weekend shenanigans

Weekend Shenanigans – Beaching for ‘Murica

I love long weekends. And by long weekends, I mean ones where I left work Tuesday night and headed to the beach until last night! 🙂 Be jealous bitches.

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We were in Gulf Shores, Alabama. For those of you who aren’t up on their geography…Alabama has beaches along the Gulf! Pretty, white sand beaches! The best thing? The wifi at our condo was virtually nonexistent and unusable, so I stayed unconnected for days and days. It was wonderful!

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The Rita’s Ice people had to stand in the pool for awhile because it was SO HOT two of the days we were there.

Other than relaxing pool side and ocean side, I finished reading Saint Anything, and started and finished Rescue Road as well! I also learned that no matter how much sunscreen I apply while at the beach, I always manage to burn at least one area of my pale, Scottish-Irish skin. This week my thighs got a little extra done.

This weekend in eats:

eatsWe stopped at Steak n Shake on the way down to the beach. I ordered my first Frisco Melt! I usually get a regular steak burger but decided to switch it up. On the way home we had Smash Burger for the first time. It was delicious and I am certain we will be back! While at the beach we hung out at Lulu’s where we shared smoked tuna dip (not pictured) and I had a burger with queso on it. Yes, queso. You guys….a burger with queso is probably the best thing ever. I also had a side of jalapeno hush puppies which were freaking amazing. We had grilled out one night as well….mmmmm!!!!!! Grilling out is the BEST at the beach. Isn’t everything better at the beach?

New friends I met

Friends of a FeatherAnd this little guy….

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This week in patriotism

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This week in views

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The worst thing about going to the beach? Leaving!!!! Who wants to leave? Also, who wants to sit in traffic??? Our 4 and a half hour trip turned out to be nearly eight thanks to stop and go traffic the entire way up I-65.

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Check out this amazing storm that rolled in over us at the beach! That shelf cloud! People started running inside.

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My favorite this is walking down the boardwalk in the mornings.

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Now excuse me while I go wish I was back on the beach! I hope everyone had a great weekend and a great 4th of July!

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  • Reply Dorrie @ Bear Den Plantation July 6, 2015 at 10:39 am

    You and I had the same idea! I stayed pretty well disconnected all last week, and actually would love to this week as well! But alas, we’re back at work. I love the Gulf side so much more than the Atlantic side, and am gonna miss it when we move. But none the less, beaches are beaches and they provide a certain amount of peace not matter what. Until those clouds roll in anyway! Happy Monday after vacation!!

  • Reply Andrea Nine July 6, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Yay, glad my girl Nadine got some relaxation and beach time in!! Whoohoo, my recap will come next Monday as still at the beach til Saturday!!! I scheduled all my posts ahead of time but still siting on the deck overlooking the water to read and comment my favs!!! You know I’ll be pouting when I have to leave, hubs will take me kicking and screaming. Lol. I hope your week is off to a GREAT start as I know it sucks getting back in the swing. I am now off to search the town menus for a burger with queso, sounds soooo good! xo


  • Reply Laura July 6, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I think the traffic is payback for going to the beach without me. 🙂 That food looks amazing. I need to go to Smash Burger — and perhaps a special four hour trip for a burger with queso on it. That water looks beautiful — I’m glad y’all had a good time!!

  • Reply Biana Perez July 6, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Disconnecting on vacation is just the best and even better when it just doesn’t allow you to connect! the beach looked so perfect! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  • Reply Robin July 6, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Not being connected sounds like a great vacation. Isn’t it funny how, just twelve-ish years ago, we did not *need* wi-fi and social media so badly?

  • Reply Heather @ My Little HEA July 6, 2015 at 11:38 am

    That looks amazing!! I love vacationing at the beach, not on our side usually since we live so close but I’ve done Destin and places up and down the East coast. That white crab? I would have missed him, he blends so well! Also, RITA’s!! They had that at your hotel? I need to stay there!

  • Reply Ashley July 6, 2015 at 12:39 pm

    ahhh i am so jealous of how long your weekend was! I need a long break! And I am always jealous of your food you post on here! Everything looks so good!

