And the Weekend is Over Again

However; let us all rejoice, because it’s not Monday – it’s already Tuesday! And before I get around to sharing about my long weekend spent at the beach…how gorgeous is this sunset from Friday night??

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Friday night was a slow evening – I got in my exercise, packed my bag for the mini vacay to the beach and honestly was just a bum. I don’t know where it came from but by 10 o’clock on Friday night, I was struggling to stay awake and so after reading a bit, I fell asleep and slept like the dead!

Saturday morning we set out for the beach around 9:00, dropping my sweet pup off for a weekend at the kennel. I always joke that staying at the kennel is his own little vacation; he gets to play outside in the backyard and wander around with no harness on all weekend…heck – he even caught a rabbit the last time he was staying there, eek! I digress…

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A halfway point for the drive was a stop at the gigantic Mormon temple right outside DC. This temple is something that looks like a castle from the interstate and I’d always been interested in getting a look at it – and so stopped in for a quick peek. A quick peek because; I am not Mormon, and so the outside of the temple was as close as I was getting. That said – what a stunning building – I can only imagine how impressive the interior is…

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Our drive also took us across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge – which at it’s tallest is 186 feet, which allows ships heading out to ocean to glide effortlessly underneath the span. The bridge is quite high and apparently if you’d rather not drive over the bridge yourself, you can get someone to do so for you. I’m terrified of heights…and that just seems silly to me…but hey – whatever you say! The views from the top of the span as you cruise along are pretty spectacular; talk about water…water…everywhere!
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Ocean City, Maryland sits on this little spit of land off the coast; literally a barrier spit, called Fenwick Island and one side is bay, while the other is ocean. The spit of land is crammed with hotels, condos, restaurants, beach shops and a million Fractured Prune locations (donuts y’all – delicious donuts) and a three mile boardwalk that fronts a large section of the beach.

We stayed at the Princess Royale; a lovely hotel with gorgeous views, a beach front deck with live music each afternoon and a beach side bar to get tropical drinks for sustaining you throughout your day(s) spent on the beach. I was raised in a family of people who would choose the mountains over the beach any day of the week…and I deeply love the mountains, but I also really love the beach – and it’s been ages since I’ve been to the beach. So, the smell of salt, sand and sunscreen just made my heart thrill…

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I was adamant that we immediately get down to the beach and I happily strolled through the sand and into the surf and was quite happy to be at the beach. We didn’t stay on the beach for long but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the waves rolling in and the smell of the ocean on the air…

After our beach walk, we set out to catch the bus and go to the boardwalk – and lo – what a crowded bus it was. Everyone had the same idea and before long, we were crammed in like sardines! We hopped off about halfway down the boardwalk and took in the candy kitchen(s), the multiple Thrasher’s Fries and Fracture Prune locations, the kites whipping in the wind and seafood restaurants aplenty…

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We had dinner at a restaurant called Ocean 13 – Yelp indicated the restaurant was new and “hot” – and the food was delicious; as was the locale, we were able to sit outside with a view of the waves crashing in and a delightful sea breeze… I had something called the Ooey Gooey; a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich with sweet potato fries, and it may have been my favorite meal of the weekend! The location sitting alongside the ocean and the mouth-watering yumminess of my sandwich and fries – I was 100% a fan!
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As the sun set, the lights of the boardwalk came on and twinkled in the night sky – rides that rolled and spun in the night, flashing and blinking and entreating beach goers to come and indulge in thrills and fried food and perhaps even a $29.99 body piercing?

We did indulge in some salt water taffy from the Candy Kitchen and I announced that there were several rides on the boardwalk that I would never set foot on… We rode the bus back to our hotel and I fell into bed and again…slept like the dead. A pretty delightful way to spend a Saturday.

And the Weekend is Over Again…

However; let us all rejoice, because it’s not Monday – it’s already Tuesday! And before I get around to sharing about my long weekend spent at the beach…how gorgeous is this sunset from Friday night??

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Friday night was a slow evening – I got in my exercise, packed my bag for the mini vacay to the beach and honestly was just a bum. I don’t know where it came from but by 10 o’clock on Friday night, I was struggling to stay awake and so after reading a bit, I fell asleep and slept like the dead!

