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My favorite places to take visitors to Nashville, Part 1

April 30th, 2012 2 comments

I love it when people ask me for advice on where to visit when they come to Nashville. I love showing off my city!! My aunt recently emailed me asking for advice for a friend on where to visit while in Nashville, and I thought, “It’s high time I posted a blog series about my favorite places to take visitors!”

Live musicWhen you come to Music City, its pretty much a given you’re going to find music. Austin may be “The Live Music Capitol” but Nashville has its own share of live music venues!

You truly have a lot of options of where you can go for live music in Nashville. I would personally advise sticking to Broadway, 2nd Avenue and Printer’s Alley. (These three are also know as “The District.”)

Broadway features your more “public view” of Nashville. This is the strip you’ll see on all your TV specials about/from Nashville. You’ll find the world famous Tootsies on Broadway, for one. The Stage, Legends, Second Fiddle and Crossroads are my personal “go to” bars if I am on Broadway. (But everyone has their own preference!) Margaritaville recently opened on Broadway as well.

During the day, pop into Hatch Show Prints, where you can find all those classic Nashville concert posters being made. And take a moment to check out Gruhn Guitars as well as the new Opry Originals Shop.

Second Avenue’s biggest feature, to me, is the Wildhorse Saloon. There are several other music venues and restaurants along second, and they are all worth checking out! But if you remember when there was the cable station TNN and the show The Wildhorse Saloon Dance Show, you might want to pop in and check it out yourself. Maybe learn a line dance or two.

Printer's AlleyPrinter’s Alley is my home away from home. You’ll hear people say “oh its dangerous” and there’s a Nude Karaoke sign that tends to run people off thinking “oh its just a bunch of strip joints.” No, no, no, no, no! The Alley is one of the tightest knit group of friends and regulars you’ll find in Nashville. It’s also full of a deep and rich history.  Two karaoke venues, two live music venues and an English pub are what you’ll find when you enter the Alley, with my personal favorite place being the Fiddle & Steel Guitar Bar. Definitely check out Bourbon Street Blues & Boogie Club as well, though. Many amazing artists have played there and continue to play there today.

While you’re downtown, there are several more places you’ll want to visit.

Top of the list will be the Ryman Auditorium. Located just behind the bars on Broadway, it could be easy to miss as you navigate traffic. (No really! I know its there, and I’ve blasted right past it without even a glance!) The mother church of country music is a place you just want to visit. So much history! And there are shows there regularly, so check to see if there isn’t one showing that you might want to attend! I saw Merle Haggard there a couple years ago and it was AAAAAAAAAAAAaaaaaaaaaamazing.

You also absolutely must visit The Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum. Block out a period of time, and take the tour. I live here. I’ve been twice. And I am planning to go again soon. It’s truly that cool of a place to visit.

Finally, if you want a cool “I visited Nashville” photo, go on over the to Shelby Street Bridge. It’s the best place to get a shot with the skyline behind you…

Me and my husband in 2007 on the bridge.

To be continued…

Upcoming segments: Parks, Music Valley, Outlying areas (“Other”), Restaurants

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Weekly Winners (April 22 – 28)

April 29th, 2012 1 comment

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my Droid Razr or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

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Life is slowly going back to normal. I’m still trying to get back into the blogging rhythm, but it’ll come to me. I actually had two posts this week instead of barely having one, though!

Yeah, the irony of the last one isn’t lost on me. Ah well. On to the photos.

166: Lighting

Mall Lighting

167: Liquor up

Liquor up

168: Bikeway

Bikeway

Pink Clover

Sea of pink

169: Pink Clover

Pink Clover

170: Electric Guitar

Turn it up

Strings

New strings

161: Printer's Alley

Printer's Alley

Relaxing cats

Relaxing

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Life Well Lived: Joy through blogging

April 28th, 2012 1 comment

Its time for another Life Well Lived Getting Happy panel!

This time, we want to hear more from our readers. How does blogging, journaling, writing and connecting online help to increase your happiness?

On April 15, 2001, I started a journal on the LiveJournal website. Eleven years later, I still have that journal.

Writing is, to me, free therapy. It allows me to get all my feelings out “on paper,” analyze them, and then decide where to go from there. In the 11 years that I’ve had my journal, its seen me through college, jobs, heartbreak, moving, and marriage. It’s heard me sob about loss. It’s heard me squeal in glee about successes. And its even heard me ramble about any given new obsession I may have at the time.

I happen to genuinely enjoy writing, which is where blogging comes in for me. My journal is for personal life. My blog is for my love of writing. Writing gives me joy. I love words. I love painting a photo with words. I love telling a story, making someone think, or describing something.

