ALJ has been on maternity leave since mid-November. While I was in my own private Idaho for much of November and December, January has been a different story. By different story I mean, I’m not giving into the blues as much this month. Part of the whole resolution thing.
Anyway, because of this, ALJ, her sweet son JLJ, and I have been all about town this month. We started off with an at-home visit where ALJ cooked for us. It was fabulous as always. And I knew that that JLJ and I would be BFF. He just hung out in his swing and slept while ALJ and I were laughing and carrying on a few feet away.
And JLJ has continued to impress. When we dragged him to Baltimore on our first attempt to pick up my car from the auto body shop, he was a dream. We had a great day in Charm City, and ALJ and I fell in love with Baltimore and especially the Fells Point area. [Note: I have loved Balitmore since seeing the first episode of The Wire. But our outing was slightly different from a Wire episode.] So cute, delicious food, quaint shops, fun bars, and an amazing gelato shop. Only on the drive home did JLJ lose his mind a little bit. But ALJ, accustomed to dealing with infants, couldn’t have been more poised throughout the hysteria. And she managed to keep me calm too, which is a feat in and of itself.
When we had Charm City Take Two last week, JLJ was equally sweet. And, more importantly, ALJ found us a bona fide NJ-style diner in Baltimore. It’s on Eastern Ave and it just off the highway – which is very NJ. But more amazing – when we walked in, ALJ was like “Whoa, this place looks like the Tick-Tock! No, seriously, doesn’t this look like the Tick-Tock?”
Now for you non-New Jerseyians, the Tick-Tock (oh, and enjoy the music) is a diner in Clifton, NJ. If you travel Route 3 at all, you know this place. And chances are, you’ve been to this place. The Tick-Tock is a true diner. And the Broadway Diner is as well. You can get a delicious omlette or a perfect Greek salad 24-hours a day – you know, the way G-d intended.
So if you find yourself on 95 near Baltimore, check out the Broadway Diner. Who knows – you might find ALJ, JLJ, and me there.