The Olympic games start Friday, folks, and man am I excited. I’ve always loved watching the Summer Olympic games! I love the gymnastics, swimming, and diving. This year, I may have to check out synchronized swimming, trampoline, table tennis, and badminton because…well…just because!
Does anyone even say “what’s up” anymore? Well, whatever…I do!
Here’s what’s up – in list form…
1. American Idol season 11 starts tonight! I’m excited for the talent, but not for the commitment.
2. It’s official – Emily Maynard from Brad’s second Bachelor run will be the next Bachelorette. YAY! I know I need to focus on the current season of The Bachelor (and all the corresponding crazies), but I like knowing what’s next on tap. ALSO, it’s comforting to know that Scooter will be watching the the next Bachelorette season with me mos.def. Why? Cause he’s hot on Emily!!! (Yup – she and I look NOTHING alike. Opposites even. Nice.)
3. We have some VERY exciting visitors coming this weekend. Repeat offenders (in a you-only-offend-me-if-you-love-me kinda way) – Christina and Mike!
But, extra special bonus? The arrival of a yummy first offender…ETHAN, their handsome little man!!!
Cannot wait to kiss this face! ♥
4. You know I have to brag about the weekend weather for our company, right? So sorry! (40+ degrees warmer than our hometown in NY. SCORE!)
Relax, Sunday’s far away and a 30% chance ain’t no thang.
5. I am openly obsessed with the people and the humor behind Young House Love, Sherry and John (and Clara and Burger). If you’ve never checked out their blog, where have you been? DO.IT.NOW! Their blog success and adorkableness encouraged me to get a kick-start in the blogging world. Well Sherry recently wrote a very candid and honest post about how her life isn’t perfect. I mean, whose is? Well, I for the first time, put on my Twitter big girl pants and TWEETED SOMEONE FAMOUS. I dorkily said…
[Enter the crazy part.]
I, in return, received THIS…
6. The NYGiants are 1 game away from the Super Bowl. They play the 49ers on Sunday. GO G-MEN!!!!!!!!
Taking it back to the old school – Giants training camp 2006
7. Charleston made ANOTHER list. A-duh. This time it’s Fodor’s “Go List: 21 Places to go in 2012.” Check out the list here. Charleston and Oahu, Hawaii happen to be the only destinations of the 21 that are located in America. Yeah. Book.the.trip e-quaintenances!
That’s all for now. Glad to be over the hump, how ’bout you?
Time for some Idol!!! xoxo
p.s. Follow me on Twitter if you don’t already @chucktowncharm. I’m still learning, so bear with me!
Am I right or am I right? p.s. Take in and savor Coughlin’s smile above – it is Capital “r” Rare.
The names in the NFL kill me! My favorites? Mathias Kiwanuka. Say it out loud. Fun, right? He’s a Giant. Another fun one? Julius Peppers – a Chicago Bear. His name makes me hungry. Chad Ochocinco – New England Patriots. Everyone knows that he legally changed his last name from Johnson to Ochocinco to stand out and be remembered. As annoying as that is – mission accomplished! Jay Cutler - Another Bear. I like to call him Jake Utler. What’s the difference? Lastly, Guy Whimper – Jacksonville Jaguars. He HAD to become a big bad football player to beat up all of those bullies from middle school! Yeah, who’s whimpering now?!
And that, my friends, was a small look inside Sarah’s brain during an awesome Giants football game. Yes, I know – it’s a scary place!
Back to snuggling with the hubster and hoping it stays Sunday forever!
I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend! What was your favorite part? Big plans for the week? None for me. =)
p.s. Our beer tasting party was our best yet. Check back tomorrow for pics and details!!!
Even in the toughest of times, the little things in life can turn my frown upside down.
Other than the obvious BIG happy makers (friends, family, Scott, beer), here’s my current Top 10 Happy List…
1. Receiving this book in the mail from one of my very best friends. Being as thoughtful as she is, she remembered my mention of wanting to get my hands on this gem from this post.
I read it in less than 3 days. LOVED IT! Thanks, Christina – xoxo!
