Whirlwind

Saturday it hit me that this amazing experience is almost over.  I have 3 days left at my internship, a visit from my grandparents, a job shadow down in Alabama… then it’s all over.  How could this have happened so fast?  I took my workout outside to soak in every second of this city that I could.

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Sunday morning was spent at Barry’s Bootcamp, I’m really going to miss that place.  It’s truly a workout like no other.  Then it was time to spiff up the apartment before my Mema and Pop arrived!  Once they got here we took a look around downtown and then it was off to bed early for me.

Monday after interning we went to the American Picker’s store, had lunch at The Pharmacy, and then to the country music hall of fame!

American Pickers

American Pickers

Boots, boots, boots

Boots, boots, boots

With another day of interning done, Tuesday I squeezed in another workout at Barry’s then met Mema and Pop for lunch at Demo’s.  Great italian downtown!  Then we walked around again downtown in some of the shops before relaxing at Tootsie’s for a while!

Mema & Pop

Mema & Pop

Our favorite, Nicole Rayne

Our favorite, Nicole Rayne

Wednesday, was my last day at News 2 interning.  I can’t believe how fast it’s gone by! I’ll be sharing my video soon, so be watching my Facebook!  Mema, Pop, and I had lunch at Merchant’s mmmmmm and dinner at The Hard Rock Cafe.  I guess we do a lot of eating!

News 2 This Morning

News 2 This Morning

Hard Rock Cafe

Hard Rock Cafe

Thursday it was time for Mema and Pop to head to their next stop: Branson.  And for me to head to Birmingham!  I enjoyed having them in town so very much.  My drive was about 3 hours long and then it was time to explore!  I had lunch at Dreamland BBQ (ohhhh my goooodnes) did a little shopping, went to the botanical gardens, the Peanut depot, and the Vulcan all before heading downtown to my historic hotel, The Tutwiler. Everything was so gorgeous!

Dreamland BBQ

Dreamland BBQ

Botanical Gardens

Botanical Gardens

View from the Vulcan

View from the Vulcan

Downtown Birmingham

Downtown Birmingham

Maybe you’re wondering why I was in Birmingham… a really good reason, I promise.  Friday I job shadowed at ABC 33/40 with James Spann. It was the perfect day.  I arrived around 10:30 and got to meet the morning and the weekend meteorologists.  Watched the 11AM newscast, went out to lunch with one of the interns that was from Georgia, and then James arrived shortly after!  I had such a blast talking with him.  He was very much like my dad, playing pranks on people, cutting up and having a great time the whole evening.  He had some awesome advice for my future, as well as some of the most encouraging comments I have ever received.  I’m so thankful to have him as a reference, and am so looking forward to what the future holds.

The James Spann

The James Spann

From Nashville,
Shelby

Family Comes To Town!

Last week I was blessed to have family and friends visit me in Nashville.  My parents and brother and sis-in-law all flew in on Thursday!  After the conference wrapped up Thursday evening Olivia and I went to dinner with mom and dad at a lovely restaurant downtown, Merchant’s.  Then we hungout at Dad’s favorite Tootsie’s of course.

Merchant's dessert is amazing.

Merchant’s dessert is amazing.

Scott Collier

Scott Collier

 

Friday, Olivia had to fly home… So we did a little drive thru around Vanderbilt and midtown then took her to the airport.  Once we got back to my apartment our friends, the Thompson’s had made it to town too!  I took all the girls down to the farmer’s market to show off what I talk about so much!  We got some fresh peaches and stocked back up on the amazing strawberry jelly!  We all had dinner at a little steakhouse downtown, Demo’s, and it was fantastic.  I had the lasagna… YUMM!

Well… My parents have been coming to Nashville for a long time, and they always griped because they said there was nowhere good to eat.  My dad is now in LOVE with Merchant’s we had it again on Saturday for lunch so Casey and Sara could join us!  We spent the majority of the day hanging out at Tootsie’s listening to the wonderful live music.  They truly do have the best music in town!

Love you brother!

Love you, Brother!

Love you, Daddy!

Love you, Daddy!

Duck Tots at Merchant's

Duck Tots at Merchant’s

Nicole is our favorite Tootsie's girl!

Nicole is our favorite Tootsie’s girl!

Sunday was relaxing waking up to my dad cooking breakfast and then just hanging out at my apartment.  We drove out to Old Hickory Lake and looked around, it’s gorgeous.  The water is so clear.  Then it was off to bed early to get ready for the work week!

My parents flew home Monday morning.

So so thankful to have had visitors!  Loved it so much!

Nashville for a few more weeks,
Shelby

Surprise Mema!

Last week I got to surprise my Mema by coming home for the weekend!  My brother is working on his pilot license so he and his instructor flew to Nashville and picked me up on Wednesday and took me back home.  My Mema was playing with Sloan, my niece, when we got back.  So my sister-in-law kept her at their house waiting for us.  Using my brother saying that he was almost home.  When I walked in the door she just looked at me for a minute… almost as if she thought she was seeing things.  Then she realized it was really me and started squealing!  It was so much fun!

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We all went to dinner and celebrated our successful surprise!  After that I went to visit my Mr Speckles… he has gotten FAT!  Then it was to the movies with boyfriend.  I was up for 24 hours straight… it took a few days to get over that!

Mr Speckles

Mr Speckles

Thursday I got to check the oil wells with Dad and then we went to the lake! (Texoma) We did a little fishing over the weekend and a lot of relaxing!

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Many faces of Sloan

Many faces of Sloan

Sunday my brother flew me back to Nashville so I could get to bed for another week of morning shows!