Friday Five (things 5 years from now)

Linking up with Courtney, Mar and Cynthia for their Friday prompt: 5 things 5 years from now. The past five years have been full of a ton of life changes – I went back to grad school and got my MBA, moved to Baltimore with my boyfriend, got engaged, got married, got a dog and started a new job. I’m not envisioning quite as many big changes in the next five, in fact I’m sure that most things will stay the same. Here’s a little peak into my life in the year 2020…

1. Jack – they say dogs are man’s best friend for a reason, Jack is the bomb and I’m more than a little obsessed with him. Jack is two and acts like a perpetual puppy and Adam and I joke that he is a miracle dog who will live for 50 years. I like to think maybe he’ll have mellowed a bit, but he’ll still be snuggling with us on the couch every night.

Jack Dog

2. Jeanette – we met 10 years ago this fall as randomly assigned roommates our freshman year of college. We quickly became besties and nothing’s going to change that over the next five years. In my dream world we’re still living around the corner from each other, but I’d settle for living in the same city. 🙂

3. Adam – in March of 2020 we’ll be celebrating our 5 year wedding anniversary! Google tells me that the traditional five year wedding anniversary gift is wood so maybe he’ll get me this cool Maryland Flag art. Hint hint.

4. Baltimore – I really hope we’ll still be living in the city. We’re renting now, but ideally we will be able to buy a place in our neighborhood. We love Otterbein – it’s super dog friendly and feels neighborhood-y and we can still walk to tons of bars and restaurants, our offices and the stadiums.

Baltimore

5. Kid(s)?! – Absolutely crazy to think that five years from now we might have a kid (or two?!)! Only time will tell on this one…

I was tempted to make one of those baby face mash ups with pictures of me and Adam for a visual but thought it was better to leave this one up to the imagination.

Cheers to the next five years!! Can’t wait to see what’s in store!

 

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Friday Five (fave summa time drinks!)

It has been hot, hot, hot in Baltimore and my favorite way to beat the heat is with a nice cold beverage. Thanks to Mar, Cynthia and Courtney for hosting a Friday Five linkup ALL about our choice summer libations.

1. I am a sucker for a good margarita paired with chips and salsa. Unfortunately they are like a million calories, luckily Papi’s Tacos in Fells has a skinny rita on the menu and it is fantastic! And the tacos aren’t half bad either.

strawberita

2. Okay scratch what I said about calories, I make an exception for my beloved Strawberita. This Bud Light Lime beer margarita is not for everyone, it is wickedly sweet and quite alcoholic and most of my friends turn up their noses at it. I however happen to adore it and think a strawberita tall boy is the perfect drink for an afternoon picnic or day at the pool.

starbucks frap

3. Back in high school, before I liked coffee, I would always order a frappuccino anytime we went to Starbucks. In the subsequent years I have hardly ever indulged in the frozen treat, but this summer I have been craving them like crazy! Adam and I both walk home from work and occasionally meet up at Starbucks for an evening “frappy hour”. I am all about the new s’mores flavor – have you tried it?!

summer shandy

4. I am a big fan of wit beers and summer is the best time to enjoy the lighter, slightly fruity taste of a Hoegaarden or Allagash White. My favorite beer bars in Baltimore: Max’s and Ale Wife. And when I want something even fruitier, Jeanette has got me hooked on Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy.

5. Good ol’ H2O. Obviously there is nothing more thirst-quenching and refreshing than a nice cold glass of water. I have definitely been getting my recommended eight glasses a day!

 

What (and where) have you been drinking this summer? Anyone know a good place to get a spiked lemonade in Baltimore?

Friday Five: Things I’m Excited About Right Now

Happy Friday, everyone! Summer’s in full swing and I’m doing my best to enjoy it while it’s here, so I thought I’d list the top five things I can’t wait to do.

