Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Recreational softball

Totally out of character, I signed up for my company's softball team. I haven't played since I was 11 and I was terrible then. The first game is on Tuesday and I'm really nervous. Will I be able to hit the ball? Will I be able to catch the ball? Is the ball going to hit me? Ugh.  So last night I went to Target and bought a glove, a softball, a pair of youth's large batting gloves (because I don't want calluses) and a pair of sports sunglasses. I'm going to the nearby batting cages with a friend today and plan to play catch with Max this weekend.

Why am I doing this? Well, I know I need to get more exercise and this will ensure that I do. Also, it's a good way to get to know some people at work that I don't know very well or hardly at all. Admirably goals but I still feel like I'm crazy for signing up. Ugh.  Wish me luck. Please.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Grace's Mandarin

188 Waterfront St.
National Harbor, MD 20745

We ordered the Chicken Lettuce Wrap to start. The chicken filling was delicious but we ran out of lettuce so we ended up eating the rest with our spoons. I ordered the Peking Duck Buns and liked them. The steamed buns were fairly authentic and the filling was tasty (though I could have done without the pickle just because it's not my favorite). Definitely enough food, portions were not a problem. I felt satisfied at the end of my meal - especially after the fortune cookie. Service was good.

Overpriced by at least 1/3, if not 1/2. We had a 10% off special and it STILL cost over $75 for one appetizer, two entrees, one soda and tip. The dining experience was not THAT good. The noise level was more like a casual dining restaurant. Hot towels on a hot day? Um... yeah, no thanks. The shabby menu almost falling apart, the wall next to our booth was dirty, and the ladies room needed to be cleaned up. And the qipao our waitress was wearing had a loop at her waist to hold the tongs for the towels, which Max thought was practical but it looked tacky.

Probably will not be going back unless there is a half off special. Especially since parking at National Harbor is not free! (My number one pet peeve about National Harbor)

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

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