I'll come back from my tangent and continue talking about what I've been up to lately. I recently spent some time in Bluffton, South Carolina enjoying an art and food festival. One of my acquaintances was there who is from the area, and she suggested that we try some lobster rolls from the Joe Loves Lobster Rolls stall. Oh my goodness...AMAZING! I've only had lobster a few times in life, but I've got to take advantage of this restaurant being so close to me and go there again soon. The event was a lot of fun, and I enjoyed browsing the booths full of locally made artwork. A Low Country souvenir that I haven't bought myself yet, but that I still really want is a handmade Gullah basket. There were some for sale, but I held off because there is a larger selection in Charleston. Bluffton is an extremely cute historic town that is well-worth a visit!
I had my students make this Mother's Day candle craft a few weeks back. I thought it was a gift that my students' mothers might actually enjoy because my former cooperating teacher used to make them with her students, and they seemed to be a hit. I went out and bought the supplies we needed: white candles, wax paper, and tissues. I had my students start to decorate the tissues with magic markers like the example, and then used a hair dryer to have the tissues "melt into" the candle. The only problem was that it seemed to be taking forever to stick to the candle and some of them wouldn't fully blend in. After I pulled up the website and re-read the instructions, I noticed that it said to use tissue PAPER and I used actual tissues, ha ha. I felt like the biggest ditz after reading that and then got paranoid that they would catch on fire if parents tried to actually light them. The art teacher assured me that it was okay, and even though I used the wrong kind of paper they still turned out all right. #Blondemoment
I've also been to Savannah quite a few times lately. Strolling through the city always makes for a pleasant day in my book, and I get some exercise in. Trust me, burning calories is a good thing because I always end up indulging on something delectable in Savannah. I convinced my pal Ev to stop at Leopold's Ice Cream and we got mint chocolate chip sundaes. After having one of those, it was so good that I don't think I'll be able to ever try anything else from there! Also, the last time I went to Savannah, I visited The Flying Monk Noodle Bar on Broughton with a friend. He said his food was just average, but my spicy red Korean noodle dish was just what I had been craving.
Other stuff that I've done recently is to finally try a S'Mores Frappuccino from Starbucks. For me, it was a win, especially because I paid the 95 cents and got a cookie straw with it! On another note, I got a library card, finally! I checked out Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, The Art of Racing in the Rain, and The Goldfinch. I've already finished Midnight... and am reading The Art of Racing in the Rain now. Very rarely do I ever put a book down, but The Goldfinch was just NOT holding my attention and I found it a bit tedious, so I quit reading it. Maybe that was a mistake and it would have gotten better (??)
This year, I've made it out to the beach three times already! A major plus of living here and dealing with this high cost of living is the proximity to the beach. Of the three times I've gone, I've been to Coligny Beach twice on Hilton Head Island. That is a popular choice for most people because of the free parking. It can be kind of a pain to find a spot, though. You have to go early or get lucky most days if you go on the weekend because it can get really crowded. This weekend, my friend Ev asked me if I wanted to go to the beach with one of his friends who knew of a more laid-back spot called Driessen Beach. Ev and I both really liked Driessen a whole lot and would definitely go back there. The drawback is that you do have to pay $3 for parking, but it is nice that it is less crowded than Coligny. I'm not saying that I dislike Coligny, but it is nice to change it up!
What's your favorite beach?