  • Reply Erin LFF July 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I am jealous- you jerk!!! 😉 Loving all your food- especially thinking about a burger with queso on it haha! And ugh to that traffic. We always seem to travel on/around holiday weekends so for once I was glad we weren’t!!

  • Reply Mattie July 6, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    So jealous! I totally want to take a beach getaway, even if it’s just for a weekend! All that food looks amaaazing. Everything is better with queso.

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph July 6, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed your extra long weekend at the beach!

    The moonrise was amazing most nights last week!

  • Reply Darcy July 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

    That looks beyond amazing! And iwant Smashburger now… the one near me closed recently!

  • Reply Kristen July 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    ahhhh so jealous! not of that traffic though, boo.

  • Reply Tracy July 6, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    Well you sure do know how to do an extra long weekend right! So glad you got in some much-needed beach time. All your pictures are gorgeous!

  • Reply Kay R. July 6, 2015 at 8:48 pm

    Yay for the beach and yummy weekend eats!

  • Reply kathy at real talk July 7, 2015 at 6:59 am

    oh beach vacations…BEST. sunning, reading, listening to music …i love it all.

  • Reply B @ The Sequin Notebook July 7, 2015 at 7:56 am

    That beach (and all of the yummy food) looks fantastic! Glad you were able to unplug and recharge a bit!

  • Reply Kelli July 7, 2015 at 9:36 am

    Yayyy for beach vacations! People that vacation here aren’t smart enough to run inside when a shelf cloud comes. I swear I’ve seen people coming to the beach as I was leaving because of thunder.

    I was unconnected this weekend, I hated it. We didn’t even have a TV that got news, I need news.

  • Reply Katie July 7, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Sounds like you had a perfect loooong weekend! And I would be upset if you DIDN’T disconnect while at the beach. The internet and vacation just don’t go together, in my opinion.

  • Reply Kate @ Green Fashionista July 7, 2015 at 11:39 am

    Ugh traffic is the worst! We sat in stop and go traffic for a few hours trying to get in and out of the Keys this weekend. But it’s worth it once you get there! Looks like a fabulous long weekend gurlie! Beautiful beaches, yummy food, fireworks, and being disconnected – perfection 🙂

  • Reply Jess July 7, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Those little crabs are so cute, we saw some when we went to Jamaica. They were popping out of little holes in the sand.

  • Reply Morgan July 7, 2015 at 2:41 pm

    It sounds like a fabulous holiday weekend! We’re heading down in a couple of weeks, and I’m so ready to have my toes in the sand!

  • Reply Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis July 7, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    Sounds so relaxing and the perfect way to spend the long weekend. Sorry about your sunburn and nasty traffic home but otherwise looks like an awesome time.

  • Reply Jana @ Jana Says July 7, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    Is that what a ghost crab looks like??

    I’m so glad you were able to relax and disconnect and judging from the pictures you had quite a beautiful and delicious view!

  • Reply Lindsay T. July 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

    Awesome pix! I LOVE vacations without wifi too (:

  • Reply Melissa July 8, 2015 at 12:52 am

    Those beach pics are all so gorgeous and yes, this bitch is insanely jealous of your beach weekend. I actually got some time off from work this last weekend and while I had quite a nice time, it would have been infinitely better with some beach time.

  • Reply Angel de la Flor July 8, 2015 at 1:41 am

    This looks like a wonderful weekend! I love the photos, particularly those little things that you shared!

  • Reply ellesees.blogspot.com July 8, 2015 at 7:57 am

    the beach! take me with you!! gulf shores is so gorgeous!! loved reading your weekend and glad you had a good 4th

  • Reply kerri @ cheshire kat July 8, 2015 at 8:43 am

    ah i love the gulf shores! my parents have a place in alabama and it’s so relaxing to go by the water there. anywhere on the gulf really! looks like a great trip! (minus the traffic, i get it!)


  • Reply Bri @ My Life As... July 8, 2015 at 11:57 am

    I’ve never been to Smashburger & I lived not that far from one for about a year. It looks so good though. Beach trips are great! So relaxing.

  • Reply Duckie July 14, 2015 at 7:09 am

    Amazing photos! That boardwalk makes me want to go there too!

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