Saturday, September 11, 2010

... and one to grow on!


I knew I needed to go out with a bang for my New Places Project, and I think I did.  I went to the Mecca of cat lovers in Nashville – The Cat Shoppe!

There were kitties EVERYWHERE!  And it was AMAZING!  I wanted to take them all home.  If I need a crazy cat lady fix, now I know where to go.

More info on The Cat Shoppe here.

PS: You should adopt a furry friend, if you haven't already and if you're able to take care of it. 
PPS: Also, please visit this site to click every day and help save animals.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Week 52


We'd been to Las Paletas once before, but it can count as two new places, because they got a new location!  I had a pineapple blueberry paleta, and Darrell had a creamy berries paleta.

Then, we walked across the street and goofed off where there's a fun sculpture.

More info on Las Paletas here.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Week 51


The weather hit a nice spell and Darrell and I took off on Percy the Motorcycle and went out to Seven Points nearby.  It was a nice, relaxing jaunt.

More info on Seven Points here.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Week 50


Wendy and I attended a wedding reception/celebration for our friend Marabeth and her husband Ken at the Nashville Bahá’í Faith center.  It was a lovely ceremony and it was wonderful to hear all the kind words of love and support from their family and friends.  I am glad we were able to attend such a beautiful event.

More info on the Nashville Bahá’í Faith center here.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Week 49


Darrell and I ventured out to try one last time to find the Tilgham Cemetery, without avail.  We did, however, have a nice jaunt through the woods, and we explored the park office.

The closest we could find to anything resembling a grave were piles of rocks like this, but the ground was so rocky, they were natural formations, I'm sure.

More information about the Tilgham Cemetery is, well, I frankly don't know.  If you find it, let me know?  :^)  It is on the Google Maps if you search for "Tilgham Cemetery, Hermitage, TN."

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Week 48


They built a new Goodwill Store in Antioch, and I'm working on a bookshelf project, so I just had to go exploring today.  I got a handful of clothes off the $0.99 racks, and I found exactly what I was looking for, book-wise.  It was a successful trip.

More information about the Goodwill here.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Week 47


Darrell and I went in search of a local cemetery, Tilgham Cemetery, but we couldn't find it.  Instead, we found a rainbow that followed us around, this really pretty campground, a climbing tower, some pretty raindrops on a dead tree, and an ominous walking path.

All in all, a good adventure.  Maybe one day, we'll find the cemetery.

More info about Couchville Recreation Area here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Week 46


Since we are working on a 30th anniversary display at work, my supervisor kindly got me into the anniversary timeline exhibit upstairs at the Ryman Auditorium.

I've been to the Ryman many times before, but I'd never been upstairs, and I'd definitely never seen this Hatch Show Print exhibit.  I was pleasantly surprised to find this autographed print from the last Ben Folds show I saw there.

More information about the Ryman here.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Week 45


Father, Christopher, and I went to Scottsboro, Alabama, to the Proctor family reunion.  We had a lot of fun, and we decided on the way home to stop by Hammer's Department Store in South Pittsburg, Tennessee.

Christopher had been there before, but Father and I hadn't.  It was an adventure for sure!  They had every kind of Carharts available.  I got some ladies pants for myself, along with some mens irregulars for Darrell.  (Still not sure what makes them irregular.)  I also got a cool dress for $1.50.

More info about Hammer's and about South Pittsburg here.

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Week 44


I'd never been to the new Kohl's they built in Smyrna, and Sarah and I both needed to go shopping for bras, so we went off in search of the spanky, new Kohl's!  It was a moving experience, and we both found a bountiful supply of undergarments.

I probably should not be discussing undergarments on my weblog.  *sigh*

More info about the Kohl's here.  Also, in case you didn't know, tons of ladies out there wear the wrong bra size!  Info about measuring for bra size here.  (You can thank me later.)

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Week 43


After helping Sarah move, she, Jeremiah, and I went to a Mexican restaurant in Nashville, The Local Taco.  I had vegetarian burritos that were quite tasty, and I enjoyed relaxing and spending time with friends after finishing with the moving stuff for the day. 

