BIRMINGHAM, December 5, 2015—Bright but not too early Saturday morning, Jessica and I loaded up our spiffy red rental with books and Boogie Wipes. We said goodbye to Augusta as we hopped on I-20 West and headed for Birmingham, Alabama, where blogger/editor Jennifer Oradat was awaiting our arrival for to host our next event on the #BoogieWipesTour.
We pulled into Atlanta around lunchtime, and Jessica found us this adorable cafe, Le Petit Marche. OMG! The food—ahi tuna over field greens, for the foodies who are reading—was delicious. Especially since lunch the day before had been Waffle House. (Book tour pro tip: If you’re driving by a Waffle House, keep driving.)
We could have stayed at Le Petit Marche all day … but their line for tables was long and so was our drive. Fortunately, when you cross the Alabama state line, you’re on Central Time. All of a sudden, we had a whole extra hour on our side! No wonder Alabama’s so sweet!
I’d driven through Alabama when my husband and I relocated from Las Vegas about 10 years ago. But I didn’t remember much of it, owing to the fact that I was about 11 weeks pregnant with our son at the time and the only thing on my mind was where we could pull off the highway so I could eat. I was hardly in the mood then to appreciate just how hilly and lush Alabama is. But this time I was properly charmed. Even more so when we arrived at Jennifer’s home, a deceptively large cottage in a friendly neighborhood with a central “town square” and shops and restaurants within walking distance.
They even threw Science of Parenthood a parade!!
Just kidding! That’s their neighborhood Christmas Golf Cart Parade. Though the timing was eerily perfect. Just sayin’. (And even though I find the movie super creepy, I’m loving the Polar Express train (above left).
But I gotta say, nothing beat the Christmas cheer we found inside Jennifer’s home. Girlfriend pulled out all the holiday stops for our party, with Santas and penguins and snowmen! Oh my!!
(Aren’t Jennifer and her mom, right, adorable?!? They’re full of Christmas spirit! A definite Pinterest WIN, ladies!)
It was like a Christmas smorgasbord, with Swedish meatballs, baked brie, mulled cider, wine. (Okay, lots of wine!)
We couldn’t help
nibbling gorging as we put together our goody bags. But seriously, can you blame us? I was all over that brie!
By now, we’ve put together so many Boogie Wipes goody bags, Jessica and I have it down to a science. (Though Jessica laughs that I have determined the “right way” to assemble the bags. Just my OCD showing through.)
And as we’ve said many times, we love it when fellow bloggers turn out to meet us. This time we got a chance to meet Meagan Saia (below, right), the blogger behind Life of Owen and co-producer with Jennifer of the Birmingham Listen To Your Mother show! Now we want to come back to see the show they produce in May!
After the party, it was off to the local ABC affiliate to chat about Science of Parenthood with Ebony Hall and Sheri Falk of Talk of Alabama. Of course, I had to take a picture outside!
This is what the set looks like …
Across from the “living room,” a local restauranteur/chef was cooking something very yummy looking in the kitchen.
This wonderful lady got me miked up …
… and then I was on with Ebony and Sheri.
Ebony and Sheri are terrific interviewers and made me feel right at home! I had so much fun! Talk about Southern hospitality!
Before leaving the studios to catch my flight home, I got to meet two lovely girls performing in the Birmingham Dance Theatre’s production of Frozen who were going on later in the program. Good luck ladies!
A delightful trip all around! Till next time! We’ll see you on the #BoogieWipesTour!