2. Upcoming fun Fall plans – Fall Beer Tasting Party a la The Trottiers, Oktoberfest in Charlotte (hopefully Martelle will make a cameo appearance), a weekend with great friends in Asheville, and a visit from my best friend, Lisa, and her husband Seth! Yay!!!
3. Our Charleston forecast vs. our NY hometown’s. 30-40% rain chance will not ruin our weekend plans! It’s still cooling down here, but not quite Fall-like yet. It’ll come – just not yet. I am 100% good with this! =)
4. The fact that ABC owns my Monday nights – year round. The year started with The Bachelor, then The Bachelorette, then Bachelor Pad, now Dancing With The Stars, and who knows what Monday night show will suck me in through December before The Bachelor starts all over again. Phew. So much to watch, so little time!
5. These umbrella hats sold on the side of Highway 17. LOVE these 2 guys who bought them and then had their pictures taken wearing them. Haha!
Click to see the photos larger…I wouldn’t want you to miss out on the fun!
6. My first “modeling gig” (warning: interpret “modeling” as loosely as possible!!!). I wasn’t paid, if that gives you any indication. More on this to come…ha!
7. The fact that my brother in-law booked his flight to Chucktown for Thanksgiving – woohoo!!! Now fingers crossed that my brother can make it happen! ;)
8. FOOTBALL SEASON! Even though the Giants were painful to watch on Sunday, there’s still time to turn it around. As for college football…THANK YOU for voting on Gamecocks vs. Tigers. Carolina won by a landslide – 20 votes vs. Clemson’s 8. The deal is done…GO COCKS!!!
9. The fact that the hubby will be brewing pumpkin beer verrrrry soon!
10. The fact that beer is a constant theme in my life and therefore on this list!
So this whole all-into-college-football thing is new for this Northern girl.
I def love me some NFL football…don’t get me wrong. (NYGiants, to be specific!)
Football makes me think of hot cider and sugary cider doughnuts…cheerleading back in the day with my home besties…the Fall of 2004 when I fell in l♥ve with Scott (and asked him and my brother in-law about a gazillion questions about the game so I could cheer and swear at the right times)…wearing a jersey and pajama pants…nachos and chili cheese dip and beer (oh my!)…high-fiving and celebrating with the hubs…being laazzzyyyy!
BUT – the thing is – NFL football is on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. We all know that mama doesn’t like baseball because of the ridiculous daily time commitment.
Enter: Sarah and Scott move to the South and the ginormous existence of college football!
I mean, college football obviously exists in the North – but it is one BIG DEAL down in these parts! Some college football games happen to occur on Saturdays. Therefore, my new football watching total will be (if I’m so convinced) 4/7 days a week or 57% of days that end in, well, day.
So the question remains – who’s going to be my team?
University of South Carolina Gamecocks
Clemson University Tigers
Here are my thoughts thus far…
Mascot – Cocky the bird vs. Tiger the tiger…+1 for Clemson
Colors - Maroon and Black vs. Orange and Purple…+1 for Clemson (I think!)
Team Name – Gamecocks vs. Tigers…+1 for Clemson (uh, I severely struggle with “Gooooooo Cocks!”)
Paraphernalia – Well, we already have koozies and a freezable beer glass…+1 for USC
Game Location – Columbia, SC (2 hrs., 30 minutes) vs. Clemson, SC (4 hrs., 40 minutes)…+1 for USC
Husband’s Choice – USC…+1 for USC!
That would be 3 points for Clemson and 3 points for USC. Shoot.
This is where YOU come in…I NEED YOUR HELP!
Which team should I commit to for a lifetime of college football? (This is heavy stuff). Include your reasoning in the comment section and I’ll love you forever!
Who deserves me as their biggest Northern fan?!
University of South Carolina Gamecocks (69%, 20 Votes)
Clemson University Tigers (31%, 9 Votes)
Total Voters: 29
Man, there goes my Saturdays!!!
p.s. Ladies wear dresses (that’s right – DRESSES) to college football games down here. Weird right, NYers?!
p.s.s. Anyone a Georgia Bulldogs fan? Maybe I’ll choose to be different ;)
This will be the location for the 2012 PGA Championships. We have been lucky enough to secure tickets to this event next year, along with my parents, parents’ friends, and my brother in-law. VERY exciting!
