April 8, 2009

North Carolina Recap

We're home! Well, we're home for two days and then we're off again to Missouri. I'm really excited to see my family, but I'm exhausted. I just need a day at home, but it looks like it's going to be awhile before that happens. April 25th is my next day off with no plans. It is circled on the calendar and I'm counting down the days! One day my house will look like someone lives there. I always wonder what our neighbors think when they look at our house and see nobody coming in or out for days at a time. That will change in May. I will have pictures to prove it! :)

Now that I'm done ranting, I'll briefly summarize the last few days we spent in North Carolina. I love it there, by the way. The quaint little towns, the mountains, the city life that is still slow paced. It's really a great place.

Saturday night Todd and I lost our minds and decided to go to Chapel Hill to watch the UNC game. What were we thinking?! It was crazy. Nearly 15,000 college students decided they would join us.

We wanted to blend in with the locals, so we headed to Target to load up on UNC gear.

Apparently I'm going to be a basketball player when I grow up! The only t-shirts they had in my size were in the little boys section. Looks like I'm a "Future Tar Heel!"

We watched the game at a place called Jack Sprat's. Did I mention everybody in North Carolina is go with the flow and laid back? The guy checking IDs at the door left Todd in charge while he went to find us a couple of empty seats. Todd guarded the door, Sharpie in hand!

After the Tar Heels wiped the floor with Villanova, people started coming from everywhere to celebrate in the streets. Insanity, I tell you!

We ended up getting home so late that we cancelled our beach plans. I was bummed, but we spent the day exploring Raleigh which was really fun. Sunday night we went back to Chapel Hill to grab dinner. The weather was amazing and we found a great little Mediterranean deli with outdoor seating.

Monday we packed up our things to head west. Before we left for Winston-Salem, we met my mom for lunch in Durham. She knows me so well. She picked the best little cafe for lunch. If you ever go to Durham, please go to Foster's Market. Even if you just go for me!

The restaurant is named after Sara Foster. If you visit her site or blog, you will see that celebrities like Jennifer Garner and Martha Stewart comment on her food. It's a treat.

After lunch we took a quick tour of Duke University. Todd proudly wore his UNC t-shirt while I prayed that nobody would shoot him. Fortunately I convinced him to change so that we could tour the gardens on campus. They were breathtaking. My cell-phone picture doesn't do it justice, but it's a really beautiful place.

We ended our trip in Winston-Salem. I had a work event with WBFJ, one of the local radio stations in town. John Waller was holding a free concert to celebrate the release of his new record "While I'm Waiting." You won't meet a more faithful or humble man. His show was a great way to end a fun-filled weekend.

I'm taking the next few days to recover, but I'm sure I'll have updates on our Missouri/Easter trip soon. If you made it this far, thanks for reading!!


  1. I loved this post - you're so cute and funny, and I loved all the pictures.

    And seriously - how adorable are you in your Future Tar Heel shirt?!

    Thanks for sharing all your trip fun with us. Hope you get some time to recuperate and rest SOON...

  2. so fun! sounds like such a neat place to visit! love getting the update...looking forward to seeing you soon! <3

  3. love the t-shirt, tara. and looks like such a great trip! miss you and hope to see you soon!!