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Birthday Dinner at Sushi Hana

I got taken out for a delicious Sushi dinner last night at Sushi Hana. We’ve gone there twice, and it was AMAZING both times. We were soo full after what we ordered, but I asked if they did anything for birthdays… and the answer was yes. Awesome! But we were already wayy TOO full. We sucked it up and had one of the most amazing deserts ever. Check out the pictures, and check out Sushi Hana.

Before heading out [Flickr]

Dinner is served! [Flickr]

Finished! [Flickr]

The Final Challenge – Dessert [Flickr]


Fun Facts about July 15th

  1. First off… It’s my BIRTHDAY today!
  2. Today is ALSO the birthday of…

Please Don’t Rain Today!

July 15th is also Saint Swithun’s day. The legend goes… that if it rains on this day, it will rain for 40 days and 40 nights. So, please… no rain dances today!

    • “St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain
      For forty days it will remain
      St Swithun’s day if thou be fair
      For forty days ’twill rain na mair”

Update: 8:50am

I have also been informed that some movie comes out today. Two years ago, my birthday party ended up being a bunch of people lying on a beach reading his new book that just came out. What does Mr. Potter have against me!?!?!


Moment of Zen

Hopefully these views will help you connect with your hippie zen-like karma filled side. I took them both in the last week in a half.

Nags Head Pier, slightly brightened. Taken after the 4th of July Fireworks.



Roadside, I-66 on the way to Northern, Virginia


July 2009 – 12 of 12

The majority of the time…

I’m driving, According to my 2009 12 of 12 stats (3 of 5 including this one). Approximately 1150 miles of documented driving on the 12th’s of the month in 2009!

Driving

Chillin’

July’s 12 of 12

1 of 12: 10am – Coffee to get me started. [Flickr]

2 of 12: About to get on I-395 South in Shirlington [Flickr]

3 of 12: Passing Potomac Mills [Flickr]

4 of 12: This pretty much sums up Richmond, VA. A SunTrust and a 7-11. [Flickr]

5 of 12: Diet Coke in Richmond [Flickr]

6 of 12: Quiznos Sub for Lunch right before the North Carolina Border.  Diet Mountain Dew not shown. [Flickr]

7 of 12: Still trucking it on I-85. [Flickr]

8 of 12: Mebane, NC – Sheetz Iced Coffee, Caramel.  Delicious. [Flickr]

9 of 12: Intersection in Charlotte, NC.  I always saw signs on the interstate for “Cook Out” but here is one! [Flickr]

10 of 12: Diet Dr. Pepper for the last leg! [Flickr]

11 of 12: South Carolina! [Flickr]

12 of 12: 7:30pm – Back in Greenville, SC!  Had to take Kristen to pick up her car, and we recycled on the way, how green we are! [Flickr]

What the heck was this 12 of 12?

It’s something that I saw Brian doing, and I started doing too. The idea came from Chad. Check out his site for more info.


Birthday with the Family

Hanging out before the party

My cousin, aunt and uncle came over to celebrate. My cousin LOVES stacking up blocks and then knocking them over. While growing up, he has smartened up and made other people stack up the blocks so he can knock them down.

Making my uncle stack up the blocks…

“Now I get to throw the ball!”

“Again!”

TOTAL Destruction :-)


Birthday Party

My family birthday party was quite awesome! It was great to see everyone, and my gifts were especially funny. In this picture I am showing off my new AS SEEN ON TV “Snuggie” and “Dryer Balls”. Not to mention M&M’s and a Crock Pot. My family rocks!



Happy 4th of July! – Nags Head Pier Fireworks

Happy 4th of July from Nags Head, North Carolina in the Outer Banks (OBX)!

Fireworks at the Nags Head Pier were awesome!

Kristen and I

Kristen and I

Panning Fireworks

Panning Fireworks

Mike and Katie

Mike and Katie

The 4 of us

The 4 of us


Handstands From The Last Week

This past week has been full of traveling to the Outer Banks; Specifically Nags Head, North Carolina. We got to stop in Raleigh, North Carolina on the way and check it out a little as well. Here are the newest handstands!

Red Star Fireworks, off I-85 in South Carolina (Part of Abbott Farms)
Red Star Fireworks

North Carolina Capitol
North Carolina Capitol

OBX Beach House Pool
OBX Beach House Pool

Dirty Dick’s Crab House
Dirty Dicks Crab House

Jockey’s Ridge State Park at Sunset
Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park at Sunset
Jockey's Ridge State Park

Jockey’s Ridge State Park at Sunset
Jockey's Ridge State Park


Low Country Boil at OBX Beach Week

After having enjoyed our first Low Country Boil, Kristen and I wanted to throw our own. We did with our friends at our beach house this week and it was a total success! Everyone loved it!

