weekend shenanigans

TBB Asks – Summer Lovin’

Hello there! The rain has finally cleared on out of here, and it was pretty dry this weekend. Well, I take that back. It was hot as SHIT this weekend thanks to the humidity, so it wasn’t exactly dry. I kicked off Friday with a free donut at DD for National Donut Day! That is a holiday I can get behind.
Saturday morning I did a little work around the house, and decided to take Zoe outside after breakfast. It was around 8:45am when we went out there. Here was what the weather station reported.
It was already 86 degrees, feels like 98. Sweet Baby Jesus it was hot out there!!!! I think I lasted about 25 minutes with us blowing bubbles, drawing with side walk chalk, and taking her for a few rides in the wagon. I was soaked in sweat when we came back in, and we both downed entire glasses of water. Woof.
Despite the horrid temperatures, Zoe did not want to come back inside. She loves hanging out there. I had to bribe her with some coloring and painting. These are Zoe Originals, people! Beautiful work!
After nap time, we all headed out to run some errands and grab an early dinner at Village Tavern. Chris was craving some crab dip, and Zoe and I split the burger and fries. After dinner, we went to Nordstrom Rack in search of shoes for Chris. While I waited in line to pay, Chris and Zoe had a blast running around the store. She was so much fun and didn’t fuss one bit while we were out.
Sunday morning we headed out to do some grocery shopping. We also hit up Sam’s and Home Depot while we were out, and ate at Kemp’s for lunch. I think I know why big box retailers are having such a hard time competing with the internet. We were at Home Depot to get a gate for the top of our stairs. Chris knew the exact one we needed and had it already picked out. After walking around the store for a few minutes, I finally spotted an employee and asked him where the gates were. He told me they were clear across the store in Building Materials, and acted bothered that I dare ask him anything. He didn’t bother to walk me over there or anything, he told me I would know when I was there. Well let me tell you, they were NOT over there. Chris looked online and discovered they were in aisle 32 bay 1. So clearly, that man’s job is no longer needed in the store if he cant be bothered. We hiked it back across to the other side of the store and there were the gates where the internet said they would be. They didn’t have the one we needed though, but online said they had them in stock. We went back to the front of the store to customer service because there were no other employees to be found where we were. Showed them what we were looking for, the woman called someone. We stood there for 15 minutes and no one ever came. Chris got online, ordered it and told them never mind and we left.  This is why big box stores are in trouble!!! I expect shitty service from Lowe’s, and we quit going there because of it. Now Home Depot too????
After that frustrating experience, we went to Kemp’s Kitchen for lunch. It is new and I had been wanting to try it. Another frustrating experience. Our server was friendly and quick to refill our drinks, but that is where it ended. My chicken tenders came out luke warm, and my fries were cold and disgusting. Chris’s philly steak sandwich was cold and  his fries were also cold and disgusting. I have never not eaten my fries before. Never. Zoe seems to like her side of mac n cheese that she ate. Probably because she didn’t have to wait for it to cool down LOL Even she wouldn’t eat the fry I gave her, nor the chicken tenders. It sucks because I love supporting little local places like that, but we would have had a better meal at Sonic for a lot less. The fried green tomatoes we ordered for an app were alright. At least they were hot. Chris got on Yelp, and apparently lots of people complained about the cold food. So it wasn’t just our server not getting it out in time.
When we got home, I got Zoe down for her nap. She ended up getting her foot caught in her crib rails, and there was no napping after that. She had SO much energy the rest of the day….and we had no down time since she didn’t nap. I was exhausted come bath and bedtime! We made homemade pizzas for dinner and caught up on The Originals and called it a night.
I am linking up with Biana for Weekending and Andrea and TBB for TBB Asks. This month is all about summer!!!
1. Walk or Bike Ride?
I haven’t rode a bike in so long!!! I think the idea of it is fun, but my neighborhood suckkkkks. So not set up for bike riding. Maybe when we  move, we can get more in to it. Birmingham isn’t exactly a bike-able or walk-able city. I do walk when I can.
2. Favorite Picnic Food?
Crackers and cheese or fruit.
3. Pool or Lake?
Pool. I don’t get in lake water.
4. Favorite Flavor of ice cream?
Mint Chocolate Chip or Cookie Dough
5. Ice Cream Cone or in a Dish?
I do love ice cream cones!!!
6. Flip Flops or Slides?
Both! I love that slides have really come back in the last year or so.
7. Jean Shorts or Jean Capris?
Neither. I wear dresses or jeans. There are no shorts to be seen here!!
8. Favorite summer Fruit?
Strawberries
9. Corn on the Cob or Cut Off the Cob?
Corn on the cob is life!!! Especially fresh off the grill!!!
10. Favorite summertime song?
AWOLNATION Sail

