Grill at the Park

This morning Greg’s Mom calls and suggests we have a BBQ at the park.

Yay!! I’ve been wanting to go to Patapsco Valley State Park for a long time (since 2002).

The plan was to meet at the park around 4pm. Greg and I decided to take advantage of cooking on the (charcoal) grill and stopped at Wal-Mart to buy extra meat to cook so we can have pre-cooked meals for the next few days.

I’ve never been to Patapsco Park before, so the sights were all new to me and I didn’t know what to expect. The park is huge! And, there is a small stream and river that goes through and around the park. I love rivers! I spent a good bit of my early childhood at the old Savage Mill and playing in the river.

We found where Greg’s Mom and brother set up ‘camp’ and we began our cooking and exploring. Also, there was a nice little play area near the ‘camp site’. The weather was perfect! The bugs were minimal. The drunks were mostly tolerable. Over all, it was a great day! Here are my favorite pictures of the day:

The stream with flash

Me and Amelia saying "Cheese"

Amelia taking a BIG BITE

Big Girl going down the Big Slide!

Can ya tell we're tired?

The Swinging Bridge

Someone sure is tired

Road above Nature

Very cool viaduc

Family Photo

Heading Home

You can see all of the pictures here.


Grill at the Park

This morning Greg’s Mom calls and suggests we have a BBQ at the park.

Yay!! I’ve been wanting to go to Patapsco Valley State Park for a long time (since 2002).

The plan was to meet at the park around 4pm. Greg and I decided to take advantage of cooking on the (charcoal) grill and stopped at Wal-Mart to buy extra meat to cook so we can have pre-cooked meals for the next few days.

I’ve never been to Patapsco Park before, so the sights were all new to me and I didn’t know what to expect. The park is huge! And, there is a small stream and river that goes through and around the park. I love rivers! I spent a good bit of my early childhood at the old Savage Mill and playing in the river.

We found where Greg’s Mom and brother set up ‘camp’ and we began our cooking and exploring. Also, there was a nice little play area near the ‘camp site’. The weather was perfect! The bugs were minimal. The drunks were mostly tolerable. Over all, it was a great day! Here are my favorite pictures of the day:

The stream with flash

Me and Amelia saying "Cheese"

Amelia taking a BIG BITE

Big Girl going down the Big Slide!

Can ya tell we're tired?

The Swinging Bridge

Someone sure is tired

Road above Nature

Very cool viaduc

Family Photo

Heading Home

You can see all of the pictures here.

Amelia’s 1st Play Date!

Cutest Baby in AAco


The play date went well! The girls had a lot of fun running around, climbing, sliding, swinging, and so much more!

Swinging baby

The girls didn’t really ‘play’ together; there was too much going on and too many other people, so we just hung out and chatted while the girls did there running.

We learned that Sam and Chris are only 22 years old! They graduated high school in 2004 – that made Greg and me feel so old! They were married this past Aug 31. We, as a couple, have a lot in common, especially video games, music, movies, tv, and all the other reasons we would hang out with them. As we were leaving we talked about getting together again and possibly a trip to the DC Zoo this summer!

Best Pictures of the Day:

Chicken Head

Pissed off chicken

I had a lot of fun taking pictures of the chicken. Maybe too much fun.

Cherry sno-cone

I am completely exhausted, so this is going to be a short post. But, I can’t end the post without mentioning my ‘accident’. As I was pulling into the parking space (nearly done parking at the time of the ‘accident’) the guy next to me opens his door and rips off my passenger side mirror. He admitted that he wasn’t paying attention and it was his fault. I didn’t care, it’s just a mirror that I can probably super-glue back on. The guy insisted on giving up his name and phone number so Greg took the information down and later we took a picture of his car and license plate, if I decided to call the insurance company. I told my Mom about the ‘accident’, because I am the Queen of Death to Cars; as soon as I am in posession of the car, it’s doomed, and she feels I should call the insurance company. We’ll see; it’s no big deal for me (unlike some of the Moms that witnessed the ‘accident’, they were making a stink out of it and were rather surprised I didn’t care enough to get all bitchy).

missing mirror

Re: Date with the Government

Well, the ‘date’ wasn’t a total bust. Maybe.

