The Perfect Sunday

Yesterday was just about the perfect Sunday — it involved playing with Tina, ice cream at Maple View Farm, and biking with Matt in the beautiful NC sunshine (which rudely hid until Tina left, lame)!


(Disregard the awkward self-timer photo, heh)

Our day began in Carrboro, the cute hippie town right next to Chapel Hill. I took Tina to one of my faves — Open Eye Cafe!


I love the vibe in this coffee shop — busy but relaxing and funky at the same time :)


I had their “winter blend” tea — it was delish!


I love that I got my own little pot of it :)


Tina and I sat for nearly an hour chatting and enjoying our drinks — love that girl! Wish she lived closer :(

After some exploration around town (although sadly the weather was cold and gray yesterday morning, boo!), we headed to lunch at another of my favorites, The Spotted Dog.


I knew Tina would love this place because not only does it have a creative, healthy, organic and vegetarian-focused menu, but it also has pictures of dogs all over the walls! :) Tina has a pug and is kind of obsessed, heh.

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I ordered the house made vegetarian Black-Eyed Pea Burger for lunch, which came topped with chipotle sauce, tomato, lettuce, and cilantro. YUM! The cilantro totally made this sandwich.


With a side of mixed greens for good measure ;)


I think you all can guess where I took Tina next, right before heading to the airport…



I know, I’m totally obsessed. You would be, too :)


We enjoyed their delicious ice cream while hanging out in these rocking chairs:


With this beautiful view:


Ahhhh. The south at its best :)

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I was so bummed to drop Tina off at the airport and say goodbye. I miss you already, girl! Come back soon :)

Tina was joking that bad weather follows her wherever she goes, and sure enough, of course the second I dropped Tina off the sun came out and it was suddenly warm and amazing outside again. Wtf, NC? Why you gotta play us like that?


I’m sorry, Tina!! You might not want to read the rest of this post ;)

Matt and I decided to take advantage of the suddenly awesome weather and go biking!


(Rocking one of my fANNEtastic t-shirts, heh!)

I’m really loving our Sunday bike rides as of late. We did the same loop we discovered a couple months agonearly 16 miles with lots of beautiful scenery :)

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I think we’re getting better at biking — it feels easier and we’re faster, too! Exciting :)


Sadly it’s now Monday again, Matt is on his way back to DC for work, and it’s time for me to get back to the grind. I just ran a great 3.5 miles with my friend Jillian here in my neighborhood and now it’s time to get down to work before heading to class! It’s going to be a busy week — can you believe I only have 3 more weeks left in the semester?! This spring has FLOWN by. In fact, this whole first year of grad school has flown by! Crazy.

Have a great day, friends :)

p.s. Check out fellow blogger Heather’s Raffle for Life! She’s raising money in memory of her Aunt Pat who passed away from cancer. There’s some great stuff for you all to win, including delicious baked goods, crafts, and some of my Attune Foods coupons! :)


The raffle is LIVE through this Saturday (the 16th of April).


  1. 1

    Such great photos in this post! I love the picture of the rocking chairs. You’re lucky to live in such an adorable area. Glad you and Tina had fun together! Have a great week!

  2. 2

    NC is pretty. I have a sister who lives in Bryson City NC I visit often. That black- eyed pea burger looks great. Do you have a recipe for that one? Love your pictures.

  3. 4

    Wow, what a great day! I’m really looking forward to my semester in NC (I’ll be in Asheville) in the fall – it looks gorgeous.

    That farm with the ice cream always makes want some good old fashioned ice cream, so I’m a little jealous of that :) Alsooo pretty jealous you only have 3 weeks left – I have 6 counting exam week.

  4. 5

    What a fun time you and Tina had!

  5. 6

    you and matt are adorable.

    anddddd you and tina are two of my faves! <3 looks like a picture perfect weekend with friends and your man!


  6. 8

    Oh my God, I love the WTF comment!!!!
    (my jaw drops every time I read that)

    I’m glad you had such a fun (and fit) weekend!
    Keep enjoying life…..

  7. 9

    The views on your bike ride are STUNNING!

  8. 10

    what a great sunday and what beautiful photography!

    It makes readers want to move to NC! :)

  9. 11

    The Spotted Dog seems like *my* kinda place! Guess we know where you’re taking me when I finally get around to visiting you down South (whenever that will be… ahahaha)!! :D

  10. 12

    What a fun day!!! The black-eyed pea burger looks amazing!!!

  11. 13

    What pretty pictures…looks like a blast!

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    Adventurer says

    Glad you had such an epic day! Looks wonderful!

  13. 15

    Such a fun and active day!

  14. 16

    I think I would frequent that cafe’ & restaurant a LOT if I lived nearby. Thanks for sharing the fun pics!

  15. 17

    What a perfect weekend! :)

  16. 18

    That looks like an incredibly relaxing weekend. I am a sucker for country store type vibes so that place looks awesome. I would love to sit and rock for awhile with a book.

  17. 19

    I love when friends come to visit! And i can’t wait to get on my bike! The weather here in stl is beautiful!

  18. 20

    Perfect day indeed!!
    Loving the scenery on your bike ride :)

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    Pat Elsberry says

    Anne, if you keep showing Maple Farms and their ice cream I’m sure I’ll just have hop on a flight just to get an ice cream!! :) Glad you had a great time with your friend. Love our guys, but girlfriends are the best, aren’t they?!

  20. 23

    Aww it looks like you guys had a great time!! And YUM, i love ice cream!!

  21. 24

    Gorgeous pics! That ice cream looks amazing :)

  22. 25

    what a beautiful weekend! :) I want to visit that ice cream place STAT

  23. 26

    What a great Sunday! I love how they have black eyed bean burger. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that on a menu! :)

  24. 27

    Beets and Maple View rule. Gorgeous photos. Lets go on a bike ride later this week!

  25. 29

    You have got an idyllic existence, Anne. Envious! Wonderful to see you make the most of it!

  26. 30

    I miss Maple View! Glad you are enjoying the Chapel Hill area. Have you tried Elmo’s in Carborro? It’s right near Weaver street market. I miss the NC spring (we are in Oregon now where it rains a lot all winter but the summers are perfect) but I won’t be missing the everlasting summer heat/humidity. Enjoy the spring though, that is the best time in the Triangle!

  27. 32

    that bike ride looks soo awesome! The area you live is gorgeous!!!

  28. 33

    What a beautiful day! The sun plays tricks on us sometimes. Not cool.

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