With Ian on break before starting his new job in Falls Church we had time for a few day trips to Baltimore, the Virginia wine country, and Frederick, MD. We had two excellent meals at Thames Street Oyster House and Shoo-fly Diner in Baltimore, bookending a trip to the aquarium where we managed to stay ahead of a group of screaming elementary schoolers. I don't know whether it was the lobster roll I had for lunch or the dimly lit environs of the aquarium (fish tanks ARE relaxing, even on a grand scale), but I was ready for a nap by the end of the trip. At Shoo-fly we sat at the bar, chatting up the genial, hipster bartender who rewarded us with a sample of their house-made coffee liquor. The onion rings were the best I've had in recent memory. A punch cup of their 4 p.m. Manhattan revived me nicely.
Friday we took advantage of a Groupon for a wine tasting and tour at Molon Lave Vineyards. We came home with 3 bottles of wine and a Virginia Winery Map we will put to good use once the weather is more conducive to traipsing around the hills and dales.
Saturday stopped in Frederick for a little shopping before a friend's promotion party. We indulged our mid-century glassware obsession at an antique emporium and enjoyed a beautiful spring day with temps finally breaking into the 70s. I got invited to be on our friend's Army Ten Miler team so I have just over 7 months to get fast and help them win the trophy again.
Today I am making chicken soup, Sophie is shopping with friends and Ian went to Costco (returning with chocolate cereal--I'll never learn). I am alternately dreading my overnight shift tomorrow and the extra hours at work to help cover a partner who's on vacation and being glad that perhaps the time will pass more quickly. I want daffodils and cherry blossoms instead of this endless cold.