Friday, July 30, 2010

5:35 - 6:05 AM

Matt got up early for work this morning. So I got up too. Sometimes it's exciting to be awake while the world is still dark outside (most of the time it's not.) Today it was. So I drank chocolate Instant Breakfast and watched the sky transform outside our guest room window. And as sure as the sun rises, that amazing burning ball peeked over the horizon and brought Friday morning with it.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Eastern Shore

Thanks to friends of friends we recently had the opportunity to take an overnight poke around the Eastern Shore and Ocean City. First stop, the boardwalk. It was like a year-round carnival with rides, sites, and disgustingly delicious eats. Our group snacked on Dolle's saltwater taffy, Thrasher's fries and deep fried Oreos. Nearby was Assateague Island, known for their wild ponies... three of which we saw in the park right by the side of the road. The weather was rainy & overcast most of the time, but it was still an excellent weekend get-away and fun to experience Maryland's popular beach area.

Friday, July 23, 2010


Some recent garage sale hunting, Goodwill sifting, buck banging bargains I'm proud to be the owner of:

Though it is one lone saucer with no teacup, the colors and pattern called out to me at Goodwill last week. Possibly a soap dish? Trinket holder? Time will tell.

Walking through a smoky VFW hall was worth it when I bought this vintage juicer for just $2.

This framed print came from the county flea market. I like that (1) it's old, (2) it's of a real building that still stands in London today, and (3) that I talked the seller down to half price.

I'm so excited to have a batter bowl! All trends aside, Jadeite truly is beautiful.

Maps, flat or round, intrigue me. Especially $4 ones.

The shape and color of the cups reeled me in, but when I noticed there were freaking chickens on the plates my heart sank. I don't like chicken decor. Too country for me. But when I slowed down to focus on the great gold and blue colors, the durable melamine construction (perfect for rooftop dining), and the dirt cheap price of $4... the suddenly charming chickens found a new home.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th of July

What a wonderful week/weekend! On the 1st we had our small group over for pizza, cupcakes and Bible study on the roof. On Friday the 2nd we had another lovely meal upstairs. This time an impromptu hamburger feast with a few friends who don't mind last minute plans. We had two kinds of patties (au poivre and blue cheese and bacon) grilled pineapple, squash and onions, salad, juicy watermelon, blueberry scones with lemon curd and ice cold Coca Cola. When the sun went down we walked across the street to a new restaurant for drinks, live music and to watch fellow patrons attempt to ride a mechanical bull.

Saturday was the epitome of a lazy slow paced summer day. Seriously slow paced. I'm not afraid to say we happily slept until 11:00. Later in the evening we met up with more friends for a Bowie Baysox Baseball game and ballpark food (the most unique treat was a Chesapeake Pretzel: stuffed with cheddar cheese and sprinkled with Old Bay seasoning). The evening weather was spectacular, the Baysox won while dressed in their patriotic uniforms, and we got a good fireworks show afterward.

On Sunday the 4th we went to church, ate lunch at home, watched TV, then headed over to celebrate Independence Day like never before - on the Capital lawn in Washington DC! We had been planning this outing for a year and everyone we ran the idea by was very encouraging of it. The crowds weren't half as bad as we assumed and overall it was a very enjoyable experience. On our way to all the hustle and bustle, we took a quick walk through the US Botanic Garden before they closed. This (& the fireworks show of course) kept in line with us doing something new every trip into the city. Later on we hadn't seen any food vendors (well, there was the Hare Krishna free food tent...) so we opted for supper at the Natural History Museum cafe --- a safety net we've relied on a few times already. Once through security back on the Capital lawn we found a nice plot from which to view the fireworks just as the concert started. From there we couldn't see the stage, but did hear Gladys Knight, Darius Rucker, some American Idol guy, and Reba McEntire. Then the show we were really there to see began! Half the lawn crowd quickly realized they only had a view of the stage, not the fireworks so there was a lot of standing up and shuffling about (which annoyed me, and others I'm sure, who carefully secured their pyrotechnic watching plots hours ago.) Inevitable with large crowds I suppose. Aside from that it was a marvelous show and fun new patriotic experience.