Wanting

With fall right around the corner and cooler weather comes fall attire. I have been keeping a mental list of some things I want and necessarily do not need. That is always the case though. Rough.

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J.Crew Lace front tee.

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Flats

Really it is most of everything from J.Crew.

Bonus: I get to use my student discount again!

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Back to School (Again).

Hopefully for the last time?

Who knows.

There have been a lot of changes going on in my life and I cannot be more excited. I am starting graduate school again, and it is for something new! I will be going to school for my Master of Arts in Teaching at Cumberland University. I just cannot get enough of that place!

No, seriously, I am excited. So excited. I have realized that I miss learning history and sharing it with others. Just ask my Dad. I gave him a whole lesson on Sam Houston along with some of my friends. I was taught well! After I realized nursing was not for me, thanks micro, I tried elementary education, but was not thrilled about screaming kids and runny noses. It really takes a special person, and I know a few of them. I took some education classes in college, but I always wanted more history.. so I just did history. Now, I am back to where I started, well almost. This past week in my internship I have been making new place cards for all the exhibits and telling all the visitors about them. I am a good story teller from what one of them said. I love to talk about history and read about it. I am excited and so are my parents because they both understand my love for this subject and I have great professors to thank! Bell, Cheathem, Inman and Pope!

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Where does this leave me?

Classes start on Wednesday, but I will be taking online classes this fall semester since I am still in San Diego. I am taking one class during the A session and another during the B session. If I stay on track, I will be student teaching come spring 2015 and done with school! Let’s hope I stay on track.

My brother is coming to visit tomorrow!

Lately: Bourbon

I have been reading a ton of books. They have mostly been books about the south since I miss it oh so much. I came across a booked called But Always Fine Bourbon, about the Van Winkle Company. It is not necessarily an educated historical book that would be used in paper, but it is a great read, mostly because they talk about bourbon and horses and how they are big Kentucky fans. Prohibition almost put them out of business due to the rum runners and moonshiners that could deliver the alcohol faster than most, but sometimes death came faster than it could be finished.

It got me thinking about bourbon yesterday while I was at the pool and wondering why there was no pool boy to bring me one to sip on. Rough life. I may not be the best bourbon connoisseur, but I do enjoy it. I can thank my Kentucky time for developing this love. I still need to do some tours and figure out if my barrel is done at Makers yet.

So here is a list of some of my favorite bourbon drinks. I like lists.

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The Mint Julep

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Bourbon and Ginger

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Bourbon and Coke

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Bourbon Eggnog, it’ll warn you right up

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Bourbon Highball

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The bourbon slush punch is one of my all time favorites that I found in Garden & Gun. So I will give you the recipe. Bourbon Slush
Serves 16–18

6 cups water
2 cups strong tea
2 cups bourbon
1 cup sugar
One 6-ounce container frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
One 6-ounce container frozen lemon juice concentrate, thawed
Garnish: Mint sprigs or lemon slices (optional)

Combine the water, tea, bourbon, sugar, orange and lemon juice concentrate in a large container or bowl, and mix until sugar dissolves. Pour into two gallon-size freezer bags. Freeze until an hour before serving. Place the frozen punch in a large bowl and let thaw, breaking up every 15 minutes. When punch is melted, add more ice or water as desired. Serve in punch cups. Garnish, if desired.

Strong Tea
2 cups water
1 family-size or 4 regular tea bags

Boil the water. Add the tea bag(s) and let steep until cool. Discard the tea bag(s) and set aside.

Cheers.

A Post about Music

Being from Nashville, or Music City USA, well, has spoiled me. There are always concerts going on all over the town. There are the country bars where songwriters hope someone will hear them and they will make it big, the ones playing on the street, and tiny bars where country music typically is not played. I want to talk about one band in particular that played on the streets in front of the Ryman before they made it big.

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Ladies and gentlemen, Old Crow Medicine Show.

They have been around about 15 years, starting in New York, making their way down to North Carolina and eventually to Nashville. When most people here their name, they automatically assume Wagon Wheel. Yes, they have that great song that everyone sings and is played at frat parties all over the place. It was the first song I heard by them in 2004 and I was hooked. I first saw them live at the Station Inn a few years after that and was blown away. Is it possible that a band could sound better live? The answer is yes. Since then I have seem them numerous times and each time it gets better. Tonight they were invited to join the Grand Ole Opry as members by Marty Stuart. Wish I could have been there.

In honor of that I am going to list a few of my favorite songs.

