Ravens Territory Part II.

There’s something I forgot to mention about our adventures on Saturday.  Remember how I said that we went back to the hotel to relax in the hot tub? Well, I stayed in the hot tub, and Jarid decided he wanted to swim some laps.  With his contacts in.  With his eyes open.  Needless to say, when he came up out of the water laughing and asking me to guess what happened, I was a little leery.  Sure enough, he had lost both contacts… the only ones he had brought along… and he had forgotten to pack his glasses… We both had a minor freak out, thinking he wouldn’t be able to watch the show at all, but then we came up with a plan.  I called America’s Best which was only about 2 miles from our hotel.  I pleaded with the woman to help us and explained the entire situation.  Luckily, thanks to the GPS, we were able to find the America’s Best, get Jarid a “trial pair” of contacts, and the sweet woman who offered them to us for $10 didn’t even take our money.  She was wonderful!  I couldn’t believe how friendly the people were… I know that sounds judgy… and it was! The area was somewhat of a slum, and Jarid and I could feel all eyes on us as we scrambled for change to feed the meter in a not-so-nice part of town.  I simply smiled, was polite, and did my best to be friendly, and in return, much to my surprise, everyone was kind and helpful.  We even had to ask for directions!  People were MORE than happy to help.  What a fiasco, though!?!

Okay, back to Sunday…

We slept in, due to the fact that we didn’t get back to the hotel from the play until about 11PM.


Not to mention the fact that I still wasn’t feeling up to par.  No gym for us!  Instead, we opted for a walk and sit-down breakfast.


1/3 C. oat bran, 1 C. water, 1.5 tsp. coconut oil, 1/8 C. sugar free syrup with a 0% greek yogurt on the side


After breakfast, we admired Inner Harbor for a bit and walked back to the hotel.  Jarid stumbled over this in one of the sidewalks.


He was listing off names that he recognized in the bricks.


Since none of the shops were really open until 12:00 noon (when we had to check out of our hotel), we decided to say “Bon Voyage” a little early for a pit stop on the way home.


IKEA!!!!!!  Jarid had never been there, and I wanted him to have the IKEA experience with me.


We didn’t go there in need of anything, it was more or less just to get an idea of what we’d like in our permanent house someday, what styles we like, etc.


Each set up was completely unique.  I love that about this place! It’s so much easier to pick things out when you have a visual of potentially what it would look like!


I’m really into grey and yellow.  One of our friends did her baby’s nursery in the two colors, and it is absolutely adorable!


Anddd for a future little Snyder girl? 😉  Don’t get the wrong idea, I’m not pregnant yet, but it’s still fun to look!


IKEA has an unbelievable amount of odds and ends.  Things you’d never know you needed, but can totally come in handy.  After we got through the entire place, we had a small bag full of goodies to take to checkout.  We were hungry, so we took our purchases out to the car and headed to the cafeteria.


I could see Jarid’s eyes light up when we approached the menu.  He narrowed it down to chicken fingers and french fries or swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy.


He also added some mac ‘n cheese to his meal, along with this apple pie dessert that he was eying up the entire time we were in line.


I, however, opted for the delicious looking vegetable soup from the salad bar and asked for a side of the steamed vegetables to go with it.


It was awesome because I was a little worried that they might be drenched in butter, but the server assured me that they were simply steamed!  She was right.  Totally plain, steamed veggies.  I added salt!  YUM.


I added some hot sauce because I was in the mood for a little “kick”.  Plus, the spice really helped clear out my congestion for a little while!  The bowl was filled to the brim with green beans, squash, tomatoes, and carrots.  Perfect comfort food!

On the car ride home I dug into a Cinnamon Roll Questbar.  It was bomb.


The rest of the evening was super low-key.  We watched the Superbowl, snuggled up on the couch and enjoyed some rest and relaxation before the work week started.  It was the best way I could’ve imagined ending the weekend.

Oh, and I used our new IKEA purchase to make some frothy diet hot cocoa.


This battery powered frother was only $2.99, believe it or not!  Our other purchases included at 17-piece Tupperware set, 2 wooden racks (we plan to use them in the kitchen for holding cooking oils, etc. to free up some cabinet space) for $3.99 each, and surge protectors – $5.99 for a two pack.

I’d say, all in all it was a super successful weekend.  If you’re reading this, husband, thank you so much for an experience I’ll never forget ❤


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