Come To My Senses: September 1

Whoops! Thank my 3 mile run and the first Thursday night football game on the blog delay. We’ll be back at our originally scheduled time next week. Maybe.

  • Sight: I watched SO MUCH college football! I watched a little bit of Chattanooga vs Jacksonville St and then the first half of Stanford vs Rice (in Australia!) on Saturday evening. Last night, I watched Tulsa give up three quick Oklahoma State touchdowns before flipping over to see Ohio State sleepwalk through the first half against Indiana before finally pulling away. I’m about to settle into the Washington, FAU, and Wisconsin games tonight. My happy time of the year is finally back!
  • Sound: I feel like I’ve been playing a lot of the same artists lately.

    I’m trying to be honest cause I can’t relax
    Oh, when I get around you I can’t hide the facts
    I let you take advantage cause it felt so good
    I blame myself for thinking we both understood

  • Taste: Another week spent entirely too much in restaurants. Saturday was Leroy Fox for helping BBMak (remember this gem?) move into her new house. I’m never NOT getting the Chicken Fried Chicken with green bean casserole and mac & cheese. So good! Sunday was Earl’s Grocery for a lunch date with a Duke grad. Both the turkey sandwich and the date were pretty mediocre. Much too smart & hoity toity for me. Monday was Rhino Market & Deli for a coworker’s birthday, where I crushed their chicken torta. Tuesday was Mr. G’s for Lunch Roulette where I went two hot dogs and fries. Wednesday was trip two to help BBMak finish up her move. Perks of being the only friend who owns a truck. And dinner was Eddie’s Place for some country fried breakfast. Thursday was Rhino Market again (and chicken torta again) to meet an old coworker for lunch. Friday was Vida for another coworker’s birthday and shredded beef & queso enchiladas.
  • Feel: I’m neutral. I think I had equal amounts of good and bad things happen to me this week, leaving me right in the middle, idling until next week. Lil Bit of Grits played a card I thought was pretty hypocritical. San Diego is preoccupied (!!!) for the foreseeable future. Football came back. I ran FOUR whole miles on Sunday! I had a neighbor invite me to their house for Clemson games.

I’m heading to Clemson this weekend for my first game since the National Championship (still have no idea how that really happened and I really watched it in person). Then I’m enjoying my long weekend! You should too! Happy September!

  • Go Tigers (of the Clemson variety)!
  • Go Wolfpack (because I loathe South Carolina)!
  • Go Golden Bears (purely out of immature spite)!
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Come To My Senses: August 25

  • Sight: I took Monday off to visit the family back home. My step dad’s sister and brother in law were in town from Iowa and I really just wanted to go visit them. Honestly didn’t care one bit about the solar eclipse. But we loaded up some Bojangles and boarded the boat to spend the afternoon on Lake Murray scoping out the moon photo-bombing the sun in the infamous Path of Totality. It wound up being a lot cooler than I thought it would be though, so I’m glad I got to experience it. Shirtless.
  • Sound: My “Sound” section conveys my feelings better than my “Feel” section. This song hit home – hard – for me this week.

    Think I’m tired of getting over it
    and just starting something new again
    I’m getting sick of the beginnings
    and always coming to your defenses

  • Taste: Saturday, I crushed a watermelon mint lemonade from Chick Fil A. I hate lemonade but this stuff is one of the best drinks I’ve ever had in my life. Sunday was El Marko’s! Literally my favorite Mexican restaurant ever. Monday was the aforementioned Bojangles. Tuesday was Pinky’s, where I got a White Trash burger and chips. Wednesday night was Paco’s Taco for a work dinner where I ate my weight in chips and salsa. Man. I really do eat out too much.
  • Feel: I’m tired. Maybe not emotionally exhausted like last week but tired nonetheless. I started officially training for my half marathon in November. I ran 3 miles (without stopping! What?!?) on Tuesday and then again on Thursday (WHAT?!?). That’s the first… and second… time I’ve run 3 miles straight in a long, long time. Like years. I’m tired of chasing and trying to impress an amazing (admittedly, I’m biased) girl who doesn’t care. I’m already tired of thinking about how busy the weekends are about to get with football starting a week from tomorrow. I’m tired of Lucy being stubborn (I still love having her! Calm down!). And that concludes my #whining section. Like I said… if you want to know how I really feel, listen to the song lyrics.

This week, I’m just going to leave you with this gem. Enjoy and/or beware!

