My family came to visit us from New York this week, and it’s safe to say they’re all heading back home a few pounds heavier. It’s not their fault – it’s the amazing southern food here in Charlotte. MPR and I treated them to all of our favorites: Tupelo Honey Cafe, Duck Donuts, Bakersfield, Two Scoops Creamery, Price’s Chicken Coop, and Nothing Bundt Cakes. My body is screaming for a veggie detox, but it was so worth it.
Last night marked the third night of riots in Charlotte. While they’ve been occurring a few blocks away from us, we’ve been living with a steady hum of helicopters overhead, pops and bangs of tear gas at night, and an overcast of heavy hearts. It’s sad to see our beautiful city get smashed and torn apart – especially in the media. Pray for peace. We don’t need anymore hurting.
Well, I had another “bad fur mom” moment this week. While I was out shopping with my friend, we left our puppies together to play, and when we got back, poor little Rufio was limping. After a visit to the vet on Monday we found out he injured the tendons around his knee and now his knee cap is popping in and out of place when he walks. Ouch.
Going back to work after a 3-day weekend is always equal parts depressing and refreshing. The fact that this particular 3-day weekend signaled the end of summer made it harder. But I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t focused straight ahead on hoodies and the holidays. I also have my family coming to visit in a few weeks and I’m building a running list of restaurants I’m going to take them to and specific dishes they must eat. A Charlotte food tour. Is it weird to plan an entire itinerary around food? I don’t think so…
Hurricane Hermine has landed! Luckily we are about three hours inland so we don’t need to worry much about damage, but my weather app does show constant rain for the next 24 hours. I was originally hoping to soak up the last of summer this weekend and maybe get in one more pool day, but I’m also totally fine with spending the 3-day weekend rained in. I envision sweatpants, Redbox movies, baked goods, and online shopping the Labor Day Weekend sales. Sayonara summer!
What’s that? Cool air? Yes, the humidity in Charlotte has finally broken 🙌🏻 That’s the first sign that fall is on its way, and I cannot wait. Summer is actually my least favorite season of the year. The only thing that makes it bearable down here is the fact that I have a pool right in my backyard. But fall is the sweet spot. It’s going to be filled with long walks on the Rail Trail every evening and on Saturday and Sunday mornings, Panthers games on Sunday nights, and scoping out open houses as we try to educate ourselves on the housing market down here. Sounds like heaven 🍂
This week I had my first taste of, what I assume will one day be, “working mom guilt.” I had a particularly great week in the office: pitched a winning idea to a client, caught wind of some exciting new projects, and got the creative juices flowing in some inspiring brainstorming sessions. At home, however, I wasn’t as successful.
This week I was completely burned out. I think I’m still trying to catch up from my business trip in Seattle last week (full recap coming soon) and my missed hours of sleep. It was a good reminder that when you think everything sucks, take a step back and think for a second: Do I need a nap and/or a snack? These two things can solve almost any bad mood.
This week was a great one. For one, it was the first time all month I started to feel like my normal self again. The z-pak finally defeated the bronchitis and nasty sinus infection I picked up in Edmonton. I’m no longer drowning in mucus. But on top of that, I attended two networking events: the PRSA luncheon and #instabeerupclt. It felt good to be around like-minded people and finally set down some roots. It was the first time since we moved here a year ago that I started to feel like Charlotte was becoming my home, instead of just a place we’re “testing out.”