Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Here, There, and Everywhere

These past few months have been quite a journey for me.  Sometimes you have to take that moment in time to live life instead of writing about it, so as person after person came to visit, my writing had to take a backseat and my life had to be lived.  There were some great journeys along the way, a lot of great conversations and catching up with the people I love the most, and new inspiration picked up in the oddest of places.  Now, however, the focus is back on writing.  In the meantime, I'll leave you with my top 10 wackiest and most memorable moments of the past few months.
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#10: I attended my first ever rain delayed baseball game. 
It was the Giants vs. Nationals, and it was also my first time at Nationals Park.  It's pretty, but I like the feel of Camden Yards more.

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#9: I discovered Chesapeake City. 
My friend and I went driving up the Chesapeake Bay and discovered this tiny little town built along the canal.  It has a tall bridge, unique shops, and a little dock where we met a man trying to catch crabs.  He caught a really nice blue crab and we watched it skitter away from the trap while the guy talked to us.

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#8: I randomly ended up at a One Direction concert. 
YOLO?  My friends and I were visiting our friend in NYC when we stumbled upon a ton of screaming girls and a long line for a matinee concert.  (What's a matinee concert?  And why don't more exist?  This idea was genius.)   So we waited to see if we could get tickets, and we did.  This is the last thing I thought I'd be doing this day, but it was fun.  I support the return of boy bands.

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#7: I went cruising through the Thousand Islands. 
My mom and I went up to Canada to visit my great aunt who lives in the Thousand Islands region.  This is where Thousand Island dressing was invented!

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#6: I went to Montreal. 
It was my first time ever there and it was pretty neat.  They have a ton of churches so my mom and I spent most of our time checking each one out (including the one in the picture where Celine Dion got married).  We also stumbled upon the Montreal Jazz Festival while we were there.  

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#5: I walked across a wooden suspension bridge. 
My friend and I took a road trip to the mountains in Western Maryland, and we stumbled upon this little river called the Savage River.  It was really pretty and there was this wooden suspension bridge that we had fun crossing, although admittedly, I didn't realize until I was on it that it actually moved.  But once I came to terms with that, I had fun walking on it and taking pictures of the beautiful scenery.

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#4: I found true love in the form of food. 
While in Montreal I discovered that they have a signature dish called "poutine."  I wasn't sure what it was until my mom's cousin explained it to us and took us to get some.  Essentially, it's french fries, topped with gravy and curdled cheese.  You can also get any other topping on it that you want, and I went with bacon.  In case you guys didn't know, I have an addiction to french fries.  They're my favorite food ever in the history of foods.  This was amazing.

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#3: I discovered an old abandoned iron furnace. 
I love ruins.  Whenever I stumble upon a ruin, I just have to take pictures and explore it to its fullest.  On our jaunt through the Maryland mountains, we came across a small town called Lonaconing which has this massive old iron furnace just sitting there in one of their town parks.  It's so cool looking!

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#2: I celebrated my birthday. 
Go me!  I spent my birthday eating.  First there was my birthday lunch with my work crew, then it was my birthday dinner with my friends.  For my birthday dinner I chose Cuban food.  What better way to celebrate a birthday than by eating tostones and drinking Jupiña?

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#1: I survived my first Derecho!
I can't even begin to explain how scary that was.  We were left without power for two days which was unbearable because it was 104 degrees.  I'd rather not go through this again.

So there you have it.  And now, it is time to live in my head instead.  At least for a little while. :)

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