Things Keeping Us Going: Hanging with My Sickie Sister Edition

I’m traveling for work to Washington, DC this week. So I’ve had the true joy of spending the weekend with fellow Sick Pilgrim Mary Bishop, and her DELIGHTFUL family, for the weekend.

Despite flying out during Tropical Storm Nicole, the trip was completely uneventful, and the weather upon landing in Maryland, has been glorious.

We had a leisurely lunch at a local place that makes the best fried pickles ever, and the best iced coffees I’ve had in a long time. (And I am from New England, where iced coffee is a staple.)

We went to a fair-to-middling Irish festival. We enjoyed the people watching, the bands, and some eggnog Irish cream. Slaint`e!

Back at the house, we played Ransom Notes to much hilarity. It is notable that Mary’s son and husband were better at the game than us two writers.

We spent Sunday discovering the most charmingly quirky bookshop, where we had a snack (and more coffee), before buying some used books, some new books, mystery balls (the toys you destroy to enjoy!) for Mary’s kids, and these righteous notebooks made from recyled paper.

After the bookstore, we walked and talked until we got hungry. After lunch at a harborside pub, we had more coffee at Bitty & Beau’s, the nifty coffee shop staffed by adults with different abilities.

Because it is a law that one must have crabcakes within 24 hours of arriving in Maryland, Mary’s sweet husband obliged us. If you have never had fresh made Maryland crabcakes on soft potato rolls, you have missed one of life’s true pleasures.

The evening was filled with more board games and an episode of “The Great British Baking Show. “

Over breakfast, I was taught how to solve a Rubik’s Cube. I know, I know, I am a child of the 80s, but I have never been successfully done it before today. I am eternally grateful to Mary’s 13-year-old Cuber.

Today, I will be heading into a week of trainings and meetings. I’ll be going with a full heart.

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