31 March 2014

Savannah Sneak Peak

Savannah.

After years and years of wanting to visit this southern town I finally made it down there thanks to a friend's bachelorette weekend.

You know what?

I'm so glad that I never made it to Savannah until after I turned 21 because yes, hands down, my favorite thing about Savannah was being able to walk around the city with a beer. And yes, I realize I sound a little like an alcoholic by choosing that as my favorite thing about Savannah.

But... I'm alright with that. It was nice to be able to leave the house with a beer and go explore the city. It was very hospitable for the bars & restaurants to have to go cups for your beer as you were leaving to venture to a new place. It was a little weird to walk past cops who could have cared less that I was walking around with a glass of wine. Don't get me wrong though. I could totally get used to it.


It did make taking pictures a little difficult, but I'm blaming the constant threat of rain for that too. I took my SLR camera with me expecting to get some great pictures and the majority of my pictures from the weekend are on my iPhone. I kind of want to go back just so I can spend some time exploring Savannah from behind a lens.

I did do more than drink though... and I saw a fair bit of the city from walking around Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. I ate some great food, explored River Street, saw a dozen other bachelorette/bachelor parties, found my childhood pastor's new church, walked past Juliette Gordon Low's house, and a lot more.

 Blackened chicken sandwich from Huey's


Savannah Smiles {dueling piano bar}

I'm already planning a trip back this summer! Check back tomorrow for the amazingness that is a Pedal Pub...

28 March 2014

A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday... from Savannah!

Y'all. It's Friday. I'm not at work. I am completely ok with this.

Once again, linking up with the Five on Friday hostesses April, Darci, Natashaand Christina!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

{one}

If you follow me on Instagram then you've already seen this picture & know that I'm off on a road trip to Savannah, GA:

Laurel's getting married in a month & this weekend is Bachelorette Weekend. Helloooo 3 day weekend & my first trip to Savannah!

{two}
That's right.

SAVANNAH!

Only took me nearly twenty six years to get here but I'm finally here and I cannot wait to do a little exploring around this town. I've heard so much about it and I'm hoping that it lives up to the hype. Expect a lot of pictures next week.

{three}
Remember that post earlier this week about overpacking? This is all for a three day/three night trip.

Might have a problem but like I said, it's all about the options. And the belief that I'm going to go run three miles this morning otherwise packing the running shoes, clothes, GPS watch, and running armband was pointless.

{four}
I can't even begin to tell you why I'm so obsessed with the Firecracker Chicken Wrap appetizer from Longhorns but it is hands down my favorite appetizer. It's also becoming my treat to myself for dinner any night that I have to stay at work later than 8pm. I stayed late on Tuesday night this week so guess what I had for dinner?

Firecracker Chicken Wraps. So, so, so good.

{five}
I finally got fed up with my old school iPhone 4 and have upgraded to an iPhone 5s. I'm in love. I knew my old phone was slow and creaky and an absolute pain but I didn't realize how much it was until I started playing with my new phone. It's night and day. It isn't a pain to try to send someone a text now. Taking a picture doesn't take an hour. I can have phone conversations now without my phone deciding to call someone else, turn on FaceTime, switch to speaker phone, etc. Not going to lie... this phone has probably been the highlight of my week {at least until we got to Savannah!}

Anyway - it's time to go explore this historic old city and get this Bachelorette Weekend going! Day drinking, anyone? :)

Have a great weekend!

26 March 2014

Confessions of an Overpacking Traveler

Confession #1: I overpack like it's my job when I'm going on any sort of trip.

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Seriously, any sort of trip. It could just be a night away and I'm still going to pack things that I don't need and I know I'm probably not going to need. The slight chance of needing it makes me want to pack things to be prepared for any situation.

Confession #2: I will still overpack even though I have checked the weather and meticulously planned out outfits for each day/event of said trip and have planned for all possibilities.

Yup. There's a packing list for every trip that details the weather conditions and each outfit I plan on wearing that day. You know... something for during the day, something at night, pajamas. Or... bike riding clothes, beach stuff, clothes for post beach wear, pajamas. Everything that goes into my bag is written out on my packing list that gets started at least a week before I actually need to pack anything.

Confession #3: Well, almost everything. There's always at least a thing or five that gets tossed in at the end that I think I might need like an extra t-shirt or my running shoes or some nail polish or that extra bathing suit.

Confession #4: Overpacking has backfired on me before and led to tears at a ski resort and major struggles when it comes to getting a bag off the conveyer belt at the airport.

Confession #5: Overpacking {planning} has made me look like the smartest person in the world, especially when you're the only one who thought ahead & packed warm clothes, a rain jacket, and an umbrella in her carry on bag.

When you leave Charlotte in 95 degree, sunny, humid weather... it doesn't really occur to you that it's going to be 40 & rainy when you land in Germany. Unless you're me:


Confession #6: I've been traveling on a consistent basis for the last five or so years and still haven't mastered the art of packing just enough to get by with.

