For the Thanksgiving holiday, my dude and I split time with our respective families on the North Carolina coast, with a couple of nights spent in Emerald Isle and a couple spent on Bald Head Island. We’ve only got a little over a week before we pack up and head west for San Francisco, so I was glad to get in some last-minute time in my favorite place with loved ones. As expected, there was also quite a bit of eating, drinking, and eating. Gotta love the holidays.
It is finally Friday, and I for one am glad that what has seemed like the longest week ever is nearly over. I am pretty much the worst person ever at dealing with uncertainty and limbo, and unfortunately there’s quite a bit of that in my life right now, so this weekend is going to be all about taking a deep breath, doing some yoga, spending some time in the kitchen, going on long runs, picking up goodies at the farmers’ market and living in the present. The high temperature on the forecast has dropped into the 80s (hooray!) so I’m gonna be spending lots of time outdoors all the while. Good for the soul.
It had been a few weeks since I’d been down to the beach and I was starting to feel that coastal draw, so we made our way to Emerald Isle this weekend. Did some catching up with friends and family, ate lots of seafood and spent what was probably several hours in the water all told, which was some much needed sea-therapy. We’ve got some major changes likely coming our way in the next few months, so I’ve been trying to focus on enjoying the day to day and not stressing about what’s to come – I haven’t succeeded at this yet, but I’m giving it my best, so if you’ve got any pointers, send them my way.
Though we had a warm winter and spring, the start of summer was pretty mild (read: 80 degrees) here in North Cackalack, but sometime in the past week, whoever’d forgotten to turn the heat on all of a sudden remembered the error and cranked it up to high. From about mid-June through September, it’s imperative to head east til you reach ocean as often as possible, and I took this creed to heart this weekend and we made our way down to Emerald Isle on North Carolina’s Bogue Banks. I’ve been making an effort to turn off – really disconnect – from the various media pulling me in different directions on the weekends, and I’m proud to say I somewhat succeeded at this the past couple of days by making almost zero plans, spending more time with my nose in a book than looking at a screen, and ticking some items off my summer to-do list.
Friday night deliciousness via Indian Beach’s Big Oak
Working on my summer to-do list with this week’s sangria – pear basil (made this recipe but subbed pear for peach)
Red wine+onion rings=yes.
An amazing discovery – the matching fleeces of my husband and his dad, circa 1993