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Wilmington Weekend Recap

After a week apart, I was so excited to spend the weekend with Derek in Wilmington. My weekends are usually spent relaxing, cleaning the house, and catching up on errands, so it was great to get out of town and do something different. It ended up being an even better weekend than expected. We had such a good time that we considered it a “mini-vacation.”

We typically eat out 2 to 3 times per week since most of the meals I make are healthier and much cheaper, so this was an exceptional weekend. It was totally worth it though. I love exploring new places through food. In fact, I think I’m going to make a restaurants page on the blog for all of the cities I visit.

Right after work on Friday I made the 2 1/2 hour drive and arrived in Wilmington around 8pm. I realized how much I missed Derek as soon as a saw him. It’s a bit corny to say, but everything about my life is brighter with him in it. He gave me a quick tour of the apartment he’s staying in and then we headed out for dinner.  We were both famished!

We went to one of my favorite restaurants in Wilmington. My best friend Jenna went to college at UNCW, and she introduced me to Indochine when I visited her. Indochine has the best Thai curries. The panang curry is the bomb.com. It was past 10pm by the time we finished dinner, and we passed out as soon as we got back.

After a night of blissful sleep, we spent Saturday morning catching up and being lazy. We eventually decided to grab lunch and head to the Carolina Beach, which is only 20 minutes from Derek’s apartment. We picked out a restaurant at random, and boy did it turn out to be a good one. We went to Surf House. Not only was the food fresh and delicious, the restaurant focuses on using local, sustainable foods.


We started with corn bread and honey-bourbon butter. I’m originally from Kentucky, land of bourbon, so we couldn’t resist trying it. Honey + bourbon= always a winner.


Derek got the shrimp BLT. I tried a bite of the sandwich, and the shrimp was much better and more flavorful than anything I get at the grocery store. Surf House also makes their own salt and pepper chips, which were very tasty.


I got the fish tacos with grilled mahi-mahi. The pickled onions and arugula definitely took the tacos to the next level for me. It makes me want to experiment with pickling.


We saw these bikes outside the restaurant. Love the koozie holders!


After the scrumptious lunch, we hit the beach. The weather was gorgeous, and we spent the afternoon swimming, reading books, and going for a walk.


Derek’s light reading includes OBGYN case files, haha!

It was the kind of day that reminds me how lucky I am to live just 2 hours from the beach.


In the late afternoon we headed back to the apartment and got cleaned up for a night out. We went to see the new Planet of the Apes movie. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the movie. I was in suspense throughout the entire movie. I definitely recommend checking it out. After the movie we got a late dinner at another Wilmington favorite Flaming Amy’s. The rest of the evening was spent goofing off and enjoying our time together. I think we fell asleep before 11pm again. We’re such rowdy 20-somethings. 🙂

On Sunday morning we woke up, made coffee, and watched TV on the couch. It’s the simpler moments like drinking coffee together in the morning that I miss the most when Derek’s gone. I’m thankful for that time this weekend.

Before I headed back to Durham, we got lunch at Chops Deli in downtown Wilmington. I cannot say enough good things about this place. The owner is personable and kind; he goes out of his way to greet and thank every customer for coming in.


Chops Deli also uses local produce and eco-friendly products. The plastic cups we got were made of corn and can be used for compost. Besides the friendly staff and a sustainable/local focus, I ate on of the BEST sandwiches I’ve ever had. I’m not exaggerating. It was amazing. I got the Marseille, which comes includes the following components: maple glazed chicken, french brie, spring mix, tomatoes and cajun remoulade, on a French baguette.


SO GOOD. You need to try it.

I packed up and headed back to Durham after lunch. I was sad to leave, but I’m looking forward to Derek coming to Durham this weekend. It’s been a busy week thus far, and I know it will go by fast!

Anniversaries, Tears, and BBQ {Weekend Recap}

If you’ve seen some of my other daily life posts, such as Tacos, Ice Cream, and Massages or Tornados, Meal Planning, and My Last Night at the Clinic, you know that I am not exactly creative when it comes to the post titles. I’m just lazy. I like to be descriptive, but still have an air of mystery. You may ask yourself, what anniversary? Who’s crying? Why didn’t I eat barbeque this weekend?? All of your questions will be answered. (Except the one about barbeque. Why didn’t you eat barbeque this weekend??? It’s delicious.)

Friday, June 6th, was my parents 33rd wedding anniversary. I had fun putting our wedding photos side by side. It’s cool to see how much I look like my mom.  I’m blessed to have parents that have been married for more than 3 decades, and they are a great example of marriage for Derek and me. Even though they’ve been together for most of their lives now they still go out on dates and try new things together. Their relationship shows that love takes work, but it is absolutely worth it with the right person. Here’s to 33 more years!


My mom and dad are on the left. They were 21 when they got married!

After I got home from my first week of work on Friday, I parked it on the couch. I’m definitely readjusting to waking up so early again. I drank wine, ate Milk Duds, and watched a few episodes from the new season of Orange is the New Black. Nothing says, “I’m an adult with a real job,” like cheap wine and candy. Oh well, I thoroughly enjoyed it. 🙂


Friday nights are wild and crazy at my house.

I cleaned up the house a bit on Saturday, but mostly spent time relaxing. I went to see the movie The Fault In Our Stars, which is based on a book of the same title, with my friend Caroline. The movie was great, but the tissues were a necessity. If you don’t already know, the movie is a love story about two teenagers who meet in a cancer support group. Though it is predictably sad, the message is surprisingly uplifting.


Pro Tip: Mascara is a no-no for this movie.

On Saturday evening, Derek and I finally started watching House of Cards. It wasn’t what I was expecting at all, but we both love it already.


Frank Underwood is up to no good.

On Sunday, we went out for lunch. I was having an intense craving for barbeque. It’s definitely not the healthiest food, but everything in moderation, right? We went to The Original Q Shack in Durham, which is actually right next door to NANATACO. It was delicious. Derek and I were both especially impressed by the hushpuppies. I’m not normally a huge fan because they are sometimes dry, but these were crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. Delish!


Smoked pork butt plate from The Original Q Shack with macaroni ‘n’ cheese, green beans, and hush puppies.

I spent the rest of the day grocery shopping and getting ready for the week while Derek took a much deserved break from studying. (Only 8 more days until his big exam!!) I made maple glazed salmon for dinner, and some of our friends came over to watch Game of Thrones. All in all, it was the perfect relaxed weekend to have after my first week of work.

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