What a long strange trip it was.

Long time no post.  I’ve spent the better part of the last two weeks now on roadtrips.   Here are some highlights:
Pat got invited to a reception at the National Zoo in DC hosted by one of his funders.  I decided I needed to tag along, because I was sure it was going to be pretty cool and sure enough, it was.  They held it at the Big Cats exhibit (cut off in that photo).  They had practically the whole walk around the cats tented off, with multiple bars and food stations.  The food was quite good – they had these mini-crab cakes I couldn’t walk past without popping one in my mouth, as well as some white chocolate covered oreos that I also had a hard time walking past and not eating…  All sorts of gourmet popcorn – including cookies and cream.  That I had to try, being the popcorn junkie that I am.  It was interesting….but not as good as kettle korn.
Of course, it’s not a trip to DC without getting lost and ending up at the Pentagon.  This time, we had printed directions, a map AND a GPS and we still ended up circling around until Pat said, “Oh, look, the Pentagon”.  Sure enough, there it was.  After that we were able to get our bearings and get to where we were going, this time without circling the monuments.  Which is progress. 

So, we spent the night in DC, got up and drove to Richmond for Pat to attend a meeting for work the next day.  Ah, the life of a Riverkeeper.  While he was at his meeting, I wandered about downtown, checking out the Virginia State House.  Pretty darn Southern looking, isn’t it?  I saw a tour group on segways and got to watch one of them tumble, which amused me to no end, because hey, stuff like that cracks me up.
You’d think that after 24 hours of jet setting, we’d be ready to come home, but no.  Well, we did stop by and pick Edie up, for she got to join us on the next leg.  Pat had to be in Lynchburg for the Batteau Festival kickoff. (For those of you counting, that was 4 cities in one day.)  Edie & I decided to use it as an excuse to catch a ride down to visit friends and family down there.  So we checked out Catalano’s, the really great new deli downtown, owned by our friends Marisa & Clinton and spent a great weekend visiting with our Harrington cousins in Lynchburg.   
 We came home for a few nights in between, to do laundry, and get ready for the next week….
Pat had a Riverkeepers conference in Chicago, and since it was summer and I seem to never do well home alone with Edie during the summer, we hit the road.    Edie took a picture of her foot everywhere we stayed.

Sometimes she allowed others to join in. 

It was a whirlwind trip.  We visited a whole host of friends and family and thoroughly enjoyed our visits with everyone.  Spent some time in the town I grew up in and hit the thrifts.  Scored an American Girl Doll Dress that Edie already had the dress for the doll, so I was pretty happy to find the girl size dress for $3.  Edie had brought exactly one book for the entire trip, so we stocked up on lots of books for her.  At 5 for $1, it was a total steal.   Mickie made a fabulous dinner for us and allowed me to invite folks over – thanks Mick.  We’ll have to do it again sometime.  Saw my cousin Henry’s new house, which is a house we drove past everyday on our way to pick up my dad from work – to set foot in it was pretty amazing, as I’ve been in love with that house since I was a wee one.  (And yes, it was every bit as fabulous and cute as I thought it would be.  Maybe even more so.)  Spent some quality time with Andrea, who is still one of my most favorite people in the whole world.  We put the baby down for a nap, plopped the other kids in front of a movie and curled up in bed and chatted the afternoon away.  Just like old times.  So looking forward to our weekend together next month.  Also had lunch with my parent’s best friends.  It was great to see them and they want to come down and have some projects at our house.  I’m  looking forward to that.  Uncle Pete is very handy and very good at being handy, and I have a whole list of projects I’m ready to set him loose on.  Renee took us down the street for snowballs – how did I forget about them?  Man they are good.  They are totally a Baltimore thing and living a few hours south, they are hard to find, which I suppose is how I forgot about them. 
Last, but not least, I went to the Jedediah Thomas Smith Foundation Crabfeed.
I love crabs.  It was a good cause, a good price and all I had to do was sit and pick crabs while they brought a non stop stream of them to me.  Heaven.  Ran into folks from high school that I haven’t seen in eons and had a lovely time.  I am just in awe of Savannah.  Of course, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, despite how humble Kristin is about it.  Kristin gave me a great big bag of yarn she was giving away, so now I have a little stash to use up.  Thanks Kristin. Edie is already eyeing the cones of that yummy purple yarn for something for her. 
It was good to see everyone – we picked up something at just about every stop – plants, canning supplies, bags of yarn and more.  We ate some yummy food, had ice cream pretty much every day, and did some good shopping.  It was great to come home and see Daddy again and hear about his adventures in Chicago – including playing football with a Kennedy.  While we were away, the garden absolutely took off and I picked my first ripe tomato when we got home.  A zebra stripe.  The key I had left for the housesitter broke off in the lock, so her father & another neighbor came over to pick it and get the remnants out, so we didn’t have to worry about it when we got home.  Thanks Craig & Peter.  That was very nice of you.  The offer for drinks still stands. 
And now that we are home and getting back into the swing of things, I suppose I ought to clean this house.  June has been a whirlwind of visits, roadtrips and just general fun.  July looks to be more of the same, although at a slower pace.  Phew.  Not quite sure how much longer I can go on at this breakneck speed to be honest.  And I am feeling slightly inspired to whip this house into shape.  Better grab that while I have it.

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