Whew! Six hours of driving, a mall walk, a cocktail party, dinner, and gathering and we’re here!
Our drive went fast – no traffic despite the 100+ “Inauguration traffic” signs up I-85 and 95. I started to get hungry around 11 and we whipped out our bag of carrots to munch on, which bought me an hour.
Around 12:30 we broke out the sandwiches – Ham + Swiss with spinach, mustard and pickle on GH High Fiber.
And I finished with an apple and a clementine.
We arrived in Baltimore and drove by my grandparents’ old house. I took mom’s photo on the doorstep. So sad it’s empty and on the market
My grandparents moved into a new apartment in a retirement center this summer and this is our first time visiting! It’s quite fun – kind of like a college dorm with multiple dining rooms, a bistro, exercise facilities, clubs and even a movie night going on this evening.
Once we arrived and got settled in one of the guest rooms, my mom and I went for a mall power walk since there’s a HUGEEEEE mall across the street. We walked for just over an hour – and made a few stops in stores along the way!
Here’s three generations enjoying the living room
My grandparents hosted a cocktail party this afternoon in our honor so their new friends could meet my mom and me.
I floated through the party with an Old Fashioned, just like Gram! Bourbon, cherry, orange and a splash of club soda – with lots of ice.
Gram put out quite a spread of festive foods!
Cream cheese + caviar
Chips + dip
My eats! (I also nibbled on a few extra cheese straws before the party started)
+ crab dip
I ended the party with a tiny bit of merlot –
Time is set a few hours early here – the party was from 4:30-6 so we could all go down to the casual dining room tonight. Apparently some of the staff from Edenwald reads the blog because my grandparents have been spreading the word! (Hi Susan!)
Mom and I shared a glass of pinot with dinner. It went really well with the food –
I started with a salad from the salad bar – mixed greens, olives, pickles, blackberries, grapefruit, carrots, pineapple, a drizzle of French dressing
For my main course I had the Cognac Haddock (which was very good and slightly sweet!), a piece of salmon, green beans, lima beans and potato. Yum!
And I somehow found room for THREE desserts!! C’mon Kath, get a grip! My mom, Gram and I shared all of these, but I definitely ate more than my third. KEY: An ice cream sundae with a cookie (I ate most of that), chocolate cake with marshmallow and blackberry pie with strawberry cheesecake ice cream!
Check out the gift we brought Pop so he doesn’t have to spell out the blog address to his friends!
I am totally stuffed, but we had a very fun day. I am planning to run in the morning at Goucher College and look what’s in the forecast!
AM Snow Showers
- Shopping + Girl Time
I’m excited to get in bed early tonight I hope the husband is being safe at his fraternity reunion in Chapel Hill!