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annnnd July is here July 1st, 2014

Well, due date passed yesterday, and still no signs of the arrival of baby burrito. Just playing the waiting game for now. Here’s what we’ve been doing to pass the time:

   

We visited Bao Bao at the zoo! Baby pandas really are all they are cracked up to be in this town. She was doing flips over the bamboo shoots, and tumbling down the rocks and everything. It was so comical it was almost like it was a fake scene from a movie, including the gasps and laughs of all the visitors on cue to her every movement. As Matt whispered as we walked away, "The real secret here is that it's just a 6 year old in a panda costume playing around in there."

We visited Bao Bao at the zoo! Baby pandas really are all they are cracked up to be in this town. She was doing flips over the bamboo shoots, and tumbling down the rocks and everything. It was so comical it was almost like it was a fake scene from a movie, including the gasps and laughs of all the visitors on cue to her every movement. As Matt whispered as we walked away, “The real secret here is that it’s just a 6 year old in a panda costume playing around in there.”

   

Finding new ways to like beets from our CSA share. You can't go wrong if you roast them and add cheese and honey drizzle and bread.

Finding new ways to like beets from our CSA share. You can’t go wrong if you roast them and add cheese and honey drizzle and bread.

   

Still biking my big burrito bump to prenatal yoga class  every Tuesday.

Still biking my big burrito bump to prenatal yoga class every Tuesday. It’s a wonder my feet can still find the pedals.

   

World Cup watching in bed with Bowser, lovely way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

World Cup watching in bed with Bowser, lovely way to spend an afternoon relaxing.

   

Baked mom's zucchini bread recipe!

Baked mom’s zucchini bread recipe!

   

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victory February 4th, 2013

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Congrats to all the Ravens fans out there! A well-deserved win and definitely one of the most interesting Super Bowls in my recent memory. The Beyonce halftime show and Destiny’s Child reunion, a long power outtage to delay the game, and the end of the Ray Lewis era… so many good stories from yesterday.

   

We watched the game with some friends at Keith and Brigid’s house, several of whom are diehard Ravens fans. Things got a little tense towards the end when the game got close, but the evening ended in the above victory dancing, so all was well.

   

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Mountain of homemade guacamole.

   

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Matt won the first quarter of the squares betting for $25. WIN WIN WIN!

   

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HAIL December 10th, 2012



   

HAIL to the Redskins! Hail Victory! Braves on the Warpath, fight for ol’ DC. My throat is sore from singing that in the rain all day yesterday. Go Skins!

   

   

   

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homecoming football October 20th, 2012



   

Our Terps lost a heartbreaker today, no thanks to their kicker for missing a field goal from close range with just a few seconds left in the game. Too bad, so sad. JJ and I had fun anyways in our front row seats, getting to hear the players and coaches game-time talk and seeing the towel ralleys at close range. I think we even had some water sloshed on us from the bench at the end of the game when the kick bounced off the upright and some members of the team threw their cups in disgust. YEAH! Up until those final seconds though, things were great, we were busy cheering for Cheeseboro and yelling MOVE THOSE CHAINS and wondering why the stripes on the Terps Under Armour jerseys and pants are so weird looking. Who knew that the cheap “obstructed view” seats that I found on StubHub would be so awesome?

   

We also spend a good amount of time trying to figure out how in the world the student body (aka the drunk section) was able to get their act together enough to spell out a giant “M” in the stands with just the separation of white and red t-shirts. Someone please tell me that we were correct in assuming that white shirts were left on the correctly configured seats in order to accomplish this? If not, props to the current students for being way too organized. Our biggest accomplishments on game days used to be just waking up before noon for some dining hall breakfast so you didn’t go tailgate on an empty stomach.

   

Besides the game, it’s always good to get back on campus and spend some time reminiscing about college, visiting Testudo and Kermit, and wandering along route 1. As we were walking back to the metro after the game, a guy passing by us was reminiscing about Danny’s (which appears to have been replaced with some place called Wasabi, which is weird) just at the same time as we were, saying aloud to his friends, Remember when it was Danny’s? JJ answered him, Yes, I do. – much to his surprise, because he responded, NO, you don’t know Danny’s… as he continued walking past us, to which JJ replied under her breath, I got pepper-sprayed at Danny’s once. Ahhhh, College Park.

   

Other good overheards of the day included some guys on the metro on the way there wondering if #1 Liquor would deliver to their tailgate (I wanted to tell them yeah, they will), and a girl I overheard in the bookstore telling her friends how it was actually great that she had no money, because then she couldn’t spend it on crappy food like Ratsie’s. Amen, fellow Terps, AMEN.

