No, not houses.  But we are moving blogs to an address that better suits what this blog is all about.  We’ll see you over at cornerhousechronicles.wordpress.com!  It’ll take a bit of time to get it up and running…the content from this site will make its way over there too.   See you on the flip side!

True to form, we’ve started a new decade with a huge new adventure.  Yup, we’re on our way to meeting our first child – a son!  Want to meet him?  Here he is at 19 weeks:

Our baby boy!

We’re nearly 23 weeks now and we’re hard at work on nursery, name, daycare, and life-in-general plans.  We’ll be back soon to share more!

Happy 2010!

CB and I went to a lovely, four-course dinner last night at a local restaurant.  My four courses: Eggplant Tian, spring mix salad, crab/lobster cakes, and a chocolate duo.  Chris’ four courses: fried oysters, lobster bisque, braised short ribs, and Bananas Foster.  We topped it all off with two huge glasses of champagne and a drive to visit with family.  It was definitely the right way to wrap up our year and welcome in a new one.

As we were toasting the beginning of a new decade, we realized that the last decade was huge for both of us.  Check out our list:

In the first decade of the millennium…

1. We both graduated from college with various honors.

2. Chrissy got her Master’s degree (and Chris drove back and forth down I-95 with her!).

3.  We started our careers.

4.  We rented an apartment.

5.  We got engaged and married.

6.  We both bought our first cars.

7.  We purchased our first home.

8.  We traveled across the country and back.

9.  Chris was published in three books and numerous magazines.

10.  We both saw our names in print by writing for our college newspaper.

11.  We adopted a quirky, lovable mutt.

12.  We traveled to France and Italy (via Switzerland!).

13.  We ran three half marathons and countless other races.

14.  Camped in Maine, Maryland, Colorado, Montana, and California.

15.  Went to Disney World.

16.  Visited the Easternmost and Southernmost points in the U.S., plus the 45th parallel.

17.  Drove through 33 states and one Canadian province.

18.  Climbed Half Dome…and a lighthouse.

19.  Weathered two blizzards, two hurricanes, and a tornado.

20.  Chrissy learned to knit.

21.  Spent three summer weeks in Hatteras.

We’d say that was a busy first decade, wouldn’t you?  Maybe we’ll slow down for the next decade.  Ha!  Who are we kidding??  We believe in towing the line between conventional and flat out wacky…especially in a decade when we’re both going to turn 30!  We’d like to give a special thanks to our family members who have made so much of our list possible.  Stay tuned for more adventures!

It seems like it was just yesterday that I updated our blog.  Surprise!  Three months have flown by.  Truthfully, they’ve been mostly tied up with work stuff.  I’ve been working hard to make my library a space that’s more welcoming to students.  So far, my efforts have been successful.  Our mornings are incredibly busy as students come in for help with projects and to return/select books.  I’ve created an office for myself and just received an order of 102 new books for the library.  Oh yeah, and I’ve been teaching classes a fair amount too.  So work, combined with  yet another graduate class, makes for a pretty exhausting week.  Chris is in the same boat with work.  He’s teaching, advising the yearbook, and running the Writing Center.  It’s wonderful to commute together again but it does make for long days: I get there early and he stays late so that we can manage our differing schedules.

As for our graduate class (Chris and I are in the same one)…well, let’s just say that I think it’s the worst class I’ve ever taken.  The class itself is a joke but the busy work is pretty intense.  It helps to know that this time next month it will all be over.

Despite finding most of our time tied up with work, class, and housekeeping, we have found a few short escapes.  On September 11, we ran the Run to Remember in Baltimore (in the pouring rain) and then took off for a weekend camping trip to Swallow Falls State Park in Garrett County.  It was the perfect mini-escape.   At the end of the month, we went to see the Terps play an amazing game against Clemson.  We’re so proud to be alums of that school!

In mid-October, Chris and I set a personal best at the Baltimore Running Festival 5K with a time of 25:08 (which put us at 336/337 out of 2708 runners!).   We managed a quick weekend trip to Maine to see the leaves.  And a few weeks ago, we took a day trip up to Lancaster to just get away and um, eat ourselves into comas at Shady Maple.

