A little bit about Robin

I was born in raised in Alabama and am proud of my Southern roots. I love to write and share life experiences, thoughts, and crafty ideas about interesting things past and present. Welcome to my neck of the woods. Sit down and swing a while.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Farwell to Disposable Cameras, Hello Six Toe Cats

Yesterday Michael and I got our Key West/Honeymoon pics back. They are not so great because we did not have a digital camera on the trip. Today I ordered a digital camera off of QVC. I was really worried about it, but I decided that ordering from QVC maybe wasn't so bad. They really have some cool stuff on Saturday mornings. I watch every Saturday morning, dream of ordering and never do. I ordered a Kodak Camera, Kodak 5x Zoom 12.0 Megapixel Digital Camera w/2.5" Diag LCD. I was SO EXCITED after I did it. They made the camera look so AWESOME on TV. After ordering I went online to see if they had any more info about the camera on the QVC website. I noticed a review section......WOW, there were a ton of bad reviews on the camera I just purchased. There were also a ton of GREAT reviews. Verdict is still out, I might be sending my first QVC purchase back.

Below are highlights of the our favorite Honeymoon moments via photomontage. Why bore y'all with the intimate details, pics are much better!

Introducing Conch Fritters
The best thing I have tasted in a long while. They rip out the meat from a conch shell and make a fritter. Easy, simple and delicious. Every restaurant we went to I ordered conch fritters. I wanted to find the best on the island. These, from The Conch Farm, were the best and they were the cheapest. I liked the bite size, yummmm melts in your mouth. The Conch Farm is an open air warehouse, bar and restaurant. All the fresh fish comes there first, then the Conch Farm people sell it to all the other restuarants on the island. The food is great and very affordable, especially since you are eating the freshest fish in town!

Six Toe Cats!
Numerous artists and writers have passed through Key West but the two most associated with the island are Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. Ernest and Tennessee happen to be my favorite writers. We went to the Hemingway House to hang out with the 47 cats that live there. About half of the cats at the house are polydactyl, which means they have extra toes. Hemingway had a six-toe cat named Snowball, given to him by a sea captain when he moved to Key West. Most if not all of the cats on the property are direct decedents of this one cat. They just keep breeding and having more six toed cats!! They NEVER leave the property, and legend has it they are waiting for Hemingway to come back to his beloved home in Key West. Check out the pics, their feet look like mittens!!! WEIRD yet so INTERSTING!!

Move over Ponce De Leon!
Here I stand on some rocks that jet out from the beach where Ponce De Leon first landed. He was looking for the fountain of Youth. Good thing I still have my youth, or I might not have been able to make it to the edge of these slippery and dangerous rocks!!

Hotel Pool, Not So Shabby
We spent most of our time here, Go figure.

Generic Honeymoon Photos
First Night...
Last Night...
Notice how we are pale the first night, and tan the last night. We had awesome weather!

The honeymoon was great. On Halloween night we went on a GHOST tour. We ran out of film, so we do not have any freaky pictures of "Robert the Doll" (the ghost "chucky" from "Childs Play" was based on) or scary old sea captains in the grave yard...sorry. Our tour guide was drunk too, that was scary in its self. We will be returning to Key West and can't wait to see more of this strange, yet interesting island located at the southern most point in the Us.SEE YA LATER.......

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Eat Drink and Be Married

It has been a long while since I updated my blog. Wedding planning, honeymoon and everything in between got the best of me. A lot has changed since my last entry. I have a new job, a new husband and more time to WRITE! Michael and I had a fabulous honeymoon in Key West!!! My next couple blog entries I want to share some of our new married life.

We got married at The Ledges in Huntsville, Alabama at 5:30 in the afternoon. My Uncle Ken did a wonderful job with the ceremony. It was 49 degrees when I walked down the isle, but I made it. I had the prettiest Bridesmaids this side of the Mississippi!!

Relatives from both sides of the family came from all around. There ended up being around 230 guests!!! We partied to Time Machine band and had a wonderful time.

This blog I will touch some on the wedding! My professional pics have not been posted yet. Below are a couple my mom took on the day of.

Michael and I saw each other before the wedding. Here is a shot of our first look at each other...


Here the photographer told the girls to put the flowers around my head like I won the Kentucky Derby!!



Introducing Robin and Michael Seale...


Stay tooned for more pics and fun blogs about life in Mountain Brook, awesome new wedding gifts and Honeymoon adventures!!

