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The world’s gonna wake up and see Baltimore and me

Well, this is only March 10 and this has  already been a very exciting month, hasn’t it? Trips to New York to meet the most wonderful friend, and a new cat? Well! Let’s not let the excitement end, I mean, where’s the fun in THAT, I ask you?

Yes! It is true! We have one more exciting thing to discuss!

First, before we start, it’s a very important day. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AMY’S DAD! He is grumbly about his birthday and I sent him a sappy card and he was all, “THAT CARD WAS SAPPY” and I said, “Oh, ok” and he said, “IT MADE ME HAVE SEASONAL ALLERGIES OF THE EYES” and I said, “Well, that’s ok then, I love you, you dork” and he said, “You’re not supposed to call your father a dork, RUDE” and so there you have it. Happy birthday, dork, you make me laugh. I love you.

So one of my oldest friends (in TIME, not in AGE, she’s not like 90, come on) is friend R. Friend R. and I met one of the first days of college. We were both seventeen. SEVENTEEN! Can you even imagine being that young and optimistic about life? My goodness, that seems like a million billion years ago. Back then, I used to wear skirts. On PURPOSE! And think I was going to conquer the WORLD! (Fine, I still sort of think I could do that, but I don’t wear skirts now unless I really, really have to.)

I wore a lot of these in college. I was trying to be a hippie, I guess.

I wore a lot of these in college. I was trying to be a hippie, I guess.

Friend R. and I worked in the college dining hall together. Listen, that was like being in military service together. You bonded over that job. Because it was NASTY. You can’t even imagine the disgusting shenanigans kids away from home for the first time got up to when eating food. Imagine pigs at a trough, only with opposable thumbs and minds set on mass destruction. Also, they were rude. And demanding. And snotty. And we had to wear shirts that never really got clean, no matter how much you washed them, so you always smelled like sweat and rotting food, so as you can imagine, you totally had a lot of hookups happening in that dining hall. (It sounds like I’m being sarcastic, but there actually WERE a lot of hookups happening. Ooh, the dining hall gossip and irresponsible late-night assignations!)

Friend R. and I bonded right away. She was fun and totally got my insane sense of humor and we used to make each other laugh and laugh so much that sometimes we had to duck into the kitchen so we didn’t get in trouble for laughing in front of the customers.

Friend R. and I went on to be roommates, both in college, then in grad school, and then went our separate ways, as people do. But we remained friends, and still talked and wrote and made each other laugh long-distance. And when, a few years ago, I went to visit her in the town where she grew up, and I got to meet her then-boyfriend A., I thought to myself, “yes, this is the guy for friend R. He makes her eyes light up.” And he did. (It didn’t hurt that one of the very first interactions I had with him was him doing a Muppet impression for me. He won me over right there. I do so love someone who’s not afraid to potentially make a fool out of themselves and still totally goes for it. That takes guts. I so admire that.)

Friend R. went on to MARRY A. and now they are R. and A.! They are a happy couple and could NOT be more adorable.

And THEN, late in 2011, friend R. called me. “I have news!” she said. I have known this woman since back in the DAY. I immediately knew what that news was. Without even a doubt. “YOU ARE PREGNANT!!!” I said gleefully. AND SHE WAS!

And last April, Baby CeeVee was born! And I know I am BIASED and I think the children of the people I love are the most beautiful, but she really is. This kid is all smiles. And the most beautiful eyes. And OBVIOUSLY brilliant, because I totally saw a video of her saying a WORD the other day so I’m pretty sure she’s going to grow up to run the planet or something.

Well, last year, R. and A. said, “When will you come and visit us?” and I had plans to visit them in September. Well, you all know what happened last September. UNEMPLOYMENT, is what. Unemployment doesn’t lead to visiting. Unemployment leads to working a billion hours at your part-time job and not having enough time to breathe and when you DO, the breathing is SCARY because you are having a PANIC ATTACK.

But! New job! Time off! Money to travel with!

Guess what?

I AM GOING TO BALTIMORE!

(PS, when Baby CeeVee saw this photo she did happy flapping like a penguin; I think this is a good sign we will get along like PEAS and CARROTS, don’t you?)

I’m there from a Thursday to a Monday; I’m taking the train (it takes about 6 hours – well, 5, with an hour layover in New York City, which is unfortunately not long enough to have an adventure!) because the train ended up being about as much as I’d pay for gas, and plus I can kick back and read and not have to worry about driving through big cities or potentially breaking down somewhere or something worrisome like that; I got my time off approved at work (YAY MY WORK!) and it’s now less than two months away.

