Charlotte

June 02, 2009

Planet 21 and Alex

For the past several years, I have had my hair cut at Planet 21, a local salon here in Charlotte.  Planet 21's stylists all go through a 9-12 month training period before actually cutting or coloring anyone's hair.  Every stylist there does an excellent job.  One of the owners and many of the stylists attend our church.  Many of my friends get their hair cut/colored there as well.

L.HAvcredhlygrfjDv The last time I was there they told me about a charity fund raiser they are doing this month.  This Sunday, June 7th, they are having a Cut and Colorathon.  All proceeds will go to a sweet little boy, Alex, who suffers from a disease that prevents him from walking, talking, and even eating on a daily basis.  Alex is raising money for a service/rehabilitative dog.  You can learn more about Alex here and here.

Planet 21 is also doing two pretty awesome raffles.  One of them offering a year of free services!

So if you are in need of a haircut, or if your roots need some touching up, and you live in Charlotte, make an appointment for this Sunday!  Eric cuts my hair and Mandy does my color, but like I said, they are all excellent.  If you don't live in the Charlotte area, you can still donate to Alex's fund here.

September 17, 2008

Places I hate to drive

For those of you who read my blog, but don't live in Charlotte, you are probably not going to get this post.  You may live in a city where you could write an entire book about traffic.   A few weeks ago, I drove in Miami.  Wow.  That was an experience.  The people there honk when the light turns green.  No joke.  But today I just have to say a few words about some trouble spots in Charlotte.

Now first let me say that I love Charlotte.  There is no place in the world I would rather live.  I love the size, I love the restaurants, the shops, the culture, everything.  I would even go so far as to say we are pretty lucky when it comes to traffic.  Yes, we have traffic, but it is not all day and it is only bad in certain places.

I think one of the perks (among many) of being a stay at home mom is that I don't have to drive during rush hour.  Anyway, here are some places that I don't like to drive in Charlotte.

  • I-485 between Rea Rd and I-77 during rush hour.  I just want to shoot myself anytime I get stuck in that.  I feel so sorry for you if you have to drive in that every day.
  • The I-485 exit and Providence road going away from the city, towards Waxhaw.  I  must confess, sometimes I get in the right lane, knowing full well that it is going to end and I will have to nose my big old car in and make people mad.  And sometimes I don't get in the right lane, I stay in the left, like I should, but then I don't let others in.  I know, double standard.  You do it too.
  • Concord Mills during a race weekend.  Ooh, have you ever made that mistake??
  • Pineville at Christmas time.  I think some people think Carolina Place is the only mall in the city.
  • Independence Blvd on Saturday.  The traffic is just endless all day long.
  • And finally, can I please get a shout out about the parking garage at CMC Main uptown?  I mean please, I know I drive a big car, but so does everyone else and there is no need to design an entire parking garage for compact cars.  I am so afraid that I am going to get hit or hit someone every time I park there.

My husband is constantly reminding me that I have an Elevation sticker on my car and should remember that while driving.  And I do.  Most of the time :).

How about you, what spots do you avoid?

August 13, 2008

Lets go to the movies

I have had every intention of posting the past two days but have stayed quite busy.  Yesterday I met my sister Emily in Gaffney to get my sister Joy and my niece Hattie for a day or two. 

Elijah has had a great time playing with his cousin and his aunt.  This morning Kelly and I had plans to take the big kids to the free summer kid's movie at Stonecrest.  We were supposed to leave our house at 8:30 in order to get Graham to Kelly's (where we hired a sitter for the babies) and then head to the movie which started at 10. 

Well, because of the late night sleepover (Elijah and Hattie were up talking) nobody got up in our house until 7:45!!  If you know anything about me, you know this was not good.  Then right as we go to leave Elijah tells me that he pooped in his underwear!!!!!  (Yes, potty training is not going to great these days).

