Saturday, January 28, 2006

Karaoke for the First Time 2006

I have been avoiding this moment for a long time because I am tone deaf (I prefer tone mute). A bunch of thought it would be fun to go to Tokyo Rose last night, and I thought I'd get away with listening in the back. But I was invited to sing a song with a group of people though and I figured that I probably wouldn't ruin the song that way. Also it was LIKE A PRAYER. Can't say no to that.

Karaoke at Tokyo Rose 2006
My new girl band: Dawn, me, Kristina, Kelly,  and Beth

Karaoke at Tokyo Rose 2006
They singing It's Raining Men. Truth.

Karaoke at Tokyo Rose 2006 
Connie is rocking out!

Karaoke at Tokyo Rose 2006
Dawn, Kara, and Cate are killing it

Saturday, January 21, 2006

Baby Nathan 2006!

Meghan and Ben just had a baby! She's officially my first friend to have a baby! He looks a lot like her. So adorable! Meghan was my big sister in my college sorority, so Nathan is sort of my "sorority nephew" if there were such a thing. Haha! So proud!

2006 01 20 Nathan Cip born 04
Baby Nathan and his chubby cheeks!

2006 01 20 Nathan Cip born 01
With proud dad Nathan and recovering mom Meghan

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Nathan's 23rd Birthday 2006

We celebrated Nathan's birthday at the Hardware Store Restaurant downtown specifically because they have meter-long beers. Not everyone was back from winter break yet, but nine people for dinner and drinks is about as much as you can hold a conversation with anyway so it worked out pretty well.

Nathan's 23rd Birthday
Nathan enjoying his birthday beer

Nathan's 23rd Birthday
Jon and Paul with their half-meters - after all it's not their birthdays.

Nathan's 23rd Birthday
Kathy and Nathan

Nathan's 23rd Birthday
Me and Sarah at Hardware Store Restaurant

  Nathan's 23rd Birthday
Birthday sundae joy!

Afterwards we moved down the mall to Zocalo restaurant for fancy drinks. It's such a cute place.

Nathan's 23rd Birthday
Selina, Brooks, and Julie at Zocalo

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Visiting DC- January 2006

Though I was recently in DC for New Year's Eve and stayed with Janice, I came back this weekend for Anna's wedding and stayed with Janice again through Tuesday. I took the bus down to DC on Friday, went to Janice's to take a nap, and then met up with our other friends at Ozio's for Happy Hour. (For some reason, I failed at photos here.)

Walking Crash 2006
Janice walking Crash

  Visiting Janice 2006
Crash is blind so she might not know what's what's up with the couch.

Saturday was Anna and Mike's wedding but it was over fairly early so Cathy and I met up with my law school friend Akure afterwards. We went to my old hang out the Deluxe Diner in Crystal City.

Deluxe Diner 2006
Me and Akure at Deluxe Diner

Deluxe Diner 2006
Akure and Cathy bonding

Monday I went to the Spy Museum and crawled through some fake air ducts to prove how 007 I am. Monday evening I went to Bethany's poetry reading at Bossa Bistro on 18th street in Adams Morgan. Fun! Anyway thanks for hosting me Janice, and thanks to everyone that came out to hang out! I can't wait to come bug you again soon.

Spy Museum 2006
The least serious-looking spy you ever saw... in air duct

Monday, January 9, 2006

Anna and Mike's Wedding 2006

Anna and Mike got married! I was so excited to go. Anna converted to Catholicism before she married Mike, so they had a traditional Catholic ceremony in Northern Virginia. Anna looked radiant and beautiful.  She worked with Cathy when she was dating Mike and sometimes the three of us would go to lunch during the workweek. She talked a lot about how she and Mike had dated a long time, and how rock-solid she was in her commitment to him.

Shaw Wedding 2006
Anna and Mike outside St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church

I loved their small intimate reception at a family-style restaurant.  I felt so honored to be among the small group of guests.  And because the wedding was so small, I got to spend a lot of time with the bride at her wedding.

Shaw Wedding 2006
Love! (You can see me and Cathy taking photos in the top left corner.)

Shaw Wedding 2006
Cathy, Anna, and me- having a really nice time together.

Shaw Wedding 2006
The gorgeous Lucas sisters: Allison, Kate, and Anna!

Shaw Wedding 2006
Mike's parents

Shaw Wedding 2006
Anna's parents

Shaw Wedding 2006
Talking with Anna before dinner

Shaw Wedding 2006
Beautiful Cake

Shaw Wedding 2006
Good times!!

Monday, January 2, 2006

New Years in DC 2005-->2006!

Janice invited us and anyone we could bring to a fancy New Year's party with martinis and a chocolate fondue fountain. And after midnight I might have started a dance party. I don't know if other people were dancing actually. I just remember that I was dancing. Happiness.

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
Janice, Laurie, Jamie, and me

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
Jamie and Rich with the chocolate fondue fountain. Fancy!

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
Some law school peeps Roger and Akure

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
Janice and Laurie

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
Buddies Seth and Akure

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
Getting the champagne and toasting going

New Years Eve 2005 --> 2006
After the countdown! Sipping and mingling.

We also started 2006 right with a big unhealthy breakfast at Siné Irish Pub. Happy New Year!

New Years Day 2006
Me, Laurie, Stephanie, Rich, Janice, Jamie