If I Had A Nickel For Every…

December 24, 2008

Hi guys! I am super sleepy and had a fun night out on the town, so I’m going to make this more photo and less type. All in all, I ate too much, but as always, couldda been a lot worse 😉

Upon our arrival in Hillsborough, I made a plate of apples + carrots for my sister and Matt. She said her stomach needed fuel and I said she needed fresh produce :) I had a few slices of each.


Larbs hosted a party tonight for her high school friends – check out her party dress!


I started the party with a New Castle, an old favorite <3


I also snuck into the fridge to make a small open-faced hummus + tomato + jalapeno sandwich for dinner to go with the party foods – cheese straws, mini hot dogs, cheese.


My friend from high school Matt Compton came over to play and the husband’s friend from his high school years Malcolm came to play with him, so we were in good company!

That Malcolm!


Mom’s punch! And my small cup (with sherbert!)

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I also had a few sips of various people’s beers like the home-brewed Squirr-ale! Probably the equiv. of another 1/3 of a beer – I was feeling them!


So I switched to Diet Tonic + Cherries –


Mom made this fabulous Trifle! It was soaked in all kinds of yummy liquors with fruit and whipped cream –


I started with a little –


And ended with a lot more! But I only had about 1/3 of this, as I shared it with Matt Compton –


After dessert we all walked down to the Wooden Nickel – Hillsborough trademark English pub. But first we stopped in to see my friend Kirst, who works next door! She served in the Peace Corps in Niger for 2 years and is back in the States :)


Once at the Nickel, I knew I’d had a few sips too many drinks so I passed on a pint. Call me a wimp, but I just don’t want to feel bad tomorrow.  The Nickel is like 5 years of high school reunions all rolled into one little room. I saw a few people I hadn’t seen in 8 years since graduation! The night before all major holidays you are sure to find some folks you know. The only drawback: there’s no non-smoking laws in NC so I smell pretty bad (my lungs included 👿 )


Matt Comp and I chatted for a long time. He’s a big politics executive in DC!


I finally got a big glass of H2O


We walked back home (about 4-5 blocks) and the midnight munchies set in –


I had 4 cheese and crackers. I was actually hungry though! But I had to leave the room or I would have consumed way more snacks than necessary.


And that’s the end of that chapter.

At 12:02 am, I can say: Happy Christmas Eve!!!

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1 Maggie December 24, 2008 at 12:37 am

Oooo the trifle looks so good! Happy Christmas Eve to you too :)


2 Fitness Surfer December 24, 2008 at 12:48 am

Looks like a lot of fun. It seems that the late night munchies get’s me. Old habits die hard. The biggest part is…I love to stay up late and chat…but eating is inevitable. Sleep is probably a good idea. Off to bed for me. Happy Christmas Eve to you too.


3 theoddbody December 24, 2008 at 1:04 am

looks like a good night out. gotta love the munchies 😉


4 bobbi December 24, 2008 at 1:27 am

how funny Kath, HAPY CHRISTMAS EVE!!!!


5 Anne P December 24, 2008 at 2:34 am

looks like fun! i hear ya on the smoking in bars… prague is BRUTAL for that. i feel like my lungs are now black. :( the good news is it seems like more and more places keep going smoke free… so maybe somewhere everywhere will be!

happy christmas eve!!!


6 kwaze December 24, 2008 at 6:24 am

Your sister’s dress is really cute and she looks JUST like your mom in that picture! Can’t wait to see what yummy food you and your family make for Chritmas! Have a great holiday:)


7 K December 24, 2008 at 6:50 am

Yuck to the smoking in bars – I’m allergic so if I go out I get the WORST headaches :(

Looks like you guys are having a great time! Merry Christmas Eve!!


8 Victoria December 24, 2008 at 6:50 am

Happy Christmas! Just want to let you know that Newcastle is all one word- the beer is named after the town it is brewed in- Newcastle in the north-east of England! (Of course, if you knew this already sorry for pointing it out!)


9 seelee live (for the love of peanut butter) December 24, 2008 at 7:03 am

Sounds like a fun, flexible , relaxing and spontaneous night. thank you for not feeling guilty and getting down on urself for ur eating-inspiration for all of us to treat our minds well as well as our bodies. have a wonderful day!!!


10 Beadie @ A Blog of Sorts December 24, 2008 at 7:20 am

Looks like you had a really great time!

Happy Christmas Eve!


11 Shelby December 24, 2008 at 8:24 am

Happy Christmas Eve!


12 Madison December 24, 2008 at 8:37 am

Love all the photos! Merry Christmas Eve to you too!!


13 Kailey December 24, 2008 at 8:47 am

sounds like a fun night!
happy christmas eve =]


14 VeggieGirl December 24, 2008 at 8:49 am

So much fun!!! Minus the smoky atmosphere :-( Hang in there!!



