Thursday, January 31, 2013
Quick, fun trip south
I can’t recall doing yard work in January. But I was busy in the front yard Sunday afternoon.
With the warm winter temperatures, I just had to get outside. Erin assisted with raking the pine straw and picking up the pine cones before we both got tired, needed a break and I told her she could enjoy riding her new scooter.
Last week I wrote about the weather, the icy and wet version. We never know what winter holds in this part of Mississippi.
Wednesday afternoon of last week, Pam, Erin and I took a brief road trip to Hattiesburg.
Emma has moved from a house to an apartment and needed a couple of pieces of furniture from home. It was a good excuse for us to escape for a day and a half and see our college kids.
As we drove south, we regularly watched the temperature gauge inside Pam’s vehicle. It went from 50 to 55 to 60 to 65. I packed short sleeves. It was wonderful.
It’s quite amazing sometimes how the weather can differentiate so much just four hours away.
But we take what we get, and thus far, it has not been a bad winter right here at home in Marshall County.
Wednesday night, we attended the Southern Miss versus Marshall Conference USA basketball game.
The Golden Eagles are having tons of success this season under the leadership of first-year head coach Donnie Tyndall. The success continued, big-time, on this night. USM started the game on a 21-3 run and led 53-17 at halftime before winning 102-46. I will admit, we left Reed Green Coliseum early.
Our dining choice, or more so Emma, Andy and his girlfriend Phoenix’s dining choice, was Mugshots Grill & Bar. It turned out to be a great pick. The burgers were fabulous, as for my first time ever, I had a huge one with guacamole, a fried egg and salsa.
We watched some SEC basketball games on the multiple TVs and enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship with our college kids.
The next day we slept a bit later than normal and had breakfast at the hotel. Pam and I next enjoyed a morning visit and then lunch with good friends John and J.J. Carney, newspaper owners from Monticello. They also have a statewide magazine they publish – Eat. Drink. Mississippi.
Erin went to work with Emma on the USM campus. Emma told her friends to come by “if you want to see a mini me.”
Because the Burlesons and the Carneys were in a bit of a hurry, we chose buffet style lunch at Strick’s BBQ. I’m trying to avoid buffets since I typically fill my plate way too full and sometimes go back for more. But this was another good selection.
That afternoon Pam needed to help Emma with a shopping list for her apartment. She’s developing an interest in cooking and even got a small crock pot.
Erin and I decided against that venue and took a different shopping direction. She had a little Christmas money left over, but to be honest, I wasn’t too good of a shopping partner for my 11-year-old daughter. I’m sure she would tell you that too.
I’m not sure when our next trip to Hattiesburg will be – possibly not before Emma’s graduation on May 10.
But then again, we just might have to escape a day or two in February, too. Particularly, if winter gets worse here.
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