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From the back of a motorcycle

Yesterday, my husband and I went for a ride on the bike with no destination in mind. It was fun to just ride back roads, then stop and try to figure out where we were with the GPS.

From the backseat of a motorcycle
We don’t have an intercom system, which means no talking and lots of time to think. I had a chance to think about goals, dreams and how to get to them. I had a chance to think about things that have bothered me, and try to figure out why they were an issue. I had time to just take in the world and enjoy living in the moment.

I saw plenty of things that made me laugh out loud. (My personal favorite was the Tennessee Vols fan who painted the fire hydrant by his drive way orange and white.) I saw the beauty of Middle Tennessee everywhere I looked. We encountered kind and friendly folks.

At one point, we peeled off the road to consult the GPS. A white minivan pulled up beside us, and a man checked to see if we were broken down. He explained that he rides too and just wanted to make sure we were okay. It made me happy in my heart to find kind people in this world.

One area we rode through, literally every person waved. It made me wish we weren’t so far from downtown Nashville… otherwise I’d insist we buy a house there to be around such friendly people!

On yet another positive note, for once we did NOT have anyone obviously not see us. Yay for safety! Keep your eyes open for motorcycles!

From the backseat of a motorcycle

It started to get dark, and the temperatures started to drop. Not dramatically, but enough that you could really feel it on the bike! We called it a day and headed home for dinner. I was a bit sad to see it end, but it just made me more ready for an upcoming road trip with friends.

Yes, I am getting into this whole motorcycle thing. Help us all, right? But I love that I’m growing to love something my husband is so passionate about… broadening my horizons and seeing things in a whole new way. Gotta appreciate that.

A night at the fair

Oh Wilson County Fair, how I look forward to you every year. We missed you last year, and for that I am sorry. But we came out last night, as you treated us so very good. Wilson County Fair 2011

The Wilson County Fair, in Lebanon, TN, is one of the best fairs I’ve ever been to in my life. They just have it figured out! Great selection of food. Tons of rides. A free concert. A petting zoo. And pig races. In the past they’ve had a banana derby (Monkeys riding dogs!!) but they were sadly absent this year.

My husband and I attended this year with a big group of friends, which just seemed to up the fun factor. Nothing like sharing a ferris wheel pod with another couple that you know, or sharing your various deep fried goodies. (And let it be known, everything tastes better “on a stick.”)

Wilson County Fair 2011
I literally turn into a 10 year old the days leading up to attending the fair. I actually had an upset tummy out of sheer excitement yesterday morning! Then I joked I’d end up with a sick stomach from eating things like chocolate covered bacon, deep friend strawberry short cake and deep fried cookie dough. I think I drank my weight in fresh shaken lemonade and sweet tea mix!

John Anderson was the headliner for the night at the free concert. I’d never seen him live, and it wasn’t high on my list of things to do at the fair. (So many rides, so much food, so little time!) But I am glad my husband insisted… he was GREAT! And I have to admit, when he sang “Swingin'” I got super excited and gave my parents a concert call.

John Anderson @ Wilson County Fair 2011Ah… so good to see these pure country artists getting a lot of love from a big crowd. Makes my country-lovin’-music-business-livin’ heart proud.

We ended the night with a little more fair food, and lots of big hugs with friends. We had an amazing time, and we’re trying to figure out if we can fit another trip out there before it ends this year. I hope we can, but if not? My heart is full of joy from the night. And I can almost (almost) feel Fall starting to make its way to us.

Wilson County Fair 2011