Natalie’s Birthday Adventure


Dan took Natalie on a 139 mile ride for her 13th birthday. They had lunch at Waynesburger, which has fantastic milk shakes, and stopped at High Rock to take pictures and watch the hang gliders.

07/16/11 Icing Smiles


I learned about Icing Smiles on Facebook. They are a non-profit organization based out of Maryland ‘that provides custom celebration cakes and other treats to families impacted by critical illness of a child.  We understand that the simple things, like a birthday cake, are luxuries to a family battling illness.  Our goal is to create a custom cake for the ill child or their sibling that will provide a temporary escape from worry and create a positive memory during a difficult time.’

That was about a month before C’s 16th birthday so I decided to contact them. She was quickly approved. Not long after I received an email that Sister’s Bake Shop would be making the cake. C spent a lot of time looking at cake photos on both the Sister’s website as well as Icing Smiles. Since her birthday is the 4th of July, she has often had red, white, and blue celebrations and chose those colors again this year along with a request for roses.

The cake ended up being exactly what she wanted; the smile on her face when she first saw it was priceless. The kindness and generosity of these types of organizations never fails to amaze me.

03/29/11 Catching Up Again


We took A to Ziki Japanese Steak House for his birthday. This is currently my favorite sit-down sushi restaurant. He had been to a sushi buffet previously but never actually sat at the bar and watched the chefs, which I think is a great experience. We each had soup and a hand roll, and shared five eight-piece rolls. On the way home we stopped at the grocery store so he could choose a dessert to have at home with the other kids.

Yesterday was the procedure. The only pain I felt was from the needles to numb the area, but the odd pressure feeling from the actual cutting and stitching wasn’t exactly pleasant either. There are two sets of stitches, one dissolves, the other will be removed in 10 days. Unless something shows up in the lab results I go back in six months for a follow up. So I now have a bandage covered by a 4 x 6 piece of tape that has a strong disinfectant smell. Showers will need to be done carefully or with assistance. There is pain but it isn’t constant; because of the location it’s worse when sitting. And as I discovered last night I won’t be sleeping on my right sides for a few days.

That was basically two days off the computer so now I’m behind again: Facebook requests, an email folder of blog subscription update notifications, another of blog comments. I’m going to make time this morning to start getting caught up on those, try for even a short nap early this afternoon, and continue reading the latest Jodi Picoult book that had been sitting on my desk untouched for over a week. The chores can wait another day or two 😉

02/19/11 Wind


I mentioned the other day that we were planning to do a group ride…unfortunately we had a big change in the weather which included a high-winds warning: 30+ MPH winds with gusts up to 60. This was one instance where the prediction was correct so we cancelled the ride and decided to go out for a family dinner. After a bunch of research we decided on Maggiano’s in DC. This was a first for the kids and I; D had been there previously for work functions. The three block walk from where we parked to the restaurant was certainly interesting with the high winds; at one point we actually saw a woman get knocked down from a particularly strong gust. With seven people we did the Classic Family Style Dinner: two appetizers, two salads, four main course selections, and two desserts. That was a lot of food…there were two large platters or bowls of each serving. We brought home a box of leftovers from everything except the ice cream 😛

And for my fellow sushi lovers it seems that I will be taking a sushi-making class next month thanks to D…very awesome and thoughtful birthday gift!

the only moto we saw all day

02/17/11 Frederick


Frederick MD
~50 miles

The temperature was still close to 70° when D got home from work yesterday so we decided to ride to Frederick for dinner. It’s not exactly a tourist destination but the ride there is nice and there’s a historic downtown area with lots of interesting restaurants and shops.

We like tapas restaurants, and Isabella’s is a favorite. We’ve been there often enough that the waiter recognized us last night. Again we weren’t disappointed with our choices:

  • Goat cheese with fig jam and ciabatta bread
  • Seafood sausage with scallops, shrimp and crabmeat
  • Panko crusted asparagus fries with smoked tomato alioli
  • Mushrooms with cheeses on ciabatta bread

Bonus for the ride home was a gorgeous full moon with just a few scattered clouds for extra prettiness!

Tomorrow is the birthday and we’re planning a ride with some friends. Everything on the to-do list will be taken care of today so I can have a nice relaxing weekend 🙂