Sunday, October 25, 2015

*fall* get-away (round 2)

Appreciating these is truly important. Not rushing through life so much that you miss them is equally so.
Talk about going with the flow....
We are still trying to get used to our new life - living on a schedule where everything we do now revolves around a 2 week time frame. We had everthing all planned out before Peter got home from work last Wednesday - I would meet him as soon as he got off the boat and we spend a few nights away (which we did), then he wanted to enjoy the rest of his trip at home.
Fast forward to this past Wednesday.....Peter mentioned he needed to get the SUV inspected and decided to go on Thursday to get it done....did I want to tag along?...sure!!
So on Thursday, we go off to get the car inspected and planned to get lunch and hit the early boat home. While eating lunch at Ruby Tuesday (which btw, was extremely disappointing and we vowed not to return), Peter said he wished we had planned to stay all day....we wondered why we couldn't....and by the time we got to the car, we had decided to make a day of it. :O)
We started driving with no destination in mind and Peter asked where the pumpkin patch was ( he had been listening...). I looked up Wright's Market and off we went.
What a gorgeous day!! I was sad that I hadn't brought my camera (but who would have known I'd be in the pumpkin patch today for goodness sake!). The phone camera does take pretty good pics though!

I was really hoping for Apple Cider Donuts, but they are only available on Sat & Sun (must.go.back). We did get some yummy pumpkin ice cream and the apple cider slushies were amazing! :O)

We bought carrots to feed the goats....

We considered the hay ride, but there were lots of kids there on a field trip, so we just found a quiet spot to eat our snack. I have a feeling this will be a new yearly fall bucket list item for us (and make it on the weekend next time to try those donuts!). It was very relaxing and peaceful, and our snack was delicious!
Nathan had been off for a few nights and was headed home too. On our way to meet up with him at the mall, Peter asked if I wanted to spend the night instead of hitting the late boat? Um, well, did you forget we hadn't packed anything? He assured me it didn't matter - Walmart had everything we needed. Okay! :O) :O)
After saying goodbye to Nathan, we went to check in (once again, at our new favorite hotel in Salisbury -Sleep Inn!!) :O)
The girl at the front desk remembered me from last week :O), and was VERY helpful with our no luggage situation. She gave us a handful of toiletries and then gave us her card. She asked if we would leave feedback on TripAdvisor and if I mentioned her name, she would give us 15% off our next stay there. :O) Will do! :O)
Side note: get a rewards card with whatever hotel chain you use. In our case, with our Sleep Inn stays: earn a free night after 2 stays. You can also save points for gift cards. I'm sure other hotel chains offer similar rewards.
After a quick trip to Walmart for the rest of our essentials, we talked about where to go for dinner. We decided on Sunset Grill. We had enjoyed this restaurant earlier this summer, and we were anxious to go back. Thursday night was Seafood Feast night. You got to choose a soup or salad, an app, and an entree from a select list.
We got the NE Clam Chowder...

Peter got the Single Fried Oyster app....

I got the Lump Crab Imperial Stuffed Mushrooms for mine...

and we both chose the Crab Cake, Shoestring Potatoes, & Creamed Spinach.

It was all delicious!!!
We decided to split a slice of Key Lime Pie for dessert (which was also delish!!).
The weather was so gorgeous....
I love fall skies!
We had hoped to see a movie last week while we were away, but Bridge of Spies didn't come out until that weekend. We chose that one and it didn't disappoint! We love Tom Hanks. Before we went in, we saw the poster out front for the movie Woodlawn. I knew nothing about it, but it said "based on a true story" and there was a football player on the poster. As we were coming out out of the movie, Peter asked if I was up for watching another movie...Woodlawn. In keeping with our "let's go with the flow" frame of mind, I was game. Woodlawn is a MUST SEE!!!!!! It was so touching and inspiring.
A gifted high school football player must learn to boldly embrace his talent and his faith as he battles racial tensions on and off the field in WOODLAWN, a moving and inspirational new film based on the true story of how love and unity overcame hate and division in early 1970s Birmingham, Ala.
Tony Nathan (newcomer Caleb Castille) lands in a powder keg of anger and violence when he joins fellow African-American students at Woodlawn High School after its government-mandated desegregation in 1973. The Woodlawn Colonels football team is a microcosm of the problems at the school and in the city, which erupts in cross burnings and riots, and Coach Tandy Gerelds (Nic Bishop) is at a loss to solve these unprecedented challenges with his disciplinarian ways.
It’s only when Hank (Sean Astin), an outsider who has been radically affected by the message of hope and love he experienced at a Christian revival meeting, convinces Coach Gerelds to let him speak to the team that something truly remarkable begins to happen. More than 40 players, nearly the entire team, black and white, give their lives over to the “better way” Hank tells them is possible through following Jesus, and the change is so profound in them it affects their coach, their school and their community in ways no one could have imagined.

I was so encouraged that this, along with War Room, were choices at the movies, and we also saw trailors for two more Christian movies coming by spring. :O)
What a great unexpected, unplanned getaway....those are always the best kind!
I think I'm learning to like this new go-with-the-flow life.....
:O) :O) :O)

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