Lace Up The Comfy Shoes

I had a sad realization this week that I’m half way done with my time here in Nashville.  A month has already gone by somehow.

Maybe the title of this blog seems odd to you… but it serves two purposes.  The first I want to tackle is comfy shoes.  I’ve upped my workout regime significantly since moving to Nashville… yeah yeah… nobody cares, I know.  But by doing this I made a discovery that I feel I should share.  Girls…. The Nike Free’s are less than ideal for anything other than looking cute.  Yeah, I know you don’t want to hear it… I didn’t either.  But I started having some pains and spoke with my trainer about what was going on and he just laughed and told me to get some real shoes.  So I went to a running store… let them awkwardly watch me run and got some REAL workout shoes (Brooks).  Do yourself a favor and do the same.  Wise words from the man who sold them to me… “If you don’t think they’re cute, just don’t look down at your feet while you’re running.”

Second purpose for “Lace Up The Comfy Shoes” would be going back to the point that I only have a month left in Nashville and SO many things to see!  Going to require the comfy shoes for sure.

I laced them up this afternoon against my better judgement… this is the hottest day in Nashville this year.  But regardless, I hit the streets.  I live literally two blocks away from the state capitol.  And it is absolutely gorgeous.  And on the other side of the capitol is a huge park with the most amazing farmer’s market I have ever been to!

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The next few days are going to be super busy!  I’m headed to Louisville, Kentucky!  I’ll tell you all about it next time!

From Tennessee,
Shelby Hays

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CMA Fest

What a week, what a week!

CMA Fest… One of the biggest weeks in country music.  And I live 2 blocks from it. What a dream come true.

Monday the city was already buzzing with excitement.  Stages were being set up all over downtown and streets were already blocked off.

Tuesday

When I got home from work at 10AM my boyfriend, Chance, was here waiting on me!  I was so excited to get to share this week with him!  We walked around downtown soaking in all of the scenes.  We got to see a friend play here in Nashville, The Chance Anderson Band.  Then when we left there I spontaneously asked a scalper how much tickets for the CMT awards show were.  After chatting with him for a while Chance and I were able to score tickets!!!  I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t even realize you could get tickets to that show to be honest.  Overwhelmed with excitement we continued walking around… what else could we find?  The free daytime concerts weren’t supposed to start until Wednesday afternoon from what we had found online.  But that was definitely wrong. We were able to see Josh Thompson and Jana Kramer play the very first night!

We got tickets!!!

We got tickets!!!

Wednesday

After work, I had to have a nap.  But then it was back to Lower Broadway for more music.  Joe Diffie was scheduled to come on around 3:30, but the stage he was playing on was extremely behind.  While waiting for him to take the stage we did some exploring and ran into one of my favorite artists, Chase Rice.  We didn’t get to stay for all of Joe’s show because they were so behind we had to leave to get ready for the CMT Awards show.  The show was fantastic.  Seats were great and the music was phenomenal!  Still can’t believe we got to experience that. When we were walking out of the stadium we heard someone on a mic… we look up… and Ronnie Dunn is debuting his new single from the upstairs of Ripey’s performing for everyone walking out of the concert.  It was so cool!

Chase Rice

Chase Rice

CMT Awards

CMT Awards

Thursday

After work this morning we again went walking around downtown.  We were able to catch a David Lee Murphy concert… amazing.  But then I was needing yet another nap.  (Waking up for a morning show is tough work.)  As many of you know, I spend a lot of time on social media.  Well one of the radio stations here in Nashville had tweeted while we were out downtown saying “Who wants to see a private Gloriana concert?”  Me… being me… tweeted them back saying “Me!!!! #pickme”  Well when I woke up from my nap and checked my twitter… they had done just that!  I got VIP tickets to a private Gloriana concert with meet and greet passes!  It was so crazy.  Our seats were literally the closest chairs to the stage, and the band was very friendly!  Thanks WSIX!