Saturday morning we set out for the beach around 9:00, dropping my sweet pup off for a weekend at the kennel. I always joke that staying at the kennel is his own little vacation; he gets to play outside in the backyard and wander around with no harness on all weekend…heck – he even caught a rabbit the last time he was staying there, eek! I digress…

A halfway point for the drive was a stop at the gigantic Mormon temple right outside DC. This temple is something that looks like a castle from the interstate and I’d always been interested in getting a look at it – and so stopped in for a quick peek. A quick peek because; I am not Mormon, and so the outside of the temple was as close as I was getting. That said – what a stunning building – I can only imagine how impressive the interior is…

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Our drive also took us across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge – which at it’s tallest is 186 feet, which allows ships heading out to ocean to glide effortlessly underneath the span. The bridge is quite high and apparently if you’d rather not drive over the bridge yourself, you can get someone to do so for you. I’m terrified of heights…and that just seems silly to me…but hey – whatever you say! The views from the top of the span as you cruise along are pretty spectacular; talk about water…water…everywhere!

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Ocean City, Maryland sits on this little spit of land off the coast; literally a barrier spit, called Fenwick Island and one side is bay, while the other is ocean. The spit of land is crammed with hotels, condos, restaurants, beach shops and a million Fractured Prune locations (donuts y’all – delicious donuts) and a three mile boardwalk that fronts a large section of the beach.

We stayed at the Princess Royale; a lovely hotel with gorgeous views, a beach front deck with live music each afternoon and a beach side bar to get tropical drinks for sustaining you throughout your day(s) spent on the beach. I was raised in a family of people who would choose the mountains over the beach any day of the week…and I deeply love the mountains, but I also really love the beach – and it’s been ages since I’ve been to the beach. So, the smell of salt, sand and sunscreen just made my heart thrill…

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I was adamant that we immediately get down to the beach and I happily strolled through the sand and into the surf and was quite happy to be at the beach. We didn’t stay on the beach for long but I thoroughly enjoyed hearing the waves rolling in and the smell of the ocean on the air…

After our beach walk, we set out to catch the bus and go to the boardwalk – and lo – what a crowded bus it was. Everyone had the same idea and before long, we were crammed in like sardines! We hopped off about halfway down the boardwalk and took in the candy kitchen(s), the multiple Thrasher’s Fries and Fracture Prune locations, the kites whipping in the wind and seafood restaurants aplenty…

We had dinner at a restaurant called Ocean 13 – Yelp indicated the restaurant was new and “hot” – and the food was delicious; as was the locale, we were able to sit outside with a view of the waves crashing in and a delightful sea breeze… I had something called the Ooey Gooey; a peanut butter, banana and honey sandwich with sweet potato fries, and it may have been my favorite meal of the weekend! The location sitting alongside the ocean and the mouth-watering yumminess of my sandwich and fries – I was 100% a fan!

As the sun set, the lights of the boardwalk came on and twinkled in the night sky – rides that rolled and spun in the night, flashing and blinking and entreating beach goers to come and indulge in thrills and fried food and perhaps even a $29.99 body piercing?

We did indulge in some salt water taffy from the Candy Kitchen and I announced that there were several rides on the boardwalk that I would never set foot on… We rode the bus back to our hotel and I fell into bed and again…slept like the dead. A pretty delightful way to spend a Saturday.

Five on Friday

Five on Friday
One. Ocean City, Maryland – I’ve never been to Ocean City, Maryland…but that will all change this weekend! I’ll be spending the weekend in Ocean City; although I can’t be too sure how much time I’ll actually spend on the beach! My family are not the biggest beach people…but I hope to at least take a walk or two on the beach and catch a gorgeous beach sunset!
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Two. Assateague Island – While I may not be lying on the beach all weekend, one thing I will be doing is visiting Assateague Island National Seashore; where the wild ponies are! The wild ponies have roamed the seashore since the 1600’s and there are approximately 300 of the ponies on the island. It’s believed that the ponies came ashore when a Spanish galleon sank off the shores of the island…

Funnily enough – I might be looking forward to this most; even though I’m allergic to horses! Ha-ha!

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Three. Nationals Baseball – There are only six weeks of the regular season left; I cannot believe how fast this season has sped by! The Nationals sit atop the National League with a fourteen game lead and while some of our best players are on the DL; (Harper, Turner, Werth…) the second and sometimes third string players are performing more than admirably! This weekend is late night Nats; a four game series in San Diego started last night (with a win) and then after an off day on Monday, it’s on to Houston for a three game series before returning home.

I’ll be back at the ballpark on the 25th to watch the Nationals take on the Mets – hoping I get to see the Nationals beat the Mets; it was fun to see that on July 4th, I’d love to see it again!

Four. Watson – A picture of my goofy pup; mostly because the way he chooses to sit on the deck cracks me up…and maybe it will give you a laugh too!

