Monday, January 31st, 2011
Today was the second annual, what I like to call, gawker-stalker brunch at Volt in Frederick. I cannot tell you how much I look forward to this birthday present. Happy (belated) birthday to us! And this year no one is pregnant. Yes, we would like more mimosas to wash down that half a dozen scones. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
It’s hard not to get sucked into the Magic Treehouse series. Chase listens to them in her workshop time at school so I really didn’t feel a need to press the issue of chapter books. But she really likes them and when we saw an audiobook version of Dragon of the Red Dawn at the library we checked it out. We listened to it in the car. Once, twice, over and over and over again. I can’t even estimate how many times we listened to the story. Read the rest of this entry »
Thursday, December 9th, 2010
On Monday I won four tickets to see Cirque Dreams Holidaze at the Kennedy Center. You heard right, I won something. I was nervous about a 7:30 show in DC on a Wednesday night but who passes on free tickets to a child-appropriate show at the Kennedy Center? So I pulled out the holiday finery.
Read the rest of this entry »
Friday, August 29th, 2008
I put batteries in my flash! Blogging is all better now. I find it really hard to do without pictures, really hard. This past week was really long for Ben so he knocked off early so we could have a little fun. We don’t have anything planned for the long weekend so we’re trying out a little stay-cation, a little quality family time. Ben’s never been to the science center so we stopped in there for a quick turn around the place. Chase showed him her favorite parts, the undersea adventure, the turtles and the water table. Ben’s just a big kid so he can really appreciate the place.
Then we walked over to P.F. Chiang’s for dinner. When I ordered spring rolls the server asked if I wanted two or four. I said two, looked over at Chase who was already salivating at the mere though of spring rolls and decided to go with four. I think she ate two to herself and maybe a few bites of rice but not a whole lot else.
After dinner we went over to Best Buy and picked up Dan in Real Life. I’ve been wanting to see it but it’s probably about number 295 in my Netflix queue not to mention that I saw the long trailer for it today and didn’t think I could wait. We both really enjoyed it. I feel like it might have gotten only lukewarm reviews but I thought it was really touching. I laughed and cried but it wasn’t totally over the top in either direction. My threshold for touching scenes is much lower than Ben’s so I started to well up way before he even keyed into what was coming. What part of that was sad he asked me, to which I replied, nothing, there’s something in my eye. Would you believe he bought that? He didn’t figure it out for a few scenes yet, when I went to get a tissue. I have to watch him with movies, he so impressionable. We just finished the first disc of season 5 of The Wire and now we have discussions where he says things like “fair use, m-fer.” (expletive censored) Which is ok with me as long as it doesn’t slip in on conference calls. Ben, what do you think of this framework? “Open source m-fers!”
But back to this evening, when we left Best Buy there was a fire truck parked across the street. The firefighters were collection money for muscular dystrophy, you know in their boots. So we went over and Chase put some money in the boots and wanted to look around a little. The young, handsome firefighter noticed her taking an interest in the truck and opened it up so she could look around inside. She was pretty excited but not in her normal squealing running in circles kind of a way. She was very subdued, but she never stopped smiling and she was just completely enthralled with the firefighter and his fire engine.
Finally, I worked on a little project last night for Chase. I’ve been wanting to make her a little baby backpack like mine for her to use. She really likes to use her stroller so I thought she might like this too. She wore it a while today but since she can’t put it on her herself I think I’ll put it away for a while. It is cute though and was really simple and quick to put together. I think the whole project took about 45 minutes including planning time. I decided to finally put it together yesterday because I got a windfall of fabric from someone including some pre-quilted stuff that I thought would be cute. I like that it can be worn on the front or on the back.
Monday, July 28th, 2008
Have you made reservations yet? If it’s in the budget, the restaurant week price just can’t be beat. Considering that it’s not cheap to go out for a couple of plates of microwaved slop at (insert name of big box restaurant here) I think it’s worth it to shell out an extra 20 for a really nice meal. There are a ton of fabulous restaurants participating this year but I had to think practically knowing that we’d be a party of three. I decided around 3 on Saturday that we should go out to dinner. We all got shined up for our 6 o’clock reservation at Pisces at the Hyatt in the Inner Harbor. Early reservations are a good idea if little ones are tagging along, the place wasn’t packed until we were on our way out the door.