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WSIX

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Gloriana

Friday

Last night our friends Jared and Allison got to town so today we had lots to show them!  We woke up relatively early and  went to Broadway for a Chase Rice performance… I think they’re all as big of fans as I am now.  PS if you haven’t heard of him, do a quick YouTube or iTunes search.  You won’t regret it!  After his concert we were just hanging around at the Bridgestone arena taking in the scene.  People were lining up for another private concert and we took a chance and asked one of the workers if they thought there would be any extra tickets.  It was our lucky day… again!  There just so happened to be exactly enough tickets for us to go to the Sirius XM Parmalee superfan concert!  Less than 50 people in the room and we somehow got to be in there!  It was fantastic, the boys quite possibly sound better live than they do on the radio!   After the concert we were all starving.  So we went down to the Gulch to Whiskey Kitchen for lunch.  They had all the windows in the restaurant open and while we were eating some light showers moved through the area.  It was gorgeous.  Then we did a little driving around to show my friends where I hangout in Nashville.  And of course went to Las Paletas for a popsicle.  YUM!  This evening we went to the Hard Rock Cafe and sat on the patio for dinner.  Soaking up all the live music and craziness of CMA Fest.  Then it was off to Tootsie’s.  It was a packed house, we snuck in the back door!  It was a fantastic day!

Chase Rice

Chase Rice

Parmalee

Parmalee

Saturday

We grabbed breakfast at a local coffee shop called Dunn Brothers then it was back to the riverfront stage for more music.  We saw Eric Paslay, Sunny Sweeny (she’s hilarious), and Corey Smith!  It was another long day of music and today it was sunny.. and quite hot!  We went out for dinner at Honky Tonk Central for more music.  After dinner it was time to walk around… take in the scene from the Shelby St Bridge and explore the candy stores!  We ended up at The Stage for the rest of the night… which is where Luke Bryan performed at during the CMT Awards.  No celebrity sightings for us, however.

Riverfront Stage

Riverfront Stage

Sweet friends

Sweet friends

Nashville

Nashville

Sunday

Chance left early early this morning to head back to Oklahoma.  Which left me to my normal workout routine and getting ready for the next week.  Jared and Allison spent the day exploring then headed home as well.

I guess it’s back to normal in Nashville!

From Tennessee,
Shelby

Time is Flying… Too Fast

Another week has come and gone and my time in Nashville is just going by way too fast.

Over the past week I’ve spent a lot more time working on the green screen, being critiqued on my work, and working some more.  I’m so excited to be learning and working on my resume tape.  My dream of becoming a meteorologist is getting closer every day!  As I continue working on my resume tape I’m realizing how truly blessed I have been so far in my career.  Many students are only able to have one internship before graduation, but my two years at News 9 gave me so much insight into the business and skills I could’ve never learned in school.  And then I think about OU Nightly.  So many times I would leave our college station talking on the phone to my mother about how everything had gone wrong and how hard I had worked for nothing.  But as I take a bigger look at things… It’s been a true blessing.  I’ve had almost four years of experience working in LIVE television, and I’m still in college.  My professors at OU nightly have been the best mentors a girl could ever ask for.  So thankful.

Bob Dickey - OU Nightly

Bob Dickey – OU Nightly

I’ve done a little more sightseeing (mainly restaurant seeing) trying to test everything out.  And then going back to bootcamp to work it all off!  It’s funny how after just 2 full weeks at the new gym I feel accomplished and I’m just truly in love with the people and the workouts.  I’m already contemplating how to get them back to Oklahoma.

Barry's Bootcamp Full Body

Barry’s Bootcamp Full Body

I think I had mentioned before that I have Friday’s off.  Well this past Friday was my first job shadow for the summer.  I left Nashville at 3AM and headed for Memphis.  It turned out to be quite the drive as I had to drive straight through some very heavy storms.  But once I was there, it was all worth it.  I shadowed Ron Childers, I got to the station at 7 that morning.  He had cut-ins to do for the next few hours but he was also doing the noon show that day so I was able to hang out with him in between shows and during the shows.  He had so much advice and was really going out of his way to accommodate me and help with my future.  It means so much when people are willing to do that.  He introduced me to literally every person in the station, it was quite a treat.

Andrew Douglas, Shelby Hays, and Ron Childers WMCTV - Memphis, TN

Andrew Douglas, Shelby Hays, and Ron Childers WMCTV – Memphis, TN

On my way back to Nashville, I was instructed by a sweet friend that I had to stop in this little town for pie.  Small town… and pie…. How could I say no?  It was divine, the picture absolutely doesn’t do it justice.

Yum

Yum

I spent my Friday evening watching the devastation unfold in Oklahoma City as I’m sure most of you did.  I went through so many emotions that evening that I don’t even know how to express them all.  So I will just say this.  NEVER try to outrun a tornado.  Or a storm that could produce a tornado.  You will not win.