Boilin’ it up

Boilin'

Pourin’ out the goods on the table

Pourin' out the goods

Group photo before the feast

Group Photo

Everyone digging in

Everyone is chowing down.


June 2009 – 12 of 12


8:20 am – Reminder Text [Flickr]
Google Calendar helped remind me about 12 of 12 by sending me a text message.


10:00 am – Morning Coffee [Flickr]
Orioles over the Nats any day.


1:00pm – Office Space [Flickr]


3:00pm – Laundry Complete! [Flickr]
Laundry seems to take forever.


5:37 pm – My Packing Skillz [Flickr]
I have to get real luggage. Using a crate is kinda "ghetto".


6:30 pm – Kristen at the Helm [Flickr]
I-85 northbound to Ashland, VA.


8:30 pm – Wendys [Flickr]
Road trips do not equate to healthy eating.


9:35 pm – View of Harpers Gentlemens Club and Exotic Carwash [Flickr]
You read that right… Exotic Carwash. We dropped off Kristens roommate to go hang out in Greensboro with her brother, and this is their drop off spot. The brother called. "I’ve been here forever, where are you!" "We’re 2 exits away" "Well hurry up, I feel like I’m going to get mugged."


9:42 pm – Exactly 124,000 miles [Flickr]
Kristen’s Car is perfectly at 124,000 miles at the gas station. Lucky number of the day.


12:46 am – Sheetz for a pit stop [Flickr]
Bathroom – Check, Slushie – Check, Doughnut – Check, and we wonder why America is fat… Cause we’re pigs!


1:29 am – That took way too long [Flickr]
This trip took 7.5 hours, oh man what a lonng drive.


1:30 am – “Home” for the weekend! [Flickr]
Made it to Ashland, VA. Time for this overtime 12 of 12 to be over!


Under Construction

If you are brave enough to actually get to this, I consider you a true friend, or this is purely an odd coincidence. I’m currently re-doing my page and it looks like absolute crap. The main reason I’m blogging here though is because I’m falling down on the “new posts” list on www.urizone.net and it is very important for me to not fall off. Also, 12 of 12 is coming up tomorrow!


Welcome to My South Carolina Home

My South Carolina Apartment[View Slideshow]

Welcome to my Living Room [Flickr]


Maybe you like this corner of the ceiling better? [Flickr]


Why are You Sitting on the Floor? [Flickr]


Deck with Bike [Flickr]


Open Kitchen and Living Room [Flickr]


Kristen has discovered that she really likes thai food, so I made some tonight.


Thai Red Curry Chicken with Cilantro over Brown Rice [Flickr]


Upcoming Handstands in Summer 2009

In the next 8 weeks, we should get handstands in…

  • Charlotte, NC
  • Raleigh, NC
  • Outer Banks, NC
  • Smokey Mountain National Park

Just giving ya’ll the heads up. WATCH OUT for the ninja handstand kick!


Outside My Window

2009-05 Outside My Window[View Slideshow]

I am up on the top floor of my new apartment and I have the birds, the bees and the rain visiting.


These HUGE Bumble Bee like things are EVERYWHERE [Flickr]


A peaceful nature backdrop [Flickr]


A branch in sunlight [Flickr]


Cleared for Landing [Flickr]


Virginia Cardinal in South Carolina [Flickr]


Cardinal Photo Op [Flickr]


Can we be friends? [Flickr]


May downpour off the roof [Flickr]


Drip [Flickr]


Afternoon Dove [Flickr]


HDMI Cable Prices

This stuff is ridiculously priced! I got 3, 6 ft cables online for less than 10 dollars the other day… including shipping! Walmart ftl


Greenville SC Nightlife…

Wild Wings. More to follow…


5 Reasons why SC might not be too bad

Reasons why SC isn’t too bad:

  1. Today
  2. Friday
  3. Saturday
  4. Sunday
  5. Monday

Can you beat that forecast?

I got my keys last night.. but they didn’t open my apartment. Better success today is hoped for today :-) My mom and bro will be in Atlanta this weekend, and it looks like Kristen and I might get to meet up with them on Saturday at “Six Flags Over Georgia“. Sweeeeet.


Sales tax in South Carolina


So, it bummed me out that I got charged sales tax on my 1 year supply of contacts I just bought from 1800contacts.com. It is the first thing that will be shipped to my new apartment, and they said because you’re in SC, we’ll charge you tax. Whaaat? Boo! I looked it up…. and found http://www.sctax.org/News+Releases/Archived+News+Releases/2000+News+Releases/04140001.htm. I did all of my Christmas shopping online last year and I very much hate the whole shopping experience. Hopefully SC did not just Tax my American Freedoms. I mean, I thought this was the most Red state that you could get, doesn’t that mean less tax? I guess I’ll figure it out. But this is your word of warning. Think twice before moving somewhere… make sure you don’t get taxed on your internet purchases!


