Relaxation, Radio Shows, and Five Question Friday

Hey guys :). Thanks for sticking with me. I feel like I haven’t had quality blog posts lately or much to say. Honestly, the past few days have been relatively… boring. I haven’t taken very many pictures or really even thought about blogging much.

Working from home, I get lots done and I’m pretty relaxed, but most days are uneventful. I work, make lunch, work some more, then usually do a group fitness class at the gym after work- mainly to get out of the house. Sometimes I lay by the pool or watch movies.

Best of all, Clay and I can actually hang out sometimes in the afternoons! We’re still busy with our individual social lives (he does MMA and plays board games or RPGs with friends, I do running club and group fitness), but we’re usually home together in the evenings and can go out to eat.

Last night, we used a Restaurant.com gift certificate and went out to Taste of Thai for some delicious Thai food. It was our first time going out for Thai food here, but the restaurant was definitely a winner, and we’ll be returning. We got fresh basil rolls as an appetizer, he had the yellow curry with chicken, and I had the basil eggplant with veggies and tofu.

If you’re looking for cheap deals on eating out, I highly recommend restaurant.com gift certificates. They have a great promo code right now and can save you lots on pricier restaurants. Ours brought a $40 bill down to under $30, after taxes and tips- so not bad! I paid $2.40 for the gift certificate and it took over $10 off.


Overall, I’m having a pretty relaxing summer- and I don’t mind. One of my friends called the other day and we talked about that. She was surprised to hear that because I was always on the go back in Florence with coaching, work, running, and social activities. I’m still busy getting to know people here, building relationships, and exploring my city, but she suggested maybe taking a step back from the hectic lifestyle and 12+ hour days is what I needed… and maybe that’s true.

On a completely different note, our track kids who are going to USATF Junior Olympics Nationals were on the radio yesterday, and thanks to the joys of online radio, I was able to listen to them. It was great hearing about what the Florence Track Club is doing, and of course you know our track kids when you were them because of how respectful they were to the radio show host. I’m super proud of our state record breakers and know they’ll do well at Nationals. I plan to coach Cross Country down here this Fall, but I’ll continue to support my Florence kids until I’m affiliated with another team.


Five Question Friday

Since I didn’t do anything too interesting this week, I’m linking up with Five Crooked Halos for Five Question Friday.

I haven’t done this link up in a long time, so why not? Hopefully I’ll get back into the groove soon with taking pictures and doing more blogworthy stuff, but until then…

Five Question Friday

1} What do you call them- flip flops, sandals, thongs, or slippers?

Hmm… to me, all of these are just different types of shoes, so I call them whatever they are.¬†Flip-flops are slip-on shoes that have something between the toes, sandals are slip-on shoes with nothing between the toes, thongs are something you wear on your bottom, and slippers are what you wear when you put on your pajamas and get ready for bed.

2} Are you a “my kids can do no wrong” kind of mom or a “Johnny punched you? Well what did you do to him first?!” kind of mom?

I’m no mom, but knowing me, if someone punched my kid, I would interrogate everyone until I got an answer (I’m good at asking questions- I am a writer, after all). I really can’t comment on what kind of mom I’d be until I actually have kids, though- I don’t think anything can possibly prepare you for that.

3} Would you confront a good friend that looked/looks down on your husband/significant other?

I’m happily married and at this point in life, I highly doubt I’d develop a friendship with someone who looks down on my significant other. In the last few months, I’ve learned how much work goes into forming relationships, and this would be an immediate red flag that someone who looked down on Clay wouldn’t be a person I’d want to pursue a friendship with.

4} Biggest pet peeve?

I really hate this question, because the answers people give for it are usually pretty trivial, such as “bad drivers”, “people without manners”, or something like that. I try not to sweat the small stuff, but I am a stickler for punctuality…

5} What’s your favorite take out meal?

Back in Florence, Clay and I got takeout Greek salads from Miguel’s almost every Friday- we love Greek salads (check out my Miguel’s review I wrote for Pee Dee Foodie). He got out of class early on Friday and picked them up, and that evening, we ate them and hung out. It was like our little tradition, but I don’t miss it because I’m glad we can have date nights during the week now that he works a traditional and no longer has college.

Now, I don’t remember the last time I got take out and brought it back to the house to eat it, but Clay and I both really love a good pizza. Fortunately, we live right down the road from South of Philly pizzeria, which is one of the best we’ve tried here in Charleston so far, and I’m sure we’ll get takeout from there soon. Plus, leftover pizza is tasty.

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12 Responses to Relaxation, Radio Shows, and Five Question Friday

  1. allieksmith says:

    Aww, how cute that you and Clay have been able to hang out and stuff! I always wonder what my life will be like if/when I get married :)

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I dunno, I guess everyone’s marriage is different. I know it’s a lot different now that he’s not in school and working nights anymore. It’s a lot less stressful and we see each other more, but we still have separate lives and activities and hobbies… so it’s not like we’re together all the time in the evenings. So yeah, marriage is pretty good, but talk to me in a few more years, I guess, or after kids come along, haha.

  2. Awe that is awesome. I think when I have kids, I will interrogate my kids because I know if they take after me that they will be instigators. LOLZ!

  3. Those spring rolls look amazing!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      They were! I’ve never had any wrapped in rice paper like that before but they were good. Oh and all the Arctic Zero practically was sold out at Earth Fare today and I thought of you.

  4. That’s great that you and Clay get to spend more time together! And eating out is always fun but can get expensive–I love the tip on the gift certificates since they really can save a lot. Your spring rolls look so good, those are always my go-to whenever I see them on a restaurant menu and they rarely disappoint!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      They were really good! They were different than the spring rolls we got at the Thai restaurant back in Florence, but still really tasty. I haven’t met many spring rolls I just didn’t like, though. And yeah, eating out can be pricey but sometimes it’s worth it to get out of the house, hehe. Especially working from home, I just have to leave to stay sane sometimes!

  5. Whine Less says:

    Sounds like a nice summer so far! Thai food is one of my favorites. Yours looks pretty tasty!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Hey Amy! :)

    I haven’t done 5 Question Friday in a very long time! I do check the questions weekly, but I guess I tend to lose interest when the questions ask about a boyfriend, husband and kids. And for awhile, the questions were about husbands. Most of them, anyway. Ahhhh!

    Wow! That Thai food looks delightful! I’ve never really had real Thai food. We have that Thai salad I told you about at work, but I think that’s just a simpler version of what a real Thai salad would taste like. :)

    And yes, I stopped calling them “thongs” when I first learned about the underwear thong in 7th grade. Yes, you read that right. I was sheltered growing up. :P

    It’s interesting to see how different marriages are. My parents do almost everything together. My brother and sister-in-law seem to do their own things most of the time.

    Have a wonderful evening!

  7. chasingthekenyans says:

    I don’t know if you can say a thong goes on your bottom haha… There’s just not much there! I call em flip flops. Sandals are everything else.

    Glad you’re doing well. You’re not boring! Always good to get an update from you :)

  8. Patty says:

    Those murals are fantastic!!! You and Clay seem like you’re enjoying your new life in Avondale!!

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