Rainy Day Ramblings

Hey guys! I haven’t done a post updating everyone about life lately, and since it’s raining all weekend here in Charleston, it seems like the perfect time Storm cloud.

On Sunday (St. Patrick’s Day), I ran a Pop-Up 15K sponsored by Chucktown Triathletes. The race began at Fleet Feet Mt. Pleasant and ended at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island, where a huge St. Patrick’s Day party was going on.


It was a low-key fun run (no one “raced” it) with some giveaways at the start. We ran through Old Mt. Pleasant and over the Ben Sawyer Bridge– here’s Rachael and I waving from the bridge.


The pop-up had a 10K option and a 15K option- the 10K just ended up at Dunleavy’s Pub, and the 15K ran around the island. My friend Rachel and I opted for the 15K, but I think most people did the 10K because it was hard to keep running once the party was in sight Flirt male.

With my luck of the Irish (err, small amount of Irish descent), I actually got some tan running and now have a tan line from my headband. It wasn’t quite a 15K, but we ran almost 9 miles then ended up at Dunleavy’s and called it a day.


On Friday, the population of my workplace doubled because Clay worked from home so we could be present at the home inspection that afternoon. Yep, we considered the home inspection our lunch breaks Flirt female. We’re super excited about the house, and we’ve gotten the inspection done as well as some homeowner’s insurance quotes.

Home sweet home… soon to be our home Fingers crossed.


The home stuff is super scary to me, obviously I’ve never bought a home before. I have a big chunk of the down payment saved in a CD (Certificate of Deposit, not Compact Disc!) that I’ve had since college. We can’t put 20% down because of the home prices here (in Florence, we could have put about 25-30% down with the same amount of money).

I started looking at it that I’m “reinvesting” my CD in something that will do more good. CD interest rates are lousy, and the interest you earn is heavily taxed- it doesn’t even keep up with inflation Confused smile. It’s hard to think about putting so much money down on a home, but it’s another kind of investment- one where we’ll live and raise our family, it will (hopefully) gain value, and maybe get us tax breaks instead of making us pay more. That really helps with my home buying anxiety.

We learned a lot at the inspection- the guy was a hoot and explained everything to us with tips on home repairs, home maintenance, etc. And of course, I couldn’t resist taking a picture with Clay’s car in the driveway.


This morning, I got up super early to run at 7 with the TrySports Mt. Pleasant Crew. Andrew, who manages the running store, and I ran 12 miles and the rain held off the whole time! We ran on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, and Mt. Pleasant. My friend Noah (who writes the Moore On Running blog) ran this morning too with his group too.

After my run, I came home and showered, woke my husband up, and we went to Mellow Mushroom Avondale for the 1970s Disco Brunch. The servers were dressed from the 70s and the brunch included giveaways and 1970s prices.


With my post long run appetite, waiting on the food was harder than running all those miles. We got two large pizzas with tons of toppings and barely made a dent in them- it was so good but so filling! The large pizzas there are bigger than ordinary large pizzas.


And every first-time homebuyer’s dream when saving money… the prices were definitely right (Since Roma Tomato wasn’t a pizza topping in 1974, they charged the 2013 price. Not that it was a big deal or anything, haha).


Q1.) What’s your favorite way to spend a rainy day?

Well, writing this definitely helped! I will probably take a nap later (pizza and running coma) and maybe do some cleaning. You can never do too much cleaning and purging stuff when you’re anticipating a move in a few months.

Q2.) What’s the biggest purchase you’ve made? How did you cope with parting with money?

Before this, my biggest purchase was a laptop computer I bought in high school- seriously. I’ve had the same car since going off to college, and I don’t often spend thousands of dollars at once. But looking at it as an investment rather than just spending does help.

Q3.) Did you do anything cool for St. Pat’s?

The Shamrock Shuffle race last Saturday and the run to Dunleavy’s on Sunday was really all I did. I think Clay drank a Guinness. We’re not big celebrators of the holiday…

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24 Responses to Rainy Day Ramblings

  1. I wish I had known about the 15K that looks like a great run course! Congrats again on the house, that is so exciting! My favorite thing on a rainy day… blogging! Lol, i just edited photos for 3 hours. Second best is watching a movie with a glass of wine! Which will be on the agenda soon too! Biggest purchase? I guess the biggest recent purchase was a blog conference to Utah I get to attend in May!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      That’s so awesome you get to go to the blogger conference in May, definitely a big purchase but probably very worth it! The 15K was organized on Facebook, someone sent me an invite to it. But they have a page, Chucktown Triathletes, that you can like. They are doing some glow runs with big parties at the end this summer, you might want to do them too. This was my first time ever doing one of their events but they seem super welcoming and nice.

      Along with blogging, I am redoing my blogroll (btw, I will add you, hehe) and probably pre-writing a few things for next week. And definitely resting and refueling for the yoga house thing tomorrow.

  2. spectacuLAUR says:

    That house is GORGEOUS. Oh my gosh, I love it so much. I really like the color combo and the front porch! So nice! I barely have enough money to buy a laptop right now since I’m not working (well, tutoring doesn’t count as work) so I haven’t made an substantial buys yet! And I’m happy you got a tan (Woo!) but sad you got a headband tan (Boo.). I hate awkward tans and I ALWAYS end up getting one. When I played softball, those were the WORST especially when prom was just around the corner. Oof.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Everyone who’s ever played a sport or done any sort of outside thing has had crazy tan lines! The worst was marching band- we were outside in the summer heat for 2 weeks before school started, in South Carolina (at least running is in the mornings before the sun gets crazy). I had sock lines until November, and one guy had a watchband tan until close to Christmas. And it’s a nightmare when you have things like a prom that you want to look cute for but have the tanning weirdness.