Kiawah was a few minutes short of an hour drive from our house. Not too shabby. We did a little drive through of Seabrook Island, which looked gorgeous as well. It’s just on the other side of a roundabout in town – Kiawah left, Seabrook right.
Getting through to the Kiawah Island Golf Resort was a little like getting into Fort Knox. Okay – it wasn’t that bad. However, we did drive through 2 security points where we were basically asked our intentions. We explained that we were planning on having lunch at the Ocean Course and it was no problem. After driving a good number of miles (and passing amazingly gorgeous homes, a gazillion bike-riders, and heavenly views of marshland) we finally made it there.
This is the sight from our first footsteps through the door…
We ate outside on the patio at the Ryder Cup Bar, part of The Atlantic Room. The food was fairly expensive, but yummy. We had a fantastic waiter. No complaints there. You pay for quality food and this view of the ocean and the 18th hole…
We could’ve sat there all day, but we had more to explore! Okay, a few more…
Looking forward to getting back there!
After lunch, we headed to the beach! Kiawah’s beach (Beachwalker Park) reminded me of Sullivan’s Island. Peaceful views. The waves were pretty rough, though (maybe from far away Tropical Storm Emily?). After the beach, we were off to Freshfields Village. THIS place looks like a movie set, no lie! What a gorgeous place to shop. I have a feeling I would frequent the coffee shop Java Java if I lived close by. Apparently there’s a farmer’s market, movies, and music often on the lawn. Another cool fact? Commercial development is virtually non-existent on Kiawah. With mostly private stores, it is meticulously kept and just plain lovely.
After our drive through the little village, we headed to a friend’s beautiful new home a few miles from the resort. I should’ve taken pictures, but we were too busy socializing! Thanks for the hospitality, Jonathan and Joe!
All in all, Kiawah was a HUGE success! Just another reason to love where we live!!!
Anyone else have tickets for the 2012 PGA Championships?! I hear that all active military personnel are offered complimentary tickets, regardless of if it sells out. LOVE this!
p.s. We stopped at Angel Oak on the way to Kiawah Island. Pics to come in a separate post.
p.s.s. There were many signs on Kiawah about not feeding alligators. FYI: there’s a $200.00 fine attached to it. I’m thinking more about the natural consequences of feeding an alligator. I do love the little that’s in my wallet, but I seriously love my arms more!!!
Last Thursday, the 4some checked out our very first Charleston RiverDogs minor league baseball game at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park (better known as “The Joe”). They’re a class A team affiliated with the New York Yankees. It just happened to be dollar beer night. I promise…sheer and utter coincidence. The luck! (Is anyone believing me?!)
We paid $8 each for tickets (the cheapest $6 seats were already sold out). If you buy the tickets in advance, you get $1 off the ticket price. We weren’t totally committed to going in advance (it was weather pending), so the extra dollar was no biggie. There are more expensive/better seats than what we bought. Our seats were between the home plate and 1st base…aka – the Watch Your Noggin Compulsively section (at least for me!).
The dollar beer was Busch Light – but, we weren’t complaining. It was a dollar and it was HOT out! At first, we thought we could only get them at the upstairs bar with the DJ, creepers, and bologna sliders (ew). After finding our seats and consuming our first beer, we luckily found another location closer to our seats for our next drinky poo. We all reloaded and got some stadium food – dogs for everyone but Scott. He was in a nacho mood [insert "nacho cheese" joke here].
We only stayed until the bottom of the 4th inning. The 2nd inning was verrrryyy long exciting. The RiverDogs scored 8 runs during that inning! We found out later that they won the game.
The game was all we had expected it to be. We’d go again. NOT for bologna sliders though – gross (no we did NOT try them)!
Here are some highlights from the game…
They played a clip of the “Bring it on Down to Liquorville” Justin Timberlake and Lady Gaga SNL skit – this made me laugh hysterically (Haven’t seen it? Check it out!)
Something else that made me laugh like a middle schooler? This t-shirt! Click to make it larger if need be so you don’t miss out!
