Labor Day weekend and Matt’s 31st September 4th, 2014
We spent New Years in St. Michael’s, MD — wandering around the marina and shops in the cold air, taking Bowser along with us, and wondering how he would handle a hotel room (he loved it, so we must find more doggie friendly places to stay in the future!), spoiling ourselves with a couples massage, and eating GREAT dinners of pizza and steaks and all that good stuff you have to have right before healthier eating starts again in January. As you can see from the insta-pics, we took along our new Fujifilm Instax toy camera Christmas gift to play with while we were there. I just love the instant photos and watching them develop, so much fun. We rang in the new year sharing a piece of chocolate cake in bed, watching the ball drop in NYC on tv and realizing we knew almost none of the artists who were playing that night. I guess that’s what happens when you turn 30. We were asleep by about 12:20 and it was glorious.
We spent some time ruminating over how great of a year 2013 was and making a brag list of all our accomplishments, milestones, and goals reached, whether major or pretty trivial…
-creating a life! though technically we have to wait until sometime early next summer to meet our little baby burrito, it’s still the number one thing we are most proud of from the past year and looking forward to in the future
-Matt finishing grad school. Master!
-both of us turning 30! whoa
-continuing to sucessfully grow my business and add more clients
-biking across Thailand and Cambodia this summer
-meeting our niece Nora and getting to be an aunt and uncle
Here’s to 2014!!! WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Last weekend was spent with family and friends at Bethany Beach. Great weather (minus some flooding on the drive in), great food (the now infamous low-country boil), good fun (kayaking on the bay), and relaxation (reading books on the beach. I highly recommend Tina Fey’s Bossypants. I guess I’m probably late to the party on that one). ahhhh summmer.
This past weekend I went up to Montreal for Riles’ bachelorette party. I had never been to Canada before, unless you count the Canadian side of Niagra Falls, so this was pretty much a first. I liked Montreal for sure and hope to go back sometime for a more extended trip. We did a lot of walking around, eating (see meat platter), drinking, and embarassing Riles, of course, with giant cutouts of her face. I think there may be one left in a bar somewhere…
I turned 30! And it was awesome. It feels like it has been a non-stop party train since last week — First, celebrating the traditional way with family — spiced shrimp and cake and presents. The next night, out to dinner for Mexican food (tequila shot and sombrero included) with friends and neighbors. And finally, an amazing weekend in NYC with Matt.
My 30s are going to be good, I feel!!
Hello! Some random pics from our trip to Pittsburgh for the 4th of July. What’s with everyone asking why on earth we would go to Pittsburgh?? It was a lovely city, with friendly people, good food, and plenty of places worth checking out. Maybe it is not as glamorous as a lot of other cities that are high on the tourism list, but I still don’t understand the incredulousness of the many people who were confused as to why we could go. I mean, I hate the Steelers and pretty much every Pittsburgh sports franchise, but other than that, it’s a pretty ok place.
We stayed at the Parador Inn, this really cute, Carribean-themed BnB in an old, Victorian house from 1870. We had a claw-foot tub in our room and homemade French Toast for breakfast. I know, right, it was awesome. It was a few blocks from Heinz Field, so it was a great location for getting around. No, we were not in town for the Taylor Swift concert, and I am a little bit embarrassed that I got asked that several times while we were there. I mean, I would totally go to a T-Swift concert, but that was not why I was in town.
On the 4th, we walked around Point State Park and watched the boat regata that was going on — these crazy little speed boats going incredibly fast (no idea how fast exactly) but they looked like spaceships and that they might flip over at any second and cause a huge catastrophe. The fireworks show that night was great — it went on for at least 30 minutes.
On the 5th, we walked around the Strip District and I ate mozarella balls from the Italian store with reckless abandon. Thank goodness we were walking around the rest of the day or I probably would have bought a lot more yummies — tanks of olive oil and pasta sauces and so forth. After that, we went on a bar crawl of sorts, only there were like 4 miles between each place we checked out, so it’s ok. We hit the Beerhive, tried to do Gooskies on Polish Hill but it was closed, so we went to Brew Works in an old church, and then Arsenal where we sampled all the kinds of homemade cider and wine. Bubbly rhubarb drinks for the win! We talked to the owner for a little while, and he told us how he gave up his accounting job three years ago to make cider. I admire.
Next we headed to Little Italy/Bloomfield and had dinner at Pleasure Bar, which was one of the more odd places I’ve ever been, but the food was tasty. We started the 6 mile walk home, but luckily managed to score a cab and saved our tired feet. After some rest, we went out again to see some bluegrass band down the street from our BnB. It was my kind of day.
