Since Monday, the  Holiday Inn Express in Forest City, NC had been called “home”. That & the local NCFB claims office.

In between working & watching DWTS & AI finales {yay Scotty!}, we’ve eaten our way through Rutherford Co. Monday was Wendy’s (apple pecan chicken salad) & Chili’s {we stuck with what we knew}.

Tuesday we branched out to “downtown” FC to Smith’s Drugs. It’s an ole timey drug store {just like the ones from your grandparents’ days}. I think the prices hadn’t changed since then either as my grilled pimiento cheese sandwich with pasta salad & tea was around $5! [flickr id=”5779453300″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] And while we were eating, I was able to get my Femara prescription filled. We met an agent who’s about to retire & his family at the Flat Rock Cracker Barrel for dinner that night. Go try the summer Strawberry salad while it’s still on the menu.

Gwen & I ventured back downtown on Wednesday for lunch. We walked around checking out antique stores, furniture places & a great local independent pet store {who gave me a few food recommendations for crazy Moekitty} before settling on eating at Ole Blue’s BBQ. [flickr id=”5779453998″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] I enjoyed a pulled chicken sandwich & probably the best mac n cheese I’d had in a long time. [flickr id=”5779454654″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] We met an agent & his wife at their son’s restaurant, The Water Oak, for dinner Wednesday night. Go check it out online & if you’re ever in this part of NC, go! I had a cup of the best she crab soup outside of coastal SC as well as Scallops with risotto & asparagus. [flickr id=”5778910493″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”]

After spending $$ out Wednesday, we went for cheap & close by Thursday. We’d heard great things about Cafe at the Mall & I had the best sandwich {so good that I got it again to go on our way home Friday}. Although we’d sworn we would work out every day, Thursday was the first time we got the chance. I kicked my own butt running on the treadmill. We ran out in the rain to Walmart & the local Mexican restaurant, Mi Pueblito which was featuring $1.25 bud light drafts for dinner. [flickr id=”5778911101″ thumbnail=”medium” overlay=”true” size=”medium” group=”” align=”center”] Then I *had* to finish my box wine {because you know you can’t leave wine behind!}.

I all but finished Unbroken this week staying up until 2 am Wednesday night because I couldn’t put it down. After packing up I read a little more Thursday & hope to finish it this weekend {I’ll post a review after book club  next week}. We drove back in the rain today & soon I’m on my way to meet up with my family in OIB.

I have to say, I wasn’t expecting much out of Forest City & it was definitely better than I thought! My FB coworkers were so nice & I’d definitely volunteer to work there again if there are any future storms.