Weekend Shenanigans

Another weekend has come and gone! Only one more left for this month! That is just crazy talk!

Friday – We were invited to come to the soft opening of Babalu’s Tacos & Tapas, so we headed downtown Friday evening. We invited Chris’s parents to come with us. Babalu’s environment encourages socializing with friends while sharing small plates and tacos. They make fresh guac table side, have a great selection of specialty cocktails, and lots ofyummy deliciousness.


Since we were there as invited guests, our food was complimentary off a special fixed menu. We ordered the chips and pico as our appetizer.


For our side for the table, we split sweet potato fries. Let me tell you, these were probably the best sweet potato fries we have ever had. They were perfect and not greasy.


Chris ordered the pork belly tacos as his small plate.


I had the grilled chicken satay that came out over fresh rice with black beans and corn.


They also brought out a plate of small desserts to try!


Dulce de leche cheesecake, cayenne pepper chocolate truffle and cinnamon bread pudding. Each one was delicious! I think my favorite was the cinnamon bread pudding, but the cayenne pepper truffle had this little kick after each bite and it was incredible!

They play I Love Lucy on a projector above the bar, and have some different seating options like this long high top table in the middle, and nice chairs around coffee tables outside on the patio. They have screened garage doors to open when the weather is perfect, like Friday night. Overall we had a great time and will certainly be back again! Especially seeing as how it is about one block from my office!



Saturday – I had an adoption class at the humane society Saturday morning. We got done a little early, so I stayed for a little while and took some dogs out to the play yard and for a walk.

That afternoon, we met some of our friends at World of Beer to watch the Alabama vs Texas A&M game. The game was awesome! We completely shut them out 59 to nothing. I started my day with a red and white, of course! Gotta keep it festive. This was a wheat beer with some raspberry framboise mixed in. Delicious.

I hadn’t had anything to eat yet that day, so I ordered the ham and cheese sandwich with a side of edadame and gorbonzo salad. It was delicious!


Chris ordered a pretzel with beer cheese. I had two or three bites. It was so good!


The other beer I ordered was a Crispin Apple Cider. It was a pretty big bottle, so it was my last one. I loved the crispness of it and it wasn’t overly sweet like some of the other ciders out there.


Sunday – I woke up and cleaned the house, gave Gracie a bath and started cutting Mac’s fur. I say started because we were about 45 minutes in and both Mac and I needed a break. He probably lost about 5 lbs of fur! Haha! I forgot how tiny he is underneath all that fluff.

We then met up with Chris’s parents for lunch at J Alexanders and went to Bargain Hunt and Best Buy with them.

We went grocery shopping on our way home, then spent the rest of the night catching up on some shows. Of course, Livvy had to join!



Friday Favorites

Favorite Song:Truly Madly Deeply – Savage Garden – Do you really expect anything but a throw back song from me most days? I want to stand with you on a mountain….

Favorite Purchase: Michael Kors skinny black pants from TJ Maxx. I stopped last Friday on my way home from the airport. I needed some retail therapy after flying, duh! I scored these pants for $34.99, originally $99.95. I was super excited about it! They fit perfectly!



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Favorite Delivery: I received this repairing hair care shampoo, conditioner and masque to try from Influenster. To say I am excited to see if it works in an understatement! I smelled the masque of course, and it smells wonderful! I will be trying it this weekend. Stay tuned for the results!


Favorite Food Find: While scouring the frozen section at Target last Sunday, I stumbled upon a new line of single serving items by Archer Farms. This quinoa was delicious! Like, hello feta, how could you not like this? Plus you know, it is healthy because quinoa. Perfect to pair with other items for lunch during the week!



Favorite Livvy Pictures: Amanda said she needed a dose of Livvy. She is harder to catch in picture these days…as she is full on crazy pants.


She is obsessed with the TV. If it is on, she is mesmerized by it and promptly jumps up and tries to touch what is on the screen. To which she gets yelled at and sent to her room because those kitty paws do not need to scratch our TV.


Watching TV yet again (from my lap) and undoubtedly plotting a way to get up on the entertainment center without us noticing. Not likely, Livvy. Not likely.


She is also obsessed with the dogs. From a distance. She sits in the window and stalks them when they are outside. We have to keep the blinds up and the curtain tied away from the window to keep her happy, or she meows until you fix it. Obviously.

Favorite Funnies:

I am not ok with drunk driving at all, yet I find this ecard hilarious….

Hmmm I can see the dogs pulling these shenanigans.

How Mac probably feels when he can’t find Livvy…..

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–What I failed to mention about our company retreat last week, is that my old granny knee gave out on me while I was getting out of an SUV at the hotel Friday morning on our way to the airport. I fell and busted it open because I was wearing a dress…Luckily, I don’t  think I flashed anyone…unluckily a few of my co-workers saw me go down like a bag of bricks. No one laughed, except for me. Maybe I work with adults.

–Because of said fall, I have been walking around like the hunchback of Notre Dame. Don’t mind me!

–There was a super annoying kid behind me on the plane that was playing his DS at full volume. I turned around twice and gave both the kid and the parent evil eyes. They ignored me. I wanted to throw the kid DS out of the plane. Get the kid some damn headphones!!!

–I am in a lunch rut. A bad, bad lunch rut!!!! I have got to come up with better ideas of stuff to take to work. I have been eating the same boring things week after week. Please tell me what you do! Only healthy stuff…..

