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September 2013

Three-point-oh

It’s official – I’m 30! It seems to me that all the commentary leading up to turning 30 was more eventful than the birthday itself. T and I went to fondue dinner, and then watched the USA/Mexico World Cup qualifier.

Cheesy delicious fondue!
Cheesy delicious fondue!

30 doesn’t seem to be a huge deal so far, or at least, I haven’t needed a hip replacement yet. There has, however, been a lot to enjoy about September, not the least of which was the US qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Foyle’s War is back on PBS! Cookie got a clean bill of health at the vet, and I’ve sampled some very excellent poutine.

Poutine!
Poutine!

The Red Sox are in the playoffs, and college football is back. I’m glad to have some fellow college football fans to watch games with, even if we don’t always root for the same teams, or even teams playing at the same time.

Watching football on the big screen, and keeping score on the little screens.
Watching football on the big screen, and keeping score on the little screens.

I have read some truly good books: Scott Lynch’s “The Republic of Thieves“, Rainbow Rowell’s “Fangirl” (I also loved her “Eleanor and Park“), and Elizabeth Wein’s “Rose Under Fire“. And as you can guess, there’s more to come.

Pile of books
Book overload

I’m headed home to Chicago for a few days, for the wedding of a friend. A friend since middle school, actually, a statement that makes me feel older than being 30 ever will.

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Labo(u)r Day

Yesterday I realized that, in addition to working on Labor Day, the only thing that kept me from working 7 days last week was an adventure in Baltimore City jury duty. I wasn’t picked for the trial, but it was an … interesting experience nonetheless. This summer flew by so quickly, it’s hard to believe we’re back in classes already.

I had a pretty fun and semi-productive summer. I spent a fun (but chilly!) Memorial Day weekend in New Hampshire to celebrate the 30th birthday of one of my best college friends. The weather wasn’t suited to swimming, but we ate and played board games with the best of them.

Chilly brunch on the porch.
Chilly brunch on the porch.
S'mores in boater hats!
S’mores in boater hats!

I managed to get not one but two beach weeks in – early in the summer with my  parents, aunt and uncle, and squeezed a second one in later in the summer with my parents, sister, another aunt and uncle, and two cousins. There were some okay beach days but also some bad weather, which means I mostly read, ate, and played board games. (That would be the title of my “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” essay, if you were wondering.)

Shops overlooking Currituck Sound
Shops overlooking Currituck Sound (June)
Sunset on Currituck Sound
Sunset on Currituck Sound (August)

T and I took a day trip to Fredericksburg in June, ostensibly to see the battlefield(s), but really to check out the closest Steak ‘n Shake. Which was, of course, delicious.

Fredericksburg
Fredericksburg

I managed to spin ALA Annual 2013 (where I gave a brief Ignite presentation) into a trip home, where I got to see some friends, my sister (and her dog Scout), celebrate a neighbor’s birthday, and was introduced to the wonder of kale and grits tacos.

Chicago By Air
Chicago By Air
Scout the puppers
Scout the puppers

To cap it off, a behind-the-scenes of historic Baltimore tour with my coworkers. The day was miserably hot, but it was still a pretty fun time!

Wrought iron peacock statue at Carroll Mansion
Wrought iron peacock statue at Carroll Mansion
"Boundry-lines of Baltimore-town 1729" Plaque
“Boundry-lines of Baltimore-town 1729” Plaque

How did you spend your summer vacation?

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