My family has been with me for this entire weekend here at the beach. It has been strange to think that we actually have a residence here. We have frequently been to the beach for family vacations and for conferences too (like SC’s EdTech and SCASA’s SLI). I can’t tell you how many times we were out this weekend and said “When we get back to the hotel…” and then laughed when we realized we have a “home” away from home here, even though it’s an apartment.
But it being a holiday weekend, and traditionally the last weekend a lot of people in our area make their weekly trek to the beach, we treated it very much like a holiday.
We shopped at Tanger Outlet and Broadway at the Beach, even eating dinner on an outside deck at Landry’s there in B@theB. My husband and I went each morning to the same restaurant on Ocean Blvd (The Sea Captain’s House) to eat their Eggs Benedict, and I was even brave once and had the Crabcake Benedict–DIVINE. We walked on the beach with the dog, and we even went to Nascar Cafe for my 17 yo. I went thinking I could suffer through one meal for him, since most everything else was what I had wanted to do. But it was wonderful too.
Since being here I haven’t really eaten out, but I have made one discovery during my “vacation” at home away from home. If don’t feel like cooking, I can order out and get an appetizer for b/w $6 and $10, and have PLENTY to eat, and maybe some to save for lunch the next day. So it was a good thing that we treated this like a vacation.
They are on their way home now, and now being considered a local, I told them a back way to get from here to the other side of Aynor, SC, helping them avoid a lot of the bottle-necked holiday traffic heading out today. They got that far in about 25 minutes, but called to tell me the traffic is still bad where they got back on the main road to go home to Rock Hill. They were about 35 milesr fom I-95, and they were estimating w/ traffic it would take them an hour to get there. Once on I-95, they will be a mere hour and 45 minutes from home in Rock Hill.
So now I can refocus on school and professional things. Outside of school, I have an SC Edtech presentation coming up that I need to work on too. My session is called “Feed the Mind with RSS.” Guess I better get busy since it’s right around the corner–Oct. 24-26.