More info about The Local Taco here.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Week 42


For this week, I went to see a sculpture off Bell Road that I had seen only in passing quickly by in the car.  It is at the entrance to Mission Mill Creek Apartments in Antioch, Tennessee. 

It is a kinetic sculpture, and it has various lovely finishes to the metal and lots of light-catching sparkles at the top.  It is surrounded by a bed of roses, and I must have looked quite strange trying to get the perfect picture of it.  :^)

More information about the artist and the sculpture, "The Gift," here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Week 41


On the way home from Colorado, we went through Kansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Kentucky to get back home to Tennessee.  Somewhere in Kansas, we stopped to get a bite to eat, and we discovered this lovely billboard I like to call "Jesus in the Prairie." 

I looked it up, and found some information about the folks that made this billboard happen!  Here's another article, too.  The artist is Phyllis Shanks

More information about Kansas and about Jesus here.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Week 40


While we were in Colorado Springs, Darrell took me on a side-road to see a private sculpture garden.  The sculptures are magnificent, kinetic sculptures that soundlessly glide with motion when the wind stirs.  It is mesmerizing, however we couldn't linger, because there is controversy about the sculptures.  People aren't supposed to stop there, and they aren't allowed to give tours.  It is quite a strange and twisted story!

More info about the sculptor, Starr Kempf, here.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Week 39


Darrell and I took a vacation this year to Colorado.  We went through Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Mexico to get there.  It was quite an adventure!

We went in the Jeep, and we slept in the Jeep at this Welcome Center in Texas, just west of Alanreed.  It was a gorgeous stop!  In the morning, we woke up refreshed, took in a beautiful view, and got to see a wild roadrunner. 

More info about this rest stop here.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Week 38


Darrell and I ventured out to the new Ethiopian restaurant in Antioch.  It was a wonderful experience!  The food was DELICIOUS, even the beets.  (I usually don't like beets.)  The layout was beautiful, too, with all the different colors of the foods.

Overall, we were definitely pleased.

More info about Goha here.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Week 37


Some folks from work ventured out to the San Antonio Taco Co., and my intern Kelly and I went with them.  Kelly took this picture for me.  Thanks, Kelly!  :^)

They didn't have much I could eat there, but it was tasty.

More info about SatCo here.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Week 36


For this week, I signed up to volunteer with administrative duties at the Hadley Park Community Center.  I take it as a good sign that the work was slow... apparently most people who need FEMA aid have applied for it.  Plus, it was Mother's Day, so I'm sure a lot of folks were just trying to get out and enjoy the day with their families.

I met some fun people, and I got my tetanus shot, in case I do end up finding "field work" that is light enough for me to handle next weekend.

More information about the Hadley Park Community Center and the Nashville floods here.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Week 35


First, I went to the Progress center to drop off some clothes.  Progress is a home for special needs adults, and one of their houses flooded.  Two adult men were living there with a lady companion, and she escorted them to safety in the flood.  (I hear it was quite a feat!)  The companion and the men lost all their clothes to the flood waters, so I rustled up what I could around the house that would fit them and brought a bit to help.


Then, we went to Metro Animal Control to drop off cat food, litter, and some laundry detergent.  I hear they are in need of supplies now more than ever with all the animals displaced and lost in the flooding.

More info about Progress and Metro Animal Control here.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Week 34


Darrell and I'd been hearing good things about a vegetarian Indian restaurant in Nashville, so we went to explore.  I was scared we were eating our dosas wrong, but then discovered we were doing it mostly correctly!  It was quite an adventure, and the food was fabulous.

More about The Woodlands here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Week 33


Kathy and I were going to go eat lunch at The Wild Cow.  But it is closed on Tuesdays.  So then, we decided on The Veggie Cafe.  But then we discovered it closed a while back.  So, we decided to go to Chipotle off West End.  It was tasty... but it was chilly and the music was a little loud.  *sigh*

Cold-natured vegetarians just don't have many options these days.  :^)

More info about Chipotle here.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Week 32


I went to two new places this week!  The first was Destination Motorcycles in Lenoir City, Tennessee, to pick up Darrell's new Speed Triple.  My brother Christopher came into town and went with us, and it was nice to spend time with him on the way there and back.  Also, my best friend Brianne stopped by to say hello with her buddy Rick.  It was very exciting!