The MVA went better than I expected

Maryland MVA

the only difficult thing about the visit to the MVA (aside from the parking) was looking for a pen (since Amelia loves to go through my purse every night and takes things out that I don’t notice until I need it). I was in and out in about 15 minutes.

After the MVA I came home and started some cleaning to kill time. I thought about going to the SSA but decided not to in-case I got stuck.

Around 1:40pm I left for the post office

Post Office 21122

on the way to the post office I called Greg to see how his doctors appointment went. That is a whole other post in itself. Needless to say he wasn’t satisfied with the physician and felt he was judged based on his size and not what brought him there (general physical).

Anyway, Greg was on his way and running late (he was coming from downtown Annapolis) so I had to wait and we know what I do when I am bored – take more pictures…

the appointment was for 2:00 and Greg didn’t make it until 2:12 but it was ok.

So, we’re called into this itty bitty room to fill out the passport paper work, which we printed out online to have ready and save us time only to find out that the website (the official, government, website) still had outdated forms and we had to fill out the newest forms (updated on Feb 01). Goodie. While Greg was filling out his form I decided, before I waste my time filling out a whole new form, if the copy of my birth certificate would be acceptable and I was told no! Which I pretty much expected. Also, the pictures that I worked on last night for the passport photos were not accepted either because there was too much gray in the background so we had to pay the additional $15 for each of us! Yeesh! Anyway, Greg submits the stuff to get his passport done and I get to go back later.

Once we were done at the post office we head over to Friendly’s for lunch

Friendly Greg

and have our ‘usual’ chicken sandwiches and the munchie appetizer

fried goodies

We chatted much about nothing, and if anything, mostly the pending weather Maryland is forecast to receive (and, as always, I’ll believe it when I see it).

After lunch we went to the bank (how awesome is it that the post office, restaurant, and our bank were literally next to each other) to change my name, get new checks (which I got for free rather than paying the ridiculous $19), and added Greg to the savings account and set up the account so he can view everything online as well.

After we were done at the bank, Greg headed to the grocery store and I headed to the SSA…

Social Security Administration

I made it within 15 minutes of closing and there was only one other person waiting (two were being assisted). Of course, that didn’t stop some girl from walking in and going straight the counter for assistance, without getting a number, to which she was refused service! So, she stormed out and then my number was called. I did my name change, for the record, and attempted to correct my date of birth (because when I changed my name after I married Adam and went to the SSA to get a new social security card, who ever entered my information put in the wrong DOB) but the lady wouldn’t accept the copy of my birth certificate either and I argued (as pleasantly as possible) that my taxes were messed up because my SS # didn’t match the DOB listed and when I showed proof of what my DOB is and she confirmed the last entry on the account (2004) but wouldn’t change and literally told me, word for word, “the government doesn’t incorrectly key in information”. Um, yeah ya do – LOOK AT MY DRIVERS LICENSE AND BIRTH CERTIFICATE.

Ugh!! So, I just left – it was after 4pm and I wasn’t going to get anywhere. I headed over to the babysitters to get Amelia and chatted with the babysitter for a bit – told her about the passport stuff (mainly about the photo information) to give her a heads up and just chit chatted. I was home around 5, I think.

Amelia was uber fussy today, and tonight, so we gave her a bath, which she loves, and she went to bed rather easily and earlier than this past week.


So, that was my afternoon in a nutshell.

Greg has been stalking our new found love, a site we call weather porn, for predictions about tomorrows weather. Again, I’ll believe it (the .40 inches of ice and about an inch of snow, or the 4-6 inches of snow and .25 inches of ice) when I see it.

