Weekends

There have been a few amazing weekends so far this year that I’ve missed writing about here. At this point I am sure I’ve forgotten the little details that I would have liked to note down, but better late than never. So here’s what I remember of the adventures so far –

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A weekend in February was spent roaming around DC Metro and MD. We visited a museum or two; other than that, though, most of our sightseeing escapades involved spending time outdoors. The weather was biting cold those three days, but that didn’t deter us from visiting one waterfront after another. When there’s good company and great conversations to be had, nothing else matters, right? Amazing weekend, yes it was.

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For the Easter weekend, plans were initially made and canceled due to my fever, etc. But as Friday morning approached, we decided to go ahead and head out for the weekend. I was getting better, that was good news; also, staying home all week only strengthened my urge to get going. So, we woke up, got ready, packed, and hit the road.

We drove to Wilmington, NC on Friday and spent the afternoon there. Given that it was still early in the season, the places were relatively less crowded. We got a chance to roam around the town and its neighboring beaches without the usual hustle-bustle.

After roaming around for a while, we stepped in to one of the local cafes (how is any trip complete without a stop at at least one local coffee shop?) to have some hot chocolate in order to fight the chill outside. The owner there enlightened us with some interesting points about the neighborhood, recommended some local restaurants for dinner, and also let us in on an insider secret about how to escape the never-ending queue at the famous local shop that sold country’s best donuts. Yes, we tried her trick; yes, it worked – within minutes of putting her words into action, I walked in and out with half a dozen donuts in my hand to the envy of people who’d been standing in the line for much longer. Ha!

As time approached for dinner, the partner pointed out to the cozy Parisian looking, waterfront facing balconies in a restaurant that looked very inviting. We stepped in, asked to be seated in one of the balconies, forgetting the cold wind. We sat there, with our winter jackets still on and enjoyed the view for a while. When it came time to place orders, though, we ran out of luck. I am a vegetarian and a picky eater. The restaurant only had one vegetarian appetizer, which we ordered, and two vegetarian main courses. Of the two main courses, one had eggplant in it, which I do not eat, and the other had so much cheese in it that I decided not to have that either. Hence, once we finished appetizer we walked out in search of another restaurant for the rest of the dinner. By the time we decided on another place and went there, our appetite had died down and we ended up, again, ordering an appetizer, sharing that and calling it a meal. Good times.

We spent that night in Wilmington and drove to Savannah, GA on Saturday. What can I say about this place? Where do I start? The partner has been here before and I’ve seen the pictures he’d taken during that trip. To top that, the partner had only fond things to say about the town. So here I was, all excited to experience the beauty and form warm memories of my own. And to say that I was not let down would be an understatement. That tranquil feeling this tiny European town look-alike evoked in me was enough to make me fall in love with the place once and for all. Ireland – that’s what came to mind after the first few hours we spent in Savannah. So much that we even wove dreams of maybe someday moving to an Irish city and exploring that side of the world. Anyway, I couldn’t get enough of it during the two days I was there. And I can’t wait to go back there someday.

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When we moved here last year, I remember seeing our current home for the first time and falling in love with all the space it had to offer. Coming from a city like Boston where we lived in tiny apartments, the porches and the backyards here seemed heavenly. As we were in the process of finalizing the place, there was one thing that the partner pointed out that we put aside as something to plan when the right time came. “Look at the backyard; it’s a perfect place to play Holi, don’t you think? We should definitely do it” he had said.

Fast forward so many months and the time eventually came. We chose a day, keeping in mind the weather, to celebrate Holi and welcome Spring. Colors and water balloons were bought. Invitations were sent out. Plans were made and finalized. And the day arrived in all its glory.

As people starting coming in right around the planned time, I was inside filling the water balloons. I could hear the guests cheer, and the kids laughing and running around. The partner called out and asked me to come join the fun. “Only a few more balloons and I’ll be there”, I announced, trying hard to get the job done quicker. And by the time I stepped out, I could hardly put a name to the colorful faces around me. Within seconds, I was one of them – an unrecognizable blob of color running behind the next person of interest with balloon in one hand and powder of some bright color in another.

