Sunday, June 24, 2012

Weekend Update ~ Surprise, Virginia! I'm Back!

Is it just me, or does Sunday evening come again in the blink of an eye? I feel like last week flew by. I'll update you, starting where I left off last week!

Thursday, we had a work social at Thomas Creek Brewery. We had lowcountry boil and bbq and free beer! I really love the people I work with, so it was fun to hang out with everyone outside the office. After the brewery event, a few coworkers and I went to try out a new restaurant in Greenville, Mac's Speed Shop, for a few drinks. It's certainly an interesting place. It has a great outdoor patio with picnic tables and an awesome selection of beers, but the crowd was a little rough (Thursday was "bike night"). The service was a little slow, mainly because the place just opened and they're still working out the kinks. I don't think we'll add it to our local favorites, but I'm glad we gave it a try.

So many beers!
I worked Friday morning until lunch, then met my cousin for lunch at Papas and Beer, a delicious mexican restaurant. Friday afternoon by the pool was cut short for a run on the treadmill and then a shower and some packing. I decided to join my parents, who were going to Virginia to visit my grandparents. I hadn't seen my grandparents since Christmas and my grandfather is turning 95 next week! I did some quick plan changing, and I decided to hop in the car with my parents and make the 5 hour drive back across state lines. 

It was great to celebrate my grandfather's birthday, although it was a short trip.

The rosebush we gave my grandmother for her 90th birthday!
My dad with his parents! Happy Birthday Papa!

We joined my grandparents for church this morning, then we were back in the car to make the trek home. We always stop in Winston Salem at Salem Kitchen to buy the most amazing cheese straws ever made. Seriously, I've never had better. They were even written up in Garden and Gun magazine!! Do yourself a favor and order a box (or twelve) now!

Unfortunately, they're closed on Sundays, so we didn't get to buy any. My mom is going to order some and have them delivered so we can snack on them at the beach!

Our drive home always takes us by Lake Norman and Davidson College, my dad's, grandfather's, and great grandfather's alma mater. My sister, mom, and I love taking a walk down memory lane with Dad, and love hearing stories about his college years. We always stop for lunch at the M & M Soda Shop, a mainstay in the college town since 1951. This place still has the original booths and barstools! It's so fun to step back in time, with a great 70's playlist playing over the speakers. 

After polishing off some fried pickles, an egg salad club, curly fries, and a classic Shirley Temple, we decided to walk around campus. It's such a pretty place to go to college.

After a run, a long bath, and some unpacking, I'm tucked in bed for a few hours before I have to pick Ryan up from the airport (he was in Colorado with his family for the weekend). 
Another busy week and then we're leaving for the beach on Saturday! Can't wait for another vacation! I'm going out of town for the next 5 weekends, but like I always say, I LOVE to travel! 

Hope you had a great weekend! Only 10 days until the 4th of July holiday!

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