Last night was pretty awesome. A girl that I work with, Megan, came out for drinks with me and Daniel at Bull City Burger and Brewery. She ended up just driving to our house, parking here, and walking with us, since parking over there can get crazy on Saturday night. She had never been to BCBB, so it was cool that we got to show her what that was about. And, in my opinion, their beer is just much better than Fullsteam’s beer. BCBB typically has a better variety, and have new and different beers every month, and their quality just seems to be better and more consistent. Fullsteam has a great vibe, but I definitely prefer BCBB. As we were sitting outside on the (new and improved!) back patio at BCBB, we also were witness to a guy trying to bust open a piñata while he was surrounded by a number of his friends. Using a stick to break it open ended up being a complete failure because the stick broke long before any real damage was done to the piñata. So they just let the guy tear it open. Naturally, Megan, Daniel, and I were waiting anxiously to see what was inside (there had been talk of puppies), but we were pretty disappointed to find that it was only the crappy Double Bubble bubblegum, where the flavor is gone before you can even get it to your mouth. But that was fun, and after 2 beers each we walked to Fullsteam. It turns out that Fullsteam was having a Zombie Prom for Halloween. It was excellent, but we were all bummed that we missed the memo on that one, because I definitely have a dress that would have been perfect for it. They had a decent band playing, except that you couldn’t understand what they were singing because it was mixed so poorly. I did figure out one song, it was Cheap Trick’s “Surrender”. We drank, we danced, we saw all kinds of zombies.
After Fullsteam, we just walked back to the apartment where we continued drink. Daniel had some of his whiskey on the rocks, Megan and I drank appletinis. And after that I don’t remember much except that I know Megan ended up sleeping here because we were all very, very drunk.
Today was our last full day here. Tomorrow we leave for the ferry around 10am. It’s been a good week. I’ve enjoyed myself. I spent my last day sunning on the beach, briefly swimming in the ocean, driving around the island with Daniel, and enjoying some appletinis. I will be sad to leave tomorrow, and even more sad to drive the 3 hours back to Durham.
Another beautiful shot of yesterday's sunrise.
This afternoon we arrived on Bald Head Island via ferry. It feels so good to be here. This afternoon, Daniel and I took a drive around the island, we went to the market with his mom, and we walked in the ocean. I can’t wait to officially go swimming in it tomorrow.
I’ve already gotten terribly drunk on appletinis and bonded with Daniel’s Aunt Susan. She looks uhhhh-mazing for her age, which I will not mention here.
Today was fun. Tomorrow I can start working on my tan.
I will be spending a lot of time at this beach over the next week.
Kelly and Dillon are on their way to Rochester as I type this very sentence. Today was spent getting ready for this weekend. For me, that included cleaning the house, a lot. I tidied, I scrubbed, I swept, I washed. When Daniel got home, we walked to Dogtown for their special of the day, a lobster roll. Kelly and Dillon aren’t going to arrive until almost 10pm, so we will be having a very late dinner; Daniel felt we needed a snack to satisfy our hunger until then. And what a delicious lobster roll it was.
For dinner, we prepared some stuffed shells. We are waiting to pop them in the oven until Dillon and Kelly are closer so that dinner will be hot when they arrive. I’ve already downed one appletini. Maybe I will keep a tally this weekend.
After prepping the shells, we walked to the comic store. Tomorrow is going to be huge and I know they are discounting everything. So if you have been eyeing anything, this weekend is the time to buy it. Daniel helped Matt set up the tent while I tended to the store. I am now competent at working the register. Hurray! After the tent was set up, I made some charts for Matt for the Magic draft he is holding tonight. It was a Wacky Draft. I have no idea what this means, but everybody that came seemed excited about it.
Finally, we walked to Wegmans to pick up a few other things for dinner. On the way back, I stopped into CVS to pick up a gift for tomorrow’s poker game at Matt’s house. The only guideline that it must be a gift of $5 or less. Mine is awesome, and Daniel agrees.
Brand new pictures will be happening tomorrow. Until then: more views of Bald Head. I'm the one under the towel-tent.
We all need to have events that we can get excited about, things we can really look forward to doing or seeing. This post is going to be solely devoted to all of the things that I’m excited about in the new few weeks.
Mom is visitng.
My mother is on vacation for the next two weeks and it sounds like she is pretty serious about making a trip up to Rochester for a night or two. This will be a great opportunity for us to go shopping, eat out, and generally help her to relax. It’s always good to have Mom around.
Park Ave Fest.
Park Ave Fest is being held August 6 and 7 this year. My sister and her boyfriend Dillon are coming up and it is going to be a weekend-long party. There will be copious amounts of booze, huge crowds, and lots of bizarre and expensive art on display. I hope the weather cooperates.
The beach with Daniel’s family.
My favorite part of the summer is going down to North Carolina to spend a week on Bald Head Island with Daniel’s family. A week of appletinis, swimming in the ocean, riding around on golf carts or bikes, tanning, Corn Hole, and sand. So much sand. Everywhere. I say this every year, but I really want to get up early one morning and watch the sunrise.
That's me, just walking along the beach. I love the ocean.
Today was a pretty good day…once I got out of work. I came home and Daniel had a pretty strong appletini waiting for me. With Titanic-shaped ice cubes and all.
We ate an early dinner of quiche and broccoli, planning on going to Highland Park to watch a production of Shakespeare’s Othello. But, it didn’t happen tonight. We just went for a walk instead. This turned out to be a really good decision, since I found $20 laying on the ground. Awesome.
My appletini iceberg sank the Titanic.
Today was the last day that Daniel’s mother and sister were here. Daniel only worked this morning, and spent the afternoon with them. I think they played more Heroscape. After I got home and had my (now daily) appletini, we went to dinner at Veneto on East Avenue. Daniel and I shared a mushroom pizza, while Daniel’s sister had a large plate of angel hair with various flavors associated with it. Daniel’s mother got some cod on a bed of spinach. It was a tasty dinner at one of my favorite restaurants.
I hope that they enjoyed themselves while they were here. It was a pleasure having them, and Daniel made the comment that moms are the only kind of guests that leave your house with more food in the fridge and less dirt on the floor. It’s so true.
George and Nicole.