‘Merica — TCB

Happy 4th of July!

Hey y’all. Sorry for the hiatus, but lawd, I’ve been TCB! Taking care of business. You may have gathered from my previous couple of posts that I FINALLY sold my dang townhouse. It sold three years to the day that I put it on the market and I couldn’t be more relieved. It was weighing on me like I didn’t even realize, until it was gone. But all that to say, I hope to be back on the regular blogging scene now that I have my head back in a good, normal space!

In the meantime, let’s do a photo recap of what else has been going on.

I went to Kingston and watched two of my favorite Wade men do a triathlon. They basically kicked tail.

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Mom and Dad visited Nashville for Father’s Day. We had a joint Mother’s Day/Father’s Day outing to Arrington Vineyards and had a picnic. It was so fun and they both really enjoyed it. Of course, there was wine.




We had dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill and lunch at Germantown Café the next day.


Mom has always wanted to tour the Hermitage, Andrew Jackson’s home, so we did. It was really interesting and I loved the self-guided tour with headphones. You just punched in a code from a sign based on what you were looking at. I thought that was nicer than some period-costumed lady walking you around the entire time.


Kim took me down to the Farmer’s Market to try Bella Nashville’s pizza. OMG. It’s like Bella Napoli, and its ah-mazing. I die. I think about it daily.


I went to the courthouse one morning and TCB’d. Isn’t Nashville beautiful from the park?


The month of June I worked out 4-5 days a week at FIT Nashville’s bootcamp at Centennial. It was beautiful and we never got rained out. Thanks, drought! Fabulous way to watch the sun come up and start my day!


And in case you haven’t heard yet – I sold my townhouse! Ha.
So empty!


If you need a realtor, call that guy on the sign. Frank J will TCB.

Then, I celebrated the move.


And celebrated the sale. A lot of celebrating.


Rog took us to J Alexander’s for dinner. All I wanted was mac and cheese (it’s to die for), but had some steak tacos too. He had the steak.


In other news, I’m still obsessed with our McKay’s bookstore. I love it. Here are some of the latest finds.


Are you bored with the randomness of this post yet? Hope not – because here’s an update on my hair! 🙂 It’s getting looong, and I love my bangs longer, now. I can curl them back a little and keep the little turds out of my face.


Last Saturday Rog and I got all dressed up and went to Junior Chamber gala. It was so fun. We topped it off with a trip downtown to Robert’s Western World and then acted refined and had a nightcap at the Patterson House.

My handsome date.


Phi Mu ladies!


Mal pal.


Two of my favorite Nashville friends – Rach and Linds.


And two of my new friends thanks to NJC – Elisabeth and Evelina. I don’t befriend ugly people, clearly. 🙂


Lastly – I ate half a sticker off my apple yesterday. That was awesome. Then, I checked my mortgage account and saw my outstanding balance. YES sir! Ha. Ok, I’ll quit talking about it, I swear.


And, I finished this book today and HOLY moly. It scared the poop out of me! And had so many twists and turns. It would make a fabulous movie. But OMG – y’all. Read this book. I read it in three days and had nightmares. Ha.


How’s that for a random brain dump? Now that we’re all caught up, I’ll try to keep it that way.





I’ve been occasionally looking for a daily devotional to do, lately.  Whenever I find myself in the book store, or perusing Amazon.com, etc. Requirements are this:

  • Something focused on women, I think. Preferably busy, real life, trying to balance it all, chicks.
  • Daily.
  • Something that encourages me to open the Bible, and not JUST read the verse or text printed within the devotional book.
  • And something not terribly time consuming. (Reference bullet #1.) I’m just being honest – because if it’s too time consuming, I won’t do it daily, and I really want to do it and enjoy it.

A couple of options:

finding calm in chaos

From Amazon: Best-selling author Kathy Bostrom offers this book of devotions to help women create calm in the chaos of their busy lives. The book is comprises twenty-eight days of devotions for each month of the year, so that readers can begin using the book during any month. Each week’s devotions, prayers, quotations, and “Spirit Boosters” focus on one Bible passage, which is read each day of that week. Each week ends with a “Sabbath Celebration,” a time for quiet prayer, reflection, and renewal. The “Spirit Boosters” for each week are divided into “Reaching In” and “Reaching Out” sections. They offer suggestions for ways to be kind to yourself and to others while nurturing your own faith. This book is ideal for women’s prayer groups, to give as a gift, or to give to yourself.

women's devotional guide to the bible

From Amazon: Building on the unique five-day prayer and study formula used in her best-selling book, Women of the Bible, Jean E. Syswerda provides you with a comprehensive overview of Scripture in this fifty-two week devotional. The Women’s Devotional Guide to the Bible gives you tools for in-depth study, reflection, and prayer. It also offers you a practical approach to the complexities of the Bible, by employing a method you can effectively and easily use as part of your busy daily schedule.

