Summer has arrived! Runner and I have been keeping ourselves busy with some summer fun.
Graduation – my brother, Darius, graduated from High School on Tuesday. We celebrated that evening at The Cheesecake Factory. I ordered the Bang Bang Chicken and Shrimp and I ate it for leftovers 2 times this week. Gotta love those out of control portions! Runner and I shared a piece of Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake which we ate every bite of – highly recommended. Then, on Friday we went over to my Dad’s for the official grad party. Runner played soccer in the backyard and we ate hot dogs and hamburgers from the grill.
Baseball – we went to the Nats v. Braves game on Thursday with our Kiwanis club. We enjoyed a Blue Smoke pulled pork sandwich and fries. When will they please open a DC location?? I also reunited with a friend from my summer internship at United Way – it’s been 5 years but thanks to Facebook we’ve kept tabs on each other. The game wasn’t too exciting but the food and friends made for a lovely evening.
Barbeque – today we checked out the Safeway Barbecue Battle. We arrived around noon and headed directly to the Safeway tent. The line was sooo long but the samples were plentiful. Admission to the event was $15. We definitely got enough free samples to make a meal out of and the only thing we purchased was a soda ($3). It was overcast and threatened to rain the whole day but lucky for us the skies never opened up.
What have you been up to?
Pretty amazing sunset somewhere in Pennsylvania
Last Thursday night, Runner and I hit the road for Illinois. Since we left right after work we only made it to Ohio. Luckily we had plans to spend the night with our friend Caitlyn who’s pretty much the Andi Dorfman of Columbus 😉
We hit the road the next morning and arrived in St. Louis around 4pm. In case you are wondering, the total distance of our journey was 814 miles and 13 hours on the road. Runner and I have been making this trip for over 7 years now, so it doesn’t phase us. We met up with the family for some outlet shopping. For the record, St. Louis Premium Outlets >> Taubman Prestige Outlets
On Saturday I got to experience lunch at Josephine’s Tea Room. Such a lovely place with yummy food. It was definitely catered to the “ladies who lunch” demographic. I’m going to wear a large hat the next time I go. And there will most certainly be a next time I go because of the dessert tray.
Dessert selection at Josephine’s
Shultz women (only by marriage!)
The main event took place on Sunday, MaryJo’s bridal shower. It was great to meet the other bridesmaids, as I will be a member of the bridal party when she walks down the aisle in July.
Meanwhile, the boys had their own fun at the Royals v. Yankees game and a day of golf.
City Museum, St. Louis
On my last day in St. Louis, we visited City Museum an amazing 10-story playground for all ages! Although, us “big kids” didn’t quite fit into all the tight spaces, lol. It was amazingly unique and so much fun. Does anyone know of another place out there like this one?? The picture can’t quite do it justice.
In honor of National Running Day, I’d like to share my top 3 running memories:
1. Not only was the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2012 Runner’s first marathon, it was the same day we got engaged. After 26.2 miles to think about it, Runner popped the question as we walked by the Disney castle. His original plan was to do it at the finish line… but no dice! The fences kept me from running up to him, and by the time we reunited at the port-a-potties the timing was just not right. More on the marathon proposal here.
2. My sister, the opera singer, was giving her senior recital the weekend of the Boston Marathon in 2013. Upon Runner’s request we stayed until Monday to watch the big race. We even dragged my Mom and brother with us to the expo! The whole city was buzzing, with energy for the race. We even tracked down the one bar that was serving the special Sam Adams marathon brew. On Monday, our hotel was out in the suburbs so we decided not to go all the way back into the city that morning. We watched the very first runners pass through at the infamous Heartbreak Hill in Newton, MA. The crowds were so positive and the weather was amazing. We headed out of town shortly, only to hear the horrible news about the bombings on our drive back to DC.
3. The New York City Marathon in 2013 was a race of epic proportions. Runner was entered in the race as a Guide with Achilles International. We had a great time checking out the expo – I even made a “big head” poster of Runner (as seen here). My friend Tanya and I waited patiently at mile 14 for Runner and Rick to come by. The race app kept us at ease because it gave real time updates on where Runner was. It was a blast cheering for anyone who had their name on their shirt.