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So Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 was basically the best movie ever.  Throw in pre-Harry Potter trivia, 3D glasses, and some of my favorite people, and you have the greatest movie in history.  Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit.  Or… maybe not.  The movie definitely exceeded my expectations and it was the first ever full-length feature film I had seen in 3D.  Which was AMAZING.  Though I can’t help but nit-pick the differences between the movies and books, it kept me on the edge of my seat and a tissue close in hand.  Which came in super handy since I was teary (aka sobbing) the majority of the movie.  Think full out war movie where characters are dying left and right that you’ve invested basically a decade getting to know. Intense.   

But as happy as I am that I’ve seen the movie, I think my coworkers may be even happier.  Today was the first day in well over a week where they didn’t hear me talk non stop about Harry Potter (and by that I mean it was only like a 10 minute recap as soon as I walked in the door).  But at least they’ve been humored by one of my obsessions. 

So, now I just need to decide when I’ll be watching this movie again.  In the theatres of course.  And 3D is the only way to go.  Though I may wait for the crowds to die down a bit.  Luckily Rachel feels the exact same way, so I won’t have to go by myself.  Which I totally would do.  And now here’s hoping that Hogwarts a History, A History of Magic, or some other school book becomes available to Muggles in the near future.  And at least there’s always Pottermore.

Yeah, you know life as B knows it, HP edition.  Aaaaand obsession rambling over. 

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I’ve been really excited about trying out Park Mobile (http://us.parkmobile.com/) to pay for parking at meters in DC.  I finally downloaded the app today and easily purchased 2 hours worth of parking.  It’s definitely quick and convenient, BUT they have a service charge.  And it’s not just a penny or two, it’s 32 cents.  Which I realize isn’t that much, but it adds up quickly.  And why would I want to waste almost 9 whole minutes worth in service fees?!  So for now thanks, but no thanks.  I think I’ll stick with quarters.  But it will be nice to have a back up on those days when my coinage supply is slim to none.

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Snape, Snape, Severus Snape…cannot wait to see the how his story is portrayed in Deathly Hallows Part 2! This is going to be ah.maze.ing! 

And spoiler alert for those who have been under a rock for over a decade and never read the books or seen the movies. 

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Okay.  So I’m legit obsessed with Scoutmob.  First - they give you free coupons for places in DC (and other cities, too).  And you know how much I love coupons!  Second - it’s similar to groupon and living social, but you don’t have to pay for it until you actually use it.  Third - they seem to really want to learn all about DC land in order to discover the perfect finds.  And when you think it couldn’t get any better than that, just wait! 

It’s clear from my fbook, twitter, and random conversations with friends that I’m one of their biggest fans (aka one of the 25 top shares so far in DC)!  So much so that I got an email yesterday from the head honcho of Scoutmob himself and he’s sending me a free big tee!!!  Plus I’m gonna get the 411 on their upcoming launch parties this summer.  A free big tee plus parties!  Oh Scoutmob, I’m so excited that you’ve expanded to our fare city!!!    

Want to learn more about this cool company?  Click on my link http://bit.ly/lxAvl5 (it gets me extra cool points) to get the deets on the latest happenings.  And p.s. download the scoutmob app - which has the deals PLUS fun facts about DC. 

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Cannot wait for frozen butterbeer deliciousness tonight!

Thanks Food Network, for this recipe!  But I’ll be serving it frozen like in HP land.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch topping
  • 2 tablespoons whipped butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups vanilla cream soda

Directions

Combine condensed milk, butterscotch topping, and butter in a glass heatproof measuring cup. Heat in microwave for 1 minute. Remove and stir until butter has melted and incorporated into mixture. Meanwhile heat cream soda in another heatproof measuring cup for 1 minute 30 seconds.

Divide butterscotch mixture between 2 (10 to 12-ounce) mugs. Fill mugs with heated cream soda and stir thoroughly. Serve garnished with an old-fashioned butterscotch candy stick.

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Fear.  There are only 4 measly little letters in the word, but it sure packs a mean punch!

My friends Merriam and Webster describe fear as an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.  Strong emotion is right!  Though I wish my fears were only brought on by actual danger.  Usually it’s just me being chicken.

There are quite a number of things in this world that scare me.  I hate that feeling when your stomach is tied in knots or you feel like you can barely breathe or your heart is beating a million times a minute or when it’s all happening at the same time!  But then there’s that feeling you get when you overcome your fear — a rush of adrenaline, a sense of accomplishment, and it kind of makes it all worth it.  Well, at least most of the time.

