Sleeping in, double dates, and enjoying the last days of summer…

Hey guys and happy weekend! 

All is well here, but I’m super glad it’s the weekend. Friday is my sleep-in day, and I slept until 7:30 before logging onto work at 8 and sipping my coffee. I know 7:30 isn’t exactly sleeping in, but when you get up at 5 to run on the beach at 6 on Saturday mornings, you need at least one lazy day, right?

Here is yours truly in her work-at-home glory of a race t-shirt, puka shell necklace, pearls, and (unpictured) khaki shorts and flip flops.

It’s rained most of this week, so my excitement’s been pretty limited. Fortunately, it held off on Tuesday and Thursday for my four mile sunrise/run rises in the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant. Robert, one of the guys from the Believe/Achieve marathon training program takes pictures of the sunrises, and I always repost his pictures on Facebook. I think our city should pay him for photography because other runners and my friends from Florence see them and want to visit or run here :). Charleston is pretty much a running paradise.

From Pitt Street Bridge

Clay grilled on the clear afternoon this week, so we had delicious veggies that obviously didn’t last too long. I love grilled eggplant and grilled corn on the cob- you can eat it as a side with a meal or just a snack on its own in the afternoons. I’m glad he’s getting lots of use out of his birthday present from me, it’s definitely a present we both enjoy.

The leftovers also make for delicious lunches when paired with a fresh tomato sandwich.

We also went out for a double date with our friends Elizabeth and Doug on Thursday evening. We went to Black Bean Company, which is a (mostly) vegetarian and vegan restaurant on James Island. The food was delicious and Clay really loved it. I was scared he wouldn’t like it, but he said the meat dishes he had (duck spring rolls and turkey wrap) were delicious. I had a spinach love wrap with tofu and the couscous on the side- the wrap was tasty, but I’m not a couscous fan.

It was super fun hanging out with Doug and Liz (who just got a job at a newspaper- congrats Liz!). Clay and I have separate sets of friends, but we’re glad to have some new couple friends to double date with- not to mention we have tons in common with them. We hadn’t been on a double date in quite some time, so this was a refreshing change.

After our date, we came home and watched some football- Green Bay vs. San Diego. Pretty nice to see former Gamecock, Melvin Ingram, on the field for San Diego, and it makes us both excited for college football in just three short weeks.

I love summer- laying out, beaches, cold drinks, frozen yogurt, flip flops, the fourth of July, and lazy days. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t ready for cooler temperatures, warm blankets, tailgating, Saturday mornings spent running races with afternoon naps and evenings of college football, and pumpkin spice everything.

Q1.) Have you watched any preseason football? Clay is pretty much obsessed with all football (more than me, but I do like it), so we watch at least parts of every preseason game, mostly to fill the void until August

Q2.) Have you ever been pleasantly surprised by a restaurant? Well, like Clay was surprised by the vegetarian place, I had a similar experience at Charleston Burger Company the week we moved down. They had the best veggie burger ever, and I loved it so much, I felt bad for originally not being more excited to eat there. Sometimes you have to get out of the box, I guess.

Q3.) What’s your usual wake up time and what’s sleeping in? For me, I get up at 5 on run days, and on other days, I try to get up at around 6:30 or 7. When I worked in the office, it was 6:15 every morning though. Sleeping in is anything past 7!

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9 Responses to Sleeping in, double dates, and enjoying the last days of summer…

  1. I wish my body would let me sleep in, I try to saturdays before my run. I know I need it. That bbq looks amazing, so delicious and tasty.

  2. that picture is BREATHTAKING! I would love to see more of his pictures!
    Your sleeping in is like mine. I wake up for work at 545, or with andrew on days off at 645. If he sleeps in it might be 730!!! haha

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Haha yeah kids never sleep in! I got up super early when I was little too, don’t know what I was thinking. But when I was a preteen and teen it was a different story.

      Yeah Robert just takes the pics with his phone or something but it’s super pretty here, and I guess when you have an artistic eye it doesn’t matter if you’re taking the pic with an Iphone or an SLR, the photographer’s eye and scene “makes” the picture not the camera :)

  3. Wow what a great photo.

    I don’t sleep in and now O’m pretty fine with it. If I want more rest then I go to bed earlier. That is the way it has to be.

    Glad the date was fun. I lie double dates-I think they are a lot of fun (obviously not all the time) but I enjoy them once in a while. :P

  4. I have not been to Black Bean Co yet. So interested to try after your good review.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      It’s really good! There’s a vegan pad thai that my friend had, he really liked it. Clay liked his wrap too. I don’t really recommend the couscous though and neither did Clay, we both thought it was a little dry (it comes as a side). He got the potato salad on the side and said it was good.

  5. wow, u and i have diff. ideas of sleeping it!! ;) looks like u guys have been having fun over there and noshing like champs!! yummy! but i gotta admit, i don’t watch any normal season football so there is no way i catch the pre-season. lol. wow, maybe that’s why i don’t have a guy?? ;)

  6. Kara says:

    ohhh I love Fall! I just got really excited reading that list of fall things – especially tailgating, football, races, and PUMPKIN SPICE!! MY fav!! haha :)

  7. Sleeping in for me means 9:30, which seems to be a lot later than most people! I’ll have to get used to waking up earlier once I’m out of college though so I try to switch up my wake up times every so often.

    I’m not really a couscous fan either, give me quinoa any day over a couscous or rice dish!

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