Dear Folks, Sorry I haven’t Written Part 2

As promised, here is the first installment of Dear Folks, Sorry I Haven’t Written.

My last true post in October of 2014 talked about how we had sold our house and were building a new one. I’m happy to say that we did move into our house right on schedule. In between moving out of our old home and into our new one, the three of us (Hubby, Buddha the Bulldog, and I) stayed with my mother and my little brother. I’m sure some of you are thinking “Oh God, this poor woman!”. Think again, my friends! We’re quite a close family and, truthfully, it was a lot of fun being that close (almost on top of) each other. It definitely made binge watching our favorite TV shows much easier since we didn’t have to figure out who was going to host the most sacred of nights.

Things were relatively calm from October through February, our only struggle was deciding everything for the house (who knew there were so many options for door handles?). Our first snag happened on the day we were to move in. An epic winter storm was heading our way and was expecting to dump a couple inches of snow (big deal here in the south) and ice (even bigger deal) on us. Being the crazy people that we are, Hubby and I quickly started loading everything up in the moving van and began shuffling back and forth from our storage shed to our new house. We managed to get everything moved over in just a couple days (thanks to some amazing movers and family help). Just a few hours before we finished moving, the snow started to fall… and fall, and fall. Snow was falling pretty steadily by the time the last box was brought in. It wasn’t until later that night (maybe 9:00pm) that I realized it was Valentine’s day. Dinner was a romantic evening surrounded by boxes eating out of Chinese To Go containers.

When we woke up the next morning we were in a winter wonderland… And stuck at home. When I say stuck at home, I mean that we couldn’t even get out of our neighborhood. This was discovered after Hubby (an Upstate New Yorker) tried to leave for work, only to come back a few minutes later to let me know that there wasn’t a chance he could make it to work today. Not such a big deal, really, unless you’re planning on having appliances delivered that day. That’s right, folks, we were in our new home with no fridge, washer, or drier. The company we bought our appliances at called a few minutes after Hubby came home to let us know that nothing was going in or out until the snow and ice had melted. Okay, we could live without those appliances for a couple days.

Or so we thought.

A couple days turn into ten before they could finally deliver anything. At that point we were using a cooler for a fridge and our back porch for a freezer. We had a small pile of clothes and towels at that point and I was actually looking forward to doing laundry by the time we finally got everything installed.

Things went smoothly for a while after that. The rest of February, March, and April went by without anything happening besides unpacking and decorating our new home. Mid-May came and my mother sold her house. She and my brother moved in with us, planning on only staying for about a couple weeks at most until mom’s house was finished. Being in the half-assed lane, that didn’t happen. Different issues (all mostly minor, but a few more major things) pushed her closing date further and further back. Instead of closing on her house in late May, she finally closed sometime in August. During that time, my Aunt moved from California to an apartment near us. Her move was uneventful, which was a blessing since moving across country is much different than moving a few miles away (and anyone who’s moved knows that there’s no such thing as an easy, eventless move).

After having my mom and brother living with us, the house felt empty for a while. There was a kind of easy chaos that happens when the four of us are together. A whirlwind of projects, family dinners, can’t-miss-TV, and other random things always happen when we’re together for any length of time. Not that her being down the street changed that, but it was different than when they were living with us. The calm that fell over the house after they moved out stayed through out September, which was filled with an easy calm. Little did we know that it was the calm before the storm. You know, that almost eerie silence that settles over the area right before a severe storm or some other natural disaster moves in.

Tune in next time for another installment of “Dear Folks”.

 

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DC, Day One

Day one of our DC trip started out a little soggy… okay, a lot soggy. Our drive from York, PA to DC was nothing but a soggy, flood condition, mess. It was the kind of rain storm that makes you wonder if someone’s been building an ark. Anyways, we did managed to make it into Baltimore to visit a little corner restaurant called L.P. Steamers. This place was absolutely amazing! When you walk in you’re greeted with picnic bench style tables and butcher paper table clothes. The atmosphere is super relaxed and everyone’s happy to see you. Our waiter immediately seated us and told us the best thing on the menu for sea food lovers was the Natti Boht Load, which had a generous helping of clams, oysters, scallops, shrimp, muscles, a lobster tail, and a dozen medium sized blue crab. This might seem like a lot of food to order for two people (and it was), but boy did we devour every little fleck of seafood that was on our table. Though this was the only restaurant that we’ve eaten at during the start of our DC trip, we had already decided that we were going to make the half hour drive from our hotel to return and smash some crab.

