Sunday, April 5, 2009

tampa & cherry blossoms

As I sit and drink my Apricot Caramel Torte Green Tea, I thought I'd provide a summary of happenings over the past week from Maryland. I'll try to keep this short.
We went to Tampa, FL last Tuesday through Friday and it was a blast. We went to the beach on Tuesday(got a little too much sun), shopped at the Ellenton outlets all day Wednesday, then went to Ybor City on Thursday and spent some time driving the coast and hanging out at Clearwater Beach. On Thursday it was super windy so laying on the beach, laying in shirts due to the sun on Tuesday, with sand ripping my face off isn't the most fun but we made the best of it. We ate some good food and enjoyed the great weather.
We kenneled the dogs while we were gone and they seemed to do pretty well. The facility is amazing and the dogs are able to be out a lot, not to mention they could run laps in their individual kennels. We thought we'd give Boulevard a break from Stuart so we had them put in separate kennels. The kennel owner said that the only trouble was that Stuart would run the opposite direction when it was time to go back into the kennel...and she said that he's a fast runner. :)
Yesterday, I headed into D.C. via Metro all by myself to watch the Cherry Blossom Festival parade. I got to my Metro stop ok but I get amazingly turned around when I'm downtown. The blocks are about 3 times the size of normal blocks so it took me a while to figure out I was going the wrong way. I finally found Mike(he was working at the parade) and the other USPP officers. Somehow I was able to get to sit in the actual bleachers for the parade...being escorted by a police officer has its perks. The parade was pretty good. They had some GREAT bands, not too many floats, and Alex Trebek was the Grand Marshall so I got to see him too.

Today, I'm doing laundry and cooking Sticky Ham Balls(recipe of my mommy) for dinner. Not going to lie, I don't think I've single handedly done laundry since we moved her. Mike is the laundry man and he needs laundry done a lot more often than I do. I have trained him that we don't need to put our clothes away right away. They usually lay on the spare bed for a couple days before they get placed in closets and drawers.
Ok, I guess "short" turned into long...Have a great day everyone!


Janna said...

Apple caramel torte green tea?!?! Is this your own concoction or can you buy it somewhere? I'm up for anything with "tea" in the title. ;o)

Mike and Kirsten said...

You think I could concoct that up?! :) HA! It's from a store called Teavana. I'm not sure if Nebraska has a store but it's also offered online at We've tried 4 different kinds and have been pleased with all of them. I never used to be a tea drinker and now I can't survive the day with a cup or two. :) Love it!