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I started this blog, on December 5th, 2009, with the entry Homeward Bound. Today is December 5th, 2013. I swear I didn’t plan this, but it sure is a great excuse to write about.

This blog has always been here, but I haven’t always been here for this blog. Words that I used to write, take on a life of their own when you think about who is reading them and then you begin to analyze, over analyze ad nauseam. Have I come so far in 4 years of having this blog, that I’ve started fearing words, waiting for the right time to release them?

Not anymore. Not this time.

This blog (or one of it’s temporary sister blogs) has seen marriage, a baby born – who is now almost 2 1/2 years old – and on the eve of my third layoff – I write because I roam, and I need a place to call home.

I thought I had 2014 all figured out as I sit snugly in my home office, looking out at the river and burnt orange leaves that frame my window view. I had time. And that’s the scary part, I really didn’t. So, here I am. Looking out over a grey rust sky, writing.

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Yesterday was the Technologist’s birthday party. Not because it was his ACTUAL birthday, but because I’m 33 weeks pregnant, I decided it was time. His real birthday will be closer to the 35 week/35 days left countdown and I’m just, well … sorry — no! This weekend suited everyone fine!

Despite never having been to the venue before, I chose DC Redline. From the website, it seemed to combine a swanky yet casual, sporty yet sophisticated elegance that I hadn’t seen before in a sports bar. For a great review, read one of our friends’ accounts of the night on Yelp.

We had a great night. Enjoyed complimentary champagne. The built in table taps. Making fun of/secretly admiring hats spotted at the Kentucky Derby. Good conversation with a dozen or so of our closest friends and it wasn’t even so bad being the only Preggo at a GastroLounge on a Saturday night in DC.

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OK, it’s been about a year. Is there anybody out there? It’s safe to say I’ve:

  • Left the Library. I’m still a contractor (writing and making the internet a better place) in DC.
  • Stopped drinking coffee, boating, eating pepperoni, wearing high heels and a ton of other things that are heavily documented in this blog BECAUSE
  • We’re having a baby boy on June 24th, 2011.
  • And I might just blog about it.

I should write a blog post about the whirlwind journey I embarked on as I searched for a new career. The interviews, the take home projects and my favorite questions, “Do you use The Twitter?” and “How many Facebook friends do you have?”

But, I won’t talk about any of those things. What I would like to address are the coffee shops. Ahhh, coffee shops. There were many of them. Some had wifi. Some had great coffee. Some didn’t have bathrooms. Coffee shops became my constant. My sanctuary. I could look over my notes, get a caffeine fix and most importantly, survey the best places to grab a cuppa joe in the DC area.

How I rate the coffee shops on a of scale 1-5

  • phenomenal coffee
  • wifi
  • easily accessible bathroom
  • staff doesn’t care that you’ve been there for awhile (hours and hours)
  • roomy
  • stylish decor and interesting music are a plus

Alexandria

June Coffee 2/5 Located across the street from the King Street Metro, June Coffee sits in a little courtyard. This place gets major marks taken off.  a) no bathroom, and b) there is a $5 minimum purchase if you use a credit card.  I ended up having to buy a large soy latte and a banana and a muffin — come on, I just need a place to sit down for 20 minutes! The shop is very small. The only real seats were uncomfortable bar stools, and the coffee wasn’t all that.

Uptowner Cafe 4/5 You can find the Uptowner Cafe in the heart of Old Town on Harvard Street. I. Love. This. Place. Need proof?

Fantastic sandwiches, amazing coffee, great people watching, soothing classical music. I once spent about 4 hours here between interviews and no one seemed to care. If this place had wifi it would be my top favorite.

Arlington

Starbucks 2/5 Very small and crowded Starbucks in the middle of Rosslyn. Lost my seat once and had to stand out in the rain.

Corner Bakery 2/5 Nothing memorable about this location. Ordered a tall skim latte, my goto for late afternoon interviews.

Reston

Cosi 4/5 and then 0/5 I’m a big Cosi fan. Love the coffee, sandwiches and tribal music. I snacked on a Cosi Break Bar and used the Free Wifi. I was in coffee heaven. Well, at least I thought I was until the next morning my email account was hacked and sent strange emails to 1/2 my address book. Not exactly the kind of Thank You note you want to write to an employer after an interview. I believe my account was compromised while sitting at this Cosi. Beware!

DC

Union Station 4/5 I love Union Station almost as much as I love rail travel, so sneaking away into this gorgeous landmark to grab a coffee is always a treat. Would rather be on my way to NYC than into an interview, but the coffee, the hustle & bustle and the ambiance made my coffee break a memorable one.

Au Bon Pain 3/5 Very impressed by the coffee, the seating and the French music. Twas a good pit stop.

Bourbon Coffee 5/5 Three words: Macadamia Nut Mocha. Yes, please!  Here you have it folks, the best coffee shop I encountered during my coffee shop sabbatical. Free Wifi. Deep orange-red walls with loud prints hung high on the wall. This place is a real treat. If you find yourself at 2101 L St. NW, Washington DC, enter the premises immediately.