Our half hour drive from Baltimore to DC was filled with more rain and puddles of water, and the slight worry that we might be having a repeat of our Florida adventures. Thankfully that didn’t happen and we made it to our hotel with little problem. Once we got to our room (which had a king bed, thank you god), we (i) quickly unpacked our suitcases and began planning just what we really wanted to do while we were here. Today’s itinerary involved dinner at Chadwick’s and a stroll through parts of the National Mall.

Oh, and another part of that itinerary was getting me on a bus and the metro for the first time ever. Yes, folks, today was the first time I’ve ever been on public transportation.. And it was a little nerve wracking. Most of the nerves came from Hubby who decided today would be a good time to give me a crash course in navigation. This meant that I had to find the nearest metro station (and i did after going the wrong way for half a block), and then figure out just how to give from there to Chadwick’s. Surprisingly, I managed it. Not sure how, but I did.

When we got to the restaurant we were immediately greeted and taken upstairs to a second bar, which was totally empty. Not long after we were seated, a great waiter came over and began explaining about the menu and their happy hour special. One of the things on the Happy Hour menu were wings. Hubby, of course, ordered those hot with extra sauce. I ordered their daily special, the chicken enchiladas. When our food came, Hubby was slightly worried since they weren’t extra saucy and they weren’t traditional Buffalo style. After the first bite, though, all concern went out the window and he mowed through that plate of wings like a garbage disposal. When he finally finished nibbling off the last bits of meat from a drumstick, I asked for his rating. Guys, he gave these wings a 9/10! Can you believe that? Obviously Chadwick’s know what they’re doing.

Sadly, my enchiladas didn’t get that high of a scar. Don’t get me wrong, they were delicious.. they just weren’t what I was expecting. The sauce was delicious, the tortillas were soft and perfect, the cheese that coated the top was just the right amount of melted, but the filling… that was where it lost points. This filling had little chunks of potato in it and it just wasn’t a great texture to go with everything else. On the side was some strange black bean rice (it looked terrifying, but it was beyond delicious) and a little salad. Even though I wasn’t a huge fan of the potato chunks, I still managed to clean everything off of my plate. The food was that good.

After dinner we decided to go wander around the outskirts of the National Mall for a little while, which we finally were able to do once we managed to catch the right bus to the right place. We got to see the White House, some memorials for World War One, World War Two, and the Vietnam War. Standing before these monuments was a heavy experience. Tears came to my eyes as I read the placards for each of them. A little while later Hubby and I wandered the area for a little while before making the trek home (which was a bit easier since hubby was navigating this time).

Today was a fun filled, emotionally charged day and I can’t wait for tomorrow to start. We haven’t yet decided just what we will be doing, but we do know that it will be fun! Here are some pictures from today. Hope you enjoy them!

 

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The Thousand Islands

As promised, here is the Thousand Islands break down. Our time there was mostly spent just being with family, which meant that we sat around a barbecue and drank beer and shot the shit. During the day we did some sight seeing, like taking a boat tour of the area and a little walk through of Boldt Castle, but it truthfully was just about being together.

Our vacation also coincided with Pirate Weekend, which was pretty awesome. Everyone was dressed up and there were some pretty fun reenactments, but it was mostly just an excuse to dress up and get drunk (which we did). I had honestly thought that there was more to say on our vacation, but Hubby’s parents really just wanted to spend time with us. Every day was spent getting breakfast in my father and mother-in-law’s room and chatting about the things we did the night before. During the afternoons, we went and got a light lunch (and a beer or two) and by dinner time we were gathered at the motel’s patio grilling clams and sausages and just talking. It was truly a special time for us since we don’t get to see Hubby’s side of the family all that often. The trip wasn’t about sight seeing or partying, it was just about being together as a family. I would have been happy if all we did was sit around the grill all day just talking, we didn’t need to go sight see or take tours or even go out to eat and drink.

