Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Meg Taylor, Amateur Tour Guide

This weekend I definitely earned that title.  My bestie, Amanda, was here from Friday to this morning [ :( ] and now that we've been here for 4 months, I think we finally have our bearings enough to really be a good tour guide.  We tried to show her a little bit of everything Charleston has to offer, while also just simply spending time together.  Here's what we did...

Friday: After picking up Amanda, we grabbed some Zia for dinner and Krispy Kreme for dessert.  We debated going out for drinks but opted for ciders at home and game night... we are mature adults.  

Saturday: Spending the whole weekend doing everything "Charleston" meant that our first stop was definitely Boone Hall Plantation.  We walked around the grounds and gardens, toured the house, and [my personal favorite] played with the butterflies in the Butterfly Pavilion.  After that, we drove downtown and walked around Market Street and the waterfront.  The night ended with gigantic sundaes from Ye Old Fashioned.

Sunday: Since we'd been doing so much eating, we decided to do something active and went back to show Amanda one of our favorite places, Trophy Lakes on John's Island for disc golf.  After 18 holes of golf and a 4-mile walk, fancied ourselves up a bit and headed out to Kiawah for drinks and Crispy Shrimp at the Ocean Course's Ryder Cup Bar.  Our full bellies went back to the apartment for some football and afternoon relaxation.  But we weren't done yet - after a nice nap, we explored another favorite place: Rat Island and Lighthouse Inlet out on Folly Beach.  It's so beautiful over there in the evening, but holy cow do the bugs come out after the sun sets!
Who says SC doesn't have foliage?!? Kiiiiidding.

Beautiful lunch view at Kiawah

Lighthouse Inlet: Check out that bird that perched on Mike's foot!  It was hopping around, eating mosquitos out of the air, and decided to take a break and hang out with us!

Monday: I had to teach in the evening, so Mike and Amanda came to Patriots Point with me to hit some golf balls.  She had never played before and did super well!  They also made me a birthday cake with my Aunt Zena's recipe [thanks, blog!].  They replaced the regular cocoa powder with Special Dark cocoa powder and it was SO GOOD.  We obviously broke out the wedding cake utensils again and dug in.  We finished the night with some Uno and Halloween tv drinking games.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Our Fall Decor

Preface #1: Whoops, I can't read calendars and thought I was scheduling this for tomorrow... soooo, enjoy some decor today and some weekend update-ness tomorrow!
Preface #2: Happy One Monthaversary to me and the Mr!

When it comes to fall, everything is a little different in South Carolina.  See below:
A. Gourds in a bag from the grocery store.  That's how we buy our fall decor in the South.
B. Drinking fall cider [the best one ever, I might add - cider posts coming soon!] with palm trees in the background. 

Regardless, I'm embracing fall.  Last year I professed that fall was going to be my new "thing."  I might not be wearing my Uggs yet in this 80 degree weather, but at least I can decorate and OF COURSE we will be dressing up for Halloween.  I was so excited when I saw a fun holiday link up on Lisa and fellow Charleston girl Cait's blogs; I figured it was a great excuse to photograph the simple little bits of fall we have around our home.  I love fall decor because it's just that: simple, not over the top and crazy like Christmas [okay, I guess it was our own fault we made it that way...], but cute little accents to add to every part of the home.
Holiday Linkup

So, here we go, welcome to our apartment...
An apartment hallway version of a front step.

Still love that banner I made last year!

Like my change to the wedding countdown Annalee gave me? /// And we FINALLY finished the M!

Works out nicely that our kitchen colors are tangerine and green!

Loving the book Jennifer sent me as a part of the Great Pumpkin Swap!

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Great Pumpkin Swap Reveal

The Great Pumpkin Swap has a special place in my heart.  
I joined in this swap two years ago with Kristin and I was paired with Amanda.  If you've been around this blog for any amount of time, you know how that ended... funny story, she's flying down tonight to visit Mike and me for the weekend!  

Obviously, I had high hopes for this swap and was thrilled to be paired with the lovely Jennifer @ Inner Workings of the Female Mind.  She was such a pleasure to get to know and I loved shopping for her!  She sent me a great fall-themed package that was even personalized from her home state of Washington!
mug, Washington Halloween book, koozie, fall basket, apple candle, and stickers

AND I can't wait to show off everything even more on Monday with this fun link up - you should join in!
Holiday Linkup

Here's a sneak peek of what I sent Jennifer.  Head over to her blog to read all about it!  Also, can I just tell you how excited I was to use my new stationary for the first time?!

Thanks so much to Kristin and Becky for organizing this fun swap!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What's Ricki Lake?

I always listen to music at work, and recently I've been tuned to Pandora's 90s Pop Hits and Summertime Hits constantly.  Listening to the lyrics, I really started thinking about how kids today definitely do not hear these songs the same way we do.  I found 5 perfect examples of songs with pop culture references that have post Y2K babies scratching their heads:

1. The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For a White Guy): "At least you know you can always go on Ricki Lake." Ricki Lake ended 10 years ago.

2. Will Smith - Gettin' Jiggy Wit It: "Ill-way the an-may on the ance-day oor-flay." Do kids today have any idea what Pig Latin is?

3. Blink 182 - All The Small Things: Do they get that the video is a spoof of BSB's I Want It That Way video?  Even more than that, do they even know what BSB stands for?!

4. New Radicals - You Get What You Give: Just listen to the entire 4th verse...

5. Payphone - Maroon 5: DO THEY EVEN KNOW WHAT A PAYPHONE IS?!?

There have to be more of these, too, as well as songs our parents listen to that we just don't get!  Can you think of any??

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Virginia is for Lovers

I'm taking a break from my wedding posts to share a late weekend update on the beautiful wedding we attended this weekend in Virginia.  Brooke was a beautiful bride and Eric was beaming from ear-to-ear!  

We arrived on Saturday and decided to go into DC to explore.  We got off the Metro, turned down and street and saw this: Taste of DC.  So much for monuments and memorials... 2 hours of food sounded great to us!  

Afterwards, we met up with the bridal party after the rehearsal at the Lost Rhino Brewing Company for some beers and great food.  

On Sunday morning, the wedding wasn't until 1:00, so we checked out a local farm, got some cider, and did some of fall things we've been missing in SC.

The wedding was at a beautiful country club in Haymarket, Virginia.  The weather was perfect for their outdoor ceremony, and it overlooked the 18th hole of the golf course.

How cute this their son, the "Junior Best Man"?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Southern Barbecue: Melvin's

When I think of Southern food, I obviously first think of shrimp and grits biscuits and gravy and Waffle House, but the most quintessential Southern food I was most looking forward to moving down here was the barbecue!  I found Melvin's when I was living in Mount Pleasant for a few weeks, and it is absolutely amazing.  

It's a mustard-based barbecue and I haven't found something I don't like.  The pulled pork, barbecue chicken, burgers [Emeril called it the best ever!!] - all of the best, and just like it should be at any Southern barbecue joint, the cornbread rocks your socks off.  Their sweet tea is delicious, too!  Last but not least, they have four different sauces on each table that are sure to make any barbecue fan happy!

Check out my past Charleston Chowdown spots: ZiaFive Loaves, and DeSano Pizza

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