Anniversary Getaway

The morning started off at 9:00, when I awoke. I slept in longer than I wanted to but at least I felt refreshed. Greg, on the other hand, was still dead asleep. Later I learned that he stayed up until 3am reading and playing computer games. When I woke up there was a text message from Michele informing me that she was heading into to town and wanted to know if I was available. So I called her and we chatted for a few and she invited Greg and me for breakfast while she was waiting for her truck to get checked.

Around 10:45am, Greg and I are outside cleaning out his car so we can fit Michele in the back seat. Yeah, his car was that messy! By 11am, Michele was picked up on the side of Rt. 2 and we head off to Honey Bee Diner for breakfast.

Michele and Jess

Breakfast was… eh at best. Service was so slow and our server wasn’t very friendly and made fun of Greg because he asked for orange marmalade for his toast (Greg could only have mixed berry or apple); she kept saying things along the line of “what do you think we are, a fancy breakfast place?” Hm… we won’t be returning anytime soon – if ever.

Around noon we were on our way to O.C (after we dropped Michele off at the Nissan dealership – she had a 10am appointment for a tune-up and oil change and didn’t leave until 5pm! And, her truck now stalls out. She’s taking it back in on Monday). Before me made it to 97 I realized that we didn’t have any cash for the Bay Bridge toll so we stopped at a gas station and filled up and got some cash. Finally, at 12:30pm we were en-route for Ocean City!

The drive to Ocean City was uneventful. I took a few pictures of the car ride (something to do while bored). I believe listening to the comedy stations on the XM Radio helped me a lot!

Bay Bridge - 4.7 miles long (I've walked it a few times)
Bay Bridge Structure
Signs to Ocean City 

While on the way, via RT 50, we learned that the main bridge to Ocean City, the draw bridge, was closed due to repairs or maintenance and that we would have to take the RT 90 bridge in (the RT 50 bridge dropped you off around 5th street whereas the RT 90 bridge was around 60th street). Which actually worked in our favor because our hotel was on 56th street!

I became so giddy and excited when Greg told me that the lighthouse building that we could see from the RT 90 bridge was where we were staying!

Lighthouse Club Hotel

Greg reserved a Lightkeeper suite at the Lighthouse Club Hotel. I have never stayed in a hotel that comes close to this place. It was simply magnificent. I honestly can’t put into words how amazing this place is!

The pictures don’t do justice for the place, but here they are:

Looking up

Looking Up
Looking down
From the entry door
From the sliding glass door (that lead to the balcony)
View from the bed
jacuzzi tub (located next to the bed)
Balcony View - to the right
Balcony view - to the left

Greg and I checked in sometime around 3pm. We hung out until about 3:45 just in awe of the place and talking about the plans for the night. I went through the phone book and called around to make sure some of the businesses and restaurants were still open, as it was off season, and only found one place that was open and serving crabs, Fisherman’s, and we made plans to go there for dinner.

Once we were done with the dinner discussion, we went downstairs and outside onto the deck and just stood there (taking pictures) taking it all in. I miss living on the water!


and I couldn’t resist taking a picture of Greg and me!

Greg and Me - one year later

Now, it’s time to find us some mini-golf! Greg calls Tim to get the name of the preferred mini-golf location and then we’re on our way only to learn, once we arrive, that the place is closed for the season:

Closed until Summer

So, our quest continues and we find an indoor mini-golf place that was still open and (not) surprisingly wasn’t busy at all! So, we get our mini-golfing on!

The next Jack Nicholson
the future wife of the next Jack Nicholson
Silly Greg
View from the top

The sun was setting fast and Greg had hopes to catch the sunset from our hotel, but we were still playing mini-golf. I offered to end the game in just go because I didn’t want Greg to miss watching the sunset on the water but he refused and wanted to finish playing; I was worried that Greg wouldn’t be able to see the sunset so I just played to get it over with. Greg won the game by about 5 or so strokes.

