Thursday, May 27, 2010
Awhile back, I wrote an article for Vintage Indie about the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville, TN. I was contacted last year by a book publisher who wanted to use the picture in a coffee table style book about the famous city. Of course I gave them permission and was amazed that they liked my photo that much!
After a long wait, I received my two courtesy copies of this beautiful book in today's mail! The book retails for $24.95 and can be purchased at Amazon.com as well as bookstores! What an honor to be included in such a gorgeous, well done publication!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Rain was in the forecast for last Friday so we canceled our plans to drive some of the Hwy 50 yard sale. Saturday the sun was shining so mom and I decided to hit the road after all. Tim was left behind as he needed to work on his upcoming Kiwanis presentation!
We drove up I-65 to Seymour, attempted to get some breakfast at McDonald's (too crowded) and then picked up Hwy 50! Saw sales immediately although crossing the highway was always a bit scary! We made our way down the road ending up a few miles outside of North Vernon later in the day. As expected, most of the set ups were in people's front yards and not a lot of antiques or collectibles. I found some goodies anyway, and sniffed out an antique store and resale shop in N. Vernon that had some great finds for my etsy shop! Mom was thrilled with the mound of cookbooks she discovered at one set up. The guy gave her a super great deal so she came away with two box loads!
We hit a couple of Goodwills on the way back finding a few more goodies to add to the mix! All in all, a good day, not too much driving and a nice break from the norm!
Friday, May 21, 2010
On my actual birthday, we went to Ruth's Chris Steakhouse. We had never been but had heard great things about it. Well, the ambiance was fabulous. The service superb. The bread hot, crusty and delectable. The salad and homemade ranch dressing delicious! The steak....sucked. It had gobs of fat around the edges and I didn't care for the flavor. It was served on a very hot plate and the steak was sitting in gobs of greasy butter. The shoestring fries were not hot and overcooked although I think the cooking style was probably intentional. Oh and they were way too peppery. So we sent the first order back and tried again without the spices. They were still on the lukewarm side and just as overcooked. Mom enjoyed the stewed tomatoes. Everyone else seemed to like their steaks though.
But quite honestly just give me the 6oz sirloin complete with unlimited hot yeast rolls, salad and baked potato at Texas Roadhouse for $9.99 and I'm a happy camper!
Tim enjoyed my free piece of cake and fruit cup. He discovered "blue raspberries" which we had a good laugh about! (It was actually a blackberry!) I didn't care for the cake either, it was stone cold and heavy on spice.
I went to W.W. Cousins after we left and ordered my favorite chocolate chip cookies!
Win some, lose some!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
Sunday, May 9th brought us the annual Mother's Day/Birthday celebration. Dad made his world famous London Broil and Rice Pilaf which everyone enjoyed immensely! My aunt and uncle came down and Mom and Mary Lynn both received Mother's Day gifts for being the two special ladies in my life! Tim gave me another gold charm for my charm bracelet, this one shaped like the state of California to remember our fun trip out there last September! He also FINALLY found a Christmas ornament that had been on my list for over two years thanks to Ebay! YAY! Gift cards to two of my favorite places to eat, practical gifts and non practical gifts were opened and on my actual birthday mom showed up with a new computer for me!!
Friday, May 14, 2010
I came home last Thursday from work to find a beautiful bouquet of my favorite flowers from Tim! He gave them to me PRE-birthday because he said I'd had such a stressful week. What a sweetheart! He was so proud of himself when he told me that he'd even ordered them ahead this time!
Mom's annual neighborhood yard sale was last Saturday. It's always the Saturday of Mother's Day weekend which is a little inconvenient. We decided to participate anyway and in the end it was well worth it. I finally got away around noon from our sale and hit the other ones in the neighborhood and the next neighborhood over too!