Learning to Make Slow Days Mean Slow Days

My February post for Knoxville Moms Blog went up today!

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Give it a read here.

Until next time,

LHB

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2 Days in Nashville with Rob Bell

Several months ago I saw an event posted on Rob Bell’s website (my other favorite author) advertising 2 days with him in Nashville.

If you’re a little fuzzy on my latest author obsession, check out this post as a refresher.

I immediately called Husband and asked if he’d watch our kid for 2 nights to accommodate my solo field trip. He happily obliged, and I quickly bought a ticket for fear of them selling out.

As the date approached, I got more and more nervous…would I be able to make this 3 hour drive on my own? What about eating by myself? Checking into my hotel? Could I handle it? To ease some of my worries, I made sure I booked dinner reservations at some highly recommended spots (thanks to my friend S for hooking me up!) and had clear directions to the hotel, event venue, and around town.

I arrived in Nashville safe and sound on Sunday afternoon. My first stop was the Johnny Cash Museum (if you’re even a minimal fan of The Man in Black, I HIGHLY recommend it) then I headed to dinner. I relaxed for over an hour, sipping a cocktail and people watching. Because when you’re used to constant potty breaks, games of “I spy”, and continually convincing your kid to finish those last 4 bites of macaroni on their plate, you relish time alone.

I shopped a bit after dinner and went back to my hotel to enjoy an early bedtime in the king size bed.

I woke up bright and early Monday morning to grab breakfast at a favorite local place, Frothy Monkey, before heading over to the event. Thanks to Husband’s suggestion, I also experienced Uber for the first time on this trip and it did not disappoint.

I arrived with hot coffee in hand, ready to take notes at 3rd and Lindsley. Rob makes a point to only do events in non-religious spaces. His view is that he doesn’t want to bring a group of people into a space that has previously been co-opted, such as a church, that could make audience members feel uncomfortable or cause someone to not want to attend because they ‘don’t belong’ there. Yes, he is a pastor. Yes, he at one time had 10,000 congregants at Mars Hill. But as we learned over these 2 days…the world is the temple. Every space is holy.

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I found a table near the front and met a nice girl that I also ended up sitting with the following day. She had graduated from Seminary and recently taken a job at a church in Ohio. I had assumed the majority of the audience for the event would be folks that worked in churches, were pastors, and/or had attended Seminary. From the chatter I heard in the crowd, it sounded like quite a few folks fit my expectations, but there were also lots of people like me there – enamored with the work Rob Bell is doing, and desiring to be around other folks who felt the same way.

His talk began just after 9:00 am, broke for lunch around 12:00, and ended at 4:00 pm. Between Monday and Tuesday, I took around 16 pages of notes. Yes, like with the Glennon visit in June, I wrote down nearly everything I heard. He is incredibly intelligent but also very relatable. He talked about everything from atoms to spiral dynamics (fascinating stuff – check it out!) over the course of those 2 days, not to mention a break for Taylor Swift’s Instagram and a bit about the Kardashians. He took tons of questions from the audience and was more than happy to sign autographs and take photos.

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I had an absolutely amazing time on my much-needed solo trip to Nashville. Having met both of my idols this year, I could honestly die a happy woman now. But no one would want that – then there’d be no more Lindsay Overshares!

Thanks for coming along on this ride with me, and if you’re headed to Nashville anytime soon, be sure to let me know so I can tell you all about my favorite restaurants!

Until next time,

LHB

 

Asheville, I Think I Love You

Our second anniversary “Lindsay’s Birthday Trip to Asheville” was amazing! Dying to learn more? Read on…

We made our first pilgrimage without Boo in 2016 and knew immediately this should become a family tradition. We booked our hotel for 2 nights this time, since last year’s one night proved to be not quite long enough.

On Friday morning, we packed up the car and headed east. First, to the hot new local breakfast joint Scrambled Jake’s. I had a naan breakfast pizza that was delicious and coffee that was to die for. Husband was happy with his giant Belgian waffle and Boo liked her biscuit dipped in honey.