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Old Friends, Sweet Tea and Me.

On August 18, some of my favorite people from Huntsville held a wedding shower for yours truly. It was fabulous. What a wonderful time to mingle and catch up. Some guests attending I have lost touch with. Sad to see so many years go by without frequent contact. I truly believe it is the friends you have as children that shape you as an adult.

The shower was held at the home of my friend Stephanie H., who has an eclectic style and is a hostess with southern charm and grace. We started out by her pool with mimosas and proceeded in doors to escape the record-breaking heat of over 100 degrees.

Served inside was a delightful dish of Carol M’s famous chicken salad! The fruit cup on the side was made the old fashioned way with watermelon scooped out in cute little balls of sweetness! The drink of Choice…Sweet Tea of course!

After sweet tea and chicken salad I opened mountains of gifts. I have to say I get the prize for the best assortment of shower gifts! We did not have a “themed shower”, and it worked out well in my favor. Among some of the prize possessions was a wrought iron and tin beer tub, monogrammed apron, my favorite scent candle from the Southerness Candle company and cherished pieces of Kate Spade China just to name a few.

One more engagement party in September and then the Big Day! I can’t wait to blog about the Rehearsal Dinner, We are having it in a haunted old Antebellum House in Huntsville. Stay Tuned.

Check out more pics from the Shower:
Me and the Hostess with the Mostess

Huntsville Girls


Art Work in Casa De Stephanie

Apron

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

There is Just one Kind of Folk. May Folk.

When I tell people that I am going to my family reunion in Quitman, Missississi they automatically assume that my family is from Quitman. Wrong. Antonio Mcdise, famed basketball
player, Alabama alum and NBA basketball star is from Quitman…and that is about it. Quitman’s other claim to fame is Clarkco Sate Park where the May family has been holding our reunion for the past 24 years.

You see, the May family is not originally from Mississippi. Way way back we were from North Carolina, I think that is why we all look like tall mountain people. Over the years the May’s all migrated to Mississippi and surrounding areas like Tuscaloosa. Now we are scattered about mostly in Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama. Quitman is the middle ground.

Michael and I went this year to see all the relatives and spend time with my folks. My dad has the perfect way to describe the May Family. He told Michael, “Think BMW’s and gun racks."

On Friday we cooked out and went to an ice cream social. Saturday was the big meal. There are usually 8 different kinds of butter beans to choose from. The family dynamic changes every year. Sometimes there are less of us, sometimes more. But there are usually the staple groups, and that is whom I come to see. The small children grow older and I’m reminded of the times when I was a little girl looking up to my big cousins.

This year we stayed in a typical Clarkco Cabin. Our little wood cabin is where all the men gathered after dinner each night to play poker. They all sit on the back porch facing the lake. I like to sit on the porch and listen to my cousins and uncles talk. You find out more about your family after your relatives have a couple beers. If you are an outsider, like my Michael, and you can hang at the poker table then you will have no problem making friends. I think Michael did all right, it may take a couple more years until he is truly “In the Family”.

Over all the week was wonderful! Check out the scenes my mom captured on her digital camera.


Sunset on Lake.


Lima Beans, Butter Beans, Baked Beans, Corn Bread, Fried Okra, Greens, Meat, Meat and more Meat.


Reading on Back Porch.


Talent Show.


Uncle Ken the minister is Marrying Michael and I, Here we are talking about ceremony.



Here Uncle Ken is singing She'll Be Coming Round the Mountain.



Here, I'm singing Sweet Caroline.


Caught in the act.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Is it the end for Harry Potter?



Ok, I admit it, I am a sucker for anything Harry Potter. My finance just jumped aboard the bandwagon after 6 books and 4 movies.

Michael and I were big DORKS and took the Sorting Hat test last week to see what house we would most likely be in if we attended Hogwarts School Of Magic.

Michael took the Sorting Hat test three times trying to get in Gryffindor. Twice he was a Hufflepuff and once a Raven Claw. I took the test one time and passed with flying colors. I am a Gryffindor!!!!! See what house the Sorting Hat chooses for you! You can take the test if you copy this link: http://www.timidity.org/tests/sortinghat.html

The next Harry Potter movie comes out this week and I can’t wait to see it. After reading all the books I’m anxious to see the Hermione, Harry and Ron all grown up and fighting the dark arts.

