So, I went to a little game in Miami this week… it’s called the National Title Game.
The weather was gorgeous and my team won, so that was a plus.
What I wore:
Excuse the rogue zipper. I fought it all day.
Skirt: Judith March
Top: The Limited from 10 years ago. Yes. Really. Bought it my freshman year of collage.
Jewelry: Ellie Crimson and Molly Suzanne
Photo bombed by Jay… hope your proud of yourself!
Close up of my favorite bracelets from Molly Suzanne!! Seriously. Go check her out!!
I know. I keep being behind on the happenings of my life. But really, I should just be proud that I am remembering to blog at all with how crazy life is right now.
We headed to Atlanta for the SEC Championship last weekend.
We were on the road by 6:30 for the 3ish hour journey. We stayed with J’s cousin Marie and rode the Marta in… it never fails. I always see crazy things on the Marta and this trip didn’t disappoint. I need to make a PSA– Ladies, if you feel inclined to wear short and tight skirts, either wear underwear or learn how to sit properly in a skirt!! I don’t want to see your drunken lady biz on public transportation!!
We hung out in the hospitality area and I scored this awesome Nick Saban head…
We had a lot of fun with these…
After that, we headed into the dome.
I spotted this tall dude, and looked at him, thinking he looked familiar, and I hit J asking him, “Was that Jay Barker?!” and he replies, “oh, yeah. I guess it is.” I informed him I needed my picture with him. Not the best picture, but I don’t care!
For those of you who don’t know, Jay Barker was our QB many years ago, and is married to Sara Evans.
I don’t know about y’all, but when I find peeps in my seat somewhere, I get this attitude about me. Well, it didn’t fail me in Atlanta. I found some little frat boy in my seat. And low and behold, it turns out it was my cousin.
Anyway, no need to tell you that this game was an emotional rollercoaster for me. I knew it would be close but dang. I wasn’t expecting a game QUITE like that. I’ve never been so happy to watch the final seconds disappear on the clock.
Oh, hello Eddie Lacy. You’re a beast. Did you know that?
We celebrated at Taco Mac, one of my favorite places to eat.
Hannah and I got photo bombed by Jay.
He’s just lucky I’m not posting the videos on him dancing in the street.
As if you had to ask, I will be spending some time in Miami come January.
Hey, remember that time I forgot to blog about the Iron Bowl? Me neither.
Basically, it was super cold and setting up the tailgate required me to wear this…
We were better prepared for the cold this time… bringing numerous blankets and even an electric blanket!
Rebecca’s husband Robbie stopped by.. Yes, we allow Auburn fans!
Really.. the love between these two…
We always enjoy some good interaction at our tailgates…
Mark and I were rocking our crimson.
Hubs and I had a wonderful time, albeit, cold at the game. Not much to say about the game. We won 49-0.
My Iron Bowl outfit consisted of a cream sequin top, crimson velvet blazer, houndstooth sparkly scarf and my wedge boots.
Next up… the SEC Championship game!
We headed to Tuscaloosa Friday night, since Alabama was playing Texas A&M.
We ended up going to watch the Tide opener in basketball. While I don’t care for basketball, I took one for the team and went so all the boys could go. I spent most of my evening people watching the fans that would go up to Trent Richardson in the stands and get his autograph.
Hubs and I watching some Hoops.
We got up at 5:00 to go set up the tailgate. I normally go run at this point, but decided not to, since I have the sickies. I haven’t ran all week and it just ticked me off.
We stopped at Panera where I saw they have poser blue cups.
B Lee has come back into our lives after a hiatus… he enjoyed a Starbucks muffin at the tailgate.
We have priorities…
Yep. Priorities with Kirk Herbstreit.
I was trying to get my vitamin C in to help my sickies.
Hanging with all my friends….
Just kidding. More people actually showed up.
Philly and myself at the game…
One of my favorite parts of the Pre-game is our video sequence.
We did a Veterans Day Half Time performance..
Can I just say that I was against inviting Texas A&M and Missouri into our conference? And obviously with good reason. Going into this weekend, I had no clue who “Johnny Football” was. And I wish I still didn’t. That kid is elusive and a Houdini in some situations. He left me completely dumbfounded. We had our chances to win that game and kept making stupid mistakes. At least we still have the SEC Championship to look forward to, as long as we beat Auburn.
