The Weekend: Part 2 [outside!!!]

Check out Part 1 to see where I left off!

After we got home from DC, Greg (unfortunately) had to work. He has a home office, so luckily, he was just upstairs. I took care of a couple of things around the house and hung out with the dogs. We had bought a corned beef brisket from Trader Joes that we threw in the crock pot that morning, along with a bunch of chopped up cabbage. I had planned on making some soda bread, but was too lazy by the time the evening rolled around. It was so nice that dinner was waiting for us, and I didn’t have to do a thing!

Greg was able to take a break from work to eat some dinner- but first, we broke out a few Stouts.

We had stopped on the way home to pick up some Guinness. Greg discovered the Schlafly in the back of the fridge the night before- I don’t even know when we bought it! It’s funny how different the two looked when poured- the Schlafly looks like Coke! In my opinion- the Schlafly tasted better than the Guinness.

It was so nice out, we dined al fresco on our patio!

I had a Japanese sweet potato (because they are the best thing ever) and we had a little bit of sharp cheddar cheese that was made with Jameson! The corned beef was really good, but to me- the cabbage was the star. It was so nice and buttery!

When we went by the liquor store to get some Guinness, I also spotted this, which I’ve been wanting to try forever!

It’s really good. Really sweet, too.

For dessert, I scooped up the last teeny-tiny bit of Breyer’s vanilla that was left in the freezer, along with a few frozen thin mints, and poured some Guinness over the top.

Perfection! Actually, perfection would have been if there was more than one tiny scoop of ice cream in that bowl.


When I woke up Sunday morning, I was really glad that I had about 3/4 of a beer and a few sips of vodka, and stopped right there. I had to teach back to back Spin and Bodypump, starting at 8:30. But you won’t hear me complaining about that- I love every minute of it! Classes were great, and once again, I left the gym feeling strong and confident and happy… and hungry! I came home and made myself a huge smoothie and sat around for a while. I had planned on going downtown (in Frederick) with Greg to walk around a bit, and then taking our dogs on a long walk in the afternoon.

It turns out that Greg had to work for the entire day, and actually had to go into the office. Bummer. While I’m so glad that my husband has such a good job (he’s a network engineer for a pretty big, world-wide company), I really hate it sometimes. He gets called in unexpectedly all the time, and will be up past midnight trying to fix and upgrade things. I haven’t even seen him since Sunday morning (which was for about 2 minutes) because he was at the office until sometime way after I went to bed last night, and left for work before I even got up today. It bites (and I know that he is super tired and stressed).

Anyway- on to happier things. I ended up going downtown by myself after lunch – and by that time, the sun was out and it was a beautiful day! I went down by Carroll Creek to check out an exhibit at a local gallery that features work from local art students, grades K-12.

Each art teacher in the county gets to select up to three pieces to be in the show each year. It’s always a difficult choice, because I have SO many talented students, but here’s what I chose:

The photo on the top left corner and bottom right corner are my students


The photo in the center... sorry for the glare!

I always enjoy walking through this exhibit each year, and all of the work is impressive. Of course, I’m a little partial to my students.

After leaving the gallery, I walked around the creek and took a few photos. There’s a really cool painted bridge- it’s actually flat, but the stones are painted to look 3-d (and there’s all kinds of neat, intricate designs throughout)

There were a lot of people sitting out by the creek, enjoying the great weather (not that you can tell from this photo….)

I headed down towards Market Street (which is the main street for shopping/dining in downtown Frederick). I love the flowering trees everywhere!

Here’s the restaurant where Greg and I first met (at the bar):

I walked a few blocks to a little shop called The Velvet Lounge, which is the only local retailer that carries Toms. The next closest is about 45 minutes away! The Velvet Lounge is a super cute boutique, but I almost feel a little too old to be shopping there. There are a lot of cute clothes and accessories that I wanted, but then thought “oh yeah- I’m thirty-two. Not fifteen. I just don’t know if I can pull some of that stuff off (especially since it’s all stuff my students wear!)

As for the Toms, I don’t care if a lot of young people wear them. I want a pair. I plan on ordering a pair online, but need to try some on in person first, just to figure out the right size. They were very low in stock, and actually only had one pair in my size (which is 9).

I don’t think I’m going to be buying a pair of pink sparkly shoes. They were very comfortable and fit perfectly- but I think I’m going to go with a neutral color like gray or brown for my first pair.