Age was no barrier for all the excitement that was in the air. Grownups enjoyed it as much as the kids did. Everyone had fun… even our neighbor’s father who must be 80+ years of age – he didn’t play with us, but he sat there watching everyone go crazy and that, he said, was enjoyable in its own way. It sure was a success and the kids are already asking us when we can do it again.

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This past weekend, one of our friends had us over for a sumptuous lunch; we watched a movie after, walked around Duke Gardens in the evening, played pool for a while before returning home to have another go at the grand meal that night. I still can’t get over how so delicious everything was. Yum!

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There have been other fun weekends too – the afternoon when we went on a 10+ mile bike ride, all those evenings spent at cafes listening to live music, the time we went mini golfing and bowling, the night (which turned into day by the time we were finished) we spent playing Monopoly.

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Ahh, the fun… may it continue forever.

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  1. #1 by tangytrivia on April 16, 2013 - 5:48 pm

    Heyy! Where do you live? Asking brcause you said Duke gardens and I live in Durham, NC.

    moved to NC last year…

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    • #2 by tangytrivia on April 17, 2013 - 5:36 pm

      Cool! If you are in Durham, I’d like a friend. Sorry if that’s orkut-creepy.

      let’s take this over email…will drop you a note soon

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  2. #4 by anisnest on April 16, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    May it continue forever and ever and ever 🙂 here is to have much more fun in the coming summer..

    summer is going to super fun, I can feel it. 🙂 thanks, A!

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  3. #5 by kismitoffeebar on April 16, 2013 - 9:07 pm

    Such good times ! 🙂 I could feel your happiness through the post. Here’s to more such awesome weekends!
    And monopoly turning night to day? I so hear you.

    🙂 Thanks!

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  4. #6 by OHW on April 16, 2013 - 9:57 pm

    Amen, may it continue for ever. Seems like 2013 is going good for you and I got some good ideas to plan my weekends too 🙂

    I can’t say 2013 is going good, but weekends are fun, yes 🙂

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  5. #7 by Little Fingers on April 16, 2013 - 11:15 pm

    Yay Great recap post that was, I am so excite to hear your trip, I wish you had put some pictures too for our eyes 🙂 But your words gave me an amazing picture in my mind. Wishing you many more beautiful days ahead. 🙂

    Yeah living in east and northwest when we moved to Texas everything looked bigger, not that I am complaining, not sue how I can go back and living those apartments if at all we move there. 🙂

    thanks, LF. 🙂

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  6. #8 by thelilvoicespeaks on April 17, 2013 - 1:03 am

    Ah! That’s a whole lot of weekends, filled with fun! 🙂
    May you have many more of them.

    thank you!

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  7. #9 by Psych Babbler on April 17, 2013 - 1:34 am

    Sounds like some great weekends! 🙂 Bike riding…now there’s something I need to get into.

    😀 you should. and once you do it, then share how much fun you had

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  8. #10 by BlueMist on April 17, 2013 - 1:50 am

    Amen may the fun continue forever. Never been fan of holi but yours sounds fun. Loved each one of these. 🙂

    It’s fun when it’s with close knit group of people… if it were strangers, that may have been a little uncomfortable for me.

    thanks Misty!

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  9. #11 by vishalbheeroo on April 17, 2013 - 10:41 am

    hey Interesting post. I like it::)
    Cheers
    Vishal
    http://www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

    thanks!

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  10. #12 by Comfy on April 17, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Sounds like so much fun. May it always continue.
    I was crying to Rev on how much I missed Holi. Have not played it the way it should be for year now. Now if only I knew, I would have been at your place uninvited. 😛

    uninvited? but you do have an open invitation, you know that right? never mind, i’ll be sure to have you next year, ok? start planning… 🙂

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  11. #13 by Krags R on April 17, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    i sure can learn a lot from you on living life – and these posts will be a vital thing when u look back at the life that you ve passed through … keep them coming :).

    🙂

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  12. #14 by metherebel on April 18, 2013 - 5:31 am

    May you have many many more fun weekends 🙂

    thank you!

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  13. #15 by Priya on April 22, 2013 - 4:59 am

    So much fun!! Enjoy!!

    thanks!

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