Welcome to the work week, peeps!
I had a pretty amazing weekend- probably one of the best weekends I’ve had in a long time :). From reading everyone’s tweets and facebook posts today, it sounds like a lot of people had great weekends, even if they don’t remember them today (hehe). Fortunately, I *do* remember my weekend, and I’m pretty excited to “re live” it blogging about it.
On Saturday, I went to FMU Homecoming with a couple of friends from college, Tiffany and Will. Tiffany and I hang out pretty often, but I hadn’t seen Will in forever- like three years or so. Everyone had a really great time hanging out and catching up, even if we didn’t even stay for the basketball games (our alma mater doesn’t have football so Homecoming is in February and it’s about basketball). We watched the golf cart parade, took pictures, ate the catered food, and hung out around campus like old times.
Saturday night, Clay and I went out to Thai House for dinner to celebrate Valentine’s Day. With Clay’s hectic schedule (he works at night, goes to college during the day, and interns at ACS when he’s not in class during the day) and lack of sleep, we don’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day on the day like most couples. Sometimes I think others take it for granted that they can just have lunch or dinner with their significant other anytime they want basically, but we really cherish the time we get together, which is pretty much weekends only.
Thai House is one of our favorite restaurants, and in our opinions, one of the best restaurants in Florence. I had the Thai House fried rice and Clay had the spicy curry noodles, which was almost like thai spaghetti. The restaurant wasn’t super packed and we enjoyed ourselves, so it was worth waiting to celebrate. Clay’s out of town next weekend for a programming team competition in Georgia, so this was our last meal out together for over a week, and we definitely made it count.
I woke up to nasty weather on Sunday, so instead of my usual morning run, I cleaned the apartment -my other Sunday morning activity- then braved the crazy, rainy, cold weather to go to a Mardi Gras Party (my first).
I mentioned last week that I went out to lunch with a bunch of coworkers, and while out, I took notes and stealthily snapped pictures of our food so that I could write a review of Local’s Grill for PeeDeeFoodie.com (you can read the review here), and I’m happy to say I’ll be contributing additional restaurant reviews for the Pee Dee Foodie team.
Writing the review was super fun- it gave me a chance to go out with friends, try new restaurants and foods, and practice a totally different style of writing that I don’t get to use quite as often. I love technical writing and working for ACS Technologies- I get to work with exciting technology every day and make a difference because our software is used by churches, non-profits, and schools.
I guess I look at writing a lot like exercise. Technical writing is like running- obviously my primary focus- I guess you could even call it my “sport”. But other types of writing, such as blogging, writing newsletter articles, and writing reviews, are kind of like cross training, and will help me write better all-around :).
Writing philosophies aside- back to the Mardi Gras party.
The menu consisted of King Cake, which is a fun, colorful, tasty cake with a plastic baby hidden inside. The baby represents baby Jesus, and the person who finds the baby has to either make the next King Cake or host the next get together- you could tell everyone was a little apprehensive around the cake until the baby was found ;). We also had a giant sandwich called a muffaletta, veggie and fruit trays, sourdough bread, caprese kabobs, and a few other goodies.
I had a great time at the party (you can read more about it here) and met lots of amazing people. I’m pretty excited about meeting new people and new experiences, and I definitely enjoyed my first official Mardi Gras celebration :).
Now, I’m hoping for a slightly, uneventful, work week. I don’t have any major plans for the week, besides getting my oil changed and meeting with fellow Florence Track Club coaches, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to relax and enjoy some time with Clay before he heads to his conference. I hope everyone else has a great week, too!
Q1.) Have you ever been to a school homecoming (high school or college)? How was it? Since I actually live in the same town as my college, I’ve been to two or three since I graduated. It’s mostly a social thing though, because I really don’t like basketball that much and wish we had football like everyone else.
Q2.) Have you ever celebrated Mardi Gras? This weekend was my first official Mardi Gras celebration (it’s definitely more family friendly than the media wants you to believe), but I hope it will be the first of many :).
Q3.) Do you celebrate holidays on the day of the holiday, or the weekend before or after? Even though we exchanged cards on Valentine’s Day, we do most of our celebrating on the weekends. I’m pretty sure that we’d do this even if Clay didn’t have a wonky schedule, just because the restaurants aren’t as busy and we have more time.