We made it back to the hotel in time to watch the sunset and take pictures. The sunset was beautiful…

Sunset from the Car
beautiful sunset

it’s been a long time since I sat outside to watch the sun set. It was so beautiful and relaxing. It was at this moment Greg and I decided to come back every February for our anniversary and we talked about having our wedding on the water, as the sun was setting.

Once the sun was set, Greg and I talked about what to do next; go to the boardwalk or dinner. It was decided to go to dinner since the place closes at 9pm and it was nearing 6pm (I think). So, we went upstairs to our room and got ready and then headed over to the restaurant. As I mentioned, the RT 50 bridge was out so Greg and I had to drive all the way to the other end of the bay to get to the restaurant or any other place on the other end and then drive back. So, we spent and extra 1.5 hours driving each time we went anywhere that was on the other side.

Dinner was amazing. I was so surprised at all that we received with our meals! The all-you-can-eat crabs included shrimp, fried chicken, french fries and hush puppies, in addition to the crabs for only $25.99!! I passed on the shrimp and only had one order of chicken, french fries and hush puppies; I was here for the crabs! Greg ordered grilled salmon and teryaki wings. Here’s some food porn…

Claw Knocker
fries, fried chicken, and hush puppies
Greg's grilled salmon
Steamed crabs - all for me!
Greg playing with MY DINNER
my messy, stincky, hands!

the crabs were delicious! Surprisingly, I only had one ‘bad crab’ out of the 20ish crabs I had. While I was still eating crabs, Greg surfed the interweb on my cell phone (because he was done eating and I wasn’t), and we talked about coming back this summer and I was telling him that if we come back, we’re bringing Mom and other family members and having dinner here, no matter what! The service was amazing and the food was great and priced very well.

After dinner we headed to the boardwalk (after having to drive all the way around the bay and then up Coastal Highway), but took our time getting there; we drove through Ocean City’s neighborhoods (as I was thinking out loud about homes in Ocean City and schools and such since all you see on the main road, Coastal Highway, are hotels and businesses) and arrived about 8:45pm. The boardwalk, when in season has a couple thousand people walking at the same time, was dead. Vacant. Desolate. Erie. I have never, in all the years of coming to Ocean City, seen the city so… shut down. It was cool but weird. When we arrived, Playland was still open and we talked about going in and play a few games but we wanted to walk around first.

empty ferris wheel
Playland Arcade
the vacant boardwalk
lights on the board walk

Greg and I took a walk down to the shore and watched the waves crash. It was very peaceful. I was thankful that Greg packed an extra jacket (even though the jacket was a Christmas gift from his ex when they were dating) for me to wear. It was down right windy and a little on the chilly side (even for me, and I rarely wear a jacket/coat – even if it’s snowing). When we made it back to the boardwalk, Playland had closed so we just took random pictures. I wanted a picture of Greg, and me, by the huge tire that was at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not place:

Greg with the tire
Me and the tire

And, for some reason, Greg had  to have a picture of Thrasher’s…


 Eventually we left and decided to find a local grocery store to get items for snacks and breakfast as well as some liquor. Well, we found a liquor store but no grocery store that was open. We talked about buying a bottle of wine

Mmm... nah

or maybe some items to make mixed drinks

neat bottles

but decided to buy a small bottle of champagne and pre-mixed bottles of mudslides and lemon drops. The next stop was the 7-11 where we bought some soda and chips and dip (so romantic) and then it was back to the hotel!

When we arrived at our room the lights were low and there was a candle lit, our bed was turned down and there was fresh fruit and orange juice in the fridge and some cranberry pound cake on the counter! I was a little freaked about the candle because I was asking myself if I lit a candle before leaving a few hours ago but then I don’t remember even seeing a candle in the hotel when we arrived, so it must of been the turn down service! It was very romantic.

crandberry pound cake

Greg made me take a shower when we returned to the hotel because I smelled of vinegar and old bay. I was impressed by the soap and shampoo provided; the bar of soap was of actual size verses a mini travel size, and it was like something one would buy at Bath and Body Works (fresh smelling, bits of ‘stuff’ in the bar to exfoliate, etc) – I loved the bar of soap and told Greg that we’re taking it home with us!

