I was finally able to go down to the beach this past Thanksgiving weekend, and it was very difficult to come back. For Thanksgiving this year I made reservations for a traditional meal for my mom and myself at a restaurant. She lives about an hour from the beach where I used to live, so I picked her up on the way down. First thing I had to do when driving into North Carolina was to pick up a Cheerwine in a glass bottle. It’s the good stuff!
The dinner we ate was very good, and we had enough leftovers that we ate on for two days. My aunt came down Thanksgiving night and stayed the weekend with us. Per southern tradition, I drove the ladies to Belk to shop for Black Friday.
After shopping, they wanted to relax and find NCIS on TV. I met up with my friend, Dave, and headed to the beach. It was perfect weather, and the entire time I’m questioning why I am still in WV. The beach has always calmed me, and I am seriously planning on moving back. These photos are from Pawley’s Island.
Even though I grew up in the mountains, I am a beach girl at heart. I convinced mom to have our Christmas at the beach house, just so I can go back sooner.
Dave and I have been friends for ten years now. It took a minute to figure it out, and I didn’t realize it had been so long. It was really nice to see him over the weekend. Later that night I took mom and my aunt to watch him play, and they really enjoyed it. They wouldn’t go on their own to watch musicians play, but since they had such a good time that may change. The venue had rocking chairs outside, and they sat out there to listen. My aunt asked me if he knew the theme song for NCIS. He probably does just from his mom watching marathons of it all the time. She was serious when she asked me. Two of her dogs are named after Ziva and Abby.
I originally planned to leave SC on Saturday so I could have one day to relax before work on Monday. I pack up mom and my aunt in her car for their trip an hour north. I made lunch plans with Dave and Jacqui, so I packed everything up in my car and turned off stuff in the house before I left. I fully expected to start my roadtrip back north after lunch.
Getting two best friends together who haven’t seen each other in a long time created a long lunch! We all met at Murrells Inlet, and I finally made the decision that I was not going to be leaving SC that day. Why would I leave if it wasn’t really necessary?
I promise that Jacqui’s son was excited to see me!
Murrells Inlet on Saturday.
Dave took this picture at the Inlet. It really turned out beautiful. I really need to get a new phone. His pictures turned out so much better than mine.
It was wonderful catching up with my friends and having an afternoon/evening on the Inlet. Later that night, Dave and I went to see another friend play with his band. Getting up that next morning was rough though. The last thing I wanted to do was drive 8 plus hours north in rain and holiday traffic. Thankfully, I have satellite radio and I jam out (horribly) to the 90’s channel. The 90’s were great! One of my first songs, awesome!
Yes, I get looks while I drive during my concert. I sing all out, and I know it looks hilarious. How else am I supposed to stay awake and alert for that long? Sometimes I laugh at myself while I drive, because I know it is humorous. Really I laugh at myself all the time, not only when driving.
I’m excited for Christmas now, since I will be heading back to the beach!