Sunday, March 29, 2015

Enjoying More of Music City

Adam and I have attended several different concerts lately. Every time we go to one, we are reminded of how awesome it is to live in such a great city.

We spent a whopping $15 each to see one of our favorite locals Dave Barnes at 3rd & Lindsley. It was sort of funny because I used to go to this bar in college to see some friends of mine play on occasion. It's a tiny little hole in the wall, but it makes for an intimate experience. They've expanded since I last went, but it was still small and we had a great spot.

The evening was an "in the round" including Andrew Ripp, Gabe Dixon, and Emerson Hart (lead singer of Tonic). We listened to them rotate through the line several times. While we went to see Dave, we really enjoyed listening to all of them. Emerson did "If You Could Only See" and "You Wanted More" as well. This pretty much made my day, and I couldn't believe my husband had never really heard of Tonic. I guess those two years I've got on him make a difference.

At the end of February, we headed to the mother church to see Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors. They've become one of our favorite bands over the last few years, and it was great to see them perform their first show at the Ryman.

I don't have any photos, but we also spent another huge $15 (haha) to see Sean McConnell back at 3rd & Lindsley in the middle of March. I had never heard of him, but he's someone Adam listened to a lot in college. We enjoyed his set, and it definitely rounded out a month of frequent concerts.

We don't have anything else on tap right away, but we're of course looking forward to taking in a couple of Dave Matthews Band shows during their summer tour!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Nashville Ice Storm

In February, we had an ice storm in Nashville. This is not normal. Furthermore, it made Adam and I question if winter followed us home from Indy. We were stuck in the house for a few days, and the kids were out of school for a week! I have to say, there was a certain beauty in it. It was also fun that it was our first winter weather in our new home.

We did get out and go for a walk on a sunny day after the ice has stopped. I managed to scrape a snow angel in the yard.

The icicles on everything were flat out impressive.

Later in the week, Connor was home with us for a few days. It ended up snowing a bit one evening (again, not normal) so we headed out to play in it a bit!

Connor had never been on a sled of any sort, and we happen to live in a hilly neighborhood. He had a BLAST sledding with me!

We may have landed in some twigs on occasion, haha!

Even though it's crazy we got this kind of weather, it was fun to make the most of it!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Race Report: Predators 5K

This morning, Adam and I headed downtown to run in the Predators 5K. When we saw it promoted several months ago, we decided it would be a fun way to see another Preds game since registration included a ticket to an upcoming game.

We hadn't run a race since December, so it was fun to head out for one. However, we knew it would be incredibly hilly. From the start, we took it at an easy pace. It was a gorgeous day (bright, sunny, 55 degrees) so no complaints there! It was definitely a great way to kick off spring.

We enjoyed ourselves, but I honestly think it was because of the good weather and because we had each other's company. The race itself did not impress.

It began initially when we registered. We thought upon registration we'd get information about how to get our game tickets, but we didn't get any details in the confirmation. There was no information on the race website. I contacted the race management company (one that I don't truly care for in the area for numerous reasons), and they didn't have answers. I contacted the person listed as the Preds contact, and our emails and calls went unreturned.

It was a solid three weeks before we finally spoke with someone after multiple emails and calls. We got our tickets, but it left me feeling like it shouldn't have been that hard to know what to expect about how they would be provided.  Additionally, you could only pick a game in February or March... and as it took until early March for us to speak with someone, we were limited in our choices. I was even more confused today when I saw that some people were getting their game vouchers to use for tickets today.... It's March 21st. When the heck are they supposed to use their vouchers to get tickets???

Past that, I felt like the race experience could have been a lot better. There was nothing said at the race start - no "welome to smashville" or "thank you for being here" or "we love our Preds!" Furthermore, they didn't even do the national anthem. What the heck?! Truly baffling.

I realize it's just a 5K, but I was sort of surprised at the lack of post-race refreshments. There was water, a granola bar and bananas.

I feel like the Preds could make this race one "not to miss" if they stepped up the game a bit. The audience definitely seemed to be Preds fan and not necessarily runners, but I bet it would be even more appealing if they provided a bit better experience to those who run or walk. Sure, the game tickets are great... but how many more registrations could they attract if they make the actual race a bit better experience?

Nonetheless, we had fun. We love our Preds (even with the recent losing streak), and we're looking forward to our next game!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Getting a Little Bit More Education

It's been a few weeks, hasn't it? You might be wondering what I've been up to...

Life, for the most part. Nashville has seen two ice/snow "events" which is crazy because this never happens here. Adam and I are convinced winter from Indy followed us home.

But I also have news. I've gone back to school.

It's crazy. I remember when I finished college, everyone just sort of assumed I'd continue on to grad school. Nope. I had zero interest. There was nothing I wanted to do that I felt liked I needed more school in order to do.

This remained true over the last 10 years since college. (10 years?! How did that happen?) I just wasn't interested.

It's funny how things change.

Adam actually was a critical reason why this change has occurred. He discovered that Trevecca here in Nashville has a Master of Organizational Leadership program. When he showed me the information online and told me it sounded right up my alley, I couldn't help but agree with him. Coupled with finding out my employer has a tuition reimbursement program, I decided it might be worth considering.

As I learned more about the program, I realized it was definitely something that could assist me in my current job in non-profit work. It could also assist me for the years to come, whether I work at a non-profit or back in the corporate world.

I'm in my third week of my first class on Personal Leadership Development. It's definitely taking up some of my time and causing me to really think about my values and my desires to be a leader, but I wouldn't say it's hard. The program involves a lot of writing, and fortunately I'm a strong writer... though it may mean my interest in writing blog posts may ebb and flow.

Nonetheless, I'm loving it so far. I am a nerd at heart, and I love processing concepts and learning how to implement them. Interestingly, my program is entirely online. Even still, I already feel like I know my classmates fairly well considering we just "met" about a month ago. Some of them aren't even in the Nashville area! It's interesting to connect with them and have discussions online.

It's an 18-month program, and I take one class at a time, each for 6 weeks. It's definitely a little intense, but it's also sort of fun. I'm thankful to have Adam's support... he really is my number one cheerleader!