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Tuesday, February 15, 2022

States, lunch with the boy, and the Super Bowl.

We had a busy weekend. Sarah and the Bishop McGuinness swim team boarded a bus at 5:00 pm on Friday and headed to Raleigh, NC for the state championship swim meet. I was extremely happy that they were able to take the bus for the trip because half the fun is being together on the bus going to and from Raleigh and the other half is staying overnight in a hotel.  They stopped for dinner at Panera before heading to the Hampton Inn for the night.

Dan and I left after he got home from work on Friday. (Have I mentioned that he is back in the office? He went back full time to the office 2 weeks ago and it has been an adjustment.) We stayed at the same hotel as the kids and booked the room through Dan's Hilton app since he is an Honors member.  

As we were driving there, he mentioned that he received an alert earlier in the day that he could do a contact-less check-in on the app.  He was too busy to do it at the time so I opened up his app so we could get checked in. Side note: I prefer the contact-less check-in - not because of covid but because I don't want to talk to anyone! :) 

The app told me that I could pick the room but then it alerted: ONLY ONE ROOM LEFT and automatically checked us in to A SUITE!  I can not tell you how happy this made me.  It was like a little gift just for us. I know that a suite at a Hampton Inn is probably not that exciting but it was so nice instead of being crammed into one room.  

Dan stayed up later than me watching tv in the living room while I was in the bedroom falling asleep to Forensic Files, blissfully unaware of whatever he was watching on the History channel. And the next morning, I was up before 6:00. I closed the bedroom door, turned the living room lights on  and headed to the lobby to get coffee. I then drank the coffee at the kitchen bar with the lights on, playing Wordle without disturbing Dan who was still sleeping.  Typically when we stay at a hotel, I am sitting at a tiny desk drinking my coffee in the dark so as not to wake anyone up.  

I fear that staying in this suite has ruined us forever.  I can only imagine how excited we would be if we were ever upgraded to a suite at a fancy hotel! 

After we got into the hotel room on Friday night, we grabbed dinner and hung out with some friends at the bar in the lobby and saw Sarah and the other kids hanging out/having fun.  We headed to breakfast the next morning at 7:30 right as they were all heading out the door to take the bus to the aquatic center.

The meet started at 9:00. Sarah was swimming the first event and the last event so we were there until around 12:15 when the morning session concluded. Her times qualified her for the afternoon finals round so while she and the rest of the team went back to a large conference room at the hotel to have  Olive Garden and to nap; Dan and I headed to NC State and picked up Peter for lunch.

It was a beautiful day in Raleigh - it was in the 70s! We picked him up and headed downtown. We decided to eat lunch at Beasley's Chicken + Honey. We got there around 12:40 and the wait was 45 minutes. We put our name on the list and walked a few blocks to the N.C. Capital Building and took a quick tour around.


After lunch, we dropped Peter back off at school and drove around Raleigh for a little bit.  The afternoon session didn't start until 4:45 so we had some time to kill. We went to two Asian grocery stores. I wanted to get some Kewpie Mayonnaise but neither one had any. (If you waste all your spare time on TikTok like I do, then you have heard of Emily Mariko and her viral salmon and rice dish that uses Kewpie Mayo. Kewpie mayo is an Asian mayo that is supposed to be better than our mayo.  I can't believe that it is any better than Duke's but I really wanted to try it in this salmon and rice dish.  I have made it for my lunch several times before using regular mayo. I *think* the Kewpie mayo is supposed to be a little sweet but I could be wrong about that.)

After unsuccessfully locating the mayonaisse, we headed back to the aquatic center to cheer on the team. Sarah's medley team finished 11th in the state and the 4x100 finished 14th overall. It was a very long day for everyone but we had a really great time.

I knew Sarah's relays weren't going to be in contention for medals so my prayer for her was that she have a wonderful time with her friends and make lots of memories to cap off her four years on the high school swim team.  

She had some great final swims, made lots of memories with her friends, and told me that she had a great time.  I think my prayer was answered.  We are all sad that it's over because she's been swimming competitively since the summer after kindergarten. But, I guess it's time for the next thing.

Here are a couple of pictures she texted from their time hanging out at the hotel on Friday night:

The Seniors!

Sarah and her friends are obsessed with little Polaroid cameras.  She likes the "retro vibe". I think it is crazy since these kids are literally walking around with awesome cameras at all times during the day. To go back to Polaroid makes no sense to me.  But, I guess I'm just old and it seems like taking a step back. Maybe kids like being able to hold an actual photo since no one prints them out any more.  Anyway, they were having fun hanging out, talking, taking pictures and being kids!

The captains. Sarah likes this shot because it's candid.

On Sunday evening, we watched the Super Bowl.  I made a few appetizers: pepper jack pimento cheese toasts, spinach and artichoke dip in phyllo cups, and a hoagie dip.  We ate too much and enjoyed the game even though we were pulling for the Bengals. And then just like that, our weekend was over!


Madeline said...

Well the little cameras are popular even with the elementary school kids! Meredith has a purple one and nearly every one of her friends has one too! Film is THE birthday gift of choice in first grade!

Congratulations to Sarah on a fulfilling swimming career. What a way to end it, I am so glad she had fun.

Colleen said...

You can buy that mayo on amazon, though it seems expensive to me, but may be worth it to satisfy your craving :)

Ernie said...

So glad that she was able to enjoy this event with all of her friends. To think, so many things like this were cancelled not that long ago. I'm laughing at the polaroid photos. Congrats on a great swimming career. Nice hotel rooms do make the experience better.

Billie Jo said...

Congratulations to your girl! What a wonderful career she has had swimming since kindergarten. And congrats to you too, Mom. I am sure you have racked many miles to and from practice all these years. I am a huge Forensic Files fan! Falling asleep to that in a hotel bed with fresh clean sheets sounds like a dream! Have a cozy evening. The sun is out up here!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Funny about the polaroid camera. KIDS!
Wow, the end of an era for Sarah. Doesn't it just seem to fly by?
The capitol building looks awesome and the fact that you saw both kiddos in one weekend is joyous.