Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Blogtober Day 22 & Nashville Part 3

Helene in Between

Day 22. Your Pet Peeves

Lateness- How difficult is it to leave a few minutes early so you can be on time???
Rudeness- Calm down people. I have my moments too but still.
Invasion of personal space- Especially on airplanes.
Over familiarity- I hate it when people act like they know you so well when they just meet you. Awkward. So awkward.
Flakiness- I hate it when people cancel at the last minute. I have a three strikes rule.

On to Nashville Part 3!

After our Franklin outing, we drove around. Becca showed me around the downtown area, a farmer's market, and a few spots I absolutely HAD to check out. Iveycakes made Carrie Underwood's wedding cake so trying her I Do cupcakes was a MUST. We also hit up Hattie B's for some hot chicken, sitting on the patio, and basic people watching. We made a trip to the Parthenon and wandered the park. It was a gorgeous day. We also admired the city billboards and wall murals (I do love me some FGL and Chris Young).

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Blogtober Day 21 & Nashville Part 2

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Day 21. Dream Vacation- 

I have too many, this one is hard!!!

I think a month-long train trip around Europe would probably be my number one here. I would love to fly into London and take Eurostar to Paris and then Eurail to all the places I haven't been to yet. I want to see the tulips and windmills in Holland. I want to have real Belgian waffles in Brussels. I want to go back to Copenhagen for more amazing Danishes. I'd love to go back to Interlochen in Switzerland and admire the views. I went to Europe several times as a child but I want to see what it's like as an adult. And it would be nice to go with a significant other instead of mom and dad. lol

I'm not going to lie, Nashville has been one of my bucket list places for the last few years. I've been there several times but never really got to explore the city and all it's country goodness as an adult and I had been dying for the perfect time to go for a long time.

My second day in Nashville was pretty crazy. We did a lot, so much in fact, that I'm splitting it into several parts. The only time I didn't take any pics (whaaaaat) was at the Preds game because we were alternating between yelling and freezing. LOL

We spent our Monday morning in Franklin. While it was super adorable, I've spent so much time in historic town squares this year that it didn't seem too unique, but was definitely still beautiful. We grabbed breakfast at the Franklin Mercantile. Amazing grits. Loved them.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Blogtober Day 20 & Nashville Part 01

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Day 20. Your biggest fear-

My biggest fear is losing the people I love to death. I worry about that all the time. I've been fortunate, I haven't lost many friends or any immediate family. The people I care about are very important to me so losing them would devastate me.

On that note, I've lost a lot of loved ones for other reasons. I've come to find, when you lose someone you care about to something other than their untimely death, it's typically a good thing. The people that are no longer in my life due to their choice or mine were draining. Life can only be better when these negatives are removed from your life.

On that awesome note, it's taken forever but I'm finally posting my Nashville trip!!!

A couple months ago, Dierks Bentley cancelled his Vegas show and I was so bummed but then I saw that he had his Miles & Music for Kids show in Nashville right around the time I was planning to visit my beloved Becca so it was a no brainer.

After a major panic attack when my flight from Chicago was cancelled (yes, this was right after the fire when their airports were closed), I got rerouted through Houston and still made it in time to walk straight through the gates at Riverfront Park and get a great spot. The event was awesome with great performers like Jon Pardi, Randy Houser, Kip Moore, Chris Young (my FAVE), and of course, DIERKS.

When the show ended around 7PM, we were starving. We hit up Rippy's on Broadway for some BBQ and Honky Tonk Lemonade. I'd been to Nashville several times but never got to explore much since I was young and my mom is not exactly a country music fan (weird, right). We hung out at Tootsie's for a bit and enjoyed the music all around us on the patio before finishing the night with ice cream. Because, well, ice cream, right?

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Blogtober Day 19 & Route 91 Day 03

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Day 19. What makes you happy-

I'm not going to lie. My emotions are frequently tied to those around me. I spent a long time being with someone who was miserable all the time so I ended up miserable too. It makes me happy to see the people I care about happy. I like making my friends and family happy.
I like being with happy people.

Being genuinely in love makes me happy. There's no feeling like it. I've only felt that with two people in my life and I can't wait to feel it again.

Additionally, country music makes me insanely happy. It's my happy place, my little getaway from the Vegas craziness. It reminds me of home, it feels like real life, it's genuine. Some of my best memories are tied to my favorite country songs.

Here is my post on Day 03 at Route 91. I actually caught three artists this day which was pretty nice- Dustin Lynch (LOVE him), Tyler Farr, and Jason Aldean. It was a bit quieter since it was a Sunday night which was actually even better. The weather was great and the show was awesome. Afterwards I headed to the Foundation Room for one of the nightly parties (I hadn't been feeling well and missed the first two parties) and got to chat with Dustin Lynch! So cool! Great way to end an amazing weekend.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Blogtober Day 18

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Day 18. Share A Secret About You-

I'm really having trouble thinking of any. I don't keep a lot of my own secrets. In fact, secrets kind of freak me out. Maybe the only ones I have are travel plans because I don't really like announcing to everyone where I'm going and exactly when. The closest I can get to sharing that stuff is my 2014-2015 travel list. It's a long one.

San Francisco
Vancouver BC

It's nice being able to spend my travel money on places other than the same place over and over again. So many places I need to go.

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