I am here to tell you, that breaking down a tailgate AFTER a loss is terrible.
I felt deflated.. like the tent.
B Lee is hanging with the satellite dish
We have the sads.
We ended up driving back Saturday night. I had a photo session with the sweetest family and then worked at the store.
How was your weekend?
Saturday was one of those days that was just awesome all around. I woke up to go meet my peeps for a “long” run. I was hoping the hip would hold up to 6 miles. As I waited, I saw tons of small running groups. I was shocked we had so many runners here. Yes, I knew theoretically, they were there. But I hardly ever see them! It made me want to get out and make new friends. Anyway, Donnie wanted to run a small 5K that was going on that morning. I hemmed and hawed about it and he looked at me and said, “What difference does it make if you run in a race or now?” Uhh.. I had no response. So, we signed up.
I had already made the joke about wondering who I was… the crazy girl getting up before the sun to go run in 45 degree weather. Where did she come from?! Then, I became one of THOSE people who were running more miles before the race. Confident enough in their abilities to perform in the race after expending energy. I swear, sometimes I look around and wonder how I got to these places.
My hip hurt, by the way. I’m currently having a love affair with Ibuprofen, ice, and the heating pad. It all seems to be working.
Anyway, I ran and picked up donuts for the girls on my way home, rushed to shower and get dressed and head to work. I found out during work that I had placed 2nd in my age group– major sweetness!
I came home from work to find J had gone grocery shopping and made homemade chili… I was so pumped!!
THEN.. I saw that my new Lululemon crops had came in… YES!!! I love these things more than you should love a pair of workout clothes.
As I was putting away the rest of the groceries, (No he didn’t put everything away.. I’m a little anal about where things go) I noticed these bad boys…
Yes please!!! We straightened up the house and Donnie and Shannon came over to watch the Bama game… I was a little shocked by how much she screams. She and John were like two peas in a pod! I’m not gonna lie.. I was more than a nervous wreck the entire game.. it felt like last year and we were about to have our dreams crushed! With 1:34 left on the clock, John announced that he wasn’t sure if he could watch the rest… but then, TJ Yeldon came through for us with the winning touchdown, and I looked about like Tom Cruise with his couch jumping. We were all screaming and I was jumping on the couch like a crazy person.
I really love this.. because touch that thang, fo is something we always say.
I woke up Sunday and had some dominating coffee…
Sunday was not really productive, and an extremely lazy day. It was awesome, too.
How was your weekend?
Did you watch the Bama/LSU game?
Did you race?
My weekend started with an almost 11 mile run. It was 10.84 miles.. It’s bothered me all weekend that I didn’t just take another run around the block. It was only supposed to be 10. Just call me overachiever.
My hip was pretty mad about it, too. But I just told it to shut it and put some ice on it. I’m trying to remember to step up my icing and stretching game.. but I am forgetful if it’s not hurting me at that moment.
We went to Tuscaloosa for Homecoming and finally got to eat at one of my favorites restaurants.. Nick’s in the Sticks. Yep. That’s the name. It’s a hole in the wall and it has about 7 tables, so you need to get there early or be prepared to wait. Luckily, they make these delicious drinks that make you forget your name as well as how long you’ve been waiting to be seated.
We got up around 5:30 to go set up the tailgate spot.. we love the new spot! I helped J set up, and then I went for a recovery run.. It was cold and windy and my hip hurt. I did about 2 miles around campus.
Apparently, I am a terrible judge of what temperatures actually mean… Everyone kept saying mid 50′s. So, I thought a long sleeve shirt with boots, tights, and a skirt would be sufficient warmth. It was not.
I found myself scrambling for another pair of tights and thankful that Ashley had enough sense to bring extra gloves. And also that my husband has a jacket fetish because he brought an extra.
I’ve been saving this skirt for Homecoming. It’s Judith March.
Houndstooth tights are where it’s at!
This is really what I looked like most of the day.
No tailgate is complete without mimosa’s courtesy of Marian.
