May 29, 2010

Will Hoge @ Levitt Shell

Last night we went to the Levitt Shell for a Will Hoge concert. The Levitt Shell is a venue in Overton Park dedicated to free, outdoor performances. Each spring {really, early summer} and fall they run a concert series featuring an eclectic mix of performers. After picking up my Levitt Shell Spring Concert Schedule in the most recent Memphis Flyer, I immediately recognized Will Hoge's name.
When I was a freshman or sophomore at Clemson, I drove to Greenville for a Will Hoge concert at the Peace Center with my dear roommate {the one who ultimately graduated from Penn State}. I've listened to his music a bit since then, but honestly that was a few more years ago than I consider to be "recent history." Either way, Peter and I planned on going to the concert.
We also planned on getting a few of our friends to come along. Many of our friends in Memphis are transplants like us and have been functional Memphians for at least a few years; yet, they have never been to a Levitt Shell show. Based on crowd size alone, it appears that Levitt Shell popularity grows with every season.
The show itself was very good and, of course, family friendly. One of the major perks of the Levitt Shell is the way it welcomes families and children. Will Hoge even said during a little break, "Seeing all of these kids...makes me miss my own." Sweet? Right. I was surprised by how many of the songs I knew considering I haven't listened to Will Hoge in years. But, he's still very talented and in one evening managed to convert at least one of our friends into a want-to-be Levitt Shell regular.

May 18, 2010

A Trip, a Visit, and a Puppy

Goodness gracious, so much to write about.

On May 7th, I left for Washington, D.C. with my coworkers and 30 middle schoolers. Despite some major anxieties about the logistics and the Metro, the trip went extremely well. In 4 days we managed to: tour 3 buildings, visit 5 museums, see 4 monuments, shop in 2 malls, see the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider, and effectively wear everyone out. Unfortunately, I forgot to pack my camera charger {though, eventually it did catch up to me through the efforts of a very loving husband} so I had to limit my photography in D.C.

Newseum: A wall of front pages in an exhibit that, "explores the horrendous events of Sept. 11, 2001, and the extraordinary challenges that faced the journalists trying to report the news to a shaken nation and world."Newseum: The Interactive Newsroom gives visitors the chance to try reporting. The Lincoln Memorial Marketed to the kids as our "fancy dinner", one evening we walked into Old Town Alexandria to eat at the Warehouse Bar & Grill. It was scrumptious. Really. Following our trip to D.C. I headed to Baltimore. I was off the 12th-16th and seeing as how I had not been back in a year it seemed like perfect timing. I asked my boss if I could skip the bus ride back to Memphis and he said, "Sure." Seven dollars and a train ride later my mom was picking me up at Penn Station.

My time in Baltimore was jam packed visiting family with just a bit of time to see a couple long-lost friends and one's new baby girl! My dad had a little party on Friday night where I got to catch up with a few people that I hadn't seen since our wedding {Yikes! Time flies}.

Ali, a beloved Clemson friend, lives exactly 2 hours from Baltimore, a bit outside Philadelphia. Because we are both resourceful, we opted to look at a map and meet for lunch in the middle. The middle happened to be Rising Sun, Maryland. Which I'd never heard of. After a bit of research we found a restaurant in Rising Sun that turned out to be perfect for lunch: Buck's. Don't be confused, we were in the middle of nowhere, but that was just fine. We had a nice lunch where Ali got to meet my sister, before Kelsey and I headed back to Baltimore. Back in Baltimore, I was asked to make some of PW's Cinnamon Rolls. Actually, it may have been more of a threat. I believe I was told, "Don't even think about leaving without making those rolls." Needless to say I made the rolls and decided to make some Orange Marmalade Rolls as well. I am so glad! The Cinnamon Rolls are very good. Excellent, in fact. But the Orange Marmalade rolls are out of this world. I ate one. And a half. And another half. And so on and so forth....Somehow I imagine if I eat extravagant things in small portions {despite the high frequency} they will be less hazardous to my health. I am pretty confident that I am wrong. In other news, Babe {mom} and BD {Rodney} got married a few weeks ago at the Courthouse. Since then, lots of exciting things have occurred: their basement flooded, Kelsey graduated college, Ginger {the new puppy} got worms, TJ and Ryan came home for the summer, Ginger broke her leg, etc. etc. And life goes on, you see.

So about Ginger. Ginger is a Boston Terrier. After Betty had to be put down, Babe and BD decided they wanted another Boston. Ginger is awesome. But, she needed some training. While I was home, I had to train Babe not to carry her around all of the time {even with the broken leg}. Ginger had a few nasty habits that are starting to be broken and hopefully the house training will continue to go smoothly. I introduced Babe and BD to Ceasar Millan and they promptly bought his book. Ginger is a lover of the sun and will work tirelessly to find it. She also loves sticks and the outdoors in general. For those of you that know him, Toby is still trucking. He is 14 and grouchy. But, somehow he graciously welcomed Ginger to the family. Since she broke her leg he's been looking out for her. I had a great time in D.C., Baltimore, and Rising Sun, though I wish it could have been longer. I never feel like I'm in Maryland long enough to visit with everyone I would like. But, I am so glad to be home after 10 days of food from other kitchens.

In other news: while I was gone Peter celebrated his 27th birthday and his family came to visit. I should be posting soon about a lovely project they worked on.

May 7, 2010

Be Back Soon.

I'll be spending the next 10-ish days a time zone over. Woo hoo! Trip details and photos forthcoming.

May 2, 2010

No Surprise

Fact 1: The Beale Street Music Festival has been going on this weekend.
Fact 2: We've been having some crazy storms.

In light of Fact 1, Fact 2 is no surprise.

{Please forgive the camera phone pictures}