Saturday, January 29, 2011


Blizzards of 2011, I'm ready for you.

Oh, Auto Correct.

[via text on Tumblrs]
Steven: Mine is pretty much schizo. It was supposed to be a photo blog but turned to quotes then pics of my hot chocolate from Dunkin.
me: You do love you some Dunkin and chocolate cake.
Steven: Oh my that chocolate cake is soooo good. The Padua at Dunkin know me real good now. If I'm waiting in line behind five ppl, then by the time I'm ready to order,  they have my hot chocolate ready. I don't have to say a word.
Steven: Padua = people. Stupid iPhone auto correct.
me: I just figured Padua was one of the employees.

Friday, January 28, 2011

One frame, two frame, red frame, blue frame!

Are you excited? I am. I've missed those red frames. You guys just don't know.

Hey, remember that time I was dead set on a certain planner that I ordered it from the UK and it wasn't due to arrive until the third month of the new year?

I'm thinking that I need to break up with Amazon for awhile. I bought two albums (Elvis 30 #1 Hits and the soundtrack to Nowhere Boy), a yoga dvd, some sunglasses, two books, and Justin's Christmas present. 

To be fair, one of the books was the textbook for my hip hop culture class. That makes it all ok.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Is it too much to ask for:

7 x 10.

Borders: back order.
Amazon: yeah, right.
Come on, Barnes & Noble!

Update: Amazon, Ebay, Paper Source, Barnes & Noble, Borders, no dice. Even Moleskine doesn't have the Moleskine planner I want. That's some bullshit.
Stephanie Did I tell you that I am super excited about wide legged jeans coming back?? They were my JAAAAAAM in middle school. I've been waiting for this for a very long time.

Toofbrush Luff

Christoph Niemann (you know, the Lego guy!) and Russian Rachel's color-coordinated schedule. Gangsta.

The Rachels

I know three Rachels. Loud Rachel, Curly Haired Rachel, and Russian Rachel. Loud Rachel, aka the lovable Rachel Newdorf, is the happiest person you will ever meet. Curly Hair Rachel, aka Shirey, takes amazing photos and carries a badass pocket knife. Russian Rachel, of the beautiful Semenov sisters, loves bagels and has a wickedly funny webcomic (she actually posts every day, folks! You should get on that train and follow her!). Today I learned that she once drew me. I feel so special. 

Now you know about the Rachels. I love the Rachels. 

Side note, Cartoon vina has nice hair. Yes! Thanks, Rach.

Ok, I technically know five Rachels. I love those three the most.

Monday, January 24, 2011

That's what I like to hear.

Zaki: I was in Jordan. I took food photos for you.

Ah, Jewish/Billy Idol humor.

Aaron: I'm fucking pissed. My Hollandaise ended up fucked up.

[the following phone call]
me: You can fix it, you know. Just beat the broken sauce with an egg yolk that's been mixed with two tablespoons of cold water.
Aaron: Oh, well this was awhile ago. I was so fucking pissed. Someone came over and was like "Are those scrambled eggs?" and I was like, "No! You fucking asshole! It's Hollandaise!!"

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The highlights of going through old mixes

Dirty Vegas/Days Go By
DJ Sammy/Boys of Summer
Daniel Bedingfield/Gotta Get Through This
Faith Hill/There You'll Be, This Kiss
98 Degrees/The Hardest Thing
Bob Schneider/Big Blue Sea
Lazlo Bane/Superman
Goran Bregovic/Pit Bill
Billy Idol/Cradle of Love
Celine Dion/That's the Way It Is
Res/They Say Vision
Kosheen/Hide U
The Crystal Method/Name of the Game
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole/Somewhere Over the Rainbow
Bob Marley/Could You Be Loved
Charlie Feathers/That Certain Woman
Rick Springfield/Jessie's Girl

Don't shoot my camera!

Hell yeah, I wore a bib at dinner.


Saturday, January 22, 2011

Monica, oh my darling!

I want to thank Tenzing for sending me this musical delight.
I will emulate this song the next time I am wearing a sequined skirt and top. 
Steph and Mariam, I think you will like.


[via text]
me: Sofia! It's Squirrel Appreciation Day!
Sofia: I'll be out high fiving squirrels all day! Up here, buddy! Here is to being awesome!

image via Crimes Against Hugh's Manatees

I judge on design.

G: There's this new place in DC called Hot-N-Juicy. Everyone's going there because the Man vs. Food guy went to the Las Vegas one.
me: Ew, look at their website. I don't want to go there; their menu is ugly.
G: It's a big flame with stuff inside, what's not to love?

And this is why we are going to Joe's Crab Shack.

We're THOSE friends

[via text]
me: MORE SCALLOPS FOR ME, BITCH! Just kidding, I luff you.
Meekus: You whore! Enjoy! :)
me: Such lovely terms of endearment, shit face.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Happy birthday, Natalie!

- Pizza Margherita at Cosi
- Chicken La Madeleine
- Salade Sampler: caesar salad, strawberries Romanoff, and chicken salad
- Mini Sacher torte, cheesecake and hot chocolate

Hey, remember that time I was driving, saw a deer with huge antlers two feet from my passenger door and screamed bloody murder? Sorry.

Monday, January 17, 2011


Wake up. 
Clean. Dance around the house while I do so.
Yoga in my living room.
Elliptical times at the gym.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Free hugs for hippies!

via flickr

Hello, my name is vina and I am a tumblaholic.

me: I thought of a new tumblr. video vina, to post all the videos that I like.
Steph: just go down the whole V section in the dictionary. 

