Friday at my office, we had a tailgate party as a team-building exercise. We had quite a spread of tailgate dishes, we played cornhole, and we all had a great time talking smack about opposing teams. Ya gotta love fall in the south!
Friday evening we kept it low-key… we played out in the back yard after school and work, grabbed a quick bite to eat at Panera, and then dropped off some of the kids’ stuff at my parents’ house since they were staying with them all day and night Saturday.
Saturday morning we awoke bright and early (6 AM… on a Saturday… ugh… but for a Georgia game… totally worth it!), dropped the kids at my parents’ house, and then headed to pick up our friends on our way out of town.
The day was extremely cloudy, but not yet pouring rain, so we kept our fingers crossed and kept it moving. We had been keeping an eye on the weather all week long, and there was a 90% chance of rain with highs in the upper 50’s to low 60’s in Athens. Not ideal for an outdoor event.
Sure enough, when we arrived in Athens around 11 AM, it had already started drizzling. We easily found a parking spot (I guess that’s one benefit from the rain!) and then headed downtown to see what we could get into until game time. We had two options – tailgate with some of my family and friends on the other side of campus in the rain and cold, or find a bar, stay dry and warm, and drink until the game started. I’m sure you can guess which option we chose!
Yep, we ultimately decided not to meet up with my family because they were completely on the other side of campus, and it would have been a good 30-40 minute walk from where we had parked. In the rain. Pass.
We found the cutest bar/restaurant downtown called Transmetropolitan. It has a great vibe, an extensive drink menu, and Sicilian style pizza by the slice. Yum. Brian had a slice of Hawaiian – pineapple, ham, and extra mozzarella, and a Sicilian slice of Italian – Italian sausage, prosciutto, peppers, and couple of different cheeses. I had a cheeseburger and fries, and their fries were to die for! I seriously think that they were seasoned with crack because we could not stop eating them! So. Good.
We all ate and chatted and our waiter kept the drinks coming. And did I mention that he was the most awesome waiter evarrrr? We named him Luigi because of his handlebar mustache and we couldn’t leave without taking a picture with him!
B and I have been to Athens a gazillion times (and he lived there for four years) and neither of us had ever been to this gem of a restaurant until this trip. If you’re ever in Athens, you most definitely need to check it out!
A couple of hours before game time, we left our warm, dry, beer-filled cocoon and headed toward the stadium. We stopped at a friends’ tailgate for some quick drinks, stopped at our favorite store to grab a Georgia polo for Jacob, and then we headed to the stadium. The feeling in the air was electric despite the rain, and they had some seriously crunk music playing in the stadium to get everyone hyped up for the game.
Hershel Walker was out on the field to get everyone excited, and Philip Phillips was there as well… although I only knew that because he posted a picture on Instagram… I’m such a stalker. ;o)
Weather-wise, for the entire first quarter it just misted. It did pick up a little in the second quarter, but then it totally stopped during halftime. And the halftime show was a little different than usual for this game… As you may know, Miss America is from Georgia this year and apparently once you become Miss America you can no longer serve as the state representative, so the runner-up from that state becomes the state representative. Well, the runner up for Miss Georgia is Adeline Kenerly who is a student at UGA, (and also the girlfriend of our quarterback, Greyson Lambert) and Miss America was there to crown her as the new Miss Georgia for our halftime show.
Too bad our team didn’t show up and give her a win to make her day even more special.
A few minutes into the third quarter we were taking a good woodshed beating, and it started pouring, so we decided to call it a night and head back to the car. We made the 25 minute walk back to the car in the pouring rain, but fortunately I had worn my trusty Hunter boots and a poncho so I was still bone dry with the exception of a four inch section on my leggings where my boots stopped and my poncho didn’t quite reach. #HunterBootsFTW
Meanwhile back at home: these kids were getting spoiled by my parents and having a blast!
We stopped at Applebee’s just outside of Athens on the way home for a leisurely dinner (and to catch up on the Florida vs. Ole Miss game) and I ran into these two – my aunt and uncle whose tailgate we had missed earlier in the day!
We made it home around 11, got snuggly in our PJs, and watched more football. And did I mention that it was glorious not having to wrangle two kids to bed when we got home?! And to be able to sleep until we awoke on Sunday?! I adore my babies, but it’s so nice to have a break every now and then.
By Sunday morning I was missing them fiercely, so we met my parents and the babies at Dunkin Donuts for breakfast. Perfect for yet another dreary day.
After breakfast, we took the kids out for a couple of errands – new shoes for Olivia and Brian, and some Halloween costume shopping for the kids. This is how the kids felt about shoe shopping.
But they sure did love the Halloween costume shopping!
We ate a light lunch at home, put Olivia down for her nap (and Jacob for quiet time), and I caught up on some picture organizing in my office while B watched the Falcons win.
We rounded out the day at my parents’ house to celebrate my littlest brother’s birthday, and the kids finished the day dancing around in their new skeleton PJs.
I hope your weekends were as festive as ours and I hope you have a fantastic work week! Mine is only four days this week so I know I will! :o)
I'm linking up with B Loved Boston for Weekending.