Almost the Weekend!

Happy Thursday – you’ve almost made it to the weekend! Thursdays are for Thinking Out Loud so here’s what I’m thinking about today:


I feel like I’m still recovering from my busy week in sports last week…

My week started with an O’s game as the Braves were in town. Adam proudly applauded Nick Markakis on his return to Oriole Park and my cousin who grew up in Georgia came up from DC for the game.


I went on a work outing to Virginia for the Quicken Loans National golf tournament. It was brutally hot and a rain delay (see those dark skies?) prevented us from seeing too much golf, but we still had a good time. My family is really into golf and the last time I was at this course was for the President’s Cup in 2005 on my 18th birthday!

Quicken Loans Abby at RTJ

I also went to two Kastles matches including the league finals on Sunday where the Kastles won their 5th straight championship. #TennisDynasty. The match was at 11:30am so they served breakfast burritos and mimosas which was awesome. I could get used to more morning sporting events…I guess this is what living on the west coast is like during football season! They also had tennis ball cake pops which were absolutely necessary.

Kastles - Brit Kastles Finals

I should have capped off my week by attending the Ravens open practice on Monday, but I just didn’t have the strength. Did anyone go?

I’m also looking ahead to several fun events to soak up the end of summer…

  • Flicks from the Hill tonight at the AVAM is Awakenings. Check out Jeanette’s post on why it’s awesome.
  • Next weekend’s Kegs and Corks Festival in Annapolis. I got a LivingSocial deal for two admissions for only $35 that includes a souvenir glass and samples of beer and wine. It seems like it will be a great afternoon of drinking and live music with friends.
  • And because in the summer there is nothing better than drinking and live music outside, I also plan on checking out the Summer Social in West Shore Park (in the Harbor) on Friday the 21st to see New Romance and 80’s tribute band. Event is from 5-8pm with food and drink available from Dooby’s.


What are you thinking about today? Any fun events you’re looking forward to? 

Also Bronycon (aka the My Little Pony fan convention) begins today in Baltimore! Be on the lookout for some awesome bronies!


Working for the weekend!

Does this week seem like it’s crawling by to anyone else? Maybe it’s because it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful weekend here in Baltimore and I’m planning on spending as much time outside as possible. I’ll be playing tennis with my mom, going to a Father’s Day cookout and hopefully picking up some veggies for the week at the farmer’s market. I also signed up for the Baltimore Women’s Classic 5k that takes place around Federal Hill next Sunday the 28th so I’m hoping to do a practice run this weekend.

It’s also Wonderful Waterfront Weekend – a summer kick-off put on by the Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore.

waterfront weekend

It looks like a great schedule of events and there are a few in particular that I wanted to flag:

1. Summer Social at West Shore Park – unfortunately I already have plans to be in Virginia Friday night because this Summer Social looks awesome. There will be live music, food trucks and beer & wine. It’s also a family friendly event with activities for kids. Two other summer socials are scheduled for July 24 and August 21 so I’ll try to make it to one of those!

2. Harbor East FIT + Festival – From 9-1 on Saturday on Aliceanna Street in Harbor East there will be complimentary group fitness classes and healthy food demos. Classes include zumba, boxing, boot camp and yoga. You can rsvp (for free) at the link above and buy a cute tank top with proceeds going to Living Classroom. I love group fitness classes, but the gym I belong to doesn’t have them so this sounds like such a fun opportunity to try a bunch of classes, enjoy the beautiful weather and work up a sweat with fellow Baltimoreans.

3. African American Festival – This is a huge free two day festival held outside Camden Yards that includes a health and wellness pavilion, a beauty bar and a beer garden. There is also a Black Enterprise Empowerment Zone with a special forum on #blackmalesmatter. This seems like a great opportunity to discuss an issue that is affecting so many in Baltimore. Bonus – former Raven, Ray Lewis is said to be a special guest!

4. L’Hermione and the Pride of Baltimore II – I LOVE when the ships come into the harbor. I walk through the harbor every day on my way to work and it’s easy to forget that it is a working harbor and the rich history of the city. When the tall ships come in it just reminds me of an earlier time and I love it when the port is bustling. Free public tours, demos and reenactments will occur on the Hermione throughout the weekend. Checkout this schedule for details!

Ship in the Harbor during last September's Star Spangled Spectacular

Ship in the Harbor during last September’s Star Spangled Spectacular