I’m not sure where the next few months will take us.  The holidays are approaching so fast and yet it was 72 degrees and sunny today.  It makes it kind of hard to think about anything except steel drums and margaritas.  Anyway, here’s a glimpse of our autumn:

View from the roof of the Met

View from the roof of the Met

This blog makes it seem like we spend a lot of time in NYC.  We really don’t, even though we took another day trip up there two weeks ago.  Chris and I have discovered train travel!  We love it.  In fact, I think I get more excited about riding the train than I do about the actual destination.  Anyway, while we were sitting in our grad class this summer, we found ourselves frustrated that our summer was slipping away into work and school.  So we decided to price Amtrak for a daytrip to Manhattan.  We found a reasonable deal and booked our trip for mid-August.  We had only ever been to the Big Apple in the dead of winter and we both wanted to see what Central Park looked like in full bloom (it’s lovely).

As usual, we did a TON of walking.  I think it worked out to about 100 blocks by the end of the day.  But we soaked up some time at the Met and made our way down to Chelsea Market.  The Met had this crazy exhibit on the roof called Maelstrom, which you can see in the picture.  I think we both expected the roof to be bigger than it actually is, but it was fun to be able to walk through the art.

In the Maelstrom

In the Maelstrom

So why Chelsea Market?  I’m not much of a TV watcher but when I watch, I usually find myself tuning into (is that phrase outdated now?) the Food Network.  I knew they don’t do tours, but I wanted to see where the building is.  It’s a modern, meandering market that takes up a good city block or so.  It reminded us a lot of the Underground in Atlanta.  I’m not sure that it was worth the walk just for that, but it was fun to just explore the city on foot.  We both agreed that we feel like we’ve seen and explored enough of the city now to cross it off our “list”.

In other news, I officially started work in my new library this week.  I’m having trouble readjusting to the sleep schedule and I’m feeling a bit unfocused so far.  I’m used to worrying about gradebooks, classroom decorations, and lesson plans at this point in the year.  Suddenly all those issues are gone.  It’s exactly what I wanted and yet I’m not sure what to do with my time until I can start ordering books and getting classes into the library for projects.  The best thing about it all so far is that I got my first ARC!  For those of you outside of the book world, an ARC is an Advanced Reader’s Copy – basically a copy of a book before it hits the bookstore shelves.  Last week Meg Cabot, author of a zillion books including The Princess Diaries series, had a contest for teachers/librarians to get an ARC of the latest book in her Allie Finkle series.  I quickly sent an e-mail explaining that I’m beginning my career as a middle school librarian and am inheriting a library in need of new books.   I won!  I had the book in my mailbox when I arrived at work yesterday.  Sooo…I’m officially a Meg Cabot fan for life.  Can’t wait to read it and get it on the shelves.

I won!

I won!

Thanks for stopping by!   Stay tuned….

I bet you were wondering if we’d abandoned this blog.  Truthfully, life has been kinda crazy the first half of ’09.  Here’s a quick recap and then some pics of our vacations.  Sorry for the delay!

Work Stuff

January through June was spent concentrating mostly on our professional lives.  Chris was accepted into Towson’s Information Technology grad program.  I found out that I need 12 credits to add my School Library Media certification to my Masters.  We ended up taking a quick class together this summer and walked out with easy (but not fun) A’s.  Now I’ve got 9 credits to go; we’re taking a second class together this fall through Towson.  Chris also worked on starting a Writing Center at EHS for kids who struggle with academic writing skills.  I saw the planning that went into it and I can honestly say that it’s going to be an awesome program if it’s promoted and maintained.  He has a team of two other teachers working with him to make it happen.  It’s exciting!

I was hired as the librarian at Edgewood Middle, which means that I’ll be working next door to my hubby.  There’s a ton of

Chrissy's New Library

Chrissy's New Library

potential and need in that building, so I’m looking forward to jumping in in a few weeks.  I also worked on a team that drafted a policy to dictate the steps the community can take to challenge a book in school libraries.  It sounds kind of dull, but when you think about it in terms of freedom of speech and a child’s freedom to read, it’s a pretty special project.

Summer Awesomeness

At the end of June, my family rented a house on the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a week.  We had a blast biking, eating, playing frisbee on the beach, and soaking up time with everyone.  It was a great way to kick off the summer.  The bonus?  My grandparents picked up the tab for the trip as a surprise to the family.  We were stunned and very thankful!

