A couple months of fun and frolic leading up to the new year:
|Weds., Nov. 5 - We went to a sneak-peek of Interstellar in IMAX with our friends, Casey and Wayne tonight. What a tremendous film and an awe-inspiring experience!|
Saturday, Nov. 15 - We had a great day of fun activities with an early showing of Birdman at Opry Mills. This was our viewing start of the Oscars season, and it's a little spacey of a film, but well-acted. There could definitely be some nominations come from this one. It was then on to the always-delicious O'Sake Sushi for an early dinner after that, and before another Nashville Predators game where we came from behind to defeat the Winnipeg Jets 2-1. We met our friends, Chris and Tarryn, and Danny and Brenda, between periods outside our sweet 200 level seats. We all went for hot victory doughnuts after the game at the nearby downtown Krispy Kreme. By the way, a lot of the this fun day was funded by the sale of some of the Titans season tickets that I won earlier in the year. We haven't been to game yet this year (mostly because they stink), but the tickets have all been used by someone who got a good under-face-value deal on them from me.
|A real unexpected treat while flying in the helicopter was spotting this pod of dolphins just off the beach. What a thrill!|
Saturday, Nov. 29 - We drove back from the beach with Ashlee's mom, Evelyn, and split up the long drive with an overnight stop in Birmingham. Our first stop in town was a late lunch/early dinner at the delicious Edgar's Bakery. We could have easily made the drive in one day, but we were also spending the night to catch our favorite live band, Augustana, playing at The Workplay Theatre downtown. We got a room a mile or so away at the beautiful and historic Tutwiler Hotel (a Hilton property now - points scored, check!). Getting to and from the venue from the hotel was an interesting experience since our cabbie who picked us up had only been driving in Birmingham for two days and we had to help navigate him with our phones(?). Cabs were non-existent after the show also and after hearing it would be a 20-minute wait when we called one, the owner of the venue himself (Tom, I think is his name) offered to drop us off, clearly miffed that his city would strand out-of-towners like this who took the time to come to his venue and whom I am sure he would like to come back. And we will if the opportunity arises, it's a solid venue with a good beer list, nice sight lines and great acoustics. After sleeping in, we had a great brunch late the next morning at Another Broken Egg Cafe. It was so mild temperature-wise, we were even able to sit outside and enjoy our delicious breakfasts. Not bad for the last day of November!
Saturday, December 13-We decided to throw a sort-of last minute Christmas Party and a nice large crowd of friends showed up for some great food prepared by Ashlee, lots of tasty libations and even a three-group gingerbread-house-decorating contest that kind of "wild" to say the least. Let's just say some people (Wayne Hutton) will do anything to get a win.
Sunday, December 14 - We finally attended a Titans game this year despite having won season tickets and we still never sat in the seats we won, but we did get to see the cool banner of us (right) that has hung in the stadium all year. Instead, we sat with our good friend, Wayne, in his season-ticket seats and Ashlee even joined in the fun of "Titans Clause" by being Mrs. Titans Clause this year. These two were the hit of the day with tons of folks wanting pictures with them including the stadium staff who took them to the front of the line for the hilarious mock "Gameday" program cover (above left). The game was another loss for the woeful Titans, but we had fun nonetheless. Thanks to our friend, Bethany, for coming along as well.
Friday, Dec. 19 - We had an excellent dinner at Lockeland Table in East Nashville with our friends, John and Monique. We moved on for drinks afterward at the very cool modern speakeasy, Bar No. 308.
Saturday, Dec. 20 - Afters stopping by our friend, Carolyn's annual Christmas party in Nashville, we headed over to the Mercy Lounge to catch Augustana play again (yep, that's the 5th time seeing them this year and a new record for us). Scars on 45 was the solid opener again and despite missing their female co-lead singer, Aimee, of the quintet, they still sounded great. The crowd was much bigger than the recent Saturday-night show we saw in Birmingham. It was homecoming show for Augustana since they now all reside in Nashville.
Sunday, December 21 - We continued our research for the upcoming Oscars season with a viewing of "Wild" starring Reese Witherspoon. It was a solid film and followed the book closely, but Witherspoon was only decent at best in her leading role in our opinion. We don't see them handing her the statue for this performance. Beforehand, to kill some time between another great dinner at Nama Sushi, we stopped for a couple drinks at Craft Brewed and The Sutler Saloon, a couple of cool new places now open on 8th Avenue.
Wednesday, Dec. 31 - Well, we are off to New Orleans today to ring in the new year. See our next blog entry for the full details.