Made It To Nashville!

Hola from Nashville!  We have a little down time before our dinner reservations, so thought I’d give a little update.

We drove through Knoxville to get here, and stopped at the lovely Texas Roadhouse for lunch.  Probably not the best idea to stop at a chain restaurant off the highway that was giving free lunch to veterans from 11am – 2pm.  Not because I don’t love our veterans, but because I didn’t want to wait 45 minutes for a table at a restaurant behind the Wal-Mart.

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The place was absolutely packed with veterans of all shapes and sizes.

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We (thought) we got really lucky by finding 2 seats at the bar, eliminating our wait.  Then we realized that we were stuck at a BAR, unable to escape unwanted conversations.  But oh well…

They had veteran ketchup.

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The food was good, but the portions were so huge that neither of us could finish our meals.  I got the roasted chicken, which was like 1/2 a chicken.

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We made it to Nashville a little less than 3 hours later and went straight to pick up my bib in East Nashville,

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which was really cool and artsy-ish.  We played around in a few stores while Christina finished up work.

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I liked this place because of the awesome sculpture outside.

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Then we joined the townies and their MacBooks at a coffee shop around the corner.  While they did important stuff on their laptops, I enjoyed a magic cookie bar.

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Unwrapped…

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And delicious…

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Now we’re chillin before we go get dinner at one of Christina’s favorite restaurants, City House – where I will be using tomorrow’s run as an excuse to carbo-load.

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Happy 11/11/11 (and Veteran’s Day)!!!  This is once in a century, people.  I personally think its cool…you should too.

I wanted to sleep in this morning since I don’t have work, but I’m just too excited about getting to Nashville.  I’m glad I got up because now I have time to relax on the couch, watch GMA, blog, and fix a good breakfast before we hit the road.  Sounds good to me.  Man do I miss the days when I actually had free time like this…I definitely took it for granted…

Anyway, last night’s oyster roast at Converse College was a success thanks to our friend Mary – who sold over 75 tickets!  I’m pretty sure the majority of the people we talked to last night got their tickets from her…good job Mary!  The event took place in a room behind their gym:

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I didn’t even have any oysters,

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but I did have some REALLY good BBQ!

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That cookie was ridiculous too.  I think it had Heath Bars in it or something.  I had to try all 3 of the sauces: ketchup based, mustard based and vinegar based.  My favorite was the mustard based.

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We had a pseudo photo shoot with Lindsey and Chad before we left…

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The twins protested a solo pic, but we got a little something out of them…

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They almost protested a group pic too, but we managed to squeeze one out.  This here is serious Chad.

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And for breakfast this morning, “I’m makin’ WAFFLES.”  Not really, I made some pancakes but wanted to quote Donkey.

Breakfast

Pumpkin Almond Oatcakes

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This was my first time making these and didn’t measure anything, so I’ll have to post the recipe next time I try them.  I used rolled oats, pumpkin, brown sugar, eggs, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla and cinnamon – topped with chia seeds and maple syrup.

Hope it keeps me full until lunch on the road to Nashvegas.   I’m off to get ready…peace out cub scouts!