Friday, August 31, 2012

It's Football Time in Tennessee!

Well Ladies and Gents, the magical day has arrived, Tennessee football kicks off tonight.  This is the weekend everyone still has hope in their hearts that this will be the year for their team.  To get your mind right for tonight's match-up, here are 6 names you need to know!

1.  Keep your eye on the man in the orange pants, my fingers are crossed for a breakout season for Coach Dooley.
2.  Mr. Tyler Bray is back and healthy, as long as we can keep our QB safe, he has the potential for a record breaking season. 
3.  AJ Johnson is projected to be our top tackle after an impressive freshman season.
4&5. Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers were projected to be the top receiving duo in the country, then Da'Rick got Justin and Da'Rick  Cordarrell Paterson.  Cordarrell is projected to be quite an impressive receiver too!
6.  Printess Wagner is a defensive back hungry for interceptions. He will be very fun to watch on defense!  Our defense is projected to make major improvements this year.

Now that the team is healthy, this will be a fun year! GBO!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Cruise Recap: Key West

The first stop on our cruise was Key West, FL.  After setting sail from Ft. Lauderdale Sunday around 4:00 pm, we arrived in Key West bright and early Monday morning.  Mom booked us a city hop on hop off tour of the city prior to our departure, and we eagerly jumped aboard the trolley quickly after docking.  The main activities/attractions in Key West centered around Hemingway's house and pub crawls, but for me, that just wasn't going to cut it....I needed to see the beach! 

The hop on hop off was the perfect way to explore the adorable town of Key West.  The first loop, we just rode and listened to the guide to find out the history and hot spots.  Did you know the name Key West comes the Spanish name Cayo Hueso?  It means Bone Island; it is said that the island was littered with the bones from a Native American battlefield.

JK and me on the Trolley

Key West Art and History Center

Charming Architecture

The Original

Most Stolen Landmark

Pictures on the Pier

Chickens ruled the streets
The highlight of mom's and my day, key lime pie on a stick!
During our second loop, the boys got off and toured the Hemingway House, but mom and I declined because there were 44 cats living inside and she is highly allergic.  We happily sipped iced tea at the 6 toed cat cafe while they toured. 
***The cats in the house have 6 toes!

Meet the 6 toed cat!
We also hopped off at the most important part....the BEACH! 

Let's just say I was slightly disappointed with the lack of beach.  Maybe I have been spoiled by PCB, Gulf Shores, and Destin, but the beach was not what I expected.  It was rocky, seaweady, and grainy, not smooth, clear or soft.
Where I started to realize we wern't in the panhandle....

I'm gritting my teeth because of the less than desirable beach :)

JK showing off the Rocks
 The town was lined with cute wooden houses with metal roofs, plenty of restaurants and bars, and seemed to embrace a liberal, carefree culture.  Full of personality and adventure, Key West's classic charm was quite a sight to see.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Cruise Recap: I'm On A Boat!

Last week was simply fantastic.  Great company, great food, great adventures.....I couldn't be happier with the trip.  My parents, JK and I jumped aboard the Carnival Freedom Ship in Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday morning and set out for a 6 night cruise to Key West, Grand Cayman, and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  Previously, JK and I took a 3 night cruise to Bahamas, but felt like the 7 day/6 night gave us SOOO much more time to relax and enjoy the ride. 

Here are a few stats on the Carnival Freedom:
Capacity: 2974
Crew On board: 1150
Length in Feet: 952
Built in 2007

The boat was complete with a gym, spa, plenty of bars and entertainment venues, a casino, pools, hot tubs, 24/7 dining, fabulous food served in the main dining room, putt-putt, shops on board, adult only relaxing deck, and a huge projector screen on the main deck for movies.  The service was impeccable, the ship was extremely clean, and we never ran out of things to do!  AND we picked the perfect week to go because most kids are back in school and we missed the hurricane by a day.

Pictures won't do it justice, but here are a few to give you an idea of the fun on the Freedom.

Yes, I did go down the water slide!
Comedy Club
Sushi Bar
Huge Movie Screen
Dad in the Atrium ready to go!

JK on Hurricane Watch
Catching the Titans Preseason game at the Sports Bar
Cozy Stateroom

Delicious Meals!

JK and I chillaxin on the Serenity Deck
This was my standard desert for the week, and yes, my waistline is feeling the effects!

Main Dining Hall

Party on the Deck
 Next up are recaps from each port, stay tuned :)

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Tour Guide Tuesday: Grammy Nominations Concert


For the first time ever, the nominee concert for the Grammy's will be held outside of LA.  Guess where it will be?!? NASHVEGAS!   

It is scheduled for December 5th, 2012 at Bridgestone Arena, but this will be a hot ticket, so get moving now to reserve your seat.  

"Last year, Grandmaster Flash (yeah, that’s right), Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Sugarland, Usher, Rihanna, LL Cool J, Jason Aldean, and tons of others performed for the nom show. The event kicks off Grammy season; part of its official title is “Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night.” And it all starts in Nashville. Tickets will be available to the public. Info on that, performers, and presenters will be announced in the coming weeks." 

Monday, August 27, 2012

Ahhh, refreshed!

I'm Baaaccckkkk!  It's Monday, its a short week for me, and a holiday weekend, let's do this thing.

Guess what, college football season kicks off this week!  There is something special in the air when football season is about to begin.  Everyone is filled with a sense that excitement and anticipation, and I am no exception.

Go Big Orange!

Oh yeah, and I just got back from a fabulous week with my parents and love.  After a week of relaxing on a boat, I'm ready to conquer the world.  I feel so relaxed, refocused, and refreshed! 

We visited Key West, Grand Cayman and Ocho Rios, Jamacia, and I can't wait to share my photos from each port of call.  Oh, it was simply fabulous :) Thanks again to the great people I got to have all to myself for an entire week, for that I am truly grateful.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Tour Guide Tuesday: The Parthenon and Centennial Park


The Parthenon and Centennial Park

Centennial Park is a premier green spot in Nashville, and features the Parthenon as it's centerpiece.  Nashvillians frequent this park for everything from Frisbee golf to picnics.  There are several events at the park throughout the year, like, craft fairs, big band dances, and weddings.

About the Parthenon:

The Parthenon stands proudly as the centerpiece of Centennial Park, Nashville's premier urban park. The re-creation of the 42-foot statue Athena is the focus of the Parthenon just as it was in ancient Greece. The building and the Athena statue are both full-scale replicas of the Athenian originals.  The Parthenon also serves as the city of Nashville's art museum. The focus of the Parthenon's permanent collection is a group of 63 paintings by 19th and 20th century American artists donated by James M. Cowan.

The park is free and open to all, but if you want to explore the inside of The Parthenon, here are the deets:

Tuesday - Saturday, 9:00 - 4:30.
Additional hours during June, July & August: Sundays, 12:30 - 4:30 p.m.
The Parthenon is closed on Mondays year round.
Admission: Members free; Adults - $6.00; Children 4-17 - $4.00 (under 4 free); Seniors 62+ - $4.00