I spent Saturday and Sunday resting up for what will be a VERY big week here in Nashville. CMA Fest.  It still doesn’t seem real that I’m actually going to be here for the biggest week in country music!

From Tennessee,
Shelby

Local Weekend

 

Friday I argued back and forth with myself over going to workout at bootcamp.  I didn’t want to go at all.  I finally forced myself off the couch and went.  And as always everything happens for a reason!  I met a girl, Ericka, who was attending class for the first time.  She walked straight over and started talking to me.  I know this all sounds silly, but when you’re in a new town and don’t have anyone to hangout with… this is big news.  We hit it off, sweated through bootcamp together, and then exchanged numbers afterwards.

 

Saturday Ericka invited me to the pool with her friends. After trying on every single swimsuit that I brought to Nashville, I finally met up with them!  After the pool they took me around Nashville to the local hotspots.  We went to East Nashville to 3 Crow and 308, both very unique and nothing like the “Nashville” we as out of towners think of.  308 was so diverse that a woman in her wedding dress was celebrating her special night there.  It was quite interesting.  Then we went to midtown to another bar before calling it a night.  Throughout the night I had to start making a list of all the pointers they were giving me about places to go. I’m  so thankful to have met them, and excited for more adventures in “local” Nashville!

 

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Poolside

 

Sunday was for resting… or at least that was the plan.  I guilted myself into going to bootcamp even though it was a different trainer than the one I had been using.  I ran out in the middle of the workout looking for a trash can… all I could think of was the 2 a day softball practices during the Velma Picnic.  It was workkkk.

 

Today it was back to work.  Bright and early into the station.  A few minutes before the show started the producer grabbed me and took me to the other side of the studio.  With the holiday, it turned out that we were short staffed and they actually needed me!  I ran the teleprompter for the entire morning show.  As I sat down exclaiming that I had never done this before and asking questions, our morning anchor, Niel, so lovingly says “my life is in your hands today.”  Nothing like a little pressure to get your blood moving at 4 AM.  It went great, of course, always learning new things!

 

After work, it was time to move.  I stayed in the same building, just moved to a bigger apartment. I had worried in the previous days about the move… I would miss the gorgeous 20th story view, how would I move it all by myself, I can’t get in until 5PM which is when I actually need to be going to sleep.  Why do we worry?  My new apartment turned out to be on the corner, so now I have gorgeous views in every room.  It only took me 3 trips with the buildings big cart to move.  And when I got back from work this morning at 10:30 they already had it ready for me.  Worrying is worthless.

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I leave you with a quote that appeared in my planner today and really spoke to me.

 

“When I thought I couldn’t go on, I forced myself to keep going, my success is based on persistence, not luck.” -Estee Lauder

 

From the corner apartment,
Almost a local,
Shelby

 

First week on the job

Wow, what a week it has been both here in Nashville and back in Oklahoma. I have a lot of feelings/thoughts about everything that happened in my home state this week but I don’t think I’m quite ready to write about them.  Therefore, I’ll stick to the happenings in Nashville for now.

This was my first week at WKRN- News 2 here in Nashville!  A new market, a new city, a new station… so many opportunities to learn.  My wake up call is something that will have to be learned as well… 1 AM.  Yep, that’s right… I’m interning for the morning show.  Some may think that sounds terrible, but morning shows are so much fun.  I had the chance to work with the morning show back in OKC as well, everything is more laid back and your personality truly gets to shine in the morning.  And another positive in my mind for the morning show is that you get to talk more.  With a three hour show I can’t even count how many weather hits there are.

Okay, so Monday I was at the station by 2:30am… it didn’t take near as long to get from my apartment to the station as I had expected.  It was a fun day of meeting everyone and getting a taste of the personality of the station.  They have a web chat during a couple of the commercial breaks during the shows and the anchors welcomed me right in on those the very first day!  I was absolutely not expecting that!  Everyone was so welcoming and friendly, it was such a wonderful day at work.

