I have this one friend from back home (he shall remain nameless because he doesn’t need to be everyone’s therapist). He and I have been friends for 26 years. I can always tell when I need a break, from parenting, because I will be having one of my random conversations with him and it will turn into a therapy session complete with an Amanda Meltdown.
Sometimes single motherhood gets overwhelming. Most of the time(with the help of about 18745387278456159 friends) I manage just fine. Sometimes I just need someone to say, “You’re doing ok.” other times I need 24 whole hours to regroup. I am my kiddos primary care giver. They see their father less than 4 days a month and they are rarely with him a full 24 hours. Their time with him is a little scattered. So, rarely do I get a full day to recharge. I’m so thankful that I have friends and family that offer hands when I need a moment to breathe. I took one of those moments recently. I grabbed Susan (most of my trips will start with that phrase) and we headed to Nashville for the day just to get out of Lexington.
Nashville is about a three hour car trip. Totally doable for a day trip. I love Nashville. It has such a creative energy and while you can’t do or see everything in a day you can have a great time, eat some good food, do some shopping and hear some amazing music.
When we first got into the city we found a really amazing farmers market. We looked through all the beautiful veggies and then headed over to the crafty side of the market.
I ended up buying a great print of the Nashville skyline from this great little setup.
After this we headed to 12 south. 12 South is one of the trendier little neighborhoods in Nashville. It’s home to White’s Mercantile, Draper James, and many other little shops and restaurants. We had a delicious lunch at Josephines.
After lunch we did some shopping. So many photo opportunities in this area and I purchased a cute dress at Draper James.
We then headed to The Gulch. I really need for Lexington to start naming neighborhoods. It would make me so very happy.
We stumbled into a little store called Two Old Hippies. This happened to be a live music Venue and they were setting up for a cool show. Susan and I stuck around and the music was amazing. There were four sets of performers and two of them spoke to my soul. T-N-T duo and Marcus Eaton. Look them up. Listen to them!!!
For Dinner we headed over to Pinewood Social. I later learned that Anthony Bourdain did an episode of his show there! It was a really cool concept for a restaurant complete with a bowling alley and dipping pools.
We headed home after dinner. I’m not gonna lie, I felt it the next day but it was well worth it!