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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Happy Birthday Mom!

Hey there!  Just wrapping up another week and thought I'd send a quick update...and as you can see it includes a (belated) birthday wish for Momma!  Although life this past week has been pretty boring between work and school, Mom's birthday celebration this past weekend provided us with something fun to do (and to blog about!)...although luckily for me, I've got some less monotonous things coming up soon :) But I digress...

As I said, the highlight of our week was spending Saturday night with Mom (and Carol, Skeeter, and Marge of course) at the Riverside Dinner Theater.  We saw "Dreamgirls" and enjoyed a fun night celebrating Momma :)  The show was great, and the company was even better...and we consider ourselves lucky to have so many wonderful people (and opportunities) in our lives!  Check out the fun:

The audience sang to Mom for her birthday :)

Carol, Marge, and Mom before the show.
 Well, that's about all she wrote...and I'm off to bed for my early AM interview...and in case I get nervous, I'll substitute picturing people in their underwear for the image below :) 

Honey in her Thunderjacket...it keeps her from getting scared :)


Sunday, September 18, 2011

Autumn is Arriving

Well, helloooo there!  Hope all is well with you - things are crazy around here (as always), but life is still good! :)

The past couple of weeks (gasp - it's been more than a week since my last update!) have been sooo busy I have barely had time to breathe, but hopefully things are about to settle down a little bit!  Balancing school, work, and the JOB SEARCH have been basically all consuming... but it seems to be paying off!  Last week, I had my first callback interview with a firm here in DC.  Basically, that means six interviews (each thirty minutes) for the first half of the day.  It went really well, so let's hope for good things!  Speaking of hoping, it's funny how when you think positive thoughts, you draw in positive things.  On Friday, I was kind of having a freak out moment and stressing about how hard the job search is, and I decided to just be positive and believe that it will all work out for the best.  Literally, about a half hour after making up my mind to stay positive, the phone rang and I was offered another callback with a firm in Baltimore - hooray!

With all else going on, I also always keep in mind one motto: All work and no play makes Brandon a dull boy - i.e. Friday we met some friends downtown for a fun night of dinner, dancing, and good times!  Then, yesterday, Mega Seth and I headed off to Mt. Airy, Maryland to do a wine tasting at Liganore Winery - and boy was it yummy!

Our wine and cheese! Yummmm!

Mista Seth in front of the winery.

Yours truly after a great day at the winery.

So pretty, I hope you can all come and visit with us :)

Our trip to the winery sort of symbolized the end of summer (well, at least in Groupon's eyes!) and this week we officially move from summer to fall.  I can't believe that summer flew by so fast, and that my favorite time of the year is fast approaching.  But never fear, we won't let summer's end stop us from having fun...there is lots more in store...and that means lots more fun to share with you on the blog!  But until then, it's time to go for our run and keep on pace with our Urbanathalon Training :)  Much love and hugs until the next time!





Monday, September 5, 2011

So Long Summer!!!

Hey there!  Well, it's been two weeks since school started back and we are back to the grind...but not without some noteworthy and interesting events!

Earthquakepocalypse and Hurricanepocalypse:
For those of you who have been hiding under your beds, the East coast had some odd run-ins with Mother Nature recently.  First, two weeks ago, I was in our bedroom, getting ready for school, and all of a sudden I felt shaking.  At first I thought it was a truck, then I thought the world was ending, then I thought the Metro trains had crashed, and then I realized: it's an Earthquake!!!  It was crazy!  We rarely get earthquakes back here (at least one's that we can feel), so I was quite taken by surprise.  Actually, the last earthquake I remember feeling was when I was little - I was at my grandma's house and we thought a helicopter was flying too low...but it was nothing compared to what we had the other day!  Things literally shook so hard that wall hangings fell, things got knocked off shelves, and Honey got scared :(  Luckily, no severe harm was had, and I even got to meet Wolf Blitzer doing his report from downtown.

That's Wolf Blitzer, under the umbrella.
Not too long after things settled down from the earthquake, things got crazy, thanks to a little lady named Irene.  Hurricane Irene (as I'm sure you heard about on the news), was supposed to be this huge hurricane that would devastate the East coast.  Luckily it didn't, but since we didn't know what would happen, everyone was freaking out: stores were crowded, gas was hard to come by, and all that was on TV was weather!  By the time the storm got here, it had weakened significantly, so we only got rain and winds...although strong enough to knock out our power (see the photo below) and cause a delayed opening for school.

The tree by these apartments got knocked down by Irene!

All the rain caused some interesting mushrooms to sprout!
Since all this crazy weather, things have been pretty calm and things have gone back to normal.  My theory behind it all?  The law Gods aren't quite ready for us to rock it this year at school ;)


Back to School
Speaking of school, we started back two weeks ago now.  Since being back, things have been busy (as usual!) but really great!  In addition to school, I'm working with a judge on the DC Superior Court on Tuesdays and Thursdays, working as a Dean's Fellow for the Integrated Curriculum Program (a.k.a. I'm a mentor/help to new students and get to take them to coffee/lunch on the school's dime!), and (of course) on the job hunt for a summer associate position for next summer!  It's crazy to be applying for jobs already, but in law school, that's how you gotta do it to land a job (thank you job market!).  Luckily, I have second round interview next Wednesday with a great firm in DC, so wish me luck!

Other than school, Seth is continuing to love his new job and is keeping busy with freelance work.  We're both pretty amazed that summer flew by so quickly, but we are in the process of planning some fun getaways for the Fall.  In the mean time, check out the pic/video below of some of the fun we've had here in DC!

Street band playing downtown - they were great!
video

Labor Day Weekend
Luckily for us, school didn't get too far into full swing before we were blessed with the Labor Day holiday weekend!  Seth and I headed to Fredericksburg to meet Mom and Skeeter for a road trip to see Aunt Peggy and Glen in Buena Vista.  As always, it's fun to road trip with those characters, and we had a nice trip.  After crashing at Mom's and having lunch with her and Dad at La Pizzeria, it was back to DC for a weekend of school and work!  Unfortunately, the weekend has already come to a close (booo!) but it's OK, because life is good and "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is on in 5 minutes!!!  Until the next time, much love and hugs...and hopefully laughs (see below!):

Finally the answer to the question:
What happens when a gay man changes a lightbulb?