Engagement Dinner & UNC Running Tour

Good morning!

Matt and I went out to dinner on Monday night to celebrate our engagement! Our first engagement dinner was at Panera on the 5 hour drive home from the hike Sunday, so we thought we should probably up the ante a bit. ;) We decided to go to 411 West, a fun place in Chapel Hill, and brought along a bottle of Blenheim Vineyards wine from Saturday with us, too!


I was sporting my new ring, of course! (In addition to a new dress that the Five Bamboo peeps sent me recently! It’s SO soft and comfy.)


Disregard my lion-esque hair. Getting a hair cut on Friday, thank god.

I started with the prosciutto wrapped shrimp on top of sautéed spinach — yum!



Followed by the wood grilled organic salmon, veggies, and roasted potatoes. I had enough left over to enjoy for lunch yesterday — win!


Delicious dinner :)

In unrelated news, I wanted to share some photos from a fun run that I did on last Friday evening with Matt and my grad school friend Lauren!


As you guys know, I’m training for the Vegas half marathon in March right now, and I was supposed to do a 7 mile run over the weekend, but I knew we were leaving early Saturday morning for Charlottesville and didn’t want to stress myself out getting up crazy early to run. So instead, I did a 5.5 mile run on Friday evening, and decided to count our crazy 9 mile hike as the rest of my training for the weekend. ;)

Matt’s never really explored UNC’s campus much, so Lauren and I decided to take him on a tour. I hadn’t done a run without a set route in awhile — it was fun to just go off on detours and generally do what we wanted. :)


The UNC well!


Running past the sororities along Franklin Street, the main drag in Chapel Hill:


Heading back the other way towards Carrboro:




And ending up back on campus! We stumbled upon this cool outdoor theatre. Neat!


Lauren working on her yoga skills:


Thanks for the run guys. :) Here’s the obligatory unattractive sweaty post-run photo:


I’m heading off to school for class, and then I’m leaving this afternoon for DC! This weekend is our fall break so we get Thursday and Friday off — hooray! It’s perfect timing since our friends are getting married in DC this weekend — Matt is the best man and a ton of our DC crew will be there as well as Matt’s family, so it should be really fun. I was going to wait to go up to DC until tomorrow, but we need to get my ring resized and I want to give the jeweler enough time so we can get it back by Friday so I can wear it for the weekend! I have really small hands and never really wear rings so Matt had a really hard time figuring out size I wore. The jeweler convinced him going a little too big was better than a little too small — true!

Catch you guys later from our nation’s capital! :)


  1. 1

    Looks like a great meal to celebrate with :)

  2. 2

    The meal looks incredible! :) Congratulations again on your engagement!

  3. 3

    Sounds like a great celebration! Love the pictures from the run!

  4. 4

    So glad you got to go out and formally celebrate your engagement with an engagement dinner! And UNC’s campus looks beautiful! What a fun run!

  5. 5

    Great pics! Sounds like quite the celebration :)

  6. 6

    I am so happy for you – dinner and your dress look awesome!

  7. 7

    The UNC campus is so pretty. And that dress looks so comfortable…love.

    Congrats again on your engagement!

  8. 8

    Oh nostalgia…. I love your reading your blog because it seems our lives are flip flopped! I grew up in NC, went to UNC, but now I live in DC!

  9. 9

    Seriously, my hair has me feeling like friggen Mufasa. I feel you. I am going to HAVE to do something about it before I go craycray. It’s entirely possible I already have, I just said craycray.

  10. 11

    That dress is beautiful and so are you. Have a wonderful break.

  11. 12

    This is a bit off topic, but I wanted to let you know that you’ve inspired me to start running! I regularly go to yoga, but I’ve always shied away from cardio workouts. Plus, I’ve never liked doing cardio on machines at the gym, so I figured I would hate running outside too.

    So I started last week and I just finished my 3rd run this morning, and I’m lasting longer each time I go! It’s way more fun to run outside! Plus I like strengthening my lungs and heart. So thank you for the inspiration :)

  12. 14

    Congrats on your engagement!!! I look forward to reading about your wedding planning.

    That meal looks miiiiiiiiiiiightly delicious.

    And sweaty pictures are never unattractive, at least in my opinion.

  13. 15

    Your blog was down the other day when I wanted to swing by and wish you congratulations :) Have a fun weekend in DC!

  14. 16

    Just catching up on blogs. Congratulations on your engagement – all the best to you and Matt!!

  15. 17

    Looks like an absolutely delicious meal :-)
    Massive congratulations to you and Matt!

  16. 18

    I miss running through UNC so much! It is such a beautiful campus and Chapel Hill and Carrboro are so much fun to run through. Enjoy some runs there for me.

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