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Monday, June 13, 2011

DC Pride 2011

Hey there!  I figured I'd try to get this post done before hitting the hay for tonight (cause otherwise my tired, feeble mind might forget everything that happened this weekend!!!)  So anyway, as you can see, this weekend was DC Pride and needless to say I am exhausted!

To kick off the festivities, Seth and I volunteered with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation - an organization that monitors gay and lesbian activity/portrayal in the media) for its fundraiser called "Thank GLAAD It's Friday."   Basically it's a cocktail hour where people drink and mingle.  It was fun and Seth and I were assigned the best job - drink and mingle with the guests :)  We met some new friends at the event and, after, we all went to the Shake Shack (a transplant New York burger place which is sooo good!) and then headed home to our sweet little daughter :)

View of the PRIDE ready city from on top of the Donovan House!

Speaking of burgers...great meal, just not the best idea the evening before you have a 10K haha!  On Saturday I was up at 6:00AM to run the "Lawyers Have Heart 10K" in Georgetown.  Luckily, due to the heat (it has been FREAKING HOT here for June!) they changed it to a 5K, so my tummy managed to make it (and I actually beat my old 5K time, so maybe the burger wasn't all that bad!)  DC is probably the only city in the world that could have a race with JUST attorneys/law students...and there were 5,000 people that ran, so it's kind of crazy to think how many people practice law here (I think it's like 1 in 7 or 8 people!)....and soon I will be one of them!!!  Also, I had to laugh because in the e-mail they sent changing the 10K to a 5K, they emphasized the legal liabilities involved...oh lawyers :)  By the way, thanks to Mom, Dad, Carol, Brooke, and Steven for your generous donations - our school won the fundraising challenge!  After the race was over we headed off to the dog park for some play time...and we saw the cutest thing: nuns playing tennis in their all-out nun attire!  The picture below is pretty blurry (I was trying not to be TOO obvious that I was taking a picture haha!) but I figured I'd post it anyway just because :)

At the starting line of Lawyer's Have Heart 10K (well, 5K!)

Super blurry, but our best attempt to catch this on camera :)

Before too long, it was off and away on the good ol' Metro to head downtown for the parade.  This year we actually marched in the parade (with GLAAD) and had a great time!  It's always fun to see so many people out to support the cause.  We met some cute ladies on the Metro from the Unitarian Church who reminded us of our Mommas and maybe next year you will have to march with us ladies :)  Anyway, we actually made some new friends at the parade and ended up celebrating with them on Saturday night.

This couple just got married!

The parade route was packed with supporters!

This dog was decked with lays/beads for Pride!

After a late night, it was another early morning thanks to our grocery deliver and a very fun visit with my cousin Jose Antonio and his girlfriend, Rosanna.  They are visiting from Puerto Rico and wanted to see the city, so they came down for brunch today (Dad even made his way up here too for a bit!).  By the time we made it downtown, it was midday and at the peak of the hotness, so they decided they just wanted to walk through the Pride festival and call it a day!  It was nice seeing them, and hopefully we will be able to see them on their home turf in lovely PR sooner than later :)  

The Pride Festival with our the Capitol building in the background :)

After getting home today, we ended our marathon of a weekend by heading to a cocktail party on U St. and grabbing some Mexican food at Alero.  By the time we got home and walked Honey, we passed out and (luckily for us since we forgot to set an alarm and still had stuff to do before the week began) were awakened at 9:00PM by a call from Mom :)  Now it's just about time to call it quits for the night and get some sleep, so I'm gonna sign off for now with lots of love.  Happy Pride :)

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