My Busy Weekend
I'm so embarassed that this is late because I thought everyday, "Don't forget to post a birthday marquee for Lois!" then promptly failed to do so. Yay me. Anyhoo, I will eventually finished "Election" for you. Meaning sometime, maybe, in the next millenium. Hopefully in the next couple of years. ;)
I am sorry for being late and hope that you enjoyed your day.
Well, it's slightly early by my time, though in your time, I'm spot on! Have a wonderful day!
Is it any surprise that my weekend has been packed to the point that I have barely seen my apartment to sleep in it?
Friday night, Bobby and I decided that we felt like pizza and so tried a new pizza joint. It was absolutely meh. And on the lower end of meh too. Bobby and I are very easy to please, and besides that, it's pizza! It's not difficult!
We ordered green peppers and eggplant as toppings. Halfway through, we were both picking off the eggplant because the pieces were so big that it was slimy and you could taste nothing else. Bleh. The pizza itself was dismally average, though the Greek salad was very yummy. Also, it was "European cafe" style dining, but to get drink refills, you had to go stand in the line to order, which was rather long. And they only gave sixteen-ounce cups half-filled with ice, so it was impossible to make it through a sixteen-inch pie on eight ounces of soda.
Also, it was expensive for what we got and the quality.
So we won't be going back there, but we so rarely strike out on restaurants that we really can't complain.
After that, we went to the Haunted Ruins at the Patapsco Female Institute. The PFI was once a school of etiquette for wealthy girls, but the place was cold and drafty and some of them died. It was also a Civil War hospital, since Ellicott City is on the rail line and Maryland was divided between the North and the South. After that, it was a hotel and a hospital again during World War I as well as a private residence.
However, what makes PFI notable is that it is considered one of the most haunted places in Maryland. Numerous investigators have observed paranormal activity there, with one ghost in particular named Annie, a girl that they discovered died there of influenza when the place was an etiquette school.
This year, the site was home to a haunted house called Haunted Ruins that was based off of the history and paranormal experiences common to the site. Because Bobby and I adore Halloween, we generally try to go to one of these things each season, though we've long stopped being scared of them. This one was no exception: It was creepy and cool to be out in the woods in the dark on a chilly night, and the PFI site was absolutely awesome, but the event wasn't particularly scary. We waited in line between a dad with two pre-teen boys in front of us and a group of Catholic-school teenybop girls behind us. The guy was hilarious; as we waited in line, masked actors walked through the crowd, and one little dude with a mask with a big stretched mouth came up, and the guy chuckled and said, "Oh wow, would you look at that?" We were hoping to get put in his group, but of course, we got stuck with the teenybops.
The teenybops wouldn't have bugged me except that every time something "scary" came through the crowd, they started shrieking and bumping into me. I don't like being touched by strangers. So I pushed back, hoping that one might tumble down the hill. No such luck.
Also, they were such dismally clueless rich girls. Ai.... I hate seeing young women who center their identities on their stupidity or who think that stupidity makes them cool. Also, they remind me of why I don't use "OMG" unless I'm making fun of their very type of person. OMG.
Of course, while on the walk, the actors targetted them, allowing Bobby and me to enjoy being inside the site of so many famous hauntings on such a perfect autumn night, just looking around, taking it all in. The building no longer has a roof, so while walking through the house, one can look up and see thousands of stars where the roof should be. We didn't have any legitimate experiences, but it was cool nonetheless.
Saturday, we had aquarist-assistant training all day. Details are posted at the_nautilus for anyone interested in reading such geeky things. The training was great, but getting there was harrowing. First of all, training had already been rescheduled once because they had the streets closed for the Baltimore Marathon. Unbeknownst to the coordinators, the streets were closed again this week for a cancer march. We received an email late Friday afternoon, behooving us to avoid certain streets, but traffic was terrible as a result, even at 8 a.m. There was no hiding the resentment of the coordinators to this activity and the City of Baltimore in general because of it. It was said that Baltimore is a big city trying to have a small-town mentality, and I have to agree. The Inner Harbor is our city's tourist hub. Saturday is the busiest day downtown. So where and when do they close the streets? In the Inner Harbor, on a Saturday.
Was it for a good cause, though? Perhaps. But when the organization in question devotes one-third of its profits to glossy marketing campaigns (not awareness campaigns, marketing campaigns) rather than actually "finding a cure," I rather doubt it. I'll give my time and energy to organizations that use both almost exclusively for research and awareness, thankeeverymuch.
After training was over, we hopped in the car and drove to Greenbelt to catch the train into Washington. We had tickets for the Caps game that night, the procurement of which went something like this:
Dawn: We have a busy weekend, so maybe we shouldn't go to the Caps game on Saturday.
Bobby: You think?
Dawn: Yeah, let's stay home.
(some days later)
Bobby: You know what I found out today?
Dawn: What's that?
Bobby: Saturday's Caps game is federal employee night.
Bobby: Yeah, I can get really good seats at center ice for $25.
(...a several-second pause...)
Dawn: So you want to go?
Bobby: Yeah, I'll order the tickets.
It took so much convincing! Anyway, we had a good amount of time after arriving before the game started, so we tried a new fancy-schmancy Mexican restaurant first called Rosa Mexicano. Here, we made up for our crappy pizza experience the night before. We started with a guacamole appetizer, made fresh at tableside. It was literally the best guacamole I'd ever had. For a main course, I had the chili rellenos de espinaca: three poblano peppers stuffed with spinach, pine nuts, and raisins; topped with goat cheese; and all in an orange-colored sauce. At first, I thought that the combination of poblano peppers, goat cheese, and raisins sounded a little odd, but it worked. Oh, it worked very, very well. Bobby had some sort of chicken tortilla pie (I can't get the menu to load, so I can't give an exact name) that he loved, and we had some sort of ice cream for dessert.
This put us right on time for the game. Unfortunately, the game sucked (because the Caps lost 6-4 to the Tampa Bay Lightning) except for the fact that Ovie got two goals. The defense looked terrible. Alex Squared (that being Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin) looked phenomenal, but two guys can't carry a team, even if they are Alex Squared. Olie the Goalie had a decent game, considering. And the officiation was a travesty. They were calling the Caps for every little bump but overlooking egregious fouls on the part of the Lightning. It sucks to play one's opponent and the game officials.
Needless to say, after a day like that, Bobby and I fell into bed and died last night. Today, we woke up, hoping to go to the Renn Fest, but the meteorologists were calling for rain, so we went to the movies instead. Of course, it turned out to be a gorgeous, sunny day. Figures. Yet more proof of why never to trust a Baltimore meteorologist.
Bobby is off playing two games tonight: first his debut for the Bulldogs, then his second game an hour later for the Baltimore Piranhas, so he's likely going to fall into bed and die tonight as well.
Tomorrow, we have both taken off to go hike in the Catoctin Mountains and to observe some gorgeous autumn colors. We are taking the camera and two changes of batteries, so hopefully, we'll bring back more beautiful autumn pictures.