Taking Back My Twenties

Durham

Finished

Posted on Apr 30, 2013 | 6 comments

Matt is officially finished with business school! Wooo hoo! He doesn’t graduate for two more weeks, but finishing eight terms at Fuqua is definitely something to celebrate!

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The Dean hosted a reception at the Nasher Museum with all kinds of goodies:

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The bbq salmon was so awesome!! And how cute are these little pimento cheese biscuits? I’m going to miss Durham’s pimento cheese obsession.
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More than the pimento cheese, I’m going to miss the people.
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Good thing some of these folks are heading to Dallas with us!!

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Early to bed, early to bootcamp! Night.

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Tots and Such

Posted on Apr 24, 2013 | 0 comments

Food truck Wednesday!

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Well not really – I think there are trucks at Fullsteam Brewery most nights! Side note: I love food trucks as long as I have a table. I can’t stand eating while standing up – I’m a fast eater and have learned that I do much better if I can sit down and savor my food!

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Tonight, we met up with friends and a birthday girl for beers and celebration and it was so nice! I love random Wednesday outings. Matt and I shared a spare rib quesadilla, tots, and a spicy goat cheese slice of pizza.

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Oh man, those tots hit the spot. And the quesadilla was fabulous.

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I had one summery white beer, and it was just one of those nights where it went straight to my brain and left me with a massive headache – maybe I’m dehydrated since Wednesday is bootcamp in the am? Regardless, I’m heading straight for bed and I’m pretty excited:)

Night!

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Kicking Off The Holidays

Posted on Dec 23, 2012 | 1 comment

I don’t really know what I did this weekend. I’m so excited to be on break, that I’ve just been going with the flow. It’s amazing. And it’s so nice that I don’t have to travel this year, since my parents live 20 minutes down the road! I never remember feeling so relaxed right before Christmas.

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Friday was the last day of school for students and the principal arranged a huge bbq lunch for all the staff. We had pulled pork, mac and cheese, and giant hushpuppies along with a huge Christmas cake. There was also a staff-student basketball game that took place and I had a blast watching the staff beat the students! The guidance staff acted as cheerleaders and the administration plus teachers made up the team. The gym was packed and so full of energy – it felt amazing to be a member of such a fun community. I love working in schools!

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When I got home on Friday, I baked cupcakes and then Matt and I used a groupon to one of our favorite pizza places in Durham: Lilly’s Pizza. We couldn’t resist the $10 pitchers and split one between the two of us – not a very good idea, but so much fun. I highly recommend Natty Green’s Winter Ale if you live in NC.

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We also had a delicious pizza: half thai and half potato, tomato, and mushroom. The best toppings ever!
On Saturday, I cleaned and ran around Durham in preparation for a combo Christmas party/baby shower I hosted for my high school friends. I made my usual strawberry buttercream cupcakes and we showered the first of my friends to have a baby with gifts! It was wonderful to catch up with the girls.

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Another high school friend was having a party back in my home town, so we drove to Hillsborough and stayed out way too late at the local bar:)
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Today has been super lazy: I took an afternoon nap, painted my toes in preparation for a trip to Florida (!), went on a great run with Matt, and tried the new Fruitcake beer at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham. We are heating up leftovers tonight and are heading home tomorrow to reunite with my sister and Matt’s family. I’m SOO pumped.
I hope you guys are kicking off the holidays too! See ya when I see ya:)
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I love free drinks

Posted on Apr 26, 2012 | 3 comments

And I just can’t say no to them.

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Matt’s end of year bash for his new company was this evening. And it was a blast! We ventured to the Beyu Cafe in Durham – a restaurant/venue I had not yet visited. There was an open bar, and I just couldn’t resist the fresh cocktail menu! So I ordered the 10$ drinks I always dream of ordering…

I had the Kentucky 57 – Maker’s, simple syrup, and champagne. So delish!