Confession #7: I prepare for every weather condition while I'm on a trip but I go to work on a regular basis in 40 degree rainy weather without a coat or umbrella because I didn't realize it was going to be cold and rainy.

Confession #8: Any time I look at my suitcase, sigh, and try to figure out what I should leave behind I always remind myself:
It's not overpacking.
It's options.

21 March 2014

A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday!

Hey! It's FRIDAY! It's also the last "calm" weekend that I have in store for the next couple of months. I have a feeling that with the way the weather is shaping up for Sunday that I'll be spending the day inside the apartment doing a little spring cleaning/purging. Motivation? The more crap I don't need that I get rid of now... the less I'll be moving at the end of May.

As always, linking up with the Five on Friday hostesses April, Darci, Natashaand Christina!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

{one}
It's Friday and the weather is going to be nice tonight... sounds like a perfect night to hit up Food Truck Friday. I'm can already taste the Big Cheesy from Papi Queso. Mmm... delicious.

{two}
I've recently stumbled across Taylor at The Daily Tay and her blog posts are pretty much the highlight of my day. She posted this on her blog yesterday & I love every single thing about it:
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{three}
It's officially spring and the weather is outstanding and Riverbanks Zoo is calling my name. But when to visit? Hopefully soon!

P.S. - who wants to go with me? Cause I doubt I'm going to talk Patrick into going back for a fourth time {because the zoo is only fun with alcohol and food} in less than a year...

{four}
Papa freakin' Pope. He's quickly becoming my hands down favorite character on Scandal, especially when he goes off on a rant. He steals the scene every single time. & last night's episode? Yup. He did it again. As did Shonda Rimes because seriously, who comes up with these story lines!?

{five}
So... are you a No Reply Blogger? Chances are that if you are a NRB then you probably have no clue that you are {I sure didn't when I was!} There's quite of a few of y'all that leave sweet comments to blog posts & when I go to reply to you, I find out that you're a NRB.

Don't worry though! Easy enough problem to fix if you follow these instructions. Check it out! Get out of the dreaded No Reply Blogger land :)

Have a great weekend!

20 March 2014

Wine Down at the Wine Vault

About a year ago, my friend Laurel from work introduced me to the awesomeness that is The Wine Vault.
{fyi - it was 60 degrees & windy the day I took this picture. Otherwise the smoke free patio would have been packed}

Y'all.

This place is fantastic.

It's conveniently located to work, has good wine, a great beer selection, and outdoor {smoke free} seating. Plus it's not too expensive. You can find beers there for like $2 each.

It's also the place where I decided that I was going to put my big girl pants on, drink beer, and learn to like it. And by "I" I mean Laurel.

Yes. I learned to drink beer at a place called The Wine Vault. Whatever.

This is now one of my favorite places to go to after work whether it's a Wednesday night or a Friday night. I can't wait for the first 75/80 degree day where we can move back outside to the patio to enjoy a drink.

P.S. - I don't know about other bloggers, but sometimes I feel like such a creeper taking random pictures of places on my phone. So excuse these iphone pics because a) it was dark b) I felt like a creeper & c) these were all after multiple glasses of wine...


19 March 2014

I can't wait for summer because...

When you grow up in Columbia, SC, you learn to embrace the heat and the humidity. It's a way of life. There's no escaping it. You learn to cope or you settle with the fact that you'll be spending most of your time indoors between the months of May and September.

Call me crazy but... the heat and humidity might be the one thing that I wish Charlotte had more of during the summer time. It's one thing I'm really looking forward to and not just because it makes getting ready in the mornings much easier {hello, curly hair!} It's one thing that I'm looking forward to about summer rolling in soon...

I can't wait for summer because...

I want to leave work on a Friday afternoon, head to the bar, and sit outside in the warm sunshine while enjoying a glass of wine or beer.

I want to be able to wake up at 6am in the morning and have sunlight streaming through my window instead of struggling to get up at 7:15 in the dark.

I want to be able to wear shorts & skirts & dresses & sandals.

I want to drive around town with my hair pulled back & windows rolled down.

I want to go fall asleep next to the pool.

I want to go to the Farmers Market! {This should really be number one on the list}

I want more time to sit around and read a great book.

I want to ride my bike as much as possible on the greenways after work and on the weekend.

I want long, lazy Saturdays out on Lake Murray listening to boat music and hanging out with friends.

I want to go to TCBY at 8:30 because it's still 80+ degrees and light outside.

I want to go to my friends' weddings {which are all outside this summer} and not be freezing in a dress.

I want to walk down the beach in the middle of the night, stare at the stars for awhile, and hopefully run into a mama sea turtle.

I'm ready to celebrate & go see Bruno Mars in Concert.

