Hey guys! So Friday I hung out with my friend Nadine. She moved here from California a few weeks ago to be with her husband who’s in the Navy (our husbands are also friends and play video games together). I had a work holiday I needed to use, so I took off and we rode around a lot, shopped, and definitely treated ourselves to some goodies.
Of course, since I work from home, we had to spend the entire day away from my home. Otherwise my day off would feel like work… nah, not really, but it’s a good work/life balance to get out of the house when you can.
We headed to A.C. Moore, which is a craft store, to check out the fall decorations and I bought a really awesome fall wreath for our door. It looks cute next to the little Gamecock garden flag my parents gave me for my birthday. I do miss my big flag from Florence, though- we don’t have a balcony here, so I couldn’t put it out this year.
After we left the craft store, we headed to Panera Bread for some lunch. I always wanted to go to Panera Bread since my online friend/blog reader Rebecca works there. It’s super close to me but I’d never been, I guess I just didn’t have a reason to go. I had a Meditteranean Veggie half sandwich and a half salad and an apple, and Nadine had a turkey salad and soup that had a great big biscuit in it. They have wifi too, so I guess I could take my laptop there and work sometime.
We also did lots of shopping at the Tanger Outlet Center. It was her first time there and only my second visit since moving here (Living in Charleston where there’s a lot to do, sometimes I don’t feel like I’ve been to places more than a few times). They have pretty much every outlet store imaginable, and since it’s an outdoor mall, it was good we had nice warm weather. I think it’s going to cool down a bit next week which will be perfect in time for Fall and my half marathon. I got some new shorts (hey, it’s warm here, we wear shorts year-round… especially people like me who work from home), and Nadine got a really pretty necklace at Zales that was a super deal (the outlets definitely have some bargains…).
And because no day is complete without tasty coffee…
So, it was really neat just taking a day for myself and chilling out with a friend. This is the first day I’ve taken off work since moving down here, and I definitely needed it. I’ll go back to work a lot more refreshed and rejuvenated- fun times!