I think Darrell's going to name his new motorcycle Ariel... she is a hot red-head, just like The Little Mermaid.  Ha!

While Darrell was out of town Sunday, I took pictures of us on it: Me, Sarah, and Christopher

More info about Destination Motorcycles here.


The second new place I went was to Amy Starnes' birthday party at her friend Emily's house.  Amy is such a bundle of Bono-loving energy!  I brought Darrell, Christopher, and Sarah Peacock to the party with me, and I got to see some friends there and meet some of Amy's buds.  It was definitely an adventure.  :^)

I normally post "more info" links at the end of new places, but I shouldn't post more info about Emily's house... I will post more info about Bono!  More info about Bono and U2 here...

Friday, April 9, 2010

Week 31


This was James' first trip to the Hooters!  I had only been to the Hooters in Downtown Nashville before, so it was my first trip to this particular Hooters, thus making it a new place.  :^)

I wanted a picture of James with the Hooters girls, and Katy was supposed to be arranging it with permission, but she ended up making it an 18th birthday celebration Hooters-style.  Oh, my!

There's another picture here, and one of the "birthday" here.

More info about Hooters (as if you need a link for more info for Hooters) is here.

PS: Whoever can count how many times I wrote "Hooters" in this post gets a cookie.  Hooters, Hooters, Hooters.

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Week 30


Yes, I have worked at TPAC since 2002 (with a small break therein), and today was the first time I've ever visited our satellite Box Office location at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills.  I've faithfully placed it with full approved verbiage into every admat where the Box Office is mentioned – "TPAC Box Office (Downtown or at Davis-Kidd Booksellers in The Mall at Green Hills)."  I've discussed it with coworkers.  And now, I can say I've actually been there.  :^)

I tested some signage material swatches with J.G., but then he got a customer (as seen in the photo), and I finished measuring and headed out.  It was painless, as far as working for a bit on a day off goes.

More info about TPAC's Box Office locations here, and more info about Davis-Kidd here.

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Week 29


I ventured out on my own to find Radnor Lake.  I was beginning to think it was mythical when I finally broke down and called Darrell to find out what road to use to get to it.  Silly me, I thought there would be signs somewhere.  *sigh*

Anyhow, it was VERY crowded and frustrating and an altogether unsatisfying excursion.  I'll stick with the Couchville Lake Loop for scenic walks – much easier to get into and less crowded.

Another photo is here, and more info about Radnor Lake is here.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Week 28

the smelly Dunkin' Donuts

Jill found out that the Dunkin' Donuts at Music City Central is giving away free coffee every Monday in March, so Sarah and I went with her to partake of donuty goodness. 

Aside from the inside of the restaurant being disturbingly smelly, the donuts were tasty!

More info on this Dunkin' Donuts here.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Week 27


This week, I ventured out to Drifters with some folks from work for karaoke fun!  I do enjoy karaoke with good friends.  :^)  Lots of smiling, friendly faces were there: James, Lindsay, Sarah, Becci, John, Angela, Bryan (with a "y"), and our karaoke host Akil.

Pictured above are Akil and Becci singing "Up, Up, and Away" (with the back view of James in the booth).  Special thanks to John for catching the photo with the arms UP!  I have a couple more pictures: another photo of this scene (without arms up... *sigh*), one of Sarah, and there's a super-secret one.  I didn't want to be That Girl With The Camera, so I just took a couple for this weblog.

More about Drifter's is here, and Akil hosts karaoke there on Tuesday nights!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Week 26


This week brought me to the Tin Angel with Kathy and Rebecca.  It was a lot of fun to catch up with these two lovely ladies, though we did miss Wendy being there.  (She has been under the weather, so think warm, fuzzy, healthy thoughts for her, please!) 

I gave Kathy a pair of stuffed doggies that look just like her boys, Alfie and Shamus.  Kathy was tickled with them, so that is what I used for my photo.  :^)

More info about the Tin Angel here. 

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Week 25


My intern, Jill, and I each received a pair of tickets to the Adventure Science Center's 2010 Caper party.  I brought Darrell, and Jill brought our friend Caitlin.  The theme this year was 1940s, which turned out to be a lot of fun.

