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A 30-something living in the foothills of the Virginia mountains; I'm saved by grace, addicted to coffee and my little sister is my best friend! I devote most of my time to exploring, reading, attending as many Nationals games as possible and documenting life here. My Prince Charming got lost somewhere along the way...but I'm trying to remain hopeful that true love exists.

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Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Monday - So...A Photo Dump


What do you know - Monday has returned once again - as it always does. I was perusing my phone...which I never connect to my computer and do a photo dump of...and I realized that somewhere in the 7,000+ photos on my phone (yes - I know - that's too many) that I hadn't posted half of what's happened over the past week and a half.

So - that's how you come to find yourself looking at a whole bunch of photos with some exposition in the midst. And of course - the photo dump begins with a Nationals game!

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I've met R2-D2...what a dream come true!

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Storm Troopers...as it turns out...do not share their weapons.

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Bounty hunters....abound...

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Posing with the good guys - be careful where you swing those light sabers...

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Trying to hide from the rain - and looking crazy in the process.

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Who knew there would be an Ewok?
Saturday the 27th of May was the third annual Star Wars Day at Nationals Park; we've attended the two previously and the games are (of course) always wonderful. Granted; I'd find it hard to have anything but a good time when I'm at Nationals Park. There are cosplayers on hand in pretty elaborate costumes and a local DC group that build robots...and have built what looks like a pretty flawless R2-D2 (in my humble opinion).

The Nationals bested the Padres on Star Wars Day, behind a more than solid start from Stephen Strasburg - he recorded a career high 15 strikeouts and the enthusiasm from the crowd was contagious! We got to see a home run, courtesy of Michael A. Taylor and the final score was 3-0 Nationals; Stephen's stellar pitching earned the Nationals a shut-out!

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Chess is very serious...

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Until you can't keep from laughing because you're trying so hard to look serious....

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Just a wee chair - that's all.

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A bridge that's quite old - it has an air of history about it.

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Ruins of Savage Mill and the railway...

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The wee sister & I posing in front of the old trestle bridge in Savage Mill, MD
Over Memorial Day weekend, the family met up with my sister right outside Baltimore - we all wanted to spend some time with the youngest family member before she departed for her all expense paid vacation courtesy of the US military. Happily, she was leaving from Baltimore and that's not so far away, so we spent Saturday evening - Monday morning in Maryland and did a bit of exploring on Sunday morning.

Savage Mill (which sounds...well...savage..) was once a textile mill that has been converted into a shopping center that is filled with unique shops and restaurants. We had a late breakfast (brunch, I suppose...) at the Ram's Head Tavern at Savage Mill and then explored some of the shops and the grounds around the mill. Of course, Lindsey and I never pass up a chance to cheese for a few pictures and so we did just that.

Sunday afternoon was spent relaxing and doing last minute checks and re-checks to ensure that Lindsey had everything she needed. We spent most of Sunday evening at BWI airport sending Lindsey on her way to parts unknown (at least...parts unknown to YOU) and then grabbed a quick dinner at Chipotle to end the day!

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Ellicott City, MD

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Lots of old alleys and dark corners...

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Alas - the telephone & power lines take away from the pictures a bit...

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In Old Ellicott City, Maryland on Memorial Day!

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Ellicott City flooded about a year ago - it was pretty catastrophic; so seeing the river so low was...interesting...
Monday morning we made our way home through Old Ellicott City, Maryland - which as I mentioned above, flooded in a pretty catastrophic way about a year ago. The city dates back to the 1700's and is filled with wonderful old buildings that slope toward the river; each one having been given new life as shops or perhaps a B&B here and there. The city is well on the way to being rebuilt but there weren't a lot of shops open at 9:45 on Memorial Day, so after purchasing some to die for popcorn at one shop, we were on our way once more.

We had lunch at Red Robin (yyyuuummm!) before making our way home - where I promptly proceeded to be a big ol' bum and take an afternoon nap - at 3:something on a Monday afternoon! I ended my three day weekend watching the Nationals take on the Giants...and moreso, watching Bryce Harper charge the mound after being intentionally hit with a 98 MPH fastball. To which I say - punch him again Bryce! ;)

Tuesday evening - summer storms firing across the sky...

Such a gorgeous cloud bank - filled with equally interesting flashes of lightning...

Video chatting with one of my favorite people!
The work week passed quickly (always nice) and my weekend started off with a visit to the movies to see Wonder Woman - and let me tell you, it was fantastic! If you are even considering seeing it, I'd tell you to go! Such a good movie! Bright and early Saturday morning (okay...not that early...) my Mom and I went over to Occuquan to meet up with lifelong friends Angie and Rachel and check out the semi-annual Occuquan Arts & Crafts Festival.

Rachel and I attended last year and really enjoyed it - this year was no exception - the variety of vendors is astounding and while it was hot, it was nowhere near so hot as last year! We grabbed a late lunch at Chuy's and then parted ways. After putting together a small table and chair for my "entryway" to my house, I changed clothes and met up with my friend Melissa for dinner. The weather was so nice, so we met up at a little Mom & Pop style place, sat outside in the fading sunshine, ate our food and chatted almost constantly for two hours straight! Always so good catching up with sweet friends!

Lemon-Vanilla swirl & 2 hours conversation with a friend? Excellent!

Sunday afternoon deck sitting - Watson approves!

A Sunday night summer sky - I love it.
Sunday was passed doing a whole lot of nothing...although I did manage to finish the fifth season of House of Cards, wash a load of towels, make a Wal-Mart run, watch (and help some) deck furniture get put together...and some other things. The day passed so quickly - as Sundays always tend to do. 

So - the past week and a half - they've been pretty good, wouldn't you say so? Another week is off to a pretty good start, the weekend is already filled with wonderful things to do and honestly, the month of June is filled with wonderful things to do. So there might be another photo dump at some point soon, ha-ha!


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