Our adventure in Washington, DC starts later tonight and I can’t wait. We’ve already got a list of places to visit and things to do and we’re dying to go out and do them!

Oops

So remember how I said I’d post everyday? Well… That didn’t work out, obviously. Part of it was that the motel we were staying at didn’t have any internet, the other part of it was that I was partying and having a little too much fun every night to remember to write down the daily events. I’d say I was sorry… but I’m not

Tomorrow Hubby and I are driving down to DC (where I’ll do my best to update you about everything), but tonight we’re hanging out with Hubby’s sister and her fiancé. Tomorrow during our drive I’ll be writing out everything that we did in the Thousand Islands. Until then, enjoy the rest of your summer!

Last Day in Manhattan Beach

Sorry I haven’t written lately, I took the last few days off to enjoy my last few days here. Tomorrow we’re leaving, something I really don’t want to do. Hubby and I have enjoyed our time here in Manhattan Beach and are already planning time to come back next year. Today’s post isn’t going to be too long, mostly because we haven’t been doing anything too interesting in the past few days. Mom and I did some shopping (big surprise), Hubby worked and tanned, and I procrastinated about writing (another big surprise).

Today’s big task is getting everything packed up so we can enjoy our last day here tomorrow, and so far I’m halfway through my To Do list. I’ll do my best to keep everyone updated on our trip home, including pictures and other fun things we did during our drive. I’ll also do my best to do a post tomorrow that wraps up our entire time here in Manhattan Beach. Until then, I’m going to sit in the sun and stare at the ocean.

Santa Fe, Day 3

Today was filled with more fun. We got to see old family friends and eat at our favorite restaurant (again), we also finally got to go to our favorite candy store ever, Señor Murphy’s. If you’re traveling through Santa Fe and you’re a fan of candies, chocolates, and caramel apples, this is totally the place for you. I wish I could tell you about all the touristy places we visited and all the wonderful things we did, but sadly that was not the case. We got up and puttered around the rental house until 11:30, which was about the time we decided to go out and do a little shopping… for Buddha. That’s right, we spent about forty-five minutes finding snacks and treats for Buddha. Afterwards we went to our favorite restaurant ever, Tomasita’s. Whenever we’re in Santa Fe we always eat here at least a couple of times, or however many times we can reasonably go. Right now we’re taking the time to feed the mutt, freshen up, and get our gambling hats on (yes, again. no, we don’t have a problem :-p). I’ll let you guys know if there’s anything amazing happens between now and tomorrow. Until then, follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Until next time, peeps.

Road Trip, Day 1

So… Obviously my plan to have a week long segment on packing went real well. I’d like to say that packing just went so smoothly that there was nothing else to write about, but no. Life decided to do a hit and run and left me spinning my wheels on the wide of the road. Okay, maybe that’s a little too dramatic for “Life got in the way of my plans”, but I can be a little dramatic. Truthfully, packing is one of my least favorite things to do. I’d rather do laundry, and we all know how much I hate laundry. Hubby was done in an hour, Buddha was done in ten minutes, and I was done in about, oh, three days. Yep! Want to know what I kept putting off? Shoes and underwear. In case ya’ll were wondering, this is part of the reason I’m taking anti-crazy pills. Anyway, let’s go to the road trip part. I promise that this will be updated every day, feel free to yell at me on twitter or Facebook if I fall through again.

Yesterday I managed to get us all packed up, even made some sandwiches for us to snack on (I’ll put up a recipe for them once I get it down, right now I’m beta testing it). When Hubby got home, all he had to do was some Trunk Tetris while I loaded up the mutt, and we were off! Kinda. We were off down the street to get dinner, which was when we noticed that we had forgotten the cooler. Ooops. So, back to the house to grab the cooler and then we were off! We drove only about six hours last night, bot of us were starting to get sleepy around midnight. Hubby and I both searched the Mighty Google and found a nearby Motel 6 that got great reviews. The worst review was that the rooms had no drawers and that the TV was from the 90s, please excuse me while I swoon in horror. I’ll keep you posted with more pictures and updates through out the day, so check out my social media stuff.

 

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Trunk Tetris

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Gorgeous sunset

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Buddha surveying the room, he approved