Our adventure started late Friday morning when Neil and I headed to Baltimore after his dialysis treatment. We hit some VERY heavy rain, so heavy that not only was it hard to see the traffic around us, but the water gushing across the road made it difficult to switch lanes, you could feel the water pulling the vehicle, it was rather scary, so we pulled over at Sideling Hill & waited it out. Fortunately it didn’t take long for the storm to pass through and the sky to open up. We had steady rain for another 5 miles or so, but then it stopped and it was all sun for the rest of our trip.
Despite the delay we still made good time, and we made it to the hotel before rush hour. We stopped at one of our favorite places in Ellicott City along the way. Canopy, where you will have a fantastic pit beef or pit ham sandwich. Oh my gosh, it’s so good, & paired with their take on board walk fries makes for the most delicious of combinations. If you ever find yourself in Ellicott City, Maryland. I highly recommend you give them a try. There isn’t a place to sit inside, so prepare for a picnic, even if it’s on the hood of your car or the bed of your truck while sitting in the parking lot. I promise it’s worth it…so worth it!!
On Saturday Neil took me to Arbutus, his old stomping grounds. I had been there before, but we were still dating at the time. I haven’t been back since we’ve been married since we really had no reason to go. It was fun to drive down the streets and see the old comic book store that is still open for business, the one that Neil frequented as a kid & teenager. I can just imagine him walking from the comic book store to the corner market, ordering an Italian cold cut & a 20 oz. soda. Arbutus is also home to the best snowballs! For those of you who are not familiar with a snowball, it’s shaved ice with flavored syrup in a cup. Some people add soft serve to theirs, but I prefer mine with marshmallow fluff!! Traditional Egg Custard with marshmallow in the center & on top! It is the best treat, especially on a hot, summer day!
Neil recently reconnected with a friend from his teenage years, and he invited us to his housewarming party. It was fun visiting with him, his fiancé, named Kristen (she is now the 5th “Kristen” in my circle, there are 6 of us, counting yours truly, & only 2 of them spell their name the same way.) And I also had the fortunate pleasure of meeting their beautiful daughter.
I made new friends that day & even had a salon owner compliment my makeup! I know it doesn’t sound like much, but after being so incredibly hard on myself lately, it was a very welcomed compliment and boosted my confidence a little.
On Sunday we went out for brunch with Neil’s cousin Mary & her boyfriend. Mary is one of my favorite people on the planet! She is funny, nerdy, & so much fun!! I had bottomless mimosas, & a Chesapeake Benedict. A seafood Eggs Benedict with crab, shrimp, homemade biscuits, & old bay Hollandaise. It was so good!!
We went back to their house & played Cards Against Humanity, where the laughs continued. I laughed so hard, tears were streaming down my face, my stomach muscles felt like I had just done a hundred sit ups & my cheeks hurt from smiling so big. It was so much fun, and much needed.
I love weekends like this past one. Road trips with my husband where we have deep talks about everything & nothing, dancing around in the passenger seat to music, singing at the top of my lungs, and watching the world pass as I try my hardest to snap pictures of the mountains & beautiful scenery. Days filled with laughter surrounded by friends & family, the people we love the most, making new friends, and eating delicious food!
Despite the lack of sleep I’ve been experiencing for the past two weeks, I feel so refreshed after such a fantastic weekend!
Here’s to more days filled with laughter & fun!
Love & life lessons,