So the current tumblr head count is: 

Collin: Have you considered a single "multimedia vina" blog, then tagging based on content?
me: No, I like organization.
Collin: But that's what the tagging does.
me: No, then it wouldn't be a v-something vina tumblr.
Collin: various vina
me: Ah, dang. That's a good one but no.

Blatantly, Larry's in town!


Friday, January 14, 2011

Ranch dressing, beets, and oatmeal raisin bread

How did I not know that Stephanie hates cinnamon raisin bread/bagels as much as I hate Ranch dressing? We've been friends for at least seven years (I'm not actually sure but seven years sounds plausible).

I think we should compile a list on AVT blog about what we all don't like, can't eat, or won't eat. Planning for AVT potlucks will be much easier! Oh, snap. Laminated cards!

Ok, laminated cards might be taking it too far.

Dutch baby and Lorraine's new haircut

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Asian food week, apparently.

Korean fare at Mandu | Sushi at Todai

Speaking of Asian food, stop by Fat Kid Playground to read the cooking adventures of someone actually cooking Asian cuisine. I'm too lazy for that though I am currently eating a Laotian laksa situation with pork skin and rice vermicelli (Thanks, Mom) while I watch Top Chef and fervently wish that Jamie goes home once and for all.

me: There's some guy who reads my blog, I think he's friends with Linda.
Sohe: ___.
me: Damn, that was quick. How'd you know?
Sohe: Because I told them about your blog and she told him.
me: I feel so famous.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stephanie: Masala Wok is the Noodles & Company of Indian and Asian food.

Affogato at eight in the evening was probably a bad choice

 3:36 AM: Where is this snow we’re supposed to be getting, eh? Eh?

Side note, I said that in the “Who’s this fat man, then, eh? Eh?” voice. You know, Jason Flemyng said it in Lock, Stock, ah forget it.

I’m watching Dawn of the Dead for the first time:
a. The little girl standing in the doorway in the beginning of the movie scared the bujeezus out of me.
b. Ty Burdell from Modern Family is in the movie. Mainly why I’m still watching.
c. Zombie babies, whaaaaaaaaaat?
d: Hey! That guy played in Meet Joe Black!
e. Ginnie and I were JUST discussing my meal plan in case of zombie apocalypse. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. They have protein, carbs, sugars, AND are silent and portable. I'm so smart.
f. Damn, Ty Burdell is a g in this movie. Ah, shit. He was just killed. Nevermind. 

As posted on vain vina
Lorraine is staying with us until Saturday. I discovered the Cell Phone Waiting Area at Reagan National Airport. Damn convenient that is. We stopped by Harris Teeter on the way home where I bought grapefruits, Braeburn apples, oranges, bagels and half & half. Lorraine bought dill pickles, banana pudding ice cream, Muenster cheese, salsa and lime tortilla chips. Pa bought Theraflu and ginger ale. We rented Inception, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, and Resident Evil: Afterlife. I’ve already seen two of those movies but hey, it might snow tonight and I want something to keep me occupied besides baking and napping. 

AND, because I couldn't stop singing "First I cut OFF zer heads zen I PULL out zer bones!" while I was washing dishes:

Last but not least, I spent a good hour updating my Foodspotting photos. Lovely. Something else for me to maintain.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Hey, let me ask you something.

[via text]
me: I'm at the Herndon Ned Devine's! You should come out! Cheesy cover band, heyyyyy.
Sofia: I'm about to go home and watch a whole season of Curb Your Enthusiasm from under my down comforter right now, so yeah I have plans.

Friday, January 7, 2011


This is my favorite part of Despicable Me. Hells yeah, I like that movie. Don't hate.
Side note, the Bateses and I will be at the Centreville Ned Devine's tonight if anyone would like to come out and listen to cheesy 90s rap.

As in "What the hell is this?" 90s rap.

Breakfast decadence

Roasted eggplant, brie, and a sunny side up egg on toast.
Pa: I think I dreamt that I wanted an English muffin. I dreamt about food...I'M BECOMING YOU!
[on restaurants in the Georgetown area]
Liz: Wow. The name of this one is mildly offensive.
me: What is it?
Liz: Ching Ching Cha.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

[Watching the Stanford/VT game]
Nat: Is that Seal?!
Pat: That's Bruce Smith. 

Side note, I was without mobile phone for damn near twelve hours today. It felt kind of awesome though I had a doozy of a Twitter storm on my phone once I finally recharged.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Sleepovers and the first fifteen minutes of Inception

- You hear that, TJ? I think she's implying we don't have the mental capacity to watch Modern Family right now.
- I don't understand how someone so skinny can snore so loudly.
- Michael Keaton as Batman? Nah, son. THOSE ARE MY BALLOONS!
- "How did the men end up cooking breakfast?"
- They're not answering the phones at BonChon!
- Hannah and Ginnie scheming. They're cute. Extra bacon, my ass.
- How dare you? She is a nice lady!
- Is this coffee too strong? Dude, we grew up with French people. Oh, yeah.

Bromances and pork belly

- I do not like Captain Morgan and ginger ale.
- "Is this seat taken? Heyyyy!!"
- Random guy in plaid asking me if Madam's has a beer menu. *snort. 
- "Gary Coleman" rubbing up on my leg. "I'm just looking for my coat?" "Your coat isn't on my leg, dude."
- Tearing up the dance floor. Even the tall one. 
- Watching Deborah exchange cutesy love notes with that bald guy. 
- Adam admitting that he almost requested Rihanna's Only Girl (In the World). Not so sure you should be telling people that, man. 
- Free jalapeƱo poppers!
- Second Manoles and seafood pancakes!