And guess where we’re going?

THE ZOO!

Where there are…

PENGUINS!!!!

PENGUINS!!!!

…and…

Kookaburras!

Kookaburras!

…and…

Giraffes!

Giraffes!

..and…

A large cat that might be a cheetah putting its HEAD in a BOX!

A large cat that might be a cheetah putting its HEAD in a BOX!

Oh, this is VERY exciting! R. and A. have a MEMBERSHIP to the zoo so we get to flounce in like FANCY people! I would assume that means we get to the gate and they say, “OMGGGG! It is R. and A. and Baby CeeVee and you have brought a FRIEND! Which animals would you like to pet today?” I mean, that’s what membership gets you, right? RIGHT?

(I’m going to choose to touch a penguin, of course. I’ve already touched a giraffe and that cheetah would eat my face off. Andreas told me that penguins are cool with humans so they would let me touch them.)

Also, listen, I have never been to Baltimore! Or even to Maryland! There are many things we could do!

We could see…

The OCEAN!

The OCEAN!

or…

The National Aquarium! THE WHOLE NATION, you guys!

The National Aquarium! THE WHOLE NATION’S aquarium, you guys!

or…

Oriole Park! If you build it, they will totally come.

Oriole Park! If you build it, they will totally come. (Not a euphemism.)

or…

The Baltimore Museum of Art! It looks like a TEMPLE!

The Baltimore Museum of Art! It looks like a TEMPLE!

or…

The Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum! Ooh, maybe I'll find the lost Lenore there!

The Edgar Allen Poe House and Museum! Ooh, maybe I’ll find the lost Lenore there!

or…

The USS Torsk! Hee, Torsk. Also, this SHIP looks like a SHARK. We're gonna need a bigger boat.

The USS Torsk! Hee, Torsk. Also, this SHIP looks like a SHARK. We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

SO MANY THINGS WE CAN DO!!!

R. asked me what I wanted to do while I was there and I told her, “ZOO!” because you know me and zoos. And then I said, “Also I would like to eat some seafood. And maybe see the Poe House.” Then I thought and said, “Or, you know, if I ended up staying in the house the whole weekend and playing with baby CeeVee and seeing you guys, that would be ok, too.”

And it totally would. I’m fairly sure I could make an adventure out of a trip to the grocery store. It’s one of my more endearing qualities, truly. Unless you’re annoyed by such things.

Also, can I just say? I never in my life thought I’d get to travel. I feel like I’m living someone else’s life right now. Well, if I’ve tricked my way into someone else’s life, I’m going to make the most of it, dammit. TRAVEL TO ALL THE PLACES!!!

So, in less than two months? Totally going on an adventure. This time to a place I have never been to see someone who’s known me for longer than most people have. (And she and A. totally read. HI R. AND A.!!! Thank you for the invitation, I promise to behave and to try not to spill anything on your couch and/or tablecloth! And to be the best unofficial aunt to Baby CeeVee! AND BRING MANY PRESENTS!!!)

Are we ready for an adventure, loyal blog readers? What shenanigans will I get up to in a whole new STATE, I wonder?

YAY FOR ADVENTURES! This year is totally trying to suck, but I am kicking its ass. No year gets to misbehave on my watch, yo.

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29 responses to “The world’s gonna wake up and see Baltimore and me

  • scottmac56

    “This year is totally trying to suck, but I am kicking its ass.” Awesome. This may become my new mantra.

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    That cheetah is not a cheetah. It’s a leopard. Be wary of the leopard – it WOULD eat your face off. (A cheetah most likely wouldn’t.)

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    I did? Oh. Yes, I might have said that, mightn’t I? Well, let’s hope it holds true… (Penguins don’t have very sharp beaks, do they?)

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  • elaine4queen

    1. happy birthday Amy’s Dad NAD (Not A Dork)
    2. pigs are actually rather tidy eaters. i have both fed and mucked out pigs, and apart from their HEFT (don’t get in between a pig and it’s food) they are rather dainty about things. even their poos are just like giant rabbit droppings.
    3. i am excited about Bodymore. BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!

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  • mfennvt

    Yay, Baltimore! And more adventures! I went to school there, and my hubby’s from there. Our friend Barb works at the Baltimore Zoo. You will have such fun there. And the aquarium! Coolest aquarium anywhere!

