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it’s the final countdown: days 4, 5 & more.

I’m writing this on my last weekday as a Funemployed person. So, naturally I’m doing it in a coffee shop.

Day 4 — yesterday — was lovely. I started the morning as I usually do lately: consumed by my allergies. But I tore myself out of bed to meet C at the new NPR building — his office — over in NoMA. After lunch and a tour (the office is shiny and new and pretty, y’all — or as C would say “trendy”), I started my walk home. Desperately in need of a little wake-up call, I stopped at Big Bear Cafe on the way. I’ve heard about this place forever, but have never made it over there. The staff is friendly, the outdoor patio is inviting, and the iced vanilla latte is delicious.

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I then went home for a couple hours (to watch Homeland, obviously) before heading over to C’s for some beers on the porch. Then it was off to Sara Bareilles at the 930 Club! The show was good, y’all. Like, real good. She’s obviously a great singer, but the gal has a sense of humor and sarcasm that is rivaled only by yours truly …JK LOL NOT JK. But seriously, see her LIVE! if you can.

Aside from Sara’s singing and joke-slinging, the night was also memorable because two fabulous guys got engaged on stage. The crowd was on their feet. And of course he said yes!

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Today — Day 5 — has been a little more uneventful… SO FAR. I’m sitting in a coffee shop now doing a little reading for the new job, which starts bright and early Monday morning.

I tried to convince my body to sleep in — IT’S MY LAST CHANCE, AFTER ALL — but alas, I was up at 8:30 a.m. I’m having lunch at the lovely U Street Cafe right now (they know my name you guys!), and the rest of my afternoon will be spent reading before I meet up with K at 5 p.m. to start the weekend with a couple of cocktails. But it’s not just any other old weekend. IT’S K’S BACHELORETTE WEEKEND, Y’ALL. I’m so happy that I get to spend my weekend saying goodbye to Funemployment by helping K say goodbye to her single gal days. She and future Mr. K are such a great pair; I’m so happy for her. I won’t/can’t say much about this weekend, as K reads this here little bloggy, but rest assured it will be fun (read: drunk). I’ll update y’all on Sunday. With lots of pitchures.

Sometimes I feel like my posts are just like “Hey! Here’s what I did today…”, which considering what a jet-set life I lead, I know is like, totally super interesting for you all to read. But in case you were looking to know a little bit more about me as a human, outside of my jam-packed schedule, here’s some other random info from the last few days.

1. I FINISHED HOMELAND. You guys. You guys. Seriously. Watch this show. But make sure you either a) watch it with someone or b) have a best friend on the West Coast who has already seen it and who is available to indulge your 3 a.m. EST text messages being all like ‘THIS SHIT IS CRAY.” (ALL CAPS NECESSARY.) Also, considering how many shows Funemployment has allowed me to get hooked on, I can confirm this is the most accurate thing I’ve read on the Internet in a long while… http://www.buzzfeed.com/rachelhorner/the-27-stages-of-getting-addicted-to-a-television-show … Thanks to aforementioned BFF M for this gem.

2. If you’re looking for a happy little summer ditty, try Ben Rector’s “The Beat.” I can’t stop listening to it. I was walking around in the sunshine smiling to myself this morning as it was dancing through my headphones. Yep, I was THAT girl. I think in the last few days I have listened to approximately four songs on repeat (what are blogs for if not embarrassing admissions like this?).

  • Next to Me by Emilie Sandé
  • Come & Get It by Selena Gomez (seriously, f’real, thanks a lot, H)
  • The Beat by Ben Rector
  • Can’t Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

3. Hokay, this is actually some big news I’m sorry I haven’t mentioned here before. So at the moment I live in a huge rowhouse with 4 other roommates. This sounds like a lot o’ people, but we’re all friends and it’s been such a great home for the last two years. Sadly, but understandably with all the new construction around, our landlords have decided to make themselves bookoo bucks by selling our house to presumably the highest bidder. And they want us out by May 31st. Eeks. H and I have decided it would be fun to continue living with each other, and saw a 2-bedroom house recently we both fell in love with. Well, turns out the landlord loved us right back, and yesterday we got a note saying we got the house! We move in June 1! The house has a great outdoor back patio, so for those of you in the DeeSee area, expect a little partita invite soon! Or, just come on ovah.

Okay. Phew. This was a long post. Amazing that things never change: Having to do real work / reading brings me straight back to my procrastinating roots. Hope y’all are out enjoying the sunshine (assuming there’s some in your neck of the woods), or plan to this weekend.

Upward,

S

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it’s the final countdown: days 2 and 3.

So I’ve made it halfway through my final Funemployed week. And I have to say, I’ve at least a little bit made up for spending all day on the couch Monday. (Although to many reading this in their cubes, that probably sounds perfect and lovely. And it was).

Tuesday morning I got up and went to get a massage. My gym’s spa (yes, it’s a fancy place) has 15% off on Tuesdays. And because I could go, like, whenever, I was able to make an appointment with the guy everyone raves about on Yelp: Jean. He really is the best. I felt so relaxed after my time on his bed that I immediately went to Starbucks for a little pick-me-up to get on with the rest of my day. I ended up running into an old friend, and got to catch up with her for a while, before heading to grab lunch and get some work done.

But speaking of my gym… If anyone asked me what the first thing I wanted to purchase when I was with-income again, my answer was always the same: I WANT MY TRAINER BACK. WELL, guys, next Tuesday Nancy and I will be reunited once again. And i’m SO excited. I have been doing a little bit of stress eating this past month and making myself busy with anything but activities that involve a whole lot of physical exertion. This is going to be great. (Remind me I said that next week.)