So on the way there I am praying that I don't make us miss the movie.  I am picturing Elijah screaming outside the theater because he so badly wanted to see the Pirates Who Don't Do Anything.  Ok so we make it there along with everyone else in south Charlotte who has young children (because it is raining) and we get in to meet Amy who is saving us seats (we later find out his is against the rules).

We get the kids situated with a huge tub of popcorn and dixie cups for each kid to have their own.  We are doing really good considering the number kids far outweigh the adults.  Kelly decides to take 4 of the girls to the bathroom.

Here's where it gets good... the movie theater is about full and the usher comes and tries to seat people in our seats.  I said to him, "Sir, these people are in the bathroom.  He exclaims, "there is no seat saving!!"  I say, "but sir, they are in the bathroom, we are not saving them.  They are here."  Ok I guess technically we were saving them, but not by my definition.  He tried again to seat the people in our seats, so I said a little louder (now that I think about it, this must have been funny to watch and I think Amy was about to stand up and fight the man) "Sir, these people are in the bathroom!!!!!"  He huffed and walked on.

The rest of the day went well.  After getting Graham I decided to take my kids to McDonalds.  Hattie got a "Holly" Pocket in her Happy Meal.  We got soaking wet going back to the car but everyone is now inside, dry and all the kids are sleeping (or at least quiet).

Tonight I am celebrating one of my best friend's birthday with a girls night out!  Happy Birthday Nicole, thanks for being the great friend that you are to me.  I don't know what my life over the past 8 years (can you believe it??) would have been like without you. 

July 07, 2008

Updates

  • I still have not found my keys.  I am wondering if objects fall under the missing persons rule where if you don't find them in the first 48 hours your chances of finding them get slimmer and slimmer by the minute.
  • I had a question about where to purchase the Dripsticks.  You can go here or just Google "dripstick" to find the cheapest prices.  We got ours in Myrtle Beach at a toy store.
  • Last night our church staff and almost 800 Elevators turned out to our newest venue, McGlohon Theater in uptown Charlotte.  It was so much fun.  I would put it up there with our Cricket and Dominate events.  The layout of the auditorium allowed for the most amazing, excited atmosphere.  This was such a fresh burst of energy in the middle of the summer.
  • We are still trudging along with potty training.  There have certainly been ups and downs.  Yesterday had a really high high, and a really low low.  Elijah kept his pull up dry all morning at church.  This is huge for him because he tends to forget that toilets exist when out in public.  On the other hand he pooped in his little plastic booster seat while we were eating lunch at home.  No he did not have anything on to catch this poop.  Yes it was possibly the most disgusting thing I have ever experienced.  Ever. Even though I sterilized the seat, I have yet to allow it back at my dinner table.  I don't know if I ever will.
  • This week baby Graham had his nine month check up at the doctor.  He is in the 25th percentile for his weight and 75th for his height.  I guess thats why everyone tells me he is a big baby.  I don't really see this, but apparently his height is average for a one year old.

October 12, 2007

Restaurants

My husband and I eat in a lot of restaurants.  It is most definitely our favorite thing to do.  We like to try new places but we certainly have our favorites.  Whenever we go to one of our favorite spots, we usually order the same thing (we might have 2 or three dishes that we order every time).  My dad hates this.  He likes to be brave.  I want to get something I know I am going to love, not risk on something that might just be OK.

So anyway, I thought I would blog every now and then about my favorite dish at various eating establishments in the Charlotte area.  We will start with the chain, Carrabbas, where I ate on my date last night (yes we took baby Graham and he slept the whole time, however, the night was a different story).

Chicken Bryan.  You have to try it.  It is not your typical Italian dish.  This dish is grilled chicken, topped with goat cheese, sun-dried tomatoes and spinach, it is garnished with a little gravy.  Delicious!  I get it with a side of angel hair Alfredo.  Ummm! 

PS.  Your comments from my previous entry are pouring in.  I am going to tally them but the tummy sleepers have definately got it.