Monday, December 13, 2010

Bert & Ernie Get A New Home

This weekend, Bert and Ernie got a new home. It's about three times the size of their old home (a 10-gallon tank), with all new fixtures and appliances. I'm not sure they even know what to do with all of the new space.

From these photos, you can't tell how big they've gotten, but their shells are much larger than the palm of my hand now.

Bert is still searching for something.

And Ernie would normally be afraid of me coming so close to the tank, but he's apparently asleep. It looks like his eyes are molting or something.

They still get along quite swimmingly, although they are the odd couple.

Be sure to stay tuned for the next episode: Bert and Ernie Get a Toy!

Insana :)

Friday, December 10, 2010

White House Christmas Tree

Last night, the White House Christmas Tree was famously lit by the First Family and a slew of performers were there to celebrate, including BB King, Maroon 5, Common and more. The First Lady read a Christmas story to some lucky children and fun was had by all. At least, that's what I heard about on the radio. After all of that was over, all of the people, traffic and security had subsided, I mosied over to the tree at about 10 pm to take a picture. I hear it's the greenest tree yet!

Happy Holidays yo!


Monday, December 6, 2010

FBCG Volunteer of the Year 2010

At my church (First Baptist Church of Glenarden) on Friday December 3rd, I received the Photography Ministry's Volunteer of the Year award during the first annual Leadership Appreciation Awards Ceremony. There was a red carpet for photo ops and a camera crew and folks wore their best sequined gowns and tuxedos and the whole nine. It was awesome!

OD and my mom came out and everything! Getting the award was great, but I was equally excited to wear my new yellow coat. :)

Volunteering is the beez neez. You should try it. Happy my name was spelled right on the award,


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Thank you to the Certified Women's Business Enterprise company who makes the plaintain chips, known as Chifles (Chief-les). They might be the best new thing I've tasted in 2010.

Like plain Utz chips, only thicker and heartier.


Embracing the International Foods Aisle at the grocery store,


Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween at VSE

Happy Halloween peeps.

I like where I work. We participate in holidays instead of pretending it's just a regular day of the year. I also miss working in the IT Department. They really get down with their decorations, no matter what holiday it is.

People wore their costumes to work! YES!

This is the office manager, Carol, in my department.

Another reason why I miss working in IT-the entire department decided to celebrate this Halloween with "Formal Friday", where everybody would come to work overdressed on a dress down Friday.

Enjoy the holiday people. Whether it's Pagan or not, wearing costumes is fun.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

DC Drag Race 2010

Tuesday, October 26th, my buddy Nicole and I went to the DC Drag Race, otherwise known as the High Heel Race, near Dupont Circle on 17th Street Northwest. Men dressed as women running in high heels? "This should be interesting," I thought.

We got there early and waited for the race to start around 9 pm. Some people were already there at 6:30 pm.

I found Nicole!

The weather was AWESOME. You didn't need a coat or a jacket, just a camera and a positive spirit. Luckily, there was plenty of both!

The street was even decorated, just for this event.

As the crowd grew, plenty of race volunteers showed up to keep the spectators in line. Literally--we weren't allowed to cross the white line (the DC bike lane line).

And, soon enough, the Drag Racers began to appear, and walk the walk. Some were serious drag queens, others were literally regular dudes who showed up in a dress in a heels for the first time, and it was obvious. For some of the more obvious outfits--can you guess who the characters are?

If you watch MTV, you know who these guys are...

These chicks definitely had panache'...

This card costume was SO elaborate. We couldn't stop looking at it.

Can you guess who this group of guys are supposed to be?

This Dalmation's face creeped me out.

Oh I'll just tell you this one: It's the Facts of Life girls, including Mrs. Garrett! See Tootie in the front?

If only you could hear the music from their hidden speaker, "Thank you for being a friend..."

This guy with the Activia tray looked suspiciously like Jamie Lee Curtis...

Of course, the race wasn't without it's messages.

If you can't tell what this costume is made of, look closely...

Bridal Barbie actually looks CREEPY.

These guys were spectators chatting it up until someone from a brownstone started throwing beaded necklaces down, a la Mardi Gras...

Which, of course, prompts a stunt...

Believe it or not, that's supposed to be Macauley Culkin with Michael Jackson.


Not one, but two red queens...

The street got really, really packed by race time!


Who is she supposed to be?

Message! [Some louder than others]

People the children as dwarfs.

People were even watching far from the rooftop of a nearby apartment building. See them wayyyyyy up there?

And then the race began! Check out Marge running in that hat/wig!

And after the race was over, the white-line rule no longer applied and we all converged on the street.

What a good time! And I got a few costume ideas too! See time?