Today, I’m linking up with Courtney at Eat Pray Run DC, Cynthia at You Signed Up for What and Mar at Mar on the Run for the Friday Five linkup. Each week, the link up has a different theme, and everyone gives their personal insight on the same subject, making it a fun read.
This week’s theme is five things I did this summer.
We didn’t do any big vacations or trips this summer, and the farthest we travelled was Columbia. Instead of taking extended time off this summer, I’ve been taking days off work here and there and “staycationing” around town. Clay got vision correction surgery this summer and also started a new job a few months ago, so we’ve been trying to save money and waiting to take a vacation.
1. Beach Trips
We have four beaches here in the Lowcountry- Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach, and Kiawah. Folly Beach is the closest to my house, so that’s usually where I go. Folly Beach is the “fun” beach of Charleston and where all the surfers hang out, and they also have some great restaurants.
Living only 20 minutes from the beach, I should go more often. I don’t do much when I go to the beach- I just lay out, read and enjoy the peacefulness.
2. Weird Al Concert
A few weeks ago, Clay and I went to the Weird Al Yankovic concert in North Charleston with our friends Kelsey and Ian.
If you ever get a chance to see Weird Al in concert, you should! He performed a lot of his Star Wars themed parodies as well as some songs from the new album. As a professional writer, my favorite Weird Al song is Word Crimes, which is a parody of Blurred Lines. When the real Blurred Lines song comes on the radio, I don’t even think of Robin Thicke- I think of the Weird Al parody.
The concert was a total nerd fest and the people watching aspect was fun too. People dress up like crazy for Weird Al concerts.
3. Frankie’s Fun Park
Earlier this summer, Clay and I went to Columbia to celebrate our friend Brian’s 30th birthday. We went to Frankie’s Fun Park and out to eat at a Greek restaurant with our college friends Brian, Ashley, and Matt.
It was a nice little getaway and fun catching up with college friends. We see Brian and Ashley a few times a year and do a good job of staying in touch.
4. Date nights
Charleston is full of delicious restaurants, and we could go to a different restaurant every week and never try them all.
We don’t go out to dinner very often, as our usual weekly dates are for lunches on Saturday. Lunch is cheaper, and when I run on Saturday morning, I don’t want to wait around for my biggest meal of the day. Since we’ve lived here for over three years now, we have a few regular favorite restaurants, but we’ve discovered a few new ones lately, such as Barony Tavern, Locals, and Al Di La.
Along with going out to eat, we like Craft Conundrum, a West Ashley spot that serves up over 100 craft beers and also has live music and food trucks.
5. Pool time
Along with the beach trips, I’ve spent a lot of time hanging by the pool this summer. I’ve been to a few pool parties with friends, but I’ve also spent some afternoons laying out by my neighborhood pool, catching up on reading and working on my tan. I don’t swim much and our pool isn’t very large or deep, but it’s fun for cooling off from the heat.
It’s been a fun summer without straying very far out of town. Summer isn’t as exciting when you’re not a kid anymore, but I hope everyone’s had a lot of fun beating the heat.