Friday, April 1, 2011

A Day in Atlanta

Okay, so this may totally bore you if you aren't like me and, well, nosy. Last Friday, I documented [most] of my day while we were visiting in Atlanta. When we visit, I usually have lots of things to check off my list, so this is a typical errand day. Next time, I'll try to document a kid day there because there are so many great things for kids to do in Atlanta.

9:22 -- I start out with my sister in the passenger seat.

I was born and raised in ATL. Born at Piedmont Hospital and lived in several different houses in Buckhead, Vinings and near Chastain Park. My parents used to be house flippers, and I was known to tell my mom "My room is dirty. It's time to move." All this to say that I can get you around town using mostly back roads, which is definitely my preferred method because not only can you avoid the gnarly traffic, but you also get the scenic route.

Spring is by far my favorite season in my hometown -- the hydrangeas, flowering trees, green grass, tulips -- it makes me so happy. Yes, I think I'd have to say the snowball hydrangeas are my all time fave.

Weez wanted me to show you this house:

It's one if her faves with the ivy crawling up the front. This gal has got great things ahead, and I'm excited to see the guest house she's going to build me one day. Just sayin'.

We are headed to get some bloomers for Mags at The Children's Shop.

Are monogrammed bloomers a Southern thing? She doesn't wear them all the time, but I have a dress that I bought for her in Copenhagen last summer that didn't come with bloomers and I'm trying to match it. I ordered white bloomers with a circle monogram in cream. Can't wait to see how they turn out.

Next stop, checking out Laura's studio! I was so excited to see what was going on, and I love her new studio. It's right in the middle of everything, but feels calm and peaceful inside.

I wish this picture wasn't blurry [all these photos were taken with my phone] because it is amazing.

[Check out more of her beautiful work here]

11:15 -- We race to my 11:00 haircut appointment. If you are in the area and looking for a good haircut, call Seldon. She's the best.

She's opening up her own salon next month that will be on Pharr Road off Peachtree. I decided at the last minute to get bangs. Loved them at the salon, but then got back to the horrendous humidity down here and realized they were probably a mistake! Oh well -- I like trying new things and can always pull them back.

1:00 -- Lunch. We ate at the Buckhead Bread Company and it was scrumptious.

That dude in the back is all "are you taking my picture?" Why yes, I am. For my blog. Anyway, I ordered Potato Soup and a Fried Green Tomato BLT because when in the south, do as the southerners do. Weez and I actually halved our sandwiches, so I also got to have the chicken salad. It was fantastico.

After lunch, we hit Lenox. Can I just tell you how much I look forward to going here? Is that weird? Because malls aren't usually the most fun places.

But there are so many great stores here and I have so many memories of being here in High School, racing around the giant speed bumps behind the mall in my friend's white Jeep, listening to Rusted Root. Plus, practically speaking, I can't get a lot of things where we live that I can at Lenox. And there are always better sales here, too, and I love a good sale.

A few hours later, we make a stock-up stop at T.Joe's [forgot the camera]. On the list: coffee, Stockyard beer, Fig bars, Sunflower Butter and Sweet and Savory trail mix. Plus some other things that found their way into my cart.

Now we are headed back home for dinner. I can't remember what time it was at this point, but probably around 5? The littlest munchkin is waiting at the door. She was with her dad and some friends at Piedmont Park and the Botanic Gardens. Both excellent places to take kids, especially when it is so pretty outside.

With Weez around, I know dinner is going to be good. Tonight we are having Jeffrey's Roast Chicken, Roasted Butternut Squash and Stilton and Pecan salad. Mmmmmmmmm.

The boys had been at the zoo with my parents, and had a blast. I'm sure all the cotton candy and toys had nothing to do with it, either.

After the kids are bedded down, we caught the Swamp People marathon. You guys, I'm hooked. Who knew there was so much drama in reality alligator hunting? There's this one guy named Willy who is a complete Bad-A when it comes to catching those rascals.

And a bonus picture for any of you still reading this! Saturday, my dad came downstairs to see about building a shelf in the TV armoire. Weez and I were watching The Real Housewives of the OC. Guess who took a load off in the chair next to me?

He says he was still inspecting the armoire, but we knew better.

That's all for now! If you need any recommendations for ATL, let me know!


Dodie said...

This was SO fun for this Atlanta girl! Your hair looks adorable! Send me the info on your hairdresser . . . need to head back to Atlanta this summer and get a new cut . . . but for now, ponytails! Glad y'all had a great trip!

Kit said...

Alston, I love this! You're bringing back a lot of great memories from the ATL. Lenox Mall...SPRINGTIME!! Oh, I miss the azaleas, the dogwoods, the tulips, running through Druid Hills and admiring all the houses...
Glad you had such a fun day.

LLH Designs said...

Fried green tomato BLT is making me crazy hungry right now! Sounds delish!

And tell me more about bangs. Wa thinking about some, but no good with humidity? Haven't had them in so long I've forgotten!


Anna Louise said...

I loved having you here!!! This weekend was so lonely without y'all, but at least we all still have Willy . . .

alston said...

Dodie, will definitely pass on Seldon's info.!

Linsey, the bangs are getting better now that I'm more used to them. I just have to use more product to keep them from spazzing out!

Kit, I forgot you guys lived in ATL!

Weez, there will always be Willy.

Thanks for the comments, friends!

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