Five. A Game of Thrones Laugh – The seventh season of Game of Thrones has been constant action, plot bombs being dropped at every turn and meetings and reunions that have had me gasping at the screen… I have never played Dungeons & Dragons and apparently the meme below is based on that; regardless, I still find it hilarious! Can’t wait to see this Sunday’s episode…also can’t believe that next week is the season finale!
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend – I’m definitely looking forward to my long weekend and I’ll pop back in on Tuesday as opposed to Monday; I want to take in all the wonders of the beach while I’m there!

Five on Friday

Five on Friday

One. Ocean City, Maryland – I’ve never been to Ocean City, Maryland…but that will all change this weekend! I’ll be spending the weekend in Ocean City; although I can’t be too sure how much time I’ll actually spend on the beach! My family are not the biggest beach people…but I hope to at least take a walk or two on the beach and catch a gorgeous beach sunset!

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Two. Assateague Island – While I may not be lying on the beach all weekend, one thing I will be doing is visiting Assateague Island National Seashore; where the wild ponies are! The wild ponies have roamed the seashore since the 1600’s and there are approximately 300 of the ponies on the island. It’s believed that the ponies came ashore when a Spanish galleon sank off the shores of the island…

Funnily enough – I might be looking forward to this most; even though I’m allergic to horses! Ha-ha!

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Three. Nationals Baseball – There are only six weeks of the regular season left; I cannot believe how fast this season has sped by! The Nationals sit atop the National League with a fourteen game lead and while some of our best players are on the DL; (Harper, Turner, Werth…) the second and sometimes third string players are performing more than admirably! This weekend is late night Nats; a four game series in San Diego started last night (with a win) and then after an off day on Monday, it’s on to Houston for a three game series before returning home.

I’ll be back at the ballpark on the 25th to watch the Nationals take on the Mets – hoping I get to see the Nationals beat the Mets; it was fun to see that on July 4th, I’d love to see it again!

Four. Watson – A picture of my goofy pup; mostly because the way he chooses to sit on the deck cracks me up…and maybe it will give you a laugh too!


Five. A Game of Thrones Laugh – The seventh season of Game of Thrones has been constant action, plot bombs being dropped at every turn and meetings and reunions that have had me gasping at the screen… I have never played Dungeons & Dragons and apparently the meme below is based on that; regardless, I still find it hilarious! Can’t wait to see this Sunday’s episode…also can’t believe that next week is the season finale!

I hope everyone has a lovely weekend – I’m definitely looking forward to my long weekend and I’ll pop back in on Tuesday as opposed to Monday; I want to take in all the wonders of the beach while I’m there!

Weekend Wanderings

Monday once more and it comes on the heels of a full weekend; a part of me feels like I needed another day to just sit around and be a bum, but the other part of me knows I’d have gotten bored before the day was done, ha-ha!

Friday was meant to be rainy and all day the clouds hovered…swollen and heavy with rain that they just wouldn’t let go of…until of course; 5 o’clock rolled around. I had dinner plans with my friend Melissa and so I raced out of the house at 5, rushed home (I drove carefully though…I promise) and quickly changed clothes and was out the door again in a flash!

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Thankfully I didn’t have to go far to get to Regions 117 and we were seated immediately because of my forethought to make a reservation! My sweet friend Melissa (who I was with TWICE this weekend and still didn’t manage to get a picture with…) is eight months pregnant and so at her request, we split some delicious buttermilk biscuits with apple fig jam and pulled pork turnovers…both incredibly tasty! My mouth is watering thinking about those turnovers! I got the pesto alfredo for my meal and every bite was divine – although I couldn’t finish it; too full of turnover, I suppose…

We chatted for a good hour about life before she headed home for the evening. Shortly after she left, some family friends arrived to visit and I spent the next couple hours snuggling a sweet baby and watching Moana with the two older girls… Toddler girls + Moana = magic! Also of note – when a three year old tells you she’ll take your picture; it probably won’t be all that flattering, ha-ha!

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I woke up absurdly early on Saturday morning – the clock had just moved past 7:00 when I opened my eyes and noticed I had a couple Facebook messages from my younger sister. She’s finally getting into Game of Thrones and was messaging me about the second episode of the fourth season…
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I stayed in the bed for a while “talking” with her before getting up, grabbing a cup of coffee and curling up on my couch to read for a little while. My sweet pup was curled up in a ball on his bed nearby and I enjoyed the quiet and calm of my living room sipping my (first) cup of coffee and leisurely waking up.

