Howdy, friends! Did you have a good weekend? Are you ready for winter to be over?
Some parts of this weekend seemed to fly by, and other parts kind of dragged on forever. I don’t want to start out this post being a Negative Nelly, but, well… it might happen. I am trying to be patient with this house-selling business- but I will tell you this: selling a house is the worst. Buying a house? Now that’s fun. Greg and I joked that after this house sells, we might just rent for the rest of our lives. It would be nice to just come and go as you please, not be committed to anything more than a year, and if something breaks- someone else has to pay to fix it!
I’m being super impatient and I know the house has only been on the market for two weeks. I’m having a hard time dealing with constantly having to leave the house so that people can look at it (sometimes with very little notice), and the getting really good feedback, but not getting offers (we’ve had one, but it was ridiculously low). I know that when it’s meant to happen, it will sell… but I like I said. I’m impatient. We’ve been talking about this move for over three years, and I’m so ready to finally start the next chapter of life in CO (and a new job!). And Greg’s right there with me (although he’s not starting a new job). To make matters worse, neither of us have been sleeping very well because we’re so gosh darn anxious.
I’m done whining. Thanks for bearing with me.
(I’m also hoping that I’ll be able to look back on this post soon and think what were you so worried about?!)
Saturday morning began with a little car ride.
We like to keep the dogs out of the house during showings so that they don’t distract potential buyers (I’m pretty sure they’d be going nuts in their crates whining and barking). Luckily, they love car rides. We drove around a while and got the car all toasty warm and then had a quick coffee date.
That was really nice. No phones (except to take this picture) or other distractions- just me and Greg. I think we should make coffee dates more of a regular thing. It’s so nice to slow down and just sit and chat.
We were able to go back home in the early afternoon and relaxed for a bit until it was time to head back out. I had dinner plans with Kelly and Gretchen (two weekends in a row!) and their significant others. We decided to head out a little early to hit up the winter sale at REI and I got some trekking poles for an awesome price and drooled over these boots, which were on clearance!
Unfortunately they were just a wee bit small and didn’t have them a half size larger. I checked the REI website the next day, and apparently they’re only available in-store (for the clearance price). And, the only store in the country that has them is in Seattle- so I called them up to order them, and they should be here later in the week! YES.
After leaving REI, we went over to Founding Farmers for dinner. I’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for over a year, and just hadn’t made it happen. Kelly and her husband Matt had been there four or five times and have been raving over it, so I was excited to finally try it out!
I love the atmosphere and decor!
The menu was torture! WAY too many delicious sounding dishes! Luckily, the small plates are priced really low, so it’s easy to get a couple to share. We started with the popcorn of the day (ranch), pickled vegetables (which were carrots and so good!) and the smears, dips and table bread.
All were delicious- and I need to pickle some carrots ASAP!
A little while later, I ordered the cornbread to share.
Can you blame me?!
I really wanted to order fish for my entree, but the only options were salmon and mahi mahi. I’m super picky about salmon (kind of a salmon snob) and mahi mahi doesn’t interest me much. Honestly, the salads intrigued me the most! There were about 4 different varieties that piqued my interest. Ultimately I went with the Many Vegetable Salad, which had asparagus, grapes, tomato, seasoned nuts, Cannellini beans, beets, egg and avocado. They added a little bit of roasted chicken too, upon my request.
There was some kind of cheese on it (I think it was Parmesan) that just really didn’t go with it. But that was easy to pick out. The rest was delicious.
I think everyone thoroughly enjoyed their dishes, and we certainly got a variety of plates!
We also got a nice little bonus at the end- some free beignets that were a mistake from another table and handed off to us. I didn’t get a photo of them, but they were delicious!
Overall, I thought the food was good and I would go back again. The service wasn’t stellar, but it was a super busy Saturday night, so I’ll let that slide a bit.
The company was definitely fantastic*
*even if the lighting was not.
After teaching Spinning class Sunday, I came home and planned on being lazy for a few hours. That plan quickly changed when we got a call for a showing that would be in an hour (and already had a showing scheduled right after that). I quickly showered, ate and we headed back out the door. And, we were back to this familiar scene:
Even though it was hovering around 20˚, I thought it would be a great idea to take the dogs hiking at Gambrill. I don’t mind hiking in the freezing cold, because all of the climbing quickly warms me up! And the dogs definitely love it.
We pretty much had the entire trail to ourselves- I think we passed two people total for the entire time we were out!
By the time we were done, I was warmed up with a bit of a runny nose, but otherwise happy. And a little tired.
We didn’t have anything else planned for the rest of the day, which was nice. Well, my big plan was to change into sweats and do some work on my computer. And it worked out perfectly.
Here’s to another week in Maryland… and another week of trying to be patient and chill out a bit.
Today’s the last day to go enter to win some KIND snacks!
How was your weekend?