Friday, August 22, 2008

No more work - time to PLAY

Last weekend was chock-a-block with fun activities! I left work Friday night and drove to Washington, D.C. to have dinner with Sabrina, who I used to mentor ... ohhhhh so long ago. She doesn't need my mentoring now! She's the mother of these adorable twins. She's taking classes online and - for whatever reason - she was actually really looking forward to having dinner with me at our good ol' reliable Chinese restaurant, Hunan Dynasty on Capitol Hill.

Saying goodnight to baby Aliya
Aliya looks up at me cautiously
Andre and shy Grandma, Chinita

Sabrina and Andre ... he was not so cautious, he was downright giggly!

Sabrina at Hunan Dynasty

In addition to the Kung Pao Duet and the traditional Pu Pu Platter, we had California Rolls, Cucumber rolls, and - get this - Flying Fish Roe (Tablko). To me, it was really good, and it wasn't nearly as bad as Sabrina thought it would be!

After big hugs to Sabrina and her Mom, I headed downtown to Scott's house. We went right to sleep to prepare for our big day on Saturday!

Scott's House Saturday morning

I met the Spies family early Saturday morning at Garry's Grill in Severna Park, MD to catch up but also to pick up all of the stuff I'd left at their house from my last visit!

Samantha took this picture of Kennedy and Spies. Every time I've visited the twins - since they were old enough to speak, anyway - I have taught them something that their poor mother then had to spend months "unteaching" them. For example, these girls knew every single word to 4 verses of The Diarrhea Song when they were 3 years old.

During my last visit, we discussed the idiom "drop the kids off at the pool." Saturday morning, I explained to the girls that I had to use the bathroom before I went on Scott's boat, because it is standard boat etiquette not to go on the boat, if it can be helped.

Samantha called me Sunday night and left me a voicemail. This is the precise transcript from that call (which is still stored on my phone:)

"Hi Kennedy, It's Samantha. I just wanted to know if you ... um ...
dropped the kids off at the pool. I hope they had fun. Bye."
Those twins crack me up. I love them.

Spies family picture that they should frame

Spies family picture that I will frame!! Bill and Karen ("Spies" to me), Samantha and Lindsey.

So then I was off to the marina! I've been out on the last 2 boats Scott owned, most recently last June, but not this one! It was quite luxurious, and 4 people can fit nicely without being cramped at all.

I was meeting Scott and Matt, who I worked with in my last job. Also along was Tripp, who I hadn't met before but who I quickly learned to love!

We headed out from the Turkey Point marina in Annapolis and went across the Chesapeake Bay to Oxford, MD. The weather could NOT have been better!

Matt and Scott

Aunt Crazy on the dock at Mears Yacht Haven. I am curtsying because I was treated like an ABSOLUTE PRINCESS last weekend! Being the only chick in a group of three guys DEFINITELY has its advantages!

Tripp, Matt, Aunt Crazy and Scott with our rental bikes for our tour of Oxford, which is so small it takes 20 minutes, end to end!

Tripp, Matt and Scott with the shark at Schooners

Having cocktails on the bow (yes, Matt, the bow is the front!!)


Sunrise (What did you say? No, of course I didn't take it! Matt snuck out with my camera and took some phenomenal shots.)

After our continental breakfast and some minor preparations, we waved goodbye to our slip at Mears and headed back towards Annapolis. Actually, I wasn't waving at anything, to be honest. Matt had gone to get me some Gatorade and Scott made the bed while I laid on the couch in the back of the boat and nursed away my hangover with some Dramamine and a nap!

By lunch I was ready to roll. I felt much better. This is the place we chose to eat on Tilghman's Island, which Matt commented was like a metropolis compared to Oxford! :) Two Bloody Marys later (my Mom would have prescribed the hair of the dog!), I was healed!

The view of Scott's boat from our table. What a day!

That was the boat ride! We came back to Turkey Point, took a quick swim in the pool at the marina, then diligently unloaded the boat. THANK YOU, Scott, for a great couple of days!

On my way home, I met Moge and Emma at Hard Times Cafe, a chili joint in Springfield, VA. We had a great dinner and a short catch up. It was the perfect wind down before my trip back to Richmond.

Alison ("Moge") and Emma at Hard Times

As for last night, I'm proud to say I made the Knit Night blog! OK, barely.. that's me looking down in the back next to Kristen's face and the back of Susan's head, but it's definitely me!

As for today, well, two things.

1) You have to call this number: (650) 388 1117

2) You have to try this!!

I turned this:

Into these!

Isn't that a riot? What is really frightening is that there are some 80s pictures where I actually LOOK like that!!

My friends Brandon and Amy had some yearbook pictures done, too... incidently, Brandon was actually born in 1977. Hee hee!


1 comment:

Jennifer Roberts said...

Damn girl, your life is just soooo much fun!! that boat ride sounds amazing... can't wait to hear more about it!