      It’s okay that you haven’t made any substantial buys. Trust me, you will have plenty of time to spend. And also work, lol.

  3. GAH so every time I go to Charleston I run there. i can recognize those signs and streets, so crazy

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Yeah they are some of the busier streets in town. I heard Coleman Blvd. in Mt P was one of the busiest roads in the state actually. And everyone here who runs knows about Sullivan’s Island and the IOP/Connector!

  4. What a fun run! Isn’t it nice to not race a race and just enjoy it? And the house is amazing. Giving up a CD seems hard now, but I think you are right to approach it as another investment. Homes are a great investment and think how nice it will be to have your own place and that you will never have to (knock on wood!) move again!

    • Amy Lauren says:

      I won’t say never move again, but this will be my third move since 2010 (the year I moved in with my husband, then my fiance… we got married 3 months after I moved in though). I moved in December 2010, June 2012, and hopefully May/June 2013… that’s enough moves for awhile.

      CDs really stink. I would never advise anyone to get one now, but at the time I got it (college), interest rates were much better and it was the way to go. Now… Roth IRA and 401K all the way, and venturing into home ownership.

      I loved the pop up run because there were so many people- even at our group runs all of us are training, this was purely a fun run so you could run and talk. We talk during our longer training runs, but this was just different. No one really got “dropped”, we just all slowed down and sped up to chat hehe.

  5. That’s a lovely house. My husband and I are currently house hunting too and one of the things we are looking for – it has to have a nice porch! I love yours. I think its beautiful! 🙂 Congratulations! House hunting for me is a fun thing to do! 🙂
    I don’t like purchasing so much for myself. It’s just me. I feel guilty buying expensive things for myself. But I like to give expensive gifts for my loved ones 🙂

    BTW, I nominated you for Liebster Blog Award. Check it here –>http://athletewithinja.wordpress.com/2013/03/24/long-over-due-liebster-award/


    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks for the nomination, I will definitely check it out.

      Yeah, we do splurge on Christmas and on vacations, and we probably will always splurge on those things (well, except a vacation this year. That’s kinda out now). House hunting was a fun thing to do but now that we’re done hunting, it’s stressful but also kinda relieving that we sorta know where we’ll hopefully be in a few months.

      I am looking forward to enjoying coffee on that porch in a few months!

  6. I checked out Fleet Feet yesterday and that is where I found all my new Nuun flavors. Congratulations on the house it is so dang cute.
    Disco brunch? Do they do that every week?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      No, they did it to celebrate the 2 year anniversary of that location… I would’ve thought the location was older than that, but I guess not. I know the downtown one has been here awhile. If they did it every week, I would be there every week. I’m pretty sure I’ll be eating that veggie pizza all week, but it’s okay because it was so good.

      Dick’s Sporting Goods at Citadel Mall has a decent nuun selection too, up near the registers. It’s easy to stop in if you need something like nuun or a gel… until someday when West Ashley ever gets a real running store!

  7. Sarah Owens says:

    The house is beautiful Amy! Yall will love being homeowners!

  8. Congratulations on buying your first house…it’s very exciting isn’t it! Great job on the race as well!
    Following you now!

  9. I’m glad to catchup on your life (can everyone do this after my vacation LOL). Wow that is seriously awesome about the house. It looks so cute. Now I want to just…you know come and visit LOL.

  10. Coco says:

    Oh, that house is gorgeous! I love, love, love the porch! I like to spend rainy days reading and napping and blogging.

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks, I am looking forward to many cups of coffee on that porch in a swing, along with having some form of basket on it so I don’t have to wear my running shoes inside when they’re dirty. That will be the best parts of it :).

  11. Congrats about your home purchase – yay!!! It’s totally cute! Homes aren’t just monetary investments but emotional investments, too. Think of all the memories that are just waiting to be created! And you’re right about CD rates, they’re terrible right now. bleh.

  12. LilMysNinja says:

    Love the house!!!! It looks perfect. 🙂 Are you going to be participating in the Friends of Earth Fare 5k on the 13th?

    • Amy Lauren says:

      Thanks… no, I’m not. It’s a little far to drive (I’d love to participate, but with house stuff and trying to save, a weekend trip to Asheville is out). I am doing a 5K that next weekend though… I do wish I was doing the Earth Fare one!

      • LilMysNinja says:

        I hear ya! I won’t be participating either. I’ll be doing the Palmetto 200 relay that weekend. So I’ll be in Charleston two weekends in a row cause I’ll be there the weekend before for Cooper. Are you doing that one? Would love to meet up if we could! 🙂 BTW, I forgot to mention that Mellow Mushroom is one of my favs…we used to meet friends there every Monday and we called our weekly get together “Mellow Monday” 😉

      • Amy Lauren says:

        Not doing the bridge run. I love running on it, but I can’t deal with big crowds like that. But if you’re down we can always meet up that afternoon somewhere. I have a dinner the night before I’m organizing for my run club (Florence/Darlington area run club, where I used to live). But Saturday afternoon, I am free 🙂

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