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Around lunch time we found ourselves in the parking lot of Sierra Nevada Brewery, one of my favorite places on the planet. We ordered a flight and headed to the patio to enjoy the light breeze and delightful 81 degree August weather.

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After discovering a new favorite beverage, Kellerweis, we finished up our order and headed back to the hotel.

We sped through dinner in an attempt to make it to a local hot spot (with a new storefront) that I’d long been following on Instagram, Sunshine Sammies. We first experienced them years ago at Dogwood Arts Festival (for a refresher on how much I love this annual event, check this post) and were elated when they opened up a store in one of our favorite towns. Their homemade ice cream sandwiched between freshly baked cookies should not be missed if you find yourself looking for dessert (or any kind of treat for that matter) in Asheville!

On Saturday, the day was devoted to our visit at Biltmore. We arrived for our house entrance time early, and having not anticipated the chilly morning weather, I was super grateful that the staff allowed us to exchange our ticket for an earlier entry. We tried to get through the house as quickly as possible, as Boo was not very interested. We managed to finish the tour in about an hour. She did great, and we got out of the way of the enormous crowds gathering as we were finishing up.

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We enjoyed lunch on property, at the delightful Village Social. The service, food, and drinks were all top notch! I liked it so much that a future visit will definitely include eating here and likely staying at the Village Hotel.

Next, for the fun! After lunch, our time consisted of checking out the grounds, letting Boo play, visiting the petting zoo area, and shopping. I insisted on visiting the Winery, which of course turned into gaining a Wine Club membership, not to mention annual passes!

We ended the evening with dinner at The Bistro, then headed back to our hotel to crash after a long and productive day.

Sunday morning we got up and out the door quickly, as I knew our favorite breakfast place (discovered on the prior year’s visit) would fill up fast. We waited in line for about 45 minutes to place our order and be assigned our table at Biscuit Head. It was totally worth the wait. If you like biscuits, or homemade jams and jellies, or delicious coffee…definitely include this stop on your itinerary. It’s amazing!

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This trip certified our love for the city of Asheville, and we can’t wait to go back!

Until next time,

LHB

P.S. You can bet now that we are annual passholders, I am already making plans for our family to attend Candlelight Christmas Evenings at Biltmore in December. Look for that post on Lindsay Overshares this winter.

 

All is Well with My Soul: A Lesson in Why You Need to take that Girls Trip

Near the end of June I was afforded the fantastic opportunity to visit my best friend A in her home of Hilton Head Island, SC.

A and I have been friends since college. We got to be really close several years ago, but then life took her to HHI. She seems to love it there, and being able to visit such a neat place is great – but I think we would both agree it has gotten harder to make time for each other now that true adulting has really set in (she & her husband travel all the time for work and Husband & I have our Boo).

I finally decided in the late spring that I wasn’t going to let our distance get in the way of seeing each other anymore (& let’s face it – over time, she’s done a much better job of visiting us then we have or visiting her). I bought a plane ticket and started planning my outfits.

I flew into the HHI airport, which is teeny for those who have not ever arrived there. I spent the entire flight talking to the girl sitting next to me, a 20-something chef from Denver who was brilliant & had lots to say. I’m usually the “headphones in, don’t talk to me” type on airplanes, but she was so friendly & interesting I couldn’t miss the opportunity. We definitely got some side eye from other passengers due to the noisy plane & the necessity to talk to each other pretty loudly…but I don’t think either one of us cared.

I arrived on Friday afternoon. A picked me up and we immediately made a bee line for the closest Target, as I realized I had forgotten my precious charger at home. Leave it to me to make my first stop on my anxiously-awaited weekend island getaway be Target!

