Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Things I Learned This Weekend

Labor Day weekend ... the unofficial end of summer ... a weekend typically filled with one last time at the beach, the last summer BBQ, and some last minute back to school shopping.

My Labor Day weekend consisted of none of those things! My weekend consisted of yummy food, a visit with my Grandpa, housecleaning, and WWE RAW live. Here are some of the things I learned this weekend.

Breakfast with Friends is Fun
On Saturday morning, Jerry and I decided to treat ourselves to The Original Pancake House (not to be confused with the International House of Pancakes, i.e. IHOP). While there, we ran into our good friends, Brooks and Katie. Good food, good company.
  • I learned that omelets at The Original Pancake House (TOPH) do not come with cheese ... it must be requested.
  • I learned that going out for a treat meal breakfast is even more fun with friends!
  • I learned that the tables at TOPH are not meant to hold the 3 breakfast entrees that Jerry ordered.

I Really Miss My Grandpa
On Saturday afternoon, Jerry and I met my Grandpa downtown DC at the World War II monument. Grandpa had flown into DC with a group of other WWII veterans from MN to tour the monuments and Arlington Cemetery.

  Jerry and me with Grandpa at the MN marker on the WWII memorial
  • I learned that no matter how old I get, I'll always feel like a little girl with pigtails (or "handle bars" to steer my head, as he called them) when I'm with Grandpa.
  • I learned how thankful I am that my Grandpa is still in good health and good spirits.
  • I learned that I'm moved to tears when a group of WWII vets lines up to salute the Iwo Jima monument.
 World War II veterans saluting at the Iwo Jima memorial
  • I learned that the group of WWII vets are still moved to tears when they watch the Changing of the Guard at Arlington Cemetery.
  • I learned how valuable spending time with my Grandpa is.
  • I learned that no matter how old I get, I still cry when I have to say good-bye to anyone in my family.
Dinner with Friends is Fun! And Sushi is Expensive.
On Saturday evening, Jerry and I went out to dinner with our friend, Annie.

 Annie and me dining at Raku in Bethesda
  • I learned that downtown Bethesda, MD reminds me of quaint towns in Europe.
  • I learned that a treat meal dinner is even more fun with friends! (see also: Breakfast with Friends is Fun)
  • I learned that sushi is expensive when it's not an all-you-can-eat buffet!
Food is Not Meant to be Kept for 3 Years
On Sunday, Jerry and I cleaned the house in preparation for my brother and his family's visit this coming weekend. Having two dogs, two cats, and two humans in the house makes for a not-so-suitable environment for a 16-month baby.
  • I learned that grains (bulgar, wheat, quinoa, sesame seeds, rye) aren't supposed to be kept for three years, trucked across the country, then stored in a shed for a year. Apparently they go bad??
  • I learned that I keep things I don't need.
  • I learned that Jerry doesn't keep things he doesn't need.
  • I learned that once the boxes blocking the storage closet in the kitchen were removed, the closet really comes in handy!
 Look! No boxes! And access to the closet!
  • I learned that eating 3-year old Gobstoppers can give me instant hives and a swollen lip.
  • I learned that Benadryl makes me loopy.
  • I learned that Vanilla Milkshake Pop Tarts aren't all they're cracked up to be.
They look better than they taste.

WWE RAW is Actually Fun!
On Monday evening, Jerry and I went to the live performance of WWE RAW at the Verizon Center. It was my first time at a WWE event, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I knew there'd be noise, excitement, a zillion people, and John Cena (drool). Brooks and Katie (see also: breakfast) were also there, so we met up with them before the show.

Before the show. Note my Championship belt.
  • I learned that there is not one stereotypical wrestling fan. We saw all ages, all races, both male and female, all cheering, booing, clapping, and holding up homemade signs.
  • I learned that fireworks in an indoor arena are LOUD.
  • I learned that I get ridiculously happy when Jerry is happy and having a fun time.
Sporting our Cenation sweatbands.
  • I learned that I'm a huge fan of John Cena (as evidenced by the Cena swag we purchased, even going so far as to make the nice sales lady pull the display shirt off the wall for me so I could purchase the last orange Cena shirt).
Sportin' our Cena swag.
  • I learned that watching wrestling is WAY more fun in person than it is on TV.
  • I learned that I wouldn't mind going to another WWE show in the future (this was a definite surprise).
All in all, it was a fabulous weekend, filled with wonderful experiences!


  1. This post was awesome! I didn't even though they made that flavor Pop Tart but thanks for the warning :)

  2. Loved this post. I learned....I always like to read whatever you write :) Have a great week.

  3. cute post. love the arms in the top pic!

    I have never been a fan of wrestling but I bet it wouldnt be so bad in person. The energy in the room probably makes it fun.

    Omelets without cheese? REALLY? That seems like an oxymoron. :)

  4. I learned that reading about my sister crying when visiting with grampa makes me teary-eyed :)

  5. Thanks for the great post! It made me smile! Hey, my brother's name is Geoff too. Albeit spelled differently but it's still the same! ;-)

  6. I am so glad that I am not the only one that has random old food in their house. I suppose I should ACTUALLY spring clean. =) Great post!