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Come To My Senses: August 18

  • Sight: I’m struggling on this one this week. I saw the end of Season 6 of Game of Thrones? I’m currently two and a half episodes into Season 7, so I should be all caught up by the time the finale airs on Sunday. I miss Ygritte, Jon Snow.
  • Sound: Let’s bring back a little piece of the 80’s this week. Because I wanna dance with somebody. With somebody who loves me.
  • Taste: Friday, I met a Lil Bit o’ Grits at Dandelion Market for lunch. Went with a Boar’s Head Roast Turkey sandwich, which is sort of boring. But it was good enough. Saturday night was a friend’s place to help fix a Hello Fresh blackened fish taco dinner and a trip to Ben & Jerry’s afterwards. Lunch Roulette took us to Brooks Sandwich House. Wednesday, I met my new neighbor/coworker at Vida Cantina. Yesterday, our once-a-month gaming-club (which isn’t even really a gaming club anymore) went to Seoul Food. It wound up being really good. I went with six soy garlic wings (biggest wings I’ve seen in my life) and two spring rolls. Can’t complain this week!
  • Feel: I am emotionally exhausted. This week has been rough. When do you draw the line between fighting for what you want and giving up to move on because what you want ain’t budging? I hurt. And I’m tired. And I want to give up. But I’m stubborn. And I really want what I want. A lot. So for now, we stick around. And keep chipping away at that wall. Because who doesn’t like a little butterflies every now and then.

Before the inevitable comment rolls in… yes, I’m being intentionally vague, Momma. No, you won’t get more details. And everyone else… remember to wear your ISO 12312-2 international safety standard compliant glasses for the solar eclipse!

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Come To My Senses: August 11

  • Sight: I made it to my first Carolina Panthers’ game this week! When I found out that Deshaun Watson was drafted by the Houston Texans and that they were playing Carolina in Week 1 of the preseason, there was absolutely no excuse to not go. My brother came up, so it was really good to spend some solo bro time too. The Texans lost (Go Panthers, am I right?) but Deshaun looked really good in his first professional game. The highlight was him taking a 15 yard run up the middle of the field for a touchdown and the masses of Clemson people who came out went nuts, which was soon followed up by the non-Clemson Panthers fans boo’ing. Too funny.

    It may be my first Panthers game... but go Deshaun!

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  • Sound: The lyrics to this song are perfect to me (I won’t come back to you broken/I won’t stay away too long). Josh’s voice gives me chills. The video legitimately made me tear up the first time seeing it because these are just genuinely good dudes.
  • Taste: Last Friday, our social butterfly coworker thought we work hard but don’t play hard enough. So she got a group of us out of the office to Vida Cantina. I put down an Asian Shrimp taco and a Buffalo Chicken taco that were both very good. Lunch Roulette was Eddie’s Place. This place is excellent but I almost never go there because it’s next door to Leroy Fox which may be one of my favorite places in Charlotte. I’ve only ever had the Country Fried Breakfast. But I’ve had it like four times and have never had a reason to change it up. So good.
  • Feel: Life is really good right now. I’m really happy. That’s all.

Have a good weekend, kiddos!

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Come To My Senses: August 4

  • Sight: Let me paint you a picture… Monday night, I’m watching the last few episodes of Season 3 in Game of Thrones. I get to The Rains of Castamere, which I find out later is the Red Wedding episode everyone loves talking about, and quite frankly, shit hits the fan. Plots twist. People die. Minds are blown. I need a few minutes to take in what just happened. Completely digest the events. So I’ll take the dogs out and ponder in the back yard before coming back in and firing up the finale. Ha. Just kidding. Because this bad boy (or girl?) wrecked my night.

    And Lucy’s.

    I’m just now getting the smell out of my living room. What a miserable start to the week!

  • Sound: Up until yesterday, I was totally planning on reppin’ Hold On by Wilson Phillips (thanks to a lil bit of grits!) (Also… I’m super excited about that new nickname) ALL week long. It’s a good song. Maybe even a great song. But damnit if that thing NEVER leaves your head. But I found out that one of my current pop punk bands (As It Is) is coming to the US (via England) to tour at the end of the year! They’re touring with Waterparks, Chapel, and Sleep On It. Ticket’s already bought and paid for. So listen to my favorite song of theirs.
  • Taste: It was a BUSY food week! Friday night, I did up Restaurant Week at Capital Grille with some old coworkers. I rocked a pretty decent NY Strip. Saturday, I met another old coworker at Paco’s Tacos. I tried a Paco’s taco and a Chicken Fried Steak taco, both of which were excellent. Sunday, I took my favorite fake cousin (<3!) and her husband to Bang Bang Burgers. Destroyed a cheeseburger egg roll and a pimento burger. That place is legit. Lunch Roulette took us to Hwy 55 on Tuesday. I had another pimento cheeseburger but the service was AWFUL. May be awhile before I’m back there. And to round out the week, a group of my coworkers went to Mellow Mushroom yesterday for lunch. Got a pepperoni cal zone and stuffed my face. Maybe I need to slow down a bit?
  • Feel: Content. Very content. Aside from the skunk episode, it’s been a good seven days. It was great to catch up with my old buddy Saturday. Another friend just bought a house and returned the “new home tour” I gave her a few weeks ago, so I’m happy for her. Then it was great spending time with my (fake) cousin Sunday, who I don’t see nearly enough. Then she may have helped me set up a dinner date. And the rest of the week has just been good, quick, and quiet. Also, my brother sent me this video of my nephews FJ and DJ, which I cannot stop watching.

