Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Moving Into May

Back to SLC for a bit. I love We Are Scientists and I love that they came to SLC and played at the tiniest venue I've ever visited.

I got new glasses from Warby Parker - home try on - I hate selfies.
Since Kenley and Heather had introduced me to kombucha while in SC, I had to have more when I got home. It's a tad like drinking vinegar, and I love the taste.

Cousin Neal graduated from college, so we had a small family gathering and dessert at Aunt Sally's house.


Cousin power!

The winning pair.

Spring weather means boot camp at Liberty Park. I joined a studio and starting working out.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo! My team isn't the best at celebrations, but we tried with a potluck. Half the team didn't make it into the office that day, but we had a decent show of food for a nacho bar.

I finally unpacked and used my little globes from Turkey. I like them.

Received my first Stitchfix box back then. They've got quite the long waiting list! I don't think anything in that first batch of picks quite worked for me, so I sent it back. The next box was better, and I kept two things, but then I read about how they jack their prices way up, so I've stopped ordering. Cool concept though - it's really fun.

Finally hopped onto the waffle craze that exists in Utah. This thing was pretty darn tasty, but kinda pricey.

I visited the babe.


Those rolls in her arms!

I got my hair done in Provo (per usual at Shep Salon) and my stylist was talking about prepping for a juice cleanse that week. It seemed everyone was trying a cleanse, and while I'd though about it, I hadn't actually look into it. Heather and Kenley did one after our SC trip, and after hearing Sydney at the salon talk about it, I decided to go over to Provo's newest juice bar and see what it's all about. I ended up buying a 3-day cleanse (not cheap!) and took all my juices  home.

It was interesting doing it for a few days, though I don't know that I feel the need to do it again. Three days seemed hard at the time, and now after having completed Whole30, three days seems like nothing.

More park time.

Taylor turned 30! I made him pick a place for dinner and I drove down to meet Tay and Court for sushi. I even bought a huge balloon and took it into the restaurant so everyone would know.





Sunday, November 23, 2014

Welcome to South Carolina!

Goal: Catch up on this blog over Thanksgiving break. I'm so ready for a few days to read and write and watch movies. Hooray holidays!

So - back to April. Mom and Dad visited, we had Easter, and then I was off to South Carolina for the wedding of the year - Haleigh and Brandon. You may remember that I mentioned their engagement story in a previous post. I can't believe I lived with Haleigh for 3 years and this was my first trip to Columbia. I can definitely say now that I'll be back to the lake house.  Another state checked off the list....

I flew to Atlanta and hopped a quick flight up to Columbia. Marcello and I met up in ATL and caught the same flight in.

I'd heard so much about the Gamecocks and football and baseball, so what better to do than start the trip off with a baseball game?  Haleigh's brothers had played, and she made it to the college World Series to see them every time.
This team doesn't mess around.

Had to get a photo with Cocky, of course. I think I have crazy eyes in this photo.
Beautiful night for baseball.


I, of course, love the food.



Off to the hotel to meet up with  Kenley and Heather, who'd just flown in from LA. Slumber party!

Since none of us had been to the great Palmetto State, we had to make the most of it. Thursday roadtrip down to Charleston, the southernest southern city I can think of. Please read that and say it in your head with a southern accent.

Lunchtime when we arrived - Home Team BBQ.
I wanted to be southern and eat collard greens, but for some reason I didn't enjoy these. Everything else was pretty great.


Into the City Market.

We hopped on an historic carriage ride to hear some stories and learn about the city.


Cute, southern boys at every turn.




Pretty Rainbow Row.


These houses - they're just amazing.


We toured the Edmonston-Alston House, which I would recommend.

I joggled. You can get one for your house, too!






After a long day of walking and playing tourist, it was time for more food before heading back to Columbia. I'd heard good things about Hominy Grill, so we went there and pretty much ordered one of everything.

Fried green tomatoes.

Jalepeno hushpuppies with sorghum butter + okra and shrimp beignets (below).
Shrimp and grits.

Fried chicken.
I think we may have gotten one or two more things, and while they were out of the buttermilk pie, we definitely had some dessert. My southern belly was filled.

We stopped back by Haleigh's house on the way home, and I saw the magic room where the family gathers for Gamecock football. They are serious about their sports.

Friday morning was girls' day at the nail salon. Manis and pedis for everyone. It took a long time to get through all of us.




Kenley, Heather and I hurried out of the salon so we could visit Congaree. Kenley is obsessed with National Parks, so I'm glad she scouted out this adventure for us.

It had rained a lot and flooded recently, so some of the trails were destroyed, but we managed to hike around a bit.







Back to the city for cleanup time before the big engagement party. It was on the top floor of the condo building where Haleigh's grandparents live.

The perfect cake for them, since they lived at McD's. 

Sunset view.


Someone stole my camera.



Good night in prep for the next day. Saturday morning we drove outside the city a bit to the Columbia Temple.

Hooray for the newlyweds!

Haleigh just looked amazing.


Marcello on duty as usual.


We had a bit of free time in the afternoon before the reception, so we drove around town and hit the Piggly Wiggly. Also, I thought this house was cool.

Off to Lake Murray for the reception at their lake house. This reception was one of the best I've been to. Future brides, take note.



There was a short ring ceremony.












Toast time by the best man. Mark managed to get in a "It is customary in the South" and probably an "I do declare." We were giggling all weekend since no one could stop saying those phrases.



Photobooth time.


It could not have been more pretty.


The men performed a lovely impromptu number showing off their white legs.

And then for the send off - we went out to the dock, lit floating paper lanterns, and Haleigh and Brandon jet across the lake in a boat.



Super amazing wedding, right?

Most everyone had an early flight out of Charlotte on Sunday, so I was left to explore Columbia for the day. I was staying near the university so I had a good place to start.


I grabbed some lunch, walked to the Columbia Museum of Art, had some fro-yo, meandered through campus, and killed time until it was time to head to the airport. 

Adios, SC. Til next time!




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