Pomp and Circumstance

  • Posted on December 28, 2006 at 1:09 pm

Yesterday we traveled south to Bloomington, Indiana to celebrate my brother Eric’s graduation from Indiana University (IU). IU happens to be my undergraduate alma mater, and my brother Brandon’s undergraduate alma mater as well. And once my dad receives his Master’s of Public Health, he’ll be a bona fide IU graduate, too. Yep, a family of Hoosiers.

We had afternoon tea at Eric’s apartment, and then took a driving tour of the campus and surrounding area. It certainly brought back memories. Not much has changed, although there are certainly more Starbucks.

We had a fabulous dinner at Scholar’s Inn in Bloomington. I had the duck breast with a grape and kumquat chutney, served with hazelnut pancakes and haricots verts. Larry had lamb chops and chanterelle risotto. The dinners were very good, if you overlook the crunchy risotto, but the desserts were even better–the restaurant had about twenty desserts to choose from. It was a difficult choice, but I settled on a warm apple crumble with vanilla ice cream, and Larry had the peach kuchen. Although both were scrumptious, the best dessert was Brandon’s bete noir–a delicious chocolaty concoction that melted in the mouth.

Congrats again to Eric!

Merry Christmas

  • Posted on December 25, 2006 at 10:16 pm

Merry Christmas to everyone!

Larry and I are in Indiana for the week. We’ve been hanging out at the lodge, eating way too much, relaxing, playing games and doing puzzles.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas, and Santa was good to you!

Christmas tree cookie

Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road?

  • Posted on December 17, 2006 at 3:09 pm

Lately I have been obsessed with Elton John’s song “Goodbye, Yellow Brick Road.” Funny thing is, I was never a huge Elton John fan. Now I can’t get enough of that song. Maybe I’ll start branching out into other Elton John songs and see how I take to them.

Sylvan Beach Cafe

  • Posted on December 12, 2006 at 9:20 pm

This semester, I decided to take a video production class. I figured if I was going to buy a camera, start making videos and try to be the next Scorsese, I should at least learn some of the fundamentals. Plus, I needed to burn 3 credits somehow.

So, here is a video I produced along with two other classmates as a final project. It is a promotional video for the Sylvan Beach Foundation, a non-profit organization based in Baltimore, MD. What is the foundation all about? Watch and learn:

The West Wing

  • Posted on December 2, 2006 at 8:13 pm

Today I did something that few people get to experience—I toured the White House. Amy, Jess, Sharkie, Catherine and Deanna were also there. Jess wins the award for Most Excited. Extra special thanks to Amy for inviting me, and Amanda for taking time out of her Saturday to give us the tour.

It was incredible. We toured the West Wing, and the highlights were seeing the Oval Office (my favorite room), the Cabinet Room, the Roosevelt room, and the door to the Situation Room. We also saw the Gardens behind the West Wing and took pictures from the front lawn. Cameras weren’t allowed inside, but I managed to take a few pictures outside:

The Rose Garden

We had to leave the lawn when the President’s dogs came out to play. Apparently, they don’t get along very well with the tourists. I tried to dawdle and get a peek at them, hoping that maybe I’d see George tossing a ball around with them, but no such luck.

In the front yard, a security guard yelled at me for stepping on the grass. I had one foot on the curb and one foot on the lawn. I had no idea that they took lawncare so seriously. Sorry President Bush, I hope the heel of my boot didn’t leave a hole in your yard.

It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience—ok, maybe twice in a lifetime. Amanda is giving the tour again for Larry, Mick, Karen, Jacob and I next weekend. It will be fun to watch everyone’s reactions to seeing everything for the first time. Thank you, Amanda, for this amazing opportunity!