When I got out of the shower Greg was in the jacuzzi, with the fireplace lit and the candle still twinkling, waiting for me. Sadly, the jacuzzi had the opposite effect on us; we were way too relaxed while in the tub to do other ‘stuff’ and believe it or not, we didn’t have sex – we talked about it, we kissed and did other ‘stuff’, but no sex; we were too tired (it was nearing midnight) and too relaxed to put forth any more effort.

The bed was a queen; Greg and I are used to sleeping on a king. Greg slept well, I did not. It took a long time for me to fall asleep and I didn’t have much success staying asleep. I was up by 7:30am, though I would doze off for a few minutes every now and then. By 8:30, we were both up. There was a Washington Post (one of my favorite newspapers) at the door and I started to read the paper (Greg stole the sports section) and have some of the cranberry pound cake.

Once Greg was done reading the paper he made a few subtle hints about finishing what we started the night before in the jacuzzi… it was then that we ‘celebrated’ our anniversary the way it was meant to be celebrated!

Greg got into the shower and I got dressed, only to realize that I left my brush in the car. I was hoping my hair didn’t look too bad with the headband in…

bed head

when Greg got out of the shower and was dressed, we started packing and getting ready to check out and saying good bye to the best place either of us have ever stayed in.

Greg packing

we spent a few minutes on the balcony just thinking and stuff.


I believe we checked-out around 10:00 or 10:30. We decided to head over to Assateague Island in hopes to catch a few pictures of the wild ponies. One the way to Assateague we stopped at a off the road park that was on the other side of the bay from where we stayed. The day started off cloudy and cold, so the pictures were a little more challeging to take, but they turned out pretty well…

looonnnggg peir to the bay
view from the pier
cloudy skies

after about a half hour we headed over to Assateague Island. On the way there, there was a part of the road that was lined with these really neat looking trees:

tree line

Finally, after the long drive to Assateague Island we made it (my patience during car rides is very low)!

I wanted to go to the beach because the waves are usually bigger and better than the ones in Ocean City.

Assateague beach
Greg on the beach

after about a half hour we head back to the car to look for wild ponies! Unfortunately, we only saw two from afar…


only 2 ponies

by now it’s nearing noon and we’re starting to feel hungry. So we head back to the main road and I start to recognize a few buildings and realize that we’re in the area that I used to stay when my family would visit Ocean City! We used to stay at these cottages called Coconut Grove for a few years until the cabins were bought out by the Francis Scott Key resort; seeing the old cottages brought back a lot of memories – and the strongest memory is when my family spent a week in Ocean City and I had a raging ear infection and wasn’t allowed to go swimming. I remember lying in the sand and having to lay on one side for about a half hour after I put my ear drops in and then getting a wicked sunburn on the side of my thigh (that was awesome to peel).

So, we’re driving around and I’m starting to remember things and we end up at a marina and there is a bar/restaurant called HarborSide so we decide to stop for lunch. I believe I’ve eaten there before many years ago because I remember sitting by the window and watching the big(ish) boats come and go.


I decided to try their signature drink, an Orange Crush


Orange Crush

I forget what the drink includes (aside from the ‘fresh’ squeezed orange juice) but it wasn’t all that impressive. As you can see from the picture, it looks more like lemonade rather than something orange and it tasted a little diluted.