Even my brother in law stopped by on his golf cart…
Kyle was in rare form… and very happy to have his Snuggie.
And Justin came by! He actually lives in Texas these days, working for those Aggies from Texas A&M. Glad he got to see a Homecoming game!
Hubs and I trying to stay warm during the game. We made the decision to leave at the beginning of the 4th quarter to go back and start packing up the tailgate and I am so glad we did!
Of course J befriended a 9 year old boy with a sweet hat…
After working Friday, we packed up the tailgate stuff..
We almost forgot the tv.. whoops.
I tried this and it’s amazing. It caused me to stay up entirely too late…
We got up around 5:30 to head out and set up the tailgate stuff and I went for a quick 3 mile run..
Gotta love those Denny Chimes
In front of the stadium… excuse the awkward eye balls.
Oh.. we have a tent. We changed locales this year, and we really dig the new spot.
My outfit… with a gorgeous background…
My SIL’s brother (did you follow that?) came up from NOLA and I just love me some Taylor.
Ashley made some delicious cupcakes…
Part of the crew, just chillin’
These texts… KILL me.
Oh, and then it started pouring rain.
Dang 8:30 kick offs… makes for a long day.
Alabama won 33-14.
And then we had to break everything down at 1:00 am… fun times. Did I mention it started raining then too? No? Oh. It did.
But good times were had by all, and while our entire Fall Family wasn’t there, it was good to see those that were!
Hello All! First, I would like to thank you for your wonderfully sweet comments on Claire’s birthday and her party.
We left for New Orleans on Monday, to head to the National Title Game, after dropping the girls off at school. I got to see my baby on her birthday and we got super cheap airline tickets to New Orleans! Win for everyone!
We stayed at the Clarion Inn on Canal Street, that is just a couple of blocks from the French Quarter and the Superdome. Our hotel was clean and efficient, but not in the best of areas. And it was at least a half a mile trek to go get something to eat. The walking didn’t bother me, but eventually, it got tiring to walk a mile to eat something. I would highly recommend staying at The Marriott on Canal.. it was super nice and steps away from the French Quarter. I am sure there are tons of other hotels, but that was the only other one I stepped foot in.
When we got there, we went to eat at Drago’s. It was yummy. Each meal was better than the last. People were NOT kidding when they say you can eat and drink your way through New Orleans. We went back to change and get ready for the game. Before heading out, I told J, Kyle and Ashley that I would LOVE to see us blow out LSU, like a 21-0 victory. They laughed at me and said that they would love to see that too, but it was going to come down to a field goal.
If you are my friend, I most likely abused our friendship. I couldn’t decide what to wear to the game. AT ALL. I literally spent at least 5 hours trying on all kinds of different outfits on Sunday, only to say, I was taking them all and going to decide once I got down there. The weather was iffy and I just didn’t know what to expect. Then I got down there and realized that no matter what I put on, it wasn’t crazy enough to look out of place or skanky down there.
Since you can’t really see, my shorts are a black and grey houndstooth.
Since I missed the original match up between LSU and Bama, this felt like that game to me. It’s weird playing someone you always play in a national title game… it just feels like a regular game. As we made our way to the Superdome, I saw our team bus.. and that’s when I realized, “Holy smokes. This is for all the marbles! I’m going to my watch my SECOND National Title game in three years!”
I cannot believe we blew them out like that. I know for most it was probably an extremely boring game to watch, but not for us! When Trent made that TD run and the score went to 21-0 and I said, “I called IT!! I called this score!” Philly was all, “Nah, we’ve got this extra point. It’ll be 22-0.. you were so close!” I said, “Nope! He’s gonna miss it.” And guess who has two thumbs and was right? THIS GIRL!
Is now the time to talk about the obnoxious LSU girl in our section? You know there is always one. Don’t worry, we let her have it when she continued to call for Jarrett Lee and stick her tongue out, when Mosley was laying on the ground hurt. And we most certainly let her have it as she ran down the steps to flee the stadium after Trent scored.
Of course we hit up Bourbon Street after seeing the team back at the hotel. Bourbon Street was cray cray. You couldn’t walk down it. There were a good bit of LSU fans milling around, some still chanting “Tiger Bait” at us while others congratulated us on our victory. We realized we were never going to get in a bar or have a celebratory drink, so we headed back to the hotel… at 1 am, no less.
