Monday, March 30, 2009

scavenger hunt - amazing race dc

April found on a LIMO scavenger hunt - and as she tried to convince an entire team to sign up - we did manage at least 6 people to come and play. Me, April, Varun, Leo, Juan and Stephanie joined with Brook, Jinaii, Stephanie and Cliff - to create "Better Late Than Never" team! And why this name - well, our 4 new friends were on time for the amazing race, but the rest of us however, were not! I arrived at exactly 7pm (we were supposed to arrive for 630, eep!) didn't realize Juan and Stephanie were already there, and we managed to confuse the people running the event. But finally - everyone else made it and we were given a list and a limo - and off we went!

The first list started in Arlington, which was perfect for our group. We had to stop at various locations, get team pictures out front certain businesses and with workers at Mister Days, Chinese restaurant menus with signatures in their native language, make a pyramid, get cookies, a certain (delicious) chocolate cake from Maggianos, random items from around Arlington - before we had to rush to the check point in DC. We were the first team to check in (bonus points!) and given our next list in DC. We went to the Mayflower hotel - got a picture with a lady in a tux, were yelled at not to run around or open certain doors (I'm actually surprised they let us run around the hotel!), got a group picture with a bouncer, out front the arches at China town, movie tickets, burger king crowns, pickles, a wet noodle! On top of questions about the team, and a thank you note for our awesome limo driver Roland! I'm not too sure how he managed to understand us or get us to where we needed to be, but he rocked! Of course the entire time the limo was stocked with various alcoholic beverages, that Roland was nice enough to let us finish before finding out the results from the race at the Hard Rock in china town.

We managed to get 3rd place - wooo! We didn't get any prize though, which is incredibly lame. But next time, we will take it all! (the prizes weren't that good anyway - tickets to embassy parties, the only bonus was that you have to dress up to go to the parties) And of course, we ate the entire giant piece of chocolate cake from Maggianos, oh man it was so good. Unfortunately this is where my night ended. My awful midterm needed to be finished (which it is and handed in YES) and I had to get up early Sunday! I metroed home with my burger king crown, and passed out!

There will be more pictures from April and Leos cameras - April had the most of them from the actual event on her camera. Will update!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


The first weekend of March my flight was booked and my bags were packed. I flew into Tampa where I was picked up by my mom, brother and his girlfriend Nixy. It was sooo warm and sunny, hello Florida!

From the airport we went to Disney! They had been the week before and decided that we would go to Epcot for the day. Now, Epcot is not one of the parks I enjoy, but I let it slide. We didn't go to the boring countries at least. I just think Epcot is the most boring park. They do have an entirely new section, something like "tomorrow land" with rides and interactive movies, and that was fun. I still had to complain about how it was a slow death though, because it IS Epcot afterall. But after we spent most of the day there we went to Magic Kingdom and saw the giant castle, the electric lights parade, fireworks, pirates of the carribean, and ate delicious giant sundaes. (oh and I saw a man wearing a snuggie on the way out of the park to the parking lot - and it was hilarious!) The park closed at 8pm and we decided to head back to Tampa for the night. Once home we of course watched Mulan and snacked.

Saturday we relaxed by the pool, in the sunshine and played games. Brother and Nixy's flights back to Rochester were later that afternoon, so we decided to just enjoy the day. I learned a new card game called Golf, and it's so easy to play, and a lot of fun. After we dropped brother and Nixy off at the airport, mom, trisha and I had pedicure appointments. We got the full deal, parafin wax and all. Cute little toes. It was so relaxing and nice to be with my mom and aunt, and chat. We had dinner reservations for that night and decided on the way out to buy some cute dresses to wear. We were all dolled up and went out for a delicious dinner, and my uncle Roger came along too.

Sunday we went to church and afterwards decided to make (trisha taught me her recipe) a pot roast for dinner. Most of the day we spent relaxing again, playing outside and enjoying the gorgeous weather. I also made everyone watch 7 brides for 7 brothers, and I think they all enjoyed it! My cousin Paul came home from FSU for spring break, and it was nice to have him around too. Maggie, mom and I went for a long walk with the 2 pups to get ice cream. It's perfect weather in FL and it wasn't too hot at all to be walking around in the sunshine.

My flight home Monday was in the early afternoon, luckily there was more sunshine to enjoy before I boarded my plane back home. It was a really great relaxing weekend, and I can't wait to go back in a few weeks!