Marcus, Arthur and myself went to a signing and tasting in Birmingham at Southern Progress. Chris & Idie Hastings have just released their first cookbook: HOT & HOT Fish Club Cookbook. HOT & HOT is a restaurant located in Birmingham and has become a staple on the Southern gourmet circuit. We were lucky enough to receive invites to the private signing & tasting. It was wonderful! The food was amazing, the champagne even better :o) The cheese platter made me immediately glad we went. I love good cheese and this particular tasting did not disappoint. Chris & Idie were gracious and shared some good stories. Southern Progress has a beautiful building perfect for these types of events. We mingled, tasted then went out for some dessert and fun discussions. It was a great time.
Arthur tried an oyster shot and lets just say the pictures tell the story the best....
After coming back from Camden the other weekend and seeing the fam the week started off fairly calm... then Tuesday happened.
My mother calls me saying "Are you sitting down?" okay this question should never have been invented - nothing good follows those four words. I had just hung up with one of my favorite people, Tracy; we had been discussing the upcoming holidays. So I told my mom "no" she said to sit. I did and then she began to just let loose a string of words"Your father fell, we are loading him in the ambulance and heading to Montgomery. He fell down the stairs at the house. We know he broke his ankle and are sure they will have to do surgery. Surgery will either be tonight or tomorrow morning. Please call your sister & try to reach your brother." Then she breathed and said "Are you there?" um yeah mom, honestly rapt attention has never been so good of a description nor has shocked and wondering if she is sure it was dad and not herself. You see the women in our family tend to be pretty clumsy - actually mom just fell down those same stairs 3 weeks ago. So after confirming that it was in fact dad I called my sister and then the next 7 hours were crazy worry. They did do surgery that night and I headed to Camden the next day. He is in an air cast while he has stitches then he moves to a regular cast. 6 weeks no weight bearing on that leg. NO WEIGHT BEARING. Yeah....poor mom. Because after 6 weeks there will be more weeks of recovery and rehab. Eh. What is our family without some sort of injury? ;o)
Driving to Camden is long and full of the beauties of Alabama. There are poignant points that Marcus and I always think of when we describe the drive. Below are some of our favorites.
This past weekend Marcus, Arthur and myself went out again. Dinner at BoneFish Grill with some amazing Creme Brulee and the movie Couples Retreat. Hilarious by the way. But be prepared for its cute situations it really does take a hard look at 4 couples and their problems.
Alabama beat Ole Miss 22 - 3. Roll Tide. Rob came over for a 'play date' weekend. We all watched the game then on Sunday we slipped to Camden to visit my dad again.
Today I happened to be scrolling down my blog and saw an extra comment on an entry. If anyone follows Janette Rallison's blog then you might see a mention of me. I am so excited! I won one of the books she was giving away on her blog and let me tell you I squealed so loudly Marcus thought we had won the lottery... Peanut just gave me kisses thinking I was upset. It is so awesome!!! Anyway, she is an amazing author and if you get the chance to grab a book of hers, I recommend How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend. It was the first I read of hers and since then I look for her books every time I go to Barnes and Noble. She is witty in her writing and wonderful in person. I was blessed to meet her this past Spring and it was worth every moment.
Whew - well we are up to date now. lol. Who knows what tomorrow may bring.....