Nashville, Tennessee

To celebrate our third anniversary, Scott and I hopped a flight and went to Nashville for the weekend.

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We dropped our bags and went right downtown when we arrived.  Its a quick flight, so even though we worked a full day, we were able to get a full night out.  And a full, college-style night out always beats a full day of work.

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Honky Tonk Central!  That was the name of the bar…not my description of downtown Nashville.  Although it works both ways.
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Hint to future Nashville-travelers.  The really good bands come on at 10:30. I would recommend getting to a honky tonk (bar) a bit earlier so you are guaranteed a good spot – or a spot at all.  Scott and I saw a ton of people waiting in line outside as the night went on, so we just stayed put.  And it was totally worth it.  We saw 3 different bands, which got progressively better.photo-193

On Saturday we had biscuits and gravy and walked around the downtown area.  photo 2-20

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We walked the pedestrian bridge.photo 3 photo 1And then we got down to work eatin’ and drinkin’.  Nashville is so popular right now, so everybody had a list of restaurants we needed to try.

Acme Feed & Seed is three stories tall and has a great open space on the 3rd floor overlooking the river and the pedestrian bridge.  And cute coasters.

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Puckett’s was a great spot for lunch and it was still slammed at 2:00 pm.  I had the fried chicken and you should too.

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After lunch, we hopped around some of the honky tonks downtown since we only saw one the night before.  Hint: they all start to repeat the same songs after awhile.  It’s a good time nonetheless.

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We explored a new area of town and had dinner at a nice restaurant named Josephine’s.  Thats about when we started dreaming of opening our own restaurant in New Jersey.  There just aren’t any great restaurants of the caliber of Josephine’s or the quality we got used to in NYC.  Fun to dream, right?

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On Sunday, we had a late flight, so we explored the Vanderbilt campus.  After a phenomenal brunch (blue cheese biscuit eggs benedict!!! Praise Jesus!) at The Southern.

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We have good friends who went to Vandy so we had to stop in.  It was a beautiful little campus.  I kept commenting on how quiet it was.  We only saw a handful of students and it was a gorgeous Sunday afternoon.  Virginia Tech would have had at least three pick up football games, people laying in the sun and lots of sweatpants-clad groups making their way to lunch.  Scott informed me that a lot of very smart people go to Vanderbilt so they were probably doing work in the library.  I tried not to read too much into his implications about my own alma mater.  Ahem.photo 5Right off the campus there is a scale model of the Parthenon.  I’m not even kidding.  How come Rayna James never visits that on the show Nashville?? (Sarcasm)

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That is what we loved the most about Nashville – was the constant music. Next time we go, and there will be a next time, we will be sure to get tickets to a place like the Bluebird Cafe or Ryman Theater (the original Opry location).  That way we will see original artists, instead of the covers that they do at all of the honky tonks.  But these are our lessons learned.  And I’m not complaining.

Oh, I also recommend staying downtown.  We were at the Gaylord Opryland.  We spent so much in taxis getting back and forth.  So book early.  And my last piece of advice is to learn all of the words to “Rockytop.”  You would hate to have a microphone thrust in your face and not know all the lyrics to every verse…in Tennessee.  Heavens.

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We’ve Been Married for Three Years

Scott and I have been married for three years today!

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If you want to catch up on the wedding, you can do that here:

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But today, I want to do an “Ode to Scott” in list form, what else?  I don’t remember where I saw someone do a list like this before, but it stuck with me and I wanted to give it a try.  I could get really sappy, but I think I’ll keep that special for Scott.  Lucky him.  So, here is more than you ever wanted to know about Scott.

If Scott were an animal, he would probably be a really happy, yet very focused on what he wants, Yellow Lab.  A close second would be an eagle.  A Bald Eagle.  America.

If Scott were a rock star, he would be Bruce Springsteen.  Because he is proud of New Jersey, loves America, rocks out for four hours straight, is unexpectedly sweet and insightful when you aren’t looking and I never get tired of either of them.  

If he were a song, he would be “Love Your Love the Most” by Eric Church.  Don’t believe me? Check out these lyrics.

I love sleeping in on Saturdays
And I love college football games
I love not acting my age
And good barbecue

If Scott were a color, he would be red.  I mean, yes, he does have red hair.  But he can get pretty feisty and sticks up for himself and what he wants. I call it “going Jersey.”

If Scott were a plant, it would NOT be any of the plants we ripped out of our yard this year.  He would be a no-nonsense, easy to care for, provides shade in the summer, pretty leaves in the fall kind of tree. Lets go with Oak.

If Scott were a car, he would be a Ford truck.  With a yellow lab in the front seat.  Being helpful and selfless, carrying heavy loads with the windows down and country music playing a tad too loud.

If he were TV show, he would be Sports Center.  Is that a show?  Or is it a network?  All I know is that Scott says everything sports announcers say on TV every Saturdays and Sunday – he just says it a minute before they say it.  Man is clued in.

If he were a sports star he would be Michael Strahan.  Loyal to the Giants, played defense, good-humored, but takes the game ser-i-ous-ly.  And he has a good personality in a profession where you don’t necessarily have to.  Strahan now hosts morning television and Scott can actually talk to and charm people…in the public accounting profession.  That is not the norm, people.

If he weren’t a CPA, his perfect job would be a high school football coach.

If Scott were a drink, he would definitely be Dogfish Head IPA 60 minute.  Or a tall drink of water on a hot day.

If Scott were a movie, I think he would be Armageddon.  Because: its my favorite, makes me laugh while I’m crying (laughter through tears is my favorite emotion! but that’s a different movie for a different list), there are handsome men, and the world is saved.

If he were a Super Hero, he would be Captain America. Or Superman. He’s definitely my Superman and he’s got the jawline.  I mean, come on.

And if he was anyone’s perfect man – he is mine.  America obsession and all.

Happy Anniversary, Scott.