July 4th Weekend Recap

I can’t believe it’s Wednesday already. Obviously I’m a little slow with the 4th of July weekend recap, but better late than never!


On Friday, I slept in a little bit since I didn’t have work. Yay for 3-day weekends!  Derek and I spent the morning lounging around and relaxing. The weather was beautiful here, which is rare on the 4th in North Carolina. We decided to take advantage of the weather and go out for lunch at Parker and Otis. Parker and Otis is a great restaurant in downtown Durham. They serve breakfast, sandwiches, and salads, and they try to use fresh, local ingredients as much as possible. Parker and Otis also has a store with gifts, gourmet foods, cheese, wine, and candy. Think of it as a modern, cooler Cracker Barrel store.

We were able to get a table on the porch and enjoyed the gorgeous weather while we ate.

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I ordered the 3 salad plate. There are about a dozen different salad choices. I chose fruit salad, curry chicken salad, and pasta salad with veggies. It was delicious!! I didn’t get a picture of it, but Derek got the shrimp BLT. He was a big fan.

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After lunch we went to the grocery store to get food for dinner. I shucked corn for the first time in my life. I’m a little ashamed that I’ve never done it before. Derek thoroughly enjoyed making fun of me for it. 🙂

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If you didn’t notice in the picture above, Derek was already decked out in his patriotic outfit at this point. A man shucking corn with us said he looked very “independent.”

We spent the afternoon cleaning up the house because some of our friends were coming over for a cookout. We supplied the meat and few snacks, and our friends brought sides. Derek’s friend Scott made guacamole. It was SO good. I swear guacamole is addicting.

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I was impressed with the presentation, too. Well done, Scott!

We ate our appetizers and snacks off of the “six-pack” plates seen below. The plates are a wedding gift from Derek’s aunt. I believe they’re from Crate and Barrel.

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I think they’re pretty fun. The hefeweizen plate is my favorite.

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In addition to guacamole, we had hot dogs, hamburgers, cherries, watermelon, salad, and chips. My friend Caroline also brought a great Mediterranean quinoa salad. It inspired me to make a tex-mex quinoa salad this week. Look for the recipe soon!

After dinner we set off some small fireworks and lit sparklers.

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This picture is actually from last year, but we wore the same outfits. Derek added on American flag shorts.

It was a fun, laid back 4th of July for us.

On Saturday we went to our friend Patrick’s pool. It was another sunny day with low humidity. We seriously could not get over how amazing the weather was this weekend.

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Derek and I spent the evening watching movies and enjoying our time together.

On Sunday we went to church and got brunch at Carolina Coffee Shop afterwards. It’s our favorite brunch spot in Chapel Hill, and it’s basically next door to our church.

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We spent the rest of the day getting Derek packed up and ready for his first rotation. Now that he is officially a 3rd year med student, he will be rotating through the different specialties for 4-8 weeks at a time. His first rotation is OBGYN for 6 weeks in Wilmington, North Carolina. I am, of course, sad about not seeing Derek during the week, but I’m also excited for him. I know he’s going to love finally getting out of the classroom and into the hospital.

All in all, it was a fabulous 4th of July weekend.

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