Sunday, September 25, 2011

Super excited

Can I just say that this HOKIE is ridiculously excited about the Clemson vs. VT game this weekend?  Is it because the Hokies will win?  Maybe, but probably b/c I am going to be at Lane Stadium beotches!!  So excited-I might be driving my co-workers absolutely batty talking about things they have no clue about.

I have lots of girlfriends, including JCHOKIE that will be there.  It would be great if Dirt Diva was going to be there too. Maybe she's planning on surprising me like she did with the letter H?  :)  All in all it looks like there will be 20 ppl tailgating-Clemson Pussycats & VT Hokies.  It should be a good time.  Is it Friday yet??    Here are some pictures from past VT and Clemson games....

THIS guy will NOT be in Orange on Saturday!

Saturday, September 17, 2011


Back to my birthday in Bluffton (get it my little jokey from my title-Bluffton-Bluff-fun)  I'm such a jokster..Anyhoo...

I booked us a Daufuskie Island boat tour on the morning of my birthday.  It was so much fun.  The resort isn't there anymore as it went through bankruptcy, but apparently it looks like the shining now.  They basically boarded it up and walked away.  So imagine an old gorgeous mansion not kept up for two plus years.  Spooky...  So we boarded a great boat from the Inn at Palmetto Bluff and took a nice slow boat ride over to Daufuskie.  What was totally worth the trip was that we got to experience dolphin strand feeding.  They only do this from Charleston to Savannah and it isn't an experience that is caught on film very often.   Basically the dolphin team up and circle around the fish and then one dolphin basically blows the fish up onto the beach, beaching themselves at the same time.  They only do this on their right side, and they push the fish up, eat them and wiggle themselves back down into the water.  It happens so fast and it is so amazing to see it.  What smart animals they are.

After that excitement, we pulled up to the backside of Daufuskie and boarded a golf cart.  Our guide gave us a tour of the island we got to see sites such as the first integrated school on the island, the old black community church, and then we got to go to residences where people sell their goods on their porch.  There was an ironmaker but his stuff was a little out of my price range and a pottery lady.  Her husband has sailed around the world three times in this old boat.  He wrote a pretty cool book about it too.  I did end up buying a fish plate that is currently residing on my kitchen counter-it fits right in with my kitchen colors and looks really cool!

We stopped off at a home where you can purchase these delish deviled crabs and sit at the picnic tables in their yards and chow down.  The gentleman was so nice, tellling us about living on the island (His family has lived there for many generations) and basically he just welcomed us to his property.  It was a lot of fun!  You are definately tucked away and sort of sheltered from the real world on this island.  It seems like the perfect place to go if you want to disappear from the world.  There isn't even a grocery store on the island.  You have to hop over to Hilton Head-kind of crazy huh??  I bet life is stress free though!

After the boat trip, we came back to the island, had a yummy lunch at Buffalo's and then went back to our cottage, went for a little bike ride and then plopped ourselves in the back yard and just relaxed until dinner time.  It was an overall awesome day. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blue 32-Blue 32

I'm pretty sure that's how the saying goes "BLUE 32" right? Isn't that from a movie or something or have I totally lost my mind and made it up.  Anyhoo-I turned the whooping 3-2 last week and spent a lovely two days just south of my Chucktown. 

Working where I do comes with some perks (not a lot, but a few) and one of them is rubbing elbows with some amazing General Managers at other luxury properties.  We all watch out for each other when we can and I decided to give my "BLUE 32" a try at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff and if you haven't been there yet, it should be on your bucket list. 

I've been lucky in that I've been to a lot of great places (love those perks) but I will tell you that my heart fell in love with this place.  It is what I have always imagined the south was/is.  This place surprised me at every turn.   From the courteous security gate (take note Kiawah), to the drive down to the bluff, to the gracious staff, to  the amazing cottage and the breathtaking views, this place had me at HELLO.  (Yeah, pretty corny-I know, but I swear it did)

When you arrive at The Inn at Palmetto Bluff, your car is taken to its own vacation as you don't need a car to get around.  You are given two bikes at your cottage and have the option of a golf cart.  Chad and I were just happy with the bikes (A little exercise on vacation doesn't hurt right?)  We were escorted with our luggage after check in straight to our cottage via an extended golf cart.  Here is the amazing Cottage #3 that we stayed in. 

Amazing screened porch that was the width of our cottage

My most favorite view-the "rivah"
We did arrive late, so we ordered room service and sat out on the back screened in porch.  The furniture was so comfortable that we fell asleep out there and didn't wake back up until about 2:45 am when we stumbled back into our room.

Part of our welcome amenity-again PERKS!  Love 'em

Bedroom at turn down

Everything was turning out to be so nice, just from walking in the door.  I could immediately feel myself relax which is something neither one of us has done in a really long time.  I knew it was going to be a good two days.

I'll share what we did on my birthday in my next post.  But in the meantime, log onto their website and book your vacation.   Trust me, you won't be sorry....

Saturday, September 10, 2011

A little fall fun

Is it just me or is fall the most amazing season of the year?  I heart fall....seriously...I do.  The ONLY thing I don't like about fall in Chucktown is that there is no leaf color change.  I guess palm trees don't want to shed their fronds and display magnificient colors. 

Chad was off to another Clemson football game this Saturday, so I decided to set out some fall decor.  My girfriend Russo and I ran over to Pier 1 as I had a gift card to burn (thanks to my M-I-L) and I found the cutest turkey!  Sooooo had to own this cute guy!

Of course they had all the gorgeous place settings that were screaming "BUY ME BUY ME" but I held back.  I didn't want to spend the entire gift card in one spree.  But it got me thinking, what the heck else have I bought over the years fall like?  I came home and started diggin' through my drawers.  I found my HOKIE inspired place mats from Crate & Barrel, a cute little pumpkin from my Grandma, a fall inspired candle holder from Mom, my tablescape from last year and a little fun thing from Michael's.  I set all that out and suddenly it feels a little more fall like around here.  Now, I am NO Martha Stewart, but I think it looks cute.  (Again, not mind blowing, but that's what year round Christmas reindeer are for!) 

My mail organizer isn't so organized is it?