So I’ve lived in Charleston for one week now.
I haven’t discussed much on the blog yet, and honestly, I haven’t taken a whole lot of pictures. Don’t even ask to see pictures of my home, because it’s still a mess and we still have unpacking and organizing to do. I’ll post pics one of these days when everything’s done, or at least acceptable for the internet.
We moved last Friday, went back to Florence to clean last Saturday, and spent most of Sunday running errands, tackling household projects, and unpacking. On Monday, Clay headed off to his second week at his new job. I stayed at home to work at my “big girl job” (this is what I referred to my actual job as whenever I was coaching at the track), and I am still working for the same company, at least through the summer.
So here’s a recap on how things are going:
Running and Working out
So far, I’ve run around my apartment complex and neighborhood… and that’s it. Thursday morning (yesterday), I decided to venture into the neighborhood for a 4ish mile run and ended up getting lost and running six miles instead! I had to stop and ask a lady for directions and ended up running through the sand of a construction zone back to my apartment, but I made it back before work!
I know all the mom figures in my life will be on my case now, but I do have a Road ID (need a new address, obviously), and I don’t stray too far from home or run in strange or seedy neighborhoods. I just got a little… confused, I guess. It was still a really great run. I even wore my running club shirt to represent :).
It rained most all weekend and the beginning of the week, but on Tuesday evening when it stopped, Clay told me we could go out and do whatever I wanted to do. So, you can guess what we did… we joined a gym. We joined the East Shore Athletic Club, which is down the road from us and gives us access to two gyms (they have tons of clubs in the area).
It’s a pretty neat gym and has some classes, and we really couldn’t beat it for the price since I like to do yoga and the occasional group fitness class. Wednesday night, I did a class called Body Pump and met some new people and got a great strength training workout in.
Next week, I’m planning to meet up with a running group in a nearby town. I’ve joined a few groups on Facebook and made “friends” with some people in them, so I’m excited to meet the faces I’ve seen on Facebook. Hopefully they know their way around…
Work and my “Big Girl Job”
First, I love seeing Clay head off for work in the mornings. He dresses nicely for work and I get to kiss him on his way out the door. Since I work from home, I almost feel like a housewife sending her husband off to work.
However, I’ve gotten a TON of work done! I’ve been crazy productive without the office socialization, but I got pretty lonely and cabin fever-ish with all the rain we’ve had. It rained Monday-Wednesday, but since it’s cleared up, I’m leaving the apartment at lunch to grocery shop and explore. I’m also thankful for the occasional phone conversation with coworkers and for instant messenger and Facebook chat (if you like to facebook chat, let me know!)
And, I’m still getting dressed even though I work from home- no pajama working for me! Instead, I’m running a couple miles or working out most mornings, which forces me to shower and get dressed. I’ve been wearing khaki shorts and my favorite snarky t-shirts, along with old sneakers or either flip flops each day. I feel like actually getting dressed
Local Happenings and Food
This week, we’ve been to a few grocery stores and new restaurants. On Sunday, we went to Earth Fare, which is a healthy food grocery store, and they had $2 burgers, including veggie burgers. Most places here have vegetarian options, and I really like that. Also, there are way more local dives, so I like that I don’t feel forced to eat at chain restaurants all the time.
Some of my friends told me I’d love the food here- those friends happen to be marathoners (what marathon runner doesn’t like food?). So far, everything has been tasty, with the exception of the pizza we had delivered on the Friday night we moved in. It took an hour to get here and tasted only slightly better than Little Caesar’s. Don’t think we’ll be getting pizza from there again- every time I see their advertisements, it will remind me of moving anyway.
I’ve also found Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath, and Beyond, the mall, a self-serve frozen yogurt place, and a few other cool stores. I even found a little shortcut to one of the grocery stores and I can get to all of those places without a GPS now- score! Funny how I am fine when driving yet get lost running…
Next week, I’m looking forward to venturing out a bit more and exploring, going running and doing group fitness classes, and probably getting a ton of work done. Who knows, maybe I’ll even try to take a few more pictures ;).
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