In honor of this New Year’s Eve which falls on a Thursday, meaning some of you onesies and twosies may actually have to work today, I thought I’d share this great article from WaPo that highlights those sparse few who have to endure the week between Christmas and New Years at the office. Hilarious!
For the workers, it was a lonely holiday week at the office
Being in DC has provided, among other things, an outlet for the “need to know now and before everyone else” side of me to grow and thrive like wildfire in Southern Cal. DC is such a fast-paced, news-centric city and this Southern extrovert can’t help but get sucked into the madness. For instance if you rode with me to work every morning you’d likely be listening to C-SPAN radio, as it provides a thorough commentary from guests that, in many cases, are making legislation just an arms-throw away from me (I still find this so awesome even after two years of living here. Yes, I am aware that this incredibly nerdy.)
Another news-junkie action I promptly enacted upon moving to DC was enabling my FireFox browser with RSS feeds from CNN.com, as well as signing up for Breaking News emails to come directly to my Outlook. So not only can I peruse the latest headlines at a nano-second’s notice, but I also know the late breaking news before everyone!!!! (insert BWAHAHAHA here). And of course by everyone I mean anyone less of a dork than me. Luckily though, there are many out there, ignorant to the vital information that they need to know, and that I, the news junkie, can provide.
What I did not anticipate when I began my swift decline into media madness, however, was 2009’s incredibly dismal summer of bad news! Between Michael Jackson, Jon & Kate, murders of parents with 8 kids in the house, and psychos hiding children in their backyards for decades, this summer has been an insane wealth of unbelievably bad news. Last week, after catching myself being sucked in by a horrific story about a couple of kids in the UK who nearly mutilated other neighborhood children (don’t go searching for it, it isn’t worth it), I finally decided enough was enough. I was ending the summer of bad news.
Now, I didn’t go as far as to remove my CNN feeds (although I thought about it). But I DID actually subscribe to another…allow me to introduce you to HappyNews.com! HappyNews finds the GOOD stuff going on around the world and puts it in one place so you don’t have to sift through the sicko junk to find it. I decided to now go to HappyNews for my ‘fix’ and only open CNN for legit information (and ‘legit’ does not include herrendous murders, sicko kidnappers, etc.). There are so many great things happening every single day, and I hope to make a habit of becoming a junkie about these stories, as opposed to the media shockers that can so easily suck me in. So on top of an incredible Alabama football team, my new consumption of good news should lead to a Fall of Joyful Elation.
If you’re from DC and haven’t seen this yet, you obviously have dial-up. If you’re not from DC, I wanna hear your input…do folks in other cities have odes to city neighborhood life? If not, this should inspire you to get those creative juices flowin’…
So if you’ve been following our Southern Fried lives for an extended period of time, you’ll recall that I mentioned my new reason to eat whatever I wanted…the GW Parkway Classic 10-Miler! Well the big day finally came last weekend, and let me tell you, if you want a high that lasts for days, a race is the way to go! It is by far the best sense of accomplishment I have had in a looong time! I most definitely want to keep it up and run another race some time soon. I highly suggest to anyone looking to strive for a higher degree of health, whether that means getting into shape or just steppin’ up your game, to sign up for a race. It is an awesome way to give yourself a goal to work towards! The feeling you’ll get after crossing that finish line is worth every sweaty, exhausting mile you put into weeks beforehand in preparation for that day. And if you need a racing buddy, you know one Darlin’s who’s willing to step up to the challenge!
So when I said that I’d be back with a vengeance after I moved, I neglected to factor in the first few weeks of madness that occurs when one is moving into a new home. Now that I have 90% of the pictures hung, I finally feel somewhat settled-in enough to resume normal life, which of course includes giving you a welcome break from your day.
Now if you’ve been procrastinating regularly, you’ll recall that one of my decisions in January was to focus on losing 12 pounds. Since then, I have made a concerted effort to exercise regularly and eat healthily (and in the comfort of my own home, although my 2nd decision has taken me a bit more time to nail down).
But while I have been hitting the gym on a regular basis, I still wanted something to jolt me into tip-top shape. Enter the George Washington Parkway Classic 10-miler! On April 26 I will be joining thousands of people at Washington’s estate, Mount Vernon, for 10 wonderful miles up the scenic GW Parkway. Yes, you read it correctly…I did say wonderful. Ever since I decided to live a healthy life, I have grown to love running. But save for a couple of 5K’s, I have yet to run a race that requires me to take my physical stamina to a new level…until now, that is. Last week was my first training week, and I loved it! It’s been so refreshing to get outside and run off my problems and worries, not to mention those extra pounds too…well sort of. Continue reading
Yes, I know I’m supposed to be packing, moving, blah blah, but this is way more fun. Thanks, Southern Fried Fans, for giving me an outlet to procrastinate.
So in case you’re reading this from Hawaii or something, you’re probably aware that most of the U.S. got pounded this week with a nasty wintry blast. Power is still out in some parts of the U.S., including beloved LexVegas where ice enveloped the entire city (check out the pics…CNN iReport, eat your heart out!).
Now I need to preface this by saying that I find President Obama to be a fine individual, and I am excited to see him serving in the nation’s highest office. Juuust wanted to throw that out there before you read the rest of my blog and label me with a stereotype you may have come to assume regarding southerners and their political ideology. This site is way too mindless to be conjuring up such nonsense…we aim only to meet your southern stereotypes in the areas of manners, femininity, food and perhaps football. Continue reading
While this story still correlates to my wonderful ball experience, it definitely deserves a post of its own. Debuting this year at the Bluegrass Ball, The Walk Along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail consisted of nine or so distilleries that set up shop during cocktail hour so that ball-goers could experience a variety of Kentucky’s prized possession. And experience we did! I don’t think I’ve ever had so many “on the rocks, splash of water” bourbon drinks in my life…not to mention in one evening. And a Southern Fried blog just wouldn’t be the same if I didn’t give you my personal recommendations and seals of approval!
While the more recognizable (aka less expensive) brands were there (Beam, Maker’s, Wild Turkey, etc), we were quite surprised to find that Jim Beam‘s Distiller’s Masterpiece addition was quite tasty…by itself! If you’re not a bourbon drinker, I highly recommend NOT drinking Jim Beam straight…in fact, it should be illegal. But the Distiller’s Masterpiece was very smooth, with a hint of sweetness that made it very pleasing to the tongue. Unfortunately it’s pretty rare (it’s not even on their web site), so I can’t post a picture. But if you ever come across it, try it!
My top recommendation, however, is Four Roses bourbon, specifically the single barrel addition. Owned by Seagram until recently, this concoction was actually the best selling bourbon in the country during the first half of the 20th century. Then Seagram pulled it out of the U.S. and began distributing it only overseas. Well, duh, it took off like wildfire and is now hot-to-trot in both Europe and Japan. Now it’s back in the U.S. and gaining ground around the nation once again. I absolutely loved this bourbon, and it also didn’t hurt that we sat beside one of the chief executives who provided us with this interesting history about the company (shout-out to Mr. R and friends!). Unlike me, if you’re lucky enough to be in one of their distribution areas, pick up a bottle ASAP!
~ DC Darlin’