My weekend kicked off with a hair appointment Friday after work. The appointment ended up taking much longer than I expected (4 hours...), so I didn't make it home in time to watch Big Blue Madness. Big Blue Madness is the kick-off to basketball season and is a huge annual event for Big Blue Nation. It's normally our first chance to see the new team show off what they can do. It's also a huge recruiting event. This year was fun because Drake was also introduced as a player. Drake is obsessed with Kentucky Basketball, specifically Coach Cal, so it's fun to see him show up and support the team at events.
At first I was really upset that I was going to miss the show, but then I remembered I could pull up the broadcast on my WatchESPN app. Fortunately, my hair stylist encouraged me to watch the "practice" on my phone. I reached a new level of ridiculousness when I was watching Matthew Mitchell (the girl's basketball coach) sing Bruno Mars as the hair stylist was washing my hair.
I arrived home to the cutest gift in the world once I made it back from my hair appointment. Laura sent us a collection of food gifts from MOUTH, a company that specializes in finding handmade, small-batch food products. Our gift included the most delicious Chocolate Espresso Cookies, Peanut Brittle, a hazelnut spread, blackberry and blueberry jam, caramels, ginger syrup, bourbon-infused sugar, and a slate cheese board! I love, love, love it. The cookies are already dangerously close to being gone. Laura knows how much I love trying out new food, so it was a perfect gift. I'll probably steal the idea and use it on someone else.
Saturday morning I woke up bright and early and made my way down to Normandy Farms Bakery for an iced coffee and breakfast biscuit. Adam and I hung out at home for a bit before he headed off to Kiawah to golf. I watched about an episode and a half of Below Deck before convincing myself that I was a terribly lazy person and needed to get outside and enjoy the day.
I'm glad I found some motivation because Saturday was absolutely gorgeous. It really felt like Charleston was just bragging. I walked to the gym, worked out, and then just popped around downtown for a bit. I took a few snaps because I could believe how beautiful the sky looked. It was a perfect blue.
On my way back to our apartment, I popped in the cutest antique shop on Queen Street, Curiosity. The shop had all sorts of vintage vases, flatware, and decorative items. I could have spent a long time in there just staring. I did a little damage and left with a few vintage vases. I had been looking for single stem vases for floral photos so I think it was an okay purchase.
After running around downtown, I headed over the bridge and ran a few errands in Mount Pleasant. I'm the Matron (ew, old) of Honor in a wedding next weekend and needed to pick up a few things for the big day. I eventually made it home in time to meet Adam and get ready for the Kentucky/LSU game that night.
We started the evening at home with some bourbon cocktails. I broke out the new ginger syrup and some Four Roses. The syrup was great; I mixed it with some soda water and it basically turned into ginger ale.
We watched the Kentucky / LSU game at Kickin Chicken downtown with the alumni group and that's about all I have to say. That game was UGLY. I was hoping the team would have a better performance, but it didn't happen. The game sucked, but it was a still a fun night out on the town with friends. After Kickin Chicken we had some nightcaps at Burns Alley. We ended up staying out much later that I expected (almost closed the bar down), making for a rough Sunday morning.
After a lot of tossing and turning in bed Sunday morning, I eventually got up and started moving Sunday afternoon. We really needed some fresh air so Adam and I took a walk around South of Broad and grabbed lunch/dinner at Bull Street Gourmet.
After we ate, we saw that Big Gay Ice Cream was in town for a Southern Food Truck Tour. Big Gay Ice Cream in known for their fancy soft serve ice cream and fun attitude. They have a main location in NYC and are traveling for the next couple weeks to a few southern cities. The crowd was out for some gay ice cream; we waited about an hour before we made it up to the truck.
Adam and I both ordered the Salty Pimp, vanilla soft-serve infused with dulce de leche and dipped in chocolate. It was awesome. The first few bites with the chocolate shell were delicious. We don't eat soft serve very often and it reminded us both of being kids in the summer.
We had some happy bellies by the time we made it home. We ended the weekend with a frozen pizza and The Walking Dead. Ahh, the life.