Tuesday, March 01, 2011


What a whirlwind weekend! Raise your hand if you want to hear all about it!
Friday night, my buddy Brad and I put on our pa-pa-pa-poker faces and went to the Nashvegas casino night. This was my first time to attend this annual event, but it was a blast! We got our chips (and mardi-gras beads, see above) and warmed up at a roulette table before finding an empty, quiet poker table in the back, which was the perfect place for a beginner like me to learn how to play poker: item number 28 on my 30 by 30 list.

Brad and our dealer tried to explain all the rules to me but hot dog are there a lot of rules in poker. Just as we finished a dummy round, another couple joined our table. Boo. They were quickly getting exasperated with such a beginner like me, so after a few rounds, I bowed out to just watch and learn. I did that for a while before moving on to Drag Queen Bingo! I alternated between watching/learning poker and playing roulette for the rest of the night and before I knew it, a few hours had gone by and it was time to cash in our chips. We did not win the raffle but that didn’t dampen our spirits. We met up with some friends at the honkytonks on Broadway–something I haven’t done in a long time—and spent some time on the dance floor at Robert’s and Tootsie’s. I forget how much fun those places are and how good the music is there.

Saturday morning, I met my friend Rachel to see the matinee of Spring Awakening. I had heard both great things and tragic things about this musical so I was eager to form my own opinion. While parts of it I didn’t understand, I did enjoy the music. Reading Wikipedia afterward confirmed I had followed along enough to understand the plot, even if the music didn’t spell it out like I was used to. It was a different musical, but it was good.

Afterward, I headed south to Birmingham to hang out with family. The casual trip home turned into a recon mission for housing for them when they move home in two weeks, but I am excited to say that they have a great place waiting on them when they pull into town… which means SO DO I! The community even has a pool! Which will be an awesome way to spend my spare time when I am in Alabama.

So we house-hunted on Sunday before settling in to watch the Oscars. I had printed off some cute and fun Oscar bingo cards for us to use while watching. There were five of us and we each drew two ballots. Mom ended up winning, and she was careful not to gloat:

Monday morning I got to spend some time with some of my favorite babies before I left town. Kathryn’s girls are just as precious as she is! Look at little miss Maggie:

Katelyn blew me lots of kisses but was already down for a nap before I pulled my camera out. With a photographer Mommy, they are plenty used to the camera.

I also got to visit with little bird Bonds, aka Elliot. She is just BEAUTIFUL – a perfect combo of her Mommy and Daddy, who are both dear friends of mine. She fell asleep in Jen’s arms before I could get the camera out, but I know I’ll get the chance to see her again soon and remedy that.

A little retail therapy at the Summit helped me pass the bad thunderstorms over before hitting 65 north, while Jennie and Jamie were signing their lease. It is so fun to know that not the next time I’m home but the time after that, THEY WILL BE TOO!

I made it home incident free in time for a workout and a little TV before hitting the bed… nothing says back to work!! like a 5:30 am wake up call!


  1. First off- forgot to congratulate you on wearing jeans from 2008. Quite an accomplishment and one that should be rewarded with a big purchase. BTW- When are you announcing that!? Love your weekend. Sounds like a little piece of heaven to me...missing me some bham bad!

  2. so, i'm really wondering what anna's talking about. maybe if i had CALLED YOU BACK, i would know. gosh darn my brain. love you linds. hope we get to chat soon.


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