So I have to admit there isn’t really anything super exciting going on. At least not that I can blog about. (Don’t you hate that?) So what I thought I’d do instead was share the recipe that went over so well last night that I wasn’t even able to get a photo. Thanks men in my house!
Pardon me while I dust off the blog. I’m sure y’all noticed that I’ve been in absentia lately.
Or maybe you didn’t. Which clearly means my ego is too big for my britches.
(Or I’ve been writing to myself … which is strangely ok with me. Not that I want any of y’all to go away. PLEASE DON’T! (see aforementioned big britches ego.))
Anyway, I’ve mostly stayed away because well I’ve been so busy that I have no blog fodder. Turns out bloggers can get writers block and writer burn-out just like REAL WRITERS! Who knew? Plus, while I have photos…I’ve not had time to get them off the camera, let alone actually do something with them. Like…post them. Or (ha!) edit them.
Still while I’m a week late, and several dollars short, I’m gonna talk about my birthday weekend. Saturday Alex and I joined several friends to celebrate actual birthday gal Kat’s birthday and my pseudo-not-quite-arrived yet birthday. We went to fancy pants restaurants where I realized how much of a hick I am, then we went to an Irish Pub. Oh the pub – It was fun! I had Jarrett spell out for me the fancy beers (he knows his stuff…) and eventually I was served a delicious cider.
In a tea-cup. A large tea-cup. (Which I have a photo of on the Facebook page and have trouble getting on to here…) I felt so dignified drinking this while the rest of the gang had pilsners and glasses. Presents were gifted and Jarrett and his lurvely not-quite-yet Wife (3 months y’all!) were extremely generous in gifting me with the camera I’ve been borrowing from them for oh…a year now. Tehehhe.
On my actual birthday I lazed around in the morning before getting up and lazing around some more. That evening all the family gathered at my parents house where my Mom and Alex were in charge of the camera. (What it was my birthday I have other things …. Like cake to eat) Following my birthday tradition of burgers, brats, beer, and cookie cake more presents were presented. YAY!
Now I’m not kidding when I say I’m a redneck, and to prove it check out these totally awesome gifts!
It’s a sugar bowl and creamer y’all! Aren’t they freaking adorable?! I love it!
Lastly in the evening we headed out to do fireworks. Only it was pouring rain. Luckily the rest of my family, like me, are in to things that go BOOM! So Alex and I made each other laugh with talks of explosives and actually you know…exploding things. It began to rain harder so finally we had to set off the big one – which amusingly enough, received claps from our neighbors. Clearly we’re the only f
ool-hardy pyromaniac ones determined enough to go hog-wild in the rain. And with one last big ol’ boom my 27th birthday came to a close.
I’d ask what y’all did for the fourth, but handily enough for the most part I know! Mostly because y’all are a thousand percent more on top of things than I am. So instead I’ll ask – what’s your favorite birthday gift of all time?
Alex and I were super lucky to be able to spend the weekend doing a huge variety of relaxing things. Saturday Alex had to work, as usual, but then when he got home. We went to the Georgia mountains to visit with friend’s we’ve not seen in months.
The guys kibitzed and grilled some amazing food. (Of course I now have strange hankerings for home-made Salsa, which requires Alex to grill more at home.)
The two ladies in this lovely photo made a delicious Apple Pie.
Me, I just drank some wine and snapped photos. Hence being the odd one out in photos. I’m the local paparazzi. (you know, annoying and yet necessary to capture the fun times)
Sunday, Alex and I wanted some couple time / reconnect time so we headed up to TN and the great bookstore otherwise known as McKay’s! Alex was able to find several CD’s he’s wanted and we only forked out $1.15 after our trade-in credits were account for. After our great hunt we decided to go get lunch.
So we went for broke (really, this was a wonderful meal, but requires budgeting) and had lunch at the always amazing and delicious J. Alexander. (Alex tried to get a discount on account of his name. They disagreed with his thought process…party poopers.)
Then, on the way home we headed to Lookout Mountain. We didn’t really stop much, but we sure enjoyed the cool air. I think we’re planning on going up again soon to SEE ROCKY CITY!! (And I just may buy a bird house that says you should see it too.) Am I right dear?
Monday we ended up at the pool enjoying summer and all it has to offer. Thank you Summer for being so wonderful!
All in all it was a great weekend. So now you know what we did all weekend. What about you? Did you grill, boat, sleep-in, travel, what? Share your Memorial Day Weekend memories!
Woo hoo its time for part two! You can check out Part One of this adventure here if you missed out.
Sunday started bright and early for us…and I do mean EARLY. My dad and I decided the night before that we would like to get up and see the sun rise. So at six a.m. we exchanged a few texts confirming each other were up and headed out to the dock. Oddly enough, my texts woke Alex. (which is very rare…man normally sleeps through THREE alarms on any given day.) So he decided to join us down at the docks.
After watching an AMAZING sunrise we all grabbed breakfast down at Jan’s Cafe again before going for a drive. Turns out where we were vacationing is the same place my mom used to go as a teen AND where my grandfather helped build a nuclear power plant, so we jaunted up the coast just enjoying the day.
That evening we went off to celebrate the wedding of A (him) and G (her). It was wonderful and sweet and everything I wish it could have been for them. We were so glad we were there to celebrate.
At the reception I had a blast dancing my toes off and even managed to get Alex to dance with me. I know we have pictures of that somewhere, but it sure isn’t in my photo set. HOWEVER, I did manage to snap a picture of an event so rare….so unusual…that well, we had to have picture proof to PROVE it even happened.
My Dad danced!
The reception was pretty much the end of our night. Sadly that meant we had to wake up and head home the next day. BOO!!! However, before we packed up the convertible with our bags everyone headed down to the beach one last time. We were able to pick up some beautiful shells, take some fun photos, and in general enjoy our last few moments on “vacation” before heading our separate ways once again. My parents to their bike and the long ride home along with a brief stop to see more family. Alex and I to the airport where we would fly home.
Unfortunately this vacation has made me LONG for another one. Good news is this weekend we’ll be headed to the mountains and next year who knows? I think this time we may head out on a cruise ship. What about you? What is your ideal vacation?