I've always been a big fan of Sergei Fedorov and was so excited when he came to Washington. So, it's no surprise that I love him even more after last night! Wooo hooo!


Bring on the Pens!!

Skins' Draft Picks, Caps Game 7

I'm so glad the Skins didn't blow anymore of their money or future draft picks for Mark Sanchez. Granted, with our luck, he'll end up taking the Jets to the Superbowl, but for once, we need consistency with our offense and with Campbell still adjusting to a new system under Zorn, it would just take us back to square one with another new QB. Besides, I'm sure Snyder only wanted Sanchez for his marketability and good looks. What better way to earn him even more money, than a franchise player who could become the next face of the NFL? So, I may eat my words later this year when the Skins finish another mediocre season, but for now I am happy with the first couple draft picks we made:

Round 1 - Brian Orakpo DE - I don't follow college football too closely, but from what I hear, this man is a beast, a monster, a freak...and I love it! I mean look at him, he's huge! I'm surprised we were able to get him at No. 13 and although we could have used an OT, you can't pass him up and hopefully he will help the Skins pass rush. We sure as hell need it.

Round 3 - Kevin Barnes CB - Again, we could have used our picks to build up our offensive line, but I guess they were all taken during Round 2. (Good thing we traded our Round 2 pick for Taylor last year, that sure helped.) It looks like Barnes shows promise with his speed and agility...and with a hit like this, he kind of reminds me of Sean Taylor.

Our defense is stacking up nicely! Hopefully the Skins will develop some of their offensive linemen during the off-season and with the signing of two talented undrafted linemen (Burley & Williams) from UMD, we'll see what happens.

No, no I'm not. I'm so nervous/excited/anxious that I don't even want to watch. All I want is for them to pull this win off...then to win the next series, then the finals and go on to win the Stanley Cup, is that too much to ask?? I'm really hoping we win, but we don't have Brashear (thanks to a 6 game suspension) and we're playing at home so all the pressure is on us to win. Come on Ovie! I want to see more goals like this. We need to redeem ourselves from last year's loss in overtime in this exact same scenario. Can we pull it off tonight? I'm getting nauseous thinking about it. Maybe it's better if we lose tonight, I physically can't handle a Washington team being good for once.

going green...slowly.

I happened to catch a recent Oprah show on Earth Day and realized that I need to start being more environmentally friendly. Shamefully, I'm the one who uses a paper towel each time to dry my hands, does not recycle (out of laziness), and leaves the lights & TV on at night. To make myself feel a bit better, at least I don't litter and I do recycle at work. Anyways, it'll be a slow transition, but at least I am now consciously aware of what I'm doing.

Step 1: Recycle.

I now recycle everything at home..(cardboard, glass, plastic, paper). I had to call up the apartment complex office to find out where their recycle bins are, because apparently they are misused and people dump their trash in them...tsk tsk. See? That's why I never recycled, they don't even have a clear designated place for my recyclables.

Step 2: Reusable Lunch Bags & Water Bottle

I thought I was being environmentally friendly by reusing my plastic bags from Target and Wegmans for lunch bags...but I guess that doesn't count when I turn around and toss them. So, I plan on buying one of those dorky lunch bags (although these are cute). Also, I suppose I could cut back on the multiple plastic water bottles I consume by filling up a reusable water bottle with filtered water.

Step 3: Cut back on water and energy at home

This is pretty challenging. Especially, when it comes to washing Lily's bottles. So, the water consumption will take a bit to get used to, but turning off the lights and unplugging appliances when I'm not using them is easier. I guess I can get used to using the TV timer also, besides, the only thing on after 3am is Paid Programming.

Yes, I know, these 3 steps are simple and I'm sure everyone everywhere is already following these steps, but I like to set immediate goals so I can continue on to greater things, like buying eco-friendly products and using reusable grocery bags.

winery fun

4.18.09 -The wine tour this year was amazing! 48 girls on one charter bus = drunken fun! We hit up Hillsborough then trekked over to Breaux and ended at Quattro Goomba. The weather was perfect and the live music made it that much better. I don't know why I don't go more often to wineries, they're the perfect way to spend a beautiful day out.

On another note..it's about time that I start to detox. I think I've almost caught up on my 9+ months of not drinking. I need to get my butt back into shape and when it's raining out, the last thing I want to do is go for a run (ok - walk). I guess it's time for me to stop putting off the inevitable work out routine. I've used this whole "having a baby thing" as an excuse for too long!

