September 30, 2010

Home Again, Home Again, Jiggety-Jig

I am going to spend the weekend in the 901. Whoop! Whoop! I'm headed home this afternoon and will linger until Monday morning. With the help of Freeze*Happy, I am planning a Freeze-A-Thon on Friday in order to set Peter up with meals for the next month. Saturday and Sunday we have a calendar full of nothing to do. I am delighted.

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September 28, 2010

Hello Fall

Sometime in the last week Fall came to Tennessee. The temperature has finally dropped low enough for me to call it "sweater weather." With October on the horizon, Halloween decorations have begun sprouting up. In fact, the Farmers Market is currently ripe with pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes.

September 27, 2010

Academic Weekend

Last weekend can only be described as academic. I was in class Friday night and Saturday then spent the better part of Sunday with my nose in an assigned book {such is the life of a graduate student}. Fortunately, I like what I'm learning and don't think it is too laborious. Being that I am an extreme extrovert, I made time to go to Red Rooster Saturday night. Sunday I did most of my reading at Bongo Java. I like Bongo Java very much. The food and drinks are excellent and the people watching is even better. Also no matter how long you stay, the staff will not kick you out which I suppose is the biggest perk.

September 20, 2010

Adventuring: East Nashville and Downtown

Adventures this past weekend, led Leslie and me to East Nashville. We had a long to-do list ripe with potential that changed mid-day due to an unexpected closure. With our plans to enjoy Mas Tacos, Por Favor put on hold, we opted to find another restaurant on our Nashville Bucket List, Rosepepper.

Not only was Rosepepper recommended by my sister-in-law and her best friend, it was listed on Design*Sponge's guide to Nashville. Known for their oversized burritos, they did not disappoint. I got a veggie burrito, stuffed full with sautéed vegetables, black beans, and Sonora rice. It was topped with a tangy tomatillo sauce. I managed to eat half. {Word is their margaritas are also pretty amazing, but I cannot verify that- yet}

After a bit more wandering through East Nashville, we ended up at Pied Piper Creamery right in the heart of the Five Points District. The dry erase menu split the cleverly named flavors into Regulars {permanent flavors} and Irregulars {temporary flavors}. After sampling Are You There God? It's Me, Margarita, The Professor, and a maybe a few other flavors, I decided on Happy Trails to You, a honey-infused vanilla with trail mix pieces. The creamery also serves as a gallery of sorts. The right side of the house- yes, Pied Pier Creamery is in a house- is set up as a place for local artists to display their work.

Everything in Pied Piper Creamery was very clever, witty. I think special note needs to be paid to the Pride Sprinkles. As far as I'm concerned, they are for all of those people that could use a bit of fairy dust in their lives.

Heading back West, Leslie and I decided to make a quick stop Downtown. We popped into the Hatch Show Print Gallery. Stepping inside felt a bit like stepping into another time.

Turns out they've been doing what the do since 1879. Impressive, don't you think?

I love, love, love this print. It's so cheesy. And maybe kind of lame. Certainly, "low" humor. But it makes me laugh. I have lots of green both my bedroom in Nashville and house in Memphis so if I can think of a good place to hang the print, I'll be heading back to the Print Shop to pick it up.

Since we still had time on our meter we opted to stop in Tootsie's before heading home. It was packed! At 4:45. People were singing right along with the frontman.

Leslie and I hung around long enough to hear some decent covers of "Friends in Low Places" by Garth Brooks, "If Heaven Ain't A Lot Like Dixie" by Hank William Jr., "Sweet Home Alabama" by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and "John Wayne and Jesus" by Pat Green. Being new to the South and relatively unfamiliar with country music, Leslie's has been embracing the new genre well.

We're making efforts to get to know our new city neighborhood by neighborhood. Thus far, I like Hillsboro Village but I prefer 12 South. The Gulch needs to grow before I can give a fair opinion. And East Nashville reminds me of Midtown Memphis. Once I crossed the river, I kind of felt like I was home. Thats lame, right? Honestly, some of the houses in East Nashville could be picked up and dropped into Cooper-Young and the neighbors would be none the wiser.

September 19, 2010

Tennessee State Fair

Friday night, I went to the Tennessee State Fair. I cannot recall the last time I went to a fair- it had to be some time in high school. Whoa! I think in the few hours we were there my group had a very thorough fair experience. We perused the entire fairground making our way through the rides, games, agricultural buildings, and stables.

We saw the blue ribbon winners in many categories, including: hay, large produce, and cherry tomatoes- none which are as thrilling as you may think. Through a window I noticed that wollen fleece had also been judged but I didn't bother to check out the winner.