Later on, we met her husband for some fresh seafood at Bluffton Seafood House, based on the recommendation of their friend. Turns out neither one of them had been before, but it was delightful! After dinner, A was thoughtful enough to drive me around in search of some local craft beer. I didn’t end up finding any, but I followed the recommendation of the guys at the shop we found and picked up this bourbon barrel-aged Tangerine Quad by Avery Brewing. It was amazing! If that sounds like your sort of thing – definitely try to find some.

We stayed up “late” (maybe midnight by this always-tired Momma’s  memory) on Friday  night talking about the big stuff…our current life paths, our futures, how we’re going to keep our friendship strong. It was much-needed and much enjoyed.

On Saturday morning, we ventured back over to Bluffton to have breakfast at the cutest little place called The Cottage. It was delicious. A’s tea was served in a kettle wrapped in a handmade coozie! I can’t recommend this place enough if you’re up  & around early (they’re quite small, so you could face a wait). And you know me, I can’t leave a quaint shop that sells coffee mugs without bringing one home. It was my first official (non-Target) purchase of the trip!

Next up we ventured to the Spartina 449 flagship store. I had been lusting after these linen and leather accessories for what seemed like forever, but I just couldn’t make the decision to purchase. Being in the store changed all of that. I left with 2 beautiful bags (summer and fall, of course) and coordinating wallets…one was even on sale! Since coming home, they’ve become by favorite bags and I can’t wait for the next season to start so I can carry another new one.

On Saturday afternoon we found ourselves on Hilton Head Island to do some touristy shopping. I had to visit Salty Dog Cafe as Husband & Boo needed some trinkets from my trip, too! We wandered around for a while, but then found ourselves hot, tired, parched, & hungry. I bellied up to the bar and ordered a new-to-me beer, Bell’s Oberon.  You know me, I fell in love with it immediately. If you like wheat ale with a little hop and a little fruit, give this one a try. It’s an easy summer sipper, for sure.

The rest of the weekend was devoted to rest, relaxation, and of course more eating. I had local seafood at every opportunity and my time spent with A and her husband could not have been better.

I will definitely try to make this trip an annual, or at least more often, occurrence. If you’re on the fence about going on that much needed getaway, I can’t recommend it highly enough. You will enjoy it. Your friend(s) will enjoy it. What have you got to lose?

Until next time,

LHB

The Bible According To Rob Bell

I recently saw a post on Instagram from my beloved Glennon Doyle about fellow author Rob Bell‘s latest book and the profound impact it had on her. It’s called What is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything.

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The title of the book intrigued me, so I chose to use 1 book credit on my new Audible account (thanks, Amazon Prime Day) to purchase it. The audiobook is around 6.5 hours long. I began listening to it in the car last week, and now I refuse to listen to anything else until I’ve completed it. I love Rob’s narration and his interpretation of the Bible.

I will let you look into him on your own and come to your own conclusions about what he believes, his interpretation of the Bible, and his theological background. I will say that what this New York Times best-selling author and former pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church is saying really resonates with me and I am definitely interested in checking out more of his books.

In my initial Google searches, I realized Rob would be coming to speak at our fantastic Bijou Theatre this week. I jumped at the chance to go, and after confirming that Husband was not traveling for work this week, started scoping out ticket options. I convinced him to join me for a week-night date and we were off.

Most people from Knoxville, who have gotten the chance to attend a show at the Bijou, love it. The acoustics are amazing and the venue feels quaint and allows a more personal connection with the artist or performer, despite being able to accommodate 700 people when at full capacity.

Rob Bell was no exception. Despite sitting in the balcony, a few rows up, we could still see him perfectly. As I found out, he’s also REALLY tall, so that definitely helped. The rest of the audience seemed to enjoy him as well, with lots of “amens”, hoots, and affirmations shared loudly throughout the night. His speech was nearly 2 hours long and I hung on every word. I am so glad I didn’t miss this opportunity!

Rob’s book and subsequent speech has sparked in me a desire to work harder on my own spiritual path and I am forever grateful. If this has piqued your interest, I would encourage you to check him out. If not, please look forward to another installment of Lindsay Overshares soon!

Until next time,

LHB