blueberry pancakes!) and spent the day at Tyson's Corner, shopping. Chris and I got a lot of really nice new clothes and accessories, we are very spoiled. After we saw Pineapple Express, which was ridiculous, and my grandmother actually enjoyed (minus the swearing and occasional representations of gay sex). They left this morning on a flight back home. I already miss them and continue to hate that my family lives so far apart. But we had a really good time and hopefully they will visit (or I will visit in FL!) again soon!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

first trip to texas

A week ago, my brother and I flew to San Antonio to visit my dad. He recently got a new job as the Director of Engineering at Albany Engineered Composites. He packed up and moved from Santa Barbara to San Antonio where he will live for a year and then move to work at the main branch in New Hampshire. We took this chance to see Texas, my dad and his new digs.

The first thing we noticed - it was sooo hot. Everyday, all day. The sun felt like it was melting my body. My dad said that it was worse than usual because of the hurricane that passed through a few days before. But it was humid, and a lot more green than I was expecting. We arrived Friday night and went directly from the airport to the River Walk to have dinner, and walk around the city. The River Walk is literally, a river through the city that is surrounded by restaurants and shops. There were tons of people (most of them were pretty large) and continual boat tours up and down the river. I bought new sunglasses and fun presents (a cowboy hat for Anthony).

Saturday we went to the Alamo! We walked around with head sets and listened to history and learned about the people who died fighting the Mexicans. I learned that the Alamo didn't use to have a roof - only the barracks did. We took a bunch of pictures and ate ice cream. We had lunch on the river walk and spent the afternoon shopping and exploring the river area.

Sunday we woke up early and explored caves 30 minutes from my dads apartment. These caves were featured in an 1980s Patrick Swazye movie, Fatherhood. The caves are privately owned and actually had a lot of its own history. Indians used to live inside the cave, and man used the cave to hide from the police for many years. They had (supposedly) bones in the wall from a wooly mammoth and a tusk sticking out of the ground. The company had been giving tours since it was found in the 1930s. It was cool to see all the stalagmites and stalactites, and it felt very cold. Their main catch was there was a 100ft waterfall underground. It was a lie. Well, kind of. There used to be an active 100ft waterfall. But over time, it became a 100ft drizzle. So they used pipes to make it seem like it was still active. The ceiling was really cool, it had holes and swirls where water used to flow that carved out the ceiling. It was too dark to get any good pictures of the ceiling unfortunately.

After the caves we went to Sea World. We rode a bunch of rides and got very wet. Which makes sense, it's of the sea. We left at closing and were coming back early Monday to play at the park some more and also - play with a sea lion! My brother and I got to have a sea lion follow our commands to do tricks, swim, stick out its tongue, and get us soaking wet. It was a lot of fun! We also played for a while next to the Atlantis water ride - because everytime a boat came down the ramp, it drenched us in water - which was welcomed from the heat. Lines were too long and we had to leave so I could get ready to come back home to VA.

We had a lot of fun and I really enjoyed Texas. I'd love to go back to San Antonio again soon. We did a lot and I was exausted! But, really glad I got to hang out with my dad and brother. (and a day off from work)

Click here to see more pictures from my trip to San Antonio!
(ps. also new pictures from my and Ants trip to the Baltimore Aquarium!)