Monday, September 26, 2016

Anniversary Weekend pt. 2

Well, it's been a few weeks, but here's part 2 of the Anniversary Weekend recap! Warning, there are a crap-ton of pictures. 

For the weeks preceding out trip, Kev kept telling me not to worry about Sunday because he had it all planned. I could try and guess what it was, but I probably wouldn't get it.

We woke up bright and early on Sunday and he finally told me, we were driving to Baltimore and going to the National Aquarium because he called and .... THEY HAD AN OCTOPUS! 

I might have mentioned it a few times (just a few), but over the last few years, I've been a little obsessed about seeing an octopus. 1. I love them and 2. All of my attempts to see one have been thwarted. One of the last times we went to DC and stopped at the national zoo, the invertebrate room had closed the day before, the Carolina aquarium had one hiding, and there have been other places that just didn't have one. Knowing my obsession, Kev hunted down an octopus for me. I was SO EXCITED.

We drove to Baltimore, got to the aquarium and we headed straight for the octopus!


I literally have about 50 pictures of the octopus, but I'll spare you. 

OK, here's another

Then we walked around to look at more fish.

This was the Finding Nemo tank

I have 10 pictures of this fish and I swear it was trying to tell me something. Isn't there a Doctor Who episode where the fish tried to warn you about the aliens coming to invade or something? If not there should be.

SCUBA STEVE! I kept exclaiming that it was Scuba Steve but Kev hates Adam Sandler and he didn't get the reference.

Oh, did you think that I wouldn't make a second trip to see the octopus and hog a prime spot and not let little kids around me? If you guesses yes, you are correct.

Then I took even more pictures and she did all kinds of octopus things and it was perfect.

My fellow KDs will get this, but look, it's a chambered Nautilus! While it's still alive. :)

Kev loves the jellies

I could have spent all day there. It was definitely a great way to spend the morning and I finally got to see the octopus! We were getting pretty hungry and decided to Uber it over to a place that had the Baltimore famous pit beef sandwiches. Kev had a sandwich, I had a salad.

Mmmm Salad.

We'd left our car in the parking garage and took an Uber around the city. After lunch we headed over to the new Baltimore Casino, the Horseshoe. It was fine. I didn't win anything but it was kinda new and I don't know, there just wasn't much ambiance. I like my casinos a little seedy. We stayed there for a few hours and left.

OK, there were 2 casinos we wanted to check out and see if they were any good and might replace our annual trek to Atlantic City. You know, closer...

We stopped for dinner at Pappas, which is said to have the best crab cake around. It's one of Oprah's favorite things and OMG it was AMAZING.

It was totally a pile of heaven.

After dinner we headed over to Maryland Live Casino (damn, this makes it sound like we have a problem, I swear we don't) which is attached to Arundel Mills Mall. Let's take this in for a minute. The casino is attached to the MALL. Oh, AND there's a Medieval Times there as well. A mall, slot machines and jousting. It's like all of my favorite things. 

Now Maryland Live, totally seedy, busy as heck, lots of action and plenty of characters. It gets two thumbs up from me.

We weren't there too late and soon it was time to drive back to DC and the Jefferson.

The next morning we had more sightseeing to do, but first breakfast.

This was some sort of waffle egg sandwich goodness.

We went back to the National Archives and looked at the rest of the things that we didn't see the other day when we really only saw the Constitution, Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence. You weren't able to take any pictures inside, but it was a great museum. I highly recommend it. 

We killed some time there before going to the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. That was the one place Kev really wanted to see.We wanted to see how the $ was made. Again, a quality experience. 

You can't take any pictures in there either, but I was able to grab a few in the hallway leading up to the entry. 


We had a later lunch and I made Kev go to Nando's. It's a Peruvian Chicken place and when I was in Edinburgh they LOVED Nando's. It was the one place they took me for team lunch.

I had another salad and it was yum.

On our way back we stopped at this place and bought these things. It was layers of meringue and whipped cream and chocolate shavings. It was pretty but I just don't like whipped cream. annnd chocolate gives me a stomachache, so there's that.

Still pretty.

We got back and Jefferson judged us a little, for what, I don't know. Glass Houses Thomas, Glass houses...

Just a little.

That evening we headed over to Georgetown to do a little shopping and have dinner. We ended up at John Strongbow's tavern, which has something called Medieval Madness with a live dinner show. But not on Monday.

Instead I had some cider

And a pretzel.

It was fine, I'm sure it would have been more fun if the Madness was going on. Out waiter was on the struggle bus. I assume he was still coming off the weekend's Medieval festivities.

We headed back to the hotel for dessert. The hotel bar had a cupcake flight. 


The aftermath. I really hate icing. 

I needed to walk off the cupcakes and since it was our last night, we walked over to the White House for one last look.

one last selfie.

Peace out Hamilton

We got back to the room to this sweet note.

And the bed was turned down, 

I could get used to this

 Soon it was Tuesday and it was time to go home. We first had to stop at Tyson's Corner Mall to return my bracelet. I was really unhappy that a Tiffany bracelet tarnished in one day. When I showed them what happened they weren't very concerned and thought it was no big deal. Yea, no. I'm going to return it and get something else.

We had breakfast at Founding Farmers.


Double Yum.

We walked around Tyson's Corner and I got my replacement bracelet at Bloomingdale's.

And that concluded or anniversary weekend! It was pretty awesome and a great way to spend our 10th anniversary! Thanks for making it through the 8000 picutes!

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  1. I want turn down service... nice!!!!
    You dont like icing????? What is wrong with you!!!!!! Thats the worst statement out of your mouth :)
    SCUBA STEVE!!!!! haha. I love Adam Sandler so I'm there with you

    1. I've ALWAYS hated icing, even as a kid I couldn't stand it. lol Give me cake any day!

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