Whew! It was another whirlwind weekend.
I stayed late at work on Friday to facilitate a family meeting about goals of care and potentially transitioning to hospice. It went quite well considering the circumstances. It’s bizarre that I can have literal life-and-death conversations and then be laughing about something silly with Derek an hour later. I care deeply about my patients and stay in the moment with them, but I’m glad that I can leave some of those thoughts and emotions behind when I finish the workday. I’m definitely developing that fine balance between caring about my patients without letting it interfere too much with my life outside of work.
After work I went home and changed to go out to dinner. Rather than our typical takeout or casual Friday dinner out, Derek and I got dressed up and went out on a real date. (Hooray for married people dates!) One of my sweet coworkers gave us a Groupon for dinner at Maximillian’s Grill in Cary a few months ago, and we decided it was a good time to use it. We’ve been so busy with work, med school, and family events that it seemed like the perfect time to have a date night and spend uninterrupted time together.
Dinner was absolutely delicious! I wanted to take some pictures, but the lighting was too dim in the restaurant. Derek got the braised short rib, and I got phyllo-wrapped salmon. Both of the dishes were great, but the salmon was AMAZING. The service and atmosphere of the restaurant were also excellent. Maximillian’s is definitely out of our normal price range, but the prices were reasonable considering the quality and portions of the food. With the Groupon, it was affordable for us. Groupon for the win!
We woke up bright and early on Saturday morning to head to Wilkesboro, NC (Derek’s hometown). Wilkesboro is in the foothills of the mountains, located about 30 minutes from Boone.
On the road again.
On our way to Wilkesboro we stopped in Kernersville for my youngest sister-in-law’s cross-country meet. I’m glad we got to see her run! She did great, and it was fun to reminisce about my high school cross-country days.
After the race, we got some lunch and then continued on to Wilkesboro. We spent the rest of the day hanging out with Derek’s family. I only have an older brother, so I love that I inherited two younger sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law (who lives out in California). It’s been really cool to see them all growing up over the past 3 years that I’ve been with Derek.
The view from the house’s front porch.
We headed to church on Sunday morning with the whole family, including Derek’s grandfather. After church we ate lunch and then rested up for the main event of the weekend: Derek’s cousin’s wedding.
The wedding was at Rendezvous Mountain, which is only a 30 minute drive away. The foliage was gorgeous, and you couldn’t ask for better weather.
The leaves were seriously stunning.
We are no longer the newest newlyweds in the family!
It was a sweet, intimate ceremony, and Derek’s grandpa even served as the officiant.
Gotta love the “Pastor Grandpa” sign.
The Mr. & Mrs.!
After the ceremony we headed back into town for the reception, which was held at a local restaurant. I stupidly forgot to take a picture, but Derek’s aunt did a great job decorating. There were candles in mason jars that had been wrapped in burlap and lace and beautiful fall flower arrangements. I’m a big sunflower fan, so it was right up my alley.
We ate, we toasted, and most importantly we celebrated the bride and groom. It was a beautiful beginning to what I’m sure will be a wonderful marriage. Congratulations to the happy couple!
Derek and I unfortunately had to leave the reception right after the cake cutting so that we could head back home. Just like last week we didn’t make it home until after 9pm. By the time we got settled in and changed, it was already time to go to bed. Yet another crazy weekend that ended too soon.
Now we’re trying to get all of our normal weekend chores done and then some. My parents are coming into town this weekend for another wedding we’re attending, so we really need to get the house in working order again. Onto another exciting week and weekend in the Pinkerton household!