Happy Place

Greetings from my happy place!

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Thursday night, I went to N.J. to pick up a vehicle to drive down to OBX.

Friday, I drove from N.J. to D.C., stopping to see my little muffin first.


I stayed with my friend Tina, and we went to Uncle Julio’s. I typically stay away from frozen margaritas because I can easily down a few of them and a gazillion calories in a very short time, but good lord do I make an exception for these.

Yesterday, I drove from D.C. to OBX. In total, the drive is about 550 miles and took more than 12 hours (YAY Memorial Day weekend traffic), but is totally worth it to come to my happy place.

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After basically two days in the car, I had tons of pent-up energy, and I went out for a run soon after we got in.

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Toto, I don’t think I’m in NYC any more.

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So far, it’s been too chilly to get in the ocean, so we’ve been hanging around the pool. It’s supposed to get warmer later in the week, which will make it even more difficult to leave.

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We have so many good cooks here, and today, someone made this “egg boat.” (It’s basically eggs, pancetta and a bunch of veggies baked into some bread, and it is a slice of heaven on a plate.)

Also making me smile:

Talking one of my friends here into her first half in Philly in September (and I’m going to do it, too!) and running with her this morning!

Watching on the twitters to see friends shattering PRs: Gia, Fiona, I’m looking at you.

And, most importantly, my college best friend/freshman year roomie gave birth to her first child yesterday. She was pretty early, but both mom and baby are healthy, and I CANNOT wait to go up to Maine next month and see them. <3

What’s your happy place?

12 comments on “Happy Place

  1. Cathryn

    This looks gorgeous! My happy place is alas in Austria and I’m in California but I’ll get back there one day! It’s not bad here either! Have a great week.

  2. Kate

    You have to go for The Swirl at Uncle Julio’s! ( which will always be the Rio Grande in my mind). We used to drink them in college and I still haven’t found a frozen drink that comes close!

  3. kristin miller

    OMG that all looks amazing! Get the recipe for the bread thing! 😉 My happy place is very similar to yours; VA Beach. Sunrise runs, early morning coffee and fresh baked donuts, endless hours spent on the beach. Heaven in a beach house.

  4. Molly Ever After

    NYC is my happy place, so I’m jealous you get to live there every single day. My beachy happy place, though, is probably Nantucket. My husband and I went there for a day on our honeymoon, and I fell in love.

  5. Valerie

    I love that my happy place is where you live and your happy place is where I live, or at least within the same state. And seriously, next year I’m coming down for Memorial Day weekend!!

  6. Courtney

    I love OBX – such a peaceful and fun place! I love being at the beach and so any beach with warm, swimmable water is definitely my happy place. 🙂

  7. Nate

    That egg boat looks so tasty! Is there a recipe coming soon for that?:-)
    It’s always nice to get out of the city, and if you can get to a place with a Tiki bar, even better.
    Hope it was a good time for you!

  8. Nancy

    I love your happy place very much!
    But the egg-boat made my day. Would you mind sharing the exact recipe? Actually I only wonder if the bread was put into the oven for a while too, still trying to figure that one out! 🙂

  9. George

    It looks like you’re having a great time in a beautiful place! I’ve had egg boats before and they’re so delicious. I really want to make one now.


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