Weekend Shenanigans – The One With the Extra Day


Don’t you love waking up on the first day of work for the week and think “It’s not Monday!!!!!” Such a great feeling! Let’s get right to the recap, shall we?

Friday – I got to work super early Friday morning, so I got to leave work early. It was so nice not sitting in the horrible Friday night long weekend traffic. I got home and finished my book, “Attachments” and because I was feeling bad about having to miss my work out that morning…I totally got my work out in too!

Saturday – In the morning I cleaned the house and did some laundry and Chris cut the front yard. I then went shopping for a little while to the Outlets at Grand River and around Trussville. Afterwards, Chris and I had a date night. We went to The Southern Kitchen for dinner. This restaurant is located in Birmingham’s new Uptown District. The restaurant probably deserves a post of it’s own, but here is a mini version…

The inside:



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The Food:



We sat outside on the patio, as it was a bit loud inside the restaurant. We only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table, which isn’t bad for a Saturday night in Birmingham. I assume it is because it was Memorial Day weekend and a lot of people were out of town.

Chris ordered the Blackened Grouper with a side of Macaroni and Cheese and I ordered the Savannah Salad (spinach, strawberries, pecans with balsamic dressing) and a cup of Corn Chowder. Both of our meals were great! That was the best corn chowder I have EVER had. There were several more things on the menu that I would love to try, like the Jackson Burger that has pimento cheese and a Brioche bun with hand cut jalapeno honey fries or the Ribeye Macaroni and Cheese that has blackened ribeye, conecuh sausage, and smoked gouda with green tomato relish . We will certainly be back!

After dinner, Chris drove me to see the light tunnels. Neither of us had seen them at night and it was on my list of things to do in Birmingham! There are three tunnels total, these are two of them. I took the pictures while the car was moving, so bare with me…







This is the outside of the Baron’s stadium at Region’s Field. So pretty! So fun!



Sunday – Olivia declared Sunday morning playtime. Look at that face!




I did the meal planning and grocery shopping, then headed over to my mom’s for dinner. My sister, her husband and two of their kids came as well as two of my step sisters. It was great to see everyone and the food was excellent.


Monday – Since we were blessed with a third day this weekend, I was NOT going to let it go to waste!!! I did two loads of laundry, cleaned the shit out of the inside of my car as well as Chris’s, washed the outside of mine, came in and did my leg work out then bathed Gracie.

There was also lots of furball shenanigans. I looked outside to see Mac sitting on the table. WTF? I guess since he the mayor of the backyard, he can see more perched upon the table? Such a cutie. A weirdo…but totally cute!


Olivia fell asleep while attempting to crawl half way up the couch.




I bought grapes while I was at the store, but I can never find any organic grapes around these parts. My sister suggested that I take a large bowl, dump about a half a cup of vinegar and about 9 cups of water and let them sit for a few minutes. Afterwards, I rinsed them again with water and drained it. You guys, all the waxy crap was completely gone and they tasted AMAZING!!!! I guess you could do that with other fruits as well to get rid of the nasty pesticides and other crap that is on them!



And I leave you with this: Olivia hiding out in the blankets.



Have a great week! It is already Tuesday, we got this!!!!!

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  • Reply Lauren May 27, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I love corn chowder! And those tunnels are awesome! You had a very productive weekend!

  • Reply Kateri Von Steal May 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm


    Your weekend looked amazing!

    Happy Tuesday!

  • Reply SMD @ Life According to Steph May 27, 2014 at 2:12 pm

    I use vinegar with all my fruit – it helps strawberries last longer too.

    Those light tunnels are awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Brooks May 27, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I’m just gonna need you to be my guide if we ever move to Birmingham.

  • Reply kathy@vodka and soda May 27, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    every saturday after shopping, i fill half-fill the sink with water and dump 1cup vinegar; then i toss in all of my fruits/veggies except raspberries since they turn into a gooey mess. i let them soak for 10mins and voila! nasty crap all gone 🙂 also, makes it easy to just make your shit instead of having to wash them every time.

    Vodka and Soda

  • Reply Jana @ The Townhouse Pioneer May 27, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    FRIED PICKLES are the best!! I had them for the first and only time when I was in Nashville last year and they’re worth a second trip. I want to make them at home. With oil and everything. None of that healthy alternative crap.

    Those tunnel lights are beautiful!

  • Reply brittney May 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Im only an hour from Bham, I am going to have to check those lights out someone else posted about them not too long ago!

  • Reply Kristen May 27, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    oh wow, those light tunnels look amazing! yay for date night, sounds fun! also, olivia. i die at all the pictures, so cute!

  • Reply Kay May 27, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    I am so glad you posted about the grapes!! AH! Now I want to run home and try those with mine! I had heard about it before, but no one ever posts the measurements.

  • Reply Kelli May 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I love the light tunnels those are very cool!

    The picture of the perfectly grilled holiday food makes me hungry, Tyson had to work so there was no perfectly grilled food here this weekend.

  • Reply Jules May 27, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    I can’t get over the cuteness of Olivia. PS WHAT are those colored tunnels?! How awesome!

  • Reply Meegan May 27, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    You weekend looks like it was awesome! I want to try The Southern, your mini review sealed the deal for me! Olivia is the CUTEST!

  • Reply Beth May 27, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    I have yet to see the light tunnels!! There’s still so much exploring I need to do in Bham. Looks like you had a fun weekend!

  • Reply Amanda Elizabeth May 27, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    How pretty are those tunnels! Stop I am telling you I am not a cat person but she is so dang pretty and cute…..and she purrs right?? Looks like you had a very similar weekend. Not going to lie I pouted a little bit when my alarm went off this morning!

  • Reply Kerry May 27, 2014 at 6:44 pm

    Those light tunnels are amazing!! The fur kiddos were in rare form!! Such entertainment!

  • Reply Lindsay | Broke and Bougie May 27, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    So many wonderful things about this post! The pix of the tunnels is awesome, I want to eat all the food at that restaurant, annnnd can you come clean out my car!?

  • Reply Ralph Marion May 27, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I am still planning on going to Southern’s one day. That fish sounded really good. I’m glad you and Olivia have been having fun together.

    Have a great week!!

  • Reply brooke lyn May 27, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    we had our first things of corn on the cob this weekend! one of my favorite things about summer 🙂

  • Reply Laura May 27, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    The southern looks amazing! Glad y’all got in no problem!! Your pics of the light tunnels are pretty awesome, even whilst moving !!

  • Reply Amanda May 27, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    Isn’t it awesome that tomorrow is already the middle of the week?! LOVE that feeling!!! 😀
    Those light tunnels are sweet! They make me feel like I’m at a rave! hahaha

  • Reply Duckie May 28, 2014 at 6:26 am

    That lighted tunnel = amazeballs! I feel like that’d be a great place to have a flash mob! Lol.

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