Monthly Archives: March 2010

South Main Trolley Tour

Just a reminder to all my Memphians out there, the last Friday of every month is trolley night on South Main. Now that the evening temperatures are rising to more pleasant heights, you may consider attending the event tonight. There’s something to be said for strolling along Main Street as the trolleys rattle by, smiling at fellow passersby and checking out the local shops, restaurants, and galleries. Most offer free munchies and beverages; some have live music, others have interesting art for your viewing entertainment. Trolley rides are free for the duration of the event (six to nine), and the whole experience is a great way to kick off an evening downtown.

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Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast

1) Writing upside down causes you to think your thoughts backwards.

2) Books use their words to have conversations on bookshelves.

3) Stems wear flower petals as glamorous dresses.

4) Grapes are three-dimensional polka dots that have fallen off fabric.

5) Sunny days alter the pattern of your thumb prints.

6) Microwaves turn water into perfectly shaped snowballs.

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Spring Has Sprung

March 20th marks the official first day of spring, and I am one happy soul. I am a sunshine girl, and my power time of the year is kicking off. Festival season is upon us. It’s time to play outside. Wear your sundresses and flip-flops. Splash in the puddles. Take nature walks, go picnicking, and admire the scenery. Watch a baseball game, throw a frisbee, fly a kite. Sit on the porch, page through a book. Go on bike rides, run by the river. Stretch out in the tall green grass, bask in the sunshine. Feast on fresh fruit, wander through the farmer’s market.  However it is you decide to celebrate  the season, enjoy it.

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Give and Get

For the next four days (March 18th through March 21st), you can get 30% off your purchases at Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic by printing this coupon and presenting it at the register. Equally awesome is the fact that they will donate 5% of the amount you spend to the noble organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters! All around, it’s a great deal! So go shopping this weekend, it’s for the children!

Here’s the link (http://www.gapinc.com/giveandget/bigbrothersbigsisters/) in case you need to copy and paste it into your browser for viewing purposes. Enjoy the savings!

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A Weekend in Nashville

I travel to Nashville quite frequently, as the city is full of great and random fun, many of my friends reside there, and it’s only a few short hours away. This past weekend, Lucero was playing back to back performances at the Mercy Lounge, which sounded like a fine excuse to road trip east. So, naturally, Jackson and I headed out of town Friday after work to hear some good music, catch up with some great buddies, and make some happy memories.

The shows were loads of fun, as expected; we danced hard and sang along loudly. One particularly notable highlight was Lucero’s cover of Bill Wither’s epic song, Ain’t No Sunshine, which was in.cred.i.ble. I know, I know, I know, I know, I know, I know…..

When not rocking to Lucero, we decided to take the slightly touristy route. We went to Centennial Park to feed the ducks, then wandered over to the Parthenon for a little history lesson.

And jumped around a bit.

Which made us parched and in need of a sweet treat. Gourmet popsicles it was. Note to readers: avocado popsicles are suprisingly delicious. For those of you in the Nashville area, you should visit Las Paletas and try one for yourself.

From there, we headed over to Percy Warner Park to do a little exploring.

And there you have it, a brief look at our quick jaunt in Nashville!

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All Apologies

Loyal blog readers, please accept my deepest apologies! My blog inactivity has been horrendous! I miss sharing with you, I miss your feedback, and I miss writing as an outlet and avenue to clear the clutter in my head. My weeks have been busy, just as I suspected the warmer weather would encourage. Life is picking up as the temperatures rise, and I have just not gotten the chance to spill my thoughts. So spill I will. Tomorrow. You have my word.

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Eric Clapton Live

Eric Clapton is going to rock the FedEx Forum tonight with his legendary guitar solos, and I am lucky enough to have a ticket to this excellence! As you have probably gathered by now, I love a good live show, and this one is guaranteed to be a particular treat. Eric Clapton is one of the most highly respected guitar players out there, not to mention he has been a member of several of the most influential bands in rock history. He is also, incidentally, one of the artists on my music bucket list (must-sees before you die), and I am ever thankful for this opportunity to cross him off. I look forward to singing along to some favorites (there are many), but even more so to watching him dominate on guitar.  Now the trick is waiting the 10 hours until the magic ensues…

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2010 Beale Street Music Festival

Memphis in the month of May wouldn’t be complete without this mind-blowing muddy music festival along the Mighty Mississippi. (Please take a moment to appreciate my use of alliteration here. Thank you.)

Artist suspicions and confirmations have been leaking all day, but now that the official line up has been announced, I thought I’d link to it here for easy access. Without further ado, I give you the 2010 Beale Street Music Fest line up, as posted on the official Memphis in May website.

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It’s Officially Crawfish Season!!

Fear not, Memphians, the crawfish are back in full force, and they are tasty as ever! My personal recommendation is that you look to Cajun Catfish Company on Sycamore View to satisfy all of your Cajun Crawdad crawfish needs. They are one of the few places in town where you get the real deal, just like you’ll find in New Orleans – fresh boiled crawfish cooked daily and served with all the fixins, including potatoes, corn, sausage, garlic, and onions. Mmmmm. Any day of the week is a good day to enjoy three pounds of this deliciousness, but ALL YOU CAN EAT Tuesdays are probably the best! They serve 2 for 1 draft beers daily from 3 to 6, and on Tuesdays you can get a 12 oz. frosty mug of PBR for only $1.25, which is, according to my extensive research, the best PBR deal in town. Annnnd if you would like to host your own crawfish boil on their patio, let me know and I can hook you up (I know people).

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Samoas Cookie Ice Cream

Girl Scout cookies in ice cream form? Yes, please. This has got to be one of the most delicious ice creams in all the land:

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Bits of Samoas cookies swimming in caramel ice cream laced with chocolate fudge, AND a portion of the proceeds goes to support Girl Scouting?! What could be better?! Please do yourself a favor and head immediately to your local supermarket to pick up a carton of this delectable goodness. It is, without a doubt, worth the extra 20 minutes on the treadmill.

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