17 July 2017

The Beginning of 29

Hello, 29!

In the midst of our #summeroffun, I had grand plans for birthday #29. All I wanted to do was take a trip to Charleston, wander through the city, and visit a few breweries. Rooftop drinks at the Vendue wouldn't hurt, either.

We booked our hotel, counted down the months and days until our trip, packed our bags, and headed down to the Holy City last Thursday for two days of birthday fun. Thursday was spent exploring breweries {because, yes} and out for drinks and dinner with a few of our favorite Charleston residents.

The downside of a July birthday? It's hot outside. We walked around downtown Charleston all day Friday... we walked a little, popped into a store to do some shopping, walked some more, popped into a restaurant/bar for a drink, & repeat. The upside of walking aimlessly through downtown Charleston?

My brother was having lunch with his coworkers and happened to look up at the right time and spotted us out on the street. We were able to hang out with him for a bit which was nice! Is it a sign of growing up that my brother and I actually get along decently well these days compared to the high school days? I'll take it.

One thing that has always been on our Charleston bucket list required a trip out of Charleston to Mt. Pleasant.

Westbrook Brewing! 

We checked another brewery off of our ever growing list of breweries to visit. All in all, we visited 5 breweries this trip {& reviews of all will be heading to the blog soon!}

It was a good birthday and a fantastic trip.

I put down my phone and took time to be present during our time in Charleston. Too often I'm focused on getting the best picture and staying up to date with what's happening in my social media world, that I miss out on what I'm actually doing.

This trip was about spending time with my husband. It was about actually vacationing rather than living by a schedule every time we take a trip. It was about asking the concierge at the hotel for a restaurant recommendation rather than stressing about where to eat. It was about impulse purchases and off-the-beaten-path breweries.

It was a birthday full of family, friends, presents, cupcakes, birthday cards & wishes, and some exceptional food.

Cheers to year #29 & all of the adventures that it will hold!

10 July 2017

The Last Weekend of 28

The most accurate depiction of how my weekend started:

Nothing like having to get your Clemson class ring cut off your hand by your jeweler because your fingers inexplicably decided to react to Columbia heat and humidity and swell up to the point that you can't get your ring off and it begins cutting of the circulation in your finger.

This was on Saturday morning... after spending most of the day Friday dealing with the fact that someone backed into my parked car at work.

Y'all, I'm so glad that Lindsey and I had plans for her to visit this weekend! Not only did she get to enjoy the whole ordeal at the jeweler {and snap that wonderful picture}, but some girl time with her was long overdue.

We visited Soda City Market until it got entirely too crowded & hot. I love how much the market has grown since the first time Patrick and I visited in 3 years ago, but dang, it gets crowded fast these days.

I took her to the best cookie place in the world, Blue Flour, and this gluten free girl definitely indulged in a cookie {because they're that good & so worth it!}

We celebrated Craft & Draft's 3rd Anniversary with a pint of Olde Mecklenburg Brewing's Hornet's Nest.

Sunday morning, Lindsey headed back home and Patrick hit the road to help his dad out for most of the day... want to know what this girl did with her completely free Sunday?

It was a gorgeous morning, so I headed down to the Riverwalk to take advantage of the "cool" 85 degree weather and get in a short walk before heading to the gym.

I won't bore you with the rest of the day that was full of grocery shopping, laundry, and working but y'all, I had THE most productive day. Between Lindsey's visit and a crazy productive Sunday, I'd say that the weekend was pretty much salvaged after the rough start.

Good thing, too. Because it's BIRTHDAY WEEK!

& y'all know how much I love birthday week :)

06 July 2017

Weekending for the 4th

Hello, July!

For the 5th year in a row, I was lucky enough to spend my 4th of July weekend down in Kiawah. I used to think that being out on the lake was my favorite way to celebrate Independence Day but y'all, I think it might be the beach... especially when Patrick and our friends Laurel & Steven all are able to come down to celebrate.

July 1 and 4th of July weekend always means one thing {other than the beach}: Kiawah Half training begins.

Let's just say that at 7am it was 82 degrees with a heat index of 98 degrees and 96% humidity. Patrick and I went out Saturday morning and it was like we were trying to run through a hot tub. Running was miserable. It seems like I always pick the hottest, most humid day to pick running back up.

We spent the day recuperating on the beach.

Saturday night, we went out to the Ryder Cup Bar at The Ocean Course. I love that they only have local craft beers on tap at the bar - I think this time there was a Westbrook, a Low Tide, a Palmetto, and a Coast beer. I snapped up the Coast 32/50 Kölsch.

Aren't the sunsets gorgeous out there?

Sunday and Monday were more of the same. Sleep, beach, sunset drinks, repeat.

Yeah, don't let that picture above fool you. The beach was crazy crowded and looked more like this the rest of the time:

{That crazy storm above? It never reached us and our race of packing up and sprinting back to the house to beat the storm was a complete wasted effort...}

At least it was pretty again for sunset drinks later that night!

Patrick and I packed up early Tuesday morning, headed back to Columbia, and stopped by our friends' 4th of July pool party.

We might have been at home, showered, and asleep on the couch by 7pm that night. We party hard on the 4th y'all. Seriously though, we both need a vacation from our vacation. Good thing it's a short week, right?

Next up? Birthday week!

I'm in complete denial that the summer is halfway over and that my birthday is a week from today. What happened to June? And the first week of July?
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