Sprint 2 Atlanta: Spring Break Edition

by Sarah on April 1, 2014 · 13 comments

I’m still not fully recovered from my “Six States. Two Weeks.” 2014 world East Coast tour, but I best go ahead and document it digitally* because, well, the best thing about having a blog is the whole ‘scrapbook’ concept, isn’t it?

*Unless you follow me on Instagram. In which case…well, you’ve been ON the tour.IMG_20140325_145610

My new haircut (never again to be styled so carefully) and I were on our way to  Atlanta on Friday, but not before indulging in a few more of the perks of being at home. [Pun intended.]

The most beautiful words first thing in the morning are “I made you coffee.”IMG_20140328_065529

A bowl of chia-infused oatmeal with strawberries later…IMG_20140328_081541

…and I was once again entering the planes portion of my planes, trains, and automobiles* tour of the country.

*And buses.IMG_20140328_112238

While practicing my Spanish (yes, I can read it almost fluently) and enjoying some chick lit, I munched on still-slightly-frozen Greek yogurt with a mix of the multiple types of cereal I confiscated from Papa Smart’s Kashi-heavy cabinet.IMG_20140328_144105

An appropriate snack for my travels, I feel, as I was on my way to visit the only person I know who gets even stranger food passed TSA than I do.

That’s right, Sprint 2 Atlanta: The Spring Break Edition was about to commence.

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This time, Heather joined in the fun, and we started the weekend strong with a visit to Vietnam (or, well, a Vietnamese restaurant). Saigon Sweet-and-Sour Shrimp Soup with a tamarind broth full of okra, elephant ear stalks, tomatoes, and pineapple (!) was absolutely wonderful…I ate about five bowls.IMG_20140328_205551

I stayed full of brothy goodness until this simple bowl of oatmeal (a mix of Bob’s Red Mill and Purely Elizabeth ancient grains) topped with strawberry jam and some Laura-made Irish Cream Healthy Bites and Heather-made Java Coconut “Buzz” Bites.IMG_20140329_094851

A trip to Atlanta wouldn’t be complete without Glute CampIMG_20140329_132635

…or a trip to Buford Highway Farmers Market.IMG_20140329_145245

Thank goodness Laura had made me a Pineapple Spinach Mint Growing Naturals smoothie. After both glutes AND shoulders, I’m pretty sure I would have passed out in the parking lot without it.IMG_20140329_131434

The afternoon passed by quickly, and it was soon time to join Sarena (along with her husband, Tony) once again in Decatur, where we split a bottle of cider and then moved on to wine.

And dinner. Obviously we ate.

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The only thing I seemed to photograph were the collards with bacon (and more bacon) that our waiter brought me specially.

#reallifeismorefunthanphotographs

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A run through Piedmont Park the next morning seemed like a nice personal send-off from Atlanta. (It also made me feel like I was on an episode of any HGTV show. What is with the numerous shots in Piedmont Park any time they are in Atlanta?)IMG_20140330_091935

After that was a hotel breakfast–oatmeal and berries (times three)–IMG_20140330_111224

—and a drive north of the city [with snacks, of course]*.

*My style of eating in the car always makes The Professor nervous, but not a crumb was lost!IMG_20140330_134128

My whirlwind two weeks was about to come to an end, but not without a barn weddingIMG_20140330_184932

….and a PIE BAR!IMG_20140330_185834

I certainly had fun…but HALLELUJAH it is good to be home. :)

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 1, 2014 at 5:32 pm

Hell yeah #reallifeismorefunthanphotographs!!! I’m so glad you guys came, and that you got a little sunshine! I love Piedmont Park – went for a run myself, alit a few hours later. ;)

Enjoy some much-needed down time, and come back soon!!!

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lindsay April 1, 2014 at 6:26 pm

can i come next time? if i bring bacon balls?

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 2, 2014 at 8:42 am

I’m going to comment to this and say HECK YEAH!!! Come on!

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Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table April 2, 2014 at 8:54 am

Majority rules! LC MUST come. With balls.

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Kaila @healthyhelperblog! April 1, 2014 at 10:32 pm

Girl you amaze me! On top of all your school work and travel you still make time to see friends and have fun! Plus you’re fluent in spanish!? That’s freaking sweet!!

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Sarah April 2, 2014 at 9:54 am

I wish I were conversationally fluent, but I’ve lost a lot of my abilities due to lack of practice. I’m still able to read it though!

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Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets April 2, 2014 at 1:39 am

Planes, trains and automobiles is right, although I’m glad you had such a wonderful time, although I bet it feels amazing to be home too. I love vacations, but I also love the comfort of my routine and my own place.

#reallifeismorefunthanphotographs – this, hell yes.

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Liz @ I Heart Vegetables April 2, 2014 at 7:30 am

Girl, you know I love blogger meet ups ;) haha I love that you went to Atlanta!!! I’m jealous! Also, when are you coming back to VA??? Miss you :)

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Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) April 2, 2014 at 8:40 am

Welcome home!!! Now, when are you coming back?! :)

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Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate April 3, 2014 at 12:32 am

It looks as though your break was thoroughly enjoyed. Put a few foodie bloggers today and deliciousness ensues. ;-)

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Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli April 3, 2014 at 2:18 pm

Ha! So true story, I found a picture of those collards and was like “What the hell is that? Did I eat that? Why do I have a picture of it??” Hahaha! Thanks for setting the record straight there! And of course, thanks for all the other things you did for me that night! It was SO great to see you, but I’ll be honest, I need more…because I’m a greedy Blend! Let me know when you think you might head up this way…maybe a trip to Louisville can be coordinated! :D

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Calee April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Man, I wish I was there. Looks like a fun time.

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