Heading to Eastern North Carolina

April 7, 2014
My week was actually pretty amazing compared to the snooze fests of weeks that I've been having!

Monday: I worked an open shift at the movie theater which will probably never happen again.  I only got that shift because my boss usually works it, but he was in Las Vegas, so I covered it.  It was nice because we were slow, so my co-worker asked me if I would like to do people's evaluations for almost the whole shift.  I used to do pretty much all of the evals where I used to work, but since I transferred theaters and didn't really know a lot of the workers, I haven't been asked to do any.  I guess they figure that I now know the workers well enough to evaluate them.  While I was at work, I got a call from the secretary at a school I've been subbing for all year long.  She told me that she had a proposition for me and asked me if I would be willing to take a long-term sub position for the last three weeks of May.  I thought about it for about 5 seconds and then realized that YES, I would really like to do that.  It's in a school district that I like, in a grade level that I prefer (1st grade), and it will look wonderful on my resume.  Plus, since I will be teaching them through the end of the year, they will be "my" kids for a little.  :)  I'm really looking forward to this opportunity, and the secretary told me that they were happy to have me.  For dinner, I met my mom and dad at a cute cafe that specializes in desserts. They also have homemade organic soup that taste pretty amazing! I opted for the red pepper and then had a lovely time catching up with my parents.

Tuesday:  I subbed just a half day for a kindergarten class I've subbed for quite frequently.  There is a student teacher currently observing in there, so it made me a little nervous, but the gal was really cool and she is an OSU student, so we basically had the same professors and supervisors.  After subbing, I met Rachael at Menchie's and we talked about some of our experiences in the classroom and chatted about our respective teaching programs.  Then, the two of us headed over to the movie theater that I work at to go and see Divergent.  Both of us really enjoyed the movie!  Usually I tend to prefer the book over the movie, but I thought this flick was well done.
  
Wednesday: Since this was my first day off in awhile, I did all that boring stuff like laundry and cleaned my room.  I also ran some errands and went shopping at Target for a few things I needed for my upcoming trip to North Carolina.  My roots were also looking pretty bad, so I got some fresh highlights put in.  I'm so glad that I finally found a good hairdresser in the area.  The last lady that I went to cut my hair terribly and it looked like a mullet!  I also made something I had been wanting to do for awhile, which was to make my leftover foreign coins into magnets.

Thursday: I finished packing, read the latest issue of Marie Claire, and watched some Breaking Bad before I went into work.  I was so mad because I got scheduled til 3AM, and I was flying out on Friday morning for my vacation.  Another manager told me that I could leave at 1:15 if I wanted to because there was an extra manager working til 3AM.  If I had been the only one scheduled that late, I wouldn't have been allowed to leave, so everything worked out in my favor!  Wahoo! 

Friday: I flew from Columbus to New Bern, with a layover in Atlanta.  By the time my plane landed in Atlanta, my next flight was already boarding.  Stressful!!  I made it to the correct gate just as they were announcing the last call for my flight to New Bern and everyone else on the plane was already seated.  When I got off the plane, I was so happy because the sky was BLUE and it was 90 degrees, which was a big improvement from what I'm used to in Ohio!  When I left Ohio, it had rained for the past day and a half, and there was heavy fog and high winds.  My sister and her husband greeted me at the airport, and my sis had a Snickers cupcake waiting for me.  They took me to the Atlantic Beach area and we went to a restaurant called Channel Marker, which is known for having extremely fresh seafood.  They were running a special set menu when we were there, so I had a three course meal for $25.  I was starving for it after only eating pretzels all day on my flights.  I got shrimp for an appetizer, tuna for the main, and a half of a piece of orange pineapple cake.  We decided to take a stroll on the beach after our meal and it was perfect timing because the sun was setting, so it was just really beautiful!  There was even a wedding going on while we were there. Afterwards, we drove back to New Bern, and I finally got to see my sister's house!  It was one of my goals for 2014 to make it out here, so I'm so glad that everything worked out this time.  I loved seeing my sister's house in person because she told me allll about it.  She's so into decorating it and has done a great job with it so far--several of the rooms are beach themed, since she got married on the beach and just loves going.  She also surprised me with some early birthday gifts, which I wasn't expecting at all.  She knows me so well--she got me Essie polish in Bikini So Teeny and some adorable earrings from Francesca's, to name a few of my favorite ones. 






