The Changing Times

IMG_3397I’m so happy it’s staying lighter later… but what is up with all of this cold weather?? My sinus’s are going crazy and caused my poor little body to go into an over the counter medication over load… anyone else?

IMG_2711I’m pretty sure people at work thought I might have a problem–whatever. All I have to say… Nyquil is a god-send. Taking 2 days off work; however — not so great.

IMG_2651I am very ready for moderately cooler weather so I can spend more time with this little guy outside.

IMG_2704Life has been super busy with LOTS of travel. We took the scenic route home 2 weekends ago and it was wonderful AND we saved on the gas mileage even if it was a little bit longer. But anything is better than being on I-65 for 4 hours!

Things I’m looking forward to in the next 2 months: Birthday weekend, upcoming birthday spa appointment (gift from my parents!), boyfriends spring semester ending, an awesome May Wedding, and a getaway to Europe… in 47 days. I’m ready for everything to hurry up and get here!

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Upcoming Posts: Top 10 Spring Make-up Must Have’s from Mary Kay, The Best Chicken Salad Recipe — ever, AND a Healthy Blueberry Muffin Recipe. Keep an eye out for ’em!

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Where I’ve been…

I’ve been away. Well actually I’ve been staying in my same spot, I’ve just been really busy. Last week was a seventy hour week, the week before was similar and the week before… well I’ve forgotten… but I’m pretty sure I was busy. So in pictures, this is what I’ve been up to for the past few weeks or so. (Above, my hunny at sunset).

I turned 26. The cakes were awesome. I feel old. The wrinkles are settling in. Dad took us to my favorite restaurant in the whole world… DARWELL’S. Oh, I love that place. Everything in there is good. I’ve started trying new things and we heard Mr. Darwell himself say that you can get anything as a side, you could get prime rib as a side. Now that’s my kind of place. And you’ll see that I got my own very special Darwell hand drawn cup. Go there. It’s the Bomb. dot. Com.

We saw this little gem on our way to see dad. Nothing better than an old school fast food joint. I think these old buildings are so cool.

Barq’s bottles. There’s a bottling plant in Gulfport, MS. I’ve never seen Barq’s bottles outside of MS.

Cooler full of crawfish… waiting for the boiler.

A visitor at work.

Sunset on the Bay during a break at work. You can’t beat this view.

Dinner one night. Toast with parmesan, fresh tomatoes, with avocado and black pepper and sea salt.

A lock on one of the service vans at work. Now can you look at me and tell me that’s not awesome? Yeah, I thought not.

One night we went down to the Local’s part of the bay and brought our dinner down there with us. It was so nice to sit down there with no one else on the beach and just relax.

Toes at sunset.

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Today I am thankful for: an end to the 70 hour weeks.

Stedman’s Landing

We are really beginning to learn all of the backroads and secrets to our new little town. We stumbled upon this little gem not too long ago. It’s a “park” at the end of a street that leads to the bay. I’m really beginning to fall in love with boardwalks. Here is what the placard had to say:

Established in 1852 and used as a community wharf until destroyed by the 1916 hurricane.  The wharf was an important factor in the life of the Montrose community. Located in an inward curve of Mobile Bay, the wharf was quite long because it had to reach the natural deep water traveled by the bayboats along the eastern shore.  The wharf began at the foot of Sibley street, where the bluff was about fifty feet high requiring a gradual slope downward.  The slope allowed the freight car to go down the wharf by its own momentum on wooden tracks.  This was a flat car for general use with portable sides used for certain commodities such as pottery ware.  The return trip up the wharf with loaded car or cart was pulled by mole or oxen.

Today I am thankful for: my boy not having school tonight 🙂

Date Night

That’s right. My wonderful boyfriend took me on a date. Of course we didn’t take any pictures of ourselves… but I did take some sexy pictures of our food! He took me to the lovely Camelia Cafe in Fairhope. I know what you’re thinking… aren’t you suppose to be in Beaufort? I somehow managed to come home late Friday night. ON WITH THE PICTURES!! WARNING: food porn…

Appetizer:  Tomato salad with peas, okra, corn, nueske’s bacon, balsamaic vinaigrette and herb aioli.

Appetizer:  Crispy Georgia quail stuffed with Conecuh Co. sausage and goat cheese with tiny green beans, green tomato chutney and pomegranate molasses. This comes highly recommended. I was only allowed one bite and it was amazing!

Main:  Grilled 8 oz fillet of beef with creamed spinach, roasted fingerling potatoes, poached egg, truffle oil, parmesan and sauce bordelaise.

Main:  Leg of Lamb with asparagus, roasted fingerling potatoes and more deliciousness that I cannot remember or find on the menu online.

Dessert: Fosters Jubilee with flambe bananas, cherries jubilee, candied nuts and vanilla ice cream.

Today I am thankful for: my love. I love that boy. He gets me.

A New Year: 2012

Cheers Y’all! Y’all know that I like to introduce you to things in my life, so without further adieu, I would like to introduce you to a Bang Bang Chang. Oh that’s right. It’s the perfect amount of sassy, sexy, and southern and I’m proud it’s named after me! Made by the fabulous Steva (the best bar tender in the whole wide world!!). You can follow her @stealmyrecords. Check her out.

Me and Dad at New Year’s Eve dinner. It was soooo delicious.

Another beautiful sunset off the bay. This was taken right after our company bike ride.

Today I am thankful for: the holiday’s being over… you know what I mean?

I’m listening to: I’m gonna be (500 miles): The Proclaimers… girls, you remember this one??

My View…

Yep, I really can’t complain. Yesterday I was sitting on the dock of the bay, watchin’ the tide roll away. Oh oh oh. Thank you Mr. Redding, I understand completely. Internet is officially being installed tomorrow and things will finally start getting settled. But tomorrow, I’ll be off to Pensacola for a meeting with clients. Get excited–there may be arguing…

Today I am thankful for: my sweet boy being in town.

Onto Bigger and Better…

Well, what can I say? I’m just as surprised as all of you. I MOVED. I came down to the wonderful town of Fairhope a week ago today–had an extended 3-day interview. I was offered the job Friday. He needed me back Monday–he offered for me to stay in a suite that they provided–but y’all know me… there’s no pace like Allison pace. So… I had been looking at houses, found one that I loved. Called the landlord and he said that I could move in that day. So I had a less than 24 hour turn-around in Birmingham, and then me and my wonderful boy brought the essentials down on Sunday and I started work officially on Monday.

O. M. G.

I can’t believe that it has all happened so fast. I felt like I was barely in Birmingham. I didn’t get to say good bye to everyone or drag out the process of me leaving — so there was no delicious Momma Chang dinner with my closest ones around me. So for those of you who I didn’t get to hug — give yourself a little squeeze for me. I love you all. I’m only a carride away if you need anything. And everyone is welcome here–once we move the other bed in.

This is what life looks like right now. I am controlled by sticky notes and my Apple products. I can’t even say it’s a 9-5 job. It’s a 7-7 kind-of-job… and I can honestly say that I am really enjoying it. My brain no longer works after work… so we’re all struggling with my scatter-brained tendencies right now. But once everything settles, and I really get moved in, and the boy comes down — life will feel right, again. Right now, I’m somewhere in limbo. Sorry, I’ve been away, but as y’all can all see… I’ve been a little busy. But I’ll be back soon. I just need to get internet installed — and a paycheck 🙂

Today I am thankful for: you guessed it, A JOB.