Frippin’ it

First off, I needed a little breaky from the blog.  Last week shaped up to be really really crazy, and I just needed to take a minute off.  No worries though, I’m back, so you can read all my riveting lifelong updates.

Quick recap of last week.  Work.  Work.  I ran 17 miles on Wednesday.  We started out in Umstead, then I finished up around the house.   Director’s meeting.  Friday we drove to Fripp Island, an island off the coast of South Carolina, and met up with (mostly) Elon friends.

Remember our trip over a year ago to Fripp?

We headed back out there after Kelly invited us early in the summer to spend time at her family’s home.  When she invited us, it seemed super far away, but now I’m sitting here the day after we returned from the trip and I’m really sad.  Not only is our little escape from reality over, but the summer is unofficially over.  Time is rocketing past us.  And I’m really sad about it.

We arrived on the island on Friday night, after we packed up and rushed straight from work in anticipation of the weekend.  By the time we got there, the weekend was in full swing, and it took us only the amount of time to unpack the car for us to be relaxing on the floor of the home to join our friends.  We drank, looked at stars, and danced before turning in for the night.  I actually slept well!

Saturday morning, we woke up, and as everyone had brought food to cook, we started in on a breakfast of eggs, biscuits, and tons of fresh fruit.  After we stuffed our faces, we changed into bikinis, packed a cooler, and headed out to the beach, which was absolutely perfect.  I mean, perfect.  We ended up spending most of the day at the beach, and our friends (who actually live in Raleigh in real life) were in charge of dinner, which was meatless tacos and lots of drinks.  We started to lounge, when Kelly suggested we head to the bar (pretty sure there’s only one on the island). We ran into her cousin and a friend there, and proceeded to ever-so-slightly crash a wedding (the bride was sitting outside with the wedding party), and play yard games until it was way, way past time to head home.

On Sunday, there was a whole lot of bike-riding, coffee, and lounging, to the point that as I sit here, my bum still hurts from riding all over.  I was in charge of dinner on Sunday night, and cooked a spicy black bean soup.  I must have anticipated that 20 people instead of 10 were going to be there, because we ended up with a huge amount of leftovers that I ended up scrambling to find storage for so we could take some home.  We went to the bar again for a really chill night, and ended up in bed in anticipation to run or bike in the morning.

Labor Day, I sort of woke up sad knowing that we would have to leave later.  I got out of bed and laid on the porch, sleeping and reading and listening to the rain until we ate and let it finish so we could ride bikes until it was time to leave.  Because we’d all brought food to cook (seriously, we did not eat out a single time while we were there which was nice on the budget!), we ran around for like an hour trying to figure out what we were going to do with all the beer, wine, liquor, and food I made, and ended up pouring it into an orange juice container, a mason jar, and a container containing some greek yogurt to be able to get it home.  Which was all well and great because I ended up eating it for dinner that night.

Here are some photos from the spectacular weekend!


Ah.  How was your Labor Day Weekend?

Weekend Update – get prepped, this post is a doozy!

So a few weeks ago, I got an email from a friend, Kelly, with whom I went to Elon with.  Kelly invited me, the dog, and the husband-to-be to Fripp, SC, an island off the coast of South Carolina, to relax for the weekend.  The trip was a blast.

So, on Saturday morning, I got the dog up, fed my cat, dragged a very sleepy Austin out of his bed, and we hit the road for 5 hours to make it to our home, which was stunning.

We headed to the beach, ran on the beach, enjoyed dinner, got bikes, cooked, and drank to our little heart’s content.  I made sure to take pics so that you guys could see what we did!

IMG_0913Beach fun as soon as we got to Fripp.  That’s Nate photobombing us in the background.   IMG_0914 IMG_0915 IMG_0916 IMG_0917 IMG_0918 IMG_0919I am an awful dog mom.  I put Coco into the fake gators mouth and she actually let me do it! IMG_0920 (2) IMG_0920 IMG_0921 IMG_0922Then we actually saw a real gator.  He’s a little guy, and he lives in the pond, so I made sure to keep Coco away from the pound.   IMG_0923 IMG_0928 IMG_2549This was our view!  Can you even believe this?

P1160227Party Austin was ready for a good time.

P1160229This was us at dinner 🙂

P1160230I Usually never ever eat cream soups, but since we were on vacation, I figured it was okay, right?  Good call, because it was freaking delicious.   P1160231Nothing would be complete without Austin climbing on something.

P1160233P1160234American Idol contestant Candice Glover lived on St. Helena and worked on Fripp evidently, because her stuff was everywhere! P1160235I ate this with zero shame after we got a few beach cruisers to ride around on.

 P1160239 Bikes!

P1160241Hubs on a bike!

P1160243We didn’t take enough pics together this weekend.


We practiced my new last name.


P1160260We stopped on the way out of the island at a place called Sheldon Church, a historical site outside of Beaufort that burned down.  I literally whimpered on the way out.  I hope you guys had a good weekend, and enjoyed some of our photos.  What was your weekend like?