Do you dress in your team colors?
I was inspired by my previous redskins outfit to make a new one for this season. (I don't want to talk about the loss to the Ram's...)
Target currently has a great selection of colored jeans to pick from and I was totally inspired by the burgundy jeans they had and knew I had to get them for this season! I love this because it is the perfect outfit to wear if you don't feel like wearing a jersey and also appropriate for work! My work at least.
Do you dress in your team colors?
I was going to title this post, "Fall Time!", but seeing how it is 80 plus degrees out, I decided I would just highlight the real reason for this post. FOOTBALL! Yes, finally!
Even better my awesome team the Redskins won yesterday! I don't think it is any coincidence that after that big win, my Pinterest post from a Polyvore outfit I made started getting some big likes! So I decided to re-share it here!
Great burgundy and gold outfit to help represent the Skins without having to wear a jersey! Although, I did rock my Chris Cooley jersey yesterday during the big win!
Do you have a go to outfit for this football season?
Since Abby and I left the archives, I have been doing a little research here and there on my Foringer family history. The best part was when I was able to show my Dad what I had learned about his ancestors. He passed along the information to my Grandmother, who I hope to be able to show all my research to one day.
Well my Grandmother randomly took a trip to the lock box that my Grandfather had opened before he passed away, and came across some interesting information. Apparently I wasn't the only one who was interested in our family history.
The box contained some things from my Grandfather's past, including his discharge papers and war metals from when he served in the Navy during WWII. Before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you about my Grandfather.
He was the quintessential family man. He loved our family and being around us as much as possible. He was the life of the party and always wanted to make sure everyone was having a good time. One of our favorite memories of him is after church, he would stand at the back as people would be leaving and bless each of them by saying, "No rentus, evictus." We knew how much he loved us, but I think it was even more apparent after his death when we found what he had saved. My Dad's first newspaper clipping from coaching. Coins from around the world for my brother and I. Small things that we had no idea he cared about.
He also cared about his family history. My Grandfather had saved many things from both sides of the family, but what I found the most interesting was what he had about his Grandfather, my Great Great Grandfather, Newton Foringer. I knew he had died relatively young, and had found his death certificate, but I couldn't really understand his cause of death. My Grandfather had saved a copy of Newton's obituary. This is no regular obituary. This obituary is probably the longest thing I have ever seen. It highlights in detail not only how he became ill, but the kind of person he was and who was at the funeral.
The most fascinating thing about this clipping, is also the content. While I was ready the obituary, I could have sworn that it could have been written for my Grandfather, or even my father for that matter. Take a look:
"Deceased was one of the most highly respected and esteemed citizens of this community, public spirited and always strived to stand with those he believed were good and upright. He was a man of sterling moral character, fair in his dealings, and ever ready to lend a helping hand to all."
My Great Great Grandfather was also a Town Councilman, director of the church choir and a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge (whatever that is). I couldn't be more proud of a man I have never met.
My Grandfather also saved other things, like:
Who is that person?
Although it didn't bring me much closer to finding new ancestors, it definitely brought me closer to them.
How far back can you trace your ancestors?
Ok, we're all 20 somethings here right? Or have been at a certain point in our lives? So therefore I can assume that most of us know what or have participated in shotgunning a beer.
If you are not familiar let me explain. First you take a can of beer, punch a hole in the side, crack open the can and drink from the hole you made. Essentially this is suppose to make the beer come out faster by allowing the air to leave from the top.
I laughed when I saw that Miller Lite had come out with a beer that included a punch hole. I thought, "What took a beer company so long?" I must say I don't shotgun much now that I have graduated, but I do have some fond memories of this practice...ahhh... a simpler time.
After watching an emotional 2 hour episode of Glee (crazy right?!?) I was just about to turn off the TV when this news story popped up from WBFF FOX45 Baltimore titled "Punch Top Beer Can Causes Controversy", and basically outlines how this can is being marketed towards underage drinkers and encourages binge drinking... yada yada yada... So that inspired me to write my first (and maybe only) installment of:
Really Fox45? Do you really think this can is going to make a difference about how many young people will drink beer? I mean really, whoever is drinking beer underage is already doing so and let me tell you if they have ever been to a party they know exactly what shotgunning is I mean really! Maybe we should talk about why grocery stores sell ping pong balls next to red solo cups I mean really!
Really? The only thing that will change is Natty Light and Keystone better come out with a can that has an attachable beer bong to compete. I mean really, how much alcohol does a can of Miller Light have? 4%? No person just sits around shotgunning beer after beer, especially when we all know half of it ends up on the floor anyway, I mean really. You know what really gets people drunk? Shots.
Really, we should be thanking Miller Light for this creation because have you ever actually seen a self made shotgun can? Half the time I am terrified to even participate for the fear of slicing my lip open on its razor sharp edges. Miller is just thinking of us and our horrible health insurance plans in this new can design I mean really.
I think my favorite part is your "experts" experiment with pouring out the two different cans at the same time to see how much faster the other one comes out. I mean really? Is it that much faster that I will feel insanely more drunk or is it really just the foam in the bottom I would normally leave in my beer anyway. And how dare he say older generations aren't looking for this kind of product? I would like to inform him that the family that shotguns together, stays together. Just look how happy my Dad was after his first shotgun:
And that concludes my first and probably only installment of really!?!
