Monday, July 28, 2014

Trouble, Trouble, Trouble

Trouble..been doggin' my mind since the day I was born. 

Ah, getting to here that sung live may be one of my favorite memories in a long while. Ray was fantastic, just as I had assumed he would be. The weather was just the right temp and I enjoyed my $12 can of strawberrita as much as once can. The only downside was he sang almost all stuff from his new album, Supernova. I would have like a few more of my favorites, but I can't really complain. 

I have no idea who the opener was because arrived after they were finished. Our friends had their wedding reception starting at 6:30, we stayed until 8:15 and timed it perfectly so that I missed no part of Ray. I had been worried all week how to fit both in and in the end I got the best of both. And let me very clear that the bartender at the country club had a very heavy pour. We could be good friends. 

Friday and Sunday were both packed full of fun themselves. Friday night we headed to dinner and the place had a bourbon based sangria. It was one of the best I have ever had. Shocking, I know;) and then we headed to museum to catch Gravity on the outdoor screen and I snatched up a cake batter yogurt pop. So delicious. 

Yesterday, we were able to drive over to the lovely golf resort of Pinehurst. But not before I discovered one of my all time favorite movies was on, Hope Floats. you better believe I hit record, what does it matter that I also own it? 

Then we were off.  Pinehurst is one of the most enchanting and charming towns in the country. It is also pretty much the gold standard in golf and a mecca of sorts. Tony's cousin and her husband are down from Boston and staying there for two weeks as her husband is working the USA kids world cup. 

We drove the easy hour around lunchtime yesterday, amid the backdrop of pouring rain and pulled up in time to see bright blue and sunny skies. We grabbed a bite at the historic Holly Inn bar, circa 1895 and spent a great afternoon catching up before heading back home last night. 

I will have more on Pinehurst tomorrow but this was my jam packed weekend, how was yours? Do anything exciting or did you have a lazy, relaxing one?

Linking up with Leeann, Meghan and Meg

Friday, July 25, 2014

Does That Make Me Crazy

I will tell you what makes me crazy, well, crazy excited anyways.  Tomorrow night I will finally catch a Ray Lamontagne show live. Cue happiness overload. I have wanted to see him in concert for such a long time and when I found out he was going to be in town, I snatched tickets up the second I could. 

The show will be downtown at one of my fave venues in Raleigh, the Red Hat Amphitheater, and there really is not a bad seat there. It is big enough to play large artists, but small enough to still have some semblance of an intimate experience. Plus, the leg room in these seats are stellar. My husband is 6'5 and he doesn't even half to stand up if someone needs to scoot on by. 

Tonight we are headed to the NC Museum of Art to catch another outdoor movie. We are going to see Gravity and I am hopeful the weather will hold out. We have had so much rain lately that I need to look into a boat versus a new car. 

One of the best times I had this week was on Tuesday when I got to meet up with Meghan from Champagnes and Suburbs. She is so sweet and we chatted for almost three hours. We just dove right on in. We met downtown at one of my favorite spots, Calavela. It is a tiny tequila and empanada bar and a great place to have a cocktail and catch up. I got the spicy pineapple margarita and while it was good, not sure that ordering habenero pork tacos to accompany it was the best idea. My mouth was screaming. 

Yesterday I was able to hang out with mister Jax for the day and we had a dance party, watched cartoons and spent some time at the park. He made a new friend and "she was pretty" He is only four. Watch out, ladies. 

Then, last night, Wiki and I checked out a new Chicago style Italian place that  recently opened up in Wake Forest. Their wings were absolutely huge and really tasty. I wasn't the biggest fan of their pasta, but their deep dish pizza looks incredible and I cannot wait to try it out. Another table ordered it and even though I was already full, my mouth started salivating. Out of control. I tend to be a thin crust gal, but once in a while I find myself craving true deep dish. 

Tomorrow night, before the concert, we are headed to a dinner to celebrate our friends who recently got married in the Bahamas. You may remember me mentioning them in my post about how our neighborhood was surrounded by SWAT. 

This week has been fantastic and these are just a few of my favorites. What have you done this week or what do you have scheduled that you are looking forward to?

Linking up with Friday Favorites, Hey Friday, FF

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Maine Coast

For this week's addition of Travel Back Thursday, I am taking you to the coast of Maine. One of my favorite places! I am a Southern gal, no doubt...but there are few places I love more than New England. I mean, I did hitch myself to a Boston boy. 

The first year we dated, he took me on a trip to Maine and 13 years later, it is still one if the most memorable.   We shopped in Kittery, ate our way through Portland and fell in love with Ogunquit. The views were just stunning. 

