You know what I think is one of the biggest failures I’ve seen in a long time? The lack of good drivers ed programs in schools today.
I mean, I love Nashville and all, but its got some of the worst drivers. Ever. And I am starting to see the same issues I have with Nashville drivers everywhere else. And those issues come down to lack of basic driving rules.
Like, “What is a yield sign?” Yield does not mean merge! Yield means STOP unless it is completely clear, then you can roll on through.
When we lived in our old house, we had a helluva time getting on the Interstate, because the ramp onto the Interstate had a Yield sign for people coming onto the ramp from the opposite directions (Say I am coming at the Interstate from the West, people trying to merge onto the same ramp from the East were supposed to yield to those of us coming from the West before entering the ramp.) I witnessed and experienced SO MANY PEOPLE not Yield but instead almost side swipe or run the person with the right of way completely off the road. More than once, I would just lay on my horn at the offender as they looked at me like, “What???” I so badly wished I’d had a sign that said, “LEARN WHAT YIELD MEANS AND DO THAT!!!”
Just yesterday, my parents and I were traveling to a store, and hopped in the turn lane just at our left turn. Ahead of us was a car full of teenagers just cruising down the turn lane like it was another lane of traffic DIRECTLY AT US. The turn lane is for turning. Not for cruising. Did you know you’re not supposed to try to get up to speed in the turn lane either? I mean, think about it. You’re trying to get up to 55 mph to merge as someone else coming AT you is stopped waiting to make a left turn. Can you say head-on collision? Turn lanes are for turning, not for traveling.
What about a 4 way stop? Ever end up in line at one and no one has a clue who goes first? I have. Crazy annoying.
I don’t claim to be perfect in my knowledge of the rules of the road. I mean, for the longest time, I got confused on a 2 way stop sign. I actually had to dig out my old drivers ed book and look up how those work.
Ah. Driver’s Ed. I am REALLY glad I took it. I am REALLY glad it was offered. It scares me to know its generally not offered anymore, and we’re relying on parents, etc. to teach our youth how to drive. I used to enjoy going for a drive. Today, it just stresses me out. Today it feels more like a suicide attempt than a relaxing thing to do.
Probably just as well with the gas prices… but that’s a whole other topic. I have thought many times about taking a defensive driving course just for a rules refresher. I wouldn’t even be opposed to having to take a test every so often with a drivers license renewal just to make sure we are all on the same page. It would be a pain in the butt and take time, but if it meant staying alive while running errands? It would be worth it. Just my opinion!
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My week started in Nashville and ended in Texas!
I have crazy talented friends. In music, in writing, in photography, in design, in life… everywhere I look I get to witness talents galore.
One of my friends, Anne, has opened her own Etsy shop, selling crocheted items. I have several of her creations, and I love them so much. Yesterday she gave me as an Anniversary gift one I’ve been literally lusting over since she opened her shop. I even pinned it on Pinterest!
Aren’t those colors gorgeous!? I gave one to my cousin for her wedding, but I almost kept it for myself. I remember I kept petting it before I wrapped it going, “Want. Want. Love. Want.”
Now I have one! In fact I have it keeping my legs warm as I write this. Love it!
Let me show you the other things I have that she’s made:
I got the scarf first, and I wear it all the time. It’s my go-to scarf and it is SO WARM. I can wear that trench coat or my light leather jacket INSTEAD OF my heavy letterman-style coat on cold nights if I have that scarf wrapped around my neck. And that beanie has kept me nice and warm on crazy cold Tennessee nights. (Crazy cold to me!) And darn it, its CUTE!
Something a little different is my green summer scarf. It’s skinnier than the maroon scarf, and the light color is just perfect for spring! I love wearing it when temps are still just a LITTLE cool, but not cold. And I am guilty of being monochrome in my clothing choices. Black, grey and white are my go-to colors, but this little pop of color breaks it up in a really cute way.
Another friend recently used a blanket Anne made in her engagement photos. I thought it was a fantastic touch to make the photos more personal, and I am totally stealing the idea for future photoshoots. (Sorry, Kristy! But that was brilliant, so I am stealing! And as a sidebar, totally digging her photographer… Love their style of photography and will be taking notes as I prepare to shoot my first wedding later this year.)
