I left off my March roundup our dinner at Ceiba on the 31st with Suzanne (who we met on the BNL/Great Big Sea cruise), who was visiting DC with her folks. Great house made guacamole, plus I had some ceviche and slow roasted pork shank.
April started with my Christmas gift on Saturday the 2nd – a trip to Frederick, MD. We normally just take 15 to get there, but Jill wanted to check out Great Beginnings, a baby store in Gaithersburg where we’re doing our registry, so we stopped there (and had ice cream for lunch at Bruster’s). We got to Frederick and shopped for a bit (and I really enjoyed the clearance CDs at CD/Game Exchange).
We popped in early to Volt to grab seats at the bar. The drinks (so many drinks) were great and so was the food, but Jill only ordered two snacks and a salad, so we ended up at another bar where we got her a chili cheese dog. Next up was The Wailin’ Jennys at The Weinberg Center, doing their down home bluegrass thing very well.
It was a big home improvement month for me, starting on the 3rd when I patched some areas of the deck that were coming off and I painted about a quarter of the deck and stairs the next day. That continued the next weekend as I finished hanging posters and pictures downstairs â€“ too bad that also coincided with the FiOS HD DVR biting the dust. We also had dinner at Mom’s on Sunday the 10th to celebrate Dad’s birthday.
I’ve already written about my big trip to Cleveland here.
On Thursday the 21st I went to see John Popper & The Duskray Troubadours at the State Theatre. Known for being the frontman of Blues Traveler, this was his third solo album and my favorite, and I didn’t want to miss him in such an intimate venue. He didn’t want to miss it either, but his voice wasn’t cooperating and he’d gotten a steroid injection. It held up well during the show â€“ as he pointed out, he had with him three other lead singers, and they all got to sing one. He broke out several Blues Traveler songs, but I was most happy about “Hurdy Gurdy Fandangoâ€ from Frogwings.
Rush was playing in Baltimore on the 22nd, but I ended up skipping them (decided there was no way they could top seeing them the previous week). We did go out the next night to see Todd Wright at a house concert in Leesburg (actually a community pool house), and it was fun to see Linda, Cathi and Jolene there. It was more in the round then we’d thought, but still pretty fun.
April ended with Jill’s Christmas gift â€“ we went to L’Auberge Chez Francois for a cooking demonstration and lunch. Never had Alsatian cuisine before, fish paired with sauerkraut was odd but good, and the raspberry Napoleon ended the meal on a high note.