I almost forgot to blog these pictures..... but we so rarely get to go out to eat that I figure I'd better. :) Before Spookyworld, Dave and I went to Firefly and had a really nice meal. We never spend any time together alone, so sitting there in the restaurant was strange without us jumping up every 2 minutes during dinner to get something and having a stomach ache the rest of the night from not being able to sit down and properly eat. I don't have the iron stomach anymore that I've always had my whole life, and nowadays my stomach hurts every single meal because I can't sit there and eat properly. Too much jumping up and down! So....feeling restful is completely odd.
I wanted to go back to Firefly because I had been there with my mom, but Dave never had been, and it's nice and I thought he would like it. He did. He got this cool shot from his angle at the table, of the sun setting through the window behind us and it cast the shadow of the logo on the wall.
Little did I know it was Manchester Eats Week! So they had a special fixed-price menu for $30 which included: drink, appetizer, entree, and dessert. Can you imagine?? For only $30?! It was awesome, so that's what I got. Here is my four-course meal (I include the cosmo as its own course ;). Firefly signature cosmo, Go Go Bread, Grilled Chicken Farfalle Pasta, and Chocolate Mousse.
And Dave loved his meal too: the fish & chips. Yum! A great time and a fun night out, followed by Spookyworld! Such a lovely treat of a night out. We got home at almost TEN o'clock!!! ;) We're so crazy!
So awhile back Dave surprised me with VIP tickets for Spookyworld for our anniversary/my birthday. Wahoo! He told me about it a long time ago, to give me something to look forward to. :) Sometimes that little carrot dangling is all I have to get me through the long days. It was awesome!
We had a fun time, although I was really nervous about going for some reason. I was afraid it was going to be really scary. :) Yes, I am a big chicken. I love Halloween but I get nervous about "haunted houses." Until I go thru one and then I'm like, "oh yeah, that was nothing." They were good haunted houses though! The Sleep Stalkers one was the best, it was the least crowded and I think the actors were bored because they latched onto me (without touching me) and followed me the whole way through and kept Dave behind me at a distance. LOL
This one was all in 3-D and we had to wear the glasses to go through it. CRAZY. It was so dizzying and disorienting and of course it's so dark in there anyway. Lots of cool effects and I felt totally loopy trying to get through it. At the end you have to go through an insane spinning tunnel with 3-D illusions and it really makes you want to hurl. It was maybe 10 feet long but felt like a mile. I had to shut my eyes and still felt like I would plunge right over the edge.
Another good one was this: It was SO dark and they only gave you a little glow stick (1 per GROUP) to light your way. Crazy. You get sucked through this inflatable tunnel that completely surrounds you and it was all I could do to hang onto Dave so he could pull me through.
There are 7 haunted attractions in all and they were full of tight spaces, loud noises, creepy ghouls jumping out at you, blood and guts, darkness, all kinds of good stuff! LOL The VIP tickets were definitely a good idea because you get to go to the front of the line and avoid standing there in the cold for so long. Plus you can go thru unlimited times, and I think it's only once per attraction with the regular tickets.
The actors were great, creeping up on people out of nowhere, and it was like my little personal Disneyworld--I had to get my picture made with as many as we could find. LOL. You can tell they just love it. Good times!
On Friday night, our first night at the beach, we had reservations for dinner at the Blue Moon Bistro on Queen St. Yum! We had high expectations for our dinner, since it has such a great reputation and Laura and Kelly had been there before. No sooner had we sat down, and our server told us about the specials, than the power went out! The whole neighborhood went dark, and quickly word came that the power was out in the whole county. So we decided to stay and see what would happen, and if it would come back on soon. We ordered a bottle of wine and prepared to wait (because we really weren't sure what else we could possibly do since any other restaurant would not have power, and we didn't have any food back at the house! LOL).
Our first course was the soup, which they were able to serve because it was already made and still hot. I think we all got the French onion soup and it was delicious. Probably tasted even better because we did not have the use of our sense of sight, so it enhanced the sense of taste. We kept going "ooohhhhh!!!!" everytime somebody got a bit of bacon in their spoonful. I have no idea what it looked like, and no pictures of it. Hah!
Then after a while our server again said they were going to have to close since they couldn't cook anything, but then said we could do salads since it was cold. So we had 3 orders of the Tomato-Smoked Mozzarella salad, and 2 Caesar salads. I think it was halfway through the salad course that the lights came back on!!! Miraculously. Not sure what was wrong, but it was pretty lucky that such a widespread power outtage could be fixed in an hour or less.
