30 October 2017

The Tailgate Without a Football Game

Saturday was... weird.

Good, but weird.

It started out when they announced that the Clemson vs GA Tech game would be at 8pm. Then, they started predicting a cold, rainy day in Tiger Town. The final straw? My mom spent the majority of last week under the weather. Going to Clemson for the game this past Saturday just wasn't going to happen for us.

I improvised, embraced the un-planned {unlike last weekend}, and had an awesome fall Saturday in Columbia.

First up: Saturday mornings are for long distance half marathon training runs. Woke up early, waited for the sun to come up, and knocked out 6.5 miles.

From there, we headed downtown to Main Street for Soda City Market. Two of our friends and their super cute kid were in town and we wanted to catch up with them for a bit. Better yet? Two more friends were in town for the day and met us at the market, too!

Russell is the most chill kid I've ever met. I've been stealing this kid away from his mama every time I see him since the day I met him and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I'm pretty sure I treated his mom the same way when she was the same age... guess things don't change??

From the market, we headed out to the fairgrounds for a little tailgating before the USC vs Vandy homecoming game. I didn't have a ticket to this game, but I wasn't about to miss out on an opportunity to tailgate. In the 15 years that I've been going to college football games, I can only think of one other time that I've tailgated without going into the game {and both were USC game tailgates!}

Don't be surprised if you see me with a clear fanny pack like Katie's at the next Clemson game. I didn't even know such a thing existed!

It was a beautiful day for tailgating. Sunny, a little bit of wind, and just cool enough to get away with wearing jeans. It's hard to believe that a couple hours up the road in Clemson it was about 20 degrees cooler and pouring down rain for most of the day. We definitely lucked out with the weather in Columbia.

Hands down, the best part of the day was leaving the tailgate at 3:41pm, walking back to my car, driving back to the house, and getting inside the house in time for the 4pm kickoff. Living so close to USC's football stadium occasionally has it's perks! This Saturday was one of those days.

It was really weird to watch a home Clemson game from my house, but I totally didn't regret my decision to miss it AT ALL. It looked like it was absolutely miserable. Cold and rainy. The players would make a tackle on the field and slide an extra ten feet at the end of the play. We had friends who didn't make it the whole game and who spent hours sitting in traffic trying to get home. Nope. Nope. Nope. I enjoyed watching that win from my warm, dry house.

Here's hoping their game against FSU in two weeks is a slightly warmer and sunnier game!

Happy Monday, y'all!

23 October 2017

The Weekend of No Football

So, what exactly does one do when both Clemson and Carolina have a bye week on the same weekend?

You totally check out of college football.

We didn't watch a single game all weekend, and to be honest, had no idea what happened in any of the games until we caught up with the college football recap on Sunday morning on ESPN. Not going to lie - it was kind of nice having a completely football free weekend. Not that I have any intentions of doing that again until football season is over... but it was still a nice change!

I think I've finally reached "regular" status at my favorite watering hole, Craft and Draft, recently. They've got a great, low-key vibe there... part bar, part brewery, part bottle shop, part awesome. It's been my first choice of places to meet people after work lately and my first choice of places to grab a drink with Patrick if we're out and about.

This weekend started out there for drinks with my friend Camlin before we grabbed dinner across the street. I tried out a new-to-me wheat beer from Revelry Brewing {Charleston, SC}: Hotel Rendezvous.

It was good, but I'll still go for their Gullah Cream Ale first over this one.

Saturday morning, we scrapped our original plan of a day trip up to Greenville, SC to explore the Swamp Rabbit Trail by bike, and stuck to Columbia for the day. We headed out to the other side of Columbia and enjoyed a late breakfast at Trenholm Plaza at The Original Pancake House.

How I have never been here is a mystery to me... but we will absolutely be going again soon! Their pancakes were amazing.

After doing a little shopping, spending time with our friends' and their sweet new baby boy, and some yard work, we celebrated my friend Katie's 30th birthday.

Sunday was a little bit of a lost day. There was a fair amount of laying around and napping. We did manage to get our grocery shopping for the week done and made an incredibly delicious version of our Halloween Chili.

