This past week, I spent three wonderful days in Nashville. I had such a wonderful time with my sisters, Ashley and Melissa, and friend, Kristin. Ashley, Kristin and I drove down on Tuesday and had lunch with an old friend, Monica. She and I met when I was in school at Trevecca. It was so great to see her and spend some time catching up! After lunch, I took Ashley and Kristin on a journey back in time...we went to see how much Trevecca had changed in the past five years. I was amazed at all of the differences, but still very much felt at home on campus again. After checking in to the hotel, we decided to hit the town! We went to the Wildhorse Saloon for dinner (had tons of fun laughing at people learning to line dance...I just wasn't brave enough to get out there), had a quick stop at Coyote Ugly (which was unfortunately NOT like the movie...very disappointing) and ended up at the Beer Sellar! I love that bar...it's very laid back and we had a wonderful bartender. I tried root beer vodka for the first time, and let me tell you, it tastes like root beer! Delicious!
Wednesday morning, we met Melissa for brunch at the Pancake Pantry, an old staple of my college days. The food was just as delicious as I remembered! Then, it was time to get ready for the Allman Brothers Band/Widespread Panic concert. Ashley, Kristin and I went back to our hotel to indulge in a few beverages, while Melissa went to check-in to her hotel. We met up later, just in time to get to the venue and snag some great seats!
The concert was fabulous! There were several moments when I was just so deep in thought that I felt like I was in my own little world. While the Allman Brothers Band was playing, I thought a lot about my dad. He had several ABB albums in the box we got from my mom, and as I was listening to them live, I couldn't help but feel my dad all around me. In my own little way, the show was another chance for me to feel close to him once again. Something about hearing those old songs and knowing how much my dad enjoyed the music struck me as something incredibly special. I just felt so happy in that moment. I wish that I could have bottled it like a perfume to put on if I'm feeling down...
The show continued and was wonderful, of course! After the show, the girls and I decided that we were too tired to go out on the town again. We ended up back in the hotel room with pizza and a Dr. Pepper and couldn't have been happier! Before heading home on Thursday, we all had lunch together at the Rain Forest Cafe and walked around Opry Mills Mall for a bit. The trip was wonderful, and just what the doctor ordered!