I’m kind of leaning towards the second one? Any others out there that you’ve done or heard about that I should look into? Thanks, friends.


>The Help

>It’s not often that I get to tell you about a book I read, so savor the flavor, folks. Usually, if it’s not in an email, a report at work, or on the back of a cereal box, I aint reading it.

However, I do love to read – it’s just hard to tear myself away from the TV some evenings and curl up with a book. Reading requires brainpower, and usually I am running on about 1% of it when I get home in the evenings. That’s just enough to watch a couple of Hills re-runs…but not read a book.

Anyways, I did manage to read “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett which has been on my “to read” list (with about 37 other books) for quite a while.

Lots of you have already raved about this book – but for those of you that haven’t – join the club. It was SO good.

It’s set during the civil rights movement in Mississippi in 1962, and explores the relationships of white women and their families, and their maids.

This book leaves you thinking “what would I have done…would I have been able to see through the ‘this is just how it is’ and acted differently? Had the nerve to speak up? Or just go with the flow because that’s ‘how it is.'”

Really interesting book and you get so sucked into the characters.

Here’s a review from Publisher’s Weekly:
What perfect timing for this optimistic, uplifting debut novel set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who’s raised 17 children, and Aibileen’s best friend Minny, who’s found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it.


Next up for me, “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” I also can’t get away from the buzz about this book, and want to read it before I see the movie…


>Local Celebs, Margaritas, Trailor Parks and Moustaches – It Must Be Saturday

>It’s 6:11 a.m. as I start to type this – I’ve been up since 4:30 a.m. I ate a hot dog for breakfast at 4:45 a.m. Things are rough….

I have one of my big events at work starting on Sunday, so I’ve officially starting the process of waking up throughout the night to add to my “to-do” list, waking up in a cold-sweat, fretting that the ballroom will be too small, etc. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s time to move on, with your bad self, 2009!

On happier notes – on Saturday I got out for some much needed girl time. I hit the downtown scene with Lindsey and some of her friends from home. We East TN girls know how to have a good time. Some pictures below for your enjoyment – BUT, the most exciting part of the night was when I ran into one of my favorite local celebs, Clay Travis. Clay wrote the books Dixieland Delight and the latest, On Rocky Top. If you’re looking for a Christmas gift for an SEC and/or Tennessee Football lover – these are a must. I plowed through On Rocky Top in about two days at the beach – I laughed out loud, cried, and practically clapped. It is hilarious and makes you remember why you love UT football, as if you could ever forget.

Anyways, I saw Clay one other time at Paradise Park downtown (the bar made to look like a Trailor Park – we keep it classy in Nashville.) I recognized him and approached him – I think he was quite startled and quickly left the bar…I maybe came on a little strong. So when I saw him Saturday, in the same bar, practically standing in the same place (this is where I’d normally judge him – but hey, he probably thought the same thing about me) – I tried to act a little less stalker-like….or not.

I hugged him – and one of our mutual friends (who knew we ran in the same circles!?) said “you shouldn’t go around hugging just any ol’ married man.” Ignored. I turned to Clay and said “I’m your biggest fan…seriously. I just love you. Keep doing what you’re doing.” (Wow, really achieved the whole ‘less stalker-like’ thing, there.) He said “If you’re my biggest fan you can hug me any time!” Nice.

So yes, I got more excited about seeing my fave local author than I would have most any country music star, at least that night.

Me and Clay.
Mindy, Lori and I – who knows what was going on here. This is what happens when you wait 75 minutes for your table at a Mexican restaurant with a very impressive pomegranate margarita.
Me and Linds.

Dinner at Cantina Laredo – this is probably about when Irene asked our waiter why he wasn’t married yet. Hey, when we say “I have a question,” and you answer with “I have all the answers,” we WILL test you.

Found some guys celebrating Movember. Don’t know what it is? Click here to check it out and donate. For a good cause, and the mooostache!

It may be a while before I’m back out in downtown Nashville – let’s just say my group got separated and I ended up walking farther than I care to disclose, back to my car, pink taser ready to take on any homeless many brave enough to even glance at me. Fun times.