I climbed all the way to the top of the peaky roof!  I tried to take group pictures there, but failed.  Here are the two pictures on Flicker: Picture 1 and Picture 2.

More info about the Adventure Science Center here.
I would like to go back and see the planetarium sometime.  We didn't get to see it, because we had to leave early... I had to spontaneously run to Scottsboro, Alabama for a funeral for my cousin Sam.  :^(

Monday, February 15, 2010

Week 24


Darrell and I were out toodling around on Valentine's Day, and I spotted these little cabins off the main road.  So, we waded through a muddy field and saw that they were part of Evergreen Place, a historic home in Nashville that was demolished in 2005 to make way for the new Home Depot.

More information about Evergreen Place and the demolition is here.  And a photo of the original home that was destroyed is here.

We proceeded from there to eat at The Wild Cow again; this time, we had vegan peanut butter cheesecake for dessert.  Yum!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Week 23


Since Brianne was in for the weekend, I took advantage of her visit to go ahead and knock out another new place on a Sunday instead of waiting until the end of the week.  We're both vegetarians, so we piled in the truck with Darrell and went to The Wild Cow, a vegetarian restaurant in Nashville.

The food was super-tasty!  I love being able to eat anything on the menu.  Anything!  Fancy that!  And all the cheese is non-dairy unless you specially request dairy.  Wow. 

More info about The Wild Cow at

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Week 22


My best friend Brianne came to visit, and I could think of no better to take her than the largest liquor store in Tennessee!  We really didn't buy much, but we did enjoy looking at all the labels and bottles.  I also enjoyed groping Jack Daniel.

More info about Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse at

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week 21


I wanted to see a covered bridge in the snow, so Darrell drove me to the best one I could find.  It is in Hendersonville, and it was built the year I was – 1980.  :^)

It's a little private drive bridge that crosses a creek.  The sound of the water and the bright white snow were so pretty!  They got really soft snow there without any ice on top like we did.  (We got crème brulée snow in Antioch.)

I would like to go visit a very historic covered bridge at some point.  Any suggestions?  I found a nice list here, but it includes some pretty fruity ones here and there.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Week 20


Peeking up into our attic probably wasn't the best thing to do when I have a cold, but I really don't feel up to getting out and about.  I've always wanted to look at our attic, though.  I just never have. 

Since we live in a split-level, I use the attic that is situated over the bottom portion of the house, because the access is easier.  I'd never even lifted the entrance to this part of the attic before.

It was new and exciting... well, as much excitement as I can possibly handle right now.  Time to go to the store to buy Kleenex.  Yay.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Week 19


Darrell and I ventured out in the drizzly rain to Stones River Greenway.  It was nice and quiet, and I could hear the rain pitter-pattering on the leaves while we walked. 

I got my jacket dirty laying on the rail, but it was totally worth it.

More info about the Stones River Greenway project here.  And there's photo another photo of me plus me and Darrell and one of the river on my Flickr page.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Week 18


Darrell and I ventured out in the icy flurries to Fort Negley.  I was hoping to take some artsy photos while we were there, but it was too darn cold.  I should be hibernating right now.

I would like to go back to Fort Negley when the weather is nice so that we can explore the visitor's center and all the signage.  The original trails would be fun to walk, also.

Side Note: I got an insect bite right beside by left eye while we were out.  It is crazy to think a gnat would survive in this weather.  I told Darrell maybe I'm allergic to Fort Negley.  His response?  "Your anti-war sentiments are making you break out in hives."  Ha!

More information about Nashville's Fort Negley here.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Week 17


Since Osiris needed medicine twice a day at Xmastime, our holiday visit to Chattanooga was cut short.  So, we went back down for New Year's Day.  Wilma asked permission for us to shoot fireworks down by the river where they keep the Community Garden, and they kindly allowed us to go there. 

It was a beautiful, clear, COLD night.  The moon was much larger than it appears in this photo.  Darrell and Christopher shot the fireworks while Micki, Father, Wilma, Uncle Eddie, and I huddled together for warmth.

Happy 2010!