Picture Dump

Since I was gone for so long, I figured the best way to recount those missed occasions was through pictures, rather than words.

I bought a car 🙂

AC graduated!

AC graduated!

Congratulations Grads!

Congratulations Grads!

 

Our little family

Our little family

 

My favorite people

My favorite people

 

Ate my first crabs of the season!

Ate my first crabs of the season!

YUM!

YUM!

and finally...another picture of ML with the Charlie bug

and finally…another picture of ML with the Charlie bug

 

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Finally Friday

We made it…woo!

This has been an exceptionally busy week for me personally, and many of the people around me.  Usually I am able to thrive off of excited energy and power through deadlines and major projects, but this week has me beat.  So here is a list of a few things that I’m feeling right now.

1. Dr. Who

dr who

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I know I am acceptionally late to the party on this one, but I’m obsessed.  Little AC has been a Doctor Who fans for years and I would catch an episode or two here and there with her.  But thanks to the glory of Netflix I am catching up on the latest 7 seasons.  Its an amazing show, great storylines, great British humor, and the Tenth Doctor is bad on the eyes either.  I recommend you watch a few episodes, give it a try.

2.  Running

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Last October when I accompanied Mommy Dearest to the Baltimore Running Festival, I promised myself I would run in it next year.  After much thought, research, and Buzzfeed lists about what to accomplish in your 20s, I have settled on doing the half marathon.  Yes, you heard it here, I am sanely choosing to travel 13.1.  I refuse to say run it because honestly I will never be able to run that far, but I will be able to GO that far.  I found an awesome 6 month training guide, which gives me plenty of time.  I am pumped just thinking about when I finally get to put a 13.1 sticker on my car, becaue you better believe I’m that kind of person.

3. Puppies

No explanation needed, just take a look at them.

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puppy2

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puppy3

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  My kind of dog.

Medium City: Hamilton Tavern

As a lifelong Baltimorian I have seen the ups and downs a city can undergo in just a few decades.  The neighborhood I live in is solidly middle class, with tree lines streets and single family homes.  When I was a youngster it was a totally safe place, while Baltimore ranked among one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.  Flash forward to the early 2000s and the neighborhood began to change.  With the growth of the Baltimore suburbs began the great familial exodus, and the problems with urban decay. This is not a urban theory blog or sociology blog, so I will refrain from getting into my personal theory or opinion about the early 2000s in my neighborhood.

One great change that came with the new identity of the neighborhood was that it was a great place for artists and new chefs to bring their ideas.  Within a few years the mainstreet corridor was dotted with restaurants, taverns, bakeries, all wonderful and many adhering to the farm to table ideology.

With that being said, I have only tried a few of these eateries and I want to take you on my locavore adventures with me.  First on the list, the Hamilton Tavern.

Image via Hamiltontavern.com

Image via Hamiltontavern.com

The Hamilton Tavern is a local tavern know for its burgers and beer.  I of course got neither on my recent trip. Go figure.  While this recent trip was my first, it will hardly be my last.  Most important item first: THE FOOD IS A-MAZE-ING!!!!!  I got their Grownup Grilled Cheese, made with muliple cheeses, including PIMENTO CHEESE!!, bacon, onions and tomatoes, served with their tomato florentine soup.  It was huge and so delicious, I swear I could have eaten 4.  I had a phenom glass of pinot noir, a different choice for me, but super tasty.  ML went the traditional route and got their famous burger, and a beer locally brewed in Philly, which I have never seen outside of the Philly area.

All in all I would highly recommend the Hamilton Tavern.  Our server was great, and she didn’t even mind when halfway through our meal we asked to switch tables to get away from the door and the polar vortex outside.  It was also great for me personally to go there on the random Thursday night we did because when we walked in there were family and young couples everywhere, something that has been gone but steadily returning to little old Hamilton.

Who am I…I’m Katie Schoe

..I hope everyone who reads that title reads it as I do, in the melodic voice of Jean Valjean a la Hugh Jackman.

Where to begin?  Well to start my name is Katie and I live in Baltimore.  I was born and raised here, left for four years of college in Philadelphia (T U, You know!!), returned to Baltimore to finish my undergrad after some tough times, and I officially graduate on next week.

I have an amazing family made up of my mom and my little sister, AC.  My dad passed away when I was 15, but my mom has been dating a great guy for the pat year.

I met the love of my life in a basement more than three years ago.  We will call him ML and he is wonderful.  He is everything I could have asked for, he is perfectly imperfect.  I could write for days about him but I will spare you.  We are currently in the midst of a long distance relationship, with me here in Baltimore and him still primarily in Philadelphia.  Say a little prayer and do a little dance to the Employment gods with me for him.

I work for a major nonprofit organization, and I love what I do.  When I leave work after a 50/60/70 hour week, I know that ultimately what I toiled over is going to benefit millions of people.  #warmfuzzies

I’m still trying to figure out what I’m going to make of this blog, I’m going to say it will be part my nonsense, part attempts to make things from Pinterest (also nonsensical), maybe a healthy living update every once in a while.  Whatever it becomes, I hope you will stick with me.

Let’s be a little cliche…

Welcome to my blog!

This little corner of the interwebs is the result of encouragement from Mr. ML, new found free time, and a need for a outlet space.  So here it is.  I’ve never been fantastic at this, I had a Xanga a million years ago and wrote in it approximately four times over three years.  But I’m hoping this will be a better adventure, after all I am 23 and not 12 this go around.

So as this is part of a list of promises I am making to my self (NOT resolutions)..Here is the rest of the list:

1. Get healthy.  If I lose weight, which I most likely will, fantastic.  If I don’t, so be it.  I am dedicating time to living healthier, not just through food and excercise, but through managing my anxiety issues through new channel (Hello blog!) and making an effort to be happy.

2. Organize.  I like to pretend I’m super organized.  I have this beautiful planner that I write things and and then forget to look at.  I have a color coordinated office calendar, that I forget to look at.  I have been so overwhelmed over the past few years with school, an intership/job, and part-time jobs that all of my good intentions to get organized has faltered.  But as I hope to become calmer, maybe fewer things will slip my mind.

3. Have fun.  ML and I are going to master the savings game moving forward.  Someday we are going to move out of my mother house, someday we are going to get hitched (I hope), and someday we are going to travel the world.  And that all requires large sums of money.  But we don’t want to spend our lives living like church mice until we can for over tens of thousands of dollars to do these things.  So we are taking the advice of one of my recent classmates, who own a wonderful Italian restaurant in Baltimore, and we are treating ourselves to something new or fancy or fun once a month.  I’m excited to try the many places that Baltimore and Philly have to offer.

Much of this doesn’t make sense since no one knows anything about me yet, but it will all fall into place soon enough.