March 28, 2013

Patchie [Vacations] - Winchester, VA

At the beginning of the month The Boy and I went out to Winchester, VA for our annual weekend getaway. The past two years we went to Luray but we weren't able to get the same hotel deal that we had gotten in the past and we were on a much tighter budget this year, so Living Social came to the rescue!

The town is cute, but had a lot of construction going on so it was lacking a lot of its charm for that reason. The best thing that Winchester had over Luray was the fact that we could walk to multiple places from the hotel and had more options. However, I stick to my opinion that the food was always better in Luray. But it was nice to stroll around a new little town! We hit a couple pubs and saw a local band out first night in town.

And it's us, so we hit a couple little vineyards along the way as well - Chrysalis, Veramar, Twin Oaks, and Otium. Chrysalis had an amazing tasting and was probably all around our favorite (and is the closest - we want to go back for a day trip!). Veramar was a nice stop for a light lunch, and Twin Oaks was crazy charming and had the best view. We actually spent a few hours here talking with one of the employees about all sorts of things. Otium was where we spent the most time - it was on a horse farm and we actually wound up staying there until late in the evening and made a lot of new friends. Loudoun County will receive more visits from us. There are so many vineyards!

Also? We went to a casino in West Virginia since it was only about 25 minutes away. I am not a casino person. Like, at all. I think we lasted twenty minutes total. I just don't get the appeal. I'd rather spend my money a hundred different ways. Anyone ever been or feel inclined to tell me why they are so popular?

Even though we definitely prefer Luray (I think we like feeling "in" the mountains more - Winchester is a very large valley), this trip was still a total success!

March 18, 2013

Patchie [Knits]

Just taking a moment from sneezing and blowing my nose uncontrollably to share one of those finished knitting projects I was talking about. The pattern is The Foliage Hat, and you can find my project page here. The Boy took the picture, because when I remember to ask him he's awesome and will do it with no questions asked. 

I had a great St. Patrick's Day, and I hope you did too. We spent it pretty low key hanging out at the National Harbor with another couple, bar hopping and eating and catching up. 

I'm trying to push myself harder to I'm better prepared for this 5K in less than a month, but this head cold I can't seem to kick is putting serious dampers on those plans.

I suppose that's all that is new at the moment. I went through the pictures from Winchester over the weekend, so hopefully I can share those soon!

March 14, 2013

Patchie [Enjoyed]

The Boy and I went out to Winchester, VA this past weekend for our annual little getaway. The last two years we went to Luray, but the cards didn't fall into place this year. Plus we got a Living Social deal that was too good to pass up, so we thought we'd try someplace new!

I hope to share some of the better pictures I took once I manage to edit them, but until then here's some instagram pictures!

We met some pretty fantastic people almost everywhere we went, and I learned I am very much not a casino person. Also, even though there was snow on the ground it stayed around 60 degrees. That part rocked. We also both decided that while we really enjoyed this past weekend, we prefer Luray and will hopefully head back that way next year.

(Hopefully) I'll be posting more soon!

March 6, 2013

Patchie [Snowquesters]

Happy snow day!!!

We're getting hit here with slushy wet snow, and I lucked out...this was my first furlough day. Also, The Boy has the day off too! It's gone from a day where I was going to attempt to be productive to a day of watching movies together and knitting. Currently he's playing piano and bacon is frying.

Yep. It's a good Wednesday.

March 3, 2013

Patchie [Photographs]

Dear Katsucon,

It was lovely meeting you. I wasn't originally going to introduce're an anime convention. The closest I get to anime was enjoying an episode of Cowboy Bebop about 8 years ago, having a couple Bleach characters burned into my brain from a college Halloween party, and being able to sort of name most of the original Pokemon (although to be brutally honest, it sounds a lot more like this these days). I was also going to be going out of town, which made it a little hard to attend. You know how that goes.

But then plans changed and with you being so close to home I figured...why not. I found out I could go as a photographer and still see so much without having to actually pay to get in, and I was sold. I had never gone to a con before without dressing up and only armed with my camera. I walked in and boy was I surprised. So many Whovians! So much Adventure Time! ...Power Rangers? Is that considered anime? Wow, clearly I have not kept up with that one. They went to space, or something? Wasn't everyone they fought from space to begin with? Why did that warrant a costume change? And why was no one there dressed at the Pink Ranger? I SHOULD CORNER THAT MARKET.

Back on topic. Photography. Thank you for giving me the chance to just approach people out of the blue to ask for pictures - that is not my strong suit because for some reason I still randomly become shy. I got some great shots. I also saw more people that I knew than I thought I would which was a nice surprise. I even got to catch up with a friend over lunch

Worth it? Absolutely. Although I think next year, you've convinced me to dress for it. I just can't seem to resist anymore.

So thank you for a great impromptu Saturday!


  (you can find the entire album here)

March 1, 2013

Patchie [Loses]

Look! I'm updating! Even though I feel like someone replaced my brain with a 30 pound bowling ball and has attached magnets to my eyelids trying to make them close, I still feel compelled to write. Could I be coming out of this posting funk and start updating regularly again?

Probably not. But there's no reason why I can't pretend. In another month I'll post a "sorry" post. Such is life.

Anyway. Positivity! Since posting last, I am officially down 7 pounds. Running at least three days a week has become part of my routine - for the most part I no longer have to force myself to do it. This week I started calorie counting moreso because I was curious how well I did and it turns out I'm doing better than I thought I was. Look at me go!

Even though I've had a pretty awful week, I do feel happier. Not enough to assume I'm coming out of this funk I've been in for a year, but enough to notice a difference and feel better about it. I've slowly been cutting out some of the negatives in my life, which sadly includes some people. But you have to do what you have to do, and I have to put myself first for a little while. And sometimes I need to remind myself that there is nothing wrong with that.

It's slowly beginning to feel like spring, and like every year I'm amazed at how quickly my calendar fills up. This spring is a little different - this spring along with the warmer weather and abundance of things I want to do also comes the work-place "F" word - Furloughs.

One day per paycheck. Budget has become more important, and I feel like I've gotten a handle on it but it's making me pick and choose some things that I want to do and are feasible to do. Our company is being very kind about it and for the most part we've been able to pick our days, which makes the blow sting less. I'm making it my goal to embrace these days - use them to their full advantage. As the weather gets nicer, I hope to spend a lot of them outside. I also managed to snag a sweet 4-day birthday weekend in May. It doesn't get much better than that, considering the situation.

I hope to share some knitting projects soon - I've been knitting like crazy because when I'm knitting I'm not mindlessly snacking, and when I'm knitting I'm not spending money. Except on yarn. But I already bought it so that doesn't count, right? Of course it doesn't. Don't tell me any differently! I desperately nee to photograph some finished projects though - every time I plan to do it it's been raining or people are being nosy and I feel awkward setting up the camera to take pictures of myself when too many people are poking around. Then I look uncomfortable in the pictures and wind up not using them, so now I don't even bother.

Anyway, life. Getting better. Healthier. Warmer. It's a good start for March.