Hatteras sunset

Hatteras sunset

July was booked.  We celebrated our five year wedding anniversary.  Chris turned 29 (gasp!), but we kept things pretty low-key.  We went to dinner and a movie on his birthday and also celebrated by taking a tour of Clipper City Brewing Company.  Later in the month we went to see AC Milan vs. Chelsea at Ravens Stadium (a birthday/anniversary gift from Chris’ family).  You can read Chris’ post about Clipper City here and his post about the soccer game here.

We decided to take a last minute camping trip to Maine last week.  It was wonderful to see the rocky Maine coast again. (We hadn’t been up there in a year, which is pretty unusual for us.  We usually go every three months or so.)  We spent our first night camping at Bradbury State Park in Freeport.  I asked the camp host if it was going to rain that night and he told us that the clouds were high, so he didn’t think so.  You know what happened, right?  It poured.  Our tent leaked a bit, but we were fine.  The next morning we packed up our soaking gear and headed up the coast.  Along the way we stopped at Wiscasset, Camden, Gull Rock Pottery, and Schoodic Point.  All were beautiful in the way that only a Maine summer can be.

Sunrise in our tent

Sunrise in our tent

We arrived in Cobscook to beautiful weather.  Our campsite was incredibly private.  The nearest people were at least four sites away from us and we couldn’t see or really hear them at all.  It was dry, so we decided to leave the rain fly off the tent the first night – it was worth it just to see the stars and the sunrise over the water.

The next day, we decided to take a cue from a recent Backpacker article and head to the Cutler coast for a 5.8 mile hike.  The scenery was stunning and we had it largely to ourselves.  We saw two green snakes, moose tracks, and yes, mosquitoes.  Once we finished, we were muddy, tired messes but we wanted to keep exploring.  Up there, the tide dictates what you’re able to see and do because the difference between low and high tide can be as much as 28 feet.  We knew that the lighthouse we wanted to visit was only accessible at low tide, so we took a drive up to Lubec, which is the Easternmost Point in the United States and then crossed into New Brunswick, Canada to visit East Quoddy Head Lighthouse.   Again, we had the place mostly to ourselves.  We were lucky enough to see a whale!  The Bay of Fundy is prime whale habitat because of the abundance of vegetation.  We watched him for a few minutes before he headed farther out in the bay.

Our final night was a pouring mess.  Suffice it to say that we’re pretty experienced campers and we have never seen so much rain on a trip.  Our tent was saturated and our gear started to get wet as well.  The solution?  We ran to our car and set up camp inside it (thank you Honda Element!).   We were able to stretch out, stay dry, and oddly enough….sleep really well!

Cutler Coast in Maine

Cutler Coast in Maine

I think I’ve written enough of a book for now.  We’re gonna try to be better about updating this, so stop by periodically!  Lots of love….C2

 

CB and I spent the weekend in NYC!  Here are a few pics of our lovely weekend:

 

We took the train from Aberdeen to Penn Station.

We took the train from Aberdeen to Penn Station.

 

We finally arrived at our rented apartment in Greenwich Village!

We finally arrived at our rented apartment in Greenwich Village!

The kitchen in our weekend digs.

The kitchen in our weekend digs.

 

The master suite

The master suite

Waverly Place...as in, the Wizards of Waverly Place (Kay, we took that pic for you!)

Waverly Place...as in, the Wizards of Waverly Place (Kay, we took that pic for you!)

Beautiful Central Park!

Beautiful Central Park!

 

Outside the Met

Outside the Met

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We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge!

We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge!

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Inside the Met

Inside the Met

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We passed a bakery on Third Street with this window display of cookies in honor of the NFL playoffs!

We passed a bakery on Third Street with this window display of cookies in honor of the NFL playoffs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just had to show you the snowflakes hanging from the living room ceiling in the apartment.  Aren't they cute?

I just had to show you the snowflakes hanging from the living room ceiling in the apartment. Aren't they cute?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hanging out in Penn Station, waiting for the train home.

Hanging out in Penn Station, waiting for the train home.

Snowy scenery somewhere in New Jersey

Snowy scenery somewhere in New Jersey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had a fantastic trip!  Thank you, Heather, MM, Poppy, and Joan for taking care of Bax and getting us to and from the station!  Have a great week, everyone!

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