In the last of our series we vlogged last... November? December? Kriston and I muse on Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle, and how Kriston knows nothing about the Hunger Games but knows everything about Love Actually. Fascinating.
It's been both an agonizingly long and busy winter. I've been up to some things, which may account for my recent absence here. Let me tell you about them.
#1? I got a new job. I'm now Direct of Content at a company in DC called GovLoop. I've only been there a week and I'm already highly enjoying it. If you work in the federal government, I suggest you check us out.
#2: I'm spending a lot of time hyper-ventilating about the new Veronica Mars movie, WHICH COMES OUT THIS FRIDAY. I sort of have completely failed on my Veronica Mars rewatch blogging project, but you can still see a recent vlog here. Warning: it may be my most incoherent yet. I DID finish the full rewatch, which I'm glad I did, because I basically forgot the entire plot of season 3. At the time they came out I feel like we were all really critical of seasons 2 and 3, but they hold up!
#3: I ran a Ragnar Relay. This really deserves its own post. My team of 12 ran 200 miles from Miami to Key West in about 30 hours (I ran about 17 miles of that, in 3 separate legs). Florida was genuinely beautiful, and we were rewarded at our delirious end with a couple of days in Key West where we stumbled around exhausted, drunk off margaritas, and full of love for our shared bonding experience of pain and agony. If you'll remember, I ran another Ragnar last summer -- in the woods, in the dark, and in a tropical freaking storm -- and this one was still excruciating but so much more pleasant.
#4: Whenever I can see her, I'm spending time obsessing over my niece. She's about 4 months old and basically perfect. Look at these goddamn cheeks. I mostly like her because she seems extremely skeptical about everything. She's also huge and fat, just like any good Andrews should be.
#5: My body is old and crumbling and injured so I've been spending some time trying to heal it. I've had a back injury for the better part of the year and finally started seeing a phyiscal therapist for it. Luckily it seems to only be a tissue issue of sorts, and the PT recommended deep tissue massages, which have helped a lot. They also make me cry like a baby because the pain is extreme. This is a thought I seriously had during the first one: "Is this pain more or less than that of the disastrous root canal I had last summer?" And yet I keep coming back for more, because you sort of feel amazing afterwards, and empty of tears, though full of humiliation from screaming and crying in front of your masseuse.
#6: I've been reading a fair amount. I set a Goodreads goal of reading 52 books in 2014, and I'm on track to do that (10 thus far this year). You can see my profile and reviews here. Americanah, Let the Great World Spin, and The Orphan Master's Son have been some of my favorites. Just started Angelmaker and am liking that a lot, too.
So, that's what I've been up to. Some things I hope to add to that list that I'm not doing enough of:
#1: Cooking. I've always thought one of the most rewarding parts of my 30 while 30 project was the Catherine Learns to Cook project. I need to cook more. It makes me happy.
#2: Running. I'm going to try to fulfill a long-held dream of qualifying for the Boston Marathon when I turn 35 (and, conveniently, when the qualifying time goes from 3 hours 35 minutes to 3 hours 40 minutes, which seems, somehow, eminently more doable) and I need to start running more to get a base up before training.
#3: Real estate. I know it seems weird, because I've lived here almost my whole life, but until recently I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of buying a condo or something and thereby staking my existence firmly in DC. But 2014 is the year I realized that's what I want. So I need to get my finances a bit in order, and see if I can fulfill the American dream of blowing my life savings on a 600-foot square apartment.
I'm gross-looking, and tired, and have one gigantic zit that would show up on satelittle let alone on iMovie, and am frantically packing for a trip, and so the only energy I can put forth towards Veronica Mars this evening comes in the form of a text update. You're probably sick of my stupid vlogging face so this may be a relief.
#2: I got THE coolest thing from my buddy Matt in the mail this week. Months and months ago, he went to a party in Austin with Rob Thomas that, I believe, was celebrating the success of the Kickstarter? Or the launch of it? Anyways, Matt knew my unhealthy obsession with Logan Echolls and he GOT JASON DOHRING TO SIGN A PINT CLASS TO ME. MY DNA HAS NOW TOUCHED DOHRING DNA. Dohring also signed it, "Logan, bitch!" Expect this glass to feature prominently in any and all vlogs from here on out.
Dang, I'm a bad blogger. I start up the Veronica Mars Rewatch Project with much fanfare, only to leave you hanging about the next set of episodes. In my defense, I did have a good excuse:
And that excuse was called vacation in Mexico. During the polar vortex. Suckers. (Not that it did me much good as I sit here still shivering in my coat, hat and scarf, having walked through 11 degree weather.)
Anyways, it's time to get back on the metaphorical horse that is this rewatch project. Because season one is 22 episodes, though we're technically only supposed to be recapping up to 21, I'm just going to do the whole friggin thing at once. So beware; below, thar be spoilers as to who murdered Lilly Kane.
I don't want to brag, but I'm about to have the best weekend. I've got a run planned (c'mon - for me, this is best), an acupuncture session (shrug, you know what I'm about), I'm going to Arlene's bachelorette party which will involve my first time drinking the fine cocktails at the Columbia Room. It'll be all-around-A+.
But the best news for this weekend? Nay, the BEST NEWS EVER? I don't even know if I can type it. I got selected for the National Zoo's first Instagram meet up. And who is the star of their first meet up? THE BABY FREAKING PANDA, BAO BAO.
If you've been around these parts for a while, you know part of my lore is involvement in DC's baby panda scene. I was part of the creation & popularization of the moniker Butterstick. When he was born, I was writing on DCist, and I was basically the panda beat. I did get to go see Butterstick when he was a roly poly baby panda, displayed to the public, but it was with the UNWASHED MASSES, where I stood on tiptoe to see him clumsily trip over some bamboo, braying "awwws" left and right with dozens of others.
Anyways. Because I'm a human being with a mostly functioning heart, I love baby pandas. So I'm pretty excited to get to meet Bao Bao. As part of the meet up, we get to interact with Bao Bao's keepers, and ask them question. So far, I've got this:
-Can I hold him? -No seriously let me hold the baby panda -WHY DID YOU LET BUTTERSTICK GO BACK TO CHINA -Does Butterstick ever ask after me? -Come to think of it... is Butterstick um... even still alive?
That's all I got, though. So I could use your help: What should I ask the zookeepers this weekend? What should I ask Bao Bao? And what messages shall we all pass on to Butterstick?