This Tuesday a mega-co-op group will present a comprehensive plan for bringing a network of bike, running, and walking trails to Jefferson County. Looking at the map, it looks like both the Shade Creek Corridor and Cahaba River Corridor will break into Hoover. All the paths are meant to mimic many of the waterways around the county.
I haven’t seen a serious timeline for any of this. It’s hoped some of the money will come from Congress, some from the state, etc. Of course, the county probably isn’t in a position to offer much funding help.
But these projects are exactly the kind of long-term sustainable projects that we need around here. It would be great of some of the local municipal governments would continue these ideas outside of some monstrous county-wide initiative and improve avenues for bikes and pedestrians in and around their communities.
I met Mary about two and a half years ago when I decided to take a road-trip to Memphis with a van-load of folks I’d only “met” online.
Because that’s safe. Right?
All of my traveling companions already knew each other and I felt like a stranger for a total of thirty seconds. After two laugh-filled days, it was clear that this was completely a divine thing that this wallflower chose to step WAY out of her comfort zone and make the trip. I still keep up with these ladies (and some more that I met on the trip). They are a daily source of encouragement for me. I’ve even managed to spend time with Mary since our trip to Memphis. I could go on for days about her — her snappy wardrobe, her quick wit, but what struck me (and still strikes me) most about her is her realness.
People who authentically live out their faith in an online capacity and in real life are a smidge rare.
Or maybe I’m a cynic.
Mary has a passion for God and for gospel-centered friendships among women. Let’s face it, ladies, friendships with other women can be tricky. Am I the only one who’s put myself out there only to be taken advantage of? Probably not. Mary’s book is filled with wise counsel on the nature of girlfriends, how to get them, how to keep them, how to cut the toxic ones loose, and where their priority should be in your spiritual walk. Her book is inspiration for women looking for friends and a how-to guide for gathering and growing in your walk with Christ alongside your favorite gal pals.
If you’re not 100% convinced by my glowing words, check out the NBC13′s interview with Mary about her book.
Precious, isn’t she? (P.S. I think I should be Wendy Garner’s BFF)
So. Let’s break it down a bit.
If you’re a girl that wants friends, you want this book.
If you’re a girl that has friends, you want this book.
You really have no excuse.
Unless you’re a dude.
But you’re probably a dude that knows a girl who has/wants friends.
I also am giving away a copy of Mary’s book in one week. To be entered, all you have to do is leave a comment below. Contest closes on February 23, 2012.
UPDATE: Since there were only two entries, both Mary and Keri will be getting a copy of Mary’s book! Congrats ladies!
UPDATE: there is more info on this over on the al.com site today
We headed out last night to the Galleria for a fundraiser. As we’re cruising down Highway 31 we saw signs going up next to 2nd & Charles announcing that a Tuesday Morning was going in. It’s going to be to the left of 2nd & Charles. I wasn’t all that stoked, but B was.
Here’s a nifty little page to bookmark: it’s the most up-to-date online listing of Jefferson County Health Department’s inspections. If there was ever a database of information that I wish I could list my favorites and share, it’s this. What’s great is how easily you can search through the list by restaurant name, see the score, click on the score to see all the remarks for the reasons for the score and weigh that against when the inspector was last there. There is even a column telling you if a place is smoke-free or not.
I looked up two of our faves:
- Mr. P’s, in Bluff Park, got a 91 back in December
- The Boot, Hoover, got a 95 back in December as well
So we’re good to go! How handy is this!? If Jefferson County ever wants to do an app, I hope they start with this stuff. How did your favorite fare, fare?
It’s probably time that you know a little more about us here at Bryants of Bham. And what better way to know us than to first see us.
In the spirit of true transparency, there are a few things you should know about this picture:
1. It was taken over a year ago.
2. I chose it because my arms look thin.
3. We don’t typically coordinate our attire.
4. We don’t typically wear pink. (Ok, the little one does. Like, a lot.)
5. We are suckers for a themed birthday party.
Now you’ve seen us.
Or you’ve seen us back in August of 2010. Trust me, though, my arms really are still that thin, they’re just not very photogenic.
Now for a little bit about us, though I won’t name names in order to protect each member’s privacy/dignity:
1. At least two of us prefer not to wear pants every chance he/she/we get.
2. At least two of us, maybe three, are a little too preoccupied with superheroes. And Legos. And Lego superheroes.
3. At least one of us stocks the pantry shelves with labels facing out.
4. At least four of us like books. Like, really really like.
5. At least three of us never put a new roll of toilet paper on the holder when we’ve used up the previous roll.
6. At least two of us have moves like Jagger.
7. At least one of us currently has her socks on her hands and is performing some sort of burping puppet show from behind my laptop.
So, you’ve seen more of us.
Feel free to say “hi” in the comments. And let us know what you’d like to see more of here at Bryants of Bham.