a Bri Gaal's Blog: Family & Food

Monday, June 2, 2008

Family & Food

The title says it all! My entire family was here and we pretty much ate our way through the weekend. Thursday evening I went with my mom and sister Shana to Tyler’s Taproom, Friday evening the whole family was here and we stuffed our faces at the Twisted Fork, Saturday was a cookout at Casa de Gaal (with more birthday cake!) and Sunday we hit the Carolina Brewery for lunch and the Flying Saucer for dinner. YEESH! My stomach is in sugar/fat/beer overload :)

I ran into a high school friend in the bathroom at the Twisted Fork on Friday – it was a very random meeting! I hadn’t seen Kristy in literally almost 11 years. We were quite close in high school but lost touch through the years and it was a nice, quick little catch up. Her and her husband also live in NC and aren’t too far away so we’ll hopefully meet up with them soon.

Saturday I went for a 2 hour bike ride before writing schedules and then heading to Chapel Hill to help out with packet pickup for the kids tri on Sunday. It was pretty hectic and hot, but for the most part people were nice. Like Marty blogged about, there were a few not so nice parents but overall everything went fine. We were both pretty wiped out after our 3 hour shift, though. We came home and my dad was almost done grilling the hamburgers and all the sides were ready to go. My sister had brought over her Wii so we had some fun bowling. I won! I am a much better Wii bowler than I am in real life.

Marty got up very early so he could drive to Kerr Lake (pronounced car lake), and my dad and I got to sleep just a bit later before we made our way back into Chapel Hill. It was a lot of fun watching the kid’s tri. There were some really little kids out there! Several bikes with training wheels and many more with streamers. They allow the parents to ride and run with their kids if they want to which is also great. My niece Haileigh did very good for her first triathlon, although I’m not convinced she will want to do another for awhile! She swam great and passed several kids in the time trial start and then had fun on the bike, but oh the dreaded run :) And it had gotten quite hot by this time, but she still finished and even managed to puke across the line! I have never done that before in any of my races! And the kid who finished right behind her also puked! After those two we heard some of the finish line workers call for a vomit bucket – those kids are hard core.

After the race we dined at the Carolina Brewery which wasn’t crowded at all. I guess it’s not the hot after church establishment, ha! I love love love their sweet potatoe chips (which they cover in brown sugar) and thankfully we even have some leftovers so I can enjoy some more of them tonight. I managed to sit on the trainer for about an hour once I got home, but that was all the training I had in me for the day. I am rapidly descending into out of shape land. We capped the night off at the Saucer before hitting bed early so we could get up for Master’s this morning.

So the other thing is I really want to run again. Today as I was walking out of work I had this overwhelming feeling - to the point that I almost got myself upset. But I didn't and I haven't run. I know my foot still needs more rest.


At June 2, 2008 9:47 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Man you sure know how to jam pack a weekend! Sounds like so much fun with your family visiting!!

You've done so great not running on your foot although I'm sure it's been hard. I hope you will be rewarded with a PAIN FREE first run not too long from now!!

At June 3, 2008 10:39 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whew, I could barely keep up with your post and weekend, Bri! Sounds fun actually! :) You HAVE done soo good w/ that darn PF...I HOPE the end is near! Jen H.

At June 5, 2008 10:45 PM , Blogger BreeWee said...

Bri!!!! I wish you could run... I hope you get better sooner than later and you are able to have some of that "run love" that only comes from running!

Stay strong, wait till it is better, and what doesn't kill you makes you stronger... and faster...!

At June 8, 2008 1:32 AM , Blogger Pam said...

I love those sweet potato chips from Carolina Brewery!!! I moved away from Chapel Hill a few years ago. I feel a wave of nostalgia now:)


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