2019 Recap

I have nothing but love for 2019. I look forward to 2020 with a lot of gratitude and hopes.

First, Justin took up a job 1335 miles from home. We rang in 2019 in freezing Lake Placid, NY. We sold our country house in Virginia, packed up everything, and moved south to unknown territories. We stopped and enjoyed Nashville on the way. Patriots won another Super Bowl. One of my best friends got married in New Orleans. Soon after we moved into a temporary apartment, Jameson got hit by a car and dodged a bullet from it just fine. We bought a new construction home right away. I got a job working two different offices full time. We flew to Boston for Roderick’s 40th birthday bash. We took up hot yoga. I started That Deaf Girl Vlogs. We spent our 6 year anniversary back in Bluemont, VA where we got married. I became pregnant with our first child. I began Birthfit workouts in our garage gym. My dear mother had a double stroke and miraculously, thankfully survived. I began to find out scary things were happening during my pregnancy and fell into a dark place for a while but also had so many positives moving forward. We moved into our brand new home. We did a maternity shoot in heart of Waco, Texas. We saw Joe Rogan and ZBB live. We explored so much of the Fort Worth/Dallas area and have new found love for it. Thanksgiving was spent in Houston with our good friend Holly and the boys. We had an awesome remote Baby Shower. Justin received a promotion and took up Brazilian jiu jitsu. We enjoyed our first warm Christmas in Texas with Justin’s sister and our nephew.

I know there’s so many more I could add on to this blog post.

I could not think of a better way to close out the year than spend our last night alone with the three pups, surf and turf dinner and a brownie gnocchi with ice cream dessert.

This year has taught me many wonderful lessons. I’m thankful for the extreme hardships and amazing blessings.

2020, let’s do this!

Highlights from New Orleans

My Monday night has turned boring. Definitely having Bachelor blues. I’m super happy for the new couple but more excited for the new Bachelorette! I can’t wait to hear my husband groan through it and laugh again. It’s quite enjoyable watching him suffer through a “chick flick”.

Okay enough of that. Can we talk about being a victim? Raise your hand if you’ve personally been victimized by Bourbon Street.

There’s nothing like that stench on every corner, green grenade drinks and voodoo daiquiri that reminds you of your grape cough syrup as a kid. Except with Everclear 190. Nonetheless, what a fun place. Definitely did not do any flashing of any kind to get my beads. Please don’t be stupid and flashing is not cool. Nobody wants to see something illegal.

With it being a St. Patrick’s day weekend, it was definitely a busy one. Packed. Long lines at your favorite restaurants and museums. Plenty of people watching and good times on their unstable wraparound porches.

Here are my favorites to enjoy.

  • Cafe Du Monde – If you love fried donuts smothered in 5 feet of powdered sugar. But their coffee is TERRIBLE. Just get your favorite cafe’ somewhere else and wait in an hour long line with it.
  • National WWII Museum – Non-history buffs not allowed.
  • Parkway Bakery and Tavern – It’s been talked about with friends and it’s a local favorite so we knew we had to go. It was our first stop as soon as we checked in. Their Po’ Boys sandwiches are HEAVEN! Definitely not healthy at all. You know those fried oysters and all the fixings on the samwhich….hashtag drool. It was simply so good and I’m so glad we went on an empty stomach because their size smalls were HUGE! See what I did there?
  • Cochon – This is a place I regret. By regret, I mean drinking green grenades and voodoo daiquiris that seem super easy to have that you end up losing your appetite by dinner reservation. Ahem. Let’s not go there again. It’s SO GOOD. I promise you coming from someone who could only stomach a salad.
  • Big Pie Pizza – If your stomach needs to soak up the alcohol and make you feel better about being drunk, their pizza is da bomb! And big.
  • Jackson Square – Cute park. On a nice day, grab your beignets and say a little prayer as you take a bite into it and hope the wind doesn’t blow powder on your face. Let alone inhale that shit.
  • Oceana Grill – This place had a line out the door every time we walked by. Luckily, we were VIP and skipped the line for dinner. Just kidding. We ate there for rehearsal dinner. Do get their Cajun Jambalaya Pasta with rabbit and alligator sausage.
  • Congo Square/Louis Armstrong Park – We went for a 3 mile morning jog and came upon this cute gem. The awning lights up at night if you don’t care for fitness.

