Summer is officially over. All the schools have started back, which means it’s time for stay-at-home moms to kick back and relax. A group of ladies wearing workout clothes was spotted this past Friday enjoying a glass of wine at lunch — must be nice. I could get into that life, just minus the kids. But of course I’d have to have a friend or two to hang out with and drink lunch wine with after our workout class. I’m sure they would all be on board, especially if wine is involved. So now we need someone to fund us! Until then, I will just keep living it up on the weekends and having my wine during happy hour.

Ready, down set, hut!
Forget this winter-is-coming stuff, football season is coming! To prepare for the upcoming season, Boozie headed to the Reese’s Senior Bowl Girls of Fall event. Held at the convention center, it was a series of talks about different things.

The first talk for Boozie was on rules of the game by former Alabama QB and head referee of the SEC David Smith. I’m not going to lie, I learned a lot. Like who knew that each referee watches certain players? I always thought it was crazy when a ref all the way down the field would blow his whistle, but it turns out it’s because he was watching that player. David did make a joke that even though they have eyes on them they may miss something!

The next talk was more of a demo given by Von of Von’s Bistro. She gave us a little back history of her life and where she gained her cooking skills. She said since she is Asian, her husband is Southern and she owned a seafood processing plant, she decided to open a restaurant that does it all.

Since this was the tailgating food demo, we got to sample Von’s creation: a chicken Alfredo dip! While in line for a sample, a friend asked if I was still eating healthy, because the ingredients on the table weren’t exactly healthy. Later, Von joked that it wasn’t a Weight Watchers recipe since it contained heavy cream, cream cheese and more cheese. I thought to myself, it isn’t a game day without cream cheese and more cheese! But the best part of Von’s chicken Alfredo dip is that it’s quick, easy and can be made ahead of time. You can even trade out the chicken for shrimp, crawfish or whatever you like. I’m thinking I will serve mine with some fried bowtie pasta. Talk about healthy!

Our next talk was about special teams, but first Boozie needed food! Moe’s BBQ was passing out ribs and Maker’s Mark shots. The rib was perfect and the shot wasn’t bad either! Of course they ran out of both ribs and shots early. Then we decided to grab a few more bites of food, but while in line we kept being told to go to our next event. Boozie and her friend ignored the guy, we were hungry. Once we got our plates fixed we were told once again that the talk had started. Luckily for us we didn’t get out of line when we were told to because we would have missed out on food.

In the last event of the evening, the fashion show, various boutiques and online stores showed off their fall fashion trends for the upcoming football season! There were some really great looks, but Boozie’s favorite fashion was off the runway — it was two friends, one an Alabama fan, the other an Auburn fan, wearing everything from their teams, from earrings to shoes!

I’m not crazy …
Talk about a perfect flashback Friday: Matchbox Twenty at The Wharf this past weekend was the perfect reminder that you are getting old, but they are still great! I mean, they’re celebrating their 20th anniversary, but Boozie must admit these last 20 years have been good to Rob Thomas! I hope to age like him.

But anyways I had a spy at the concert who said it was absolutely incredible. My spy said even though Rob had a cold it didn’t stop them from performing one of their best shows. Her favorite part was when they asked everyone to pull out their cellphones and light them up. She said Rob was right, it does “look really f*ckin’ cool.”

New friends, old places
Boozie’s other Orange Beach spy was busy Saturday night making new friends. As he said, it’s not every day you make friends with a professional golfer.

Anyways, my spy said it was another typical night at the Flora-Bama until he ran into pro golfer Smylie Kaufman! The golfer was down at the beach with some friends from Birmingham, just hanging out. My spy said he was a really cool guy and fun to be around. Boozie is told they shared a few golf tips over a few bushwackers! Sometimes you just never know who you’ll run into at Flora-Bama!

Total eclipse
Boozie might get some backlash for this, but the eclipse wasn’t what I expected. Twenty percent is still a lot of sun up in the sky, wayyyy more than I thought. If we’re being honest, I’m also glad it’s over. I’m not sure how many more social media posts I can take that say “Total eclipse of the heart.” Like, come on, people — get creative! But I will say the coolest part was probably the shadows the trees made and how everybody across the country got together to view the eclipse. Mother nature really does bring us together!

Well, kids, that’s all I’ve got this week. Just remember, whether rain or shine, dramatic or scandalous, or just some plain ol’ football lovin’, I will be there. Ciao!