We woke up the next morning and went to Mother’s for breakfast. I insisted on needing Starbucks, so we stopped at the team hotel, which was the Marriott, and after ordering my coffee, someone passes me who looks oddly familiar. He walked past Philly who was oblivious and I said, “That’s Coach Cochran.” I got nervous because if you know anything about me, my running mantra comes from him.. “If it feels good, you ain’t doin’ it right.” So I finally got the courage to go over and ask him for a picture and he said, “What you doin’ girl? Get those fingers up!”
I was still on cloud nine, and we were walking in the lobby to leave and J said, “There’s Maze.” He looked all sad and I didn’t want to bother him too much, so I just asked for a picture.
I scored a jacket for 50% off and we went to Jackson Square and Cafe Du Monde after eating at Mother’s and got some Beignets.
We walked around Tuesday and looked in shops. It was supposed to rain, so I didn’t bring my camera out and I should have. It didn’t rain and that was the only day we really looked around.
That night we ate at The Gumbo Shop.. it was delicious.
Wednesday morning, we had reservations at Brennan’s.. and man, oh man.. it was a 3 course breakfast. It was absolutely delicious and it is the birth place of Bananas Foster. Which is one of J’s favorite desserts. It was the best one we have ever had too! Along with a bloody mary with pickled green beans.. Yep. Delish!
Wednesday night, we ate at K-Paul’s and it did NOT disappoint. Fried green tomatoes for an appetizer.
I had the drum fish..words cannot describe how delicious it was.
Our final morning, I had to have some more beignets, so back to Cafe Du Monde, we went.
After Monday, we really didn’t do a whole lot. We would peek in shops on our way to and from meals, but we stayed in the room and relaxed. I read, John watched TV and played on the iPad. It was one of the best vacations we have had in a LONG time. Very relaxing and exactly what we wanted to do. It doesn’t hurt that we won another national title game, either.
I definitely think my absence at the first match-up is being blamed for our loss in November. The team just couldn’t dominate without me.
After 2005, I said I would never go back to Auburn. We had the worst experience as a fan. People yelling in our faces, spitting on us, just generally being douches. So, this year, when John said we were going to the Auburn game, I was reluctant. I went expecting the same reaction. Even though, I think both sides need to cool it. This rivalry is getting out of hand. I wanted a clean game- no cheap penalties, no calls that could go either way that could be game changers, and most importantly, two fan bases being cordial. Now, I am not delusional. I wasn’t expecting to be welcomed with open arms and invited to brunch but maybe just not to be hit with shakers when I walk past you.
I am glad to say, that our latest experience in Auburn was almost.. nice. I ended up running into Becca’s dad on the sidewalk and as he gave me a hug he made a comment about it not smelling like elephant dung, but I think that was all in good humor. And then we were boo’ed by a drunk college kid as we walked past him.. again. I can handle that. Sort of. So, I would like to thank Auburn for being nice. I think the rivalry needed it.
Our win secured our spot in the BCS National Title game that is being played in New Orleans. Sugar cubes for the Sugar Bowl!
Now, I realize a lot of people feel we don’t deserve to be there. Yes, we lost. One game. In over time to LSU. The number 1 team in the nation. So, yes– we deserve to be there. I also feel that Saturday’s game secured Trent Richardson’s name on the Heisman trophy.
John and Kyle
We stayed after the game to celebrate in the stadium and watched the post game interviews.. apparently we are on tv. We cheered for Saban as he headed back to the locker room.
We stopped at Wendy’s to eat and the trailer was outside… Ashley photobombed me. But it’s cool.
I am looking forward to New Orleans. We’ve had rooms booked there since January. Yep. INSANE. With the game being played on Claire’s actual birthday this year.. it’s very difficult for me with Mommy Guilt. John says we will celebrate before we leave, but we just can’t take the girls. That New Orleans is no place for them to be. He is right. But but but… it’s her birthday!! He said it’s the National Title game, that it’s a big deal. I mean, these things only happen every other year for Alabama. (kidding.. sort of.)