Cosi 4/5 Now, I’ve got some serious love for this Cosi because it could potentially be the coffee shop I’ll be frequenting most often starting this week.

Yes, Cosi was my final coffee shop stop on my career search, as I’ll be working at the Library of Congress as a Content Strategist through CACI starting this week.

I’ve learned a lot about myself in the last few months. To persevere when the path gets tough. To open my mind to new opportunities. But what I found to be most important is that perfect satisfaction that exists in the form of a coffee cup. Because no matter what obstacles appear to stand in the way, there will always be that perfect little coffee shop, and that perfect little cup of coffee welcoming you, urging you, to follow your dreams.


Husband and I had a bit of a night out on the town last night. We headed to the Mobile Tech Cocktail presented by Microsoft Windows Phone 7 Series. It was the first Tech Cocktail event that we had the chance to attend, and it was a really fantastic experience! We connected with a lot of great tech people and watched product demos from QR Arts and WhereMark.

The event was held at Current Sushi, formerly Dragonfly, a spot I used to frequent 5 or 6 years ago. Definitely feeling the new staircase, the strange bathrooms and the overall vibe of the place. Much improved!

Had to snap a picture of the back area of the bar. I felt a strong urge to perform the entire score of ‘Rent’ against the backdrop. How about a rendition of  ‘Tech Me or Leave Me’ … ?

If you ever have the chance to attend a Tech Cocktail event, you will not be disappointed!

Like many women, I hate shopping. I need to be in a very peculiar/particular mood  to go on a shopping trip. It’s not that I don’t enjoy fashion or dressing up, (I have a strong attachment to high heels, cocktail dresses and bold styles), it’s just that for me, 4 things must happen to create the scenario for the perfect shopping trip.

1) Everything must fit and look simply dazzling in the dressing room.

2) I must have a gift card and/or a very clear and detailed reason WHY I am purchasing the item. (Wedding, Birthday Party, Presentation for Work, etc).

3) If it is a casual item, (not for work or for a social event) I prefer if it is on sale. Even better, if it is brand name and on sale. Score!

4) I shop best alone. I love window shopping with my mom, BFF, husband — but I am only going to waste your time and mine, when I walk into the dressing room with 20 items, and return with 0.

Recently, I did have a successful shopping trip. Here is what I purchased:

Item: Blue Patterned Dress by Angie

Reason for Purchase: Need clothes to wear on the water.

Further Justification: Would work over a bathing suit, loved the fit of the smocked waist, the soothing color, the length and the paisley pattern on the trim of the dress.

$: On sale

Item: ECI Sleeveless Print Dress

Reason for Purchase: Possible candidate for a birthday party outfit.

Further Justification: Could also work at wine fests, summer happy hours and outdoor concerts. Perfect with a big chunky necklace and espadrilles.

$: Also on sale

Item: Sleeveless top with tribal-ish pattern and beaded neckline, from Jones New York.

Reason for Purchase: Needed a Spring/Summer top.  Possibly for Mother’s Day.

Further Justification: Paired with black pants or capris, and a smart heel, this is a quick outfit to throw on to grab lunch.  Anna at, ‘Her Fashion Affair,” answers the question, ” Are capri pants really a fashion faux pas?” What do you think? I dislike shorts and believe if you are tall and wear them with a heel, capris are a comfortable option.

$: Majorly on sale! This item was originally $99.99 and I snagged it for $12.75.

This weekend’s boat trip to Mattawoman Creek reminded me of this lovely CSNY song. Loved hearing stories about the river, spotting two bald eagles and waking up to a cool spring breeze.

The Lee Shore
by David Crosby
from the Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young album “4 Way Street”

Wheel gull spin and glide … you’ve got no place to hide
‘Cause you don’t need one

All along the Lee shore
Shells lie scattered in the sand
Winking up like shining eyes, at me
From the sea

Here is one like sunrise
It’s older than you know
It’s still lying there where some careless wave
Forgot it long ago

When I awoke this morning
I dove beneath my floating home
Down below her graceful side in the turning tide
To watch the sea fish roam

There I heard a story
From the sailors of the Sandra Marie
There’s another island a day’s run away from here
And it’s empty and free

From here to Venezuela
There’s nothing more to see
Than a hundred thousand islands
flung like jewels upon the sea
For you and me

Sunset smells of dinner
Women are calling at me to end my tales
But perhaps I’ll see you, the next quiet place
I furl my sails

Two weeks ago I wrote about my Annual Springtime Health Kick. And yes, all is well on the Health Kick front. Lots of trips to the gym, fresh air and lots of experiments. Experiments including Almond Milk and copious amounts of organic, triple washed baby spinach. I’m talking about that tastiest of monsters, the Green Monster, which even my Husband has requested a few times in the last couple of weeks. Love the Monster. Just bought enough Spinach and Almond Milk to get me through the next week at Wegmans yesterday, because believe me, those ingredients go fast!

