Celebrations Lately

We have been celebrating a lot of birthdays over here. Between friends and family members we have been celebrating a lot of birthdays lately, throw in two weddings and we have been very busy! Since everyone loves a festive celebration, I thought I’d recap some of the things we’ve been up to:

Sky Zone Trampoline Park – a group of friends recently hit up Sky Zone for a celebratory bouncing session. I met up with the group in the afternoon after running the Sole of the City 10k in the morning. My legs were pretty spent but I had a good time and the whole process was very easy and casual. I purchased my ticket and signed my waiver online in advance, spent $2 on special trampoline socks and simply checked in and picked up the socks when I arrived. Most of the other bouncers were kids, but our group of 30-somethings had a blast.

Black Flag Brewing Company – post trampoline park, we headed to Black Flag Brewing Company for a drink! Adam and Maya met up with us there and we enjoyed a couple of beers and chatting with everyone. It is a big open space and was totally fine for an exploring toddler (with supervision). There was a grilled cheese truck out front that some of our group got food from. We skipped it since we were heading to dinner but were a little jealous because the sandwiches looked fantastic!

Olney Winery – we recently met a group at Olney Winery for a surprise party. Like the brewery, we had Maya in tow and she did great walking around exploring and munching on the snacks we packed. Activities like the brewery and winery are preferred to a big group meal where Maya is confined at the table the whole time. The rose I tried was really nice and we all had a great time!

Yappy Hour – the Waterfront Partnership hosts a monthly “yappy hour” for dogs right near my office building and Maya and I checked it out at the beginning of the month. We had dinner with Jeanette at One Eyed Mikes (shout out to them for great service and accommodating a toddler!) then made our way over to the Yappy Hour. There was live music, beer and wine and a bunch of dogs! Maya loves dogs or as she says when she sees them “dogga dogga dogga”. We enjoyed hanging out in the grass for a bit and petting a few of the friendly pups.

El Rey and the 930 Club – I listen to Elliot in the Morning every day on the way to work and a few weeks ago I called in and won tickets to see Judah and the Lion at the 930 Club! The concert was on Jeanette’s birthday so I knew it would be a fun way to celebrate. The concert was a Monday night so we waited until after traffic died down a bit before driving into DC. We parked in the garage right across from the venue, picked up our tickets from Will Call and walked down U Street to find some dinner and a drink. We ended up at El Rey for tacos and had a great time catching up, sipping margaritas and munching on shrimp, fish and carne asada tacos. We had the best bar tender and chatted away for a while before heading back to 930 Club for the show. Colony House was the opening act and we caught the end of their set which was really good. Judah and the Lion were also super fun and put on a really good show. We didn’t know too much of their music beforehand but definitely enjoyed ourselves and particularly appreciated their cover of Mr. Brightside! Mostly, we felt pretty great about being out on a Monday night! See, we’re still young(ish)!

Now that the weather is so nice, most celebrations involve cook outs and yard games like corn hole and bocce. What have you been up to lately? 

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Best Month of the Year!

Rabbit rabbit! Happy September everyone! September has always been my absolute favorite month of the year and it’s no coincidence it’s my birthday month as well! There is so much awesome stuff happening this month that I am looking forward to. Here’s what’s on my schedy:

Weddings: Adam and I are going to two weddings over labor day weekend! One is in New Jersey and one is local here in Baltimore and it feels like it’s going to be a pretty epic weekend.

Fantasy Football: Jeanette and I are in a league with some of our friends and we had our draft this past weekend. Even though I did some research in advance, I feel like every draft ends up being frantic and stressful. The past few years our commish has organized an awesome bbq for the draft so we can all be together while we draft on our laptops. I’m also in a higher stakes league with Adam’s friends where we compete to get our name on a Sandwich Trophy just like this one…

sandwich trophy

Ravens 5k: I signed up for the Ravens 5k on September 9 and I’m excited for an after work run (much preferred to a morning race!) and celebrating afterward with Ravens alumni and mascots.

Beach: Heading to Bethany for a few days with Adam’s family. No vacay and minimal beach time all summer has me super pumped for this September getaway.

Renaissance Festival:  The Maryland Renaissance Festival is one of my favorite fall activities! Held in Crownsville (outside Annapolis) every weekend from now until October 25, tickets are $19 for the first couple of weekends and $24 a person after that. Yes, it’s kind of cheesy but it’s also really awesome. Performers (and some attendees!) dress in period costume and entertainment includes jousting, sword-swallowing, dancers and musicians. The food is also a highlight with everything from turkey legs to frozen bananas.

maryland renaissance festival joust

Federal Hill Main Street’s Sobo A Gogo: Despite it’s kooky name, this festival on September 20 promises live music, craft beer and local vendors.

Baltimore Book Festival: I’ve never attended the Book Festival before, but I’ve been seeing a lot about it and it looks really cool. There are a number of interesting panels, cooking demos, pop up yoga and performers – all held September 25-27 in the Inner Harbor.

South Bmore’s Best 2015: Got to support our ‘hood – can’t wait for this first-ever celebration of the best of South Baltimore! The $25 ticket gets you free food and drink from Sobo’s finest.

Birthday Dinner: I’m now taking recommendations for a good birthday dinner spot to celebrate the big 2-8! I’m tempted to go back to Wine Market, but I think I’d rather try somewhere new. Any ideas??