30 August 2013

Photo Lovin' Friday

It's Friday {!!!} and around here that means there's going to be some photo lovin' going on. As much as it pains me to do this on a Solid Orange Friday, the first photo lovin' is going to USC...

All I wanted to do at the game last night as get a good picture of Clowney making a sack. I would have settled for a tackle. But instead I got two UNC linemen holding hands waiting for Clowney's attack that never really came.

But, it's officially college football season so the first post had to be about college football.

Ok, y'all, sorry, this is way too painful to just have a USC football picture up on my blog. I can't do it.
Ah. Much better.

College Game Day is visiting campus this weekend for the first time since 2006 and this picture is from that morning almost 7 years ago. It was a gorgeous October Saturday and one of my favorite Clemson games of all time.

Annnnnd got to Clemson tonight and went to take a picture of the stadium. Check out the new block lettering in the endzone - looks so good!


28 August 2013

Hellooooo College Football Season!

Are you ready?!

Tomorrow is the first official day of College Football Season! Oh boy, how I have missed you over the last 7 months. I have been counting down to this day for quite sometime. I'm not going to lie. This is like Christmas Eve for me right now.

The one thing that drives me crazy though is that every single year, USC {South Carolina, not Southern California} is the team that opens up the season. I'm always so excited for this game though since it is the first one after all but it's such a weird feeling to be excited for a USC game, especially when they aren't playing Clemson. But whatever. It's FOOTBALL. 

So call me crazy, but I'm going to kick off the 2013 CFB season in a big way: I'm going to fit two football games and a wedding into one weekend. Thank goodness it's Labor Day weekend and I'll have Monday to recover!

Here's how it's going to go down:

My dad may or may not have two tickets to the USC/UNC football game {he's the lone Gamecock in the family} on Thursday night. I may or may not have invited myself to use the second ticket. But... it's the first football game of the season. It's the battle of the Carolinas. It's SEC vs ACC. Depending on who you listen to, by going to this game I can see the soon-to-be 2013 Heisman winner playing. C'mon. How could I not invite myself along? Besides, I may be a Clemson fan but I can play nice at a USC game, too. It's football. They're not playing Clemson. I can handle it.

{see, I can play nice!}

Fast forward to Saturday.

ESPN has {correctly} decided that the most important and more interesting game of the weekend is going to be the matchup between Clemson and Georgia. They have rolled their tour bus into Clemson and have begun setting up shop to produce the College Gameday show from campus on Saturday. The last time they were at Clemson was in 2006 when Clemson played Georgia Tech. Clemson showed up in all purple, Davis & Spiller {Thunder and Lightning} tore up the field, and Clemson walked away with a victory {we won't talk about how that season ended}. It, hands down, makes it into my top 5 Clemson game experiences.

This is going to be one hell of a day.

ESPN College Gameday in the morning. A day FULL of tailgating. It's the first game of the season for Clemson. There will be lots of catching up with friends that I haven't seen in a few months. There will be some good food. There will be some even better beer & wine. Clemson is ranked #8 in the country, Georgia is ranked #6, and it's a night game. If you're a Clemson fan you know how special it is to have a night game. Is anyone else looking forward to the new fireworks that we never saw last year until the last game of the season thanks to noon & 3:30pm kick off times?

Whew. Deep breath.

Fast forward to Sunday.

Wake up, drive back to Columbia, get ready, attend wedding.

I've known Kayla & Jayson since high school {youth group, what what!} and I am thrilled that they are finally tying the knot. Can I say that it's about time? :)

Hellooooo College Football Season! {& goodbye wedding season!}

Until then...

26 August 2013

201 Trouble

There are a few stores that I probably shouldn't go into without supervision: Target, Uptown on Main, and 201 Central, just to name a few.

But... football season starts up this week {yes!} and I have two different football games to go to which means two tailgates. A trip to 201 Central is a necessity before any tailgate so off I went.

Long story short, 201 Central is owned by the Harris Teeter grocery store chain that is based out of Matthews, NC. When Lowes Foods & Harris Teeter came up with their "we don't really want to compete with each other" agreement, that left a lot of old Lowes Food stores to be switched over to Harris Teeters {true story: I live with in 10 minutes of 6 Harris Teeters now} and luckily they decided to do something fun with the one closest to my apartment. They turned it into a 201 Central and changed my life. Kidding. Kind of.

201 Central is a mix of a Total Wine, upscale grocery store, and bar and it has been trouble for me since it opened. 
I've been going here long enough to have my own wine bag, too.
For all of you beer connoisseurs out there, they have a great beer selection. They highlight a lot of the local breweries, have a "create your own 6 pack" section, and carry a little bit of everything. It's a good place to go when you're attempting to teach yourself how to like beer and want to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. 
But, my favorite part of the store is the wine side...
They have tons of wines that I've never heard of and they have really, really, really good deals on wine sometimes. C'mon. Barefoot may not be at the top of your wine list but $4 a bottle? Definitely worth purchasing on occasion. I've seen $16 wines priced down to $6. I usually pick up a bottle that I've had before and know I like, and then I'll also look for one that's been marked down that I've never tried before and toss it in the buggy.

