After a 3.5-hour drive in the rain, which has been announcing tropical storm Andrea for two days now, we arrived in the “Port City” in the later afternoon. We checked into our Hampton by Wrightsville Beach, freshened up, and drove over to Dockside, where we were meeting our friends.
The conference they are attending, and in which I am presenting with them, had its welcome event here. Dockside is a Wilmington water-front restaurant and apparently a true staple of the city. To my delight, it is situated just a little ways down from where Dawson’s Creek was filmed. I am pretty sure the marina here is where Dawson crashes his dad’s boat in season three, and the dock in the background is the dock of Dawson’s house. This is all very exciting since Dawson’s Creek was my absolute favorite show in high school and college and also taught me most of my colloquial English.
It was absolutely beautiful and the air smelled rich like saltwater and vacation.
First, we had some of the free dinner and drinks at the event while catching up with our friends.
Some pita slices, crab dip, shrimp, and veggies. I also had a Merlot and a cocktail.
Then we headed outside for some reunion photots.
Grad school love.
Also grad school love.
The evening went by way too fast, like good times always do.
We headed back to the hotel early enough to get a solid night’s sleep before Friday’s morning presentation and more Southern adventures.
It has happened – Dave has now contracted my flu and is down with a fever and stomach cramps. It’s been quite the week around here. I finally felt better on Saturday, and then Sunday he started. But we’re hoping to still make it to our friends’ house tonight for a Memorial Day BBQ, even if Dave won’t be able to eat anything.
So yesterday, while he slept, I was on my own enjoying my Sunday between some much-needed laundry-doing and working out. I started my day with some nice reading time and my favorite breakfast.
After four days of having no appetite whatsoever, I was delighted to wake up to a growling stomach. I made myself some toasted whole-wheat bread with avo and two fried eggs on top. I added almond milk and maple syrup to my coffee and enjoyed some organic strawberries on the side.
I picked the book I was reading up on Saturday – Heart of the Matter by Emily Griffin. I had read another one of her books before (Something Borrowed) and think her writing is perfect for some addicting, mindless leisure reading. I finished Heart of the Matter in less than 24 hours. It also reinitiated a desire in me to write fiction. That happens all the time though, so we shall see.
Poor Dave couldn’t eat anything other than apple sauce and some crackers, so I stuck to simple fare for the rest of the day – a smoothie and some sesame almonds for lunch, and a spinach salad for dinner.
In the afternoon, I did my first post-sickness work-out, which was great. I went for an interval run in the neighborhood in perfect 66-degree and sunny weather and then hit our apartment complex’ gym for some weight lifting. I want to focus on toning my upper arms a bit, so I came up with a simple routine. Yesterday was my second time doing it. In an ideal world, I would do intervals and weights every other day, and 3-mile-ish steady runs in between, with one six-mile run on the weekend. I just realized that should be my summer work-our regimen, now that Memorial Day has officially ushered in summer.
Today, I’m going to go to the mall to try and get some holiday deals. My knees are demanding a new pair of Asics.