Friday, May 29, 2015

Nashville Tourism Day One

For our 2 year wedding anniversary [10 years dating] Daniel and I decided to take a Tennessee roadtrip! Our first day was pretty busy, so I linked and enlarged the names of the places visited in case you are into skimming. :)

The first thing we did when we arrived in Nashville is look for a couple distillery tours. We decided that Jack Daniels was going to be too difficult to plan into our drive, and there are so many in Nashville, it made sense to find something smaller and local. There happened to be two distilleries on the same block at an old factory turned shopping center called Marathon Village. They are on either side of the "I believe in Nashville" mural, too! We were walking over and just as I was wondering where this piece of art was located, we ran right into it.

The first place was Nelson's Green Brier. We didn't feel like waiting around for the actual tours, so we ended up hopping in on the tastings, which were $10/person. This was in a building separate from the factory. The distillery is fairly new, just a few years old, and very nice. The gift shop had so many different shirts, glasses, mugs, jackets - Daniel went to town! The tasting consisted of 4 samples and I could barely take a sip. It was all whiskey, and while I tried to make it work, I just couldn't. Daniel pretty much had 2 sets of samples. haha!

The second distillery we hit up was a recommendation from a friend, and apparently not advertised as a bar to the public - and it totally is! The tours were all booked up, which was fine because Daniel just wanted to do a tasting.
Corsair Artisan Distillery is in the old factory. It's a larger space and totally hipster territory. We had to wait for a large tour to finish up at the bar before Daniel could partake, but then we had the place to ourselves! I sat this one out and opted to take photos. For $8 Daniel received 5 or 6 tastings, and not all were whiskey. He tried a vodka and gin as well...and also bought a few things to take home with him. We chatted with the bartender a bit, who told us about cool spots in our area to hit up, then went over to the brewery area for a beer. 

The only museum we really wanted to visit was the Johnny Cash Museum. When we arrived, the front room of the exhibit was pretty crowded, but by the time we left most of the crowd was gone, so I went through it a little more. The signs were really high, which made reading them uncomfortable, but the audio stations were cool. I watched a few of his old performances, and the music video for "Hurt" for the first time. It was so sad. I'm glad I had seen the movie before the exhibit so I could kind of fill in the blanks. I'm not sure if it was the crowd jumbling me up, but I couldn't follow the flow very well.

There was a temporary room full of memorabilia and music from a few other artists Cash had worked with which was really cool. I liked looking at old yearbook pictures. :)

Afterwards Daniel and I had a coffee in the front area of the store where Bongo Java had just opened up. They had a roast called "Folsom Prison Brew" and one other play on words I can't recall. haha! It was nice to sit and relax after the craziness that is Broadway street.

Daniel's "tourist" face.

There's a pedestrian bridge right by the museum. We wrapped up our evening by taking a stroll, before heading over to meet some old friends for dinner. To kill time, we had a couple drinks at Husk. I wanted to finally try oysters because they looked appetizing, but ended up running out of time. The drinks [and food I assume] at Husk are pretty pricey, but I loved the ambiance. I had a cocktail that was delicious...and cost $13. Daniel enjoyed a flight of whiskey - notice a trend? :) As we were leaving Husk to walk back over to Pinewood Social for dinner, it was pouring rain. Oops!

drink on the right: Husk, "The Empress"

The food [and drinks] at Pinewood Social were spectacular! We had fried broccoli as an appetizer and it disappeared pretty quickly! The entrees were also delicious, and for some reason I opted out of dessert and had a coffee. :) What was I thinking?? :)

This place is really popular because it has a bowling alley, pool, and a few other things. Unfortunately it was raining so much that we didn't get to see anything but the bowling alley. I didn't mind because I mostly just wanted to hang out with friends and enjoy the delicious foods!

What a great way to end the night! After dinner we said our goodbyes in the parking and drove back to our tiny house in East Nashville. I can't wait to share those photos with you. :)


Tuesday, May 19, 2015

almost summer

See that hat I'm holding/wearing? All the Above makes clothes and accessories with inspiring messages on each piece. I chose this cap because within it there's a quote:

"Sometimes in the winds of change, we find our direction." 

Wow. Can you tell which ankle is swollen??

Switching jobs freed my mind and shoulders from the pressure and the weight. Everyone I run into says I seem so much happier! The mental battle is over, but as my body continues to ache, and other joints start weakening, I decided that this would be my last year of roller derby. I have sustained a couple minor injuries this season, and we are just a little over halfway through. I'll definitely be making the most of my last few months with my teammates, while also taking better care of myself! :)

Let's play a game called I spy...derby bruises.

Speaking of injuries, I recently rolled my ankle [the puffy one in above!]. It's still pretty swollen, especially after Saturday's game, so walking in flats is pretty much out of the question. But I didn't want to stroll the beach in sneakers! Enter my Vionic flip flops. :) They have incredible arch support and enough lift to take the pressure off my ankle. The fact they they're adorable is just a perk.

All the Above "Inspired by the Wind"  hat  //  Vionic Tide flip flops  //  Volcom shorts  //  Forever 21 top [borrowed from Sandy!]
//  vintage belt  //  Jord wood watch [more on that soon!]

I am so grateful for the last 5 years of roller derby. I learned so much about the sport, about myself, and I've made so many amazing friends! Roller derby makes be feel strong, confident, and athletic - an adjective I never thought would describe me. Once I retire, I will continue to work on my strength, and bettering myself, whether through Crossfit, running longer distances, and maybe digging a little deeper into Pure Barre classes. Who knows. I'll definitely have the time though. 

Talk about winds of change in 2015, eh? 


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

concert night outfitting

I was seriously just going to wear my "I Hate Mondays" grumpy cat t-shirt to the concert, until I printed the tickets and was reminded that "oh ya! We are going to Jones Hall!" I've only ever seen musicals at Jones Hall! How fun would it be to check out a very chill concert there? So instead of jeans and a tshirt, I got to spruce up a bit - a pretty exciting thing now that I get to dress very down every day for work. :)

Usually at shows/concerts I have my phone out and take a few photos and videos, but I was a lot more timid about it in this venue! Which is actually a really good thing. Really good! I didn't see many cell phone lights distracting from the show itself, and I definitely relaxed more, too, once I realized that thinking about all of the things I needed to do was pointless since I wasn't about to whip out my "notes" app any time soon. That's probably why I read so much more when I travel. Lack of signal = less distraction. Hm.

Daniel and I went to a Sujan Stevens show. I got into his music after college, thanks to Daniel of course. I actually haven't heard much of his new music, but I didn't mind. The lighting effects were gorgeous and the tunes were mellow.

Rocksbox ring and necklace  [info on free month here]  //  Bueno shop Texas key necklace  //  Bonlook glasses  //
Old Navy denim  //  Francesca's pleather skirt  //  Freebirds boots  //  Cykochik clutch  //

It got me thinking that I'd like to see The Faint again. Any good bands I should check out?