I did some general picking up/organizing and walking the dog around – generally just passing the morning doing a whole lot of nothing and after lunch I joined my family for a hike in the National Park. We decided to do the 2.8 mile hike to Mary’s Rock and it was such a good hike; not too hard but still challenging enough to get the blood flowing… As we were driving into the park and rounded a corner, we spotted three black figures at the edge of the road…

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Bears! A fairly small mamma bear and two little cubs, just padding their way along the edge of the road and over the rock wall. This is probably the closest bear encounter I’ve had before – which is fine with me – the entire time we were hiking through the woods, I was praying we wouldn’t encounter a bear… I’m sure they’d have thought my Watson was a bite size snack!
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Our trail wound up and away from the parking lot and deeper into the forest with each step. The higher we went, the more the path closed in around us and at one point, the path was littered with millipedes here and there – which Watson was not even remotely interested in. He stuck his nose in every nook and cranny, each hole in the dirt was game and every rustle of the brush was a reason to try and bound into the woods after a creature – real or imagined. Watson is getting a little older and I was surprised; he didn’t slow down for a moment…always leading the way and always eager to keep pushing on…

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We stopped about 0.2 miles from the final outcrop to peer over the edge and into the dense treeline below – and my pup marched right to the very edge and peeked over to see the view. The final 0.2 miles was up and over rocks and it became increasingly obvious that the trail had wound out of the middle of the forest and onto the side of the mountain. The view as we rounded the final bend and arrived at Mary’s Rock was more than worth the hike – the valley stretched out below us for miles; the storm clouds hovered over peaks in the distance and everywhere…green and more green…
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After snapping pictures from every possible angle and hearing a rumble of thunder in the distance, we headed back down the mountain – for the most part, Watson led the way! Not surprisingly, the way back down went much faster than the hike up and within thirty minutes, we’d arrived back at the car.

Although I was sweaty and gross…and honestly feel like lycra exercise pants should never be worn to do more than exercise; we agreed that because the weather was so nice and we were so close to Luray, nothing would be better than having dinner on the porch of the Mimslyn Inn! A quick phone call to the Inn and we were okay’d to bring Watson along with us…so long as he behaved and didn’t bother the other diners. Well – he more than behaved and we were able to have a wonderful outdoor meal with the mountains in the distance. I even treated myself with some peanut butter torte…and it was divine!

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Watson has a very real case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and so all the way home he was in and out of sleep – each time the car would come to a stop, he’d have to jump up to make sure he didn’t miss seeing anything important. This eventually led to him nodding off while sitting up…and of course, I had to snap a picture!
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I fell asleep pretty quickly on Saturday night and slept like the dead – it was wonderful! After a video chat with my sister on Sunday morning, my parents joined me at the church I’ve been attending – my pastor was especially fired up as he preached on love – which is understandable given the events taking place in Virginia this weekend. One of my favorite bloggers shared her heart on the matter and I couldn’t put it better myself, so check out her quick post and know I agree with every word.

After a delicious lunch at The Green Turtle…where I may or may not have gotten a little impassioned about the fate of Jaime Lannister with our waitress (Game of Thrones problems y’all…), my Mom and I went to a baby shower for my sweet friend Melissa – the same friend I had dinner with on Friday night and somehow managed to get no pictures!

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We popped into a favorite Farmer’s Market on the way home and while I don’t eat tomatoes, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of how gorgeous they looked all in a row.

I got in some exercise before supper and then watched the Nationals game until it was Game of Thrones time…and then I proceeded to yelp and cheer and try not to fall off my couch in surprise and excitement as I watched the new episode. I thought I’d be too energized to fall asleep after Game of Thrones, but surprisingly…after texting back and forth with some friends about the episode, I crawled into bed and fell asleep immediately!

Weekend Wanderings

Monday once more and it comes on the heels of a full weekend; a part of me feels like I needed another day to just sit around and be a bum, but the other part of me knows I’d have gotten bored before the day was done, ha-ha!

Friday was meant to be rainy and all day the clouds hovered…swollen and heavy with rain that they just wouldn’t let go of…until of course; 5 o’clock rolled around. I had dinner plans with my friend Melissa and so I raced out of the house at 5, rushed home (I drove carefully though…I promise) and quickly changed clothes and was out the door again in a flash!

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Thankfully I didn’t have to go far to get to Regions 117 and we were seated immediately because of my forethought to make a reservation! My sweet friend Melissa (who I was with TWICE this weekend and still didn’t manage to get a picture with…) is eight months pregnant and so at her request, we split some delicious buttermilk biscuits with apple fig jam and pulled pork turnovers…both incredibly tasty! My mouth is watering thinking about those turnovers! I got the pesto alfredo for my meal and every bite was divine – although I couldn’t finish it; too full of turnover, I suppose…

We chatted for a good hour about life before she headed home for the evening. Shortly after she left, some family friends arrived to visit and I spent the next couple hours snuggling a sweet baby and watching Moana with the two older girls… Toddler girls + Moana = magic! Also of note – when a three year old tells you she’ll take your picture; it probably won’t be all that flattering, ha-ha!

