We just got back from Tennessee, where both my sisters and their families met up at my parents’ house, and we all were together for the first time since last spring’s Smoky Mountains trip. As always, it was fun and I didn’t want to go home. Every time I go to Tennessee I get tempted to ditch Atlanta and move there, and spending time with my whole family together is always great. Lots of laughing and good food and time spent with my funny niece and nephew Stella and Peach.
This time around Drew and I got to leave a day early so that we had all day Friday for Nashville adventures with Ashley and Lauren and my brother-in-law Danny (the Antagonizer). Lauren lives in Nashville and is an expert on the best places to go, so she took us to a very fancy but beautiful leather goods shop called Peter Nappi, that happens to be sort of close to Antique Archaeology, where we saw a ton of tourists, but not Mike or Frank. Drew and I finally got the chance to see Imogene + Willie, the Nashville denim label housed in an old gas station. Then we went for a quick stop downtown so Danny could look at the guitars at Gruhn’s. And then when we were all getting tired we got coffee at Barista Parlor, which only made us want to move to Nashville even more.
The rest of our trip was fun, too. Lauren’s husband Neil is an amazing cook, and made Drew and I vegan Thai food and a peach pie that was so good I could hardly believe it was vegan. We celebrated birthdays (Peach’s and Stella’s), watched House Hunters for laughs, played epic games of Draw Something as well as a little something we made up called “If Oprah wanted to buy your dog, how much would you sell him/her for?” but the game got heated and we had to quit.
We also went to Cheekwood’s botanical gardens so the kids could check out a giant treehouse exhibit they had. I liked it for the gardens and the 1930s mansion. We took a ton of photos, so expect to see more Nashville on this blog and especially The Southerly, where I’ll go into more detail than I did right here, because today I’m a little lazy and am still getting used to being back home.