More shots by candlelight:
And then happily we had our desserts, and enjoyed the wonderful electric lights! I think we ordered a variety of desserts, but I only managed to get pics of 2 of them: my red velvet cake, and the key lime cheesecake with turbinado sugar ice cream. Hell yeah!
It was a bizarre and memorable evening! It was awesome that they were so accomodating to us in such a strange predicament when they weren't sure if they could even stay open to serve us. All in all, a dinner of wine, soup, salad, and dessert is not a bad thing at all! We totally had fun.
One thing we did really well at Laura's beach house was to settle RIGHT in. Like, immediately. I think when you're at the beach everything just comes naturally and you relax and you're just there. In the moment. Not worrying about what we were doing later, or thinking about what we just did.
We stayed at the house for most of the two days, and went out into town for our evening dinners. Breakfast was cinnamon rolls and Kelly's chocolate chip muffins and lots of coffee, and lunches were sandwiches and chips. Lots of bologna sandwiches were eaten. :) At all times of day and night.
One thing that is different about our group of girlies is the additon of technology!! Ten years ago when we all lived together, we barely had cell phones, and if we did they didn't have many minutes per month and were only for emergency. Nowadays we have all the techy phones and gizmos. Of course we also have husbands and kids we have to check on. :)
I love this random shot of Shelly's feet. It's like the three aspects of her life: her UNC pj pants represent the young girl, the wedding ring is her as a wife, and the toenails are her as a mother (Arwen chose that nail polish color.) I just love it!
Late afternoon sun on the dock. Or pier? Not sure what the proper term is.
The house was gorgeous, have I said it enough?
For our second night of Girls' Weekend we went to Amos Mosquito's in Atlantic Beach. It's an awesome restaurant with this whole mosquito theme. The food was terrific, and much hilarity ensued with their notable dessert: the make-your-own-s'mores! They even provide a little personal burner for roasting your marshmallows at your table.
I let the photos speak for themselves! click the above collage for a larger photo. The food was so delicious and everybody ordered such a wide variety of things for dinner (my fried shrimp hit the spot!!!). But dessert was all the same: five orders of s'mores!
I have had so much fun this past weekend! I got to go back home to NC and enjoy my long lost friends and roommates from 10 years ago--what a crazy long time ago! Our friend Laura has the most incredible waterfront beach house near Beaufort, NC and we so enjoyed every minute spent there. It was awesome to catch up, relive old times, eat at nice restaurants and otherwise enjoy our little break from our normal lives. This event may take a few posts to fully elaborate, but for now here are a few highlights.
Saturday night after dinner at Amos Mosquitos we stopped in Morehead City to briefly walk around, and a nice guy saw us trying to take pictures and offered to take one of all of us. It ended up being one of my favorites of the whole trip! It's wonderful to be able to crank the camera into auto and just let somebody else snap away!
Laura's beach house is BEYOND amazing, and we can't thank her enough for letting us stay there! The house is beautiful and comfortable, and the porch overlooking the water is to die for. You can just spend all day watching the pelicans come and go, and YES there were dolphins cruising by at almost any time you looked out. We saw a pod of at least 10 go by..... just incredible to see.
Awesome times were had, and great memories were made! Waaaaay too much laughing and giggling and overindulging were had but that's what makes it great. More pictures later!
As usual, it rained at least in part during Deerfield Fair weekend. We had planned to go with the kids on Thursday, but it rained, and it also POURED down rain on Friday, so we were unable to go with the kids.
However, I had an alternate plan in place that actually worked out! I had arranged to go with my friend Karen on Saturday to take some family photos for her there and luckily Saturday was a beautiful day. It was the first time in years I have been to a fair without a child in a stroller! So that was fantastic for me, to spend some hours there without worrying about a little kid. I even had a chance to dart off to shoot some photos just for me, which I LOVE. Some year I just need to go completely by myself so I can do all the stuff that I want to do.
So here are some of my favorite shots that I got that day. I love much fun it is to do funky processing for stuff like this.
I even rode the Tilt-a-Whirl with the girls! I NEVER ride rides because they make me feel like I'm going to die. And I'm pretty sure I almost did. Katie was actually laughing at me, she was like "you're not taking any pictures!" So I whipped off a few frames in the middle of my panic attack. LOL