Ben and Jerry Free Cone Day is a Sham!

bogus! i want my ice cream!


Foreign Affairs

What is foreignaffairs.us? Exit 213B on I-81. I would guess an auto shop?


On my route to Greenville,

On my route to Greenville, SC via I-81, I pass Greenville, VA | Blacksburg,VA | Blacksburg, SC | Greenville, SC. Whoa.


Packing for the Move to Greenville, SC…

Almost done packing! Will finish in the morning, and Monday morning it is bon voyage! Blacksburg, VA -> Greenville, South Carolina! It’s crazy, but I’m pumped :-)


3 2 1 Contacts

My vision history is pretty straightforward. I’m nearsighted. In 10th grade, I got glasses to see in the back of the class and such. A prescription of -1.25 in both eyes. Time went on, and my sophomore year of college I got contacts:

Baileys Crossroads Hour Eyes Prescription -> Not bad, but eventually ran out.

Christiansburg Eye Doctor Prescription -> Acuvue Oasys = Corneal Ulcer = Not Fun

Another Christiansburg Eye Doctor Prescription -> Focus Night and Day = Still Dry eyes, but better, -1.50 in the left eye, and -1.75 for the right = at most can wear them during the day, but really red eyes if I wear them for long

MacDonald Eye in Ballston today: “You don’t need that much prescription, you are seeing better than 20/20 with -1.25 still, oh and these dont’ fit very well, try this other kind… AND THEY FIT PERFECTLY. It was amazing, that feeling where you have contacts on but don’t actually feel them. Wow, that makes sense. So Hopefully these will work out well when I get them! I went through so much discomfort and non vision because of shitty eye doctors. WTF.


It’s nice outside

So, today was pretty dreary on and off, but I had a good day none the less. I made a “checklist” to start my day, and got through most everything. I went for a run, I made a doctors appointment, did my laundry and so forth. I also went out tonight and saw a bunch of people I haven’t seen in a long time. It was a good day, and I complement it on mixing things up, and getting off our butts to go do something. Sure, we’re nerds and we can still “Tweet” or “Blog” about it, but it certainly provides better content than “I watched a re-run of ‘Everyone Loves Raymond’” :-p

I met up with my friend Travis, Lisa and Z, as well as their friends Liz and Sam at Fodo’s in Chinatown.

I Then managed to truck it out to Jammin Java in Vienna to see Stanley Chong’s band “Taking Saturn”. These guys are good. Drummer = Best one I know, Guitarist = Awesome, Singer & Bassist = Really good. They were really tight and put on a good show. I also liked the fact that they were genuine and nice. I thought they sounded like a mix of Blue October and Linkin Park. When I told people they sounded like Blue October after the show I got some weird faces, but hey, it’s what I thought.


Check them out: http://www.myspace.com/takingsaturn

UPDATE: TwitPic is HIGHLY unreliable, this is now on flickr.


April 2009 "12 of 12"

April’s 12 of 12 was on Easter Sunday. I mostly spent the day cleaning, and hanging out. It was a nice and sunny day, although it was slightly chilly at the same time. My cell phone failed on me and the pictures I did take didn’t save correctly. This means no picture from playing tennis around noon, and no picture of Dan I jamming around after dinner. In any case, here is my official 12 of 12 for April. It was created using a new php script I just wrote!


10:10am | Breakfast [Flickr]
Mom was so nice to have made breakfast and left it for us lazy kids who slept in!


11:17am | Dad and “Kitty” [Flickr]
They have a understanding.


1:16pm | A well used piece of plastic. [Flickr]
I attempted to organize my electronics using this dresser because I have them scattered all over the place!


3:37pm | Grapes, a healthy snack. [Flickr]


4:35pm | Catnap [Flickr]
It definitely seemed like this would be a good idea, but I never got a chance to take one.


4:50pm | Dirty Car? [Flickr]
Today was overall cleaning day, and car cleaning was not left out.


7:27pm | Sunday Potluck [Flickr]
The food is always delicious and bountiful. It is always a highlight of the week :-)


7:29pm | Running away from the camera [Flickr]
“J” wanted to run away from the camera, and thoroughly like this game. He didn’t like the idea not being able to play with the camera himself though.


7:32pm | Dan and Conor [Flickr]
They are always up to something.


8:17pm | Light games [Flickr]
Dan shows his perfected skills of light painting after dinner.


8:24pm | “Kids” [Flickr]
Here are most all of the kids of the Sunday potlucks. Lots of fun.


10:08pm | On the Bluetooth for a late call [Flickr]
I found my Bluetooth headset today while cleaning and put it to go use!