The 7th and last book, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows, will hit the stores on July 21st. I am soooo nervous. I heard two characters die. JK Rowling said she cried writing the last three chapters. I read in the news that J.K. Rowling was 'euphoric' and 'devastated' to finish the series. Does this mean Harry Dies? I guess we will have to wait and find out.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Party for Robin and Michael June 30th 2007

Balloons! This must be where the party is!


A hug for the Hostess.




" I am going to walk by my mom really fast so she won't make me dance with her.."


"Girls Girls, Lets talk about it"

Breck Girls Strike Again


Mother of Year and Grandmother too!


"Open your eyes Shelby! Open your eyes.."

Roll Tide! Roll Tide! Roll Tide!


Sometimes I just need a Ben Hug.



If I don't pass the BAR, I'll just make a living being good looking.


Who Invited Leroy?


"Sometimes you wanna go, where everybody knows your name...and they're always glad you came.."

We just get cuter as we grow older.

My Signature color is Blue...wait pink! No blue. Ok, pink and blue.

Hang in there baby, we only have 50 plus more years of this...

Friday, June 29, 2007

Dinner Party Dame


















This weekend Michael and I are having our first wedding festivity. I know I have been writing a bunch about getting married. But, getting married is what I am dealing with right now. Maybe we will actually do something soon that does not involve wedding stuff. For instance, my family reunion in Mississippi, stay tuned for more on that topic.

Michael’s dear old friends Christina and Wally and their brood are hosting our special event. They have a interesting and wonderful old house located on a hill in Birmingham. There so many things to talk about and secret corners to explore on their property. The first Conductor for the Birmingham Symphony Orchestra owned the house in the early 1900's. The Orchestra used to practice on the back deck in the round. The walls of the patio are shaped in a semicircle and the acoustics are perfect. If you sit on one end of the wall and whisper into the concrete, the person sitting on the other end can hear every word you are whispering. Spooky.

Michael and I are just so thrilled to finally get to celebrate our engagement with friends and family around. Christina is known for her parties. She sets up large tables of food and drinks. The flowers and set up always has a special touch. She does all the preparation herself and takes control of the kitchen. Christina is like a good mix of Julie Childs and my Russian Granny, Manya. She ads sugar and liquor to everything.

The last party we attended at Christina and Wally’s we arrived at 1pm and did not make it home until… well, almost 1am. I guess that gives you an idea of how much fun it is to socialize at Christina’s house.

I can’t wait to write more. The pictures will be snazzy too.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

The Southern Jewish American Princess Bride

Planning a wedding can be hectic, crazy and most of all stressful. When Michael and I talked about getting married early on we decided to keep the wedding about us. We have seen so many friends get overwhelmed with guest lists, showers, in-laws, religion and crazy wedding planners. All of the sudden the big day turned into a show for everyone else but the bride and groom.

I was born and raised in the South, “Small Wedding”, is not in my vocabulary. I actually started out wanting a smaller wedding but then realized that half of Mississippi and Alabama is related to me. Now, every trip to the Publix I end up running into someone I just HAVE to invite! Since I was 6 my mom told me to kill everyone with kindness. Now look where that got me. My guest list is looking like pages 1-50 in the Madison County phone book.

Planning showers and making excel sheets has become do or die. The perfect dress for the perfect party is never perfect enough. There has been so much time worrying about whom, what, when and how - I have forgotten the bottom line, my marriage to the most adorable man alive.

Life is not going to end if I do not have 5 different Kitchen, Bath, Bar-Tool-Garden-Patio showers. And my best friend from 5th period in 11th grade probably won’t get her feelings hurt when she does not make the invitation list, even if we did run into each other in Publix … twice.

Our wedding date awaits and the rest of the summer will be filled with butterflies and anticipation. I can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family. I guarantee not all of Alabama will be there but hopefully some special folks we have been blessed to meet along the way.


HELPFUL AND FUN BOOKS FOR BRIDES TO BE:

SOMEBODY IS GOING TO DIE IF LILLY BETH DOESN'T CATCH THAT BOUQUET: THE OFFICIAL SOUTHERN LADIES' GUIDE TO HOSTING THE PERFECT WEDDING
BY GAYDEN METCALFE AND CHARLOTTE HAYS- Funny realistic book about weddings below the Mason Dixon Line, interspersed with recipes and tales of weddings past.


