WILD VINE AT ZOO KNOXVILLE

WILD VINE AT ZOO KNOXVILLE

Last Friday we went to Wild Vine at Zoo Knoxville to raise money for animal conservation. Drinking wine for charity? Wild animals couldn’t stop me! To be honest, they were the main event.

Grab a glass (or two) and take a look at these gorgeous creatures- my partners in crime included. 😉

There were lots of wineries to choose from and just as many different wines. The rosé wines were my favorite because I’m quite seasonal with my wine selections. I feel like warm weather calls for white and blush wines and red wine is for mulling in the winter months. Plus, red gives me a dreadful headache. Does anyone have an answer for that? I’d love to know.

Hopefully next year they offer more fruity and sweet wines. That would be my only critique. I like my sugar with a little bit of alcohol. I uphold that same philosophy with coffee and tea. And wouldn’t you know it- the diseases that run in my family are diabetes and alcoholism. Go figure.

The animals were magnificent but I have to say I wasn’t comfortable with the amount of snakes that came out to play. No sir!

The porcupine, God love him, kept raising his quills from stress when a bottle was uncorked so they let him go back home. Personally, I had fun watching everyone duck and gasp.

But my favorite, without a doubt, was Tonka the elephant. He gorged himself on sweet potatoes and acted like we weren’t there. My spirit animal.

We had a lovely spring evening sipping wine and enjoying our exotic surroundings. I would definitely go back to Zoo Knoxville for Feast with the Beasts or Brew at the Zoo. You can check Zoo Knoxville’s website for a list of upcoming events.

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

SNAPSHOTS FROM MAIN EVENT

SNAPSHOTS FROM MAIN EVENT

There’s no better way to blow off steam after a long work week than going somewhere fun with friends. Main Event more than fit the bill for our crew with a massive arcade, a bowling alley, billiards, and laser tag. To top it all off they have a restaurant and bar in-house. We each purchased a ticket package that included a game of laser tag, a bowling lane for 6 people, and some extras for around $30. The arcade was pay-per-game but they were all around $2.00 or less. We had an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back. Take a look at this place! Continue reading “SNAPSHOTS FROM MAIN EVENT”

BRICK & SPOON

BRICK & SPOON

Now that I’m living part-time in Gatlinburg, I get to see my friends who live in this area more often. That means more girls’ days and girls’ nights out and I welcome those opportunities to unwind in my current state of chaos. Recently I met Kass and Hannah for brunch at Brick & Spoon in Pigeon Forge and we had such a great time I thought I would share it with you. Continue reading “BRICK & SPOON”

A LOOK INSIDE SONG & HEARTH

A LOOK INSIDE SONG & HEARTH

Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort provides an opportunity for park goers and visitors to “stay and play” in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Their in-house restaurant, Song & Hearth, serves up casual elegance that will make you feel right at home and the best part is that no one has to fight over who cleans the dishes. I was lucky enough to get a private viewing for You, Me, and Tennessee readers! Let me show you around Dolly’s place. Continue reading “A LOOK INSIDE SONG & HEARTH”

ALEWINE POTTERY

ALEWINE POTTERY

I consider the art of making pottery to be part of my Appalachian heritage. From a young age my parents encouraged my older sister and I to learn how to “throw” at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I was most certainly the child who got gold stars for effort behind the pottery wheel but my sister, Katie, really found her niche and she is still working with clay all these years later at Alewine Pottery. Continue reading “ALEWINE POTTERY”

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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BUFFALO MOUNTAIN HIKE

BUFFALO MOUNTAIN HIKE

Buffalo Mountain sticks out in my mind not only for the gorgeous views but because this is the first trail Joe hiked without a leash. I was originally very anxious about the whole thing but then again I’m never not anxious so I decided to try it “just this once”. As usual I was worried for nothing and he did beautifully. The only downside is that now it has me wishing we could take him with us every time we go. Continue reading “BUFFALO MOUNTAIN HIKE”