We walked through the rides but no one cared to brave the fold-away attractions.

The animals houses at the fair were a bit of an experience. I saw a few birds that I had never seen before which I suppose I had the option to buy since most of the animals were for sale.

Of course there were games. Despite the group effort to monopolize the water gun race, the team came back empty handed.

Fair Food is hard to describe. It's disgusting. Or maybe, delicious. One of the two. The fair offered food in every category of the pyramid. Apparently the Tennessee State Fair is known for Deep Fried Goo-Goo Clusters which are marshmallow, caramel, peanuts and chocolate deep fired and dusted {heavily} with powdered sugar. As a whole, I think we tried everything but the Hot Beef Sundae.

September 18, 2010

Pom Pom+Beak

Pop quiz: Can you identify this bird?

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Answer: It's a Silkie.

Last night, I went to the Tennessee State Fair with some friends and saw two Silkie Hens. Never. Ever. Ever have I seen one of these before. They are so fancy! The Silkies blew my mind. I came home and researched them. According to, Silkies are "the lap kitty of the chicken world, complete with hair-like plumage and an incredibly sweet temperament." I am not in the market for another pet and certainly not a pet chicken but if I were think I'd be all over the blue/black skinned, five-toed, docile Silkies- I mean, look at them!

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September 17, 2010

Feline Status and Hot Carrots

Essential to my feeling at home in Nashville is finding a church to be a part of. In the three Sundays I have been here I have attended three different churches. Wednesday night I checked out a home group for one of the churches. It was lovely. We hung out, ate hot carrots, discussed The Screwtape Letters, played Qwirkle, and I sneezed. A lot. You see I neglected to ask in my inquiry emails if the hosts has cats. That was a mistake. They had two. I was a sniffling, sneezing, watery-eyed mess the whole time. As much as I enjoyed the fellowship, I will not be attending that particular home group again. I have at least one more church I'd like to check out before revisiting any of them. In my future requests to visit home groups I will be asking for meeting time, address, and feline status.

Now, about the hot carrots. They are spicy and delicious. While at the cat-infested home group, I was introduced hot carrots. They are basically pickled with the additions of jalapenos and peppercorns. The hosts had made a large batch and at the end of the evening even gave me a jar. I love them!

September 12, 2010

New Digs

I am suffering from home confusion. When I talk to people in Nashville about home I am always talking about Memphis. When I think about home, I think about Memphis. But when I am talking to Peter, I call Nashville home. By no means does that mean my heart has left Memphis, I'm just suffering from a bit of confusion.

Moving on, would you care for a home tour?

Our apartment is so cute. Super cute {perhaps I'm biased}. Peyton, Leslie, and I coordinated our individual furniture contributions through email and somehow it all worked out.

September 8, 2010

The G

Just another typical day for Gunther. It's not exactly the hard-knock life!

September 6, 2010

85° and Sunny

My first weekend back in Memphis since moving to Nashville was wonderful. As a friend recently said, I am finding a new normal. Though I am not there all of the time, Memphis is still my home. I made sure to hit up a few favorite local eateries, see some friends, and spend lots of quality time with Peter.

Sunday after church, Peter and and I grabbed lunch at Young Avenue Deli with Stacey and Tim. It's hard to believe but one of the next times I'm back in Memphis will be for their wedding! Where does the time go?
Peter and I were suppose to do some reading Sunday afternoon but we couldn't resist spending time in the perfect weather. We ventured out to Shelby Farms where I spotted a new promotional banner for the Greenline. I cannot wait for the grand opening October 9th! Without a doubt, on my first October trip back to Memphis we'll be walking the Greenline- or at least part of it.

September 5, 2010

Pantry Scavanger: Fix & Freeze

For the last three years, I have done the heavy majority of cooking in our house. In the last two weeks, Peter has regressed to his single man cooking ways: preparing a large portion of a given dish then eating that same food all week. Two weeks ago was spaghetti and last week was tacos. Despite the fact that I now live in Nashville, I wanted to ensure that my husband is better fed. Since I am home for the weekend, I employed the Fix & Freeze method yesterday afternoon. Following one very strategic trip to the grocery store, I prepared five main courses which he can cook at will. He now has: Ooh-la-lasanga, Chicken Parmesan, Manicotti, Spaghetti with Sausage and Peppers, and Lemon Chicken Orzo.

Knowing that Peter has community group, church, and work potlucks on the horizon, I went ahead and made some cookies. There are now 10 dozen flash frozen chocolate chip cookies waiting to be cooked at a moments notice.