Mike Turns 29

Wednesday, May 28, 2014


I'd like to take today to wish the Happiest of Birthdays
to the love of my life,
my protector,
my cuddle buddy,
my partner in crime,
and the greatest husband a girl could have.
 
I love you Mikey! Happy 29th!

Memorial Day at Home

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Since Mike and I started dating, there has not been a Memorial Day weekend that we've celebrated at home. We've always made the trip up to Mike's family's cottage in Maine for their annual "work weekend" to open up The Mayflower for the start of the summer season.

We absolutely love going up there to visit with his extended family and it's so nice to catch up with everyone after the long winter. We usually stay in the cottage and work on projects the whole weekend - painting, cleaning, or fixing things - and then we usually celebrate Mike's birthday (a few days early) with everyone before driving back down to Maryland on Memorial Day.

It's a long trek but we love doing it, so this year we were pretty bummed when I got hit with a respiratory virus that kept us from making the trip. I started feeling crappy on Thursday and called out of work for the rest of the week. I tried resting up as much as I could so that I would have energy for our nine hour journey up north but by the time Friday afternoon rolled around - I knew we weren't going anywhere. I went to the doctor's and got some meds but there was just no way I could stand that long of a car ride only to likely be sick in bed for half of the weekend. So, instead, I slept on and off for the rest of the day.

I've never been one to have much patience for getting sick. For some reason, the minute I start feeling gross, I get annoyed. To me, it always feels like the biggest waste of time and a major inconvenience. (I know that sounds a little ridiculous but it's true!) After a day or two at home I start getting antsy and try desperately to get back to somewhat of a normal routine regardless of how I am feeling. So by Saturday afternoon I was determined not to be chained to the bed the whole weekend.

Because we had originally planned to go to Maine, we had cancelled plans to attend Mike's cousin Shea's graduation party, but since we were home, I refused to miss both Maine and the celebration. So, late that afternoon, after a good rest, a gallon of OJ, and some miraculous medication, I was feeling well enough to make the trip down to Takoma Park.

 




We spent the afternoon relaxing outside, playing on a nearby playground (and with adorable little Caroline - ahhh those cheeks!), and just enjoying the beautiful day. It was just what I needed - a chance to get out of the house and enjoy a little fresh air with family and to celebrate Shea's graduation from college - we are so proud of him!





The rest of the weekend, we took it pretty easy, too. We mostly just bopped around to different cookouts and family events and even made it to a local carnival on Sunday night. We felt like kids again riding rides and playing games, and of course devouring a massive funnel cake to end the evening.






We found a little box turtle in the back yard on Sunday! So cute I had to take his picture!


All in all, it was good to recharge at home this Memorial Day but I'm sure next year we will be back at it up at the cottage!


I hope that everyone had a wonderfully Happy Memorial Day as well! And as always, thank you to all of the service men and women in our military that have served and currently serve to protect our country. We are so incredibly blessed to live in this wonderful nation and it's all because of the sacrifices you and your families choose to make for us every single day. Freedom isn't free. So thank you again for all that you do!

A Little Tuesday Truth

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

After the heat from yesterday, I've begun to cool off. A little...

Mostly because I have incredibly caring family and friends who are always there to share their love and lend their ears. But also partly because of this quote below.

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I've come to realize in the last twenty four hours how much truth this holds. Something I really need to remember more.

Have a wonderful Tuesday.

Not a good day.

Monday, May 19, 2014

I will put up the pictures of our vacation. I promise. And hopefully someday soon. Whenever I stop feeling frazzled long enough to get my head back on straight.

You know how you go on vacation and everything is wonderful and peaceful and fun and when you come back home you brace yourself a little for the amount of work and drama that awaits you because you decided to leave it all behind for a week? Yea, well, I don't think there is anything that could have prepared me for last week and now the insanity that has become this week as well.

Today has not been a good day.

I don't want to get into the details of everything but I am honestly astounded at the way some people in the professional world behave. On more occasions than not (at least as of late), they are conducting themselves more like bitchy, premenstrual teenage girls than real working adults. And I'm sick of it.

I'm not sure if they personally set out to make other people's lives hell for fun, whether they have a chip on their shoulder about something that has happened to them, or that they are simply bored and love to stick their noses where they don't belong, but these people make me want to quit my job.

I'm getting tired of the politics. I'm tired of the power trips. I'm tired of certain individuals thinking that they run the show when in fact no one - I repeat NO ONE - reports to them.

Get a puppy. Take up a hobby. Do something with your life other than ruin mine.

Thanks.

Back on the East Coast

Monday, May 12, 2014

After a wonderful trip to the west coast, we have finally made our way back to Baltimore and we are more than a little exhausted. We had an absolutely amazing trip and we got to do everything on our list and more! It was honestly one of the best trips we have ever taken and I cannot wait to share all of the photos! If you follow me on Instagram, you can also check out a handful of the moments from our adventures in Washington there.