It had been way too long since we had traipsed though and I had just been itching to get back. My in laws had a place in Jamestown, RI and we spent most of our trips there, shuttling between Newport and Block Island.  Also in NH and Vermont. Last year my brother in law and his wife rented a condo in New Hampshire and after a few days there, we decided to trek on up to Maine. 

We stayed in Portland the first night and then headed up to Boothbay Harbor for the day.  I absolutely adored it and the food and shops. Here are a few snapshots of our time. and apologies in advance but the photos are all different sizes.  We also were able to take in a sunset at Cape Elizabeth.

 and the second night we stayed in the sweet town of Bath. This town had the prettiest waterfront to walk around. We found a Thai restaurant downtown and weren't disappointed. If you are ever up in Maine, I definitely recommend this town. You are close to so many sites and the best part is that the hotels are not as expensive as so many of the other towns!

Our second day was spent at Popham Beach. This is probably my favorite beach I have ever been to. Ok, It may be a close tie with Glory Beach in Jekyll Island, GA and Key Biscayne Beach in Florida...but it is magnificent. The only downside is that we were there in August and the water was still frigid. 

Plan a trip to Maine, you won't regret it!

and on my food blog, I have our favorite restaurant in boothbay, it involves a great view and the best fish bites I have ever tasted! 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Sweet Virginia

This weekend we headed up to Virginia to spend the weekend with my family. We got up there around Eight on Friday night and quickly headed out for Mexican and margaritas at the place next door to my parents. We had fun just catching up and hanging out before heading back and going to bed. 
Their garden is out of control amazing!
Saturday we went to see my parents new property they recently purchased. It is about half an hour away and in the middle of nowhere. I love the creek bed. And I will have to get my mom to email me a picture of the three bears the camera has spotted. One of them is absolutely huge! Fingers crossed I don't run into it. Still looking for Goldilocks...

Then we scooted over to one of my favorite quaint towns, Appomattox. Just so happens to be where we got married and you know, the small detail of Lee surrendering to Grant at the Mclean house. We stopped by the sweetest coffee and book shop. They're known for their live music on the weekends. 

That night we had dinner at my parent's. And snapped some more green beans from the garden to can and enjoy over the next year. Nothing quite like fresh greens!

then we listened to my brother play and sing for a little while and I got to play with my niece. I do love her so and she is so funny. Her red hair is my favorite, she takes after her aunt. ( I suppose she takes after her red headed momma too;)

Yesterday we had breakfast downtown and walked around a little before getting some shopping in. I hadn't been to Point Of Honor since I was in third grade. And Virginia has the love signs all. over. the. state. This shoe one in front of the renovated Craddock & Terry Hotel is one of my favorites!

 Then we headed with my older brother to a brewery about half an hour away and the view was just ridiculous! The food truck was awesome. and I somehow found a way to sample the beer...I made myself blackberry shandy's. Not too bad!

On the way home we stopped at this local spot and got some ice cream. It was National Ice Cream Day after all. Kind of had to! 

We're back home and back to work now. Did you guys do anything fun this weekend? It just goes by so fast! I already miss them.

Linking up with Meghan, Leeann and Meg

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Suite Life

This has been a week of finds. and unexpected fun. 

On Monday my friend Danielle put up an instagram of the World Market mason jar measuring cups. I have only stalked every World Market and on line for over a year and so I basically demanded to know where she got hers from. It turns out the World Market down the street had finally gotten an order in. I may have stopped everything I was doing and rushed there to get mine. And I scored the last one. Yes!

My good luck continued that day with finding two new pair of shoes and four dresses for our upcoming trip to Italy. And it was all 75% off take off and extra 50%. all of this cost me a whopping $32. 

Yes. Please and thank you very much.

On Wednesday my husband called and asked me if I wanted to attend the AAA all star game that was being hosted at Durham. He had gotten suite tickets so this equates to free food and now who in the world would I be to turn that down?! Plus, I got to meet some really new fun people. 

I finally got my fireworks. And they were crazy. Probably some of the best I have ever seen. Ever. Nothing may have ever come close to these. Excluding the obvious major cities like NYC, Chicago & Boston. But none otherwise have even been on level. These were not your average "Firework Friday" after a minor league game. And I would know seeing as how I worked in minor league baseball for way too long. 

and we finally booked all of our plans for our trip to Italy. I cannot wait. We will be spending almost a week in Montegratto and touring that whole region every day and then heading to Lake Como for four days. and then heading to our family's inn and vineyard in Tuscany for the next week. I am not even sure how this is real life. But I am just going along hoping noone wakes me up. But this will be our view in a few weeks!

linking up with Hey Friday, Five on Friday and Friday Favorites