Writing makes me happy. Be it just to write or for therapeutic purposes, it doesn’t matter. It’s a joy. What about you? How does blogging, journaling, writing and connecting online help to increase your happiness? Leave your thoughts here and/or join me in the discussion on the main page for this topic on BlogHer. Also, don’t miss your chance to win an iPod Touch and a $50 iTunes gift certificate to go with it in thecurrent Life Well Lived Sweepstakes!

 

[Blogging for Books] — To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie.

April 26th, 2012 No comments

Could you take a truth vow for a whole year? Could you REALLY not tell a lie for 365 days? I mean not even telling someone you’ve got plans Friday night when in reality you just don’t want to go out. Not even, “You look great!” when in reality the other person looks like crap? Or what about, “Let’s do lunch!” even though you know you have no intention to do so?

Yeah, me neither.

Author Phil Callaway tried.

To Be Perfectly Honest: One Man’s Year of Almost Living Truthfully Could Change Your Life. No Lie. is Callaway’s journey of 365 days trying to be completely honest. And lets be honest here… try is the operative word. Because he failed. Often.

I. Loved. This. Book.

I loved it enough to actually purchase it after my free copy from WaterBrook Multnomah expired. Yes. I loved it that much.

I laughed heartily at Callaways’ attempts to be honest — both when he succeeded and when he failed. I followed his trials as he battles with lust, a former friend trying to ruin his reputation, his attempts to help an “adopted son” quit smoking, his chasing quick wealth, and the decline and death of his mother.

The chapters all have a definite message, and are written like a daily diary. It’s an easy read, but more importantly its chocked full of lessons. I not only finished this book filled with joy from chuckles, I finished it with a mind full of the deep lessons it contained.

I would without a single doubt recommend it to anyone and everyone.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group book review bloggers program. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Weekly Winners (April 15 – 21)

April 22nd, 2012 2 comments

Started by the lovely Lotus, Weekly Winners is a fun little thing bloggers do to showcase some of their favorite photos from the previous week.

Visit Lotus’ site and check out her various entries, and find other participants. See some amazing photos brought to you by bloggers around the world. Leave a little love when you do — its like food for the soul!

 

Photos taken using my Droid Razr or a Sony DSLR A230.
View all of my photos on my Flickr stream.

♥♥♥

Tonight marked the last big deadline for me for a little while. I have plenty of other things on the horizon, but I post tonight we a sense of relief and success after a very busy, very stressful last several months.

 

158: Program design

Designing our Muster program

Tax Season Ends

Tax Season Ends

CoronaRita

CoronaRita

161: Butterfly

Posing for me

Butterfly

Hanging upside down

Spiral

Spiral

163: Aggie gnome

Aggie gnome

164: Muster 2012

Aggie Muster Day

Muster 2012

Aggie Muster Day

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Finding a little humor in tax season

April 17th, 2012 5 comments

160: Another year doneIt’s April 17th. Do you know where your taxes are? Did you already file? Are they on extension? Are you just going to pretend they don’t exist and not file for another year or two or ten?

Last week, I posted on Twitter several little “tax rants” that friends said made them laugh. So to mark the end of tax season, I thought I’d compile those rants along with things that you have to laugh about… lest you go a little crazy.

  • Believe it or not, taking your financial documents OUT of their envelopes would save us about 2 hrs a day of BS work. At the very least, OPEN the envelopes!
  • I should start putting a dollar in a jar every time someone goes, “Bet ya’ll are busy right now!” 
  • (Yesterday)  I like to work on a deadline, but c’mon people. You’ve had 3 mo. to get your tax stuff in here. NO! We will NOT file it TODAY. Get in line behind all these people I’m making sure have extensions filed.
  • Don’t ask if you got the Earned Income Tax Credit when you didn’t have any, you know, earned income.
  • I’m baffled by those who file on the last day. It’s like shopping on Christmas Eve and wondering why all the Ferbies are sold out!
  • Yes, we do take a lunch hour!
  • At least every other day you hear, “Where’s the Crown bottle!?” and my parents don’t even drink!
  • “So… are you still married?” (Yes, someone asked me this since I was here in Texas working instead of in Nashville.)
  • My dad is a stickler for making sure the dependents a person claims are legitimately their dependents. You won’t believe how many people want to know how many dependents they need to get a “good” refund. What I want to know is where do they get these dependents. Do they grow on trees somewhere?
  • “Can I write off my daughter’s wedding?”
  • No, ma’am. We don’t give you your refund. The government does. Nice try, though!
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