When was the last time you willingly jumped into a pile of mud? When you were 6? 12? How about 24?
This past weekend a group of my friends and I decided it would be awesome dress up like crazy people and run over 3 miles on trails while crossing rivers, lakes, climbing walls, crawling through tubes and then covering ourselves in mud. Sound fun? IT WAS!
Back in January Abby and I came across this event in Rock Creek Park called Run a Muck! Essentially it is an obstacle course designed to challenge you a little bit and make you have a lot of fun.
Abby, Liana, Alyssa and I dressed up as the four seasons with the Team Name "Seasons of Mud". Here you can see we started off the event relatively clean, and weren't the only ones getting into the dressing up spirit.
I can't say we were that way in the end:
The event was actually a lot of fun, and although a little chilly out, we had a blast going through the obstacles and cheering one another along. In the end we finished as a team.
I definitely recommend putting this on your bucket list for this or next year!
Weekends are for relaxing right? Putting your feet up, watching a few movies, going out till 2 am. Right? Ha. I wish.
This week was crazy for me, so by Friday night there were three things I wanted, sushi, wine and sweatpants. And it was amazing.
Saturday was my big day! I was finally tackling a long time list item.
Garden time! Woo hoo!! Our outdoor patio had been looking a little shabby, and I was just looking for the perfect weekend to start the project, or you know, one weekend where I had time.
The first step was the herbs. My parsley and lemon basil from last year survived the mild winter we had, so I pulled them out, took out some dirt and added some new dirt. I also added a new plant of thyme to the mix.
I also chose to buy some dianthus and dusty miller to add some color to our deck. I had a snapdragon plant from last year in the same color scheme that seems to be making a comeback, so I think they will look really nice together.
I also planted a few pepper seeds in our first attempt at a vegetable garden on our deck, so we shall see! Keep you posted!
Are you planting a garden this year? What are you planting?
So this past Saturday Abby and I decided we should grab our passports and head somewhere fun! Somewhere south, definitely, but not too far from home. A place we could relax, have fun and all for cheap. Where does such a place exist you may ask? In Southern Maryland wine county, that's where.
What? Didn't know Maryland has a wine country or even makes wine? Well I am here to blow your mind. They have over 40 wineries and they are all located in this handy Passport Book!
See the book has all the names of the wineries in MD, and every time you go to one you get a stamp!
Here are a few shots from the day. We went to Solomons Island Winery, Perigeaux Vineyard, and Running Hare, all part of the southern maryland trail.
Check it out and see if you have one in your state!
I hate running. Hate it. If it doesn't involve throwing a ball, checking a stick or sprinting to a goal, I do not enjoy running at all. In fact, I am "that girl" at the gym with the TV on, Ipod in, and magazine open in order to be able to run. Yup, don't like it.
So you can imagine my surprise when one day, while sitting in my windowless office I suddenly had the urge to run. Not only run, but run outside. Yea, weird.
It felt like something had woken up inside of me. So I came home, grabbed my Ipod (let's not get crazy here, I need something), laced up my sneakers and set out for my first outdoor jog in about 10 years.
Since that day, I have run outside multiple times, and gotten steadily faster on each run. I run a little over 3 miles around downtown Annapolis full of hills and turns, and I love every second of it! Who am I!?!
I was thinking about it, while I was running, and I think I realized why. I am an athlete. I always have been. From the time I was born my Dad had me training to run suicides, practicing my foul shots and defensive stance. (Half kidding) I craved competition and always wanted to do better and excel in what I was playing. I honestly didn't know how much I missed the thrill until I started running.
It's quite addicting. I think I will keep doing it.
My brother decided to take an AWESOME opportunity to work abroad for 6 months in the UK! I had to dress him appropriately...
My mission for the best Mac N Cheese began with Jalapeno Popper Buffalo Chicken Mac n Cheese... delish.
Oh jeez, how did that get in there? (Yes I know he is younger than my brother, and guess what... I. Don't. Care.)
I whipped out my spring and summer clothes from the basement. Look at all those colors!! Ah, can't wait.
St. Patty's Day in Annapolis! A gorgeous day outside enjoying Guinness, car bombs and green beer. What else?
Making the trip to D.C. to appreciate the cherry blossoms on the Mall!
March really was a full month! I can't wait to see what April has in store!
My brother and I are close. Really close. We have gone through a lot together and have a connection that often leads people to believe we are twins. We even joke that my mother was in labor for two years after me with my brother. (Don't joke about that, what a terrible thing to even imagine having to endure.)
Sure we had our differences. We are siblings. But I know that every time we were sent to our rooms for fighting, we would tap our shared wall between our rooms in a made up Morse code, or pretend to go and "brush our teeth" at the same time so we could see each other.
As we grew up, our relationship changed, but we were brought back together when he came to Miami to visit me at school. I would say over the course of the past 7 years we have been the closest we have ever been. People often roll their eyes at us when we start quoting movies or making jokes that only we understand, but we can't help it. We're twins.
He recently took an internship in England where he will be working for Briggs of Burton, a company that is responsible for many of the beer-making technology that we have today. I think he will have no problem enjoying himself at this job :).
However, me on the other hand, I will miss him terribly. I know he is going on 22, and about 6'0'' tall, but I will always see him as my baby brother and someone I can do things like this with:
I am excited to hear about all the amazing things he you experience and do, good luck Wyan!