Speaking of overeating… H and I had a lady date with R (one of my besties from college) and R’s roommate… other R. The R’s live up in Chevy Chase, so I got to cross off another DC bucket list restaurant: Comet Ping Pong. A hipster-quirky pizza place on Connecticut Avenue, the menu is diverse and delicious. I got the Rodrigo — lime salsa, beef, onions, some other stuff I can’t remember. And they have gluten-free crust for all yous gluten-free people out there.

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Today I spent my morning setting up some appointments (or trying to), getting my ‘brows done, and heading to a coffee shop for lunch and a little bit o’ work. Then I continued my dedication to Overeaters Not-So-Anonymous by grabbing a ton of food from my future place of work for a little menu testing. It was delightful.

But also made me so full I barely had the energy to go see Ben Rector’s show at the 9:30 Club. Who, you ask? Well H and I were asking the same question when 9:30 sent out their Upcoming Shows email last week and described him not only as a man who could play some instruments, but who could keep a gal laughing in between songs. We were sold on description alone, then Spotify’d some of his tunes — just some light, poppy, guy-with-a-guitar-sometimes-keyboard jams. And it’s rare to get some breathing room at a non-sold out 9:30 club show. The couple mauling each other and the other maybe-not-a-couple-that-included-a-guy-who-SRSLY-cant-dance enjoyed this as well. Check him out; the show was as promised — entertaining through and through — and even included an improvised song about bacon.

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Also, I’m now finally halfway through Season 2 of Homeland. SERIOUSLY WHAT ARE YOU DOING READING THIS AND NOT WATCHING ALREADY???

UPWARD,

S

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all the pretty things, he sang.

all the pretty things, he sang.

So I missed going to a show in March (to fulfill a show-a-month resolution I made this year). But.. a) I never specified it HAD to be music — and I did perform in a storytelling show. b) I already have another show lined up in April, sooo maybe this can count as my March-ish show. c) I’m only 3 days late!

Okay, fine, no cheating.

Regardless, I got a chance to see Tony Lucca at Jammin’ Java in NoVA tonight. He has such a great voice. And such a great sense of humor. It’s a shame he isn’t a weee bit taller. Or single and ready to mingle in the DC ‘burbs.

Tony made it big(ger) after a stint on The Voice a few seasons ago, where he got sassy with Christina, sang Britney, and bro’d out with Adam Levine. But for some of us, the fandom dates way back to the Mickey Mouse Club days (Emerald Cove, anyone?).

Alas, I have a serious weakness for a boy with a guitar (don’t we all, I guess). Especially one who can write such lovely lyrics. If you get the chance to see him live, take it! And if you tear up during half his songs, do tell me. I won’t feel so alone.

Also Jammin’ Java is a lovely place for a show. Go there if you get an opportunity as well.

Upward,

S

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i can’t wait ’til I get you on the floor, good-looking.

Ahhhh, y’all.

K, H, another friend, and I will be puttin’ on our lady suits and ties to see Justin & Jay-Z August 8 in Baltimore.

SO. FREAKING. EXCITEDDDDD!

Upward,

S

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[not pictured: punch brothers]

Y’all, I’m 2-for-2 on this concert-every-month resolution. Just thought you should know.

Lumineers last week, squeaking by on the second-to-last day in January, followed by the Punch Brothers tonight. Sorry I didn’t get a good picture; slash, what concert iPhone shots are ever really good?

So i’ll just tell you this: The Punch Brothers are some real nice fellas; who can play their instruments real, reeeeal good; and they look miiiiighty fine in suits. By the end I was wayyy exhausted after my early morning, but the show was so worth it.

Now the real question: Who should I see in March?

Upward,

S

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i don’t care. i love it. i don’t care.

Thanks to the bestie M, and apparently an episode of Girls (i know, i know, i should watch), for this gem.

So many versions, but I think this one is my favorite — I’ve listened to it … um… 74 times in the last two days? Rough estimate, but I have a lot of time on my hands.

It has been a real day saver. It was the perfect song to reeeally wake me up at 6:45 a.m. to finish up some freelance work. Then it kept me motivated to actually get my ass to the gym. And now it’s now serving as nap prevention so I can get laundry together and start to run errands.

The life of the Funemployed, y’all!

Upward,

S

things we (really, really) love.

we’re ready too, justin. we’re ready too.

Upward,

S

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classy girls don’t kiss in bars, you fool.

Ho Hey, guys. After I (along with everyone else I talked to) got shut out of the Lumineers pre-sale yesterday, my still-on-winter-break roommate and I decided to get more aggressive. This morning, we bundled up and headed over to the 930 Club box office, which purportedly would have fee-free tickets available.

We were numbers 5 and 6 in the line, and by 10:15, we each walked away with 4 coveted concert tickets. Our working friends, who were chained to their computers furiously typing super clear and straightforward human-verifying codes into Ticketmaster, were relieved at the news. Turns out making things happen IRL, off-line, really is a better way to live sometimes.

(Also, as this show is a few weeks away (barely) in January, this keeps me on my resolution to see a show a month.)

We followed up our win with a rewarding breakfast at nearby Blind Dog Cafe. If you haven’t been to this little corner shop, you’re missing out. We each grabbed our own comfy couch to enjoy our coffee and pimento cheese breakfast sandwiches made with fresh homemade croissants.

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To make this day even more productive, I had a quick phone screen …for a job I wasn’t qualified for, but the recruiter is going to pass my resume along for one I might be.

And now I’m doing a little job searching before cleaning my room — aka my least favorite chore. Seriously, if anyone wants to come do it for me, I might even be willing to part w/ a few pennies (literally pennies, sorry).

TGIF.

Upward,

S

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things we love.

on repeat. all day.

Upward,

S

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Ooh La La

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Grace Potter. She got the medicine that everybody wants.

Officially one week being Funemployed; live music is good for the soul, y’all.

Upward,

S

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