I was feeling confident and daring because of the great success of the GM experiment. I’ve been reading a great Health Blog, Oh She Glows, and discovered Vegan Overnight Oats. I just had to try them.  Ingredients include:

  • 1/3 cup regular oats
  • 3/4 cup almond milk
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tiny ripe banana, peeled and smashed
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

OK, I enjoy oats, love almond milk, bananas, but had never encountered a chia seed unless it was helping  Homer grow a full head of hair. I did some research on them and decided Chia was not going to hurt me. (Learn more about this superfood here.)

So, to prepare the Overnight Oats combine the above ingredients into a bowl. It may or may not look something like this:

I put it in the fridge overnight. In the morning the ‘Oh She Glows’ blog instructs that you add 2 tablespoons Nut Butter, so I added a bit from this little packet. The almond butter I found at store was almost $10 and that’s too much for a kitchen experiment.

This morning, I pulled the congealed mixture out of the fridge and nudged it with my spoon. A little scary. I had to judge. It looked pretty gross.

I tried it. Um, edible. The weird chia that attached to the bananas and almond milk had the consistency of Bubble Tea. The almond butter helped A LOT, but I didn’t add too much since it is ultra high in calories. In the end, I ate it. It was pretty nasty unless I captured some of the Almond Butter taste. Cold. Smushy. My cereal bowl has seen better days.

However, I have to say I ate this meal at 7:30 and wasn’t hungry at all until 12:30. I guess that means something. Maybe I wasn’t hungry because I was grossed out, or maybe it was the Chia …

I’m not quite ready to give up on morning oat experiments. I’m a huge oatmeal fan, and I’d like to give the Chia Seeds another chance … but you’ve got my recommendation. Beware of the Vegan Overnight Oats!

Many people are of the mindset that Google is taking over the world. I am a big fan of Google. From Gmail to Chrome, to Google Docs, Maps and obviously Search, Google is king. If Google takes over the world, I believe it would be a very nicely optimized and organized shiny happy world to live in.

I’m here to inform you, that it is NOT Google, but Facebook, who is taking over the world. News flash: people don’t use Facebook because they like Facebook. Facebook is a means to an end. People have egos. People are nosy, and they log onto Facebook to fulfill needs. (You know these needs, I don’t have to explain.) If MySpace (or Friendster?) had a cleaner UI, and launched in 2008, we would be talking about MySpace right now. A social media profile site is a fly by night romance. Facebook knows this, and they don’t want the honeymoon to end. Ever. They want more and they want it now. Facebook’s aggressive plans to spread itself across the web will only alienate users. It will scare them away.

I believe Facebook is extending its reach too far, too fast.

Do you like the idea of connecting with your friends and colleagues in a comfortable online environment? Yes. Do you like the ease in which you can keep in touch, plan events and post pictures? Of course. Are you cool with the fact that the new Facebook changes allow anyone to see your interests, current city and hometown — even if your profile is set to Private? Um, No thanks! (OK, the last point may or may not be true, but it is rumored on Consumerist.)

This is just the beginning. Users are too smart to live like this. My prediction: since it is the content on Facebook that users show a loyalty towards — not the brand, a new star will be born. A mobile profile site, potentially one built exclusively on Apple products, will dominate.

That’s my prediction. Am I deleting my Facebook profile? Not yet. Am I naive enough to think that Google is playing games? Of course, they are.  I understand that all of my info is being used for the advancement of advertisers, and I’m OK with that. Crunch my data. See if I care.

I’m on Team Google.

My blog is called ‘The Technologist’s Wife.’ Yet, I never actually remark on Tech. I guess I’m not required to seeing how a) this is my blog and b) my husband is the implied Technologist here. This is not exactly the case.  When naming this blog, I wanted to play off of the movie titles ‘The Astronaut’s Wife‘ and ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife.’ (Two movies I have yet to see.) I also like the word Technologist, and when I started the blog I thought I’d be commenting on tech trends more often than I actually do … /justification rant.

I don’t own an iPhone. I want one. I’ll get Husband’s when this baby is released. This phone looks mighty sexy. I’m especially a fan of the secondary rear camera with a camera flash/larger lens. Also, goodbye rounded edges — this phone looks flat, or should I say, sleek.

My real excitement surrounding the supposed features of this phone are based on the way it was allegedly found on the floor of a bar in San Jose, (I’m also hearing Redwood, CA.) This makes me laugh. Someone should have come upon it in a giant fluorescent Easter egg a few weeks ago, or maybe it should have erupted out of The Volcano. Found on the floor of a bar? That’s just silly. This iPhone deserves a better entrance into the hearts and minds of techies than … found on the floor of a bar. Just think if someone had stepped on it? I smell a conspiracy.

This weekend while you’re at your local watering hole, get ready for the ole, “Did you hear the one about the iPhone that walked into a bar?

Kel

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