EMOTIONALLY ENGAGED: A BRIDE'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE "HAPPIEST" TIME OF HER LIFE
BY ALLISON MOIR-SMITH-Guides the bride through the honest highs and lows of engagement. Great Read, every engaged women should read this.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Wedding Registry

Hi Friends and Family. Many of you have been asking me where Michael and I are registered. I never thought about posting this info on my blog until my friend from work decided to post her baby registry on her blog. She said she felt weird about it at first, but it has been so helpful for her friends and family to have a welcoming guide.

With the crazy lives we all lead these days etiquette is constantly changing. Making it easy for others is absolutely acceptable. Word of mouth works in most cases, but for out of town people accessing an online registry with ease is appreciated. I hope this helps.

Want to Walk in:
Lawrens- Huntsville
Brombergs-Mountain Brook
The Cook Store-Mountain Brook
Dillards-Huntsville
Belk
Crate and Barrel
Macys

Online shoppers:

www.macys.com
www.dillards.com
www.crateandbarrel.com
www.brombergs.com


My china pattern can be seen in the above photo. The name of the pattern is Pompano Point, Kate Spade. I love it and all the items I registered for! This is so exciting. I can’t wait to celebrate then decorate!

Monday, June 11, 2007

The Garden Party



This past Friday The Huntsville Community Ballet Association held the Annual Antebellum Garden Party at the home of Mark and Henri McDaniel in Huntsville, Ala. Michael and I attended.

The Garden Party is a tradition in my family. My late Grandmother, Manya Marcus, help start the event over 30 years ago. Manya was known for her culinary genius in Huntsville. She would prepare food weeks in advance to get ready for the Garden Party.

This year there was a silent auction with some very nice items. Michael and I bid on two lamps from a local boutique. We stayed close to the table so we could stalk out those trying to out bid. It was entertaining standing off to the side like detectives. We noticed many people pondering over the lamps, but in the end we rode home with our prize. All proceeds went to the Ballet of course.

After the auction we sat at candle lit tables, ate dinner and watched members of the Huntsville Ballet Company perform on stage. The dancers looked beautiful and the music and choreography added culture and happiness to the humid June night.

I saw many people I have not seen in years. My beautiful friend Susie joined us with her mother Lynn and we watched my mother scurrying around taking pictures and talking with local media. Some people did not want their picture taken, but my mom shot them anyway. She is a great Publicity Chairman for the Ballet and loved by many, even those who did not want their picture taken.

Maybe one day I can help out with the party. These days they hire catering companies to provide food for the event. I think it would be nice to do what my grandmother did years ago and hold large meetings where ladies sit and roll cheese balls, bake piecrusts and gossip about past garden parties and events around town.

This was the Dinner Menu: Chicken, Pork Tenderloin, Grilled Herb Potatoes, Roasted Vegetables, Marinated Tomatoes, Lima Bean and Corn Salad. Also included were Buttermilk Tarts, Blueberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and Brownies.

If you would like to find out more about Community Ballet Association, please check out the website, http://www.communityballet.org/

Monday, June 4, 2007

Muffy Sue Buffington, Please Invite me to Supper Club

For those of you who have never heard of Muffy Sue Buffington, let me elaborate…About 15 or so years ago my brother wrote for his college newspaper. In his column he introduced a character named Muffy Sue Buffington. We all knew Muffy Sue, she was the girl working towards her MRS. degree. She had hair like the Breck Girls and if she smoked, she did it sittin' down. Double name and double trouble during Wednesday night chapter at the Sorority house. The original multi-tasker.

Today you can find Muffy Sue at the local Piggly Wiggly, little league game or elementary school parking lot. She is dressed in her tennis outfit and gabbing about how Clair Rosenberger is not good enough for Junior League because of last weeks “whisky shot” incident at Supper Club. Poor Clair.

Do not get me wrong; today’s Muffy does not always have that much time on her hands. Watch out for the Volvo Station Wagon with three kids in the back seat and high heels in the front. She holds Starbucks in left hand and cell phone in right. Multi-tasking takes on a whole new meaning. Muffy can bring home the bacon and cook it too.

I think there is a little bit of Muffy Sue in most girls from the South, whether we what to admit it or not. I myself love a good book club and local ladies group.

So here’s to the Muffy Sue Buffington in all us girls. If you hang out at the Pig or run laps in the boardroom, please invite me to Supper Club I won’t forget the Jack Daniels.