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A Quiet Weekend

This weekend was pretty relaxing overall.  After buying a growler of beer at Bull City Burger and Brewery, Daniel and I fired up the XBox yesterday so we could play through Halo and Halo 2 again.  The XBox doesn’t quite work the way it’s supposed to, so Daniel and I are going to be purchasing an XBox 360 for Hanukkah.  It’s going to be a gift from both of us to both of us.  We’re pretty excited, because our XBox is absolutely on its last legs.  Today it shut itself off for no reason.

Of course, an XBox 360 means we can play through all of the other Halo sequels.  I am also excited about Plants vs Zombies for the XBox 360, since it has a co-op mode.

Expect a special post coming later this week about Thanksgiving.  And, as I mentioned in the R. Kelly post, we will be doing a “Trapped in the Closet” marathon sometime this week, so there will be some mention of that.

Just a Fun Saturday Night

Last night was pretty awesome.  A girl that I work with, Megan, came out for drinks with me and Daniel at Bull City Burger and Brewery.  She ended up just driving to our house, parking here, and walking with us, since parking over there can get crazy on Saturday night.  She had never been to BCBB, so it was cool that we got to show her what that was about.  And, in my opinion, their beer is just much better than Fullsteam’s beer.  BCBB typically has a better variety, and have new and different beers every month, and their quality just seems to be better and more consistent.  Fullsteam has a great vibe, but I definitely prefer BCBB.  As we were sitting outside on the (new and improved!) back patio at BCBB, we also were witness to a guy trying to bust open a piñata while he was surrounded by a number of his friends.  Using a stick to break it open ended up being a complete failure because the stick broke long before any real damage was done to the piñata.  So they just let the guy tear it open.  Naturally, Megan, Daniel, and I were waiting anxiously to see what was inside (there had been talk of puppies), but we were pretty disappointed to find that it was only the crappy Double Bubble bubblegum, where the flavor is gone before you can even get it to your mouth.  But that was fun, and after 2 beers each we walked to Fullsteam.  It turns out that Fullsteam was having a Zombie Prom for Halloween.  It was excellent, but we were all bummed that we missed the memo on that one, because I definitely have a dress that would have been perfect for it.  They had a decent band playing, except that you couldn’t understand what they were singing because it was mixed so poorly.  I did figure out one song, it was Cheap Trick’s “Surrender”.  We drank, we danced, we saw all kinds of zombies.

After Fullsteam, we just walked back to the apartment where we continued drink.  Daniel had some of his whiskey on the rocks, Megan and I drank appletinis.  And after that I don’t remember much except that I know Megan ended up sleeping here because we were all very, very drunk.

July

It’s hard to summarize a month.  I certainly intended to update a few times throughout the month, but one day it was July 1, and the next it was August 1.  So, this month went by a little fast for me.  I think we had something going on every weekend.  July 4 found us at a small party in our backyard, thrown by our neighbor Max.  It consisted of beer and delicious grilled food.  Afterward, Daniel and I walked over to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park to watch fireworks.  That following weekend found us at a party at Luke and Carrie’s place.  As I’ve mentioned, Luke graduated from the University of Rochester and Carrie grew up in Pittsford, so they are very familiar with Rochester.  That was a fantastic party.  Our other neighbors Glenn and Mary were there, along with two of Mary’s sisters.  I learned that I’m really awesome at Flip Cup and that there is no way of knowing just how many back-up plans Big Boi has.  Luke and Carrie actually live right around the corner from Daniel’s best friend’s mom.  Speaking of Daniel’s best friend, we went out to dinner last week with Jeremiah, his girlfriend Mae, and his parents.  This is the second time we’ve gone out with them in the last two months, and they are good people.  We also met up with one of my co-workers, Nic, and his girlfriend Chelsea for drinks at Bull City Burger and Brewery.  Nic insisted on driving us to Sam’s Quik Shop, which used to be a run-of-the-mill gas station, but is now “Durham’s Craft Beer Specialty Store”.  I bought a beer on tap there while I browsed and got to keep the glass.  It was very cool, and they have every type of beer imaginable.