I'm assuming that every once in awhile you need an unplanned weekend like this, but to be honest, it was a struggle for me. I like going into the weekend with a plan to optimize every minute of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. It was super weird not to plan. The planning-side of me is thrilled that this entire week and upcoming weekend are already planned out :)

Happy Monday, y'all!

17 October 2017

Life Lately

Hello, fall!

Around here, fall is three things:
College Football {specifically Clemson} & Tailgates

Pumpkins {but not pumpkin flavored anything}

& being outside as much as possible.

The weather hasn't exactly cooperated with the last one, but y'all, it was in the 60s tonight when I was cooking supper on the grill outside. We still had highs in the 90s last week so this sudden cool weather is much appreciated.

Much appreciated.

Fall also means spending as much time with this guy as possible before tax season rolls around after the holidays. We're taking it easy after all of the traveling we did this summer and we're not planning any big trips this fall. Instead, we're taking advantage of the fun things going on in our own city, like Soda City Oktoberfest and Brookland Brunch.

But, fingers crossed, there is a day trip in our very near future. Or a trip to the South Carolina State Fair. Either one will work for me!

05 October 2017

Running for a Cause in the Super Tiny Town of Columbia

Columbia is a really, really, really small town.

I've always thought so. I used to think it was a small town in the sense that there was never anything to do here {which is completely untrue these days}, but now I think it's a small town in the sense that everybody is connected to everybody.

Dig deep enough, you're going to find a connection. More often than not, you don't actually have to dig that deep through the layers of friends and acquaintances to find someone that you've got in common. This weirdly small world thing comes in to play frequently where I work, and it recently brought me back in touch with someone that I grew up with.

How's this for a #throwbackthursday picture?

That tiny little girl in the back of the picture, eagerly unwrapping a present, is yours truly at her third birthday party way back when. In the picture with me you've got my brother and a few of our neighbors... who I'm pretty sure had better things to do that day than be at a third birthday party. Anyway. The point of that picture today is it's the only one that I {ok, my mom did the digging through old pictures for me} could find that has Emily and me.

A couple months ago at work, I was assigned to write a piece for the fall Fig Columbia magazine about Palmetto Health Foundation, the Walk for Life / Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, and a breast cancer survivor. As it turned out, the breast cancer survivor that was to be featured was none other than Emily.


We grew up in houses that backed up to one another. Emily babysat both me and my brother. Her dad helped me hone my soccer skills in the backyard. Her parents attend church these days at the same church as my parents. Her aunt, uncle, and two cousins have been friends of my family since I was 18 months old. We run into her oldest brother and his family here and there on Kiawah. We run into her younger brother and his wife down on Kiawah, too. Emily's sister-in-law's sister {did you follow that?} is the interior designer that helped my parents with their house in Columbia and down at the beach and is helping me with my house.


It was so nice to be able to meet with Emily to interview her for the story, and to catch up. The time flew by and at the end, I was a little annoyed with myself for scheduling it before work instead of after work when we would have had more time to talk. We chatted about her history with breast cancer {she's a survivor - yay!} and the Palmetto Health Foundation Walk for Life and Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon, 5K + 10K.

Running either the 5K or the 10K race was already on my list of races this year since it fell on a Saturday where Clemson didn't have a game and where USC's game was away. Plus, y'all know how much I love when a race ends on a sports field of some type and how much I love the Fireflies. This race ends right in the middle of the Fireflies stadium! But after talking with Emily, it became my top priority for races in October. I am so excited for this race and to come together with this community to raise money for the Palmetto Health Breast Center. All funds raised by this race stay right here in Columbia. That's right. All of the funds.

I've signed up to run the 10K on Emily's team, Emily's Breast Friends, and I've got a goal of raising $250 before the race date on October 14. Want to help a girl help her community out? You can donate here.

You can read the final piece that I wrote for Fig here and you can see it in the magazine here. Seriously, take a look at it in the magazine because that particular spread might have been one of my favorites of this past issue {I might be a tiny bit biased...}

Happy Thursday, y'all!

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