We're officially back from our little vacation to North Carolina! Yesterday we spent 13 hours in the car driving through new parts of NC and enjoying the incredible view along the way. (Check out those Blue Ridge Mountains in the photo above!) We opted not to go to Charleston, SC for a few days due to my asthma acting up the entire trip and the threat of yucky weather. We had a great 5 days away though! It was so very needed. I think this trip further solidified our love for NC and our insane desire to live there. Mike has always been on board, but I think this trip really sealed the deal for him. Plus it never hurts to be around some of your very best friends for nearly a week, ya know?
During the trip we went on some trail walks, frolicked on the beach, went to our favorite restaurant and bars, and just had a generally wonderful time. Bryan and Elle (above!) were the most hospitable hosts ever. They cooked for us everyday, too! It sucks to be so far away from so many of our friends but at least it gives us a good excuse to travel and visit them.
We were greeted with Land Shark beer (my fave!) and veggie nachos when we arrived. We also went straight for our favorite thing to do when we're all together: play board games. They may or may not have been inebriated board games, but they're always a highlight of our hang outs. Above is my senso-sketch of skydiving. I had to draw that quickly with my eyes closed so I'd say it's not too bad haha We played girls against guys and the poor dudes didn't even stand a chance to me and Elle. We absolutely dominated the game.
On Thursday we popped over to downtown Wilmington (our favorite spot!) and shopped around the little boutiques. On Friday night we headed back over to eat at Nikki's Sushi (so good!) since we never go to Wilmington without popping by. Afterward we tried Rita's for the first time (I wanted an Ice, but we just didn't have time) and then headed over to The Opera Room. TOR is one of my two favorite bars in Wilmington and I love that it never gets swarmed. We took advantage of them having Mickey's since that's what we always drink at the local dive bar when we visit Chris and Susannah. After staying for a drink or two we migrated over to Blue Post (my other favorite Wilmington bar) and we played skeeball for a while. Seriously, a bar with arcade games is my dream for my next life. Wouldn't that be so fun?! We also headed down to see the place where we got engaged, but sadly they didn't have any twinkle lights turned on on the trees! I was so bummed.
On Saturday morning we woke up to a lot of rain. Mike and I wanted to sneak away for a little bit and just enjoy some alone time together. We drove over to Mayfaire Town Center and shopped around at some of the stores. We picked up some novelty coffee mugs, delicious wine, and coffee. We also popped into Barnes and Nobel for a bit and each left with a new book. I picked up Adulting and it's so good! I promise to give an actual review of it once I'm done. It's hilarious in every way, but actually really informative, too.
This has been my life motto as of late. I whipped this up on my phone in the car yesterday and posted it to Instagram, only to be met with "but she has assistants!" comments haha I mean, obviously she has assistants and help and all that jazz, but she wasn't born with that, ya know? I think we've all got an inner Beyonce. We just need to channel our Mrs. Carter and get shiz done. I'm definitely going to print this out and hang it on my bulletin board because it's a great way to put things into perspective. We're all capable!
Mike and I are both super motivated and excited for this week. We plan on kicking butt and taking names! Elle sent me home with several of her latest "biz book" reads and I can't wait to dive in. I love reading business books because they really put a pep in my step. I'll be sure to share those once I'm done, too! Overall I'm glad I opted to leave the blog alone while we were enjoying our trip. It's a bit silly that it's taken me 4 and a half years to learn that it's okay not to blog everyday haha Here's to hoping we all have a really productive and fulfilling week! Happy Monday xo