Hey guys! I hope everyone had a great Independence Day and enjoyed the day off, if you had it off. One of my friends called this “Donut Week” because we have a hole in the middle (the day off on Wednesday), I thought that was a cute saying. It’s definitely hard getting back into the swing of work for two days and then the weekend- I slept in Thursday morning and even worked in my pajamas for a few hours (work from home problem, right?).
Anyway, a recap of the last few days… it’s been *busy* on my end.
On Saturday, Clay and I went to visit my hometown to see my mom and run some errands for her like buying groceries, cleaning the house, and watering plants. It wasn’t a fun reason to visit, but it had to be done. My mom hasn’t been eating much and has been depressed and lost weight, but she ate while I was there, and Clay and I left feeling much more positive.
Unfortunately, my hometown got a really crazy storm Sunday night and my parents were out of power. Well, the power eventually came back, but we have 100 degree temperatures here, and my mom got sicker. She ended up throwing up uncontrollably, and my dad took her to the ER Monday night.
As of Thursday night, my mom was being released from the hospital after seeing the thyroid specialist. I have been calling twice a day to check on her but didn’t go to see her, as she said my dad can handle it and wants me to wait until she goes home to visit so that I can help her around the house more. She’s doing a bit better, and the doctors took great care of her. She had bronchitis, an infection, and she has an overactive thyroid causing her heart to beat abnormally, so pretty tough stuff.
It stinks to be 100 miles away and not be able to see your mom when she’s sick. Especially when you’re an only child. This isn’t fun.
When Clay and I got back to Charleston, we went to Ali Baba, which is a Mediterannean restaurant on Daniel Island. It was so delicious! I had a grilled veggie pita with this amazing Fattosh salad that had tomatoes, cucumbers, and fresh basil in it. He had a dish with hummus, chicken, and pita bread.
We both loved it and agreed that we wanted to go back, but we feel weird going back to a restaurant when we’re new in town and still haven’t tried so many places. Either way, I think we will be heading back to Ali Baba the next time we visit Daniel Island (hopefully I will look cuter next time- I was wiped out from watering plants in 106 degree weather!).
For Independence Day, I ran a local 5K that morning; it was my first race since moving down, so look for a review in the next few days when I have a chance to write about it.
That afternoon, Clay and I headed off to a cookout hosted by some friends he met at a board game night on Meetup.com.A lot of people our age who live in Charleston moved here from somewhere else, which is really cool compared to Florence, where everyone seemed to live all their lives and never leave.
Since so many people are “transplants”, it seems pretty easy to make friends here, which we obviously like. Clay introduced me to Liz, Doug, and Icharus (not his real name, but that’s his name on the website and much more memorable than his real name), and we met even more people at the cookout that their neighbors hosted for the 4th.
We had burgers, spicy pork sausage, barbeque chicken, veggie burgers (they were eggplant burgers- Liz is also a vegetarian), green beans, tomatoes, potatoes, chips, and an assortment of dips and hummus. Everything was delicious and everyone was super nice- we played cornhole and bocce ball and everyone’s dogs played with each other.
I can’t wait to hang out with them again. Clay even went back that night to play a game with some of the guys when I went to visit my aunt and uncle. My uncle, two cousins, and I went to Goose Creek to see fireworks, and it was one of the most beautiful fireworks displays I’ve seen, and we had a great view.
Best of all, I called my mom that night, and she said she was feeling a little better, so I had a great end to the day. It was pretty fun spending the fourth running, with friends, with my husband, and with family- I guess I got the best of all the worlds in :).
I’ll be back in a few days with an update on Mommy and race recap.
Q1.) Did you watch fireworks for the fourth? Would you rather set off fireworks yourself or watch them? I would rather watch them personally, but I know Clay would much rather set them off (most guys are like that, I think!).
Q2.) How do you stay in touch with family members and friends who live far away? My mom and I talk every day pretty much, but we’ve been talking a bit more lately. It still stinks that I can’t be there. I sometimes wish my parents were more tech savvy and could go online and see pictures and read my blog, though maybe it’s a good thing they don’t know everything ;).
Q3.) Do you like to play bocce ball, cornhole, horseshoes, volleyball, etc in the yard at cookouts at gatherings? What’s your favorite one? I actually liked playing bocce ball yesterday- it was my first time playing and I sucked at it (it was hard to see the little ball in all the grass), but would love to play again.
Q4.) Are most people in your area lifelong locals, or do people move there from lots of places? There are definitely some locals here but a lot of young people from all over, the variety makes it really fun here.