15 caitlin December 24, 2008 at 8:50 am

ew smoking is bars is the worst. all through college (in PA) i was subjected to it and im so glad to be in FL now where it is illegal to smoke indoors. :) yay!!

merry christmas eve!!


16 HangryPants December 24, 2008 at 9:00 am

Mom’s punch and trile look wonderful.

Is your sister enjoying Boston?

Ewwww about the smoking in the bar. I can’t even imagine it anymore!

Have a wonderful Christmas!


17 Kate December 24, 2008 at 9:04 am

Merry Christmas Eve Kath! It looks like last night was a lot of fun.
Random question-love the headband-could you let me know where you got it? Thanks and enjoy the time with your family:)


18 Maureen December 24, 2008 at 9:05 am

What a crazy night, it looks like so much fun. Can’t wait till all my college friends have their own thing going on… instead we’re all just recent grads living in our parents’ basements. haha. happy christmas eve!


19 faith December 24, 2008 at 9:05 am

looks so fun and christmasy!!! i emailed you! fun if it works out, if not i udnerstand…off to serve many ho ho mint mochas :) enjoy your time, when i make it down to hillsborough i will check out those spots and maybe gather some kerf dirt :p


20 Amie December 24, 2008 at 9:11 am

Happy Christmas Eve! I finally wanted to comment, as I have been reading your blog for awhile now :)
Looks like you had a lot of fun! Its always good/weird to see people who you haven’t seen since high school. Good on ya for avoiding the late night snacks….as I read that you left, I was thinking, “I would have been in the kitchen for the long haul!”. Enjoy your day!


21 Mel December 24, 2008 at 9:22 am

Looks like you guys had a ton of fun and many reunions!


22 Heather McD (heather eats almond butter) December 24, 2008 at 9:43 am

What a fun night with old friends. That Trifle looks so good. I would have gone back for seconds as well…maybe even thirds :)


23 Erin December 24, 2008 at 9:46 am

You’re right – it definitely could have been a lot worse!
Smoke in bars is so toxic!
I love your jacket. :) Very Kath.
Merry Christmas Eve!!!


24 Runeatrepeat December 24, 2008 at 9:48 am

Looks like fun :) Your mom’s trifle looks so good!


25 BethT December 24, 2008 at 10:16 am

Do either you or your sis have to highlight your hair to keep the gorgeous color? If not, I am le jealous :(


26 fitforfree December 24, 2008 at 10:21 am

i LOVE your necklace!


27 carolinebee December 24, 2008 at 10:22 am

what a fun reunion! It’s so funny to see DIFFERENT plates and glasses on your blog! 😀


28 Kelly Turner December 24, 2008 at 10:46 am

wow- looks like a great time! Merry Christmas eve!

Kelly Turner


29 runjess December 24, 2008 at 11:03 am

Like your coat! Have a wonderful Christmas.


30 Julie December 24, 2008 at 11:05 am

Ew no smoking bans?! That’s the worst…Boston has had one for almost 4 years I think…love it.

Looks like you had a fun night out!! I love mini high school reunions!


31 Fancy December 24, 2008 at 11:21 am

Kath, where is your coat from? It’s adorable!


32 Missy (Missy Maintains) December 24, 2008 at 12:29 pm

The trifle looks delicious! That is impressive that you were able to only have a few crackers when those munchies hit! I wish I could do the same!



33 Kath December 24, 2008 at 12:48 pm

Kate ,
It’s just a plain black one from Target, I think? I got it in a set of 3 a while ago.

faith ,
LOL – KERF dirt. I hope we can make it, but surely we will some other time if not today.

BethT ,
Thanks! We don’t highlight – but my sister does work on hers in the summertime with sun-friendly lighteners.

fitforfree ,
Thank you! It’s an antique $5 coin my grandmother gave me.

Fancy ,
Thank you too! It’s Guess brand that I got at a discount store a few years ago.



34 Lindsay December 24, 2008 at 12:49 pm

merry christmas kath!


35 Kelly December 24, 2008 at 3:00 pm

can you ask your sis where her dress is from? i love it!


36 Kath December 24, 2008 at 7:02 pm

Kelly ,
Larbs reports it’s from Express.



37 Marlow December 24, 2008 at 9:29 pm

It is a small world afterall! Not only is your husband from Spartanburg (I’m from Spartanburg County) BUT I am moving to Hillsborough!

I love the Wooden Nickel, but it’s much nicer when you can sit outside!


38 Kath December 24, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Marlow ,
Whoa!! Totally small world. What’s bringing you to Hillsborough?



39 Marlow December 26, 2008 at 8:51 pm

I have been living in Wilmington for almost 8 years! Most folks wonder how I could leave the beach, but I miss the hills of the triangle. My boyfriend is from Wilmington but we both have family near Hillsborough. I fell in love with the “small” size of the town and the community feel. Plus, Wilmington is HORRIBLE for finding a new job…not to mention expensive housing!


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