Summer Times in Delaware

A summary of things I loved about Delaware:

- It's general proximity to tons of cool cities: Philadelphia, New York City, Washington D.C., Baltimore, etc. So many cool cities, such little time.

- Bahn Mi Boy. This place serves Vietnamese sandwiches--a baguette with different kinds of meat (my favorite being pork belly) and pickled carrots and cucumbers. They are truly, truly scrumptious.

- Old houses and farm lands. Technically, the beautiful farm lands I love are in Pennsylvania, but we'll just consider it Delawarean territory. In some areas, you'd see the most beautiful corn fields complete with quaint barn and/or silo and mandatory weathered American flag topping it off on a hill inevitably making you want to change your life plans to working the family farm in the middle of nowhere.

- Beaches. An hour away from the beach?! Yez. I only went to the beach a few times this summer and wish I would've taken more advantage of it, but I still got a good dose of the sun and the sea. A good beach is just good for the soul.

- Delilah Radio. The one and only Delilah was transferred to an itty bitty station doing the same schmoopsy, sappy consulting those on their love lives bit with dramatic piano tracks in the back--she is just a delight and is consistently entertaining. What a treat to go to dorky ol' Delaware and to be surprised with her velvety voice on the radio. 

- Italian Water Ice. There are some places like this in Utah here and there (there was one in Logan for a short while, but it went out of business), but this definitely seems to be a popular east coast treat. While the name is a little goofy (water ice? Isn't..that...the same...ah whatever.), it's like a slushy/slurpee with frozen custard. Mmmmm.

(So, this post is making it pretty obvious that our French hobby of enjoying all the food still trickled into our lives in America...)

Aside from all of these things, I am pretty happy about the fact that we are no longer in Delaware. I didn't get the greatest vibes from there, but lot of it could have to do with the crappy apartment complex we were living in--our neighbors were constantly screaming at each other, unidentified smelly liquids made half of the washing machines unusable (IT WAS PEE. SOMEONE PEED IN A WASHER. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT.), our floor reeked of formaldehyde-like smell, our car was broken into the second day we got there, it goes on and on. It just kind of seemed like a place that made you go, "meh." (Those guys from Wayne's World were right.) And Ian may have also sworn to never step foot in Delaware again...
But it was our home for a little while. We (mostly just me though) had a great time soaking up some of the east coast vibe and seeing new cities. Ian worked his butt off this summer and although it might not have been the best experience for us, we learned a lot and got to spend a lot of time together--something I'll never complain about. It made us that much more excited for the fall in Utah, too.

But there it is. Thanks for the memories, DE. You're nice and probably great for someone out there. We probably won't be going on a second date, though. 


Ocean Cities

A few weeks back, Ian and I spent a day in Ocean City, Maryland and it was a delight. It was our last Sunday (Ian's only day off) while we were still in Delaware and we decided to make the most of our near-the-beach location and hop in the car and head to the little tourist-y city for beach-goers. (Did ya get enough hyphens there?)

It was such a relaxing and pleasant day. We spent a few hours playing in the water and soaking up the sun. The beach was busy and full of people, but it provided plenty of entertainment--seeing kids get pummeled by little two foot waves, but still excitedly shouting, "DID YOU SEE THAT?!" when they resurface never gets old.

For dinner, we did as Marylanders do. We headed to On The Bay for some endless "heavy crab" eaten with a mallet and your bare hands. It's an interesting experience and one that I have never done before. I ended up ordering some sort of soft-shell crab that was deep-fried instead of the original sort of crab in its shell that you have to break apart, which was too bad because Ian's order of endless crab far surpassed my order. The taste of fresh, real crab is just something else. The only downside is that it is quite a process. Our wait for a table was pretty long just because it takes so long to break apart your dinner and eat such small amounts--we, and every other customer, ended up eating for two hours  straight. Ha.

Afterwards, we headed to our car to go back home. But as we were getting in, Ian just stopped and pointed toward the beach and said, "Look!" The Supermoon was hanging just above the horizon line and it was truly a jaw-dropping sight. We just had to go back to the beach and gawk. I have been obsessed with the moon at various points in my life, so this was right up my alley. It was just dazzling.

At the end of the day, when we were driving home, I kept having these mini-revalations (if that's the right word) to myself just tapping into how happy, how blissful, I was feeling. I think in the last year or two, I've realized the power of a great day and how much of a blessing it is to just have a wonderful day even in the midst of maybe an unfortunate or not the best circumstances. It can keep you up for weeks, I think. Even though our experiences in Delaware aren't what exactly we were expecting and aren't totally ideal for us, we have been so blessed. In my head, it's just a part of the process, it's just part of the growing pains of life that help us to appreciate the better times.

Point being, a nice beach day heals in more ways than one.

Au revoir, sandy shores and cool waves. You've treated me well.


Sunday BBQ


A collection of photos from a lovely Sunday BBQ with friends at White Clay Creek State Park a few weeks ago.

Our summer time is starting to wrap up here and boy am I looking forward to the changing of the seasons. As much as I love summer, I am so ready to get back to Logan and to start school again. And Ian is, too. Ian's job out here is decent and Ian has been able to make some good money for us, but it is still sort of crappy in some ways. Every job is, I suppose, but it's just something that Ian has really no interest in and is ready for a change. And I just can't say how excited I am to back to school--Ian too for his masters degree. I am pretty scared to death, but so excited.

Ian and I are out here in Delaware because of a job that Ian got through our friend Adam. He and Ali (my bff) and their friends Scott and Shelby have all been out here and I will say that they are the best part about being out here. In France, I essentially only ever interacted with Ian. Of course I love him and I truly never, ever got sick of him or how much time we spent with each other, but I love having some friends out here. Especially Ali. I love her. My social skills got pretty rusty while in France (our trip home for Christmas honestly felt weird and a little jarring because of how much time we spent with our friends and family) and I've been needing something to make me snap out of it. Luckily, we've had these guys to make this summer a memorable one and I'm think I'm not so awkward anymore.

Cheers to fun friends (and their dogs, too)!