October 7th, 2008


Busy Weekends and the Debate in Nashville Tonight

4 weeks ago my parents came to visit. They don't travel often unless it's for things like weddings, funerals, babies, reunions, etc., so it was nice for them to come. I took them to one of my favorite meat & 3s. We went to Whole Foods since my Mom had never been to one. My Dad saw the 7th Generation toilet paper and made a crack about wanting 1st generation toilet paper, not 7th! Since my parents are on a retired people schedule, we hung out at Starbucks later in the evening. I was ready for bed before they were. We went to the Country Music Hall of Fame, which they both enjoyed, especially my Dad.

Then the weekend after that I went to a play (Kingfisher Days by Susan Coyne) put on by TWTP. I always enjoy plays they do, and this was no exception. I also went to the Titans football game against the Texans. Despite it being hot and getting terribly sunburned, it was fun. The Titans won. We parked on the downtown side of the river and walked across on the pedestrian bridge. We left our seats a little early and watched some from the sidelines (surprising that there was such a good view of the game that was accessible so close), and we even watched the rest of the game from the pedestrian bridge. It was pretty neat. And the Titans won! They are actually 5-0 right now. I haven't followed the Titans very closely the past few years, but it kind of renewed my interest.

The weekend before last, me, my sister Susan, her husband Bob, my sister Becky, and her baby Lucas all piled into Susan & Bob's car to go down to Birmingham to visit my other sister Sally, her husband Chris, and their kiddo Mason, and have a baby shower. We waited until pretty late in her pregnancy to have a shower for her (they moved there in August, and that's just how the timing worked out), and it looks like we had it just in time, as she had him on Sunday! So I have a new nephew! His name is Bennett. I can't wait to meet him. I also got to spend some time with my friend Daniella while in B'ham (or The Ham, as she calls it). She is having a little one, too, due in Feb. And she found out last week that she is having a girl! My incentives to visit B'ham more often are increasing. :) We also have similar tastes in music, and I always end up with lots of musical goodies to listen to when I visit her. Been listening in my car to some Adele and Eric Hutchinson she gave me.

This past weekend was great for the arts, as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts had free admission to the Rodin exhibit. You've probably heard of The Thinker, The Kiss, and The Gates of Hell (particularly the Three Shades). I also liked The Benedictions and Fugitive Love. And the Schermerhorn Symphony Center had a free music day. The center was built a few years ago, and was supposed to be really nice (I had never been). Well, it is really nice. Lots of loge-type seating on the sides and great acoustics. Besides the main performance hall, they had performances going on in 3 other areas. We caught the Belmont Bluegrass Ensemble, The Nashville Swing Band, and the Nashville Children's Choir.

Speaking of cool things in Nashville, the Town Hall Presidential Debate is tonight at Belmont University, just up the street from my work! My friend Barb and I are going to walk from my work up to the festivities - a block party and a debate-viewing party, if anyone wants to join. FYI we will probably be amongst mostly Obama supporters if that matters. Not sure how much of the debate we'll actually see, but I'm TiVoing it if I really want to go back and see anything. Obama or Biden won't be coming here to speak, as we are a mostly red state, so this is the closest thing we'll get. I hope things remain civil in the area. They have spent weeks preparing and there will be tons of security, so I'm sure it will all be good. I'm excited about it, but is anyone else ready for it to be November 5th?