Baby update: Lilyan is 3 months old! Ahh where has the time gone! I can't believe how much of her personality is showing more and more these days. All day long she wants to chew on her hands and now you can tell she is recognizing the difference between other people and her parents. Even though she's growing way too fast, I love this stage! I also just bought her the Your Baby Can Read series. Who knows if it'll work, but it can't hurt. Besides, if she's going to be watching tv at home (which is inevitable since we live in a small apartment with a 60 inch tv) , she might as well be watching something educational!


easter weekend

April 9-10th: Atlantic City was so much fun! It was great to get away with Brian for the night. We arrived at 10pm and gambled at the casinos of the Borgata and Tropicana until 4am. The next morning Brian and I went to the boardwalk and gambled away our winnings. Luckily, I have some self control and was able to convince Brian that it was time to go home. We broke even and walked away with a video poker addiction. 

On the way home we stopped by Babies R Us and picked up a new playmat for Lily. I think she suffered from sensory overload because after 5 mins of playing with all the rattling, vibrating, crinkly, light flashing, mozart musical toys, she passed out. Oh and let's not forget the big mirror that's attached to it, so she can stare at her cute, yet, terrified reflection. 

April 11th - Brian's Dad and my Dad's Bday. How cute that our dads share the same birthday. We went to breakfast to celebrate Brian's dad's bday and then went home to enjoy the rainy day indoors.....Then about after 10 mins of being stuck indoors, I dragged my nephew with me to Target, Wegman's & Best Buy to battle the herds of people getting ready for Easter Sunday. He didn't mind though because he made out with a Wii Fit (an early bday gift) and I decided it would also be the perfect gift for my Dad. So we headed home with 2 Wii Fit's, a trunkful of groceries and the usual random purchases from Target. As we start to unload my car (my bright red VW Golf) I accidentally swung my door open...and it slams into the bright flawless white car next to me. DAMMIT! Keep in mind that we live in an apartment complex. So my options are 1) pretend it didn't happen, move my car and go inside. 2) Sit there and try to buff out the red mark that was left on the side of their car. 3) Write a note like a responsible and courteous person. I went with option 3, realizing that the owner of the car could be watching me through his windows as I contemplate what to do and also because it's the right thing to do...I suppose. Anyways, it's not like it won't buff out and up until now they haven't called me...yet.

April 12th - Easter Sunday! Brian and I went to church and left Lily in the hands of my 14 year old nephew. All of his experience with his 2 younger brothers paid off and Lily was well taken care of. Then we headed to Brian's Aunt's for Easter lunch and an Easter egg-hunt. Lily made out well with 12 eggs....hmm I wonder how she managed that?

Afterwards, we went to my Dad's to celebrate his birthday and to have Easter dinner. Thanks to Cody & I's culinary skills, we made an awesome carrot cake for his birthday. It was probably the best carrot cake I've ever had. Don't worry, I'm not trying to brag about it, anyone can make this cake using this recipe! So after a long weekend of birthdays and Easter celebrations we headed home where we all passed out on the couch for the night.



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Brian and I are off to Atlantic City today! An overnight stay at the Tropicana. Like I said earlier, this should be interesting, as it's my first time in a casino. Let's hope I get beginner's luck and win big! Either way, I'm just excited to have a fun night out of town. We're leaving Lilyan in the hands of Tracy & Josh. Don't worry, I made sure to type up an instructions manual. I used to hate when I'd babysit and there would be a long list of directions and rules to follow...pshh like I didn't know what I was doing. Yet, that didn't stop me from detailing out Lily's daily schedule from sleeping to eating down to what to do if she gets the hiccups. I've become the stereotypical mother, but it's not until I became a mother that I realized there's no other type of mother. It just took me having a child of my own to finally understand it all. Although, I still refuse to get a mini-van and carry around a Winnie the Pooh diaper bag....and please please shoot me if I ever show up at your house wearing a pair of these:
In other great sports news..


It's a great time to be a CAPS fan!

One more point and they clinch 
the No. 2 seed and home-ice advantage
in the second round of playoffs. 


UNC beats MSU = Bracket Challenge Winner!

Finally, I won a pool at work! All the time that I put into running the various pools at work for football and March Madness and yet I have not won once...until now! 

P.S. - Is anyone else going to Cooley's Rally for the Cure