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How To Celebrate

In case you’re just now getting the chance to catch up, I thought I would clue you in on the awesomeness that was this weekend:

And you better believe the fun didn’t stop there. I had to celebrate such a great experience! In other words, I had to eat some good food and drink some beer.

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After crossing the finish line, I went off to find Peter and then headed over to the party area to eat a banana, gulp down two water bottles, stretch out my sore legs, and grab my free beer. Totally understandable for shortly after 10 am, right? Winking smile

We hung out for awhile in the sun trying to warm up a smidge and listening to Carolina Liar perform.

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Don’t think I have heard of them before, but I liked their music well enough.

Eventually my hunger started kicking in, so Peter and I got up to walk around and find a place to eat. Don’t ask me how my legs managed to walk around for an hour before finally setting on The Distillery for lunch.

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The Distillery was my kind of place…

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Although I don’t hate on the Blue Moon.

Immediately after getting seated I asked the waitress for a recommendation on what to order for a drink. You all know I crave beer hard core after long runs and I had no shame in getting another. She asked if I liked coffee and then recommended the Founder’s Breakfast Stout for a beer.

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It did in fact taste very similar to coffee! I sipped it over the course of my meal, in between huge gulps of water. I was thirsty! And hungry.

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I ordered the Savannah chicken salad which included fried chicken, caramelized onions, sweet potato fries, tomatoes, cheese, and mixed greens. The interesting combination worked really well. I loved the caramelized onions on it!

Once we finished lunch I wanted nothing more than to head back to our hotel room for a nap, which is just what we did. As soon as I got back in the room, I tossed on some pajamas and crashed in bed for a couple of hours. I probably could have slept even more, but had an important date with some super awesome friends to get to.

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Paula, me, Julie, Michelle, Allison, Meghann, and Katy

We met up at the Moon River Brewing Company, a haunted pub in downtown Savannah, for a celebratory dinner.

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Paula and Michelle had run their first full marathons. Allison had run her second marathon and killed it. Julie had rocked out a sub 2 hour race. Katy came back strong in this race after some injuries earlier this year. And Meghann helped her brother Ben achieve an amazing PR in the full. We all had great days and deserved a fun night on the town!

Which, of course, included another beer. Call me a lush if you want, but a few beers over the course of an entire day ain’t no thing!

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This time I went very “hoppy” with a Swampwater IPA. Loved every sip!

Although, not as much as I loved all the conversation!

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For my dinner, I ordered the only thing that sounded perfect. A big burger!

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The black and blue burger with some fries. It wasn’t the best one in the world (slightly dry), but I didn’t complain. I had reached the super-hungry stage of post-race and devoured 3/4 of my plate. Only 3/4 because I had to save room for the second part of our blogger date.

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Love you Meghann for the funny pose for my picture! And the action shots from everyone else. Can you tell we like our ice cream?  Winking smile 

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For the record, if you ever go to Savannah, you must get Leopold’s ice cream. Unbelievably creamy and delicious!

Sadly, from there, we had to all head our own ways and say goodbye. The night (heck – the entire weekend!!) flew by way too fast. It certainly was a fantastic experience. How could it not be? A weekend away with my husband. Killing my first half marathon. And fun with great friends. That’s a weekend to remember and the perfect way to celebrate. Smile

Speaking of celebrating – I never announced the Champion Sports Bra giveaway winners. Guess I shouldn’t have said I would over the course of a traveling weekend. Please forgive me! Now, without further ado, the winners for the Champion Sports Bras (using the random number generator from random.org) are:

#154 – Liz @ Little Bitty Bakes and #98 – Heather @ Better With Veggies !!!! Congrats! Please email me so we can get you all squared away!

  • What’s the last thing you celebrated? How do you like to celebrate?

Posted by Tina on November 7th, 2011 46 Comments

Moral Of The Story

Hey hey, my friends! Long time, no talk. Guess we all had some busy and fun weekends. Sounds good to me! Looking for some good reads from the weekend?

Let me fill you in on the rest now. After I left you on Saturday morning, Peter and I had a lot planned for the day. I showered up and packed up the kids for a long, fun day ahead. We had plans for one of our fall traditions!

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We hit the road a little before lunch time and got about halfway to our destination before Makenzie had to potty. We stopped at a grocery store for a bathroom break and both felt the hunger strike. The store had a huge salad bar, so we made that work for lunch.

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We made our pit stop as quick as possible to get back on our way to the North Georgia region. I love going there this time of year. Look how pretty!

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After about an hour of driving, we made it to our first stop – the North Georgia Corn Maze! We normally visit a corn maze and pumpkin patch closer to home (the one we visited for Makenzie’s field trip), but discovered a Groupon deal and decided to check out this site instead.

There was hay bale jumping…

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…and some silly fun…

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…before finally settling in for the two main events. First up? A hay ride through the amazing scenery.

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I loved this place’s hay ride. They really took you on a longer ride and you got to see a LOT more than at other ones we have visited. Family photo op!

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Gotta love photos with kids! Ha!

Once the hay ride finished, we made our way through the corn maze

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I much preferred other corn mazes. This one was small and not very well organized. I nearly killed myself tripping over the mass amounts of rogue corn all over the paths. That could just be me and my clumsy ways, though. No matter. We still had a GREAT time there.

Moral of the Story: A deal ALWAYS wins with us! And nothing compares to the free beauty of seeing this…

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From there, we weren’t far off from another one of my favorite fall traditions.

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Oktoberfest in Helen! Helen is a small “Alpine town” in North Georgia with a ton of cute shops, biergartens, tubing down the river (not in this cold!), horse drawn carriages, and other such fun.

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After walking around the town and perusing a few shops – glassblowing is my favorite! – we stopped for an “afternoon snack”. In other words – a reason to get some beer in Helen.

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We picked both the lighter and darker Oktoberfest seasonal brews to share. I’m an amber girl all the way. The light one didn’t do it for me in the least. But the darker Oktoberfest? Yes, please!

I also say “Yes, please!” to the following part of our Helen tradition.

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A hunk of Peanut Butter Swirl fudge from Hansel & Gretel’s Candy Kitchen. I long for their fudge and we get some every year. It’s gone by now. Duh.

Moral of the Story: A salad bar lunch leaves plenty of room for beer and fudge later. Good thing. Very good thing.

And I can’t end the weekend without brining up a certain special part. Open-mouthed smile

The night ended on a very high note. Since we were out gallivanting around town all day, we had to record the Georgia-Florida game. We watched it later on Saturday night (while eating our fudge, no less) and were quite pleased with the outcome…

which I found out thanks to Twitter (I’m looking at you Brittany! haha!) before even starting to watch. It didn’t make Georgia’s victory any less sweeter, though!

Moral of the Story: Stay away from social media if you want to be surprised of the outcome of something. And Go Dawgs!

But perhaps the biggest moral story of them all – nothing beats a weekend unplugged and spending time with my family. Hope you had a good one too!

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  • What would be the “moral of the story” for your weekend?
  • What is one of your favorite fall traditions?

Posted by Tina on October 31st, 2011 61 Comments

 

 
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