This past weekend was a bit more quiet; Daniel and I drove to the western part of the state to visit my grandmother, aunt, and uncle.  I found out all kinds of interesting things about my uncle, like how he has a meteorite collection and built a decorative water fountain from scratch.

As always, I will strive to update this thing more often during August.  I should have more time, since I will be on a lovely beach vacation in two weeks.  It’s the annual Baroff Family trip to Bald Head and I am so excited.

Living the Good Life

Hello again.  I am actually writing this post from our new townhouse in downtown Durham.  I talked a little bit about it in my last post.  I am extremely pleased with how it has turned out.  We pay a little bit more than we did in Rochester for a lot more stuff, including a washer, dryer, and dishwasher.

So, where do I start?  Daniel graduated two weeks ago with his Bachelor’s degree (finally).  I’m really proud of him, he did great.  I ended up flying to Rochester on Saturday night, and he graduated the following morning.  By the way, I’ve decided that I actually really like flying.  This may be a problem for Daniel, because he hates it.  I can’t stress the word “hate” enough, because he just won’t do it.  I thought it was kind of fun, personally.  But, anyway, I digress.  We moved all of our stuff into a van on Sunday, after graduation, and started out for North Carolina that night.  That was not our original intention, but it worked out.  We spent the night in Harrisburg, PA, and arrived in Durham in the early afternoon on Monday.  I’m so happy he’s finally here, and we’re done moving for a while.

The townhouse looks amazing.  I’m sure there will be pictures coming soon.  We are still kind of settling in.  I’m enjoying Durham quite a bit now that I have Daniel to show me around to all the cool places.  We’ve even been doing some partying.  Last weekend we met up with Daniel’s best friend Jeremiah, and we got to meet his girlfriend Mae.  On that Friday we went to Fullsteam, and then to Bull City Burger and Brewery to eat dinner with Jeremiah’s parents.  I had met Jeremiah’s mom before, but I’d never met his dad.  His dad was adorable.  I don’t know how else to describe him.  He has a beard and glasses and wears plaid shirts and loafers.  He was just an adorable man.  It was great to meet and chat with him.  The following Sunday, the day before Memorial Day, we went to Mae’s parents’ house for a little party.  That was…interesting.  There was a lot of tequila that I wouldn’t go near.  Daniel and I only knew Jeremiah and Mae, but Daniel’s friend Forest did show up later and they all had a little jam session on a makeshift stage in the backyard.  It was good to see them back together making music.  I’m still calling for an Acoustic Satan reunion.  So, that was a fun night.

Last night we were invited to a party being held in our own backyard, which was awesome.  Our neighbors Glenn and Mary were throwing a party, and invited everyone in the 6 townhomes that make up our little complex.  Glenn and Mary are actually University of Rochester alumni, which is crazy and very small world.  I swear we didn’t plan that out.  At the party we also met another guy named Luke, who majored in Optics at the U of R, and his girlfriend Carrie who is from Pittsford.  I was extremely drunk, since I’d had an entire bottle of wine, plus two cups of beer.  I came upstairs to grab something and ended up passing out in bed.  I felt a little bad about that because I missed the rest of the party and totally left without even telling Daniel where I was going.  Oops.  The good news is that I think we are going to meet up with Luke and his girlfriend sometime this week at Bull City Burger and Brewery for dinner and drinks.  He seemed like a cool guy and we both need friends here since we all just moved from Upstate New York (except for Daniel, who’s from Durham).

So, in the few weeks we’ve been here, we’ve met some cool people and done some cool things.  I can’t wait for more.  I should not have waited so long to make this update, because there is definitely more that I want to talk about.  Like The Avengers.  That one really deserves its own post.  And I will have some pictures in my next post.  There are just too many things to do now that I live here.

2 Bottles of Beer and 1/2 Pint of Guinness

This is what I drank at tonight’s Trivia Night at the Old Toad.  We had a fantastic waitress who was not British but was extremely pleasant nonetheless.  Trivia Night was hilarious because the guy asking questions had a ridiculous accent that even the other British employees couldn’t understand.  Let me recap:  “Did you say doh or dah?” That’s not very descriptive. Here is a voice recording of my terrible attempt to imitate these two accents:

They are saying door, right?

