meghann, i hope you don't mind my use of your blog's name in my title -- the alliteration just perfectly captures what i feel like i did all weekend! some serious ground was covered (both by foot + in my trusty VW), fun was had with new friends and old, and the whole experience was punctuated with little bursts of absolutely freaking fabulous food.
case in point:
the first set of miles . . .
was followed by a delicious meal:
miss meals & miles herself, in action!
of course, no post-race meal in charlottesville would be complete for me without a stop at arch's.
delicious and practically an extra meal in itself! (my heart, however, still holds fast to LoYo. not even a contest!)
right, we DID do something besides eat, drink, and gab . . . there was wine, too! our first stop was at blenheim vineyards, where we each got tastings.
apparently, i took this very seriously . . .
i even took notes!
heather just smiled and tolerated my type A wine tasting tendencies. what lovely company :)
the grounds were lovely:
my favorite wine they had was their syrah.
kath was up for one more, and who were we to argue with the birthday girl!? we headed to kluge estate, a picturesque spot nestled in the trees.
i loved the glasses they had for tastings:
and this turned out to be a great place for a group shot.
courtesy of miss allie's camera.
saturday's culinary grand finale
josh (who had headed back to catch some ZZZ's and a bif of the UVA game met me back at kath's for a lovely autumn potluck. let me just say that the guests contributing to this potlock really know their way around the kitchen! josh and i contributed some wine, cheese, and jam that we bought at the farmer's market, but my absolute favorite was right on this plate at the 3:00 position . . .
i went back for at least 2 more. meghann even had the genius idea to top this sweet and salty treat with goat cheese (!). i will definitely be recreating this for a dinner party at home sometime.
dinner was followed by a lesson/tasting of three different pumpkin beers. kath's favorite was the schafly's, but i liked the cottonwood.
as the hours ticked by, our lovely hostess started uploading her photos to get a jump start on the evening's posting duties. as a once-a-day blogger, i am in awe of those who log on and recap right after a party! it was fun to see how a professional does it.
just a few more miles
8, to be exact! honestly, i had no NEED to run on sunday. but i relish any chance for a long run with friends -- it brings me back to the days siobhan and i hit the tobacco trail on a near-weekly basis (miss you, s!). and i knew i wouldn't have a chance to hang out with these ladies again in the near future. meghann had 8 miles on her marathon training schedule, so kath and i went along for the ride.
as always, we had a wonderful time chatting and the time absolutely whizzed by. my achilles tendons are a bit sore today, but the experience was worth it.
so there you have it: enough BLEND action this weekend to make a smoothie. kath, thank you for putting together a wonderful bday weekend!