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 .
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 .
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 . 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 .
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 . 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…