Sunday, December 28, 2014

Day Trip: Old Town Alexandria

Even though I live very close to VA, I'm hardly ever down there.  There are loads of fun places to go I've learned, but I never think to go to them.  Until this week, I'm not sure I'd ever actually been to Alexandria.  But I'm sure it won't be my last.  It's such a cute little city. It really reminded me of Boston, with the old town feel and main street shops.  Of course, stores and streetlights decorated in Christmas garland and ornaments, can make any city gorgeous.  But in Alexandria's case, I'm pretty sure it's adorable in the spring, summer and fall as well.




 My attempt at creativity...obviously, it really didn't work out as planned...


 Uppy Shot!
Heh, I see what you did there : )
Think Misha Collins owns this coffee shop? 
All the uppy shots!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Travel Me

I've seen this quote a few times and I've really tried to understand it, but the truth is that I'm not sure I do.  I'm sure the author meant something very deep and zen but every time I try to wrap my brain around it, I just can't.  But that doesn't stop me from trying.  

Today's ponderings on it brought me to decide that Travel me was very different than real me; which admittedly is a bit of a stretch when talking about this quote, but there you go.  

Travel me, is always ready for something new - something to see, something to do, somewhere to eat. If travel me is in a new city or country, then she's sure as heck not going to go to Chic-Fil-A for dinner or heading to a Starbucks for some tea.  She's going to visit all sorts of new destinations and explore her surroundings.  Regular everyday me is much less adventurous and pretty much sticks to the same 10 restaurants and stores.  Regular everyday me hasn't seen much of the state she's called home her entire life...

Travel me is very good with directions and can find her way around most new places, with the aide of a GPS or just street signs.  Regular everyday me gets lost going to the grocery store and has to think about how to get home from places I've been a million times.

Travel me likes to get up early and stay up late to soak up every last minute in a new place. Everyday me often plots the death of her alarm clock and sometimes puts on her PJ's directly after work.

Travel me is organized and keeps all sorts of things in her bag for emergencies.  Travel me can pack at a moment's notice but is often packed weeks ahead of time, just in case.  Regular me forgets her lunch, makeup, pens, pencils (you name it) on a daily basis.

Most of all, travel me likes to talk to new people and hear their stories.  Travel me chats with people in stores and restaurants and takes their advice.  Travel me asks questions regularly and actually listens for the answers.  Regular me can go days without speaking to those closest to her via anything besides email or text.

So according to David Mitchell, I now need to travel far enough, that I meet Travel me.  I'd like to do that.  Because I have to say Travel me sounds a lot more exciting than Regular me. I sure would like to meet her... 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Festival Of Trees

For the past 25 years, Kennedy Krieger has held the Festival of Trees.  It's their biggest fundraiser of the year.  If you're not familiar with it, the premise is simple.  Families, businesses, companies, etc. decorate Christmas trees in all sorts of elaborate themes and ornaments - some handmade, some store-bought.  Then all of the trees are set up at Timonium Fairgrounds and hundreds of people, who love Christmas, come to ogle a them. After the exhibition, the trees are sold and all of the money made goes directly to Kennedy Krieger to continue their work with children battling serious illnesses and other disabilities. Basically it's a winter wonderland for all who love Christmas.  Oh, and have I mentioned, it's pretty awesome?!

Even though I've lived here in Maryland, my entire life, I'd never been up until last year.  But after seeing the spectacle for the first time, I got hooked.  One of these years, I'm so doing a tree or a wreath at the very least, if I can come up with an idea that's at least half as clever and creative as the ones that were created this year!




Lego's were a big hit this year!
A tree dedicated to Justin Tucker was sure to be a big hit in Raven Country!


Olafs EVERYwhere!

How awesome is this Up house?!
You're in Baltimore, Hon.
After the season the O's had, this champagne bottle was the perfect addition
Snow head!

This one was dedicated to the Star Spangled Sailabration of last summer.  The name of the ship you ask?  The SANTA Maria, naturally.


This one was my favorite.  All Spruce wants is to be a Christmas Tree.  How cute is that!?




I have NO idea why there was a mission trip to Austin that required a tree in honor of the funky city, but as a lover of all things Austin, I of course, was impressed!


Gotta love a tree dedicated to my alma mater!


This tree is the whole reason we were there.  The NHS of SKHS created the tree: I'm dreaming of a Green Christmas.  The tree was decorated with items created using recycled items like soda cans, water bottles, old scrabble pieces, etc.  And I happen to think it was the coolest and most creative tree there, but I could be biased : )







This tree was Tea-riffic in my opinion : )

I still can't decide if this minion is adorable, creepy or adorably creepy...
Snow head #2!