"To strive, to seek, to find and not to yield"
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1833

"live deep and suck out all the marrow of life"
- Henry David Thoreau, 1845

"Some guys, they just give up living
And start dying little by little, piece by piece
Some guys come home from work and wash up,
And go racin' in the streets."
- Bruce Springsteen, 1977

"...to the heart, there's no time for you to waste.
You won't find your precious answers now
by staying in one place."
- Frank Turner, 2009

"The best things in life aren't things.
They're living and breathing."
- Michael Franti , 2011

"I owned every second that this world could give,
I saw so many places, the things that I did"
- Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, 2014

All written content and photos by Rob Fulfer unless otherwise indicated.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Closing out the Year with Cheer

December is always a busy month for us and this year was no exception

We attended a couple of hockey games this week as part of our season ticket package.  On Tuesday 12/1 we saw the Preds score a big 5-2 win over Arizona, and on Thursday,12/3, it was just me and Ashlee this time, and we saw a tough 2-1 loss over a Florida Panther team who have a surprisingly good defense.
Home Alone
Saturday, !2/5 - We attended a showing of the holiday comedy classic film, Home Alone, tonight with the Nashville Symphony providing the beautiful John Williams' score live at the Schermerhorn.  They also had a chorus singing during parts of the movie which was a nice touch.  We sat behind the orchestra again as we did with Star Trek and it's such a cool perspective from that vantage point.  Our friends, Mike, Bethany, Wendy and Charlie attended with us.  We had dinner before and dessert after the show at Kitchen Notes in the nearby Omni Hotel.

Wednesday, 12/9 - We attended an in-store acoustic performance late this afternoon at Grimey's in Nashville by  British punk-folk-rocker, Frank Turner.   Ashlee even met him and we also got an autographed copy of his new album.  Afterwards we headed over to 3rd and Lindsley for dinner followed by Frank and his band, the Sleepless Souls, in a plugged-in SOLD OUT show.

Thursday, 12/10 - The digging for our new backyard in-ground pool BEGINS!!
Friday, 12/11 - We split up tonight for a while in downtown Nashville as Ashlee and her sister, Paige, went to a hilarious Amy Shumer show at the Bridgestone Arena  while I got front row for a rocking good Trombone Shorty and Orleans Avenue show at Marathon Music Works.  Since Ashlee and Paige's tickets included all you could eat and drink before and after the show, I volunteered as the designated driver as well.

Thursday, 12/17 - We were proud to have been a very small part of cinematic history tonight as we saw the new Star Wars film The Force Awakens at the SOLD OUT Opry Mills IMAX with seven of  our friends .  It was a record-breaking opening Thursday night  and well-deserved since it was such a good movie.
Yes, this is a real picture that Ashlee took while on a cruise this past summer and was the photo on our Christmas party invitation on Facebook.   It kinda set the tone for the party...
Saturday, 12/19 - We threw a Christmas party tonight with  a cover-all theme of Dickens/Ugly Sweaters/Pajamas/Costumes that was a ton of fun, as usual, with the highlights being a risque gingerbread man decorating contest and a hilarious game of "Utter Nonsense" which our friends, Danny and Brenda, had brought us as a gift to our recent Halloween party.

Drew & Ellie Holcomb's Neighborly Christmas
Wednesday, 12/23 - Despite the unusual winter sound of tornado sirens going off (what the??) in downtown Nashville tonight, we enjoyed a safe and cheerful evening at Drew Holcomb's Neighborly Christmas at The Schermerhorn.  This SOLD OUT event was great as usual and in this new amazing venue it was all the more special.
Thursday, 12/31 -  We decided to stay home this New Year's Eve and check out the celebration in downtown Nashville.  We got a room at The Millenium Maxwell House Hotel for a reasonable price.  We started with dinner at Puckett's, then drinks and merriment in our private room at Pub 5 with several friends, and then it was back out into the cold to hear Kings of Leon play and count down to midnight to watch the note drop in a new record crowd of over 150,000 people.

Very impressive, Nashville, very impressive!  Thanks for a safe, organized and festive event!
Friday, 1/1/ 16 - We celebrated New Year's Day with brunch at Party Fowl  with great food and libations while watching a big Outback Bowl win by UT.  Afterward we took a mile walk for ice cream at Mike's on Broadway. a little boot shopping with the tourists, a stop at Barlines for a drink and to catch up on some more bowl game action.

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