Hi guys ! Remember me? I bet you thought I forgot about you---but I would NEVER! I have been so crazy wrapped up with work that I haven't even had the chance to post anything at all! I really feel terrible about it and I promise I'll do better. After all, I did just get a VERY EXCITING email from The Toast of Music City Awards by the Tennessean that I have been selected in the top 3 for best blog in Nashville! I could hardly contain myself with such great news! I appreciate everyone who voted! I will find out later in the month which place I got, but I honestly am just honored to have A) been on the list as a nomination and B) to know that anyone even reads this! Ha ! I love you guys!
In other news, I was flying out to California about a month ago for work, deep in thought, as I watched all the scenery we passed from above. To be completely honest the boring, non colorful scenery pretty much sucked. I thought to myself how strange it was to me that there was NO grass for as far as my eye could see.. I had never thought about something as simple as caring about grass, but it was the lack of that made me realize that I loved having it. Then, I began to think of all the things I would really miss, if I ever moved away from the amazing city of Nashville! I have been spending a lot of time lately with several of my friends who have moved away from here and they all definitely agree with this list that will remind you just how amazing Nashville and surrounding areas are!
Where the Green Grass Grows
I'm allergic to it, it makes me itch, but I gotta say I would be sad without it. I can't imagine living in a place that didn't have grass, trees and plants everywhere. I love walking through the grass on a hot summer day. I even love the smell of freshly cut grass. I would take green earth over the dirt and a desert, any old day. I love gardens and fresh produce, and seeing cows and horses graze. When my sweet little niece comes to visit from New York I always take her to see the horses at the end of my parents street. She is amazed by it because she doesn't get to see that back home in Manhattan.
The majority of time when I go out of town, the number one thing I despise is having to deal with rude people. For the most part, us Nashvillians always bring our A-Game in the manners department. People thank you when you hold the door for them, we are gracious for things people do for us and it shows, warm and welcoming. I am not hating on any other state or city in particular, but I will say when I'm not home, I wish the people would take some lessons from our city!
Where do I even begin with this topic? This one sure has its pros and cons, but the only con would be the fact that if I didn't live here, I would probably weigh about thirty pounds less than I do. Most of you know this already but my most favorite hobby is to eat! In just about every city, I'm sure you can find somewhere good to eat, but here, every single place I go has great food. There is nothing quite like hot fried chicken, homemade cornbread, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, cucumber and onion salad, biscuits and gravy, homemade jelly....are you hungry yet....made in the south! I could go on forever. People can try to imitate it all day long, but they definitely aren't going to duplicate it! Can you guys imagine not living within 20 minutes of a Cracker Barrel or within driving distance of those amazing biscuits from Loveless Cafe or the food at Arnold's? I can't either. I would definitely miss that! What is life without a meat & 3?
The Ability to Get Up & Go
As I mentioned above, my sister lives in Manhattan. I absolutely love it there, everything about it, other than the fact everywhere you go is literally a production. It took her an hour and a half by car yesterday to travel .7 miles , POINT SEVEN MILES!! You've gotta be kidding me! I know the Nashville traffic is bad, but at least we all mostly have cars that we can drive to get around, and hey, if not, there's always Uber!
I had to get to the airport one time while visiting her and was forced to ride the Subway alone. I'm gonna let you guys know right off the bat, that didn't end so well. It ended in tears. If you have never ridden on a subway before, I feel like it's something everyone needs to experience at least once in your lifetime. Just make sure when you do you have about 2 extra hours to spare. Maybe it's just my horrible sense of direction that got me in the position of being terrified of them, but either way there's no turning back. I would spend 20x the price to never have to ride one again. We are so lucky that if we need to run to the store to get something, we can get in out cars & do that! We don't have to pay $1000 a month for a parking spot. I'm so thankful I don't live somewhere where getting around is that much of an ordeal.
The Best Live Music Everywhere, Everyday
Nashville has got to be the only place in this world that you can literally walk in ANY bar and hear AMAZING live music! When I go out while I'm out of town, I spend many nights dying of third person embarrassment for the singers. It's just not the same. It's like hitting the jackpot if you find a really good one. We definitely hit the jackpot in the talent department around here ! It doesn't even have to be night time for the good times to start rolling!! The Honky Tonks on Broadway start very early in the day.
All The Seasons
Some might say that California's weather would be a dream... NOT ME! When I go somewhere and it feels good out and the residents tell me that's the coldest it ever gets...yeah that's great and all but have you ever worn flannels with boots while sitting by a fireplace making smore's? I'd rather have that ANY day!! I'm not a big fan of snow, but have you ever just sat and watched it come down while drinking a cup of hot chocolate and built a snowman with your family. Lake water isn't the cleanest thing there is, but have you ever been cruising in a boat on a hot summer day and jumped in, or went fishing off a boat dock? Nothing more refreshing or relaxing. I'm obsessed with having "different seasons"!! I wouldn't trade it for the world! SPEAKING OF SEASONS--- who is ready for Fall, y'all? Football, the leaves changing colors, sweaters, football & pumpkin spice everything coming real soon!!
DO YALL REALIZE HOW LUCKY WE ARE !? h a s h t a g•b l e s s e d
Thank you as always for reading!!