On Sunday, we hit up the last few necessary tourist spots before heading home — rode the incline up to see the city from above and then had Primanti Brothers for lunch. I could get used to French Fries on top of everything, for sure.
Snow!! I finally feel like I got my snow fix this winter, we just had to go out of town to do it… We went skiing this weekend at Seven Springs in PA with Matt’s company. And by skiing, I mean Matt went snowboarding and I enjoyed a relaxing day getting a massage at the spa, working out, reading, and napping. I think about 6-8″ fell while we were there for 2 nights. It was delightful.
We decided to go on a little getaway this weekend! Drove up to Greencastle, PA yesterday afternoon and stayed at the cutest little bed and breakfast overnight. If you are ever in that area, I cannot recommend enough the White Hall Manor B&B! Not only was it an amazing house, but our hosts, Gerry and Pam, were so sweet too. They obviously put a lot of thought into making their place feel like a home. We loved their homemade breakfast this morning, which we shared with two other travellers who were in town visiting their son. It was nice to sit and talk with complete strangers, brought together only by a certain point and place in time, and hear about their crazy families, travel stories and recommendations, and plans for the future. I hope Pam gets her baby blue vw bug.
After breakfast, it was hiking time. We walked 4.5-miles of the Appalachian Trail, up to an overlook at Annapolis Rock. Easy hike overall, and though the path was a little icy, it was sunny out, and there was a great view at the end!
This weekend we went biking along the C & O Canal path with a bunch of friends, staying at Lockhouse 10 and Lockhouse 28 along the way. We left DC on Friday evening with Sandy, Olly, and Josh, and did a short 12 miles out to our first stop at LH 10 for the night. It had AC and running water and a sweet back porch with rocking chairs. We had sandwhiches and gin and tonics and cupcakes (somewhat smushed) for dinner, then walked down to the river to try and catch a glimpse of the full blue moon through the tree cover.
On Saturday morning, Ty, Greg, and Val joined us for the next 40 miles out to LH 28 in Point of Rocks, MD. We made good timing and stopped a couple times along the way — to see the river at Great Falls, to have some lunch at a campsite, to fill our camelpacks and bottles at the water pumping stations along the route. Around 4:30ish in the afternoon, we arrived in Point of Rocks and got unloaded for our second night – no running water or electricity, just a few trundle beds and a roof – our “stone tent” as one of the C & O Canal guides called it. We relaxed for a few before setting off in search of some well-deserved pizza and beer in town. We were all majorly hungry after 40 miles.
That night, Olly made us a campfire and we made s’mores and drank Natty Bohs – the perfect kinda-camping experience.
On Sunday morning, we were up bright and early and hitting the trail homeward. It rained a bit on the way, but we made even better timing than on the way out since we were going slightly downhill, and all of us eager to get home to showers. I was nervous about trying to make the whole 54-ish miles home in one day since I have never biked that far at once, but somehow I made it and my legs did not even fall off. Wahoo! I think we will need to make a repeat of this trip again soon!
We had a pretty relaxing weekend — we spent Friday night having some beers on our friend Jason’s boat down on the SW waterfront. It’s actually pretty tolerable to be outside in DC in the summer when you’re on the water. (note to self: aquire a boat.)
On Saturday, we drove down to the cabin in Virginia. Mom and I unpacked about 1/25th of the total number of boxes there. Small progress, but progress none-the-less. It worked out pretty well anyways that we were inside, because there were pretty heavy rainstorms and lightning most of Saturday afternoon and evening. I was amazed at how quickly the fog rolls in and out of the valley overlook from the front of the house — less than 10 minutes for visibility to go from miles and miles to 5 feet in front of your face… While the women were upstairs working and unpacking, Matt and Dad were apparently relaxing on the front porch, reading the paper and eating my glazed donut. They did move 2 big items though (the tv and glider swing) so maybe it was deserved
On Sunday morning we poked around in the woods with Bowser for a bit, and layed in David’s hammock up by the bear den. No, we did not see any bears, Val. On our way home, we stopped for Mexican food at this amazing little hole-in-the-wall in Front Royal, VA. Two tacos, an enchilada, and a quesadilla for $5.50. Delicious.
After lunch, we headed over to see Val and Ty’s new house. They are getting unpacked pretty good and making progress with painting and arranging. We had dinner and birthday presents and played Apples-to-Apples on the porch. My kind of weekend!