Reasons to Love Maryland

We’ve lived in Maryland for more than three years now.  I never would have guessed that I’d have ever lived in Maryland (or Illinois, but that’s another story), but over the years I have grown to love it.  Here are some of the reasons:

1.  The annual Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival:  a party where people bring their yarn and sheep?  I’m totally in.

2.  Blue is my favorite color.

3.  The different towns that I’ve visited within the state all have a distinctive flavor.  Just in our county, you can tell when you move between Bethesda and Chevy Chase and Kensington and Rockville.  I like that a lot more than suburban sprawl (which seems like a strip mall wasteland to me).

4.  We get to experience all seasons here, without any of them being so extreme that it dominates the others.  We have a nice hot summer, a distinctive fall, a cold and snowy winter, and a flowery spring.

5.  The city called “Havre de Grace” is pronounced like it is spelled “Haverty Grace”, instead of something French sounding, like one might assume.

6.  It is relatively close to most of the places we might travel.  New York City is an easy drive (even with two little ones in the back!), we just drove to Connecticut this weekend, I’ve driven to North Carolina from here.  There are a bunch of airports near here, which makes flying further out easier and less expensive.

7.  Beautiful children are born here.  Case in point:

Hazel

Hazel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Rock Creek Park is beautiful and has been the source for some of my favorite photos.

9.  I get to experience DC whenever I want without losing my right to vote, or having to live in DC.

10.  We have amazing friends here, without whom we would be lost.

11.  And, finally, there is a bit of a feud between Maryland and Virginia.  People in Virginia think that Maryland is dirty and gross, people in Maryland think that Virginia (northern VA, at least) lacks character.  I love a good feud, and fuel it whenever I can.

12.  Maryland has the highest median income in the US, and who doesn’t love rich people?

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50 Things I Love

Because imitation is supposed to be the sincerest form of flattery, I hope Katie won’t mind that I’m totally copying her.  Some things, like my husband and children are obvious so I’m not putting them.

Some things that I love right now:

  1. Puns
  2. Singing Kool and the Gang‘s <i>Celebration</i> when Oliver uses the potty.
  3. Naptime
  4. Working
  5. Coming home
  6. Riding in an airplane all by myself
  7. Knitting
  8. Matt Damon
  9. Big cities
  10. Driving down the road with music blaring, singing at the top of my lungs, dancing like a maniac, and looking over and seeing the person in the lane next to me is watching me and that I have totally just made his morning.
  11. m&ms with my coffee
  12. Babies’ skin.  I love how soft and smooth it is, like it has never had a worry or been disappointed
  13. Karaoke Revolution
  14. Cooking
  15. Office supplies.  I know it’s weird, but having a drawer full of blank, lined paper makes me happy.  Also, clicky pencils.
  16. Diet Coke
  17. Blue
  18. Painted walls
  19. Taking pictures
  20. Pirate jokes
  21. The West Wing
  22. Britney Spears
  23. Manos, the Hands of Fate
  24. Rings.  I wish I had one for every finger.  I have fat fingers though, so it’s hard to find.
  25. Vanilla ice cream with magic shell chocolate on top.  Mmmmm.
  26. That I got my belly button pierced again
  27. Tank tops
  28. Boots!
  29. A new computer
  30. Shopping with Kullervo, without the kids
  31. Making people laugh (probably everyone likes this)
  32. Gmail chat
  33. Papa John’s pizza with pineapple (and the garlic sauce)
  34. Oliver’s paintings
  35. Surprising creative things that I come up with and then implement, and that turn out as good or better than I had hoped, like this
  36. Doing gender atypical things (for example, changing my own oil in my car, which I did for years)
  37. Chocolate milk
  38. Cupcakes (hee!)
  39. New York City
  40. Redecorating when Kullervo isn’t home
  41. Vacuuming
  42. Having plans to do something with Kullervo at night after the kids go to bed, but getting so wrapped up in conversation that we forget to do it until it’s too late
  43. Brownie batter
  44. The idea of outside
  45. Sheep
  46. The blog post that will. not. die
  47. Being an Assassin Wife of Fury
  48. Down comforters and pillows
  49. The way that Kullervo looks in a pair of jeans (hot!!)
  50. Socks