So I’ve had a pretty busy last few days! It’s the end of the month at work so I had a lot to do today- so much that I ended up missing my run club and running 4 miles on my own this evening. I also ate lunch at my computer desk, but at least it was a lunch I prepared myself (definitely the best thing about working from home: being able to cook your own delicious and nutritious lunch without resorting to TV dinners or takeout.
Also, I hung my painting this week! Last week, I did a painting class at a local studio here called Wine and Design. It’s a guided painting class, so the instructor helps you and shows you all the strokes. Even if you’ve never painted before, you can go to the class and do it, and you leave with a finished painting. I had a Groupon so I redeemed it to paint this really pretty palm tree. They have a lot of neat Lowcountry-themed ones, and one of the studios here offers a buy one get one free neat in October. Can’t wait to take advantage of the art studios here and paint more.
This was the fourth painting class I’ve done, and I think I’ve improved each time. I hope to decorate the whole apartment (and our future home) in paintings that I did myself.
Tuesday night, my friends Liz, Nadine, and I went downtown to have a girl’s night. Our husbands are all friends too, so we all see each other a lot and hang out (there are other couples in the group too). The guys stayed at my apartment and grilled on Clay’s grill and enjoyed mixed drinks and we hit the town- downtown Charleston!
The first place we went was the Moon Pie General Store. The Moon Pie store sells a huge variety of Moon Pies, even ones I’ve never heard of, like mint Moon Pies and peanut butter Moon Pies. They also have big barrels of old fashioned candy and taffy and other cool stuff. They even had Fruit Stripe gum– something all of us 90s kids remember.
The three of us snagged a random tourist to take our picture in the Moon Pie store, too (Liz, me, and Nadine).
After we left the store, we went down the street to Kaminsky’s Most Excellent Desserts, where I had a Mochachino and Liz and Nadine had ice cream- the brownie and chocolate chip cookie sundaes. My coffee was super rich and delicious (my tummy was thankful I ordered it with skim milk, but it was still super chocolately and rich), and the ice cream sundaes were too big to finish.
I think next time we’ll get a couple desserts and share- it would be really fun to take a huge crowd here and just pass the desserts around the table. With restaurants like Kaminsky’s, you can skip going out for dinner and just head straight for the dessert. If you visit Charleston, this place is NOT to be missed (neither is the Moon Pie General Store, especially if you’re into candy).
We had an awesome time just hanging out and talking about stuff- not just talking about our husbands, either . Nadine just moved here from California so it’s neat exploring our city together, and Liz works for one of the local newspapers, the Charleston City Paper, so she always knows about the fun stuff going on and the great restaurants downtown (their office is downtown).
We came back to my place and hung out with the guys while my caffeine high wore off (yeah- if I have a lot of caffeine at night, I act like most people act when they’re drunk…), then I took Nadine home and Clay and I *crashed*. Needless to say, we both slept in a little that next morning.
Despite the fun stuff this week, it’s almost the weekend again. Clay and I are planning to watch football (South Carolina vs. Kentucky game) and hit a Food Truck Rodeo nearby, and I’ll do a long run Saturday morning and yoga class on Sunday. We’ll probably cook and have friends over this weekend too, and maybe I’ll hit up the pool one last time before it closes for the season (our pools here are open until October, because it’s still 85 degrees here and you can swim!).
Hope everyone else is having an exciting week!
Q1.) What would you order off the Kaminsky’s menu? I want to try the Café Vienna next. It’s vanilla flavored.
Q2.) What decade do you identify with growing up? Even though I was born in 1985, I think of myself as a 90s kid and I’m a millennial teenager. Most of what I miss as a kid is from the 90s, though- like boy bands and classic Nickelodeon.
Q3.) Are certain times of the year or month busier than others at your job/school? Mine usually gets crazy busy close to release time, but we had some end-of-month stuff for September. Also, tax time is busy too since I do technical writing for financial accounting products.
Q4.) Are you happy the NFL refs are back? I know this question has nothing to do with my blog post, but I’m watching football and everyone’s making a huge deal about the refs being back. It’s definitely a good thing to have knowledgeable refs, though.