When I go to visit someone, I'm on vacation, and, even though I know better, I want everyone to be on vacation with me. Which, as you can imagine, is not always easy. But, Annie's actually very good at it.
I've mentioned that I'm a bit of a secret pessimist, and I was concerned that this trip wouldn't live up to the New Moon BIG TRIP of 2009. I don't know why I worried. This is spring, we got to run a big race, and the fun was pretty BIG.
Last time I was in North Carolina (see: BIG TRIP), Annie was 7 months preggers with Alice, and I went running solo. This time we went together, four times out of 5 mornings, and it was maybe my favorite part.
But, that's hard, because I had a lot of favorite parts.
A list of favorite parts:
*3 month old babies that smiled back at you (1)
*Stake Dance that Ben deejayed (totally awesome, by the way)
*Angles Among Us 5k
*Free Chik-fil-a sandwich from the 5K (1)
*Free coca cola from the 5K (um, like 4)
*Late night viewing of New Moon
*Vanilla bread pudding with Kimmy and Lori (2--in total, not two for me)
*Fish tacos from Cafe Capistrano, my new favorite Raleigh eatery (3)
*Conversations with my pal, Annie (innumerable)
*Seeing the Duke campus for the first time in the early morning light
*Singing B-I-N-G-O for a receptive audience (a billion times)
*Getting a White Dalia massage while listening to my running mix (some songs worked amazingly well, some just didn't)
Basically, this list could go on and on. I could mention the steaks Ben grilled on a perfect Sunday afternoon, or the salsa we ate like it was our job, or the warm, humid weather I loved, or a million other things.
It's always a party in North Carolina.