I mentioned we're going to DC on Sunday to see the Cherry Blossoms (even if there aren't many left). Since I hadn't done an Etsy post in awhile, I thought I'd poke around the site for some blossoms that'll never fade!
I apologize for the lack of posts lately. I've been having fun and doing things, I've just been unmotivated to write about them. I have a feeling it's partially because my laptop is still on the fritz and it makes it hard to edit and upload pictures not taken with my phone. This makes me unmotivated to take pictures to begin with, which leaves me nothing to edit and therefore no pictures to go along with posts (and I don't like posts without pictures).
I feel like this weekend truly kicks off "spring" for me, because The Boy and I (along with another couple) are headed into DC to see what's left of the cherry blossoms (which I don't think it going to be much, they bloomed so early this year), and a lot of fun events and such are already planned for the next couple months. You'll get more pictures (and posts) soon, I promise!
Spring is here! We sprung forward on Sunday and it's been in the 70's ever since. Wonderfully warm and refreshing, and I've used a bank run as an excuse to get outside for a little bit every day at work. Here are a few of the things I'm looking forward to this spring...
- Festivals! Anyone who was around my blog last year knows I'm a sucker for all sorts of festivals - street fairs and Celtic festivals, music festivals, craft fairs, and of course Renaissance/Steampunk/Faerie events. They start popping up all over the place this time of year!
- Photo Outings! Last year Marizabeth and I went on a few and I'm looking forward to more!
- More sunlight! I'm so happy the days are getting longer!
- Grilling! The Boy makes amazing steak on a grill and at work since we sell grills sometimes we need to "make sure they work" and grill up some ribs. You know, just to be sure.
- My Birthday!
- Anniversaries! The Boy and I will turn two this year :-)
- My Show! I am directing my first "main stage" show in this area. It's called Fuddy Meers and we open in June. Tonight is our first read through and I am so excited!
Yesterday I was in bed most of the day having been sent home from work with a nasty head cold and unable to get more than a couple words out at a time without completely losing my voice. But it was timed well, because if I had gotten it earlier it would have ruined a pretty fantastic weekend! We spent the weekend in Baltimore at a fancy hotel for a friends wedding which was fantastic! I caught the bouquet and one the 16 year old kids who does theatre with me caught the garter which was pretty hysterical. The bouquet was made out of folded socks to look like flowers but when I caught it all but 3 of the socks went flying in opposite directions, so now I have 3 socks that don't match. Totally not going to stop me from wearing them.
On Sunday The Boy and I walked around Fells Point with Marizabeth and her Bear where we had a great lunch at an Irish pub and a great glass of wine at a wine bar. Then we got stuck in traffic for a long time and I slept the entire way home. The Boy takes good care of me :-)
Sunday was the final day of our little getaway, and actually none of these pictures (besides the one above) were taken in Luray but rather on our trip home where we turned a 2 1/2 hour car ride into 6 hours by making a few pit stops. That would usually drive me insane because when I get in a car for a trip that's over an hour long I just want to get there. But the weather was nice and I wanted to milk this vacation as long as I could. This was also the day I was stuck in landscape mode - I think I took five vertical pictures total. Usually I have the opposite problem. Anyway.
Stop number one was just east of the mountains at Sharp Rock Vineyard and B&B, which was in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain (pictured above). It was a cute little vineyard/farm with a lot of animals and shared its property line with a stream. It reminded me a lot of the first vineyard The Boy and I ever went to.
From there we went to Prince Michel - a vineyard that literally sits on the highway just south of Culpeper. Any time we mentioned wine in Virginia this place came up in the conversation, so we thought we should check it out. Don't let the outside atmosphere fool you (I felt like I was walking into an Olive Garden), the wine is worth the stop! Plus they have an enormous gift shop. I had a hard time keeping my wallet in check in there...everything was so tempting!
As we came closer to home it dawned on us we had skipped a proper "lunch" (although we had a late breakfast). We decided to stop in a little Irish pub in Old Town Fredericksburg before making our way back across the bridge into Maryland.
It was a wonderful weekend. I love that we can have so much fun and see so many new things without having to stray too far from home. It makes for the perfect little weekend getaway. Here's to many more!
This was a pretty low key weekend, especially compared to what the last month has been and what the next month is going to be. That's not to say nothing was done this weekend, but I used it to sleep in and get a little bit done around the house. I'll thank myself in another week!
This weekend, I...
Visited a fun pet store with Nametwin and another friend...
Went to a Mexican restaurant with The Boy (The food was gross, but the margarita wasn't!)
Got in some snuggle time with Zorro (and The Boy too, of course!)
Ran an errand or two and The Boy bought me a present...
...and started a new knitting project!
I'm glad I got some quality time with Nametwin and The Boy, and I'm glad I got some private time as well because it allowed me to really get a jump start on that shawl. I also need to take some pictures of finished knitting projects soon!
We woke up Saturday to the sound of wind. We were on the corner of the top floor of the Inn and could hear the old building creaking in the wind, just like my grandparents does on The Cape. We took our time getting ready and had breakfast downtown where we sat one year earlier and watched the events of the Japan Earthquake/Tsunami unfold. It was cold and windy, we were goign to get snow flurries throughout the day and certainly wasn't hiking weather. While they are gorgeous, we didn't want to spend the money to go into The Caverns again this year (we had just done it a year ago, after all). We looked at a map and decided to head over the next set of mountains to see what was in the next valley in the Mount Jackson area. Oh look, vineyards!
We only planned to hit one, Wolf Gap Vineyard, and the wine was very good but it was chilly in their tasting room and they had quite a few people in there. We overheard that there was another one only ten minutes away we thought "why not!" and headed over.
Side note: The Boy and I have this awesome knack for finding these vineyards that you have to get to via crazy gravel back roads. You feel like you are never going to get there, we debate turning around at least three times, and then boom: grape vines!
The second we hit was Cave Ridge and while I liked both places this one I would hit again in a heartbeat. It felt so toasty and warm in the tasting room, all the wine was absolutely amazing, and when we were done we were able to enjoy a glass on their second floor, where The Boy and I sat near their fireplace and split a loaf of warm bread with dipping oil. We talked a bit with another couple and watched as the snow swirled around outside their giant windows. We spent a lot of time there. When we said one vineyard for the day, this was more of what we had in mind.
It was late in the afternoon and we wanted to get back into our valley before it got dark, but we made one pit stop at the longest covered bridge in the state of Virginia, which we just happened to notice while taking a different route back to Luray.
We ate at a local deli for dinner and enjoyed a sunset before head back down to the Inn's tavern downstairs. That night I took an amazing bubble bath and felt like jello. What a great day!