Sorry about the vanishing act last week, but it was my spring break and I threw all responsibilities to the wind because my twin sister Anna came for a visit! It seemed like it had been forever since we had had time to really catch up. It was amazing to see her and do fun stuff, all while fielding the constant stream of “Are you guys twins?!” comments. Seriously … we get so much of that.
It has been unseasonably cool here, which was too bad since it would have been fun to do more warm-weather activities. But of course we didn’t let the chilly breezes keep us from visiting the beach — one of Anna’s favorite places to see when she’s here. We huddled under blankets the whole time, listened to Eric Clapton, and munched on Trader Joe’s snacks. Hey, I’m not complaining!
Another fun highlight of the week was watching Ben and his volleyball team win the city championship. They won last year as well, so he was CRAZY psyched for the tournament, and honestly I was relieved to get the game started so he could work off all the energy and hyped-up-ness! Our apartment is just too small for all the pre-game pacing, planning, fidgeting, chest-thumping, etc.) Whew.
It was a lot of fun to watch him and his team playing together. Everything came together for the tournament and they played so smoothly and well. Ben also had some great plays and did a fantastic job scoring points as well as preventing the other team from scoring too many. :) He’s a great volleyball player — I never get tired of watching his sexy serve (um … sorry. but he does have a great serve!) Ben plays with a ton of heart and intensity that brings a lot to his team. And everyone else on the team is just fantastic as well — I’m so glad Ben has been able to be part of this group for the last few years.
We had been planning for a long time that this trip would include a great sushi experience. Our favorite all-you-can-eat sushi place did not disappoint! As you can tell, Buddha himself presided over the event … haha. No seriously, we greatly enjoyed stuffing our faces with all the sushi we could hold. Yeah, the whole “eating healthy” thing took a break that week.
One day we took a fun little day trip up to Williamsburg. I used to think there wasn’t much in Williamsburg — just Busch Gardens and a few other theme parks. But over the past year or two I’ve discovered a lot of other fun things in Williamsburg and it’s now one of my favorite places to get away to for a day — it’s only about an hour to an hour and a half away, so it’s easy to get there! My favorite spot there has to be Aromas Café on Prince George St in the historic downtown area. It has a wonderful cozy vibe and they have a big menu with all kinds of tasty lunches, desserts, and of course coffee.
We spent most of our day in Williamsburg at the outlet mall. We had a blast hitting all of the stores, especially the Gap and Banana Republic outlets. I bought some sweatpants at Banana Republic that have simultaneously redefined the meaning of the word “comfortable” while ruining all of my other clothes for me. I love them so much, I even broke my firmly enforced “No sweatpants in public” rule over the weekend and wore them to a late-night movie! I KNOW. I guess I figured that Banana Republic sweatpants were classy enough??! I must be losing my mind … that’s what sweatpants will do to a person.
Haha, Anna is going to kill me for posting this picture of us in a shopping frenzy.
On another day, of course we had to spend a few hours strolling around downtown Norfolk, especially the harbor, where we went on the requisite ferry ride.
What better way to spend a lazy morning than snuggled up in a sun-baked window seat at the eclectic Café Stella? (If you haven’t figured it out yet, coffee shops figured prominently into this week)
On the final evening of Anna’s visit we had a memorable experience at Abbey Road Pub & Restaurant, which is down at the beachfront on 22nd. Anna loves to go hear live music, and after a rather unfortunate attempt to catch a live band earlier in the week (which was a lame, overpriced, and eardrum-shattering experience I’d rather forget about), Ben did some research and found that a singer named Mike Proffit was going to be performing at Abbey Road. He was playing covers of classics by the Eagles, John Denver, and others, and he has a wonderful voice and sound. Since it was midweek, there weren’t a lot of people there, so we got a lot of attention — they took requests and even played a song about Minnesota just for us. It was so fun — we stayed there for three hours, just relaxing and listening while eating um, A LOT of really good appetizers and desserts. :)