–….because I have been eating like shit too often lately. I had a coming to Jesus moment over the weekend. My fat pants fit. My skinny pants wont button. I feel icky. WTF Nadine?! I know this has everything to do with throwing all my hard work out the window every weekend. I want all of the bad things in large quantities. I do so well Monday to Friday morning, and then Friday night hits and I want everything. It is a vicious, ugly cycle that needs to be broken.

–Maybe you noticed that my social media follow buttons have been missing for months? I didn’t. Oops! Sooooo if we aren’t already following each other on social media, shall we? I know I am guilty of missing  a few follows myself. *shameless plug*

Confessions in ecards:

Also, if you are looking to PUMP UP your Wednesday and get into the Halloween mood, Chris has released his free Halloween mix! He is guest posting over at Magic City Bloggers today with it so you can download it from here. For Birmingham people, there is a limited time discount code in the post for Young Frankenstein at the Red Mountain Theatre Company too! So be sure to check that out! The show was funny and amazing!

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The Hump Day Blog Hop


I haven’t done a currently post in awhile and that is a shame! I always love reading currently posts because it gives you lots of little snippets. So here we go!

Currently listening to: Enya – Only Time – Perhaps it is the rainy weather or the cooler weather, but this song brings calmness to me.

Currently reading: Fearless Fourteen – the 14th book in the Stephanie Plum series. I should be done with this book by the end of the week. Or tomorrow. :)

Currently coveting: I really want some booties. I have none! How is that even possible?! There is a pair that I am absolutely in love with at Nordstrom Rack. They are Michael Kors and they are fabulous! However, they are a bit pricey and I found two pairs at Target that would do the trick! Ok, there are three pairs that I want. (They are having a sale right now!!! Click the picture for the link.)

Women's Sam & Libby Anya Heeled Shootie - Assorted Colors

Women's Sam & Libby Marley Ankle Boots - Assorted Colors


Women's Sam & Libby Randi Heeld Shootie


Currently excited for: Disney on Ice with my nephew’s class! Just a few more weeks. I need to find my princess attire, obviously!

Also, cooler weather! We had some strong storms roll through here last night and after the rain clears out today, it is supposed to be cooler! Give me all the sweaters!

And the fact that my face is finally calming the efffff down. I will be sharing my new skin care routine in another week or two when I can verify that it is indeed working great. Which, it looks that way!

Currently drinking: Archer Farms House Blend k-cup with Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer. Delicious!!! And way less calories and money than the PSL.

Currently surprised by: The fact that I drank black coffee while in Orlando last week. Like, who am I? And I actually enjoyed it!

Currently thinking about: Which phone I want. Still. Yes, every decision I make, I treat like a life altering decision. Don’t think I took the selection of booties to covet lightly up there. I have been to Target three times to look at them and try them on. Ridiculous, right?

Work Decisions

Also, how is it mid October already?! Like, seriously??? Our two year anniversary is coming up. My trip to Houston for my friends wedding is just around the corner. Thanksgiving and Black Friday are just a little over a month away! That is just crazy talk! Maybe once this cooler weather comes, it will feel more like fall.

What are your current things?

Weekend Shenanigans

I could use about five more days off, but who can’t right?

Friday – So, as you know…last week I was in Orlando for work and we flew home Friday morning. When we were waiting for our connecting flight in Atlanta, we received an email from our boss letting us know that he encouraged us to work from home the remainder of the day instead of coming in the office. This was the best news ever! I was exhausted! It was a busy few days, and we had to get up super hella early to catch our flight that morning.

Friday evening, Chris came home and we had some left over pizza that he had ordered while I was gone and watched TV. I had approximately 3467 cups of coffee throughout the day Friday to keep me going.

Saturday – I woke up and cleaned the house Saturday morning and did some laundry. I started volunteering at the humane society in Birmingham a few weeks ago, and I had a canine class to take that afternoon. It was a great class and went over the basics on dog training and how to socialize the dogs.

There was this little puppy that was all alone after her litter had been adopted. Her owner had thrown acid on her and she had burn marks all over her little puppy body. Well, Saturday was her first day out in the play yard. Our class instructor said she had never been outside before and she army crawled around the play yard at first and was very timid and scared. Then she realized she was ok and started playing and was super happy.

When we were out in the play yard with another dog learning proper training techniques, someone else had brought her out and she saw the other dog and ran up to him and started giving him little puppy kisses and her tail was going crazy. My eyes started to water. It was the sweetest thing I have ever seen. And I knew that is why I was there. To give these dogs the happiest life that I can while we have them there. While we were watching football later that evening I had looked on Facebook and saw that the little puppy had been adopted that day!

Speaking of football, yikes! Chris and I watched the games with his dad. Where the hell did Ole Miss and Mississippi State come from this year? Alabama barely squeaked by Arkansas this weekend too! At last Georgia killed Mizzou.

Sunday – We headed over to Best Buy for me to look at phones. I am torn you guys! I thought I really wanted the iPhone 6. After looking at them, I would never get the 6. Maybe the 6 plus….but really…I was just completely underwhelmed by them both. I am now thinking about the Samsung Galaxy S5 instead. Do you have either phone? What are your thoughts?

Other than that, we did our grocery shopping and meal planning then spent the day watching TV and playing Mario Kart 8 and Putty for the PS4.

I used to love Super Putty for SNES and this game is an updated version. It was a lot of fun once I got in to it and I got past the first three levels :)

That was my weekend. Nothing too exciting but a lot of rest. We are supposed to have a super busy week at work so I am glad it was low key! I am behind on blog reading from being gone last week, so bare with me while I try to catch up with all of you!


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