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My second drink was an Cactus flower – an mix of a flowery liqueur, cucumber, and basil. SOOO good. (I requested the tall glass bc martini glasses are too easy to spill). There may have been a phenomenal margarita after this…

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I expected dinner to be a mix of fried appetizers, but it was awesome! They had amazing chicken, salmon with rice and asparagus, steak kabobs, and salad with optional toppings (so happy they left off the onions!)

There was a pretty decent band, but we spent so much time talking that there wasn’t much dancing. Matt had to come home to work on a paper, but if it had been a Friday, this would have been a good dancin’ band!

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I’m pumped that I don’t have to go to work tomorrow, although I’m gonna have to hunker down and do some report writing:( But then I’ll be free for the weeeekend!!!

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The Lucky One

Posted on Apr 24, 2012 | 3 comments

Brrr…I’ve just returned from the movie theater and I’m happy to be under the covers.

My day was filled with more babysitting and in the tiny span of time between that and going to the movies, I threw together some bean tostadas. I used the lime refried beans I love so much along with jalapenos, peach salsa, and corn relish all in the oven on two corn tortillas. And my first corn on the cob of the year (wow, that’s a lot of corn)

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A few years ago, I would have never thought a vegan, gluten free, vegetarian dinner thrown together in 10 minutes could taste so good!

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So I went to see The Lucky One with some girlfriends. While I can’t say it was a movie that was on my ‘must go see’ list, I’m a Nicholas Sparks fan and generally enjoy looking at Zac Efron. Going into it, I didn’t know anything about the movie, other than a few rumors that it isn’t worth seeing. Having low expectations was good, because I really enjoyed it!!! The setting was beautiful and some of the cinematography was quite nice. I also loved the music and the female main character’s outfits. While Zac’s acting was a little blah, so was his character, so I don’t think it’s all his fault. I always enjoy a good ole love story and movies like that one remind me of going to the theater as a teenager – back when romance was still a mystery. I felt quite lucky to come home to my own version of Mr. Efron writing a paper at the kitchen table tonight:)
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Take A Hike

Posted on Apr 5, 2012 | 3 comments

Despite some looming showers, my mom, dad, and I made it on a hike today. We did a damp three mile loop at Umstead Park and emerged from the woods to sunny skies! It was nice to be out in nature and there sure weren’t many other people out hiking on a chilly Thursday morning.

We were hungry for Mexican food afterwards, so we went to Dos Perros in Durham for lunch. I’ve only been once before, but I loved it! ‘Upscale’ Mexican food is one of my favorites.

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My mom and shared a Pacifico (on draft!).

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And the table shared the sweet potato empanadas with fig jam. I had this last time and enjoy the combination of sweet jam and cilantro. My dad is one of those ‘cilantro tastes like soap’ people…glad I didn’t inherit that because I love it.

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I wanted to order a salad with a taco on the side, but the waitress informed me that they actually ran out of taco shells! I was disappointed, but just asked her to throw the taco on the salad. Taco salad was born. This was braised beef over spinach with roasted peppers, queso fresco, and pumpkin seeds, in a roasted tomato and serrano vinaigrette. I didn’t like that the beef made the spinach warm (my fault), but the flavors were great. The chips at Dos Perros also come with a really thick and flavorful salsa verde which I ended up drizzling over my salad.

After lunch, I went on a mad cleaning spree because I recently got a new vacuum. Once I started cleaning, I couldn’t stop until every room was clutter free. It looks soooo much better. Then I got an email from Matt suggesting we go out for a bite to eat!! Yay. We walked to Bull City Burger in the cold night air. I can’t believe I was ever able to walk in 30 degree temperatures. I’m such a wimp now.

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Enter the beer sampler with stout, brown ale, and a golden ale.

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And a juicy burger topped with green chiles. I wish this didn’t go down so fast:( Guess I’ll have to go back sooner rather than later.

Tomorrow marks the end of this nice break in work, but I have an exciting Easter weekend to look forward to. Is anyone expecting a visit from the bunny?

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