Monica and Maryland

For those of you who don’t care about the details of my life are new to RER here is my Maryland deal in a nutshell:

After college I worked as a recruiter while looking for a reporter job. I finally scored and was offered a reporter position in Columbia, MD.

Ben and I packed up everything we owned and drove from California to Maryland the summer before last. Here’s our pit stop at Mt. Rushmore.

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After packing up my entire life for a new job, I was laid off. monica has crabs

Then, Maryland got hit by a bad winter and I was super depressed. monica in snow

I started to like MD by the spring, but Ben was already looking for jobs back home in CA.

monica and ben cherry blossom

Ben and I grew close to Matt and Kristin in MD, but decided to go back home to Southern California (where we live now).

the girls in Annapolis

Now I look back on my time in Maryland very fondly. I loved the running routes in Columbia. I loved the gym. I miss Kristin and Matt and being closer to east coast bloggers.

columbia, md running route

So, this mornings 4 mile run in Maryland was very nice and nostalgic Smile IMG_4061 (800x533)

IMG_4075 (800x533)The weather is PERFECT and really makes me miss it here <3 Plus, the houses are gorgeous and stuff we could only afford outside of CA.

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Kristin and Matt are very healthy and have a fridge full of delicious options. I made a bowl with Mango Chobani, tons of fruit salad, cereal and some crumbled blueberry muffin (couldn’t resist). yogurt bowl

With a huge Dunkin Donuts iced coffee of course!

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Ben and I are flying back to California this afternoon. This trip went by way too fast Sad smile Hopefully, we’ll be back to visit soon. Our layover is super short – please cross your fingers that we make it!

See ya later Smile


  1. says

    i’m glad that you had such a nice trip even if it was too short! sounds like it was a nice way to recharge & reconnect with a period of your life.

    honestly though, i was too distracted by that beautiful fruit salad. i basically face-plant into any fruit salad at picnics. i would take the whole platter for myself and leave the party if i could. oh wait, i have.

  2. says

    Oh how I love the east coast! I’m from South Carolina and although I LOVE California I miss some of the simple things about living back home…and the thought of owning a home is definitely one of them because it’s definitely not happening in OC anytime soon!

  3. says

    Thanks for the recap. I didn’t know what brought you to MD. That REALLY sucks that you got laid off after you move your whole life there. I’d be pissed too.

  4. says

    Stumbled upon your blog and am enjoying the read! Glad you had a good time on the East coast…I visited Southern CA a month ago and although I loved it, I don’t think I could ever leave the East coast; although, I wouldn’t mind the weather in CA 😉

  5. Marcee says

    M ….. Wow …. had no idea your first career-choice was that of a reporter. Yeah. I can really see you in that field. With a very out-going personality …. great writing skills + (surely!) brilliant-to-boot …. got it made!! Had you been given a better chance, I think it would have worked out all around.

    Good to know you and Ben had a nice trip in Maryland. Tons dif than sunny-hot California. Trust me …. this I know first-hand.

    How is Vegas doing?

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