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A chalk outline….horrible mug shots…crime scene tape.  I’ll have “Things I never thought I’d google” for 500 Alex.  But oh yes, they were googled, and the trusty sidekick of a search engine didn’t disappoint.

On Saturday we had 6 friends over for a Murder Mystery Dinner Party (check and mark to goal #7) and it was way too much fun!  We found this series of games online and after reading reviews and looking at the different theme options we went with “The Watersdown Affair” which was a murder set at a huge English mansion.  Unfortunately our host, Sir Roger Watersdown, suffered an untimely death just as the party began and was found face down in the pool.  Tragic.  But that didn’t stop the party or the fun as we spent the next 3 hours accusing each other of falsifying wills, stealing keys, peeping into windows and cheating on spouses.  At the end of the night the truth came out and the guilty party was escorted off of the premises.

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The suggested menu for the evening was roast beef and yorkshire pudding but we tried the menu ahead of time to test it out and we were underwhelmed.  So, we went with several tried and true recipes that we knew were sure to please.

Appetizers:
Rosemary and Olive Foccaia Bread (with balsamic and olive oil for dipping) from Provisions at Waxhaw
My favorite Feta dip
Pioneer Woman’s Puff Pastry Pizza

Dinner:
Annie’s Eats Chicken Parmesan Meatballs with fresh pasta from Pasta & Provisions
Italian Salad with dressing and fresh bread from Provisions at Waxhaw

Dessert:
Giada’s Individual Strawberry Trifles

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All suspects aren’t pictured to protect the innocent (and the guilty), but as the hosts we felt obligated to confess our involvement with the evening’s activities.;-) This was definitely an evening to remember and we had a BLAST!

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We haven’t taken a week-long vacation this year so we’ve tried to fit in little mini day-cations whenever possible just to force us to relax a bit.  This past week we decided to take a random Thursday off of work and knock out goal #89 – Spend a day at a water park.  My favorite water park in the area is Whitewater in Atlanta, GA, but logistically we just couldn’t make that happen so we stuck close to home and went out to Boomerang Bay for the day.  Four hours in the water and sun with no agenda and no emails is good for the soul!  We should really do this more often.;-)

(FYI – all of these photos were taken with my iphone in a water proof housing.)

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Top 10 reasons I think August is Awesome…

10. Back to School – I have no children and no reason to be excited about this but I love seeing school supplies on display and thinking about buying text books and going to class.  I’d be a professional student if it weren’t so expensive so this time of year really tugs at my heart strings.  Yay for learning!;-)

9.  Book #5 of the I am Number Four series will be releasedThe Revenge of Seven.  I’ve been waiting MONTHS to see what happened to Bernie Kosar. The author probably has no idea that my allegiance to his series hangs in the fate of that dog but it does.  DO NOT disappoint me Pittacus Lore.

8.  We are on the edge of fall – Can you smell it?  All things pumpkin are waiting just around the corner.  Leaves, sweatshirts and jeans. Yes, please!

7.  I discovered this twitter account and laughed for 10 minutesSeinfeld Today

6.  30th Anniversary of Ghostbusters – Ghostbusters will be playing in theaters for one week at the end of the month.  I am unreasonably excited about this.

5.  We are one month closer to the premier of Hunger Games: Mockingjay – WOO HOO!!!  The trailers look ultra creepy and I am pumped!

4.  The All Souls Trilogy will be complete – Easily in my top 3 reads of all time, potentially #1 or #2 (I haven’t finished it yet).  Fingers crossed that the world accepts Diana and Matthew’s love and we can all live happily ever after at Sept-Tours.

3.  Doctor Who Returns – The jury is still out on my opinion regarding David Capaldi but I’m excited to see the new TARDIS and see how things play out.  Clara Oswin Oswald is definitely one of my most favorite companions ever so the new Doc has that going for him!

2.  High School Football – The Hubs and I will be re-launching our Friday Night Lights schedule this year with new schools and some great match-ups.

1.  College Football – I really can’t think of anything better than the first game of the season.  College football is a much-anticipated tradition in our household and we wouldn’t miss this action for the world.

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