Our home for the weekend. Isn't it cute!
The Bride and Maid of Honor
I was very excited about my new hat.
After we watched the sunset, we headed in the get ready for dinner. We went to a local place Nikki's and it was delicious. We were early enough for the "Early Bird" special (which was 6-8) which made me laugh. After dinner we decided to head to the FloraBama. I'd never been so I was pretty excited.
Let me offer a piece of advice, if you are a 20 something woman and are in need of a self-esteem boost head on down to the FloraBama right at the end of the off season. These guys apparently haven't seen a woman under the age of 65 in months. You would have thought the Victoria's Secret swimsuit models walked in. I felt like we were at a meat market. Or as Madelaine so profoundly put it, "I feel like a puppy at a pet shop".
Now I will say that while it was fun to not pay for a drink all night, I had a moment where I felt really, really old. Never in my life had I been to a bar and been hit on by someone younger than me. They were always my age or older. I appreciated the fact that I apparently looked 23-24 but it was weird when someone asked where I went to school. I nicely said I graduated from Alabama, they proceeded to ask when and I told them 2007. The sweet kid, surprised, said, "that's when I started college." So yeah, I felt about 100 years old.
Jaclyn and Lauren (the bride)
Madelaine (maid of honor) & the bride
Marion & Erin
Marion, Faye, Madelaine, Lauren, Me and Erin
We danced the night away. Sometimes on the table so it was harder for the old men to approach us. Finally we headed home.
We'd been keeping an eye on the weather for Friday. The reports didn't look promising so I decided that if the sun was out when I woke up I was headed to the beach, it didn't matter what time it was.
I woke up at about 7:30 and the sun was out. Madelaine and I jumped out of bed and suited up to head to the beach. We poured our mimosas and set up camp right at the water. It was still a bit cloudy and cool out but we could tell that the day was not going to be a total loss and that made me a very happy girl. The other girls slowly joined us and we settled in for a really nice day on the beach. It wasn't long until this guy showed up with his skim board to show us his skills. Apparently, the best waves on the beach were right in front of us, funny how that worked out ;) A little while later his buddy showed up with his surf board (yes, a surf board in the Gulf. You can imagine how impressive that was!) Mind you neither of them ever said a word. They eventually went in, well a little later the guy shows up with his guitar. On the beach. He strummed a few tunes just in earshot. He finally built up the courage to come talk to us. I'm pretty sure I spit out my drink when he said he was 20 years old. Then he said he was a model for Hollister but didn't have to work for the next 2-10 years. It was one lie after another and he totally thought we bought it. We're pretty sure he was about 17 and skipped school to hang out at the beach. Poor Kid.
While we were inside eating lunch, my mom called so I stepped out on the deck to talk to her. (They were having bad weather back home so she was making sure we were being "weather aware"). I somehow got two splinters in my foot. I thought I could get one of them but the other was pretty deep. Luckily, we had a nurse on hand. She numbed it with some ice and went to work. It was a simple procedure and I was back on the beach in no time. Surprisingly, that was our only injury of the weekend. (I think) Around 3:00 it started to sprinkle and most of us has successfully fried at least one part of our body so we headed in to make a plan for the night.
We decided on Lulu's and headed out. Here we are at dinner. We had fried green tomatoes as a starter and I was so excited about them. My shrimp was delicious.
Somehow that conversation ended with us agreeing to take a picture on the boat before we left. Probably not the best decision we've ever made but we lived to tell about it. (They also bought us a round of jager shots. He told our server "if we were old enough")
Yes, this is happening.
I'm sure we're on the internet somewhere other than this blog, oh well.
We had a blast. I know this post doesn't do the weekend justice. It was fun to get to know new people and I loved getting to catch up with some old friends. Now this isn't really about the weekend but...I got really burned on Friday but usually I turn bright red for a couple days and then it turns dark brown. Sometimes I get a little heat rash on my arms but this has never happened. My legs from just above my knees are so swollen and that's the only part that hasn't turned brown. I have cankles. Above is my foot when I got home from work today. I'm starting to worry a bit. Anyone ever had this happen? Should I be more concerned?