The One About Minnesota, Taylor Swift & Nashville

11.03.2014

Just as I suspected, the wonderful month of October came and went in the blink of an eye. It's truly not October's fault this time around time, though. Nope, this time, I only have my somewhat oppressive schedule to blame. However, despite the aforementioned schedule, I loved every minute of the past month. Well, some minutes at work I could've done without it, but such is life.

If you follow me on Instagram, then you've already been given a pretty good snapshot of how October looked for the most part.  If you don't follow me, then you've missed an abundant amount of pumpkins and coffee and the knowledge that I survived a road trip to Minnesota.

That's right. We drove from Charlotte to Hutchinson, Minnesota...by choice. Now, I will be the first to admit, when it comes to car rides, I am that obnoxious child person that starts asking "are we there yet?" at about hour three. Well, we went through seven states to get there, so that should tell you, it was slightly more than three hours.

Despite the hours and miles to get there, it was a really fun trip to and from. I advised my sweet, patient husband, that should he not want to feel the urge to leave me in the middle of some fly over state, we would have to make driving worth it.  To me, "worth it" meant Churchill Downs.


Full disclosure: tears came to my eyes when I saw this. I have always dreamed of going to the Kentucky Derby, but unless we win the lottery, not sure when that will happen, so this was an excellent alternative. It was awesome to see in person and walk the grounds where so much history has taken place.

Fast forward a couple of days later, we're in Hutchinson! It was a whirlwind visit, but it was so wonderful. The catalyst for this whole trip was Andrew's grandparents 60th wedding anniversary and what a celebration it was! I refuse to inundate this post with pictures, so as a compromise, here is one I got right before we left...


My birthday was last Wednesday, and I knew the only place I wanted to spend it was Nashville. So, we headed out of Minnesota on Monday...but not before stopping for one important item.


I'm still trying to get used to "pop" Taylor, but my need to be best friends with her hasn't changed a bit, so, keep that in mind should you meet her.

Poor (lucky?) Andrew had to listen to this CD way too many times from Minnesota to Tennessee, and I don't think the fact he had fair warning it could happen helped at all. Nevertheless, we made it to Nashville and had an awesome time. The last time we were there, I discovered The Well and I talk about it every chance I get. Amazing place with an even more amazing purpose. Go.  My pre-birthday supper was spent at Puckett's, and again, go. Such good food and an awesome atmosphere.


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I was so proud of myself the first few days of October and my blogging, but then work happened, and as the saying goes "that was all she wrote" (except, not literally in this case). While still being in shock we're in the first week of November, I am so excited for the last two months of this year.

If you made it this far, thank you for sticking with the rambling and I hope you have a wonderful Monday!

P.S. on really, really long road trips and your birthday, you can be who you want...


The one on the right says "Taylor," but I felt it was important to have my sheepish expression as a prominent aspect of this picture.


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Erin LFF said...

That is one SERIOUS roadtrip. We live in Ohio and are contemplating vacation plans for next year and keep thinking of how much DRIVING we might be doing! I don't mind it most of the time, but the furthest trip I've done was 11 hours.

Ashley said...

yay for road trips. I use to lovveee road trips, but as i've gotten older i'm more of the "are we there yet" kinda person too.

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