on friday evening, after a long day of wind + cold rain, the skies finally cleared. my parents + brother came into town to visit, and we headed to bull city burger + brewery for dinner [brother J’s choice, since his birthday is today!]. it was mass chaos in there, but they still have some of the best burgers + beers around, IMHO. we had birthday cake + presents at home.
on saturday morning, riley and i went on a walk, then headed to the ronald mcdonald house for our first therapy dog visit! she was such a sweet friend to everyone she met! unfortunately, the house was rather quiet, as a lot of the families had already left to go visit their loved ones in the hospital. next time, we’ll try an earlier hour in hopes of catching more people. but riley got to spend time with a few young kids, a teenaged girl, and the other volunteers in the house. she was so calm + loving — i was really proud of her.
back in durham, i met my family down at the farmers market. we had food truck lunch + walked around town for a while. then we all hit the road to go to charlotte for a wedding party sister H’s fiancé’s family was hosting. they have a pretty, secluded property south of charlotte and hosted a really lovely dinner party. it was warm enough to visit outside for a while and dinner was delicious — filets, twice baked potatoes, salad, and an assortment of desserts. i was glad to meet so many of his family + friends as we get closer to the big day!
mr. c and i headed back later that evening. riley had spent the afternoon/evening at his parents’ house, and we stayed there saturday night. we had avoided all social media/sports outlets so that the unc/duke game wouldn’t be ruined for us. we stayed up until the wee hours watching it on dvr — what an emotional roller coaster. seeing them come back from an early deficit was exciting, it was a huge bummer when duke finally got into their 3-pointer groove, and a proud moment late in the second half when the tar heels staged the [beginning of] a comeback after said shots put them down by almost 20. losing to duke is always painful, but it was really encouraging to see how our guys never counted themselves out of this game, despite being down a couple players and at times, trailing far behind in points. i can’t wait to see what tournament month brings!
we went to church with mr. c’s parents sunday morning, riley and i went on a hot + sunny run [we are both going to need to re-acclimate to running in non-winter weather], and we finished the night off with a sushi date.