On Tuesday August 2nd, my coworkers got Jill to come in and surprised me with a baby shower. It was such a surprise I didn’t even go at first – I was told it was a meeting, and I was finishing my lunch. I caught plenty of flack for that, but it was nice, the cake was good and they got us a pack and play and a lot of nice toys.

Wednesday my company had tickets for Taylor Swift at Verizon, so I took one (Jill said she was done with DC for a while). I headed down early and had dinner at Chop’t – had the El Diablo Cobb salad, nice and spicey. The show was quite a spectacle, more show than concert at points, but pretty good. And I never mind a good Tori Amos cover.

Taylor Swift

Saturday the 6th I did a bit of home improvement, then we were planning on going out for dinner and a concert. The Korean BBQ at Honey Pig was good. But Jon Carroll in Leesburg was a wash out and we headed home. Sunday we did the last of the baby shopping by getting everything left on our registry at Great Beginning, then had time to make a big dinner: pork marinated with orange and worcestershire sauce, black beans with green onions, cole slaw and corn on the cob. Plus fresh blueberry pie for dessert, all homemade (except the pie crust).

Tuesday the 9th I had been planning on seeing the Steve Miller Band all summer, already had a lawn ticket. But the weather was perfect and Jill decided she was feeling good, so she got us subs from Santini’s and chopped veggies and fruit for dinner. We upgraded to seats in the Loge and had a fun time – nice to knock what’s likely the final band off my summer concert bucket list.

Friday the 12th I went to see Drivin N Cryin at Iota. First time seeing them in 16 years (though I’d seen the singer solo since), and they rocked hard, played all the songs I wanted to hear.

Drivin N Cryin

We had dinner at Don Pablo’s Saturday – I had a craving and a coupon and it was our last chance to have queso without splitting it 3 ways. And it’s been a long time since I had El Matador – a long time favorite platter.

Sunday the 14th Jill’s mom and her sister Melissa came down (and brought us Sonic diet cherry limeades). Jill’s initial due date was the next day, so they wanted to be on hand. Jill’s last day of work was the 12th, so Melissa and her were basically on vacation. Monday we ran over to Dairy Queen for dessert after dinner, Tuesday we got takeout from Lakeside Asia Cafe and Wednesday we got ribs from Uncle Fred’s BBQ Smoke Shack after taking in a matinee of “Bridesmaids” (funny, but the first floor theaters in Reston aren’t well run).

Sue Jill Melissa

Saturday the 20th Jill’s mom took Melissa to BWI for her flight home (she could only come down for a week, a little sad that the baby hadn’t arrived before she left). In the evening we were invited over to the Larsens along with the Hreczucks and the Norwoods. Lotsa kids, good food (very tasty smoked turkey) and fun, but we had to call it an early night.

Tuesday the 23rd we (along with everyone else on the East Coast) experienced Virginia’s strongest earthquake in 100 years, one of 5/8 magnitude. Jill and her mom were at home, I was at work and my building swayed before it stopped, but everyone was ok and no apparent damage to our house.

The next day my mom was off and wanted to get together for a late lunch, so we all met up at Reston Town Center and settled on Jackson’s. Scrumptious rolls (as usual), delicious lobster rolls, good beer, fun times.

Saturday the 27th we braced for Hurricane Irene. We weren’t too concerned as we were predicted to be just on the edge of the affected area, but Mother Nature can be unpredictable, so we still stocked up on water and batteries. The biggest project I had to tackle was dig a trench for one of the downspouts in back to stop the water from coming back towards the house – I noticed after the first band of rain it was still filling up, so i had to go expand it. The night was pretty uneventful and the next day was really nice.

No baby yet, even though she’s late, but it hasn’t been too bad. Jill’s been relaxing, and the weekends have been fun, sitting around reading, watching TV, going out on the dock and eating good meals with her and her mom.