2011 Belk Bowl

Over Christmas vacation, my mom and I went to the Belk Bowl (NCSU vs. Louisville – woop NCSU won!!!)

Quick summary of events: It was freezing and windy. I got to spend time with my mom and caught up with some dear friends of the family and a friend from college. I drank a lot of beer. And ate some pizza.

Here are a few pictures of the evening, since it has taken me almost 1 month to actually getting around to posting about this, I will keep it short! OOPS!

He is an NC State fan too…

Me and Sarah

Holy moly, crowd!
Me and my mom… brrrr

Me and Sam – you can’t see it but I am making the Wolfpack hand!

The view from our seats, not too shabby for the cheap seats!

Wine Tasting and ‘Dinner’

On Wednesday night, I went to a wine tasting and ‘light dinner’ after work. It was an event organized by the women’s employee resource group. I had really high hopes… It wasn’t all that bad. I really enjoyed the company! The food and organization of it all, not so much.

It was in a wine shop, that also sold random gift-y stuff. It had lots of various rooms with tables and seating areas. We were at a table all by ourselves, and felt a little isolated. It seemed everyone knew everyone else – and the three of us are relatively new, so we just kept to ourselves. It wasn’t set up where you could mingle. They could have done a better job with that – maybe having pre-arranged place cards to ‘mix it up.’

The point of the event was to have a wine tasting, along with appetizer, ‘light dinner,’ and dessert. They were heavy handed when they poured the wine, but not with serving the food. Each ‘taste’ was like half of a glass! I had to drive back to Charlotte afterwards, and really could not consume that much wine. I was hoping to get my money’s worth ($15) out of the food.

That did not happen. The portion sizes were not all that big. Not big enough for any of us anyway.

The appetizer was delicious – too bad we only got one. It is some flaky dough stuffed with brie, dried cranberry, and sliced almonds.

The ‘light dinner’ basically sucked. Allegedly it was chicken piccata and eggplant parmesan. It was served buffet style, and didn’t want to look like a pig by taking a huge portion… although by this point, I was real hungry. I am glad I didn’t. Some of the pasta was under cooked. It seemed randomly put together.

Dessert was amazing, and again we were not served enough. This was like 5 bites. Chocolate gelato, warm brownie, and caramel sauce. I could have eaten like 8 more…

We determined we were still hungry. I was over the wine (we were on the reds anyway…) so we left after the fourth ‘taste’ and dessert. We proceeded to go to a local pizza place for a few slices. We were just all hungry and unsatisfied.

Dinner #2 was wonderful. Veggie pizza on whole wheat crust and 3 garlic knots (not pictured). I got a two-slice combo, and had the second slice for lunch the next day. Delicious!!! I hadn’t had pizza in a while, so this really hit the spot.

Any good suggestions on wine tastings in the Charlotte area? 

5K Day

Me and 17,000 people ran/walked the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure today. Check this video out… pretty cool. They raised $1 million dollars through this Charlotte race alone (thanks, Mom for your donation!). It felt good to be running for such an important cause.

Between all the people, survivors, and supporters, and me realizing ‘whoa, I am actually going to run a 5K,’ I got emotional before the race.. I held back tears but I could hardly control them! It was pretty crazy – I have done a few 5K’s before, but for some reason this one really just hit me.

On a less serious note, let’s back up to earlier this morning. Of course, I did a pre-race photo shoot (please excuse the crazed look in my eyes – it was 7 AM), and ate a piece of peanut butter and banana toast for fuel!

Today was the day that I have been ‘training’ for for two months. My own personal couch to 5K program, and I am very proud to say that I did it. I finished the race in 40:50… my goal was to finish in 40 minutes or less and to walk as little as possible, so I got pretty close. I made it about 2.5 miles before I had to take a 1/2 song walk break. This was right at the very end after going up a killer hill. I got a cramp. But I saw that 3 mile flag and finished the race strong. I sprinted to the finish line so I could finish under 41 minutes. Not too bad for a first time 5K run.

I still can’t believe I did it – I never thought in a million years that I would be able to run a 5K. Feels so good to have accomplished something I have worked so hard for.

My reward? A (free) pumpkin coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts (I found a coupon) and a 4 hour drive to Atlanta… the 4 hour drive isn’t so much a reward as it is a way to get to the reward! I get to spend the weekend with great friends (and Taylor Swift, NBD).

Speaking of, I better get moving or else I won’t ever get on the road! I have a big day of shopping and eating ahead of me once I arrive.