Home, summer

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We went home for a brief vacation. We played croquet, discussed investments, went fishing, cruised on the Suzy Q, picked flowers, and are donuts. Among many other things. It was refreshing.

Andy is visiting PH en route to Pittsburgh. I am looking forward to a lazy morning tomorrow. Blueberry pancakes, pepper bacon, strong coffee, and reading the paper on the deck. Summer weekends are wonderful.

Maryland getaway!

Last Thursday, Tim started planning a weekend in Maryland. We wanted to celebrate our anniversary and soak up some summer. We left early Saturday morning to start our adventure.

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We started the weekend with lunch in Annapolis. We had crab cakes at Wild Country Seafood. There was even a purple house for sale next door!

We rented kayaks at Quiet Waters Park. We had a blast and started scheming about getting our own set someday.

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We continued our nautical afternoon with a sail on the Woodwind schooner. It was beautiful, and a lot of fun. Below are some of our favorite photos:

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Tim planned a wonderful dinner overlooking the water:

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This morning, we toured the Naval Academy. Below, Tim and the mascot, the midshipmen file into chapel, and the Captains’ homes:

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On our way home, we stopped in Baltimore for a three hour food tour. It was great and reminded us of the Seattle food tour from our honeymoon. The guide was very knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit about Fell’s Point.

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Above: a view from the pier, the Grand Marnier Club at One Eye Mike’s, and a faded billboard from 1920s-1930s Baltimore.

Overall, it was a wonderful weekend and exactly what we needed to break up our usual routine and celebrate three years together. Tim did a great job planning and I enjoyed every minute! I can’t wait to go back!

Onward and upward

Well, it’s been an interesting month full of ups and downs, twists and turns. We will be in Pennsylvania for the next year. It’s been a difficult six months but we are moving forward. We are planning a trip home in August, training for a 100 mile ride in September, scheming an October vacation and saving money for the years ahead.

Some of our July moments:

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Lights out

We are in the dark at PH.

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A big storm ripped through town, taking down a tree on Montgomery Avenue in its wake.
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But! We had a great weekend in Virginia. We went to a ball game in DC on the 4th. 70 degrees and sunny!

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We relaxed with our newest friend, C.

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We celebrated with our good friends and the beautiful couple A&E at their wedding. It was wonderful.
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Last night, we bought a new bike, a Trek Madone, and took it for a ride this evening before the storms arrived. It rides like a dream!

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That’s about it! Looking forward to another summer week!

Friday Night Lights

The weekend started at 6pm, when I got home from work. We made our way for Thai food and then to The Greeks Next Door in Narberth for really good beer. Due to Pennsylvania’s crazy liquor laws, you can have a dollar off a draft if you “shop” around the store for a bit. We obliged.

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Then we walked around Narberth, which is so beautiful. Old, charming houses and sweet little neighborhoods. Below, one of my favorite hangouts:

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We came home and watched a tornado special on The Weather Channel and were surprised (pleasantly so) by an Eastern European Foz, in training for the next Olympics (winter, naturally):

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Tim just hollered, “Is my Heidegger biography on my nightstand?”
It is. I am reading my new book, and will be asleep by 11.
All in all, a very successful Friday night.