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  • greengeekgirl

    BALTIMORE! I’ve totally wanted to go to Baltimore for awhile now. I don’t know why, it just seems like a cool city. I kind of want to live there, even though I have never BEEN and I might hate it.

    If you run into Duff from Ace of Cakes while you’re in Baltimore, tell him I think he’s rad :D or, you know, if you don’t feel like it, lie and tell me that you told him and I will believe you.

    You are so fancy lately! You are doing ALL THE TRAVELING. On a train, like a fancy lady. You have inspired me to want to take a train somewhere. I have never been on one. Bobby used to take the train from Santa Barbara back to his parents’ house when he was in school, and he said it was fun. I need to plan a train trip somewhere, I think!

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    • lucysfootball

      I’ve always wanted to have the money to travel, but never in a million years dreamed I would. I was kind of resigned to not having it and to having teeny getaways a few hours from home, spending as little money as possible. This job has really opened new doors and I can’t express how grateful I am for that.

      Ooh, I forgot about Ace of Cakes being there! I do like Duff, I will tell him if I see him!

      I love the train. I don’t mind airplanes, and the speed of getting somewhere is nice, but the train is…I don’t know, romantic, somehow. Old-worldly. And I feel like there’s less chance I’ll come plummeting out of the sky in a fireball, so that’s nice.

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      • greengeekgirl

        I am not afraid of flying, but I’m not really a huge fan of it. Especially since I gained weight, because sometimes my legs get all swollen when I fly, and then they get all restless-legs but I can’t MOVE anywhere because I’m trapped on a plane. (I have noticed that if I spend the nine bucks to upgrade to a seat with better leg room, this doesn’t seem to happen so much. They made airplanes so CRAMPED. I need LEG ROOM.)

        I get very cranky when I fly. I don’t know if I would be as cranky on a train!

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        • lucysfootball

          There’s a lot more room on a train – especially since so few people USE the trains, so I haven’t been on one in years where I didn’t get a whole row to myself. You can stretch out (plus the seats in front of you are quite a bit in front – you can almost stretch your legs all the way out.) As long as you have headphones, the other people talking doesn’t bother you (plus if you want, there’s a silent car, which is kind of cool) and there are plugs and free wifi so you can charge your devices and use the internet the whole way. It’s really kind of the best way to travel for smallish distances. And it ended up only being about $140 round-trip to Baltimore – I don’t know that gas would cost less than that, honestly, if I drove.

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  • cm

    Yay! So glad you are going on another adventure and will see Baby C. She is so beautful in pictures, can only imagine how much cuter irl! you will love Baltimore. On my visit we took the water taxi on the harbor and it does not smell like ocean or fish or sea, it smells like sugar! There’s a sugar refinery or something. It’s like magic! We’ll have to discuss more details :D

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  • Heather

    Happy Birthday, Amy’s Dad!!!

    Yay for more traveling! I’ve been to Baltimore once, but it was for a concert, so I didn’t see much of the city. I’ve always wanted to go and be a tourist, though–there are lots of awesome things about Baltimore.

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  • emmawolf

    My husband and I got married at the Maryland Zoo and some of the penguins came! (I’ll have to find wedding pictures of us and the penguins to prove I’m really not kidding!!!) The zoo is nice. We are members too and are there a lot. The children’s zoo is my favorite part (probably because I have a four year old). We were there the other day and the otters were showing off for us. It was very cute.

    And I love the aquarium!! I love the big tank with the rays and the sea turtles that will be one of the first things you see. I took my kid to the aquarium when he was about a year old. He’s always been really active, never wanting to sleep on my lap like cute babies. Anyway, there is one part in the aquarium where you walk down a long winding ramp and the shark tank is all around you. It’s very soothing and relaxing (lights are low, I think they even play ocean sounds). My kid fell asleep while I was holding him. I think it reminded him of being in the womb. But with sharks.

    Enjoy your trip!

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    • lucysfootball

      PENGUINS CAME TO YOUR WEDDING?!?!?!?

      OMG. This is possibly the best story of the whole world. This wins the internet.

      There are OTTERS? I am so excited about this zoo. SO EXCITED!

      I don’t know if we’ll have time for the aquarium – although it’s three full days, they’ll probably go by really quickly – but that just means I’ll have to go back! :)

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