Friday, June 1, 2012

Memorial Day Weekend Recap: Adventures in Maryland

You'd think I took a vacation or something, since I haven't been posting on here all week. Nope, no least not a physical one. Guess I just needed a little mental break. Anyway, thought I'd pop in here to show what I was up to last weekend, you know, just in time for THIS weekend :)

Mama's on the Halfshell's soft shells and fried green tomatoes.
While everyone else heads to the ocean, I try to stay away from the beach for Memorial Day Weekend. There's basically one way to get to the shore and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge gets a wee bit crowded during the summer. Crowded, as in, think of it like Christmas shopping: If you go before 9am or after 9pm, you should be fine. If you go during that 12-hour window, you're going to be inching your way along the flatter-than-my-chest road to paradise. 

Strawberry festival in Davidsonville.
Oh, it's fun to get old. In high school, I would dream about the day that I was finally allowed to drive to the beach without my parents. I'd hop in a convertible with three of my closest friends, we'd put the top down, wear our bikinis, and blow bubbles around our "neighbors" while we sat in traffic. I WANTED to sit in traffic. Weird. Also, none of that happened when I finally got to drive to the beach for Senior Week. I was in my post-it-note yellow 1987 Pontiac Sunbird wearing clothes, without bubbles or traffic, and I got pulled over by a cop for speeding. Welcome to the real world, lil' Steffie!

The Shake-Down Cruise of 2012. Finally on the water!
Anyway, my idea of a grand Memorial Day Weekend now (as an adult) is being outside in nature, barbecuing, and just lounging under the sun. Even without much planning, I think this year ended up being the perfect combination of all of those things. I even had a little foodie adventure with Michelle and Ray. Soft shell crabs CONQUERED!

Sunday kayak before lunch with the Lees and Brew @ the Zoo with Katie.
How was your Memorial Day Weekend? I'm counting down the days until I turn 30. With the last few days of my 20s quickly diminishing, I'm trying not to freak out about where I am in life. Instead, I'm going to go wine tasting with my mom, have a wine tasting birthday party with my friends, and do a little alone-time spa trip. Wino much? ;)

Loyola University in Maryland wins the 2012 NCAA Championship!
Enjoy June!

Stephanie Marie

PS. If you didn't know this already, "Wedding Crashers" had it all wrong. Maryland doesn't do football and crab cakes, silly. We do LACROSSE and crab cakes :) All Maryland NCAA Division 1 tourney this year. LoCo v. UMD and guess who won? Lil' ol' Loyola. Gotta love that!


  1. Sounds like an awesome weekend! Brad's sister went to the beach for the weekend and absolutely got stuff in traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge both ways, haha. Ah well. Anyway, I can totally relate to the turning 30 bit, as you already know. I would like to say it gets better once you turn 30, but I don't know that I've quite settled in yet. I think it takes a few months. Hopefully not years.

    1. I've heard it's the best decade so far. That's what I'm hoping for :) I'll let you know how mine goes!