MY 28th BIRTHDAY

MY 28th BIRTHDAY

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My birthday this year certainly had its ups and downs. The Saturday before the 8th I was so happy to be in Nashville with Chris and we got to go to brunch, the farmer’s market, the vineyard, and the Predators won! But my ID fell out of my pocket at some point that morning and even after retracing my steps I had no luck finding it. I know that sounds so trivial but I was mad at myself for losing it and that meant I wouldn’t get to toast a glass of wine at my birthday dinner the following evening.

On Sunday the restaurant I picked was too busy to seat us. Usually it isn’t crowded so I didn’t bother with reservations. I was so excited to show off this gem of a restaurant I’d found and share it with my family but it wasn’t meant to be. My dad and sister had to find another place that would seat 12 people on the fly and I had to finish applying mascara without crying it all off. When we got to the restaurant not one got carded so I thought I was safe to order a glass of wine- and I was the only person out of 12 who got asked to show my ID. Despite my husband’s best efforts to surprise me with a cake the bakery spelled my name wrong. He scraped off the “e” without anyone noticing right before he lit the candles.

I hope I remember how good it felt to sit in the sun with my husband and my friends the next time my life feels like it’s completely unraveling before my eyes. And let’s face it- we’re talking about me- so that could be 10 minutes from now. My birthday wish is to practice gratitude more often when things aren’t going how I planned and maybe to make fewer plans altogether. Oh and I wished for a well-paying job. Do you think I could have 2 wishes? For God’s sake my name was spelled wrong on the cake. If my husband hadn’t changed it my wish might not have counted at all.

Anyway, the next time you’re tempted to have a pity party I hope you invite your friends and have a picnic party instead. The food’s much better and you don’t have to worry about reservations.

I also hope my family and friends know how much I appreciate them continuing to show up for me despite the crying, and the short temper, and the self-pity. If you’re reading this please know that you’re worth more to me than a restaurant or a cake or a glass of wine… but maybe next year I’ll keep it simple and just invite Chris.

Cheers,

Carly

FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY

FIVE DAUGHTERS BAKERY

If there’s one thing I know, it’s good donuts. I have favorite donut shops in multiple cities across the U.S. and zero shame. So you know that I have to share with you loverly folks when I find a winner and Five Daughters definitely stacks up.

Bring your daughters, your friends, and your acquaintances but also bring an insulin drip because this place is legit.

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LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD

LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD

I didn’t know if I should write a blog post about the Shania Twain concert because I was nervous my pictures weren’t “good enough”. Then I realized that this trip with my sister was too special not to share regardless of low quality cell phone snaps. Shania Twain puts on a hell of a show! If you get a chance you should definitely go see her.  Continue reading “LIFE’S ABOUT TO GET GOOD”

HARRY POTTER CONCERT SERIES

HARRY POTTER CONCERT SERIES

This is a throwback post because we went to Nashville the first week of January to hear The Nashville Symphony Orchestra play the score of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”  live as we watched the film. While it may sound like I’m being unoriginal, the only way I can describe our experience is that it was truly magical. Continue reading “HARRY POTTER CONCERT SERIES”

BRUNCH AT ACME FEED & SEED

BRUNCH AT ACME FEED & SEED

The morning of Red Bull Flugtag we decided to make a pit stop outside the entry gates to eat brunch at Acme Feed & Seed. Apparently, everyone had the same idea but I was shocked at how fast the line moved. We also got our food and drinks with exceptional speed given how many people were there. We were very impressed with how fast lines went the whole time we were in Nashville. Confession time: I’m an old lady on the inside who loves people watching, early meal times, and good food. Acme did not disappoint. Continue reading “BRUNCH AT ACME FEED & SEED”

12 SOUTH & DRAPER JAMES

12 SOUTH & DRAPER JAMES

We started off the morning having brunch at The Pfunky Griddle in Murfreesboro where my sorority sister Kristen and her precious baby girl Olivia live. Get this… you pay to cook your own breakfast. What?! I’m one of the worst cooks and breakfast food is easy to burn. Thankfully, my fiance Julia Child was there to help me out or I would have gone hungry. He cooked me scrambled eggs, hash browns, and blueberry pancakes. Continue reading “12 SOUTH & DRAPER JAMES”

HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN & BOBBIE’S DAIRY DIP

HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN &                     BOBBIE’S DAIRY DIP

I’m not normally one to enjoy spicy foods but you can’t visit Nashville and not have hot chicken. I wanted to go to Hattie B’s because Prince’s is rumored to be even hotter and Pepperfire is as well! So I went on a Nashville native’s recommendation to start with Hattie B’s and branch out from there. Well… after one bite my mouth was on fire but man was it good! Continue reading “HATTIE B’S HOT CHICKEN & BOBBIE’S DAIRY DIP”