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#5. Tubing

I love the water, but the only water we spent time on growing up was the ocean. So tubing was a great new thing to put on my 101 list! I visited one of my very good friends in Atlanta for Memorial Day Weekend and we had a slew of plans…including floating down the Chattahoochee River.

We ended up with a group of about 12 people. It was a hot day but the water was still coooold. I opted for a bottom-float so my behind wouldn’t get numb in the water all afternoon. We got to the drop-off point, cooler float included, all strapped together and floated away. We did the 4 hour float, with a stop at the rope swing along the way (which I did not do….bad memories….). By the time our 4 hours were up we were definitely done with the sun and cold water. And other than losing my shorts…literally (I had them looped through the handle on the float and at some point they must have fallen off)….it was a great time. Now I just have to find on to float in Nashville…..

(Sorry, no pics to share, didn’t want to chance my camera getting wet!)

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#48. Pick Strawberries

I love fruit. And of all fruit, strawberries may just be my favorite. And call me crazy, but I love the idea of picking my own fruit – it’s fresh, delicious, and supports the local economy. So #48 on my 101 list, to pick strawberries, was a perfect thought.

This past weekend, 2 friends and I made an hour trek to Wartrace to Valley Home Farm. It’s an adorable white farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Just grab a basket, walk to the ripe rows listed for that day, and pick to your heart’s content. I’m not sure what I expected strawberry picking to be, but I really didn’t expect it to be like a treasure hunt! We dug through the leaves, searching for bright red, ripe berries, getting surprised every now and then with an overripe squishy one. It was fun!

And I of course had to buy some strawberry ice cream to go, which was also very delicious. I’ve eaten a handful of berries already and plan to make some strawberry bread before heading to Atlanta this weekend!


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#94. Steeplechase

Horses. Dresses. Hats. Mud.

That pretty much sums up the Iroquois Steeplechase. A yearly tradition for the Nashville well-to-do and the wanna-be well-to-do (and those who just want to have a good time).  Although it wasn’t necessarily everything I’d hoped it would be (mainly due to the off-and-on rain and cool temps), it was a good time. And not a bad way to cross off #94 on my 101 list!

Not much else to say other than enjoy some pics!


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#75. Arrington

I’ve been to Arrington Vineyards numerous times, but had never had the chance to take out-of-town friends or family. So I put it on my 101 list! My parents were in town last weekend so I thought it would be a nice relaxing break in our busy scheduled weekend. We drove the 30ish minutes south of town, and it rained the whole way down. Luckily, not even kidding, as we pulled onto the road the vineyard is on, it stopped raining and the sun came out! We even got lucky enough to get a parking spot at the top of the hill right next to the building!

We claimed a picnic table and took out our wonderful spread of cheese/crackers, sandwiches, and fruit. And after only about a 30 minute wait, we were called in for our wine tasting! You choose 4 wines from the list to try. I tried 2 whites, 1 red, and a dessert wine. Both dessert wine options, blackberry and raspberry, are served with a chocolate truffle, which they make at Arrington. Delicious.

We bought 2 bottles and returned to our table to enjoy the beautiful weather, good food and wine, and company of family and friends!


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Pfunky Griddle

New restaurant 9 of 10 on my 101 list!! I love breakfast. Breakfast is definitely my favorite meal of the day. If I could eat a huge breakfast every day, I would. Again, parents in town so have to try new things. I’d been hoarding a Groupon to the Pfunky Griddle, which may have the most unique dining concept ever: cooking your own breakfast. Yes, that’s right.

The restaurant is an old house with tons of character, filled with tile-top tables with a small griddle in the middle. Order your all-you-can-eat pancakes and choice of topping, let the griddle heat up, and flip away! You get 2 batters: unbleached white and organic 5 grain. The 5 grain is absolutely delicious, though my dad, ever the traditionalist, loved the white. Fun experience and good food!

Pour

Cook

Flip!

I have 1 new restaurant left to complete my 10!! Nashvillian suggestions welcome! 🙂


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Bella Napoli

New restaurant 8 of 10 for #51 on my 101 list! Having my parents in town was the perfect time to try something new (and we did multiple!). I had heard of this little Italian place in Edgehill Village from one friend and my dad loves pizza more than anything. So on Cinco De Mayo (yes, blasphemy), while everyone else waited for hours for margaritas and nachos, my parents and I wandered into the hidden alley of Edgehill Village to find Bella Napoli.

The atmosphere was pretty great, especially for an authentic Italian pizzeria. Tables line the alley and luckily it was the perfect night for us to sit outside. My mom and I split the Melenzane con Ricotta – baked stuffed eggplant. Delicious and very cheesy. Then we shared a Sorrentino pizza with mozzarella, mushrooms, pancetta, and parmigiano. It was good, very fresh ingredients, but I think I liked my dad’s Calzone even better.

If you’re looking for some new, fresh Italian this is definitely the place to go!

photo from Nashville Scene

photo from Nashville Scene


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Half Marathon Round 2

I really thought my half marathon participation would be a one-time gig in 2010. However, I enjoyed it just enough to go again this year. After 16 weeks of tough but fun training with the Run Barefoot team, 7am Saturday long runs, and raising over $22,000 to help send kids to camp this summer, we made it to race day last Saturday! Meghan’s mom came into town, so we moseyed on over to Expo together on Friday to get our bibs, swag, and buy some cool new running gear.

Countdown at the Expo!

Saturday morning brought a gorgeous cool 53 degrees. We got up long before the sun, donned our blue Run Barefoot shirts and looped our D-Tag chips through our shoe laces.

Packing up our Ipods and Gu Chews, we met the Run Barefoot team at the park for a little stretch, photos, and pep talk.

Team Barefoot!!

We made our way over to West End Ave. (along with 30,000 of our closest friends) to Corral 19.

Linda and I - training partner!!

They started the race right on time. With a rolling start, we crossed the start line around 7:30am and were of to a strong start. Most of us (except the couple of real runners up in Corrals 3 and 4) started together and slowly split off into groups. They changed the course slightly in a few parts…mainly to help with there being so many runners. I loved that the end was slightly flatter than the previous year and that they moved the finish line closer to the last turn.

I didn’t really have a goal other than finishing, but thought it would be fun to try to beat my time from last year. SUCCESS. I crossed the finish line in 2 hour and 13 minutes, beating last year’s time by 3 whole minutes. 🙂 Meghan finished (her first half!!) shortly behind me and we met up briefly before I swept away to get ready for a friend’s wedding!

Needless to say, I think I’m sucked into the races, Though I will NEVER have any interest in running a full marathon, the halves are perfect. Not to mention, per my 101 list, I have to complete on that is not the Country Music. I am pushing for the Strip at Night in Vegas…..who’s with me??? 🙂