photo: Don't know who to credit, but he/she is a genius!

I don't know if I have actually been distracted, or if I just wanted an excuse to use this picture, because I LOVE it and find it absolutely hysterical.

However, I will admit that in the last few weeks, with the World Cup, a training in Atlanta, July 4th weekend, 100+ degree weather etc, I have been fairly distracted from my "pocket projects."

It is not that I have abandoned this idea. On the contrary, between a new city, new job and even some new friends, it hasn't been hard for me to find something new each a day.

In fact, it has become so ingrained in how I go about things that I incorporate something new into my daily routine without really having to think too hard about it. I take a new route home, hop on a random bus, pop my head into an interesting store, try on a piece of clothing that I wouldn't dare call my style, try a new restaurant or new item on a menu, explore a new neighborhood...

So though I am not documenting/photographing things as deliberately as I was before, rest assured the project is alive and kicking.

However, I will admit to having slacked in terms of documenting these, bizarre to banal to even boring "projects." I have even slacked on relating the elaborate or eccentric ones.

So as a representative run-down of these events: under the boring category is trying mint chocolate gum (refer to my mint blog entry to understand this inclination), elaborate: going to a new country, Dominican Republic; bizarre: geocaching and painting my bathroom, what I called Mediterranean blue, and what turned out more like splattered smurfette; and lastly, in the eccentric category an alcoholic, beet-based drink from Funxion, a juice bar turned partier (this also falls into the disgusting category).

However, I will turn more to those novelties related to living like a tourist in DC, which have included a moonlight monument cruise, the Portrait Gallery, World War II memorial and the Georgetown waterfront, among others.

On that note, and to keep me on track, I am developing a D.C. to-do list. I may have mentioned that I am a compulsive list maker. If I haven't mentioned it, I am a compulsive list maker. I have made list of things to do in Atlanta, Rome, Baltimore, Chicago and soon to come D.C.

So perhaps with all the distractions out there, I will stay more focused on................(<.............(<......................>)......... pac-man!