5 on a Friday: NC edition

February 24, 2023

1- For those paying attention, yes this is my second (SHORT) trip to NC within a 1-month time frame. I was here with Annabel at the end of January to celebrate my niece’s 3rd birthday, and now Josh and I are here to celebrate the 10th anniversary of our closest med school friends.

(If you are REALLY an OG shubox diehard and have a memory like a steel trap, you may recall friends previously referred to as K and Dr S. Dr S. was in our graduating class and currently practices as a maternal fetal medicine specialist. He also helped me get admitted when I was in labor with Annabel. One would not think you would need to convince anyone in the circumstances I was in, but apparently shift change is not a good time to show up at the unit).

K is an amazing human and now mother of 3 and we have known them from the early days of their relationship. So it is super special to be here celebrating with them!)

Our plans: run (in amazing weather), lunch with my sister, hang out with our friends, celebratory dinner, fly home tomorrow AM. Our nanny is staying with the kids for these ~32 hours. I wish we could stay longer but G’s BFF’s bday party is tomorrow (all 3 kids invited) and we didn’t want to miss it.

2- I forgot that I love working in airports. Something about the white noise and the feeling of being entirely trapped is the perfect setup for me. I usually read on the plane (or watch TV) but in the airport I am a machine. Anyone else or just me?

3- People often glean that I liked NC more than I like South FL. People are correct. I objectively prefer this area for its weather, cost of living, better food, and overall landscape. Also a FAR FAR better more attractive airport (lol). The things keeping us in South FL are:

  • JOBS (and colleagues)

. . . and those are pretty powerful and important things, since most of them are humans! I will try to remember them every time I venture out on a run and it’s 82F at the start at 5:30 am (thankfully not in Feb, but the norm from May-Oct).

4- I am hoping to run here this AM:


5- Two podcast recs for you!


  • Reply Cate February 24, 2023 at 9:15 am

    I gotta ask – better food how?

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger February 24, 2023 at 1:00 pm

      Higher quality at lower price point. It’s true that MIA has some amazing restaurants but the really high end ones are just insanely pricey! And the suburb where I live is just meh on options. MIA does have better options for central/south american/carribbean/cuban cuisine. But NC actually has great indian, vietnamese, korean, etc.

  • Reply Coree February 24, 2023 at 9:15 am

    What a lovely flying visit!

    I work in airports/read on planes, it’s a nice way to make my regular travel nicer. Sometimes I get on such a roll that I wish for flight delays. And stupidly, I didn’t use the lounge regularly for the first 15 months of weekly travel… I think it was closed for a bit and then my habits were already established. But now I’m using the lounge and it makes life so much more pleasant (and cheaper, I’ve realised I can get fruit for my breakfast the next AM as well).

  • Reply Jenn N February 24, 2023 at 10:13 am

    YES to airports. For the first two years of our relationship my husband and I were long distance and I always got SO much done by getting to the airport early and then working like a fiend. Love it!

  • Reply Beth February 24, 2023 at 12:52 pm

    I had fun reading your birth story. 🙂 I was met with similar confusion arriving at the hospital when in labor with my first child. The OB yelled at me for coming but then I was 8 cm dilated so HA!

  • Reply coco February 24, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    I can’t agree more of where we choose to live usually are emotional ties. relationships is what keep us alive 🙂
    if I have to describe an ideal place would involved, 3-4 of my best friends, easy access to beach, medium size city, four seasons, culture of physical activities, plenty of parks/greens areas, walkable city, quick flight to more nature places.

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