My selections today:
I see Be. Bright just about everywhere that I go, but I'm never a fan of the price tag. if there is wine that looks good that's under $10, I'm going to go with that one over another bottle any day of the week {sorry I'm not sorry}. I had to get it when it was $5, right? Right.

Middle Sister Wicked White blend is fantastic, as is Middle Sister Drama Queen pinot grigio, so logic means that Middle Sister Sequin must be good as well. A bubbly pinot? I'm intrigued. Let's be honest: that one probably isn't going to make to the weekend to a tailgate. I'm probably going to have to try it & make another trip to 201 for a replacement bottle...

Oh darn :)

Until then...

25 August 2013

Gators, gators, everywhere!

 Y'all, I have to admit something to you.

I freaking love alligators and baby sea turtles. Those are the only two animals that I care about seeing when I go to Kiawah. It's cool to see the deer because they're everywhere and I'd probably be more excited about seeing dolphins if they did some jumps and flips and Sea World-y type things, but... all of my excitement is for gators and turtles. For right now though, let's chat about gators.

I took a trip down to Kiawah mid-March when it was one of those perfect-gotta-be-outside kind of weekends. 75 degrees, sunny, and gorgeous. I suppose that I wasn't the only one that thought the weather was perfect because there were sooo many gators that were busy soaking up the sun that weekend. They were floating in lagoons. They were lounging on golf courses. They were in people's backyards, just chillin', not a care in the world. I wanted to see them ALL. 


{not to be confused with the Florida Gators!}

Needless to say, I was real excited when I found out we would renting a house on Kiawah this summer and spending an entire week down there. GATORS!
So... gators don't like to hang out as much when it's hot outside. It didn't matter how many times I almost ran off the bike path as I was busy peering into the waters we were biking past... the gators were not out. I was so disappointed. I just wanted to see a gator. Just one teensy, tiny, baby little gator.

Well... I might have wished too hard on that one. We went to go look at the new house and what happened to be hanging out our little lagoon? GATORS. That's right - gators, as in more than one. And they were babies! Three of them were little one year old gators and one of them was a two year old gator {that's right - I've been scoping these guys out long enough now to know which ones are from which year}. I didn't get to see just one teensy, tiny baby little gator but I got to see four. Much better.

In my last post, you found out that we got to meet the big poppa gator {now named CJ} but he seems to like this hide & seek game. And he really shows up at the most inconvenient times.

My parents know how much I love seeing the gators on the island and they know how much I want a picture of our gator CG hanging out in our lagoon. So yes, when I went off to take a shower after coming back from the beach today, I get a knock on the bathroom door from my dad asking me where my big camera was because CJ had made an appearance.

Puh-lease. Like I was going to miss CJ.

I got out of that shower and back into my bathing suit, grabbed my camera, and sprinted for the deck. Elusive CJ was already hiding again. Sigh. Don't worry CJ. I'll get you one day but showering was a little more important today.

My dad waited around for him to appear again and did manage to snap one picture of him sneaking away...
Until then...

P.S. - Mom, I promise I did some Spanish before this post!

24 August 2013

A Southern Twenty-Five

Alright y'all, here's the skinny: I've always wanted to blog.

Ok. I'll stop there. I know you've heard the story about how someone has always wanted to blog, never thought that they had something worth writing about, didn't have the time to do it, and blah blah blah.

I've got plenty of things that are worth blogging about, including the massive gator {now officially named CJ - can you guess who the inspiration was for that name?} that just popped up to introduce himself in the lagoon behind our house on Kiawah. There are several baby gators back there too that we've seen a few times before but we hadn't seen the big poppa gator. He's huge. I will have a fantastic picture of him someday when he's up sunning in the backyard but for now all I have are shots of his head floating in the water {not that interesting}. But anyway...

I really just want to blog about the things that I'm busy exploring these days:

- Charlotte
- Kiawah
- Columbia
- Photography
- Biking
- Running {never thought that topic would make it to a list of things I could talk about}
- Cooking
- Tailgating & football
- Traveling

& whatever else pops into my head along the way.

My unofficial blogging muse, Becky, has agreed that she'll do a guest blogging post once a month from FRANCE. I'm excited for that one because that little world traveler has been everywhere lately {Peru, Oman, Turkey, Jordan, Ireland, & that's just in the last two years or so} and takes a.m.a.z.i.n.g pictures. Seriously. She's talented.

I guess we'll see where this goes? In the meantime, if you want to know more, check out my About Me.

But before you go, meet CJ!

Until then...

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