Monday, July 31, 2006

Good First Date Yesterday! 2006

My coffee date yesterday night was was great. Kevin is cute, super smart, and funny. It was a good time. He's 26 and he teaches at Bridgewater College.

I dressed up to go to the Downtown Mall. I was wearing a black fitted shirt and white jean skirt and white sandals with little heels. Sarah and Donald dropped me off Downtown. Kevin was sitting outside reading the New York Times. Apparently he does this every Sunday. The first thing I noticed about him was his bushy hair and that he was cute. In that order.

Kevin got me a cappuccino while he sipped a green tea. He tried to impress me with his two-book contract and personal Dave Barry connection (I love Dave Barry). I probably shouldn't have told him that I don't believe in happiness. That wasn't a good move on my part.

Charlottesville Downtown Mall 2006
Mudhouse in 2006- even from the angle at which I approached.

Maybe he thought some ice cream would make me reconsider happiness? After Mudhouse, he suggested we walk over to Chaps for dessert. I was charmed. He drove me home to Ivy Gardens and asked if I'd be interested in another date. I said, "definitely."

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Becky and Brandon's House-Warming 2006

Becky and Brandon had a house-warming party yesterday afternoon at their new place on Arlington Blvd. I talked with her about it beforehand and she invited a bunch of my friends that are here for the summer. She mostly knows them. Brandon is going to be a 1L this year, and he also invited a few of the new classmates he's met so far. Becky also surprised Cathy with a birthday cake! Her birthday is coming up. How nice!

Becky and Brandon's Housewarming 2006
Celebrating Cathy's birthday!

Becky and Brandon's Housewarming 2006
Jon, Becky, Cathy's cousin, Cathy

Becky and Brandon's Housewarming 2006
Sarah, Cathy's cousin's boyfriend, and Brandon

Becky and Brandon's Housewarming 2006
Donald and Josh... in love.

Becky and Brandon's Housewarming 2006
Cute little 1Ls

Becky and Brandon's Housewarming 2006
Blowing on dice during game portion of the evening

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Busch Gardens 2006

Cathy really wanted to go to Busch Gardens and Josh, Jon, and I were all game so off to Williamsburg we went! Apparently, Busch Gardens in Williamsburg has an "old country" or Europe theme.

Busch Gardens 2006
We started out near Ireland

Busch Gardens 2006
Ireland

Then we went to Scotland for the Loch Ness Monster Rollercoaster ride. And back to Ireland's Corkscrew Hill for a 3-D show.

Busch Gardens 2006
Rollercoaster selfie! With an old school camera no less.

Busch Gardens 2006
Jon and I got distracted by a beer and liquor tasting. England?

We went hat shopping in France, as one does. We we rode the flume ride in New France, "Le Scoot."

Busch Gardens 2006
I think each hat captures our personality.

Busch Gardens 2006
Le Scoot, the flume Ride- Josh is amazing in this photo.

Busch Gardens 2006
The Alpengeist ride!

We had lunch in Germany's Oktoberfest.

Busch Gardens 2006
Festhaus

Busch Gardens 2006
Oktoberfest

Busch Gardens 2006
Cathy and I at "Oktoberfest"-- haha.

I think we took the sky ride from Germany to England called the "Aeronaut- Zeppelin Landing."

Busch Gardens 2006
Aeronaut- Zeppelin Landing

Busch Gardens 2006
I'm on a sky ride. Woo!

In Italy we did the Apollo's Chariot ride and a little bit of wine-making and shopping. Normal stuff.

Busch Gardens 2006
Josh, Cathy, me and Jon on Apollo's Chariot

Busch Gardens 2006
Making wine! Blurry but I still like it.

I also forced persuaded the others to take these dress-up old timey photos.

Busch Gardens 2006
Polite Western folk.

Busch Gardens 2006
Contrary to my politics, haha.

Busch Gardens 2006
One last night time roller coaster ride! Wooo! !12 hours means it's time to go home.

