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4 Words 4th of July

As I mentioned in my last post, Derek and I hit the road for the 4th of July and spent a few days with my family. It was the perfect mix of fun and relaxing, and I wanted to share a little recap of the trip. Instead of my usual recap, and in honor of July 4th, I’ll be captioning with 4 words per picture.

Virginia is for lovers.


Kentucky is for bourbon.


My dad = chef extraordinaire.


The spoiled rotten dog.


Wine + funny movie nights.


Four Roses Bourbon Distillery. 


Bourbon encourages family selfies.


Day at the pool.


This sums it up.


Hope you had a fun and safe 4th of July, too!

Daredevil, Farmers, and a Spy {Weekend Recap}

As it has been yet another month since my last post, it looks like I attempted my return to blogging a bit too soon. Womp, womp. I thought the worst was over after Derek’s surgery and internal medicine rotations, but then he was on the neuro ICU for a few weeks. It wasn’t as bad, but it still involved 60+ hour work weeks. Now Derek’s on his last rotation of third year. It’s outpatient medicine, which means normal hours! I’m pumped about it to say the least.  Anyway, suffice it to say that I’m back for real this time. On to a weekend recap!

I had a long, busy week at work so Friday evening was pretty low-key. We spent the night on the couch watching Daredevil on Netflix and drinking wine (me) and beer (Derek). If you haven’t watched Daredevil yet, I definitely recommend it. It’s fun and surprisingly well written.


On Saturday morning I headed to the South Durham Farmers’ Market to stock up on fresh veggies.


I’ll probably write a more detailed post on this later, but I’ve been making an effort to shop at farmers’ markets instead of the grocery store. I’m making the switch for environmental, economic, and nutritional reasons. Not to mention the food just plain tastes better than the grocery store!




I grabbed an iced coffee on my way out. Such a treat.


After my farmers’ market adventure, I stopped by the library to drop off a couple books.


I recently finished the audio book version of Eleanor and Park.


Yep. Totally snuck into the YA section to grab this one. It was worth it. I grabbed a couple of cookbooks for inspiration on my way out, too.


Later in the afternoon, Derek and I headed to UNC to hang out at the pool. Warning: paleness ahead.


The weather was perfect, and it was our first pool day of the year! After we got cleaned up, we went out for dinner at our local Mexican place and then headed to the movie theatre. We saw Spy on a whim and really enjoyed it. It certainly made me laugh, and I always appreciate a feminist storyline.


Today we’ve catching up on a lot of things around the house. We did some serious cleaning and laundry, which was much needed, and I cleaned/chopped/peeled all of my farmers’ market purchases so they’re ready to use during the week. As tedious as taking care of the house can be, I love the feeling of having a clean and organized home.

I’m thankful for such a relaxing, restorative weekend. Here’s to hoping the week ahead is just as good!

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.


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.


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. 🙂


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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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