    Can. Not. Stop. Laughing. #FJandDJ #nephews #prouduncle

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If you hold on for one more day, things’ll go your way. And it’ll be Saturday.

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Come To My Senses: July 28

  • Sight: Lucy learned “down.” Kind of. Assuming saying “Lucy, down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Down. Lay down. Lay down. Down. Down!” while also trying to tell Harper that she’s a good girl for perfectly laying down for 45 straight seconds of commands means she has learned it. But eventually, she lays her stubborn butt down. That brings her number of tricks up to “sit”,  “down”, and “stay.” We’re slowly getting there.
  • Sound: I bought Paramore’s new album, After Laughter, the week it was released. But I’m just now getting around to listening to it for some reason. And I love it! It’s a very calm, relaxing album. Definitely one that will stay on repeat on the work iPod. It’s also very 80s-tinged, like seemingly everything else lately. But that ain’t a bad thing. Huge fan of Forgiveness, so give it a listen!
  • Taste: Rant time! I have a Bojangles $8.99 coupon for an 8 piece chicken box with 4 biscuits. I went to pick one up Saturday, so that I could stretch it into a couple nights’ worth of dinner. But when I get up to order, I was told “We don’t have anything but wings and thighs right now. Sorry.” Uh. What? How does a chicken fast food chain not have… chicken? No one’s ordering 8 thighs. Get the F out of here. So I stubbornly went to Cookout instead. Watermelon milkshakes are my jam! Side note… Lunch Roulette this week was Pollo Royal. It’s a super sketchy place with delicious fried chicken.
  • Feel: I was all prepared to write about how conflicted I’ve been lately. With dating. With coworkers. With finances. With my house. With Lucy. But Thursday evening changed that. Something I had planned worked out really well. And I took Harper to Park Road Park (…nope, not confusing at all) because it finally wasn’t a million degrees and to walk around the lake where there was a saxophonist jamming out. So it was a good day. We’ll save the #emo stuff for another week.

And with that, we say goodbye to July!

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Come To My Senses: July 21

And we back!

    • Sight: Guess who started watching Game of Thrones? This guy! I’m only seven episodes in, so I still have a ways to go but I’m enjoying it so far. I’ve never been a big high fantasy fan but somehow, I’m loving the most high fantasy, high profile TV show (Game of Thrones) and video game (The Witcher 3) right now. Arya is my favorite. She’s a little badass.
    • Sound: So any concert I go to, I try to make a playlist of the setlist the show so I’ve got a good feel for what’s coming up. Last November, I saw Yellowcard on their final tour (RIP) and I’ve been FEELING that playlist lately. Believe. Lights and Sounds. Rest in Peace. Light Up The Sky. Sing for Me. October Nights. Hang You Up. Nearly every song from that setlist is just hitting the right spot right now. This one still gives me goosebumps
    • Taste: Lunch Roulette this week was a classic, Mr. K’s. So cheeseburger and chili cheese fries it was! I also whipped up a batch of oatmeal raisin cookies last weekend. I’ve never been a huge oatmeal raisin fan but adorable white girls and coworkers enjoy them. And sometimes, you just gotta give the people what they want.

A white girl's favorite… Oatmeal raisin cookies coming in hot! #thecookiebachelor

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  • Feel: Currently, I’m miserable. Before taking Harper to the park, the vision got spotty in my left eye. So I popped some quick Excederin, downed a large McDonald’s sweet tea, and buckled down for the oncoming migraine. Fortunately, I caught it quick enough so I didn’t completely die when walking Harper. But they’re still not very fun and I’m feeling the after effects now. By the time you read this though, I should be all good!

I’m still not sold on the format of this bad boy yet. It feels a bit cheesy. But I’ll stick with it for awhile and see what works and what doesn’t. Any suggestions or things you’d like to see?

Have a happy Friday!

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