After staying up nearly all night trying to cope with what was going on in Oklahoma I was back at the station at 3 Tuesday morning.  And I was welcomed by yet another big surprise.  The producer wanted me to be on air… talking about the devastation in Oklahoma.  1: I will never say no to being on air. 2: I will never pass up a chance to brag about Oklahoma. 3: in television, you do whatever your producer wants. So I obviously said yes.  During the 5am and the 6am show one of the anchors and the morning meteorologist interviewed me.  We first just talked about Moore and the devastation and of course the Oklahoma Spirit, then in the second show we talked about tornado precautions…  I had never thought about it, but not everyone has done hundreds of tornado drills in their lives.  So that is what we talked about in the second interview.  This time I not only got to brag about Oklahoma, but about my hometown.  We are so fortunate to have a safe room on the school grounds large enough to hold all the students as well as the rest of the people in town.

News 2 Interview on the 5am show

News 2 Interview on the 5am show

No rest for the weary, back at it Wednesday morning and it was back to learning for me.  Since I have already had such a long internship I already know how to build graphics and get everything ready for a show… Justin, the meteorologist I’m interning for decided I would probably get bored during a three hour show every morning so I have started doing some online learning.  It’s actually pretty cool.  During the show I did a couple of the modules online and then afterwards I got to practice on the green screen for the first time this summer!  I have a lot of learning to do about Tennessee.  I’m so used to talking about the panhandle, southern Oklahoma, and the winds.  Now I have to get used to saying Middle Tennessee and the Cumberland Plateau.  Oh, and I’m not in Oklahoma anymore… the wind doesn’t come sweeping down the plains.

My early morning work week is only Monday-Wednesday.  So Wednesday afternoon I did a little exploring.  I couldn’t decide what I wanted to do so I just started driving.  I ended up at a mall, are you surprised?  It was actually really cool, most of the stores I had never heard of and all the sales associates were extremely nice.  I even met some people who had moved out here from Oklahoma.

Today, Thursday I didn’t have to be at the station until 9:30.  Talk about sleeping in!   When I got there I was able to meet the other intern, she will be a senior in the fall as well.  Then we spent some time talking and then just practiced away on the weather wall.  Getting more comfortable every day!  After a little over an hour of that I was done for the week and it was off to the Zoo!

News 2

News 2

News 2

News 2

I was one of the few people there without a stroller, but I loved just being outside and seeing the animals. Then this afternoon it was time for a run…. you know, down to Luke Bryan’s condo.

Nashville Zoo

Nashville Zoo

 

Staring at the city lights,
Shelby

All on my own

I absolutely loved having my family here to help me move and get settled in, but I understood that they had to eventually leave.  They woke up really early Saturday morning and made the trek back to Oklahoma before the storms got going.  

But now what was I supposed to do?  I cleaned the apartment, sat on the balcony, cleaned the apartment again.  I was already lost.

I decided to go for a run…. A great reminder that I’m not in Oklahoma anymore, there are SO many hills in Nashville.  I got an alert from the app that I use congratulating me on my highest elevation climb ever.  It sure was pretty though.

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Cumberland River

After my run I realized pretty quick that I am already missing the trainer that I use in Norman, so I did a little research and signed up for a bootcamp for Sunday.

Barry’s Bootcamp, to be honest I was so nervous I thought I might be sick waiting to go inside.  They have locations in Hollywood, New York, London…. Nashville.  They train Kim Kardashian and word has it when Carrie Underwood is in town she visits the Nashville location.  Check it out.  http://www.barrysbootcamp.com  It turned out to be absolutely awesome, loud music, dim lights, and a trainer that understood it was my first visit.  I’ll definitely be heading back soon. 1,000 calories burned in 1 hour… I can handle that!

But now, it’s time to get everything around.  I’ve calculated that I need to go to sleep around 5 or 6pm tonight to get on schedule to start interning the morning show tomorrow!

Sirius XM The Highway

One of the top things on my Nashville to do list was to find a way to get into the Sirius XM studios.  And we did it!

Storme Warren

Storme Warren

On Friday – My parents, Chance, and I all got to meet Storme Warren and tour The Highway Studio.  I knew he was an OSU fan, but I didn’t know why… turns out he use to live in Oklahoma!  So not only are we both Okies, he’s actually a meteorologist as well!  I had no idea, but as soon as I told him why I was in Nashville he couldn’t wait to start talking about the weather!

On air

On air

Storme let Chance and I chat with him on air during the Hot 30 Live, which broadcasts worldwide, it was awesome!

Ready to go live

Ready to go live

From Tennessee,
Shelby