Come To My Senses: September 22

  • Sight: We watched Clemson D.E.S.T.R.O.Y. Louisville this past weekend. Like… it wasn’t even close. It was 33-7 going into the 4th quarter when Clemson bailed on the starters. I had no idea our team had this in them this year. It may be time to start saving for another playoff run? I’ve never been to New Orleans or Pasadena!
  • Sound: Was on a big Paramore kick this week at work on the iPod. Riot! came at both a good and sad time in my life back in 2007 [which it just hit me… was 10 years ago?!?]. So my mind’s been there lately…

    And when it rains…
    Will you always find an escape?
    Just running away…
    From all of the ones who love you.
    From everything.

  • Taste: Friday lunch was Green’s Lunch since I was running late and didn’t have time to fix lunch. So cheeseburger, hot dog, fries, and a Cheerwine it was! Friday night was Marko’s with the brother. It was really good to just chat with him about life since we don’t do that nearly enough. Saturday was FJ’s 4th birthday party. And what do middle class white people love eating at large gatherings? That’s right. A Chick Fil A tray! Sunday was Mac’s Speed Shop with the mom and step dad since they helped bring some furniture up for a spare bedroom. Lunch Roulette was Pollo Royal since the original spin of the wheel landed on a restaurant that’s closed. Wednesday dinner was McDonalds because I simply didn’t give AF. I feel like I’ve actually done fairly well this week, compared to most others.
  • Feel: Desperate and exhausted. Lucy isn’t the same dog anymore. My cuddly puppy who liked to do her morning stretches across my chest is gone. Something happened Sunday that caused her to snap and she’s been constantly attacking Harper. Like… hackles raised, snarling teeth, and biting. It’s been at least a couple of times a day, every day. You can cut the tension with a knife in my house this week. And it’s incredibly tiring. The worst part is that I can’t narrow down what it is. Fortunately, last night was a pretty good night [knock on wood] and I only had to pull them apart once. I’ve got an in-home consultation with a trainer on Sunday afternoon. I’ve got another consultation on the phone with another trainer on Monday. And another in-home consultation with another trainer scheduled for 10/3 because God forbid you need to expedite some training. They’re all insane amounts of money. But I’m also tired of Harper feeling like she can’t move around the house and Lucy randomly flying off the handle. I just want my sweet, playful puppy back 😦

Heading to Clemson for the game this weekend. Then back to get in a 6 mile run (this is getting daunting…) on Sunday. And finally, I’m hoping I get some good news with a trainer in the afternoon. Enjoy your weekend, Internet people.

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Come To My Senses: September 15

  • Sight: This weekend, I got to see my favorite fake cousin! I spent the afternoon in Clemson at my dad’s place. I got to visit with the faker, her husband, my nephews (what up, FJ & DJ! Even though you’re too young to read this), my dad, and step mom. We had chatted, had lunch, and played outside with the kids because the weather was perfect. Then the cousin, the husband, and I met up with S&T on campus for the Clemson/Auburn game. It wasn’t pretty but fortunately, Clemson pulled out the win 14-6. Such a great day!
  • Sound: This week calls for a trip way back to 2001 in my pop punk archives

    So is that what you call a getaway?
    Tell me what you got away with.
    ‘Cause I’ve seen more spine in jellyfish.
    I’ve seen more guts in eleven-year-old kids.
    Have another drink and drive yourself home.
    I hope there’s ice on all the roads.
    And you can think of me when you forget your seatbelt,
    and again when your head goes through the windshield.

  • Taste: I was doing well over the weekend until the Auburn game put me on the road and I didn’t get home until 3am Sunday morning. So I stopped at Wendy’s to not crash and die in the wee hours of the morning. Spicy chicken sandwich, all day son! Monday’s lunch was two pepperoni slices at Mellow Mushroom with the neighbor/coworker. Lunch Roulette on Tuesday was Kickstand Burger. I gave the Fender Bender burger a shot. And any place with tater tots is okay in my book! Wednesday dinner was the regular Cook Out run because it was a shitty day and I was giving the middle finger to the world. Thursday, I hopped back on the “make what I eat” bandwagon.
  • Feel: Lonely about covers it. After the good Saturday, things kind of spiraled out of control. The crush hit a seemingly final dead end after being pretty crummy in an earlier conversation. A disagreement with a good friend got out of hand and ended on a bad note. Another friend tried to lend a hand but it was pushing the wrong buttons so it didn’t help. I didn’t get a chance to take either pup to the park because it was rainy Monday and I wasted time arguing Wednesday. Even both of my weekday 3.5 mile runs were tough. It’s just been a tricky week to navigate solo.

I get a break from the trips to Clemson this weekend but I’m still on the road. This time, to Chapin for FJ the nephew’s 4th birthday party. Lucy will be pumped for all the new people she’ll get to try and become friends with.

  • Go Tigers (of the Clemson variety, of course)!
  • Go Wildcats!
  • Go Monarchs (At this point, I immaturely and unrealistically hope North Carolina loses every game they play this season)!
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Come To My Senses: September 8

  • Sight: Destiny 2 came out this week. It’s Bungie’s second Destiny game but their seventh game (including five of the Halo games) I’ve wasted sunk a considerable amount of time into. I spent 1,036 hours in the first one over the three years it’s been out. The stats don’t lie. So, it’s safe to say I’ll spend my fair share in the sequel. I’m only an hour or two into it so far but what I’ve seen has been great. There may be two of you who understood any of that. Next week, we’ll get back to something more normal.
  • Sound: Let’s go a little more fun and upbeat this week.

    Keep on living that Teenage Dream,
    Paradise City where the grass is green
    Pretty soon you’ll be always on my mind,
    But that’s a song for another time

  • Taste: Took it a little easy on the restaurants this week. I grabbed a Chick Fil A biscuit for my college football breakfast ritual Saturday morning on the way to Clemson. Then swung by Cook Out on the way home for dinner for a hamburger tray, corn dog, honey mustard chicken wrap, and a Reese’s Cup shake. Don’t judge. Meetings kept me away from Lunch Roulette this week, so Tuesday was Just Fresh in the bottom of my building at work. It was gorgeous outside, so I got a Little Red Rooster wrap to go and crushed it at the park. Wednesday’s dinner was another stop at Cook Out for the same thing, only I subbed in an Oreo shake for the Reese’s Cup one. Still no judging, please. Then Thursday was a spontaneous trip to JJ’s Redhots. Made me a little sad/nostalgic since it’s the first time being back since meeting Lil Bit of Grits there. Went with the Whistle Pig and tater tots but I’ve never had anything bad here. Okay. So maybe I didn’t take it as easy on eating out as I thought…
  • Feel: This week’s a mix between content and disappointed. Bad news first… The disappointments are a couple of friends because their actions are contradicting their words. My aunt and grandfather are stirring the family drama. And South Carolina beat NC State.  But the good news is that I’m incredibly happy college football is back, I finally have the Destiny sequel, and I destroyed my run yesterday. I was supposed to log 3.5 miles but the temperature (and my legs) were feeling great, so I put in 4.25 miles. I’m a little anxious about the 5 miles I’ve got scheduled for Sunday but also looking a forward to it. That’s not something I thought I’d ever say.

Another weekend, another Clemson home game. Only this one’s a little bigger than last week. And I’m pumped that I get to take my favorite fake cousin and her husband to their first college football game (what?!?!)!

  • Go Tigers (of the Clemson variety)!
  • Go Tigers (of the Missouri variety)!
  • Go Cardinals (still out of immature spite)!
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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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