I’ve been a bit absent from the blog world (writing, at least) for over a week, so I wanted to give an update on how life has been lately.
July has been a complete 180 from May and June and a *much* better month- hooray for less stress reaction and interpersonal drama! I’ve hung out with friends (group runs, dinners out, ladies night at Fleet Feet), and Clay and I also travelled to spend time with his parents.
We hadn’t seen them since they came to visit us this Spring, so it was a nice visit- not to mention his mom and dad sent us home with a ton of delicious squash and butterbeans. You can’t beat summertime produce.
In Florence, we visited a new-ish restaurant, 1031 American Grill, where I had the black bean burger over the 1031 salad, which had goat cheese, cranberries, and nuts with a vinaigrette dressing. I don’t usually eat veggie burgers over salads, but it was a very filling and delicious dinner, and the price was right too.
1031 American Grill was recently featured in Garden and Gun’s List of the South’s Best Burgers. Florence doesn’t have a ton of food options, but I’d visit 1031 again- it’s located downtown so I really hope it does well.
Aside from the dinner out, Clay’s parents have a private pool, so we hung out there a lot and I spent some time working on my tan.
A few weeks ago, Clay was perusing our neighborhood’s Facebook group when a neighbor posted a large Big Green Egg grill for sale. Clay was saving up for a meat smoker, but the amount the neighbor wanted for the Egg was only a little more. Plus, my friend and coworker suggested getting Clay an Egg for his birthday, but I just couldn’t afford over $1,000 for a brand new one, so we decided to buy it from our neighbor.
We spent about $100 on some replacement parts, but buying the Big Green Egg from our neighbor saved us over 50% of what the rate is for a brand-new one- and the grill is in VERY good shape. Clay smoked ribs on it last weekend and invited our college buds Damien and Mitesh over for dinner, and they had a great time.
Last but not least, we had two crazy storms here last week! One storm struck our neighborhood’s pool and closed it for two days (it’s now reopened), and the other storm kept everyone up all night with lightening and thunder. I was trying to sleep, but my friend Paul who lives downtown took this picture of it lighting up The Citadel’s practice field. It’s basically daylight level of brightness- wow.
I hope everyone’s having a great summer and taking it easy! I’ll be back soon with more running updates and other fun stuff- I promise!