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Wrapping it Up

Hello, I’m alive!  Sorry to have disappeared after my last post, but the end of the vacation got very busy.  I think I last left you on Thursday morning after my Dinner for 7 post, right?  Ok, we spent Thursday on the beach as usual, and I enjoyed my typical turkey sandwich lunch followed by some beers.  The bf and I went on a walk later in the day and took some fun pictures.

I practiced my crow pose, it’s a big accomplishment for me to be able to hold this long enough for a picture to be taken.

grassy dunes

ocean with fun camera effects

The adults wanted to head back to the Sunset Grille for dinner, so we all went back on Thursday night.  We ordered an array of appetizers for the seven of us, I tried to capture them before they were devoured but it was tough.

the only surviving crab leg

Then for my meal, I ordered the BBQ ribs, mashed potatoes, and green beans, and omg so good.

BBQ Ribs

sides

After dinner, we all went back to the house and relaxed with a few drinks before calling it a night.  That seems to have been the typical routine for the week, up early with the sun, then to bed by 11 pm.  I have absolutely no problem with that either.

Friday was bittersweet because it was our official last day, since check-out time is by 10 am on Saturday.  It again was spent at the beach, and then around 4 pm when the tide started to roll in, we moved up to the pool.  The bf and I decided to use our last night there as a date night, and we went out to The Flying Dutchman for our last dinner at the beach.

date night love birds

It was pretty crowded, but the bf and I were able to secure a 7:15 reservation and were seated only about 15 minutes late.  For an appetizer, we ordered the Spinach and Artichoke Crab dip.

It was alright, definitely not the best one that I’ve ever had.  Then for my meal, I ordered the Half Chicken, roasted, with mashed potatoes and corn.

Removing chicken from the bone is not exactly my strong suit, so I struggled with it a little bit, and the bf helped a little.  I ate almost all of the chicken, minus the leg and wing, because dark meat freaks me out, and all the corn and mashed potatoes.  Unfortunately, something did not agree with my stomach at all, because I got so sick on Saturday and couldn’t keep any food in my system :(.  Oh well, it still tasted good at the time.

The bf ordered a pork bbq smorgasbord.  The North and South BBQ.  Eastern NC pulled pork and bone in chop northern style with mac and cheese, and sweet potato wedges.  He wanted to take a picture of it!

The pork chop is sitting on top of the pulled pork, haha so much food.  He brought his leftovers home with us.  Then sadly, it was Saturday morning and time to pack up and head home :(.  In order to avoid the traffic we sat in on the way down, we woke up at 6 am and were on the road by 7, but first we said goodbye to the house.

Sad faces before leaving :(.  I took some last farewell shots of the house to have also.

bye pool

bye hot tub

Bye Pottery Barn furniture that I loved

and finally…

goodbye house

It was a wonderful vacation, and I’m already starting to look for houses for next year.

Our plan to hit the road early and avoid traffic worked wonderfully, and the bf and I were in VA Beach a little under two hours later.  We spend the night there (it’s where he is from) and then I drove the rest of the way home by myself yesterday afternoon.  Audio books are my new saving grace for long car trips, I listened to two on this trip.

Today I am exhausted and working hard to get back in the swing of things, sigh.  I hate when vacations are over.  If my birthday wasn’t this Sunday, I would probably be in a deep depression, but at least I still have something to look forward to.

I’m slowly going through my Google Reader and catching up on what ya’ll have been up to.  Commenting will begin again soon!  I hope everyone has a great Monday!

11 Hours Later

Hello from the Outer Banks!  I’m currently relaxing on the couch with a glass of champagne after a full day of beach lounging.  Don’t hate me.  We arrived yesterday at around 5 pm, a mere 11 hours after we left the house.  Yup, a drive that should take 8 hours at the most, took 11 hours.  At 1:00 we were 48 miles away, traffic was brutal.  I have never hated having a manual transmission so much in my life.  My whole left foot went numb.  Oh and my sister got rear ended and I got a speeding ticket.  37 in a 25, suck it stupid Duck cop.  Needless to say vacation got off to a rocky start, luckily once we FINALLY arrived we were able to get right to this.

Relaxing in our pool with some beers, and the bf creeping up behind me.

We spent most of the night like this until the sun went down, then we relocated to the hot tub.  No one felt like cooking last night so we ordered some pizzas and just vegged out.  It was the perfect first night to vacation, and after getting up at 4 am I was more than ready for bed at 9:30.

This morning, the sun woke us up at 6 am sharp, and I was pretty sure I was sleeping on the face of the sun.  The bf and I managed to roll over and sleep until 8:30, at which point I got up got him some coffee and declared it time to run.  I actually woke my sister up by declaring “rise and shine it’s exercise time.”  If looks could kill I would be a dead woman.  Despite their initial resistance we knocked out a great 3 mile run this morning before it got too too hot.  Knowing I was going to spend all day in my bikini was exactly the motivation I needed to get up and run.  We packed up some lunches, filled the cooler with beers and waters, and then made our way down to the beach.  The beach was amazing, not crowded, and the water was perfect.  I spent the majority of the day either laying on the blanket reading my book or sitting in my chair reading my book.

The bf and sister throwing the football around, and my cousin emerging from the ocean.  I saw sooo many dolphins today, which always makes me happy and kick my feet like an excited three year-old.  When the bf asked what I wanted to do tonight, I looked at him and just said “this”.  Nothing makes me happier.  I just prepped some regular and turkey burgers to grill to celebrate the nation’s birthday, so I gotta run and get to cooking them.  I hope everyone is having a great 4th of July weekend!  Enjoy the rest of your night!

One month to go

Happy Thursday everyone!  I love when short weeks seem to fly by.  I also think I would always much rather have a Monday off then a Friday.  It seems easier to just drag yourself to work for one more day, and a Monday off feels more rewarding.  Just me?

Last night I hit the gym for my workout since it was still 90 degrees outside at 4 pm.  Surprisingly I had a great treadmill workout and no knee pain!

  • 32 minutes total (something like 3.1 miles)
  • 5 minute warm-up (.4 miles)
  • 2.5 mile run (about 23 or 24 minutes)
  • 3 minute cool-down

I was a sweaty mess afterwards and did some stretching, abs, and push-ups.  Pigeon pose is like my bff, I spend a lot of time in it after a run.  I will never neglect stretching my IT Bands again.

Dinner was a California Pizza Kitchen Frozen Pizza, the Spinach and Artichoke one again, it might just be my new favorite.

It really took all of my self-control to not eat the entire thing, I had to make myself put it into the fridge so it would stop staring at me.  I’m very excited because I don’t have PT tonight, the therapist took a vacation day or something, so I think the sis and I are making kabobs, whoooo!

Even more exciting news is that this time next month I will be en route to the Outer Banks, NC for my week-long beach vacay.  I haven’t been since 2008 so I’m pretty pumped.  Here are some of my fav pics from various OBX trips.

May 2006

This is in Duck at one of our fav restaurants

Enjoying some Alaskan King Crab Legs

And here’s where we’ll be staying in Duck this year!

Just Beachy!

I know my sister is going to yell at me for counting down the summer away, but I really just want to be on vacation!