I’m more of a neighborhood restaurant type of a gal myself but a hotel restaurant seemed like a good choice in this case. A hotel restaurant works well for fine dining with a baby because they a) see tourists in all manner of disarray and are used to serving families, if even only on occasion, traveling together; b) you’re less likely to play second fiddle to regulars, in my opinion everyone is more likely to be on equal footing at a hotel restaurant; c) this particular choice was on the top floor of the hotel meaning that we had a view of the whole harbor including boats, helicopters and trucks driving by below. The trip included not one but two awesome rides in a glass elevator as well as a walk around the inner harbor complete with bridges and waterfalls just to get there.
All of that and we still weren’t convinced that Chase would sit still through the whole meal. It wasn’t easy but we managed. The staff was really accommodating. When Chase really liked the dried cherries on Ben’s salad, the waiter brought a little dish out just for her. The food was really good. I had a delicious cream of crap soup to start and glazed chilean sea bass as my entree. I like ordering fish when we eat out because it always tastes way better than when I make it at home. I think Ben shies away from ordering fish out because he thinks it WILL taste like I made it at home and then always realizes he’s made the wrong choice. All in all it was a lot of fun. It would be fun to do a date night soon but in the meantime I’ll take my gourmet where I can get it and you should too. Just don’t forget to call ahead for restaurant week reservations. I heard people complaining that you had to call ahead to get the restaurant week prices. Oh, and I caught a look at the regular menu on the way out the door… ouch, good deal is an understatement.
Thursday, June 12th, 2008
There’s no better night to support local business than Thursday night. The dinner planned for tonight will just have to wait patiently in the fridge until tomorrow. I was not about to pass on the offer of Donna’s and a pitcher of sangria. After dinner we crossed the street to Dominion Ice Cream. Our neighbors have been telling us about Dominion for a while now but we hadn’t gotten around to trying it yet. Especially since Ben is always sucked in by the Cold Stone vortex that shoots out and sucks people in every time the door opens.
The thing about Dominion is the homemade vegetable ice cream. I know, it sounds crazy but when you think about it, why not slip in a serving of spinach with dessert? I ordered a kiddie scoop of sweet potato for Chase. I tasted a blast of sweet potato in the first bite but on the second and third all I tasted was rich creamy ice cream. Honestly, I had to help her with the cone before her scoop fell off. She loved every bite of it.. and then she got down to the cone. I should preface this by saying that she had a piece of pizza at dinner that she ate crust first, so it should be no surprise that the very first thing she did with the cone was to bite the tip off. I wonder what that means about her personality. More crappy phone pictures:
Saturday, March 1st, 2008
After the library this morning Chase and I hit the road for D.C. Erin and I planned a lunch to catch up with a woman we know at Ebbitt. Erin picked the restaurant and really knows her stuff man. We had a 1:15 reservation and the place was packed. Would you believe that when our party was called, that someone actually tried to steal our spot? Yeah, it was that busy. I’ve never eaten in the dining room at Ebbitt only at the express lunch counter (where I discovered those sweet spicy thai Kettle Chips). The atmosphere was great (full of hunting jazz like duck decoys and a giant bronze dog sculpture) wood paneling and geese suspended from the ceiling that were particularly appealing to Chase. She had a great time and loved her grilled cheese and applesauce but mostly, she loved the pickle. Read the rest of this entry »
Sunday, February 24th, 2008
Enough with the carpet already? I’ll get it out of my system.
Here’s one alternate title: Run ‘Em Rug-ged’ get it? She’s lying on the carpet like she’s asleep after being out all day. Whew, ok I think I’m done. I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful weather today. We went exploring in Ellicott City. We parked, crossed the street and stumbled upon a civil war reenactment (it’s ok, Maryland was a part of the union) at the B&O Railway Museum. The helpful docent, who was dressed as the town sheriff, helpfully offered that the museum was the first railway station in the country which we didn’t believe but turns out to be true. That’s right, we spend the afternoon at a museum and then came home to do some fact checking. I’m a huge nerd, so sue me. It’s the oldest surviving train station in the country and was the first station for freight transport in the country. Right here in our own backyard, cool right? There’s another B&O museum in the city and I think my interest is piqued. The one in the city is in a roundhouse which has to be neat to see. Read the rest of this entry »