Sunday, June 5, 2011

BFF Day: Jamestown

Phew!  Our plan for yesterday's BFF day was to visit the Jamestown Settlement, and that turned into running some errands, eating some yummy food, and seeing a movie!  A marathon day! :)

Here's our list, with a few special notes added by Dave:

Dave apparently wanted to see how fast he could type motherfucker, a la Franklin from True Blood:

Seems like a big list, considering we didn't start until 11, there's an hour of travel time to/from the Williamsburg area, and the tour of Jamestown was expected to take 2-3 hours, but Bonnie and I are nothing if not ambitious, so we went for it!

The Goodwill dropoff and bank were finished by the time Bonnie arrived in Richmond, so 2 things were done right away! :)  Our first stop once we hit the road was Williamsburg Pottery.  Bonnie's been looking for some retired pieces to expand her silverware set, and multiple websites indicated there was an Oneida outlet there.  When we got there and started to look around the kitchen building, we started to realize we were on a wild goose chase.

Remember when Williamsburg Pottery was the place to go on the weekends?  Before or after a fun family day at Busch Gardens, we'd head over to the Pottery for some outlet shopping.  I knew it had gone downhill over the years, but I didn't realize that instead of actual stores, it's just a big warehouse of crap now.  We gave up looking for any silverware and asked the cashier where we could find the Oneida silverware - she said they haven't had any since 2008.  Really, internets?  You lied!  So that was a bust - cross that off the list.

Next we went to Jamestown.  I'm sure I've been there but none of it seemed familiar to me. Bonnie recognized some exhibits and part of the settlement, but not all of it.  So it was cool to both be clueless about what we would find down the trail.  Here are my favorite pics from the day:

Once we were done with our tour, we took the Colonial Parkway back towards Williamsburg.  Bonnie broke one of her flip-flops while we were walking around Jamestown, so we stopped at New Town since I knew there was an Old Navy there - only Old Navy isn't there anymore :(  One more strike for the internets.  I looked up store locations just to see if I was crazy and maybe there hadn't ever been an Old Navy there, but sure enough it was on the list.  FAIL.  So she kludged it and we went to Victoria's Secret instead and hit the motherload - awesome sale on beauty stuff!  I love New Town - I always stop there whenever I go to Williamsburg for shopping.  It's set up like a little town - imagine Stars Hollow, CT - the fictional hometown of the Gilmore Girls, or any town in Vermont ever portrayed on TV or in a movie.  So cute!

That sale at VS made us hungry so we went around the corner to Center Street Grill - a fancy-looking place with a casual menu.

We each ordered a Caesar salad and a Philly Roll appetizer, which was fabulous!  It was basically an egg roll filled with steak, cheese, and onions, and was served with a cheese dipping sauce.  So yummy!  Tonight's dinner will be inspired by that somehow -we'll see where we end up!

Next up was Sweet Frog for dessert - I've been telling Bonnie about this place because I am in love.  So glad she finally experienced the greatness!  It's like a salad bar, only with frozen yogurt - you pick your yogurt and any toppings from the 10 foot long topping bar, and then you pay 39 cents per ounce.  You can make any weird combination you like and no one will ever know!  :)

I tend to go with basic yogurt flavors and go crazy with the toppings, but Bonnie went the other way - she got several kinds of yogurt, topped with colored sprinkles.  Here's mine - you might see Fruity Pebbles, peanut butter cups, chocolate chips, and random other toppings I tried:

Once our bellies were full we stopped by the Yankee Candle flagship store since Bonnie had never been - can you believe that?  Yeah, we had some fun in there :)

It was time to head back to Richmond - we checked 'Bridesmaids' showtimes in the car and weren't sure which one we'd make it to.  I didn't want to rush anywhere, but I reaallllly wanted to see this movie!  We both heard that it was the female version of 'The Hangover" and I was really looking forward to it!  After a brief stop at Hobby Lobby for a gift card, we got to Movieland in time!  The movie was hilarious!  I think we've all been in the shoes of one or more characters several times in our lives - it was cute, and real, and funny!  Definitely a good girls' night movie!

Phew, I'm tired!  Since that was the last thing on our list, we headed home to have a later dinner along with a treat from Bonnie - a bottle of Tru Blood to share!  It tasted like blood orange soda - very fruity and delicious!

Long day, but fun!  Dave didn't get his sammich from Paul's Deli - but I think he knew that part was wishful thinking on his part.  Plus, who'd want to eat a sub that sat in a car for an hour?  Blech!  We accomplished everything else on our list!

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