Weekending

January 5, 2015
I haven't posted about any of my weekends since the summer, so I thought it was time to change that! Instead of just posting about one weekend, I'm going to post about a few of them in order to give a little bit of a life update.

In November, I went to my sister's baby shower in North Carolina.  It was kind of stressful driving for 6.5 hours on Saturday only to have to drive back the next day finish my lesson plans on Sunday night (I worked on them as much as possible throughout the week, but I wasn't quite able to finish them) and go to work on Monday.  However, it was so worth it to be able to be a part of my sister's special day.  I know it meant a lot to her, and I was just glad to be there to get to share this moment with her.  The birth of her baby is a big deal because not only is having a kid a big deal in general, but her daughter will be my sister's first born, she will also be my parent's first grandchild, and if my grandparents were living she would be the first great grandchild out of all of our cousins!  I've been called "Aunt Lisa" by some of my friend's kids, but now I'll REALLY be an aunt.  

Her shower was thrown by three of her close friends, and the theme of the party was owls which is also the theme that Denise picked for baby Sophia's nursery.  Her friends did such a great job putting everything together.  There were owl themed snacks and they even brought in owl masks for people to pose with for pictures!  The girls asked if I could prepare a game, so after searching on Pinterest, I thought it would be fun to do the one in which the labels are peeled off baby food jars and the guests have to guess what kind it is.  I was scared that it might be too easy, so I picked one that had two different kinds of fruit in it and then I threw in two sweet potatoes just for good measure.  Everyone seemed to like the game, and luckily I brought an extra prize since there was a tie for 1st place.  The gals throwing the shower prepared another game in which they described a children's book and we had to write down the titles.  I tied for first place along with a few others, so then we had to try to list out the authors.  I only knew five, so I didn't raise my hand, but the winner only knew three! Hahaha...but then I would have felt dumb taking the prize at my own sister's shower and thought it was better that someone else get it.  Baby shower games are always a lot of fun for me, and I usually end of winning one of the games because having a degree in early childhood gives me an unfair advantage.  

Denise got a lot of nice gifts for Sophia, and I'm sure she'll be able to reuse a bunch of them if she has any more kids.  I got her a couple of small gifts, but the big one I bought her was the swing.  My mom laughed when I gave Denise that because she told me that when I was a baby I used to love my swing.  I also got her a hair brush because growing up, Denise would always do my hair for me, so it was a little sentimental.  





After her shower, Denise and her husband took the girls that threw the shower out to eat at a local spot called Annabelle's.  I felt bad for her husband, because he was the only man there all seven women there were teachers, so we talked about our jobs almost the whole time since we could all relate to each other. The next day, I wanted to get back on the road early, but my mom convinced me to stay and go out to eat at a crab restaurant called MJ's.  I am inexperienced with eating crab like this, so Denise's husband had to give me a tutorial and even help with some of the harder pieces.  All in all, it was a good, relaxing meal that I'm glad I stayed for!


We had a meeting for first year teachers at our school about managing stress, and the school guidance counselor came in and talked to all of us about how it was crucial that we take one weekend day for ourselves and not do any school work.  Then, the next day, we could catch up on everything... I've been trying to follow that advice, so usually Saturdays are my days to sleep in, clean, go out and do something fun, and/or watch some Netflix.  I've been meeting up with my bff Ev a lot on the weekends and we've been going into Savannah.  We tried out some new restaurants, but mostly we just enjoy walking around, people watching, checking out a few shops, and looking at the historic homes.  After visiting, we almost always feel refreshed...I guess fresh air, exercise, and the company of a good friend really goes a long way for our mental health.

One day we went into Byrd's Famous Cookies.  There is a cookie bar inside and you can just tell the worker there which kinds you'd like to sample.  Some of the kinds they have are chocolate macaron, red velvet, key lime, and lemon. The cookies aren't soft like how I initially pictured them to be, but they were still tasty!  They are kind of pricey, with most kinds selling for $15.95 a pound, so a splurge once in awhile is probably all I'd do.  