Like Ron Weasley, spiders have been a long time fear of mine.  I’m not sure when this fear started. Unlike Ron, my brother never turned “my teddy bear into a great big filthy spider” and there isn’t any one thing that I recall triggering this fear.  Unfortunately, it seems that I have this “spidey sense” for detecting these creepy creatures.  Sometimes I wish I could just be oblivious to their existence, but alas, no such luck.  In my younger days, each spider sighting would be immediately followed by a scream and then quickly followed by a yell for someone to come and eliminate the danger.  However, over the years, I’ve been able to somewhat conquer this fear.  Don’t get me wrong, the fear’s still there, but I’ve at least moved past the screaming and yelling, and I’m able to solve the problem all by my lonesome! 

Though there are definitely those silly fears that I have yet faced.  In elementary school (okay, okay, I was in 6th grade) my grandmother and her bf at the time took me to see the movie Jurassic Park.  Bad idea.  I think I made it through the first scene and then forced myself to fall asleep in Mamoo’s lap.  I had nightmare’s for weeks, or was it months?  Seriously, the parents thought I may need counseling.  Though the nightmares of being attacked by dinosaurs have long since passed, I still have never seen that movie (though I have ridden the ride at Universal Studios and survived!).  I keep thinking that one day, just maybe, I’ll actually sit down and watch the entire movie, or at least past the first scene.  Though I may need to call in reinforcements to watch it with me, just in cases…

Back in April I was…let’s say roped for lack of a better word, into going to a CrossFit free class to see what Dan’s and Tuck’s non-stop CF talk was all about.  And since my first class (or probably even before) CF has definitely been a fear factor in my life. Since my very first free class, CF has definitely scared me.  Jumping up onto a 20 inch box, the thought of doing pull-ups and real push-ups, and lifting barbells — I mean come on, how is that not scary?!?  My prior free weight training basically consists of lifting 25 lb dumbells max.  And by max I mean the majority of the time it’s 5 lb or 10 lb weights.  Needless to say, after my first free class, I spent basically the next week with ice packs close by my side (or more appropriately on my quads and hamstrings).  Though for some crazy reason, even with all my post-workout pain, I kept going to free classes.  And my ice packs (and pkgs of frozen broccoli) quickly became and remained for a number of weeks, my best friends. 

After close to 2 months of free classes at basically every CF gym in NOVA, I signed up for elements - the classes you take to learn the basics.  There were 8 classes total (though I happily missed one while the ‘rents were in town) over the course of 4 weeks.  Gradually after each class, my CF fears vanished a little bit.  That is until I started going to workouts of the day (WODs) after 4 classes.  Currently my WOD total stands at 3.  And before each class, the fear and the nerves are in overdrive.  Seriously – it takes all the courage I can muster up to talk myself into changing into the workout gear and making the quick drive to my CF box (that CrossFit speak for gym).  Yesterday I finished my final Elements class for CrossFit.  So basically this means I start doing the WODs full time.  Which also means that I’m going to be a nervous wreck before every class for the foreseeable future.  Here’s hoping that one day soon my CFfears will become an all too distant memory.  In the meantime, I’ll keep attempting to tackle this fear, one WOD at a time.

Yep, that’s life as B knows it. 

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This venn diagram is so hilariously true!  Thank you someecards for bringing laughter to my day! 

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Yeah — so I was definitely that person tonight who held up the check out line because one of my deals at Harris Teeter didn’t ring up properly.  But I can’t help it if my carton of HT lite neopolitan ice cream (which was suppose to be free) wasn’t discounted correctly!  And I realize it’s only $2.50, but I just couldn’t pass up getting it for free!  I know, I’m ridiculous. 

But luckily the guy behind me didn’t seem too cranky about it.  And when the cashier said I saved nearly $40 (originaly total was $94) he replied - “wow, what email list are you on?”  So, thank you dear Harris Teeter for doubling all of my coupons tonight.  You sure know how to make a not so good day much better! 

So there you have it.  That’s life as B knows it, at least for tonight.

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Yeah, have definitely watched this a few times already.  Glad I have something to look forward to after July 15th!

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Srsly, they have some great deals going on right now!

Kashi cereal (one of my latest obsession) is only 2 for $6.  And for the first 2 you buy, you get $1 back in extra bucks.  This also includes other Kashi products like the snack bars. 

12 pk cans of coke are 5/$13 and 2 liters are 79 cents each.

And they have a lots of candy on sale.  But I think the sale ends on Saturday, so you better act now.