Sunday, July 31, 2011

Vacation #1 Recap!!

I love the '#1' part in the title, because it means there's a #2 :-D

So, we got up at 5am last Saturday, got dressed and loaded up the car, and were on the road by 6am. It didn't help - there were a couple minor incidents starting north of Richmond and it just kept compounding on itself, and we didn't get to Jockeys Ridge for lunch until nearly 1pm. Had Carolina BBQ (pulled pork, hush puppies, baked beans and potato salad) at Sooeys and then headed over to the outlets for a while, where we ran into Carly and Eric and Cassy at Payless! I grabbed a few things for our kitchen at the kitchen store, and a pair of silver hoop earrings (less than $9!) at Van Heusen.

We left Nags Head at 3:30 and got to the realtors at 4, but we had to wait for our house for nearly an hour. Finally got into the house at 5, unloaded the car, and went to the grocery store (a zoo, as always). Made burgers for dinner (yum) and started working on the puzzle (Van Gogh's 'Cafe Terrace'). M and I took a walk on the beach that night.

Sunday we drove up to Kitty Hawk for the traditional stop at Captain Franks - had my usual corn dog and hush puppies. We then all caravan'd over to Sunsations; Mike got a bathing suit and we got a pop-up shade tent. Both of these facts would be slightly ironic (?) later. Katherine and I also stopped into Rita's for gelatis, and we all went into Try My Nuts for a bit before heading back to our place and suiting up for the beach. It was too windy to set our tent up, but we had the others' beach umbrellas (we are buying one of these). Hit the waves with the boards, during which time Matt experienced a wardrobe malfunction when his decades-old bathing suit split pretty much clear up the leg (previously mentioned irony #1, because we had JUST been at Sunsations). He went out later in the day to get a new one (and the angels sang). Randi made us a yummy pork chop dinner before heading out. We took a flashlight out on the beach that night to check out all the crabs. Mike and Katherine got engaged! We had celebratory pina coladas!

Monday during the day was pretty much just beach, boarding, bocce, puzzle, and reading, I think. We managed to get the tent up, and it was good. Until the wind came back up while we were eating lunch; that combined with the tide loosening one of the stakes, and the center support snapped clean in half - irony #2. As I mentioned before, we're buying one of those beach umbrella things. It was also the only night we grilled out, because of the bugs. Carly and Eric came over after dinner and we all played Power Grid (M won, I got second).

Tuesday - It had rained Monday night and Tuesday was actually a pretty reasonable day temperature-wise, so M and I went for a nice (flat!) 14 mi bike ride in the morning. Hit the beach for a while, but the water was cold, so I don't think we did much in the water. More reading and puzzle (I ultimately finished three books and started a fourth, for a total of nearly 900 pages for the week). Tuesday night was seafood night at the Smiths' sound-side house, so we all headed over there for the traditional giganto pile of crabs, shrimp and clams. Eric also tried his hand at frying soft-shell crabs, which was an interesting change of pace. We hung out on the deck for a while; the guys played some lawn bocce and got eaten alive by bugs, and then we all piled into the hot tub for an hour or so. Rounded out the night with some drinking before heading home.

Wednesday - Mike and Katherine headed out early that morning, after I woke up at 7:50am to help them take some engagement pictures out on the beach. The rest of us had more beach, boarding, bocce, puzzle, reading (sensing a theme?) I think today was the day we saw fins and high-tailed it out of the ocean. We watched from the shore for a while and think it was probably two dolphins instead, but I wasn't going to wait around in the water to find out! We went to The Froggy Dog for karaoke that night. Matt did 'Piano Man' and 'Fly Me To The Moon'; Carly did 'Dancing Queen'; Michelle did 'Thank God I'm a Country Boy' and 'Don't Stop Believing'.

Thursday - jellyfish day, ugh. There were hundreds of them washing up all over the shore and in the water. We did finally brave a path to swim for a bit, because the water was SO nice, but we mostly just read on the beach for the entire day. M and I went out to stargaze and drink wine on the beach that night, which was awesome (yay google sky app!)

Friday - jellyfish were mostly gone (but the water was COLD). Still did the usual stuff - boarding/swimming, two games of bocce (Eric and I won one, Matt and Eric won the other - poor Carly). Matt built a small sand castle. Cassy hated the sand but enjoyed the water. Carly aged 3-5 years worrying about Cassy being swept out to sea. M and I went to dinner at Tale of the Whale that night - had a delicious fried calamari appetizer, bowls of crab bisque, salads, bread, whole lobster for me and ribeye + fried shrimp for M. I also had a chocolate martini, which Matt always uses as an opportunity to remind me that it's not really a martini. I got a pretty pink ring in the lobby gift shop. I also finished the puzzle late Friday night.

Saturday - packed up the house, checked out, and headed over to the Smiths' for a couple hours (their rental was Sunday to Sunday). Cary make us pancakes and then Silverthorns and Nusbaums played Acquire. I thought I totally had the win but Eric managed to squeak past me by about $1000 to leave me in second place for the second time that week, grrr. We headed out around noon, stopped in Nags Head for pizza and garlic knots at New York Pizza Pub and then hit the road for good around 2pm. Overall I think traffic was a little better (though 95 was kind of a beast, as usual) and we ended up back at our place about 7:45pm. Did a little unpacking and ordered chinese food for dinner, and watched the previous week's Daily Show and Colbert Report episodes on the DVR.

Today is laundry, laundry, laundry. Balanced the checkbook and watered the plants. I've got a double yoga class from 4-7pm (Flow 2 + Yin) and then probably more laundry and TV. It was a nice, relaxing vacation, and I am looking forward to #2 in only 108 days!!!

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