Sunday, August 25, 2013

Dating a Baltimore Celebrity

My boyfriend is known to many as a Baltimore Celebrity. I knew this before we started dating, but I wasn't exactly sure what that would all entail.

Neal is an unofficial mascot for his tow favorite sports teams, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Baltimore Ravens.  As an unofficial mascot he goes as his altar ego, Carne Cabeza.

Carne Cabeza means "Meat Head" and is dressed as a Mexican wrestler.  He has two outfits dedicated to each team.  He also does charity work, in addition to just having a good time.

We do not have season tickets to the Orioles, but got to many home games per season.  Last Season a Mexican restaurant, Blue Agave, sponsored Neal as Carne and gave him season tickets to the Ravens.  His brother also has season tickets, which gives him the ability to be able to go to games as well.

What does it mean to go to a a game with Carne Cabeza, or even date him- you might ask... he is the star of the show, so many people either know him or recognize him, and it is a novelty- to see a guy dressed up like this; and hundreds of people want to take a picture with him.  Which honestly, is very annoying at times.  It takes a while to walk anywhere because of the constant stopping.  Another annyoing aspect is the fact that I am often photographed without my knowledge because I am near Carne.  A few weeks ago I was on TV.

At the same time, it is fun because he brings excitement in the stands and is always starting a cheer.  At games people always ask if I am bothered by the amount of girls/women that are "all over" my boyfriend for photos; and the answer is NO.  Neal would never do anything inappropriate, and for two... he comes home with me.  I am not a Ravens fan and have never been to a football game with Carne, but the routine would be the same.

Carne Cabeza at the Baysox

How would you feel dating a celebrity?

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Remembering that I am lucky

Often times things seem like they aren't going right- or that things will never get better.  Or when you are going through a crappy period you feel like things are never getting positive.  For instance I thought that I wouldn't see the light after some of the pain and trama I had experienced in years past.  Just because you are having a bad day doesn't mean you have a bad life (best quote ever, by the way).

Anyways, where I was going with this is- often times I dwell on things that aren't perfect, or not making me happy; and I forget how lucky I actually am.
So I decided to think about things that actually make me feel lucky...

For the first time in my life I am in a relationship with someone who I know loves me by his actions, not just his words.  Anyone can tell you they love you, but how they act and show you their love is so important.  It's all about "the little things" is an understatement.  Today he helped me not oversleep for work, and made me coffee and defrosted dinner- all without being asked.  Yesterday he made the bed and straightened up because the dog sitter orientation would be right when I got home; again he did this without asking.  He always kisses me before he leaves and when he comes home... he just makes me feel special, in away I have never felt.

Growing up I lived in a house hold where my Mom took care of everyone, especially my Dad.  I never felt like their relationship  "responsibilities" were shared.  So my relationship is nothing I have been accustomed to growing up or in previous relationships; and for that I feel lucky. 

My job has gotten me down in the dumps lately, but I need to remind myself how lucky I am to have a job; or the fact that I am not employeed working outside or doing anytype of physicaly labor.  Whew that I would make my job so much worse.  I also feel enveous for people my age who have "better" jobs than I do.  But, I need to be happy and realize I am lucky to have what I do.

Every day may not be good, but there is something good in everyday!

We all need to sit back and remind ourselves what makes us lucky- no matter if this is on a large or small scale.  Someone somewhere has it worse, and they are more positive that you...

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Farmers Market

There is a Farmers Market across the street from my office every Thursday in the Summer.  I have actually never been to a farmers market, but I am sure this one if pretty small, but I was completely impressed.
There were numerous stands full of fresh veggies and fruits.  There were also stands of fresh bread and cheese, along with stands where you could get a homemade Popsicle or a sandwich.
The weather was absolutely beautiful and I decided to go out at lunch.  98% of the time I pack my lunch.  When it is nice outside, and I have something that doesn’t need heated up, I love to eat outside; and today was perfect for just that!
At the market I got:
3 giant peaches: $2
2 squash/2 zucchini: $4
2 giant tomatoes: $2

I was pretty impressed with what I got! I have already decided that we are going to grill out tomorrow for dinner, and play bananagrams.  Grilled zucchini is one of my favorite side items!  Excited, as if I wasn’t already looking forward to Friday!  

