When I woke up yesterday morning, I could never have predicted the crazy tornado-filled adventure that would become my weekend. I’m happy to say that I survived my first tornado warning, but it was a truly terrifying experience.

Yesterday afternoon, I went with friends to see the Carolina Rollergirls play at Dorton Arena. None of us had ever been before, and were excited to see what the rollergirls’ derby was all about. Before the derby began, the announcer talked through an evacuation plan. What?! We knew there was a potential for storms, but didn’t know why an evacuation plan was necessary. Also, the sound system is terrible in the arena, so we couldn’t hear the plan. Off to a great start already. Continue reading



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I forgot

After a particularly fun night out with friends last night, this morning I wanted something greasy for breakfast. I was driving around and saw a Biscuitville, and even though I don’t really like Biscuitville today it was calling my name. It wasn’t until I had paid and was waiting for my food when I realized that I was breaking Lent!

So unfortunately I’ve already cracked about 2 weeks in 😦 While a greasy breakfast made me feel better, it wasn’t worth it. Here’s hoping I don’t forget again!

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Look ma, no hands

I used to think Segways were lame. Really lame. I didn’t get the point of them – why not just ride a bike or walk? Also, to be honest, most people look pretty dorky on Segways. Let’s be real – police who ride Segways are way less intimidating and authoritative than police driving cop cars.

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Is that a meat headband?

This post is embarrassingly overdue. Randomly today, I was wondering if I’d ever written a post about going to the Lady Gaga concert this fall. Sure enough, when I checked later there was no post 😦 I went through a loooong posting dry spell … Since this concert was one of the most amazing, entertaining nights of my life, shame on me for not sharing its fabulousness with you! Better late than never, right?

Since it was a Lady Gaga concert, part of the adventure was finding crazy costumes. My pièce de résistance was a mini top hat that I found at Forever 21, which was a great $10 investment; don’t worry, I’ve worn it three times since the concert. Courtney’s outfit was awesome – she was a hit with a headpiece of cassette tapes, spider webs on her chest and no pants.

The Monster Ball concert followed a fantastical story line, culminating with killing “the monster.” It was very entertaining and Lady Gaga’s voice was so powerful. It was absolutely one of the most incredible shows I’ve ever seen and completely worth the steep ticket price.

By the end, I could barely hear and was exhausted from jump-dancing the night away 🙂 Can’t wait for her next concert!

What is the best concert you’ve been to? What made it so enjoyable?

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So far, so good

One week in, and I’m happy to report that giving up eating out for Lent has been very simple! I lucked out last week; on Friday night a friend threw a dinner party, which a ton of fun and delicious. Then I went on a road trip to Winston-Salem and stayed at a friend’s parents house, and they were nice enough to feed me dinner and breakfast.

However, yesterday I realized that Easter is on April 24 … and it’s still March, which makes it feel like ages until I can eat out again. Plus my mom was planning to come visit sometime in April, but told me that my not eating out is postponing her trip because we wouldn’t have much to do, which sadly is so true! Starting in my college days, whenever my parents would visit a lot of our time together was spent eating out. The “flavors” at Legal Sea Foods were just too good to pass up, right mom? 😉

I have a feeling that April will be a challenging month. And tomorrow night I’m going to an event that involves food trucks … and I will be eating a peanut butter and jelly from home. Here’s hoping the next 38 days will be filled with dinner parties and people taking pity on me and making me good food!


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No check, please

The phrase “Check, please” is no longer in my vocabulary. For Lent this year, I’ve decided to stop eating out at restaurants.

While I am not Catholic, the idea of sacrificing something for Lent has always appealed to me. What can I say, I’m a girl who loves a good challenge.

I’ve realized lately that my social life in large part revolves around food. Mostly because going out to eat is an easy way to get together with friends, plus it’s fun to try all the great restaurants in the area. However, it’s also expensive, especially since I eat out several times per week. According to my finance tracker on Mint.com, in February I spent $167.69 on restaurants/food & dining and coffee shops. That’s about $42 per week – what a waste of money. So at the end of Lent, I’m going to make a donation to a charity of my choice, so that my sacrifice can be used to help others. I haven’t decided which charity to choose just yet, but am sure I can figure it out during the next 39 days.

Restaurants and takeout are off limits, which includes the Whole Foods salad bar (one of my biggest weaknesses), and so are coffee shops. My plan is to host lots of potluck dinner parties, which are often more fun than eating out anyways.

I probably should have gone out for a phenomenal meal on Fat Tuesday; instead my celebration consisted of attending a bikram yoga class and going to bed at 10pm. I think my Medieval rave a few weekends ago makes up for my lameness.

What are you giving up for Lent?

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A Medieval rave

Ever been to a Medieval rave? I have – twice.

I know, “Medieval” and “rave” are two words you probably wouldn’t expect to see in the same sentence. Unless you’ve been to the Mardis Gras of the Carolinas, aka the Carnevale party at Castle McCullouch. Then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

Fire throwers, stilt walkers and aerial acrobats entertain the crowds, while djs blast music inside the castle and tents. For me, the people watching is the highlight of the event. Knights in armor, elaborate peacocks, kings and queens – anything goes. It’s a great opportunity for people to express a side of themselves that they might not normally share. I personally love dressing up (reminds me of theme parties from my sorority days) so I’m up for anything that requires a fun costume – and lucky for me, so are my friends, as you can see below 🙂

Did I mention that the castle is in the Middle of Nowhere, NC? Most people from NC have never heard of it; along with the Wizard of Oz theme park, it’s one of my favorite discoveries in this fabulous state.

Here are some photos of the event to give you a glimpse of what goes down:

It’s hard to describe the shenanigans that go down at Carnevale; I’m trying to keep this post as PG as possible 😉 But it’s a ton of fun and I highly recommend checking it out for yourself. They have another party in the summer that I’ve never been to … we’ll see if I can handle two castle parties in one year!




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