Saturday, March 29, 2014

The ABCs of Spring

I stole the idea of this blog post 100% from Rhyme and Ribbons post found here. I'm a thief. You know this about me.

I cannot wait for Spring. I know every single person on Twitter and especially every blogger has been saying this for weeks, but I cannot help being one of them. This is only our second Winter on the East Coast and it's been a BITCH. It's March 29th as I type this and still cold as all hell. I logged into Twitter this morning to find the local base announcing the postponement of a race due to weather. This is happening every damn weekend. Stupidwinterweathergoddammit.

I am so ready to ditch that puffer coat and boots and be comfortable in my springy dresses, open toed shoes, and walking around in the sun with my boys.

Come on Spring, get your shit together!!

ABCs of Spring Wish List

Annapolis:  We only live about 1.5 hours from Annapolis and we don't get out there nearly enough. It's funny when people who are from this area talk about how far away things like Annapolis are, but to Mike and I, having a city like that only 1.5 hours away is a dream. It was 1.5 hours to the nearest mall, Target, chain restaurant, etc. where we moved here from. To be able to drive 1.5 hours on an easy freeway and end up on the water, eating great food, sipping on cocktails, and walking through some amazing shops is one of our favorite things about this area. So this Spring, we need to make a lot more trips there and start bringing the pups.

Brewery:  I recently found out that a town near us, Prince Frederick, has a local brewery that you can tour and taste their beers called Mully's Brewery. It's definitely on our Spring (or Summer or Winter or Fall or whatever) wish list to visit.

Celtic Festival:  I've been powering through the Outlander series so when I saw the Celtic Festival and Highland Gathering pop up on the April tourism calendar for my area I did a little happy dance. It might be a tough sell for my husband, but I'm hoping the promise of whiskey and/or beer will get him there. (DO YOU THINK JAMIE WILL BE THERE??) (Only Outlander readers will get that, but also that's insanely embarrassing, did I really say that?!)

Dogs:  The poor dogs have been cooped up this whole long winter, getting walks only when they need to go to the bathroom. This Spring, we definitely need to take them out more and let them experience new things like day trips to surrounding towns (even though Gizmo barfs on pretty much every car ride).

Eat better:  Obviously we love food...and cocktails...and fattening food...and Winter became one giant stretch of comfort food and weight gain. This Spring I HOPE to combat that a little with more water, less fat, and (I guess) less cocktails (during the week).

Family:  We live about 1.5 hours from my dad and step-mom so we have no excuse for seeing them as little as we do. Hopefully the better weather will bring more trips and more golf outings for my dad and Mike.

Get out more:  I don't generally enjoy hanging out in the sun. I pull the blinds closed when I'm at home, I just don't like sunlight (hence why I'm so pale). But since this Winter has been so long and rough, the second we have a nice sunny day, I want to be out in it. So this Spring, I want to spend more time outside, away from the tv and computer and just enjoying the sun and fresh air.

Harbor:  We visited National Harbor for the first time recently and cannot wait to go back when the weather is nicer. Shops, outlets, restaurants, and water? We're in!

Internet Less:  I am on the internet way too much. I'm sitting in front of the computer right now instead of reading a book, working out, playing with the dogs, etc. This Spring, I need to spend less time on the dang internet.

Jeans:  Can I get through the whole Spring without wearing jeans once? I'll damnwell try! (I really hate wearing pants)

Keep it local:  We completely missed the boat on buying from our local farmer's markets last year because we kept grocery shopping during the week and by Saturday, we didn't need anything. This Spring, we really need to plan better because there are so many great farmers right at our fingertips here.

Laura & Brian:  Definitely hoping my sister and her boyfriend come to visit. I think shooting for Spring is a pipe dream, but hey...a girl can dream!!

Mt. Vernon:  We haven't been to Mt. Vernon since we moved here and it's' a quick drive from where we live. Mt. Vernon is one of my favorite tourist spots and I love that you can bring your dogs and just hang out on the grass enjoying the views and history. Must do this Spring.

Nationals:  We lived here over a year and still haven't been out to a Nationals game. Baseball isn't entirely my thing, but I've heard they have a Shake Shack on site so...(I just realized I have no idea when baseball season is. Is it during the Spring? I'm a genius)

Outdoors:  Okay, I've said we need to get outside this Spring about a million times on here, but we really need to go for more hikes. I'm a little freaked out about the giant snake we saw last time, but maybe that was an anomaly? Hopefully?

Passport DC:  This might be a terribly touristy thing to do, but in May, you can do this Passport DC event where you get to tour the embassies and I'm really intrigued. I love walking down embassy row and am really curious to see inside those bad boys.

Quit being so lazy:  That's pretty self explanatory. (And also what the eff else word is going to be for the letter q??)

Running:  We've used the awful weather as an excuse to pretty much completely give up running. And I have paid dearly for it with the fact that none of my pants fit any longer. So this Spring, we have to pick that back up just so that I can actually wear pants next winter and not just leggings.

Spend more time focusing on positive things:  Cheesy one, but true.

Travel:  Duh, most of the entries on here have to do with traveling...

Unemployed no more:  This is the same as what I used for the letter w, but seriously, seriously, seriously, please let me get a good job by Spring!

Virginia Wine:  We have only visited one winery in Virginia so far and it was pretty dern amazing. I would love to do a proper tour of Virginia wine country...especially on a nice, beautiful, sunny day.

Work:  To have a job by then. That is all.

X:  Seriously? What the hell do I use for this letter? To not have to get x-rays? X-tend the good weather?

Yoga:  I really want to start doing yoga. At least before bed to help relax my mind. But I'm too lazy to put the yoga dvd in the dvd player and do it, so...

Zoo:  We love the National Zoo and hello, it's free and double hello, baby pandas! We keep talking about going back and I think this Spring is the perfect time to do it.


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