The rest of the day was spent organizing things for the week, cleaning up, and hanging out with the dogs. It was a good day, but would have been better if Greg was around. He’ll be up in Boston for work for four days later this week, but hopefully after that, things will slow down and we’ll be able to have some quality time together.

Back to the grind today… less than 2 weeks until spring break!

Oh! And just a quick note to any readers that like to buy herbs/supplements/beauty products/grocery items/etc. online: You can get $10 off your first order over $40 on by using the coupon code: QIR197 at checkout(orders under $40 get $5 off). Shipping is free and super fast- I usually get a package 2 days after I place my order! Just a warning though- the site is awesome and has great deals… it’s easy to get sucked in. ๐Ÿ™‚


How did you celebrate St. Paddy’s Day? Do you own a pair of Toms?


17 Comments on “The Weekend: Part 2 [outside!!!]”

  1. Jenny says:

    I have two pairs of Toms, one in a sensible black and the other in an obnoxiously bright yellow. And, to tell you the truth, my yellow pair sees the outside world far more often than the black ones do.

  2. I don’t own any TOMS (haven’t gotten into the craze) as I’m totally NOT a “shoe person”. My less than 2 year old daughter has more shoes than I do! ha!!

    BUT, you should totally buy those pink ones!!!!!!!!!! Those were soooooo cute. You could/would totally rock those!! Make your second pair neutral ๐Ÿ™‚


    • Lauren says:

      I am not a shoe person either. I am flip flop or sneaker person, though! I definitely rarely wear heels or anything “fashionable.” But, I think the Toms will come in handy (and they’re so comfy!)

  3. Gil says:

    I spend a lot of energy thinking/studying/writing about advocacy, and Im not a cynic! I really think that mostly people have great intentions, but that sometimes the way they “help” actually hurts–like in the case of Toms, where free, foreign-made shoes out-compete in/damage local markets. Still, I believe our world would be a better place if more companies cared like they do, and I admire their motivations. And most companies we get our clothes from do much much worse! So I guess I would support them (their wedges are super cute!), but also support a change in their tactics? Yep, that sums up my thoughts on Toms (and trendy advocacy in general)…

  4. Corrie Anne says:

    I love my Toms!!! I need a new pair. I’d love the pink sparkly ones!! Haha. The whipped cream vodka looks awesome!! ๐Ÿ™‚ My husband is in a really tough grad class right now and has been doing homework like 8-10 hours a day on the weekends. It’s so sad. ๐Ÿ˜ฆ So I feel you on that one!

  5. Your downtown reminded me of some parts of Cardiff, Wales. Man I loved that city. Must get back. Anyway, it sounds like you had a pretty great weekend, good for you!

  6. brutus says:

    Japanese sweet potato? I’ll have to look into that and see if I can get some of those, of course they sound fantastic!

    So as you obviously know I am back. In case any of your readers are wondering I had an old wordpress account ( I never used it because I couldn’t navigate wordpress, shocker) and my husband went into my account and changed all the info to his email account (because wordpress absolutely does not let you destroy accounts, not sure the reasoning behind that).

    Anyway the whole ice cream/beer combo is very cool and Irish. Your city is beautiful!

    • Lauren says:

      Japanese sweet potatoes are awesome- they taste very different than other varieties (like jewel or garnet). Different texture, too.

      I LOVE that “Brutus” is commenting now. How’d you teach that dog to type? ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. I love Schlafly beer! And your ice cream looks amazing. Apparently my mom used to eat that while preggo with me. Plus Kahlua and nuts. Explains a lot. LOL!

  8. inmytummy says:

    I have two pairs of Toms – one is red and the other is herringbone (I could not remember that word and had to look up the shoes!) with a pink sole.

    I’m actually going to be in MD this weekend!

  9. not to toot my own horn but i’ve worn toms for years…love them! I have disgusting feet problems and they are the only shoes I can wear for HOURS without sharp pain. What did I do? Stay home with my bff and her newborn! I’m an old geezer! BTW your area looks so beautiful right now!

  10. I got sucked into iHerb last night…OMG! Used your code and can’t wait for my goodies to arrive.

  11. I’ve wanted a pair of Tom’s for a long time now but I hate the fit. I’ve tried on like a million pairs and they always seem too tight or too loose.

    I totally think you could rock the pink sparkles ๐Ÿ™‚

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