  1. Artscape. This can’t-be-missed Baltimore event is the largest free arts fest in the U.S. The festival runs today through Sunday and includes live performances, elaborately decorated “art cars,” a ferris wheel, a video game exhibition and an artists market. I’ll be heading there this afternoon to get a head start on the weekend. I’m excited to check out some live music and hopefully pick up a few locally made goodies. Abby wanted me to give a shout out to her friend’s band Slow Lights, which will be playing at the North Stage at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Be sure to stop by!
  2. Amy. I’ve heard that Amy, a new documentary about Amy Winehouse, is a really well-done, powerful look into Amy Winehouse’s career and personal life. I have mixed feelings about watching somebody’s downfall on the big screen but after seeing that it got a score of 97 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, I think I have to go.
  3. RAMEN! I’ve long lamented the lack of quality pho/ramen in Baltimore. Yes, I know there are a few spots. One left me disappointed; another seems to never be open when I have a craving.. SO. I literally yelped when I saw a posterboard sign on Charles Street promising pho, ramen and banh mi is on its way. Mi & Yu is slated to open in early August. I hope it lives up to the hype!
  4. Day trippin. A big-budget vaca is just not in the cards this year, so I’m hoping to take a few day trips instead. So far, I’ve spent a day in Annapolis (Side note: If you haven’t been to Iron Rooster for all-day breakfast, get your booty over there. Homemade. Poptarts.) and walked through the Grounds for Sculpture in Jersey.  I think several of the suggestions on this Baltimore magazine article look fun, especially canoeing out to Roosevelt Island.
  5. Which brings me to this weekend–girls’ staycay! Abby and I are meeting some friends in D.C. for a staycay, thanks to an awesome hotel deal we found on Jetsetter. We’re planning on spending all day by the pool, then heading out for a nice dinner. We might even stop by the National Building Museum’s Beach exhibit.

Hope you all are making the most of the second half of summer. Would love to hear in the comments what you’ve got planned! Linking up Heather to see what else the blog world is excited for this weekend.

Friday Five (of my travel tips)

Travel Tips

I’m stuck sitting on a runway waiting for a tech to reboot my plane’s computer system, so it’s only appropriate that today’s Friday Five is dedicated to summer vacation. I’m not a total pro, Up In The Air style, but I like to think I do OK.

1. Book It. Experts say the best time to book your flight is 50-100 days in advance. I like to start monitoring flight prices early, then book when I find a good deal. Remember that you have 24 hours after booking to cancel your purchase if you change your mind. I love Southwest, and if you’re loyal to a brand, definitely take advantage of any loyalty programs they have. My flight home ended up costing me $5 because of all the points I had racked up! I also rave about ITA Flight Matrix, which is owned by Google flights. ITA lets you customize your search more than any other travel site I’ve seen. It can be a little tough to use at first, but it’s definitely worth learning.

2. Plan ahead. I’ll admit, I’m a little overzealous on this. My boyfriend gets stressed out by my detailed Google doc itineraries. But I can’t stand being somewhere cool and wandering. I want a vacay bucket list–a list of cool places I can get to at a moment’s notice. Trip Advisor is great for this, as is Yelp. Research everything down to tour guide companies so you know who does the best ghost tour or which whale watching company the locals use.

3. Pack your bags. No, seriously.. Pack some bags. I stuff grocery bags, Ziplocs, a canvas tote and a collapsible duffel in my luggage. I can’t tell you how often I end up using them. Other packing tips: Keep at least one outfit in your carry-on in case of lost luggage; mini bottles of liquor are permitted through airport security (in your liquids Ziploc); photocopy your passport and other travel documents and keep separate from the originals; and alllwaaayyys have a few granola bars on hand.

4. Hit the app store. Make sure you have any apps that might help make the trip smoother. Download your airline’s app, your hotel’s, the destination’s, Yelp, etc. It makes looking things up so much simpler. In fact, I just helped my seatmate by looking up the flight status of her connecting flight.

5. Relax, enjoy, and don’t forget to take pix! I know I am probably making travel sound really stressful, but I guess my point is that by doing all this prep in advance, you should be better able to enjoy your trip. Don’t sweat the small stuff–a flight that’s two hours delayed and just got deboarded, for instance (grr)–and don’t be afraid to go rogue from your schedule. Have fun!