30 November 2015

Week 13: Clemson at South Carolina

Some of y'all think that last week was all about Thanksgiving or shopping or something crazy like that. Nope. Not for me. It was all about The Game.

The Clemson vs South Carolina game.

The game was at noon on Saturday so we started out our day bright and early. By tailgate #9 of the season, we finally had things down to an art: it took less than 15 minutes for us to get everything unpacked, set up, and have drinks in hand.

Things Clemson fans will never get tired of... being able to legitimately put up the "we're #1" sign & mean it.

We had a big ol' breakfast tailgate complete with a crockpot hashbrown casserole {my contribution!}, bacon, sausage, and scrambled eggs. There were mimosas for those of us who chose to drink mimosas {some of us just stuck with plain champagne... guilty}

I was feeling left out of the Black Friday shopping fun on Friday and ended up buying this plate for $5. Necessary? Absolutely.

Clemson/Carolina Game #7!

Patrick's younger brother knows that the correct color to wear is orange... not garnet/black.

This one is going in a frame at Chris & Patrick's house.
And then it was game time.
Do you see that complete sea of orange in the stadium? Loved it.

You know, just the #1 team in the country. No big deal.

& #4, the Heisman candidate.

At halftime, the Clemson and Carolina bands took the field together to play a tribute in honor of Charleston. It was nice to see the rivalry lines erased for a few minutes.

But at the end of the day, one team had to walk always with the win.
Clemson at South Carolina - November 28, 2015
37 - 32, Clemson

So let's recap:
Clemson is 12-0 and undefeated in the regular season. They beat their biggest rival for the 2nd year in a row and are heading to the ACC Championship this weekend in Charlotte as the #1 team in the country.
The Panthers are still 11-0 & officially the only undefeated team left in the NFL.
AND the Seahawks won.
I'm more than ok with how the football world looks right now!

27 November 2015

Surviving a Rivalry Relationship

True story: the night I met Patrick, one of the very first things that I told him was that I went to Clemson and I loved all things Clemson and that I did not like USC. At all. Not even a teeny, tiny bit.

But that wasn't always true.

I hate to admit it but y'all, I was the product of a house divided and this is what my childhood looked like growing up:

Thank goodness that somewhere along the way I actually chose a side and stuck with it {& got rid of those bangs!} It's been nothing but orange for me since then. But then came Patrick and he was a USC student and I ended up going to a few South Carolina games. At the end of that first season, we decided to make a bet on the outcome of the Clemson/USC game: loser had to wear a shirt from opposing team.

I learned my lesson: no more betting on the Clemson/USC game.

The good news is that we've survived six Clemson/USC games.

It was pretty rough for the first five years of our relationship though when USC won every single time we played. It didn't matter how good of a team Clemson had that year, USC would win. I saw close games, I saw not so close games, I saw them win at USC, and I saw them win at Clemson.

All five of those years made last year that much sweeter.

So how do we make this rivalry relationship work?

1. Be willing to be neutral.

While I've never worn garnet to a football game {that is a magenta scarf!}, I've sported plenty of white or black shirts. Patrick's been a little bit better than me about this because he has at least worn a dark purple polo to a Clemson game before and one that could almost be described as orange. This also means you shouldn't openly cheer for the opposing team to win when you're at your significant other's game... easier said than done {I'm not particularly good at that one}

2. Find a team that you both like and you can both cheer for.

Two years after we started dating, Patrick and I went to our first Panthers game together. The Panthers scored a touchdown and I jumped up and started cheering. I looked over and saw Patrick doing the same thing. We just kind of stared at each other for a minute because we'd never been in that situation before... it was so weird to us that we were cheering for the same team.

3. Find a fun new tradition that you can both enjoy.

Patrick and I decided that we wanted to throw in one away game per season to our crazy fall football schedule and alternate between our two teams each year. Last year, we went see USC play Vanderbilt... and thoroughly explored Nashville along the way. This year, we traveled to Kentucky to see Clemson play Louisville and got to explore Louisville {& bourbon!} while we were there. With two teams that play in two different conferences, we have a long list of 26 schools/new cities to visit! Well, 24 now that we've crossed 2 off of that list.

That being said... GO TIGERS! BEAT USC!

24 November 2015


There's a new bar on Kiawah and y'all, I am in love with it.
It opened up about a week ago out at Freshfield's village {right next to the grocery store} and while I was down there this weekend, I met up with Meg {a blogger from Charleston} to check it out.
Here's the deal: it's called FORTYEIGHT because they have 48 different wines on tap each day that you can order by the glass {or taste. or half glass}.  They also have 48 craft beers available for purchase. There are even 48 menu items for you to order.
A wide menu of wine by the glass? Craft beers? Food? Yup. I'm ok with all of the above. But it gets better.
It's a "serve yourself" type of place. They have wine stations throughout the bar with various types of wines in each. To be able to access the wine you trade out your debit/credit card for a specialized white card. You can either opt to put a certain amount of money on that card or you can treat it like you would a normal bar tab and pay at the end.
You insert your card, select the wine and amount that you want, grab a glass, and out pours the wine into your glass.
You can try a taste, a half glass, or go ahead and get the full glass.
When you're ready to go, you trade your white card back for your debit/credit card and close out. Simple as that. If you liked what you drank while you were there, you can actually buy a full bottle of it to take home with you!
It's a fantastic concept if you ask me. I'm already looking forward to my next trip up there!