My room for the week :)


Saturday: The day started with Denise making me crepes with strawberries and whipped cream.  She even bought a jar of Nutella for me because she remembered that I liked it a lot.  She is really spoiling me!  We decided to go out and tour Tryon Palace, which is one of New Bern's biggest attractions.  It was residence to the governor of North Carolina and was actually the location of North Carolina's first capital.  We got to tour the home of the governor, which was pretty neat, although Denise told me she thought I would think it was lame since the last time we were together we toured the Biltmore, which is far more grand and extravagant.  We took a 45 minute guided tour and then explored the gardens on our own.  Next, we headed to the local Farmer's Market and browsed around.  There were vendors of all sorts, and we stopped and sampled some peach salsa, recommended by Denise.  Next, we walked into and around downtown New Bern.  Something that was interesting to me is that I visited, Bern, Switzerland which is what New Bern was named after.  The two cities are sister cities, and there are bear statues as well as wooden bear carvings in the city center.  We explored the city on foot, and Denise showed me some of her favorite shops and restaurants.  Some of the shops we stopped in were Bear Essentials, Bear City Fudge Company, Mitchell Hardware, Carolina Creations, and The Boat House.  We also stopped at the place where Pepsi was invented--it used to be a drugstore.  You can go in and order a Pepsi, which we did.  There is also a gift shop on the other side.  Since Pepsi is a huge company, I expected this to be a much bigger deal than it was. There isn't really that much information on the history of Pepsi or many beverages to choose from to drink.  I still had fun there and enjoyed my experience, but don't expect it to compare to the famed Coke museum of Atlanta!  Don't get me wrong, I thought it was cute and it was a great place to stop and cool off after walking for awhile.  Denise and I started to get hungry, so we headed back to her house.  She had prepared some chicken wraps and pico de gallo for us--I loved the pico de gallo so much that I might just share the recipe on here some time in the future. :)  Then the two of us went to a state park with Denise dog, Maddie.  We walked along the beach and then let Maddie off of her leash and had her run back and forth to us.  Next, we went for a hike in the woods for awhile.  The weather was perfect, and so were my companions. 












Sunday:  So not only is Denise giving me the royal treatment here in NC, but her husband was also nice enough to make us breakfast.  He cooked us omelets with cheese, bacon bits, tomatoes, red and green peppers, and mushrooms.  As a side, we had some banana bread that Denise baked before I got here.  I don't know how she finds the time to do all of this!  Then we headed to Emerald Isle so that we could go shopping, ride bikes, and have a picnic.  We did the shopping and checked out most of the stores in Emerald Plantation like Sunkissed Memories and Elly's.  I bought a pair of sunglasses--a girl can never have too many, right?  Denise got some home decor items from a couple of stores.  We had our picnic lunch, but it got a bit chilly with the wind.  By the end of our lunch, the three of us were cold and decided that it would not be that pleasant of a bike ride, so we went and had ice cream (the perfect thing to do when you're cold, obviously) at The Sweet Spot.  I love it how the workers there are trained to say, "Is that enough, or do you want some more?"  Denise told me that she always says it's not enough and has them add more! Ha!  After our Emerald Isle shopping adventure, we decided to get pedicures.  I also got a manicure and was more than happy to see that the place had several bottles of Essie polish to pick from.  I decided on Mint Candy Apple because I wanted something that screamed spring...especially because I'm going to want to scream for spring the minute I set foot back in Ohio.  There was a wait and we didn't get out of there until 6:15 and the place actually closed at 5, so they were really nice for taking us and also not rushing on us so that they could get out of there.  Afterwards, Denise's husband grilled us some burgers and Denise made some asparagus for us...and I'm finishing up my week by writing this post and possibly some Netflix with Denise here in a few!






Overall, it has been probably the best week I have had all year so far!!  
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The Rachael Way said...

OMG, How fun was your week?!!? I love it!!! So glad you had such a good time!

Lora Ashley said...

Looks like you're enjoying your time! Hope the rest of your week is just as great!

Kathy @ Vodka and Soda said...

what a great week! i'm especially jelly of your hike. in fact, i'm jelly of everyone who can hike in normal temperatures without snow and ice!

-kathy
Vodka and Soda

Lulu Abruzzo said...

That park looks beautiful. Sounds like you had a good week!

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Kiki said...

This sounds like an awesome week. I love that orange nail polish! Have a great time :)

Kat @ Kat Katastrophe said...

The exciting week has been a trend! Yay! :)

Lindsay @ Broke and Bougie said...

ahh jealous looks like an awesome trip!

Kate @ Another Clean Slate said...

Pretty great weekend! I'm jealous of your outdoor time!

Pam said...

Sounds like a fun week!! Fun pictures. :)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I already want to go back...in the summer...for the beaches!!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Thanks so much--and it was great. :)

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I completely understand. The weather is so much warmer in NC than it is in Ohio, although it is finally starting to warm up in my home state.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

It was! My sis is so lucky to live by such great attractions.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Thanks! I thought I would go for a change and try out something new. I usually go for bluish/turquoise polish or something classic like red.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

I hope that it is a trend that continues!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

It was and it was my first vacation in a loooonnng time! I didn't get any time off for any holidays this year!

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

The weather was so great that I couldn't NOT be outside.

Lisa @ Ameliorer la Vie said...

Thanks!

dmholloman said...

So glad you got to spend a whole week here! I hope you'll visit again soon in the summer! :)

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