Even though we came back on Saturday and we got to spend a wonderful and relaxing Mother's Day with our mamas, we are still a bit zombie-like today. That jet lag is killer. So, that being said, I'm going to keep this post short and sweet. I promise to do a full recap of our trip later in the week, but for now I will leave you with this picture from our trip to Mt. Rainier National Park. The mountains are breathtaking out there - unlike anything I've ever seen!


Have a great Monday!

Friday Five - Seattle Style!

Friday, May 2, 2014

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Today is my last day of work before vacation!! Woohoo! I could not be more excited!

We are heading out to Seattle for a week and I cannot wait to hop on that plane! And since the flight is more than five hours, I think it will be a good opportunity for me to get some reading time in. I know this sounds incredibly nerdy but I am planning to start reading a couple chapters of my text book for my first grad school class coming up. Since it's been almost three years since I graduated, I think I need a little head start before jumping into Biochem again.

So for the post today, I wanted to put together a list of the top 5 things I'm excited to see in Seattle. We have a lot of awesome things planned and I'm looking forward to taking lots of photos to share with you when we get back!

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1. Treehouse Point - For half of our trip, we will be staying in a fully furnished treehouse! If you've ever seen the show Treehouse Masters, you know what I'm talking about. The guy that builds them on the show is the same guy that owns this bed and breakfast. We've had this little item on our bucket list for a couple of years and we're so excited to be able to cross it off so soon!

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2. Pike Place Market - When we visit this area of Seattle, we plan to be as touristy as we possibly can. We won't leave without visiting the original Starbucks, watching the guys throw all the fish, snagging some fresh flowers, and buying a bunch of neat souvenirs to take back to our friends and family.

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3. Chihuly Garden and Glass- This one was recommended to us by one of my co-workers. We know that Seattle tends to be pretty rainy so we wanted to plan a few indoor activities for when the weather isn't so great. Chihuly is an art glass museum full of different pieces and sculptures made by the artist, Dale Chihuly, which the center was named after. From what I've been told, this exhibit is one of the coolest out there and we're super excited to see it!

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4. Mountains, mountains, and more mountains - We are going to try and do some hiking while we are out there too. From what I've seen and heard, Washington is one of the most incredibly beautiful states in the nation with all of its wildlife and scenery. Hopefully we'll be able to hit a few different state parks and see some gorgeous sights during our stay.

Sorry guys, this is the best photo I could find - it really has been waaay too long...

5. Family! - I am most excited to see my family! I have an aunt and a bunch of cousins that live in that area and we are planning to try to meet up with everyone while we are in town. It's been a really long time since I've seen them (I mean it's not like we're separated by an entire country or anything) and Mike has never met them since they couldn't make it out for our wedding. I think it will be so great to get to catch up and spend some time with them!

I've also decided that due to limited internet connection, I am going to take a week off from blogging. But I do plan to be back here to share our journey as soon as we get home!

Drying Out

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Holy cow, it's MAY! And thank god it's finally here.

You know the saying "April showers bring May flowers?" I've decided that this year the phrase should be changed to "April storms bring May floods."

It's literally been raining here for four days. And I don't mean like a little drizzle or mist, I mean like downpour. There have been entire roads washed away, homes destroyed, and people killed. Who knew that this much rain could cause such major damage. There was even a huge landslide in Baltimore that took out a major section of a residential area near the CSX railroad. I know there are many other states that are going through the same thing right now and at even worse scales than we are, so I can't even imagine how they are dealing with all this. I'm also praying for everyone in those states affected by all of the tornadoes from this same weather system. It's amazing how many people have been affected across the country.

Last night, we walked down to the basement to do some laundry to find that our storage room had started to fill with water from a couple of cracks in the foundation. The hard part was figuring out exactly where those cracks were so that we can fill them with hydraulic cement this weekend.


So instead of relaxing, we spent our evening tearing out drywall and soaking up puddles with every towel we had. Fortunately, Mike had these absorbent snake thingies that work really well to catch all the water coming in. We put a bunch of them out before we went to bed to prevent any major flooding.

The ground outside is so saturated, it honestly doesn't surprise me that we had this problem. I'm just glad that we were able to move all of our bins out of the room in time and there was no damage to any of our stuff.

See if you can spot little Carlisle hiding in this photo. He cracks me up.

Since we don't have carpet or anything down there, the clean up was super easy and didn't take that long. We are just thankful that so far this is all we've had to deal with. It could have been a lot worse.

The weather guy said this morning that we are supposed to see the end of the rain today and hopefully more sunshine than clouds. I'm praying he's right because I think we all need a little break!