Nashville

The end, and the beginning

Days wandered – 118Blogs posted – 78 States visited – 24. Pounds gained – 10Flat tires – 1. Speeding tickets? ZERO. (Take that, State Patrol.) I wasn’t sure when the official endpoint would be, but I am determining that as of tonight, The Big Trip is coming to a close. Tomorrow, I will wake up…

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Questions for the New Year

I am proud to say that I have made it through 2007, and it wasn’t quite as dark as I originally anticipated. One year ago tonight, I was in a deep depression, and terrified of what the coming year would hold. But now, I am happy – at least, most of the time, which is…

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Little victories

Today, my mom and I took Micah and Tyler to Union Station in downtown Kansas City to see their favorite thing: TRAINS! After looking at the huge, elaborate model train display, and walking across the Link to Crown Center to color in the Crayola Store, and then back to eat a greasy lunch in the…

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Nashvillian adventures

This is my third stint in Nashville this fall, and am I ever glad. When I pulled into town on Tuesday night, I had an odd sense that, “Ah, I’m home.” Is that strange? Seattle will always feel like home to me, but that does not mean that another place can’t feel equally “right.” I…

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Battling perfectionism

Last night, I experienced two very wonderful things. The first was tapas, which is Spanish for “order at least four.” The second was open mic night at the Bluebird Café, which reminded me why I am extraordinarily excited to live in Nashville. The songwriting that happens here is astonishing. I sat there all alone, wrapped…

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Be here now

Okay, let’s level. I have been on The Big Trip for 6-weeks now, and in the midst of having a blast, today is the first day that I have had to remind myself, “You are having fun. No really, this is a GOOD thing. You are happy and doing well. Believe it.” I am having…

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A real live racer

Hearken back to May, when I wrote about just a few of the dreams and goals I have for my life. Scroll down, down, down, and you will read, “I want to run in a race.” I am proud to announce that today, that dream became a reality. Guess who just ran a 5K? [thumbs]…

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A Tennessee delicacy

Tonight, I ate a Ritz cracker topped with cheddar cheese, yellow mustard, and red onion. And then, I ate another one, and another one, and another one. And I liked it.

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How to write a country song

1) Be born with a melancholy spirit. 2) Go out and get your heart broken. Love deeply and without reservation, and do not brace yourself for the inevitable pummeling to follow. Do this as many times as it takes to completely crush your spirit. 3) Withdraw from society. Solitude is best; however, a few companions…

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Nashvegas, here I come!

So far, The Big Trip has been an odd experience in that everyone that I meet asks, “Where are you from?” And I cannot reply with a one-word answer. I take a deep breath, wind up my motor-mouth, and commence with my convoluted autobiography. I don’t really know where my home is anymore. In the…

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