I want to fall asleep at night to a summer storm {only as long as the summer isn't full of rain this year!}

Because I'm ready to retire my pea coats, scarves, and gloves and bring out the bathing suits.

I want to celebrate Birthday Drink All Week Week.
{Ok, let's be real, I'm just want summer to come around so I can celebrate my birthday for an entire month...}

I want to be able to go down to Kiawah, set my chair out on the beach in the morning, and not leave it until I've run out of good books to read.

I am so ready for summer.
Bring on the heat and the humidity.
Remind me in three months that I wished for the heat, k? Thanks.

The Daily Tay

18 March 2014

Post-Color Me Green 5K Trail Run

Y'all, I'm still green from Saturday and I'm now absolutely in love with the Whitewater Center. It might be my new favorite place in Charlotte.

If you live in Charlotte and you haven't been there yet... go! Saturday was an absolutely gorgeous day to be there and I enjoyed every minute of it. I've already started plotting my next trip out there.
But back to the trail run.

Who knew that the biggest obstacle on the trail run wouldn't be the hills, uneven paths, or slippery spots? The biggest obstacle of this trail run was that it was also a color run which meant you had a lot of people participating that had no intention of running the entire race. That lead to a lot of bottlenecks where you had to stop and walk until the path widened up enough to get around the walkers.

I want to do another race on the trail just to run more of the course than I was able to this past weekend. Luckily, it looks like they have trail runs out there on a regular basis.
{before} & {after}


I'm not even sure what to do with my race time because in addition to all the forced walking, the trail run wasn't even a full 5K. It was only 2.84 miles...?
The time after the race was almost the best part of the race. The Whitewater Center was hosting an event called the Green River Revival that started just as the race was finishing up. There was a band, they turned on the whitewater, vendors were set up, and people were streaming into the facility by the hundreds. Drew & I lucked out and found a perfect spot on top of a big boulder right on the edge of the water where we camped out for the next two hours. It was a great place for whitewater watching & seeing the river turn green.


I could watch people on the whitewater all day long. I don't care if they are kayaking, rafting, or riverboarding. Riverboarding is what fascinated me the most and is something that I want to try someday {maybe!} Now I just need to figure out when I can get back out there & enjoy it!



14 March 2014

A Southern Twenty-Five on Friday!

All I ask is that the warm, sunny, amazing weather come back into my life. Bring on the 95 degree days, please!

In the meantime... it's Friday. Let's do this thing.

{one}
Holy cow bells, another weekend in Charlotte? Back to back weekends aren't all that common but you better believe that I am enjoying it! Don't get me wrong. I love to be on the go and traveling to Columbia, Kiawah, Clemson, wherever, but it is so nice to not be living out of a suitcase this weekend. I know my car is super appreciative, too. 

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{two}
Speaking of this weekend... I have an old friend coming to visit, a 5K to run, and a Pub Crawl to participate in. It's going to be one busy weekend but I'm glad to be getting out and about in Charlotte. I've been here almost four years and there are still so many things that I want to do. After this weekend I'll be able to cross off The World's Largest Pub Crawl. Seriously. They had 16,000+ people participate last year.


{three}
Although, I'm not sure I will ever be able to top the one and only other bar crawl I've ever participated in: Senior Walk.

It was the Monday before Clemson's graduation. It was one last big hoorah with all of my friends from college. It was a day full of absolutely no responsibilities other than making it back on the CAT bus at the end of the night {which we actually failed at doing}. I also got a phone call that morning right before we left with the one job offer that I wanted more than anything. Yup. It was a fantastic day.



{four}
I attempted two more Pinterest Test Recipes over the last couple of weeks... so easy & so delicious.

Pull Apart Pizza Bread by Hello Newlywed

Crock Pot Chicken Fajitas by The Taylor House

{five}
Did anyone else take advantage of the gorgeous weather earlier this week? I squeezed in enough time out on the porch reading to reread two books - the first Harry Potter & the first Hunger Games. Plus, a little running on the Greenway. I want my gorgeous weather to come back!

As always, linking up with the Five on Friday hostesses April, Darci, Natashaand Christina!

THE GOOD LIFE BLOG

Pre-Color Me Green 5K

Are you getting tired of all the running posts lately? Don't worry! This is the last race for the next month... unless I get talked into another one.

The Color Me Green 5K is this Saturday & it's 5K #11 & I am pumped.



I'm excited about this race for a few reasons
1. I've never done a trail run
2. I've never been to the Whitewater Center before
3. It's a good way to start the day, especially since the remainder of the day will be spent drinking {largest Pub Crawl, y'all}
4. I'm finally better from that sinus infection
5. I get to run this one with one of my oldest friends


Added bonus? The t-shirt is amazingly soft and comfy! I picked up my race packet last night and wore the shirt for the remainder of the evening, including sleeping in it. Whoops.

Playlist {basically the same as last week's}:


Ready to run!
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