Our Mid-Atlantic Tour
Trip Start Sep 29, 2009
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It's been a while and you're probably thinking we've gone to some far-away, exotic locale where we were isolated from civilization and unable to update our blog. But no. We've been in New Jersey (mostly.)
We've now completed 5 months of our travels and after wrapping up five weeks in the Dominican Republic it was time to touch base with reality and visit our friends and famiy back home. We flew into New Jersey on February 25, the night of what was to be a substantial snow storm. Fortunately, that weather report was a bit off and while we did face some heavy delays, our flight wasn't cancelled.
Thus began a week-long tour of the mid-Atlantic so we could see as many friends and family members as possible during our trip home. We started off at Sutton's birthday party on Saturday in Basking Ridge. We were able to see pretty much Charles' entire family which was great!
On Monday we headed down to Baltimore for our friend Kyle's famous "Champagne Monday" celebration. (What better reason to drink champagne than it simply being a Monday?) We had a great time seeing old friends and making new ones too! (John - photographer extraordinaire!)
Tuesday we hit the road to see Eric in Charlottesville, VA. We were also able to spend some quality time with our boys, Duncan and Hayden, who seemed to remember us right away -- much to my relief. That night, we enjoyed dinner and Pint Night at one of Eric's favorite establishments - South Street Brewery.
Wednesday had us back on the road, this time to DC to see our friends Brett and Amy and their adorable doggy Teddy. After enjoying a delicious Thai dinner, Brett wowed us with the plethora of computer and electronic equipment he uses to watch TV. I can't explain it all but it was impressive.
Thursday and it's back to Baltimore! The lovely and talented Melissa, a good friend from my Citi Financial days, organized a happy hour so we could see some old friends from the office (not just mine - Charles enjoyed a bachelor party with some of the guys one night before we left and is still recovering). We hit the old stomping ground, Mick O'Shea's, and spent the night at Melissa's doing some much needed catching up with her.
Friday we took care of some errands and then headed to Hanover, MD to visit our friends Heather and Brian (Brian is an author - check out his book on Amazon!) It was great to see them -- they are getting married in September so I was eager to hear all of the details, while Charles and Brian talked about sports or something in the other room. After dinner we headed into the city for another happy hour with friends in our old 'hood and it was great to be there! I was excited to see that Marla and Eric were able to make it and we made 2 new friends who just returned from their own travel adventure in Australia (hi Becky and Chad!)
Saturday we headed back to Parsippany/Whippany and took Charles' dad, my mom, and my aunt and uncle out for dinner -- a little engagement celebration. Sunday night was a Murphy/Thompson night out (plus one Molnar) and I was able to catch up with Cory, Guy, Mary and Brian.
So that was our first week back in the states! The rest of the time we visited wedding venues; ran errands; spent more time with family; went through our huge stacks of mail; did our taxes; I went to NYC for Heidi's bridal shower and bachelorette party; Charles spent hours and hours cleaning one of his recently vacated apartments; we visted my best friend from childhood Christine and her family (including her 3 sons who we played Rock Band with and her sister Jen's 4 daughters - 3 of whom are triplets); we had brunch with Sharon, Norm, Marty, Julia and Ross; and other things that I can't even remember now that it's our last night before heading to Hawaii!
So that's that -- we're off again tomorrow to volunteer at an eco-lodge in the rainforest of Hawaii. Check it out.
We're hoping for some fun adventures and will definitely keep everyone posted!