Where the Tigers Play

Where the Tigers Play

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So last week we took a trip back to the southeast to visit family/friends and go back to Clemson for the Homecoming game. We were able to take a red-eye out so we had all day Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Our flight home wasn’t until almost 8 pm on Sunday, so we essentially had all of Sunday as well.

It was great to see so many people, even if it did keep us pretty busy as we trekked around Georgia and South Carolina. AndΒ the trip was fantastic but I’m just going to cut to the chase and tell (show) y’all the best part about the trip…

SOUTHERN FOOD. I can’t tell you how wrong it is that I live in a world where Zaxby’s and Bojangles and boiled peanuts don’t exist. It’s just wrong. A great travesty, really. So I had to get my fix in of all the foods that I LOVE but cannot get in California.

First stop after landing in Atlanta: BOJANGLES
First stop after landing in Atlanta: BOJANGLES
Lunch at Zaxbys. With extra Zax sauce, of course.
Lunch at Zaxbys. With extra Zax sauce, of course.
Sweet tea for the road from Derrick's aunt and uncle. I know I could make sweet tea here, but it just isn't the same.
Sweet tea for the road from Derrick’s aunt and uncle. I know I could make sweet tea here, but it just isn’t the same.
Boiled peanuts!!!
Boiled peanuts!!!
Visiting one of my favorite restaurants.
Visiting one of my favorite restaurants.
The best ribs I've ever had are at Sardi's
The best ribs I’ve ever had are at Sardi’s
More Zaxbys. Because one time was just not enough
More Zaxbys. Because one time was just not enough

Alright, so the food obviously was not the highlight of the trip but it definitely made me and my stomach very happy πŸ™‚

And a few other highlights (besides seeing everyone, obviously)

Derrick and I got to have our anniversary cake when we visited his mom. She kept it for us after the wedding in her freezer since we obviously couldn’t get it to California very easily. More like a 17-month anniversary celebration instead of 1 year, but the cake was still really good. I was impressed at how well it kept in the freezer since the wedding.

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I got to see Murphy Village (well, we drove by it), which is (according to Wikipedia) the largest settlement of Irish Travellers in the States. The whole thing is fascinating; just watch an episode on TLC of one of their shows about Gypsies and you’ll see what I mean.

And then of course, there was the Clemson Homecoming football game. Being back in Clemson at our old stomping grounds was fun but also weird. It was my first visit back since I graduated, so for me, this was my first football game as a Clemson alumna, not a student (even though being a grad student is still a lot different from being an undergrad). At any rate, the game was kind of stressful, but we won so that was fun, and I still love the energy of the stadium and the fans.

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Of course, the trip felt too short, but I’m still so thankful we got a chance to go back for a few days.

So now we are already into November and I’m seeing Christmas ads on TV and getting emails about Black Friday deals. I’m sure pretty soon I’ll be hearing Christmas music in stores and on the radio too. And of course, you know the (retail) holiday season is upon us when Starbucks brings back their Peppermint Mocha (confession: I normally hold out on having a peppermint mocha to at least Thanksgiving on principle, but I broke down this weekend and had one).

Other than our vacation, we haven’t been up to a whole lot besides enjoying football on the weekends and going through the daily grind during the week. DQ finally gets a break from all the traveling he has been doing, which will be a nice change of pace.

We are finally getting fall weather here, which I am loving. So are the cats; on weekends we open up our balcony door and let them lay out there, which makes us very popular (as popular as one can be in the eyes of a cat, I reckon).

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Love to all! XO

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