Day 3045 – We’re Going On An Adventure!!

Since today is Veteran’s Day, and Bret’s a vet (hmmm, there’s a kid’s book in there, me thinks), we’re visiting a few places for free food. We have a stop in Annapolis, so we’ll be visiting the restaurants down there. What’s on our list? Well, we’ve got a free donut at Dunkin’, a free doughnut and coffee and Krispy Kreme, a free lunch combo at Little Caesar’s (if we finish our work in time), a free sandwich at Mission BBQ, we might get the free entree (with those amazing unlimited salad and breadsticks) at Olive Garden. We’re also both in a “let’s really define our goals with photos and quotes and videos” moment. It’s funny, I’ve been wanting to rewrite my mission statements for some time, and Bret happened to have the same realization last night. So the driving will be filled with conversations about our goals and dreams. We’ve learned so much about that recently. It’s so important to really define your goals and how to achieve them.

Are any of my veteran readers getting some freebies today?


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Day 1462 – How To Celebrate Your Anniversary

Yesterday, we celebrated four years of marriage. It was such a great trip!! In an effort to help ya’ll plan YOUR anniversary celebration, I’ve put together a list to help you!

1. While you wait for your spouse to get off work, get in some work yourself!


2. Surprise your spouse with a present.

This brownie was only $2 and bought him lots of happiness!!!


3. Make sure you plan all of the details of your trip.

  • If your husband is working at a gym where he needs to lock up, make sure he has the right keys.
  • If he doesn’t, be prepared to drive all the way home to get them.
  • If you’re lucky enough to live with other people, see if they can meet you half way.
  • Give said person a great big hug! (THANKS MOM!!!!)
  • Give brownie to husband at this point, it will make his wait worth it.

4. Book a hotel near a cool restaurant, even if you don’t realize it until the day you leave.

Cheeseburger in Paradise, thank you very much!

5. Make sure you arrive at restaurant before they close!

We JUST made last call!


6. Enjoy the atmosphere of the restaurant.


7. Get a good night sleep and get up early for free breakfast.

8. Visit local historical city.

We chose Philly. I mean, it’s only 2 hours away!

9. Pick fun places to stop by.

We chose Jim’s. After seeing the line at Jim’s, we went across the street to Lickety Split. Got a cheese steak there!

10. If your plans change, don’t worry, just get a beer. Who cares if it’s noon, it’s your anniversary!


11. Check out the history in local historical city.

We chose The Constitutional Walking tour. In theory, this was a great idea! You hit all the big historical spots. As we walked from Lickety Split, we passed the Liberty Bell…I haven’t seen that many people in line in a really long time. It had to have been at LEAST 300. We were like, um, yea, forget that! One day I will see that bell, one day!! We walked in a few other places nearby. Stopped by Christ Church. Neat little church.


We did get a nice shot of ourselves outside, sitting on a bench.


But let us show you how we REALLY felt about the lines.


If all else fails, try the City Tavern. I think this was one of my favorite parts of the day! It was so cool thinking about all the things that took place in that tavern. We met some cool travelers there (one couple was on their first anniversary trip, stopping by on a layover! And two ladies from Baltimore!) who took our picture.



12. If you’re lucky enough to have a 7 Eleven anniversary, make sure you get your free Slurpee!


13. Take a nap to rest up for the last stop and the drive home.


14. Meet some cool people.

Our last stop was Good Dog. Fun little bar! GREAT beer on tap too. The guy sitting next to Bret asked what he got to eat (truffled cheese steak empanadas) and they started chatting. Long story short, they offered us tickets to the Phillies/Nationals game! Said there were fireworks after as well! At first, we were going to go. Hey, free tickets and all! But after thinking about it realistically, it wasn’t a good decision. We’d gotten little sleep, had a 2 hour drive (and 30 minute subway ride) and Bret had to work very early in the morning. So we gave them back. Would’ve been fun….but I won’t lie, even though I’m not the biggest fan of baseball, I am still loyal to the O’s. I would’ve felt like I was cheating on them. We are SO glad we chose to come home!

15. Enjoy the natural beauty around you.

As we made our way home, the sky exploded into amazing colors. Perfect end to the day!