Hi everyone and happy Memorial Day weekend. What’s not to love about a long weekend that’s the kickoff to summer? Even though I’m no longer in school, I still think of Memorial Day weekend as the official beginning to summer, and I get the summertime mindset too.
Speaking of school, it’s hard to believe that I graduated from high school ten years ago. Time has really flown by. I won’t be attending my class reunion, but we are planning to attend Clay’s.
I looked around for pictures from high school and couldn’t find many. Obviously I had to scan pictures back then, so most aren’t online, but I have tons at my parents’ house, so maybe I’ll grab them the next time I visit. That means you’ll see them sometime after Christmas…
It’s amazing that I don’t have those senior pictures we paid oh so much money for anymore, but I found this gem from Fall 2002.
This picture is also proof that I did not run in high school (people always ask me if I ran XC for my high school- my high school does not even have cross country!), nor did I have a runner’s body.
I took a few days off running after PRing at Race for Taylor, but I got back out there later this week and ran 5 miles on Thursday evening and today at the Isle of Palms. The weather was beautiful this morning- actually a little chilly. I think it was in the 50s- definitely not typical for May in South Carolina. It was my first long run in my new Mizuno Wave Precision’s– love these shoes, even if I had to order them (I could only find pink here in Charleston, and I’m not one for pink shoes).
Running with the TrySports Mt. Pleasant group is great. I love racing, but I miss my Saturday long runs, conversations, and the occasional breakfast or coffee out. It was my first Saturday long run in almost a month, and I ran 10 miles at around a 8:33 average pace, all over Wild Dunes and the Isle of Palms. A few newcomers came to Run Club, which is always fun and I hope they return because they were super nice. We love new people!
I’ve also spent more time on house things, and I took a painting class at For The Love of Art, a new sip and paint (or if you’re like me, just paint) studio in West Ashley. I bought a Groupon for classes there awhile back and finally got around to using it because their classes sell out quickly, it’s a small studio.
Here are a few pictures from the studio.
The instructor at the studio, Carri, was pretty knowledgeable and helpful. She and her assistant walked around the class helping everyone and refilling our paints, and she explained everything step by step.
The painting we did was a moonlight scene over the Battery in Downtown Charleston. I love doing Charleston themed paintings (they seem to be pretty popular in the studios here, too). Here’s how my painting progressed through the night and the final product, hanging in my kitchen.
It was a great way to spend a Friday night. I really recommend the group painting classes- even if you have no experience. If you can find a deal on one, that’s even better. They’re a lot of fun and you get a fun decoration with it. The classes are about three hours long, but it really flies by because it’s fun and you see how your painting changes throughout the night. Plus, it’s a great way to de-stress and unwind after a busy week!
I hope everyone has a great weekend and stays safe! We don’t have big plans, but we’ll grill out and just enjoy our first holiday in our first home!
Q1.) Did you go to your class reunion, or do you plan to attend? I did attend the five year reunion we had a few years ago.
Q2.) Have you ever participated in an art or painting class? Or even heard of this- hopefully there’s something similar where all of you are (for those of you who aren’t in Charleston).
Q3.) Any big weekend plans?