We ordered some buffalo wings (I’ve been on a buffalo kick for a couple weeks now) as our appetizer


buffalo wings

and I was a little disappointed; the texture was right but it was lacking flavor (i like my wings with a little more spice and some vinegar).  For lunch Greg ordered a burger and I had the Crisfield Chicken sandwich (a grilled chicken breast topped with crab dip). Again, I was disappointed in the lack of flavor in the food (Bateman’s has a similar sandwich called the Chicken Chesapeake and it tastes so much better). Needless to say, I don’t think I’d be returning to this place anytime I am in Ocean City. But, it was nice to sit and watch the boats…







during lunch we looked up the address to the Sonic in Delaware (via interweb on my cell phone) and made that our second destination once we had our fun on the boardwalk!

I was happy to see that the boardwalk had a little more activity than the night before; I was also happy to see that some of the shops along the boardwalk were open!

We started out on the jetty; I was mesmerized by the waves crashing onto the rocks





Once we had our fun on the jetty we headed to the boardwalk.  I stopped in a jewelry store and bought my Mom a pair of earrings (pure silver and 40% off), then I bought a tub of Fisher’s famous popcorn, and a bag of cotton candy. Greg stops in Dolle’s and buys some fudge and truffles.


Don't forget...


Dolle's truffles

afterwards we head over to Playland to play a few games. My hands were sticky from the cotton candy so I wasn’t all that interested, but I did play a game of skeet ball and beat Greg!

After playland we head off to Delaware! The drive wasn’t all that bad. The only ‘issue’ was that Greg would drive the.exact.speed limit and it drove me nuts! I wasn’t being a ‘backseat driver’ by any means but I let him know that I felt he was driving too slow. I took pictures to keep me occupied…


From the beginning of Coastal Highway...


... still in Ocean City...


... tired Greg ...




... I believe we're in Dewey, Deleware by now ...

I believe we hit Dewey, Delaware first and just kept driving. Eventually, we were in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware. I’ve never been to Rehoboth Beach before, so Greg drove around the popular spot…


Rehoboth Beach, DE

and Greg asked me to take a picture of this pub…


Greg's picture

and then we’re on our way. Greg asks if I want to stop at the outlets and I say sure.



 We went into one store and didn’t buy anything. I wasn’t in the mood to do any shopping, even if it is tax free. By now I am exhausted and can’t wait to go home and sleep in my bed! But, we still had at least 3 more hours of driving!

Bridgeville, DE was our spot; this is where Sonic is located and Greg wanted to stop at Sonic’s to end our amazing anniversary weekend. The drive wasn’t all that bad; I liked driving through Georgetown, DE – I liked the houses. I like the older houses with the wrap around porches and turrets.


Georgetown, DE


13 miles to Bridgeville!

It was a long drive (and stinky at times due to the farms we passed). I was getting more and more tired (and cranky) as the drive continued on to what felt like an eternity!

And then I saw the sign!




Pulling up



Yay!! We made it – finally!! And you know what, neither of us were even hungry! We were still full from lunch earlier in the day and by now it was 5:45pm! But we couldn’t leave without ordering something




Chery Limeade

the drinks were our biggest desire; given their commercials are about their drinks. So Greg ordered a Cherry Limeade and a Cranberry something or other and I ordered the light version of the Cherry Limeade – which, in all honesty, tasted like a virgin Sherlly Temple. But it was good. Also, we decided to order meals anyway; I had a bacon cheeseburger and Greg had a chicken sandwich…


Sonic's bacon cheeseburger


Greg's chicken sandwich


Golden brown tator tots

the food was good, I guess. Nothing, aside from the drinks, stood out to me. Greg said he enjoyed his meal whereas I couldn’t even finish mine!

Chomp Chomp!

 I believe it was 6:07 when we left Sonic’s. We guessed how many miles we had left and around what time we would make it home. Greg guess that we had about 65 miles to go and I guess about 100 (the actual mileage was about 70 something) and I guessed we’d be home between 6:55 and 7:15 (we made it around 7:03).

We watched the sun set on the way home and then I ‘watched’ the skies and their colors…


Sunset on the way home


changing sky


The End.