Heed of warning and I’m just going to leave it right here. New Orleans will make you a sloppy bridesmaid.

Congratulations to the new Mr. And Mrs. Seraile!

Highlights from Nashville, TN

“I’ve been living on the wrong side of Memphis / I’m really breaking away this time / A full tank of gas and a ‘69 Tempest / Taking me to that Nashville sign.”

I’ve definitely been living on the wrong side of town.

This is a city like no other I’ve been to. From the hospitality to the food to the music.

After moving out of Leesburg, VA, we stopped in Roanoke, VA for the night. From there it’s only an easy 6 hour drive to Nashville. We wanted to relax for a couple days after such an emotional week. Nashville was almost our halfway point and we wanted to check it out.

Here’s some few tips. If you have dogs, plan ahead. Make sure to call the hotel prior to booking and find out if it’s dog friendly, if there’s a pet fee, weight requirements, how many dogs can stay, if it’s close to a park for dog walks, etc. We even checked out a couple doggy daycare/overnight boarding as well. Make sure you plan ahead to see if require an interview before boarding. Most places here require that to ensure good behavior. Our dogs go to daycare all the time so they passed after 15 minutes. We set them up to stay the night so we could enjoy a night out.

We arrived at the Bobby Hotel not expecting such a welcoming experience. I mean, they were the kindest, laidback, down to earth people I’ve ever come across staying at a hotel. Now, it’s a nice hotel and it had just opened in April 2018. It’s very dog friendly stocked with the cutest dog towel for your pups and treats in their fridge along with alcohol and water for your human companions. Dogs were spoiled in the least.

Our first stop: Hattie B’s

This is the place to go to whenever you’re in Nashville. Their hot chicken is the bomb. If you can’t handle a ton of heat, get mild like me. It was still hot for me but not enough to not enjoy it. Get my flow? Medium was just right for Justin. They have a ton of flavor and it’s so damn good! Make sure you wash it down with their local Nashville beer.

Grab a cupcake at Gigi’s next door. Lots of options and flavor, even gluten-free ones!

Finally, go check out Lower Broadway for the Honky Tonks. We couldn’t make it to all the bars. There’s so many! Hashtag Nashvegas for sure. Tootsie’s was our first stop and there’s definitely a ton of history there. All the bands at every bar we went to were so good! We might have seen the next country music star. This is a sophomore in High School and could potentially be the next Brad Paisley. Not that we need another Brad.

Guys, make sure you end the night with pizza at Mellow Mushrooms. Just trust me. Your body will thank you in the morning.

If you want to feel better about your hangover shakes, do eat some amazing biscuits at Biscuit Love in the Gulch District. Legit to die for. Not gluten-free at all but damn. So flaky and buttery! You got to start off with their Bonuts. Like biscuit and donuts in one. Please see picture and do yourself a favor. Go there yourself and try it!

Country Music Hall of Fame museum is pretty decent. If you’re a big country music fan, do the Studio B tour. It was great until our tour guide made us sing along and I kinda wanted to kill myself. Singing out loud for all to hear is not my mojo.

Do sit on piano played by Elvis Presley and other famous artists before our time.

Grab some local coffee and take a walk to enjoy the murals around town. It’s so cool. The hard work they put into creating art around the city.

With not enough time in the day and the wish to stay another night, we will be back to check out the rest of Music City, enjoy more good food especially eating at Hattie B’s again, and tour Old Opry backstage one day.

What have you done in Nashville?