Oh, there is something about getting away with your favorite person in the world that makes life just that much better.

Like this. That right there is my favorite person in the world, but I’m sure you already knew that. Oh, and my hair looks pretty damn cool too 😉
Baltimore was amazing with him there. On Friday we went on a crab feast cruise, where this picture was taken. Besides the food being amazing, we indulged in two bottles of Monkey Bay wine, which was awesome. We were so hungry when we started in on the wine I think we were half-way to happy land before we even ate. It was awesome =D We had never tried that kind, but I’m absolutely going to go find some, hopefully it is available around here.

Anyway, after all the eating, drinking, and occasional merry-making, the DJ started taking requests, my favorite song of the moment is You’re the Inspiration by Chicago, so Justin and I danced for the first time as an engaged couple to one of the most romantic songs ever conceived! The DJ asked if we were out on the cruise celebrating anything and I told him we had just gotten engaged, so he made a big deal about it the whole night calling us the engaged couple, it was so sweet =) Everyone kept congratulating us all night, although one girl said “good luck”, we weren’t so sure how to take that one. Maybe she wasn’t so lucky. We’re the lucky ones.

After the cruise we had an interesting time navigating back to our hotel. Justin and I have bad luck when it comes to finding our hotel after being out for the night. See, the weird thing is that the Sheraton Hotel, the one we stayed at the last couple trips, likes to have two of them in the same general location. Both times we ended up in the wrong hotel! Seriously, I don’t understand why you would have two of the same hotels in the same area, that’s just asking to make everyone all confused. Anyway. After we figured out what hotel we were supposed to be at, we parked ourselves at the bar and ran up a nice healthy tab. This picture was taken before Justin saw just how healthy the tab was, as he is still smiling and whatnot 😉 We got nice and drunk, and learned an interesting new shot: Dirty Bong Water. It’s delicious, and here’s what’s in it: 1 oz Chambord raspberry liqueur, 1 oz Malibu coconut rum, 1 splash sweet and sour mix, 1 splash pineapple juice, 1/2 oz Blue Curacao liqueur. Smoothest shot I’ve ever taken. I’ve never known a concoction of all liqueur to be so delicious, but if you’re someone who shys away from real rough, throat burning shots, you would love it. Kinda fruity, kinda thick, in a good way.

This is a gorgeous picture of the inner harbor from our cruise. The crazy blue wavy thing there is the Baltimore Aquarium, which is a seriously awesome piece of architecture.

It’s kind of funny. When I was younger I couldn’t wait to move to the city from my one-stoplight town. Now that I’m older I realize that I would never be happy in the city. There’s always something going on, which is great if you’re a hardcore night lifer, but that’s not the kind of person I grew up to be. I’m still in awe of all the massive buildings and all the diversity and attractions, but at the end of the day I want to leave my window open and breathe fresh air and hear country silence. I don’t want to raise my kids around all that hustle and bustle, I want them to grow up riding dirt bikes and quads, I want to take them camping in our backyard when they’re little, then move on to bigger and better wilderness. I want to actually have a back yard for them to play in, and for me to grow a nice sized garden. The city has a lot of spectacular views, but it loses all the simplicity that I grew up appreciating, and I don’t want my kids missing out on that.

that’s not to say I would seriously hate views like this every day. If I had to live in a city it would have to be a port town. I do love the water and everything related to it. I would love to live on a big boat, if that’s random enough for you. Although I am terrified of very deep ocean. I’ll get in until the water is just over my head, then I’ll scedattle back to the shore. haha. That’s not just an ocean thing though, I don’t like being over my head in a lake. I’m a good swimmer, I’m just afraid of what I cannot see. Snakes, man eating sharks, you know, the usual. I will always love the ocean and the beach though. If I had my pick to move anywhere I would love to live in a little coastal town somewhere like Maine. I could get my water fix and my country fix too. I’m sure most people would love to live somewhere warm all the time, and I was right there with them until we went to South Carolina for vacation last October. The weather was gorgeous, but we saw spiders that were as big as my head, and I have some severe Arachnophobia and Entomophobia, which is the fear of spiders and insects respectfully. I’m terrified of just about any creepy crawly, whether or not it is completely harmless or not. Seriously, it’s kind of sad. haha.

I do love other animals though, as long as it’s not poisonous. I would rather come across a coyote or bear in the wild rather than a snake. Even a garden snake. This cute little turtle is safe though =) This picture was taken in the Baltimore aquarium, which is pretty freaking amazing. This was my second trip, but I still feel like a little kid looking at all the animals.

The zoo is setup so cool. It even has a rain forest at the very top. I even got pooped on by an exotic bird, no lie. It was gross, but I found the nearest leaf and wiped it off. No biggie.