1. Crazy Eyes – Tennessee Pusher
2. When Dey Wud No Crawfish – Greetings from Wawa
3. Hesitation Blues – Eutaw
4. Trouble That I’m In – Live
5. Tell It to Me – O.C.M.S.
6. Take ’em Away – O.C.M.S.
7. Carry Me Back – Carry Me Back
8. Bootlegger’s Boy – Carry Me Back
9. Tennessee Pusher – Tennessee Pusher
10. Cocaine Habit –

I could keep going, but that would be a long list. So congratulations again guys, y’all deserve it.

If you have not listened to them, do it. Now.

Adding Volunteer to the Traditions

I will be the first to admit, I am a sucker for t-shirts. To be even more specific, long sleeve ones. I live in them even when it is 90 something outside. I do not have to worry about that here in San Diego at all. There are plenty of great companies, and even more so The Southern blank. I want to talk about one of my favorites, and I realized this when I moved to Savannah a little over a year ago.

Volunteer Traditions. One might think that it is directly related to the University of Tennessee, but it is not. (Thankfully). I still bleed blue. The company started back in 2006 when they wanted something to represent the great state of Tennessee, the Volunteer State, hence the name Volunteer Traditions.

Here are some of my favorites from the Tennessee line.

Screen Shot 2013-08-15 at 9.36.06 PMThe TriStar hats. Absolute perfection. I own the Old South Grey with the blue TriStar.

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For the gentleman in your life…

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The tanks are new for the summer. I love them. Perfect for a day on the lake or at the beach!

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The half zips came out last winter, and it just might actually be my favorite. Rumor has it there might be some more for this coming winter! My dog, Abbie also likes it as well.

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There are other states featured and they fall under the Heritage Line, such as Texas, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi to mention a few. Another favorite shirt of mine is the Fall Means Football in the South shirt. It is true because west coasters do not understand that phrase, or even state of mind.

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Volunteer Traditions is a great company, and extremely friendly. Mason, who I have finally met is probably one of the nicest people I have met. The company recently moved their store to a bigger location, and it is awesome. Be sure to check this amazing company out the next time you need a great t shirt or  state flag dog collar. They live by their moto, “Where state pride meets quality.” If you stop in the store, be sure to tell them I said hello!

From 30,000 Feet

I am sitting on the plane headed back to San Diego at the moment. Wifi on the long trip is amazing. The trip home was a great one. I could finally stay in the house, and on the houseboat! Mom is doing great, as well as Dad. I just missed my dog terribly. Abbie is at doggie camp, and from the email updates I have been getting she is having a blast. \

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My arthritis is stil in remission, so that deserves a woohoo! My hearing not so much. The test I had in November was a fluke, and I am back to not so perfect hearing anymore. So no diving at the moment. This leads me to another thing….

I am no longer going to Fiji. Due to circumstances out of my control, mostly mother nature, I will be staying in the wonderful city of Nashville. I won’t get into all the issues on here, but I have come to terms with this and am happy. Everything happens for some kind of reason. Along the same lines, I applied for my first big girl job Monday. We will see what happens. I have one month left here in San Diego, so I intend to get the very best out of it. Maybe I will finally learn, or attempt to learn to surf. Might as well. My brother is hopefully going to be visiting me next weekend, then one of my best friends for Labor Day weekend, and finally my wonderful little is going to make the drive back with me to Nashville in September! We are planning on going to the Grand Canyon, so excited.

The lady sitting next to me is snoring, and it is only an hour into the flight.

Until next time.

It’s the Best Week Ever!

That’s right! It is SHARK WEEK!

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That one time I dove with sharks…

I am back in Nashville for my vacation I guess you could say. I would not call going to the dentist a vacation, but oh well!

Since there is not much to update on, how about a little update on my 101 in 1001! I know y’all really want to know what is going on with that, so here we go!

40. Read 50 new books
23. Pirate Latitudes 

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63. Don’t use a flat iron on my hair for one month – DONE! Thanks no humidity.

71. Become a Master Scuba Diver – 23 July 2013
For PADI, this means having 50 dives and 5 speciality certifications. I decided to go with these wonderful 5 – wreck, deep, night, enriched air, and peak performance buoyancy.

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75. Go to a MLB game (June 2013)
Padres Game, and they won!

92. Go to a professional soccer match (July 5, 2013)
USA  v. Guatemala , USA won!

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That is it for the moment! Here’s to a great vacation with the family!