It was a great night.  We couldn’t convince Jenab to come out with us.  What a pooper.  Tonight I learned how much I love malt vinegar on my french fries (chips).

I've always been a little bit of a lightweight.

Half Pint Pub

This afternoon, Daniel and I were craving a little beer.  We opted to try the new Half Pint Pub on Park Avenue, just two blocks from our apartment.  We had never been in before, so the young woman behind the bar explained that you purchase a full pint of beer, but it is split into two half pints, and each person can choose two different beers to fill their two half pints.  Daniel and I decided not to do this, and to each just get a pint of one beer.  However, later we did split a pint; Daniel drank Harp while I drank Samuel Adams Octoberfest.

Personally, I think that is a great idea for serving beer.  It gives people the ability to try a larger variety of beer in one visit or to share pints with friends.  Of course, there is the added bonus of feeling like a badass when they send you away with two half pints of beer and you can just double fist to your heart’s desire.

Half Pint Pub. It's so little!

Top 10 Favorite Things to Do on a Weekend (Summer Edition)

Summer is short here.  I don’t like to waste my free time on the weekends by not doing the things that I enjoy.  Below is a list of my favorite things to do during a summer weekend.

10.  Take numerous and long walks around Park Avenue.

Daniel and I still find cool things in the neighborhood that we didn’t know about before.  These walks give us an opportunity for further exploration.

9.  Napping on the couch with the window open.

In my opinion, there is nothing better than coming back to the apartment in the afternoon, laying down on the couch, and falling asleep to the sounds of the neighborhood and a cool breeze washing over my body.  I love naps, but I can only do it on the weekend, when I have free afternoons to waste on such things.

8.  Going for jogs.

I hate running and jogging.  But I’ve been forcing myself to do it lately, and the Park Avenue neighborhood is a great place to do it because there are so many runners out at any given time of the day during the summer.  This is both inspirational and encouraging.  I tend to do it more often on weekends simply because during the week I’m more tired from job and have less time after work.

7.  Wearing a dress.

I work in a lab, which means that for 5 days out of the week I prefer to wear long pants, sneakers and long- or short-sleeved t-shirts.  This is not only to keep me warm in the cold labs, but also to protect myself and the samples I’m working with.  During the weekends, I can throw on a cute summer-y dress and feel good about the way I look.  It’s trivial to some, but important to me.

6.  Going to the Public Market.

We’ve started going to the Public Market again.  This is the best way to buy fruits and veggies in the summer.  But you’d already know that if you read my blog post about it!  Shame on you!

5.  Going to festivals.

Daniel and I have already attended 2 festivals this year, but there are so many more to come.  I’m especially looking forward to the Corn Hill Arts Festival, which is taking place on July 9th and 10th this year, and Park Ave Fest, which is taking place on August 6th and 7th this year.

4.  Eating delicious grilled foods at a cookout.

Grilled hot dogs and hamburgers are the best.  What more can I say?

3.  Playing poker.

We spend a lot of Saturday nights going to Matt’s and Jessica’s house to play poker.  It’s especially worth it right now because I think they are on some kind of diet where they will only allow themselves dessert on the weekends.  So visiting their house on a Saturday is like going to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory.  But with poker and beer.  Of course, playing poker is also something that can be done in the winter.

2.  Spending time with Daniel.

We just don’t see each other as much during the week, since we both work 40 hours a week.  We only have a few precious hours after work, so we like to find things to do together on the weekends and enjoy the nice weather.  Such as…

1.  Drinking a cold beer outside, in the sun, on a warm day.

Summer is the time to bring out the hefeweizens and pale ales.  And they go so well with the grilled burgers and dogs.  And you can’t play poker without some good beer.  Nor can Daniel and I possibly live in the Park Ave area and NOT get drunk during Park Ave Fest.  As for the other items on this list…jogging with beer?  I’ll try it and let you know…

Parkleigh, at the corner of Goodman and Park.