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

This past weekend I turned 27

This past weekend I turned 27. There really isn’t anything thrilling about a 27th birthday, but this was probably the best birthday I have had in years! Most of which was due to great company and many people making such an effort for me to have a great celebration. 
The weekend before my birthday, Neal organized a cookout at our apartment. It was so much fun. We had a ton of food; Neal was cooking on our huge grill and there was wine! How could this not be a great party? My close friends and family were there and it was really special.
The following weekend, which is when my actual birthday was, Neal and I headed down the ocean. The last couple of years it has become a tradition I have made to go down the ocean near my birthday- and this year was no different.  We went down on Thursday night after work and stayed until Sunday evening.  It was a short trip, which we crammed with so much fun.
Thursday night we didn’t do much.  Got Burger King on the way down, then we got settled into the condo we were renting and pretty much hit the hay.

Friday morning we went to Fractured Prune to get doughnuts for breakfast. Neal had never had them before, and became addicted and soon wanted them every morning. Then we spent the day at the beach.  We got Scopes, which turned out adorable and had sandwiches for lunch.  Thursday night we went to Macky’s for dinner and headed back to our condo because friends were meeting us there.  Around 7:30pm it started to rain, which always put a damper on the beach. Our friends came up around 8:00pm, right when is started to monsoon. We decided to stay in. We played some games, order pizza and I drank wine like they were going to stop making it (per Neal). 
Saturday morning I woke up… feeling 27! We went to breakfast at Bay Side Skillet and I had the best crab omelet.  Neal gave me my birthday gifts, which were an O’s hat (one I wanted for about a year) and a Chris Davis t-shirt jersey.  I loved them both.  Breakfast was followed by Mrs. Pat and Cora singing me Happy Birthday, and getting various calls from friends, and family at home.  After a nice long, I had two bottles of wine the night before- nap; we went to the beach for the afternoon.  It was a little overcast, but I still got a little sun.  For my birthday dinner we went to Fish Tales, which is my favorite restaurant in Ocean City.  There was a long wait, but we spent the time relaxing in swing chairs and drinking pina coladas… my idea of a great night.  Dinner was delicious!  After dinner we went to the Boardwalk.  We cashed in arcade tickets I had brought from a previous trip to the ocean, and took photo booth pictures.  It was a really memorable night!
Sunday morning, I gave into Neal’s new addiction to Fractured Prune and got doughnuts again.  Then we drove up Costal Hwy and went shopping.  It was a very relaxing afternoon. For a late lunch we went to Higgins for crabs.  I had been eating so much the last few days; I was already too full for their famous all you can eat.  Neal got them, and I got stuffed shrimp.  After waiting for Neal to finish his crabs… for what seemed like forever we left OC and headed home. On the way out of Ocean City we got milk shakes from Dumsers. Mine was good, but not worth the tummy ache I knew I would be getting.      
 I believe there was a bit of traffic, and it took a little longer to get home.  I wouldn’t actually know because I am the worst passenger and fall asleep as soon as I get in the car. I am pretty sure Neal prefers me to sleep, especially because he wanted to listen to the Ravens pre-season game on the radio- which I would not had allowed since it was still my birthday weekend ;)
Turning 27 did bring on some emotions. I always thought that I would be doing something else, living somewhere else or having a different career.  But I can honestly say that I am happier than I have ever been, and wouldn’t want my life to be any other way.  I am choosing to be happy in my current situation and live up the life I have!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Neal's Takeover!

Hi, I am Neal and I am taking over Jess' blog today!  Apparently she is not sure if this is working EVERYWHERE or just where she intended to post.  For some reason she has been denied access to writing a new blog post today, but luckily for you, I am able to.  So without further adu, here's my blog entry: