Our trip to Helen ▲

Monday, October 22




Our trip to Helen started off on Friday night after a pretty entertaining run in with a pair of drunken old ladies. They walked up to us, asked if we were drinking, and then poured the last few sips of their beers into my cup. I must look like the type that enjoys drinking strangers' backwash.

Hollie and Billy got into town at about midnight and we had a drink with them before heading back to the hotel for the night.

We got up early and ate breakfast at Hofer's Cafe. Helpful Hint: if you're planning on visiting Helen, you need to eat breakfast at Hofer's.


The Beer Garden opened at 11, so we planted ourselves at a picnic table in the sun and started drankin'. There might have been a pretzel with cheese dip in my belly at some point during the day.


On Sunday after breakfast we walked around downtown for a little while before heading home.

Oktoberfest ▲

Friday, October 19




This weekend we are Helen, GA bound for our second annual trip to Oktoberfest in the cutest Alpine village that's not actually in the Alps.

The fact that this place exists is amazing. They serve beer in boots and have warm pretzels with beer cheese.


It's also the perfect time of year to catch some beautiful fall colors, and Helen sits right at the base of the Appalachian mountains on the Chattahoochee river.


And did I mention they serve Margaritas in boots, too?


Helen might trump Disney World as the happiest place on Earth.

My first post about fall ▲

Wednesday, October 17




On Friday I hopped a plane to Virginia where I met Taylor and Brittany at my mom's house in Chesapeake. I hadn't seen them since Brittany's wedding in June.

I got in late on Friday evening, and because Taylor and Brittany had to battle the traffic leaving DC at rush hour, they got to the airport right in time to pick me up. We got to my mom's, had some late night pizza, and then went to bed.

On Saturday, I finally got to do some fall related activities. I love fall. There was a wine festival in Williamsburg, but we opted for something a little more grade-school. PUMPKIN PATCH, complete with little red wagon.


After we picked out our gourds, we headed to Target to get supplies. We decided to avoid the mess of carving and just paint them (mainly because we aren't patient nor talented enough). I was in pumpkin-themed heaven. Yes, I painted a cat on mine.

After the novelty of our pumpkins wore off, we pretended to be back in college.


After playing a never-ending game of Beer Pong and an entertaining game of Drunk Ass, it was time for the FSU game. We beat Boston College 51-7, although Taylor and Brittany fell asleep during the 3rd quarter.



I love weekends like this. 

On losing ▲

Tuesday, October 16



After driving 10 hours round trip to see my 'Noles play in Raleigh last weekend, we lost 17-16 to unranked NC State in the last 30 seconds of the game.

It was unreal. Which is why I am waiting until now to write my recap post. I spent the week following the game in a post-loss haze, struggling to come to terms with our defeat.  While I was LITERALLY wallowing in self pity, I realized how strange (and pathetic) it was that a college football game could have such an impact on my mood. I mean...come on. It's a football game.

Somehow I got over it.

Anyway.

We tailgated for a few hours, blissfully ignorant to the nightmare that was about to unfold.

I don't have much more to say about that.

I'm not sure I'm done being a sore loser.

Politics ▲

Thursday, October 4



Apparently there was a debate last night.

I watched it.  And Tweeted my little heart out.

One of my blog crushes, Taylor, ran into some trouble when she posted a super serious and not even remotely sarcastic post about her views on Obamney, so I'm hesitant to fall into the same trap.

Did you watch the debates?

I don't even know what to think. Here are some of my favorite posts from the night.

 
















Did I forget to mention all of my favorite Tweets are my own?

Raleigh Bound ▲

Wednesday, October 3



I am officially heading to my first post-grad FSU game and it feels AWESOME.

It would be better if said game was in Tallahassee and was happening in the Doak. I'm actually driving up to Raleigh to meet my Mom, Aunt, and Godmother for what used to be a fairly traditional fall weekend in our family.

We love the NC State/FSU game. But things happen, times change, BLAH BLAH BLAH, we haven't been in a really long time and unfortunately my tiny FSU cheerleader uniform doesn't fit anymore so I'm trying to decide what to wear that doesn't scream "I was doing kegstands a few months ago." (I've actually never done a kegstand). Greek life failed me on that front.

It took my a while to grasp the concept of appropriate Game Day attire.

I'm far left.
I'm second from left.
I'm in the yellow.
Much like my choices in hair color, I often look back and scoff at my wardrobe. Why would I leave the house like that, much less willingly pose for photos?

In my later years, I like to think I kept it a bit more classy.

I'm far right.
I'm on the left. And I know the guy wearing that ridiculous getup. And I know my sunglasses are stupid. I bought them last minute.
The thing that kills me is preparing for Game Day weather. In Tallahassee, unless it's a late November night game, you can almost always bet on it being HOT AS HELL well into wee hours of your blackout. All you really need to think about is dressing for your mistakes - don't wear anything that begs a wardrobe malfunction.

This weekend, the high doesn't break 80 (but factor in a higher than usual body temperature thanks to day-long boozing), and then it drops below 50 around the 8 PM kick-off.  SO WHAT DO YOU WEAR FOR THAT?

These are the things I stress out about.

Happy Hump Day.

The Lazy Man's Blog Post ▲

Monday, October 1



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I'm not quite back in the blogging swing of things. Hopefully I'll have something to say soon.

For now, here are some pictures.

I posted my 1000th (THOUSANDTH) picture on Instagram.  It was an exciting occasion.  This was it:


Fall has been creeping into South Carolina and that means cool foggy mornings like this one:


I got a text message from a special someone behind bars...


I took pictures of myself in the car:


And spent a weekend in Charlotte:


I love when the 1st of the month falls on a Monday. Happy October. 


How have you been?

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