Busch Gardens 2006
Thanks for a long wonderful day, buddies!

Monday, July 24, 2006

Blind Date- July 2006

I had a first date with a guy named David last weekend. We had drinks at Michael's, and even though he was nice, and smart, and interesting, I came home just feeling depressed. Maybe now isn't a great time for me to date.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

JPJ Arena Opening 2006

Yesterday, UVA unveiled it's new JPJ Arena for basketball and they had an opening event. Jon, Josh, Katy, and I went and had a lot of fun.

Opening of JPJ Arena 2006
Jon, Josh, me, Katy

As a side note, I lost 10 pounds since I went to Boston 18 days ago. So that's fun.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Donald Makes Law Review! 2006

We're not actually surprised but it's still a big huge deal! And we wanted to celebrate! We all went out for dinner and then Sarah and I surprised him with a cake.

Donald Makes Law Review 2006
Cake!

Donald Makes Law Review 2006
"Boom! Boom!" is Donald's victory exclamation

Donald Makes Law Review 2006
Sarah lighting the star candle

Donald Makes Law Review 2006
And balloons too!

Sunday, July 9, 2006

Boston, MA 2006

Ever since I first went to Boston for the Fourth of July in 2000, I have maintained that Boston has the most creative firework-shapes. The fireworks and Boston Pops concert on the banks of the Charles River are famous. I also had time to hit a few more popular spots in Boston including a (not-pictured) delicious cannoli in the Italian North End.

Fourth of July - Boston 2006
Charles River and the Esplanade

Fourth of July - Boston 2006
Jaime and I find a comfy spot in the grass before sunset

Fourth of July - Boston 2006
Smiley-face fireworks

Fourth of July - Boston 2006
3-D Cubes

Fourth of July - Boston 2006
Nice view of the skyline

Boston 2006
Jaime and Pete at Sugar and Spice Thai restaurant in Cambridge, July 5

Jaime's 28th Birthday 
Me and Jaime outside

Boston 2006
Dave Matthews Concert at Fenway, July 7

Boston 2006
New England Aquarium and IMAX theater, July 8

Boston 2006
Shark at the aquarium (better than Shark Week?)

Thursday, July 6, 2006

Jaime's 28th Birthday in Ogunquit, ME 2006

For Jaime's birthday, she wanted to go to the beach. She lives in Massachusetts so off we went to shore of Maine. Ogunquit is a a popular summer resort town in York County, Maine.

Ogunquit, Maine 2006
Jaime on her birthday!

Ogunquit, Maine 2006
Town of Ogunquit welcomes me

Ogunquit, Maine 2006
The beach and the extremely cold ocean

Ogunquit, Maine 2006
My first lobster roll ever

Ogunquit, Maine 2006
Gelato at Cafe Prego

Ogunquit, Maine 2006
Happy birthday, Jaime!

Monday, July 3, 2006

Salem, MA 2006

Salem is such a fun town. It's probably perfect for older kids and um, me. Much of the city's tourist attractions reflect that it was the location of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. Also, a lot of the local culture also addresses it: Police cars are adorned with witch logos, a local public school is known as the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School, the Salem High School football team is named The Witches, and Gallows Hill, a site of numerous public hangings, is currently used as a playing field for various sports.

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
Daily witch trial in the center of town

Tourists know Salem as a mix of important historical sites, New Age and Wiccan boutiques, and kitschy Halloween or witch-themed attractions. The most recent (and controversial) addition of significance is a bronze statue of the Samantha Stephens character (played by actress Elizabeth Montgomery) of the Bewitched television program in Salem's Lappin Park on June 15, 2005.

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
The Bewitched Statue!

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
At the Pirate Museum

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
Scene from The Crucible at the Witch Museum

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
I am a cheese ball.

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
Giles Corey exhibit at the Witch Dungeon Museum

Salem, Massachusetts 2006
Wands on sale at a local store