Hmmm...one other day, Ev and I decided to drive into Statesboro because Ev raved on and on about Georgia Southern University's campus.  He had taken undergraduate courses there for several years, but when we went the campus was empty because he said the college kids were all at home for break. I thought the campus was pretty, but Ev kept apologizing to me (he's crazy) saying that it was far better in the spring when everything would be in bloom.  









Another night in December, I hung out with a lady who teachers at the same school as I do.  We both started on the same exact day and because of that I feel like we've always bonded right away!  She's from Pennsylvania, and since I'm also from Pennsylvania and Ohio, we have that in common, too. Also, she came down on her own, and so did I.  She's just a really cool person, and I'm relieved that I have another friend down here.  

A different teacher at my school also introduced me to her best friend, and she is great, too.  She invited me to go out one evening for "a night on the town."  Everyone was out socializing and all the shops and restaurants were open late. Slowly but surely I'm meeting people here!  

Finally, one weekend Ev and I headed to a local shrimp festival.  It was a gorgeous day out, so we just walked around to all the different food vendors, and I got to try shrimp and grits for the first time as well as some shrimp with curry. Afterwards, we did some browsing in some shops and got ice cream and then went down to the waterfront to walk around.  There were various booths set up selling locally made items including Gullah coiled grass baskets.







These are just some of the ways in which I decided to pass the time since I moved down South.  I still really love the Low Country area of South Carolina and Georgia.  I don't think I could ask for a better location!  As a bonus, I haven't even had to break out my winter coat yet and I'm hoping that it stays that way for the rest of the year.  Today it is 68 degrees--loving it.

What's your favorite thing to do during the weekend?
16 comments on "Weekending"
  1. Sounds like you have had a great few weeks! Yay for meeting new people, it can be so difficult moving to a new area!

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  2. so jealous of the weather you've been having, i think i had to get my winter coat out in october lol. shrimp festival?! yum! the baby shower looks so fun, and wow this kid is going to be super loved if it's the first everything ;)

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  3. An audible MMM came out of my mouth when I saw the crab legs. Good thing I'm alone in my classroom haha. The baby shower looks like a lot of fun!

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  4. I miss the weather you are having so much. I am so over being cold.
    The baby shower is so cute. I cannot wait to become an aunt. I wish my brother and his wife would have a baby like yesterday...
    I'm glad that you're enjoying your new town and making friends! It always always helps!

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  5. Yes, it's nice to have a couple of new friends besides just the two guys I knew from before!

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  6. Apparently there is a big cold front coming in and it will be in the 30's which is a big deal around here. There is going to be indoor recess for sure. :/
    I know...it seems like the wait to be an aunt has gone on forever, especially since my sis is over a week past her due date!

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  7. Haha, they were pretty tasty! I would go back there again in a heartbeat!

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  8. Don't be too jealous about the weather because I just found out that it's supposed to be in the 30's here later on this week. Say whaaaaat?!? Maybe I will have to break out my winter coat after all.

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  9. I'd like to meet a few more people around the same age as me, so hopefully that will happen soon. At least I'm off to a good start. :)

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  10. You're having so much fun! Girl, YOU NEED to take time off during the weekend. You work too hard!!! haha.

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  11. These pics re beautiful! Glad you're having a blast!

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  12. Thanks! I'm trying to work on finding a better balance between work and play time because this area really has a lot to offer.

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  13. If only I could figure out a way to get all my planning done during the week! It never seems possible. The teachers that have been there more than 1 year all seem to do okay because I'm sure they just recycle their old plans!

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  14. Such beautiful photos lisa!! So happy you got to see your sister :)

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  15. Me too! The drive was a lot for one weekend, but it was worth it to be able to go to her baby shower.

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  16. Beautiful pics!!! And they were all taken with an iPhone !?

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