Benefit Concert, Is Spring Here Yet, An Engagement, and A Visit to the ER

Hey friends!  Wow, it has been quite a week.  I apologize for the lack of posting this week, but once I finish this post you will understand why I have been absent.  Let’s start off with the good news first…. 

My mother-in-law came into town last week for a quick visit and we had plans for dinner at The Southern. I wasn’t feeling super hungry so I opted for a salad and added shrimp to it.  It hit the spot. 


Afterwards we had plans to attend a benefit concert at the Ryman hosted by Trace Atkins.  


My mother-in-law and me.


We got to see quite a few different artists including Dierks Bentley (with surprise guest Gavin Degraw).  


And BLAKE SHELTON!!!!  We love his music.  


We had a blast listening to music all night and singing along. 


Yall, this photo is terrible, but have you guys had grilled romaine?  We love it in our house and love topping it with balsamic glaze.  Try it and thank me later. 😉 


Along with lots of grilling when the weather gets nice is spring clothes!  I am ready to trade in my boots for sandals and sweaters for light dresses.  The weather in Nashville has been teasing up lately so I got in a couple days of skirts and dresses… and I am hoping more are in the near future. 🙂 


Speaking of nicer weather, my husband took his little brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) to the Nashville soccer game this past weekend.  Nashville is getting a pro team in 2020 so that is pretty exciting.  I would have preferred baseball or basketball, but hey, we will take it.  


Here comes the not-so-good news.  Last Thursday night I was out of town for work when I started not feeling well (think stomach bug and throwing up), but I decided to just sleep it off.  I woke up last Friday feeling terrible so after a couple hours of work in the morning, I headed back to Nashville.  Late Friday afternoon my stomach hurt so bad that I was literally screaming and my husband agreed that I needed to go to the ER. We got in the car and headed to the ER.  Thankfully we only waited about an hour (I was literally dry heaving in the waiting room so that was fun) before they took me back, I saw the doctor and got wheeled away to get a CT scan.  We got the results back shortly and it showed major inflammation in my stomach/colon (colitis).  What the heck!  It was so bad they ended up admitting me to the hospital Friday night. 

The only reason I had a smile was because they gave me a dose of morphine for the pain. 😉


They ran tests all night so it was a long one for sure.  My husband stayed with me until my mom came to relieve him in the morning.  I was still in a ton of pain on Saturday morning, but I was improving so they ended up releasing me in the late morning.  I was so relieved to go home and sleep in my own bed, but I was still very sore (my stomach hurt to touch and it was very painful to walk) so I kept it easy the next few days.  They think I got an infection while abroad and it caused the couple weeks of stomach pains/throwing up.  I got some antibiotics and have been on the mend since.  I am still on a very bland diet… I tried to sway and that was a BAD idea.  I am just hoping I will be able to eat a salad again soon :), but ultimately I am so grateful for my health and that it was not anything more serious.  

My sweet friends, Rachael and Eric, and my dad and little brother sent me flowers and it made me so happy.  It is so nice to have such great friends and family that care about me after having such a crappy weekend.  

I never want to end a post on a bad note so here is the BEST part of last weekend.  I got the most exciting news this past Sunday!  My best friend, Rachael, got engaged to her boyfriend, Eric!  I couldn’t be more happy for them!!  Fun Fact: I actually introduced them to each other in HIGH SCHOOL and Eric called my wedding “Cupid’s wedding” because I was the matchmaker.  🙂 I just love these two and cannot wait for all the festivities to come this next year!!!!! It is so amazing to see friends so happy.  


That is all I have for today, friends.  I am hoping for a less eventful weekend than last weekend with more highs than lows and no hospital visits. 😉  I hope you all have a greta weekend!!


  1.  What do you have planned for this weekend?
  2. Have you ever been hospitalized?
  3. What is your favorite type of music?


Weekend Recap 7.16.17 … A Good Book, Friends in Town, The Ryman, and Brunch

Hey guys!! I hope you week is going well!! We have made it to the halfway point!!  Today is actually my Friday because we have a long weekend at the lake planned with our friends that starts tomorrow.  I am SO excited!

I am not usually a fan of week night plans because after a long day at work all I want to do is kick my feet up and catch up on my shows or read a book.  But, last week was a little bit different.  A couple weeks ago my mom gave me a book and told me to read it so that we could go see the author speak at Vanderbilt the following week.  Read a book in one week?? Eeek.. I barely have time to walk my dogs these days, but I obliged and am so glad I did.  Last Thursday night we had plans to see Roxanne Gay speak at Vanderbilt.  She has written many books, but this discussion focused around her book, Hunger.  To say this book is an easy read is an understatement.  Roxanne uses simple language and the chapters are just a couple pages long, which I love!  


The interview was pretty good, but she definitely discussed the book tour more than the book, which I guess was to be expected since she was on her second to last stop of 30 cities.  


I don’t want to give away any details, but the book tells Roxane’s story of dealing with weight gain in an unforgiving society.  She details her family’s never-ending support and her rebellion against conforming to society’s ideals.  It is an easy, yet really interesting read.  We stayed afterwards to have her sign the book.


Afterwards, my mom, her friend, and I went to Caviar & Bananas for dinner.  My mom suggested we try it and it definitely did not disappoint.  I did the create your own salad and LOVED it.  There are different “stations” with lots of options and we all really enjoyed our meals.  

My mom got Jon a brownie and he didn’t waste any time digging in. 😉


Jonny and I made sure to get our pampering in later that night. 🙂


You guys!! I have a new nephew!!!! Otis gained a brother last weekend.  His name is Murphy.  He is 4 pounds of perfection!! I booked my flight last night to go meet him!! I can’t wait to hold that sweet baby boy!!! 🙂


Friday night our friends from Cincinnati came into town.  We had a late dinner at home before walking to a nearby local bar to listen to some live music.  We stayed for a few songs, then called it a night.  


Saturday morning we woke up to thunderstorms so we decided to nix our hiking plans and head downtown to tour the Ryman.  


I have seen several concerts at the Ryman over the years, but I never knew the history behind the Ryman.  It was actually really interesting and I am really glad we did the tour. We learned lots of neat facts about our favorite country stars… especially my favorite, Miranda Lambert!  I just love her and her music and her iconic pink guitars!  

After the tour, we headed to 12th South for a late lunch at 12th South Taproom & Grill.  I got a delicious salad with salmon!  


Afterwards we walked around and stopped in a few of the local shops.  We even took a peak into Reese Witherspoon’s store.  When the boys saw the price tags…. they headed straight for the door. (That dress was over $500) 🙂 


Later than evening we got a yummy sushi dinner at Run Sans then headed to a couple local bars for some games and drinks.  (Clydes and Neighbors).  This is what most of my pictures of Jon and I look like. 🙂 

Sunday morning we headed to brunch at Fin & Pearl with one of Jon’s mom’s friends and her kids and their significant others.  


We have been to Fin & Pearl once for dinner, but the brunch menu was to die for.  It was SO hard to choose what to get.  I ended up getting a salad and adding shrimp and Jon got the lobster and crab omelet.  All of our food was SO delicious!

Sunday evening my mom and stepdad came over for dinner.  We had such an amazing time eating, catching up, and playing ping pong, but ofcourse I forgot to take any pictures!!!  That just means we were having a great time. 🙂 

I found Callie like this that evening.  Poor girl was exhausted… but really, is that position comfortable? 😉 


I hope you all have a wonderful rest of your week and a relaxing and enjoyable weekend!!


  1. Have you read any good books lately?
  2. Do you like to try new restaurants or are you a creature of habit?
  3. What is your favorite city you have ever visited?