What I love most is knowing these items are handmade. Anne takes pride in her work, and when you get something from her you know its done with love and that the quality is there. If you’re looking for a special crochet blanket, scarf, cap or just about anything else, give Anne a shout!
She didn’t ask me to share her work here or to promote her. I just love it so much that I wanted to.
Check out her shop. You’re going to love what you see. :)
Lent not only means “giving something up” for 40 days leading up to Easter, it also means no meat on Fridays. I always say I could easily be a vegetarian. It not usual, when my husband is on the road, for me to go days on end without eating meat at all. But that’s my choice. When it comes to Lent, you would thinking cooking without meat was some sort of foreign challenge to me.
I do make a mean tilapia (as seen above). My parents and I discovered that last Lent. And I came up with this clam dip that I don’t know that I could duplicate now, since I didn’t write it down. I think it was just crab meat, mayo and garlic salt. I think. I really don’t remember, though.
Growing up, we made a lot of meatless spaghetti. And of course pancakes as a breakfast-for-supper meal. I love tuna fish sandwiches, and Tuna Helper is all kinds of awesome.
And you can’t beat one huge salad, either.
But this year… I want to try something new and different. I want to stretch my legs in the kitchen for Lent.
I definitely want to make hummus. I’ve been wanting to do that for a couple years now, and I think it is time I made that happen. I’m also thinking about stuffed bell peppers one night. I made a stuff tomato once when my husband was on the road, using a rice mixture I just made up, and then melted mozzarella cheese on top. That was yummy goodness. So I might do something similar using bell peppers.
Past that, though? I am kind of as a loss. I want recipes!
So help me out. What is your favorite Lenten/vegetarian dish? Throw me a cooking challenge!
As I write this, I’m once again mid-flight from Nashville to Austin. Back to the tax work!
I think I’ve discovered the best time to fly: sunset. I took off just after the sun had dropped below the horizon, and as we taxied to the runway, the pale pink sky reflected off the wet asphalt. The photographer in me wished to be able to make the pilot stop, so I could dig out my camera and snap away. It was gorgeous. The kind of sunset you see in movies. The kind that makes you marvel in the world around you.
We lifted off, and Nashville sprawled out below me. It was bright enough still to make out all the buildings, but dark enough that all the street lights were already glowing. The pink sky no longer part of my view, slowly separating itself. A light haze, perhaps it was light rain, gave the city a romantic quality.
My eyes scanned the streets and buildings. An interesting thing happened… my city that has come to feel cozy seemed so much larger. I began to grasp the sheer number of people in one location.
Downtown came into view, and it made me smile. Not only do I love downtown Nashville, but it looks so small from above! When you are downtown, it feels much more massive. But as you take off, you realize Nashville is more spread out for its size and downtown it really not much more than maybe five or six tall buildings, reaching for the sky. In one instant, my city felt so big. And in the very next, it felt so very small.
As I cruise west, I am chasing the sun. I can just barely catch a glimpse of the bright crimson colors of the sun setting. It keeps making me stop and stare, craning my neck as I try to find a way to see it better. There is no orange or yellow in this sunset. There is bright, almost angry, red. A layer of clouds. Then the gentle blue of the sky fading into black darkness. Cities and towns glow from below. In some cases, you can make out the street layout and you wonder if there is someone driving there… and where are they going… what are they thinking about.
Today is Ash Wednesday. Many are starting Lenten fasts, giving up a vice or starting a new positive thing. I’ve failed miserably the last several years at following any sort of Lenten preparation for Easter. This year, my goal is to pick up journaling daily again. I also just want to do better in general. Make the better choice – in health, finances and emotions.
Best of luck to everyone making sacrifices for the next 40 days! If anyone needs a cheerleader, I’ll be happy to do that for you.
The sun has almost faded completely. The red is now a deep orange. It won’t be long before it is all gone and darkness falls on yet another day. Dreams are waiting to be dreamed, and a new day is waiting to begin.