LET'S REVIEW // OCTOBER

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Now that November is basically over, I thought it'd be fitting to post an october month-in-review. Ever the procrastinator yall (: 

October highlights included:

  • A very refreshing trip to Wichita, KS to visit one of my very best friends. Her friends so graciously made me feel part of their group all weekend. Wichita- you've got something good going on. Also, you strangely feel a bit like home?
  •  A one day staycation in which I planned the morning's activities and V planned the afternoon's--oh the intrigue
  • MoonRiver Music Festival- the chillest festival you'll probably ever attend. the lineup was prime yall
  •  my first Ryman experience, compliments of the Head and the Heart. I bought us tickets after reading Looking For Lovely this summer and man yall, it was just as holy as everyone says it is
  • Bingley turned 5 and we had our annual P&P viewing + puppy chow party. Plus V made a cake that fit within Bings' GF dietary restrictions #roommateoftheyear 
  • V and I really felt our age at a Chainsmokers concert on Halloween. Major regrets on not going in costume yall. That last picture is what I wore and lets just say... I went Madewell when I definitely should have gone UO or maybe even, dare I say it... Spencers? 

Additionally, I'd probably be embarrassed to know the number of times this song played in the month of October. Suffice it to say there was a point where it was on repeat for the entirety of my 30 minute commute to work each morning. It became an anthem of sorts I suppose.

LET'S REVIEW // SEPTEMBER

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I WANT TO BE RICH IN MEMORIES, NOT MONEY.

-JON FOREMAN-

This month was rich.

We wrapped up LOTG w/ Band of Horses, Judah + the Lion, and Ben Harper + started a new tradition of always bringing a deck of cards to concerts with lawn seating. However, we do need to expand our game repertoire-- one can only play so much speed and trash. The day after Labor Day we drove East to Cummins Falls. You can read more about that adventure here! We finally got to meet up with our sweet friend Haley's sister, Sarah and experienced a quintessential 12 South morning with brunch at the Flipside, donuts at 5 Daughters Bakery, and free flowers from Amelia's flower truck.

I'm continuing to try and walk Bings several times a week and have discovered the gem that is Cornelia Fort Park. Shoutout to my girl Liz. Speaking of discoveries... Mondays force me to channel my inner introvert as V doesn't get home til 9 or so. So far these evenings have resulted in me discovering a new affinity for podcasts (specifically this one and most recently this one) and also that I'm not to be trusted with too much time alone--I spontaneously bought us weekday tickets to go see The Lumineers + BORNS. #noregrets #memoriesnotmoney #amiright The show did NOT disappoint y'all. And there's minimal documentation because two songs in, Wesley requested, "Can we all just agree to put away our phones and be present tonight?" Yes we can Wesley, yes we can. The next night we headed back to Ascend Amphitheater for Needtobreathe's Tour De Compadres ft. Rayland Baxter, John Mark McMillan, and Matt Kearney. It was a goooooood month for music people. Though I do have a sneaking suspicion that's true of all months here in Nashville. (Sidenote: #uberdriversofnashville is still going strong and I've officially become an Uber VIP. Mostly that just means I spend a somewhat significant amount of money on Uber, but hey the stories + people are priceless yall).

September also brought a few unexpected and delightful visitors. A few friends from highschool/college came to town and what initially started out as just coffee/breakfast at Frothy Monkey turned into the most refreshing day---spent the afternoon perusing shops in Franklin and the evening enjoying wine + cheese + the sunset at Arrington Vineyards. One week later, I got to share burgers + beer with a previous acquaintance now turned friend at The Pharmacy. And then I did some visiting of my own and on the final day of September caught a flight to good ole Wichita to see one of my dearest friends! More on that next month (: 

CUMMINS FALLS

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Perks of that public school working life= Monday + Tuesday off for Labor Day weekend. Thank you Jesus.

This place was a zoo on Monday yall. We held off til Tuesday and I think we saw a total of 15 maybe 20 people. Glory glory hallelujah. I'm going to highly recommend making this drive + hike on a weekday if you can! I'm far from a pro when it comes to these things so here are my "not-so-pro" tips: 1) wear water shoes/old tennis shoes-- you're going to get wet. I'm a big fan of these guys. Cheaper than chacos for those of you living that budget life.  2) pick up some noms to enjoy once you get to the falls.  Towers Deli Market was on our way out of town and it did not disappoint. 3) Talk to strangers. They'll either offer to take your picture, saving you from self timer shenanigans or they might offer you a cold beverage. Both are a win in my book. 4) Take the time to make a playlist for the beautiful, short (1.25 hr) drive east. Here's mine if you're interested. Happy Sunday friends!