Friday, March 14, 2014

High Five for Friday

Hey there!  This week flew..I can't believe how fast it went by. 

I bet the sunshine and 80 something degree weather had a lot to do with it.  :-)  

I had an amazing weekend with my sweet friends that came to visit from Ohio.  Friday, we spent the entire day in Nashville.

We had lunch at The Southern Steak and Oyster on 3rd Ave.  The food was fabulous.. I had the barbecuban with black beans on the side and a peach belini.  Jason, our waiter, was too much fun! 


Afterwards we drove to Franklin and did some downtown shopping.  I spent way too much time and money in Anthropologie.  Then we ventured over to the Greenhills area for some more shopping and dinner before heading home..

Between yoga, shopping, brunch, girl talk, whiskey night, homemade peach pie and movie night..we had a super fun weekend!!

Have you ever been to Teavana?  It is a specialty tea store that offers samples of several types of the loose leaf tea they sell in the store.  I have been enjoying the blueberry bliss rooibos tea, and the pineapple kona pop herbal tea.  They taste amazing mixed together, not to mention it's like potpourri for my kitchen..and I'm totally digging my perfectea maker.  We should have a tea party.

I picked up this candle at Target.  It smells sooooo good!  So good, that I'm pretty sure you should have one too, so next time you are in Target, at least go sniff it out.  I bet if you sniff if, you'll get it.  You're welcome.


So, the day we had a high of soon as Trey finished up his homework we loaded his bike and headed to the Greenway.

I was super pumped to run that day because I knew it would be the run where I would finally break 100 miles since I started using this app..Which, by the way, felt pretty darn awesome!!

Trey loves going to this particular Green with me..He likes to explore.

This month some of the yogis I follow on insta have been doing a yoga challenge..The challenge is called - unleash the rebel within - They want to encourage you to change your yoga routine..taking your practice off your mat and instead doing it outside in this great big world..they want you to break through some boundaries that otherwise may make you uncomfortable..

Such as..side planks in the middle of the trail..

You know..why not!?  Personally, I think being a rebel is fun.

So, at one point on this outing Trey and I we were both startled by a man walking behind some trees right off the trail.  

At first I thought he had a metal detector, but the closer I got I knew that it wasn't...

Trey and I had some silent communication going on....

He looked at me and said:

 "It's a snake hook"  

I said.."A who?!!"  

He said.."yeah..he is looking for snakes."  

He knows I'm terrified, so I give him that look..

I said..  

"You are totally making this up..and you're not funny...!!!" 

By this time I stopped running, and he stopped beside me on his bike.  

It was getting serious up in there..So, we are both standing there in the middle of the trail..

We are just looking at each other..

"Seriously, Mom..I'm telling you..he's looking for snakes."  

"And you know this, how?!"


<insert eye rolling here>
(me, not him)

"Okay, fine..go ask him"  

"No, you go ask him"

 "I'm not asking him, you go ask're the expert.." 

(yes, we are twelve)

He stares blankly..

So, I said.."Ok, I am going to ask him because I would really like to know the answer.."

He said..

"Seriously?! <mumbles under breath> Mom, don't..!! <more mumbles> you are so embarrassing..."

So, by the time I catch back up to the guy he is coming out of the woods with what is clearly a snake hook..


I say "excuse me.. sir....excuse me.." 

Snake hook man turns to face me..  

"Hi, I am so sorry to bother you..My son and I were wondering what you are......"

- rudely interrupted by the boy - 

"I told my Mom you were looking for snakes, but she doesn't believe me..."

<insert smug, teenager, know it all, giggle here> 

I give him the "Mom" look...

Snake hook man speaks.. 

"Yes, actually..I am looking for snakes..."

 If I didn't say "shuuut upp??!!"  I was most definitely thinking it..

"Have..haave you seen any?"

Then, snake hook man goes on to say.."Not yet, but you two should be careful out here because around the first of April you will see them everywhere."  "


"Yes, ma'am..last year I saw seven cotton mouths between here and the trail head.."

Pointing my finger towards the ground I am standing on I say..

"onnn the, right here..?"  

"Yes, ma'am..and you should be very cautious because they are aggressive and will chase you.

Oh dear Lord.

So, we finish up our conversation with the snake hook man..I thank him and carry on about my business...Running along..trying not to look at the ground..remembering what my Dad always says at work.."if you don't look for them you won't see them.."

Well, ok Dad!!  I was not looking for this particular snake and I saw it.....

Surprisingly, I did not scream bloody murder.

However, I did a little hop..jump to the side, kick..hii-ya type thing..and then an 80's cartoon move where I am trying to run so fast that my feet are just spinning in circles underneath me and I am going no where.. It looked like a stick, but had it not been in the middle of the trail with it's head raised I wouldn't have noticed it.

Ohhh dear Lord.

So, after my 80's cartoon move where it felt like I went no where and the anaconda was chasing me down for dinner..I looked ahead for Trey..he was out of sight..and I knew if I told him I saw one he wouldn't believe, I took a deep breath and went back to take a very far away, yet very zoomed in picture of it..

This definitely is not..I repeat...IS NOT a highlight of my week, but I do feel as if it is my civic duty to warn tell you that the snakes have slithered out of their holes to disgrace us with their presence.  

I just want to cry.  Guess where I will not be running at anytime soon?!

So, to end my eventful, warm, sunshiny day.  I know once I get to the bridge that I'm close to the end..I kept telling myself "don't stop are soo clooose to waaaterr."  I was dying for water, and the last time Trey circled back to find me I sent him on to retrieve my H2O..  He never came back..I get to the parking lot..think to myself "why is my hood up?"..reach for my water..Empty.  He drank it. I could have strangled car battery was mysteriously dead..of course he kept pleading that he had nothing to do with water, one dead cell phone, dead car..snakes on the loose.. By that time I needed something a lot stronger than water and some anger management might not have been a terrible idea.  Thankfully Trey had his phone and we were able to call for help.  My SuperDad saved the day!!

I have chives coming up in last years herb garden..

Trey and I went to the high school to get his schedule squared away for his Freshman year.  He said he was not nervous, but I was sooo nervous.  For me it was like first day of school stomach pains..I went to a private school, so my high school was tiny compared to this one.  I think I have only been inside this school one time, and that was back in the 90's when I went to Homecoming with my boyfriend that went there.  Trey is really excited to start HS.  I, on the other going to cry.  

I video chatted with Nicole for over three hours one evening.  Surprisingly, we never seem to run out of things to talk about.  So glad we got to hang out together, even if we are 800 miles apart.


My little guy gives the sweetest goodnight kisses!! 

 I entered Brodie and I into a models and mutts contest.  We probably won't win, but it was still fun and I got really excited when they responded to the photo I entered. You can enter too...find @modelsnmutts on instagram for details.

Thanks for stopping by to read about my week.  

Never a dull moment around here..and I love it..minus the snakes..I do not love the snakes..



  1. oh that snake!!! I would literally melt. Way to go with the side planks! Happy friday. :) :)

  2. Thanks, Tiffany! Have a fun weekend!

    1. and thanks for becoming my 100th follower!! there should be a prize for that! haha. :)