Piggies Drink Water

My guinea pig’s water bottle caught a leak recently, and I didn’t have time to run out and get a new one for a day or so. In order to keep my pigs properly hydrated, I improvised. I had a square plate with raised sides that I filled with water and placed in the cage for them to drink from.

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I tried SO HARD to get a picture of their little tongues drinking, but their poofy chin fur did not allow it. Ultimately the plate was great for a temporary solution, but not a good permanent plan. Almost immediately some bedding was floating in the water, and lots spilled. But it was fun for a little while. And if you want to watch something cute, check out this video I took of them drinking. You can see in the video that they are not so smart about not tipping the plate over. 🙂

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Leslie’s Visit to DC

Last month my sister Leslie came to visit me. We had a great visit! Because Leslie and I are both homebodies, the activities we did were mostly eating, then hanging out, so there aren’t many pictures of us doing stuff. This is very unlike what I expect to report after my mom visits in a few weeks. My mom is very much an action-woman – she loves doing activities!

I was especially excited to have Leslie come visit because she is an adventurous eater. There are lots of restaurants in DC that I want to try, but I can have a difficult time getting people to go with me. But Leslie was a good sport, so off we went!

First stop was Kushi, which is a Japanese restaurant that has gotten great reviews. Unfortunately I didn’t have my camera, so there are no pictures of the lobster-and-asparagus rolls, skewered pork belly, California rolls, duck sausage, or pork belly sushi. Be assured, however, that it was delicious! Kushi was really loud inside, which I did not like, but the service was good and the food came very fast.

The next day we had lunch at Ted’s Bulletin on Capital Hill. I have eaten there once before, and I was excited to bring Leslie. Ted’s Bulletin is done in a kind of old-timey style:

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They have a movie projector that plays black-and-white movies while you eat:

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Of course, when you eat at Ted’s Bulletin, you must try the house-made pop-tarts. They make them constantly throughout the day, and they have many flavors. In the picture below, you can see strawberry (multi-color sprinkles), blueberry (blue sprinkles), raspberry (I think – pink sprinkles), brown-sugar cinnamon (green/yellow/orange sprinkles), and peanut-butter bacon. Yes, that’s right, a peanut-butter bacon pop-tart!

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We did not try the peanut-butter bacon pop-tart. We had a strawberry and a brown-sugar cinnamon.

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When I ate here last time, they were out of all but strawberry, which I didn’t like much (I don’t like jelly at all, actually), so I was excited to try a different flavor. I wasn’t disappointed – the brown-sugar cinnamon was SO GOOD! I really loved it!

Now for why we didn’t try the peanut-butter bacon pop-tart – Leslie got a peanut-butter bacon burger for lunch!

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I have heard great reviews about peanut-butter bacon burgers, most notably from Runner’s World Magazine, which is not where I’d expect to read about such a bizarre food. Leslie was not as gushy, pronouncing it merely “pretty good.”

We later ate dinner at Eggspectation’s in Silver Spring, which had a decor that I liked. It’s got lots of stuff to look out, without feeling as busy or corporatized as TGI Friday’s does.

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I got a delicious bacon and cheese omelette, and Leslie got a bagel sandwich.

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Our meals were really yummy, but I was most pleasantly surprised at how good the potatoes were. They were tender and well-seasoned, and really tasty. Usually brunch-style potatoes are just “meh,” but these were actually really good!

Sunday morning we got up early (like at 10) to go to Teaism in Penn Quarter. We got some waffles that, of course, had some weird butter. I really hate it when places give you weird, flavored butter without telling you, and without offering you a choice of plain butter. I have never once liked the weird butter, and so it kind of ruins the meal for me.

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Actually, I’ve never liked anything I’ve ordered to eat at Teaism (Leslie’s . Why do I keep coming back? For the koi, of course! Downstairs at Teaism there is a large dining room with a pond full of giant koi fish. I love it!

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It’s so peaceful to sit and watch the fish swim around.

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After church I took Leslie to Point Chaud, since she’d been looking forward to trying the crepes there. I got my usual, and she got a nutella-and-banana crepe. It looked good, although I’m not a fan of bananas, and she really enjoyed it.

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Before Leslie had to leave on Sunday night, I took her to the White House so we could have a photo op. We got an amazing parking spot on the street – woo hoo! I also got one of the only pictures of Leslie that she let me take during the whole trip, and it turned out pretty great!

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Overall the trip was really wonderful, and I’m already bugging Leslie to come back! I’ve told her to bring her boyfriend, who kept asking “Where are you eating next? What did you order? Was the food good?” so that he can experience the restaurants for himself!