I jetted off to glamorous College Park, MD this weekend–and by jetted off, I mean I took the 3a train from Penn Station (quelle glamorous, right). My dear sister Susie picked me up at the metro station and we proceeded to dart around suburban Maryland and hit up Target (where I got a 2015 planner from the Sugar Paper LA line) and the liquor store. We listened to Taylor Swift loudly. It was just lovely. Then I napped. And then we went to Chipotle.

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On Sunday, we traversed the beltway and headed to Sugarloaf Mountain (it is really kind of a hill) where we hiked SEVEN MILES. The vistas were worth it.

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After our hike (which seemed endless at at least one point), we stopped at the Sugarloaf Winery, conveniently located at the base of the mountain, where we had some wine and cheese and sat outside. It was just lovely.

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And when we got home, I napped again. And then we crafted and drank more wine.

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I am always amazed that my dear sister can handle that Maryland driving. I get anxiety thinking about it. Regardless, my visit was just what I needed to get over a bad week. And I’m very thankful that Susie let me escape NYC and welcomed me!


Well, Susie came and we had lots of fun. I got to show of my smarty-pants sister to the folks at Nightline.


And then we had a day of pampering. We had bagels at Lenny’s and did some shopping. Then we got our nails done. And went to DryBar on the east side.


We had margaritas and guac to pump us up for my birthday party.


And we took a series of blurry pictures at my party.

Speaking of my party! My lovely friends came and showered me with presents and fun. We danced until the wee hours of the morning and rang in my old age with gusto. The next morning, my old age made itself known.


And Susie and I got froyo before she had to catch the bus back to Maryland. Boo hoo.



I returned yesterday from a lovely weekend in Washington, DC’s ghetto suburb College Park where I visited my dear sister, Susie. We visited my old haunts and her new haunts–including a stimulating evening listening to University of Maryland MFA students reading their works. We indulged in wine and grilled cheese. She cooked Mac & Cheese for me. We watched the Mary-Kate & Ashley classic “Our Lips Are Sealed.”



My visit was truly wonderful. Thank you, Susie, for taking me in and giving me Diet Cokes.