My Birmingham List

It’s been a while, huh? I’ve been traveling all over the place since I moved to Birmingham, so I haven’t really had anything to blog about yet (unless you want to hear about being tired, cancelled flights, snowstorms and the like. But I bet you don’t, so we’ll skip that whole thing).

A friend and I got together last weekend for a trip to Moss Rock Preserve, and while sitting on one of the big boulders, we decided to start a list of touristy things we want to do while in Birmingham. I regret not seeing and doing more in Columbus, so this time, I want to make sure I see a much as I can. I promise to take pictures and share my experiences with you.

My Birmingham Bucket List:

  1. 16th Street Baptist Church
  2. Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame
  3. Alabama Sports Hall of Fame
  4. Alabama Symphony Orchestra
  5. Alabama Theatre
  6. Aldridge Gardens
  7. American Village
  8. Avondale Brewery
  9. Birmingham Museum of Art
  10. Birmingham History Center
  11. Birmingham Civil Rights Institute
  12. Birmingham Railroad Park
  13. Birmingham Rights Heritage Trail
  14. Irondale Cafe
  15. Kelly Ingram Park
  16. Moonlight on the Mountain
  17. Moss Rock Preserve
  18. Lovers Leap
  19. Oak Mountain State Park
  20. The Peanut Depot
  21. Pepper Place Saturday Market
  22. Red Mountain Park
  23. Regions Field
  24. Rickwood Field
  25. Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park
  26. Sloss Furnaces
  27. The Vulcan

The Time Has Come

“Alice came to a fork in the road. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked.
‘Where do you want to go?’ responded the Cheshire Cat.
‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered.
‘Then,’ said the Cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

I definitely know the full meaning of the word bittersweet. I have been standing at the fork in the road for a few months now. Questioning what it was I wanted to do. I’ve never felt so pulled in opposite directions… these choices are the hard ones. On one hand, the past two and a half years have flown by. I’ve had a blast. I’ve made best friends in Ohio. I’ve learned a lot about an amazing city. On the other hand, I’ve missed being close to my family, missed the great state of Alabama and it’s weather, missed Auburn football and sweet tea.

So to make it short and sweet, I’m proud to say that I’ve finally made a decision…I’m moving back to Alabama! I’m packing up and moving to Birmingham in just a few weeks (I’m now a city girl, so this was the only real choice). I’ll get to see friends and family that I haven’t seen (or seen much of) in the past few years. I’ll make it to an Auburn game here and there. It’s going to be sweet. And the sweetest part? I’ll still be working for Kappa 🙂

So for the bitter part…I’m leaving fabulous friends in Columbus. I’m leaving people who would do anything in the world for me. I’m leaving people who I’ve spent the last two and a half years with. I’m leaving a city that I truly love.

It will be hard. It will be fun. It will be another learning experience. But I’m excited to start down this new path, open this new chapter, begin this different part of my life. I’m excited to have a bit of direction. And excited to have something new to blog about…