 

I woke up absurdly early on Saturday morning – the clock had just moved past 7:00 when I opened my eyes and noticed I had a couple Facebook messages from my younger sister. She’s finally getting into Game of Thrones and was messaging me about the second episode of the fourth season…

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I stayed in the bed for a while “talking” with her before getting up, grabbing a cup of coffee and curling up on my couch to read for a little while. My sweet pup was curled up in a ball on his bed nearby and I enjoyed the quiet and calm of my living room sipping my (first) cup of coffee and leisurely waking up.

I did some general picking up/organizing and walking the dog around – generally just passing the morning doing a whole lot of nothing and after lunch I joined my family for a hike in the National Park. We decided to do the 2.8 mile hike to Mary’s Rock and it was such a good hike; not too hard but still challenging enough to get the blood flowing… As we were driving into the park and rounded a corner, we spotted three black figures at the edge of the road…

Bears! A fairly small mamma bear and two little cubs, just padding their way along the edge of the road and over the rock wall. This is probably the closest bear encounter I’ve had before – which is fine with me – the entire time we were hiking through the woods, I was praying we wouldn’t encounter a bear… I’m sure they’d have thought my Watson was a bite size snack!

Our trail wound up and away from the parking lot and deeper into the forest with each step. The higher we went, the more the path closed in around us and at one point, the path was littered with millipedes here and there – which Watson was not even remotely interested in. He stuck his nose in every nook and cranny, each hole in the dirt was game and every rustle of the brush was a reason to try and bound into the woods after a creature – real or imagined. Watson is getting a little older and I was surprised; he didn’t slow down for a moment…always leading the way and always eager to keep pushing on…

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We stopped about 0.2 miles from the final outcrop to peer over the edge and into the dense treeline below – and my pup marched right to the very edge and peeked over to see the view. The final 0.2 miles was up and over rocks and it became increasingly obvious that the trail had wound out of the middle of the forest and onto the side of the mountain. The view as we rounded the final bend and arrived at Mary’s Rock was more than worth the hike – the valley stretched out below us for miles; the storm clouds hovered over peaks in the distance and everywhere…green and more green…

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After snapping pictures from every possible angle and hearing a rumble of thunder in the distance, we headed back down the mountain – for the most part, Watson led the way! Not surprisingly, the way back down went much faster than the hike up and within thirty minutes, we’d arrived back at the car.

Although I was sweaty and gross…and honestly feel like lycra exercise pants should never be worn to do more than exercise; we agreed that because the weather was so nice and we were so close to Luray, nothing would be better than having dinner on the porch of the Mimslyn Inn! A quick phone call to the Inn and we were okay’d to bring Watson along with us…so long as he behaved and didn’t bother the other diners. Well – he more than behaved and we were able to have a wonderful outdoor meal with the mountains in the distance. I even treated myself with some peanut butter torte…and it was divine!

Watson has a very real case of FOMO (fear of missing out) and so all the way home he was in and out of sleep – each time the car would come to a stop, he’d have to jump up to make sure he didn’t miss seeing anything important. This eventually led to him nodding off while sitting up…and of course, I had to snap a picture!

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I fell asleep pretty quickly on Saturday night and slept like the dead – it was wonderful! After a video chat with my sister on Sunday morning, my parents joined me at the church I’ve been attending – my pastor was especially fired up as he preached on love – which is understandable given the events taking place in Virginia this weekend. One of my favorite bloggers shared her heart on the matter and I couldn’t put it better myself, so check out her quick post and know I agree with every word.

After a delicious lunch at The Green Turtle…where I may or may not have gotten a little impassioned about the fate of Jaime Lannister with our waitress (Game of Thrones problems y’all…), my Mom and I went to a baby shower for my sweet friend Melissa – the same friend I had dinner with on Friday night and somehow managed to get no pictures!

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We popped into a favorite Farmer’s Market on the way home and while I don’t eat tomatoes, I couldn’t resist snapping a photo of how gorgeous they looked all in a row.

I got in some exercise before supper and then watched the Nationals game until it was Game of Thrones time…and then I proceeded to yelp and cheer and try not to fall off my couch in surprise and excitement as I watched the new episode. I thought I’d be too energized to fall asleep after Game of Thrones, but surprisingly…after texting back and forth with some friends about the episode, I crawled into bed and fell asleep immediately!