   

   

   


hi Kermit

   


hi Testudo, you were not so lucky today

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Skins October 15th, 2012



   

It was October 14, 2012, a warm, breezy, perfect fall afternoon when the Minnesota Vikings were playing the Redskins at FedEx field. That very same day, Matthew Steenhoek wore his very first Redskins jersey. #59, London Fletcher. A proud moment for this wife. :) :) :) :) :)

   

The football gods were shining upon me yesterday indeed when RG3 ran 76 yards for a touchdown that sealed the win. Unfortunately that meant that Ty and Val, Vikings fans, had to endure some heckling (or haggling, as Val eloquently put it) from the surrounding Skins fans. All I can say is that at least they were not wearing Eagles jerseys, or they would have endured a lot worse.

   

Anyways, we had a lovely tailgate beforehand, where we were also joined by Mike and Lindsey, who made the most delcious banana bread for us all. The afternoon and the big win almost made up for the dismal playoff exit earlier in the week by the Nats… and the DC sports rollercoaster of emotions rides on..



we spotted a Fanbulance! which of course reminds me of a Bambulance
(warning: adult language at the link)

   


GOOOO SKINS

   

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weekend adventures September 10th, 2012



We had a fantastic weekend and got into a hodgepodge of activities. On Friday night we went home for a HoCo bonfire and to say goodbye to Jill, who leaves on her epic roadtrip adventures today. There were s’mores, acoustic guitar, and lots of stars. A perfect evening and possibly the last true goodbye to Ivory Road? *sniffle*

   


On Saturday morning we went to the opening of the new Union Market. Can I say how excited I am to have this within walking distance? We picked up coffee and croissants for breakfast, then perused all the market stands to see what there was to offer. We came home with fresh tomatoes and okra, a basil plant, milk from the creamery, and a loaf of banana bread. It was pretty packed already, even though not all of the vendor stands were open yet. I have really high hopes for this place and can’t wait until it’s open full time in November.

   


On Saturday afternoon we went to a beer class at Rustico in Ballston, topic: “Hops.” The class was an anniversary gift from mom and dad, and we had a good time sampling 6 different beers and learning probably a little too much about the history of hops. It might have been a little too technical for us, but we did come away with a lot of information, so I hope I remember some of it the next time I am drinking a really hoppy beer.

   


On Sunday, Matt and I made gumbo and then went to watch the Redskins game at the Hoffman’s house. All the food was New Orleans themed in honor of the Skins season opener against the Saints. We ate fried-oyster po-boys and watched RG3 put up 40 points in his debut. 40 points. This is unheard of for Skins fans. Needless to say, hopes are high this season. Hope everyone had a great weekend!

   

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the burgundy and gold September 7th, 2012



   

This is our neighbors trashcan, and needless to say, I approve. I saw them working hard on it in the alleyway at the end of last season, spray painting it white and affixing the Redskins plate. Maybe it was bad luck last season, but this year I’m feeling good about it. Nevermind the analogies you might draw between my favorite football team and garbage, etc… No comments on that please, k thanks.

   

Happy weekend! Let’s go Skins!

   

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super bowl February 6th, 2012



   

Aww, boo hoo Pats fans! Sorry you lost to the Giants in the Super Bowl. Again. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t like the Giants, but no one likes New England, so last nights outcome was all one could have hoped for, especially Bradshaw’s slow butt-roll into the end zone. Classic!

   

We watched the game at our neighbors place, with the main emphasis of the night being the food theme – everything deep fried. Of next order of importance was the halftime puppy bowl, funny commercials, then the Madonna halftime show, and then finally the actual football game. I made jalepeno poppers (photo above) stuffed with goat cheese, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, bacon, and topped with Panko bread crumbs. They were a hit, and not as spicy as they’d seem like they’d be, but still some kick.

   



   

I was also introduced to the concept of fried macaroni and cheese balls, above, which were every bit as delicious as they’d seem. By the time the deep fried Oreo’s and bananas were coming out to be served, I was just too full.

   

This evenings agenda = go for a loooong run.

   

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football season arrives!! September 4th, 2011


   


   

On Saturday we went with the fam to watch the Delaware vs. Navy football game in Annapolis. Ahhhhh, welcome back football season, it’s been far too long. You just have to love a good season opener — the weather is still pleasant, your team has a nice 0-0 clean slate record, tailgating is in full swing… Heaven! We set up shop with some delicious subs and cupcakes in the Park-and-Ride lot and took the shuttle buses over to the stadium at game time. Even though Delaware didn’t exactly bring their A-game, and ended up losing to Navy, it was still a great day to kick off the season, and the pre-game flyover was ahhmazing!

   

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XLIV July 30th, 2009

Skins Training

   

The road to Super Bowl 44 begins today at Redskins training camp , Day 1. Soon it will be time to dust off the Cooley jersey!

   

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