Seriously though, a great day to me is just wandering around looking at all the different animals. I’m such a kid. When we were at the shark tank I would actually jump when the sharks came around. They get so close and you can literally see the mega-rows of pointy teeth in their mouths. I like a little adrenaline rush, though. One idea I’ve always entertained is doing that steel cage with the sharks in the ocean. I don’t know if an adrenaline rush like that would just be a heart pumper or a heart exploder though. My luck the steel cage would sink or something. I wouldn’t want to come face to face with a super huge shark, or a hammerhead because those are creepy. One of these little sharkies wouldn’t be so bad, I don’t think. At least if you’re in a steel cage one of those little buggers isn’t going to be able to rip the front off with its teeth…I think. eeep. They don’t look that ferocious, do they?

While we were at the aquarium they allow people to swim IN the tanks with stingrays, turtles, biiiig fish (not sharks, however) When I got home I had to look up how much it was, and ooooooo my. Probably have to save my pennies for $295! for some aquarium diving. YIKES! Although it did look super super cool. I would like to try my have at real scuba diving, money more well spent rather than in an aquarium, although I wouldn’t say no if they offered =)

In any case, there is still a lot of adventurous things I would love to do before my time comes. Scuba diving is one of the top ones. I wrote a list of things I wanted to do before I die back when I was..17ish? I’d like to dig that up, it’s hiding in one of my journals. That might be my project for tonight, I’ll let you in on it =) I’d like to compare it to what I have done in that 5 year span. Maybe add some new ones. I’m still young, and have a lot of living to do, I’m sure I can put a dent in that list! I’m pretty sure the first thing on my to-do list was to fall in love, I’m pretty sure I can go ahead and cross that one off my list. Then, of course, start a family. I’m not sure if I really need to “start” a family. Justin is my family, as much as my mom, dad, and brother are. He really is my family now. he’s the one I come home to, do chores with, cook with, live with.

So now I think I’m done rambling on and on. Our vacation was wonderful, Justin is amazing, dirty bong water tastes much better than any other shot ever, and I would like to be a scuba diving pirate.

One more thing I’ll leave you with, because I’m a nerd who likes to collect quotes:

Do you want me to tell you something really subversive? Love is everything it’s cracked up to be. That’s why people are so cynical about it. It really is worth fighting for, being brave for, risking everything for. And the trouble is, if you don’t risk anything, you risk even more.

Erica Jong
1942-, American Author


Hey! It’s my humpday! On Friday Justin and I are skipping town and heading down to Baltimore for some excellent seafood, the aquarium, sightseeing, and a little cruise. I’m pretty damn excited, it’s kind of my engagement gift to him, although I’ve been planning it for months now =)
It’s funny, you think the honeymoon stage would be over by now, but I’m starting to think the rest of our lives is going to be a honeymoon, interrupted by some kiddies at some point.

So I’m going home tonight and checking out the new wordpress app for the ipod touch, as I myself have one. This could potentially be very bad. My university is all wireless, and I can totally see myself blogging in the middle of some 400 level class I should not let myself get distracted by, buttttt…oh well. Sometimes you need a good distraction, like right now I would love a great distraction from this job. I’m seriously counting the minutes until Friday.

One good thing about this week is that my summer classes were over as of yesterday. I have three weeks of glorious freedom before going back to school in an actual classroom. I’m actually not too bent out of shape about going back, as my schedule this year is pretty nice. I’m probably going to have to say bye bye to my Saturday’s off of work because of night class, but I guess I can deal. I figure I’ll work these next couple years and do all the crap I don’t want to do and it will hopefully pay off in the long run. Hopefully. I can’t wait to have a 9-5 job. I don’t care if it’s boring office work, as long as it’s not customer relations. The customer is not always right.

Anyway. Let me tell you about my latest addiction.
That’s right. Lemmings! Even this screenshot is a new version of the one I’ve been addicted to. I’m talking 1992ish era lemmings you found on the apple computer in your second grade classroom. I can’t believe it, but this is a hard game! I think I’m clearing level 40something, but boy, it’s interesting. I can’t put it down. I’m kinda lame like that.

Oh, hello. I’m an emotional wrecking ball right now. Nothing major, just hormonal. ha.

Anyway, life will be good after this Monday. My summer classes will be over, and Friday the 1st Justin and I are heading out of town and down to Baltimore for a nice romantic getaway =) That Friday night I reserved for us to go on a crab feast night cruise, I’m seriously pumped for, and Justin and I both love seafood. It will be a nice little three day weekend for us.

August is actually looking to be pretty awesome. Justin, being the most amazing man ever, got us Journey tickets for the 16th!
yay! Seriously, if you haven’t heard any of their new stuff yet, you’re missing out. They have a new singer, as the original one is ill, but the new one is absolutely amazing. Honestly, unless you’re an extreme Journey fan you would not even notice the difference. The new CD has one disk of all new songs, and the second disk is a re-recording of their classic hits, and they did a wonderful job! I seriously can’t wait! August is full of concerts, Lori and I are going to see Poison on the 10th, and we’re all heading to see Gretchen Wilson on the 20th. yay concerts =)

I’ve been looking for some local bands too. If anyone’s in the Western PA, Eastern Ohio area and has some recommendations I’m all ears. I’d like to find some cheap outdoor concerts to go to before all this nice warm weather runs out on this poor Pennsylvania girl!