23 November 2015

'Tis the {Engagement} Season to Celebrate

Have I mentioned that we have some pretty fantastic friends down on Kiawah?
Not only did some friends of ours throw us an engagement toast earlier this year, just after Patrick popped the question, but this weekend we had an engagement party thrown in our honor.

& if there's one thing I learned from this party, it's that the two of us do not do this whole "center of attention" thing very well. Things get awkward. Typically, I would say that it was my fault {because normally Patrick does the center of attention thing much better than I do} but I think we can equally take the blame this weekend.

Yes, that's my fiancé tying a ribbon around my neck while I try to open a present in front of a room full of people. I can't wait to see what happens when we take our engagement pictures next week. I hope that our photographer knows what she's getting into with us!

The good news is that our families still love us anyway.

When it comes to in-laws, I think I've lucked out. Patrick's parents are the best & I am so glad that they were able to make it down to Kiawah for the weekend! They got to see a little bit of why we love it down there so much.

& yes, that is my brother is sitting on Patrick's lap.

Our hosts extended the invitation to some of our friends who live out in Charleston to come celebrate with us as well.

We had an awesome cake because
1. it was orange & white {Go Clemson!}
2. it was from Publix.

This is cake cutting experience #2 for us since we've been engaged and we either need a whole lot more practice cutting cakes or we need to just not have one at our reception. Mainly because nobody should trust me with a knife but also because once again, awkward pictures galore.

There's a good chance that all of these awkward pictures will never see the light of day... or there could be an entire post dedicated to them in the near future. We'll see!

But at the end of the day, we had an great party hosted by fantastic friends on Kiawah!

& we can't wait to celebrate even more next July!

19 November 2015

Faith in Old Roots

So, we joined a church this weekend.
Not just any old church, either. We're getting married here next summer!

This is a church that we started our search for about four years ago {yes, way before I had any intentions of ever moving back to Columbia} and had been attending off and on as we could. It was much easier to attend on a more regular basis once I moved down here and it was a simple decision to decide to become a member there.

But this isn't a post about our new church. Rather, it's about a church from our past.
Patrick and I were extremely lucky in the whole church department. We both grew up in a church across town when we were younger but we didn't grow up there together. Our families were members of this other church at different times. Because of that experience growing up, we have the exact same wants, wishes, and expectations in the church department... there was no need to compromise or try out something completely new to find a middle ground.
That church that we both grew up in was the whole reason that Patrick and I met. The friends that we made there are friends that have been in both of our lives for years and if I'm not mistaken, I think they make up like half of our wedding guest list.

We have done a little bit of everything together with those friends. There have been beach trips, mountain trips, Clemson tailgates, Carolina tailgates, wedding showers, weddings, a LOT of dancing at receptions, drinks on rooftops everywhere from Charleston to Salzburg, baby showers, babies, baptisms, Oyster Roasts, BBQs, birthdays, European adventures, sleepovers, weeks at Lutheridge, and days at the lake.
And even though we joined a new church this weekend in which we hope to have new friends, new memories, and a future... this old church and those friends will always be a part of our lives. These are people that we know we can always count on.
Like when bad news and scary diagnoses come along.
Like when you find out that someone has passed away. Or when you learn that someone has been diagnosed with leukemia. Or when you hear that the doctors confirmed that a two year old little boy does have SMA. And most recently? Finding out that a six year old is facing an unknown medical battle.
That old, original church of ours and the friends we made there will always be a part of us. They're our roots. It doesn't matter what church we're a member of or where life takes us, they're not going anywhere.
& for that, I'm thankful.

16 November 2015

Week 11: USC vs Florida

Week 11 of the college football season & it was tailgate/game # 8 for me.
& for the first time ALL SEASON LONG, we finally lucked into a perfect football day. The sun was shining, no rain was in the forecast, and we had perfect fall temperatures. Yes, it took eleven weeks to finally get ideal tailgate/game weather.
{for the record, that is a magenta scarf, not garnet. y'all know me better than that}
Because USC was playing Florida at noon, we got out to our tailgate fairly early. It was in the low 40s when we got there! Brrr. But like I said, it was sunny, so there wasn't a single complaint.
Ok, well, the only real complaint of the day was that I like to put my hand on my hip and stick out my elbow in every picture. My dad decided to join in on the fun.

We spent the morning tailgating, catching up with old friends, trying out a new crockpot breakfast casserole recipe, and chatting about football.

My mom even made it to her first USC game of the season!

We made it into the game just after kickoff. If you went to any type of sporting event this weekend, I'm sure you noticed the increased security presence and the longer bag check process. I've never had to remove things from my purse before but I had to take out my camera on Saturday to let them measure it before being allowed inside the stadium.

I can't say that this was the most entertaining game that I've ever been to. There was a little action in the 1st quarter and then a whole lot of nothing until USC decided to step their game up in the 4th quarter. They scored their first touchdown late in the game and got the stadium up on their feet. Second touchdown? Total excitement. They were making a comeback!

Well... they tried to make a comeback, but Florida ended up winning the game 24-14.
Clemson's game at Syracuse started right after the USC game ended so I missed most of the first half of the game. I had people texting updates left and right and got to listen to some of it in the truck on the way home. But when we got back home? Promptly fell asleep on the couch and saw bits and pieces of the 3rd quarter.
The good news is that I got to be completely stressed out for the entire 4th quarter as Clemson battled a very scrappy Syracuse team.
5th 10 win season in a row. One step closer to the College Playoffs.
& how about the Panthers? They're rocking an undefeated season as well. We just won't talk about the Seahawks this season :(
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