None of us were brave enough to try the hot dog featured on Man vs. Food – “The Homewrecker.” It was voted one of the “Top 10 Minor League Ballpark Foods” according to Sports Illustrated. Check out part of the episode with Adam Richman from Man vs. Food…
This is a pretty well known synonym, I know. I also know that its usage is not exclusive to South Carolina. Still hate it though. What about those of us who DON’T play tennis? Seems like a silly name for any old sneaker. According to Wikipedia, other names used for sneakers are athletic shoes, sandshoes, gym boots, joggers, running shoes, runners, gutties, gym shoes, tennies, sports shoes, sneaks, tackies, rubber shoes, or canvers. Canvers – really? Yikes – I guess I shouldn’t complain too much about people saying tennis shoes, huh?!
What do you call your “sneakers?” Which name do YOU hate the most?
Speaking of tennis…we went to our first ever tennis match last night at the Family Circle Cup on Daniel Island. What a gorgeous night and what a great event! (Small detail – there’s not much talking at tennis matches. Very. intense.) We missed out on seeing Caroline Wozniacki, the top seed, but instead saw Julia Goerges and Elena Vesnina duke it out. Elena was the grunter. Julia? Not so much. The grunting seemed to work for Elena Vesnina though, as she made quite the comeback to win! I won’t attempt giving any more tennis-specific details because I would just make a fool of myself and make knowledgable tennis fans angry. All in all – it was very cool to watch. Definitely not the best event to attend for people who want to let a little loose on a Friday night after another “one of those” weeks, though. Oh well – we kept it together! I’d love to go again next year, too. Here are some pretty pics from our seats way up high. I look forward to going to a concert at this stadium. Not a bad seat in the house!
p.s. If the layout of this post looks odd, I apologize. It’s acting funny today.
p.s.s. 4 days until our April company starts filtering in – yay!
While your March Madness is probably including a lot of this this action…
MINE includes a little bit of that (Jimmer was fun to watch!) and a lot MORE of this…
My absolute weakness this time of the year are those bad boys, Jolly Rancher Jelly Beans. I’m not the biggest jelly bean fan, when it comes to the run-of-the mill pastel-colored kind. Now, Jelly Bellies? They’re pretty tasty. But, they’re a little steep in price for this low-paid educator. But the Jolly Rancher kind? Ohhhh yes, come to Mama! I went through an entire bag (seriously Scott ate maybe 1 or 2) two weeks ago. I’ve been holding myself back since then, knowing that bathing suit season is just around the corner and that a diet consisting of hardened sugar was not really gonna help a sister out. But, today was the day. I had earned it (nevermind the mint chocolate chip cupcake I had from Cupcake last night! The past is the past.). I couldn’t hold out any longer on bag number 2 of MY March Madness. So, I headed to Walmart to get it done. The seasonal candy aisle was my first stop (as if I was going to forget the darn things!). I found the bad boys, smiled as my heart went a flutter, and skipped right on to the makeup section to take a little look-see. Next thing I know, I feel something kinda gross on my hand. 93¢ nail polish deemed me too busy to actually look at what I was wiping on my clothes. After a wipe or two on my shirt, I became a little concerned. This gook was relentless. When I looked down, I saw this…
What in the…? When I looked at my little bag of nuggets, I saw that it was covered in the same ickiness. I realized that it was makeup foundation. I’d been caught makeup-handed! Who shops for jelly beans and makeup in one shopping trip? Geez! Well, I stormed back to the jelly bean aisle, (I gave one slight pause to the pink Peeps, giving them a little “how you doin’” look) – only to find an entire box full of my lovelies covered in makeup. What the bean? Luckily they were fully stocked with another box of ‘em, so I grabbed another bag and went on my merry way. Boy did I look like a slob, though. Rightfully so – jelly bean addict – rightfully so.
My goal is to go through only 4 bags this season, buying only 2 bags to “hide” around the house to “find” later when I’m having a really bad day. Listen, there are worse addictions! And seriously, if you haven’t ever tried them – you need to. It’s ‘bucket list’ worthy in my candy-lover opinion.
Born and raised in New York.
Transplanted to Charleston during the summer of 2010, when the obsession began.
Wife to Scott and brand new Mama to Max (the best little boy on the planet!).
Lover of the beach, special popcorn, reality TV, my husband's homemade beer, and watching my little baby grow.
I'm living to love and loving to live.
Join me for the ride!