Adventure in Two Parts – Part I

Every now and then, Matt’s parents will take Lizzie for an entire week. We get a break from being parents, she gets a break from us / gets spoiled by her grandparents, and they get to spend lots of time with her. Last weekend, we took full advantage of one and a half weekend days to explore and also revisit some of our favorite spots in Baltimore and DC. In this post, I’ll share about the Baltimore half of our weekend.

Saturday, the plan was to get together with one of Matt’s friends from college for hanging out and dinner. With hours before we had to be only 45 minutes away from where we’d done the Lizzie Handoff, we weren’t quite sure what to do with ourselves. Somehow, I convinced Matt to be dragged to two very Angela-centric activites.

We first stopped by the (free!) Charm City Craft Mafia’s spring Buzz! festival. I was too distracted by the fun things for sale to take photos, but it was a nice, small event with lots of different things for sale. We picked up a gift for a relative from Tiny Dog Press and a Virginia state bird map from Wooden Pencil Co.

While there, Matt pointed out that a yarn company was a sponsor. None other than one of my favorite yarn dyers, Neighorbhood Fibre Company. She didn’t have a booth, so I pulled out my phone to see just how close her shop is. Two miles! While it would take awhile to drive over there – the weather was still crappy at that point in the day – and he’s not really into yarn shops, Matt said ok to going.

Her shop is in the front half of her space and full of light. She’s got a few needles and notions off to one side, hanging out with some OOAK items.

See, proof that Matt was there. He was happy to play on his phone as I wandered around, touching everything.

In stock and on display was every color of every one of her major yarn lines. It was awesome.

Before I move on…A messy photo of my haul – two gradient kits in Studio DK, one in Rustic Fingering, and  OOAK skein of Studio DK.

After that, we drove over to his friend’s place and parked. Not sure of what else to do with ourselves – and the weather was now cool but clear of rain – we decided to take a walk all over his neighborhood and the ones adjacent.

 

Eventually, we stopped at a bar for a beer and some pin ball and skee ball and, later one, some dinner at a really great burger place. Then, it was goodbyes and we headed home.

(Tomorrow – or maybe in a few days – part II!)

A (Blurry) Photographic Tour of DC

When my parents come to visit us for a weekend, we always struggle with finding something to do. I know, we live 15 minutes from DC – where millions of tourists come and spend a week – and we have issues staying busy. See, that’s the thing, my parents come a few weekends every year. They’ve seen so much of it already.

One of the things we’ve always talked about doing but never did before was a hop-on/hop-off tour. I know, super corny, but it’s not away I’ve ever seen the city and, hey, I get to be lazy and ride rather than walk.

This last visit, my dad was looking at Groupon deals in the area and came across one for one of the big tour companies. Something crazy like $15 a person and, hey, it was a lovely day, why not?

The tour started in L’Enfant Plaza, which I’ll admit to never having actually seen before. We transfer lines there quite often, but never wind up outdoors. It’s rather, well, ugly. But I digress. This particular tour company takes you to 20 or so stops all around the city, all the while narrating what you’re seeing and a bit of history, as well.

I had the best plans. I had my camera, had my kit lens on it, Lizzie was being occupied by my parents…too bad I forgot my kit lens is rather slow and, you know, we were on a moving bus. I did nothing whatsoever to account for this. (Plus, as I realize now, taking a real good look at these, my lens and/or sensor is covered in dust.)

Which brings me to my photos. I present to you, without further comment, a blurry tour of Washington DC.

Bluebell Festival

Apparently Virginia is famous for its bluebells, a wildflower that blooms in the middle of Spring, especially near the Potomac. A former coworker of Matt’s indicated her interest in the Bluebells at the Bend Festival and we decided to see what it was all about when my parents were in town the weekend before last.

 

The festival is put on by the Fairfax County Parks Association and held at Riverbend Park just down the street from Great Falls. The cost was only $5 for each person, with some small fee for older kids. There were lots of activities for little kids – magnet fishing, face painting, and nature walks, to name a few. A couple vendors sold food, drinks, crafts, and advertised for themselves.

We all enjoyed walking around the vendors and enjoying the activities, but Lizzie really enjoyed the walk along the path

…and picking up sticks


…and throwing dirt into the river.

The bluebells were everywhere but we also saw some other types of wildflowers and trees and plants, even a few birds.