11. Favorite summertime activity?
Going to the beach!
12. Favorite Berry? Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry or Blackberry?
I love all berries, but strawberries are my favorite!
13. Bikini’s, tankini’s or one pieces?
I prefer tankini’s. You wont find this girl sporting a bikini. Probably never again. I like tankini’s because they tend to conceal things better than one pieces. One pieces are highly functional when you have a toddler though, as long as there is chest support. I find most swimsuits lack chest support. Sigh.
14. Dresses or Skirts?
Dresses all the way!!!
15. One Word to describe Summer?
HOT!
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14 Comments

  • Reply Andrea @ Living On Cloud Nine June 4, 2018 at 10:20 am

    Aww, poor Zoe and the crib. I did love me some doughnut day, I got a free one at our bakery and I was so excited, lol! LOVE your answers, berries and corn on the cob all the way…mmmm I forgot about on the grill. YUM!

  • Reply Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders June 4, 2018 at 10:31 am

    I love Sail! It’s such a good song to jam out to! And I’m pretty sure that we used the exact same word to describe summer! It really is so stinking hot in the South, especially with the humidity! And I can’t believe how terrible your service was at Home Depot! The bad customer service is one of the reasons that I prefer to shop online as well!

  • Reply Lauren June 4, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Ugh I have had similar experiences at Home Depot–it’s SO frustrating!

  • Reply Marie June 4, 2018 at 11:27 am

    I absolutely HATE Home Depot, I have always gotten terrible service. They have the worse help too, they never want to help you at the ones around here. I use to go there for the filters for my HVAC system. Not anymore. I actually get them a hardware store on Cape Cod. Not only is the staff helpful but the filters are cheaper! One would have thought the big box store would have been cheaper but nope! Big box stores are in trouble and it seems like they just don’t care and it’s sad. To me, there is nothing worse, than going to a store to pick something up only to be told, No sorry you have to order it online! WTF! I think it’s so wrong. Drives me batty but I will get off my horse on this cause I could rant about this for days.

  • Reply Lindsay Latimer June 4, 2018 at 11:39 am

    WHY IS IT SO HOT ALREADY? I love so much about summer but the temps are miserable. I literally cannot shop in our small town because of the lack of customer service. It’s so bad that we will drive 45 minutes away to do anything (or buy online). Girl did you get some money back on that food?! That’s ridiculous! No shorts or lakes for me, either. We’re the same person.

  • Reply Rebecca Jo June 4, 2018 at 12:00 pm

    Is that weather station in your house? I love stuff like that. Weather nerd. My dad always said he thought I’d be a meteorologist 🙂

  • Reply ShootingStarsMag June 4, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    I love listening to bands in the summertime; I just couldn’t think of specific songs. LOL I love your choice though. Oh no, sorry about the bad service at Home Depot and the restaurant! Sigh – big box stores need to do better, because while I like buying some things online, I don’t want the world to go the way of “all online” because sometimes you want to SEE what you’re getting beforehand, you know? Sorry it didn’t work out that way though!

    -Lauren

  • Reply Biana @ Blovedboston June 4, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    We had a really humid Saturday and then of course we’re in the high 50s now – welcome to New England! Finding an employee at Home Depot or Lowes is next to impossible! Sorry you guys had such a terrible experience. No Nap time definitely makes for a very tired mama!! Hope you have a great start to the week! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Akaleistar June 4, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    Sail is a great song!

  • Reply Alex Messina-Schultheis June 4, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    With you on the lake water, girl!! Not. Getting. In.

  • Reply Missy @MySh!ttyKitchen June 4, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Wow I am so sorry you had such bad service at home Depot and cold food at the restaurant, so not cool! I made homemade pizza last night too, the best! Oh yes, not getting in a lake, and probably not wearing bikini’s unless it is in my own back yard and no one can see!

  • Reply Audrey June 5, 2018 at 9:18 am

    What a crappy HD experience. We only have a Lowes in our town and we went there one night looking for info on a washer & dryer. We walked around the appliance and looked in the washers and dryers for TWENTY minutes and not a single person asked to help us. Needless to say, we didn’t get out stuff from them.
    I like ice cream cones, too. And I’m obsessed with one-pieces!

  • Reply mandie June 6, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Now, I want some crab dip. Ugh.

    I am surprised by your Home Depot visit. Our Home Depot here is fabulous. I’ve never had an issue with any of the employees at ours, they are always real helpful.

  • Reply Laura June 6, 2018 at 3:50 pm

    Mint chocolate chip for life. I’m sorry that you had such a shitty experience at HD and then at that restaurant. Screw that place that gives you cold food. And I’m with you- no more bikinis ever.

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