Hey guys- it’s almost the weekend! I do wish it was Payday Friday though, those make the best Fridays.
This week has been full of home happenings. We have our lawyer set for closing, and we’re signing up for homeowner’s insurance. We got a couple quotes on homeowner’s insurance and definitely shopped around. Insurance prices are crazy, so if you’re buying a house… shop around!
Also if you combine your auto and homeowner’s insurance, you usually save money that way too. We’ve had our car insurance for years, but it increased big time when we moved to Charleston. I guess it’s because there are only a few ways to get around this city and when a wreck occurs, it backs up that road AND all the side roads. I’d say drivers here are crazy but well… everyone says that. They’re crazy everywhere!
Anyway, after multiple quotes, we’ve found a company to get homeowner’s insurance through that is not only cheaper than what we were originally quoted, but also gives us better auto insurance for a cheaper price. Due to shopping around online for homeowner’s insurance and not just going with who our families have always used, Clay and I will save around $200 a month on our mortgage payments. Score!
Speaking of home buying stress, I got an amazing massage Wednesday. I bought a deal through Living Social awhile back when I was new in town, but a girl I met through running highly recommended the massage therapist (For all of you Charleston locals, I went to Judd from InTouch Massage). He practices inside a Pilates studio, and it’s not super fancy-smantcy, but he worked magic on my back. I’ve had this weird hip twinge occasionally after running, and it turned out to be my low back rather than my hip.
Judd cracked my back, showed me lots of stretches for my legs, back, and hips, and relieved the tension from my neck. Apparently I haven’t been holding my stretches long enough to get deep release. It helped a lot, as I cranked out a tough 8 mile workout Thursday morning. I felt like I had an entirely new set of hips/legs.
Nothing beats a little self-care sometimes. I have to get better about using Living Social and Groupon deals for things like this- I end up waiting until the companies email me that they’re close to expiring (btw, the paid value *never* expires). I guess I feel like I need a special occasion to get a massage or a pedicure that I’ve technically already bought on the cheap, but really… the act of getting a massage, pedi, mani, haircut, etc… *can be that special occasion*. So why wait?
Clay and I tried Bear-E-Patch Café, another new-to-me restaurant this week (we’re going to be working on that bucket list forever) and I got a Greek salad. I’ve *really* been craving Greek salads lately- am I the only person who gets cravings for vegetables?- and despite the goodness of pancakes, omelets, and potatoes, I just wanted salad.
The Bear-E-Patch Greek salad was delicious- I liked that it used romaine lettuce instead of iceburg, had lots of tomatoes, olives, and peppers, and the dressing was a light vinaigrette (not creamy). It was also cheaper than some grocery store salads. Downside… the feta wasn’t super creamy or rich tasting. Overall I’d give this one a B+.
Nothing beats a good Greek salad, especially with the weather warming up here. Now I’m thinking about trying lots of other Greek salads around here to find the best possible one. Yeah, this was prompted by a crazy long post on Facebook with everyone suggesting places to try… haha.
No big weekend plans here. I have a team social on Friday night, then on Sunday morning I’m long running and having breakfast with some friends. I’m sure Clay and I will squeeze a date in there somewhere (most likely another salad for me) too. Hope you’re all well!
1.) Do you crave certain foods as the weather warms up? Along with salads, I’ve really enjoyed frozen fruit lately. I stick orange slices in the freezer when I make my coffee, then eat them 30 minutes later with my cereal for breakfast. Good stuff.
2.) When’s the last time you did something nice for yourself just because? Well, aside from that daily frozen yogurt addiction that I fed earlier today, my massage definitely counts.