Momma Coale and I made the drive from Charlottesville back to Indiana yesterday.
My mom drove out to Cville on Thursday night so we could bring back the things I had to leave behind at my friend Kelli’s when I moved to NYC. So while it’s not in NYC yet, at least Kelli doesn’t have to store my things anymore- she’s awesome for doing it in the first place!
This past week was absolutely wonderful and the whole week I kept thinking how it never felt like I had actually left in the first place. It felt like I had just been away on vacation for a bit. Friendships picked back up where they left off, we picked back up doing our normal weekend things and everything was the same. I loved that.
There was so much packed into one week that Hannah’s wedding last Saturday seems like forever ago! She got married at Point Lookout Farm and the wedding was absolutely gorgeous. The ceremony was all about glorifying God with beautiful worship music, scripture, and communion. So much love and joy in that place. Hannah was the RN I worked with at Revolution Health Center so it was fun to see my old work family and lots of other familiar faces!
Sunday after church we watched polo at King Family Vineyard and then went to a dinner party that evening.
Monday we cooked a pasta dinner at Kelli’s along with margaritas and brownie sundaes.
Tuesday I met my running buddies at 6am for a drizzly morning run and then we ate at Cafe Cubano where I ordered the same amazing veg omelet that I ate Sunday morning.
And then I took a really long nap before meeting my sweet friend Ainslee for lunch. I love spending time with this girl, makes my heart happy. We picked up lunch from the Blue Ridge Country Store and sat under the Pavilion downtown.
And then that evening I met up with a Mary, Kelly (a different Kelly 🙂 and Whit for happy hour + dinner at Sedona Taphouse. Can we talk about the $3 glasses of wine…three dollars?!
Wednesday I did a longer run of 7 miles (more on that soon, I have a different running + training approach to minimize stress that I’m excited to share) and then met my friend Caroline for breakfast at Bodos. PB + J on the best whole wheat bagel for me.
And then I spent the morning at my friend Brett’s house…which is actually the house Andrea and I use to live in! The Bakers just had a baby girl and right before Brett was due, they bought this house that I adore so much and moved in! It was kinda weird being back in that house. I love that home and it’s absolutely perfect for the Bakers.
By Wednesday evening, I needed some down time so Kelli picked us up Christians pizza and we lounged around watching trashy TV all night.
And then Thursday we hiked Cold Mountain and it was awesome. Wide open spaces, a cool breeze, and no rush to be anywhere. You can’t get that in NYC ya’ll.
When I got home Thursday I found out my friend Whitney got a job offer at Vanderbilt!! After lots of job applications and cover letters this summer, many prayers were answered! She just graduated with a Masters in student affairs and higher education and I’m so, so proud of her. So we went out for drinks + dinner at Zinburger.
I ordered the farm salad that had quinoa, chickpeas, feta, tomatoes, onion and some other stuff and we split the sweet potato fries and veggie burger….along with winneeee. So good!
Followed my more wine + ice cream when momma coale got into town on Thursday night.
And then the weekend was spent exploring with my momma. On Friday we got breakfast at Whole Foods and then hiked Humpback Rock. My mom is a total champ and climbed to the top like it was her everyday workout. And that 1 mile straight uphill hike is no joke folks. We laid up there for almost an hour soaking up all the sunshine and gorgeousness. I tell ya, these hikes have totally refreshed me after living in the city this summer.
Friday night we headed downtown for Fridays after Five and then ate dinner at Monsoon, best thai food in Cville. Fresh rolls + green veggie curry for me and pad thai for my momma.
Saturday we were up early to head to the farmer’s market where we ate all kinds of deliciousness, including breakfast bagels with mushrooms, onions and spinach. Then we headed to Carter Mountain to pick peaches and then I ran 5 miles before lunchtime and after lunch we headed out to Pippin Hill.
Saturday night momma coale cooked Mexican and we had everyone over for margs + dinner. Was fabulous!
And Sunday we went to church and then drove west!
It was such a fun week and I’m so grateful that I had the chance to go back and see so many of my closest friends. I did a lot of growing up in Charlottesville in the three years following college. That little city is so close to my heart. But as much as I love it there, I know that isn’t where I’m suppose to be right now. Being away from NYC for the past week or so has been just what I needed. And this time away has actually gotten me eager and excited to get back- I’d say that’s a good sign.
But first, I can’t wait to soak up this week at home in Indiana cooking with momma coale nightly, watching my brother get married on Saturday, laying around with my four brothers and breathing in that sweet Midwest air. This is home.
I’ll be back on Wednesday for a long overdue WIAW! Have a happy Monday!!