Farewell Nashville

I keep saying it, but I just can’t believe how fast this summer has gone by!

I spent Sunday on a farewell tour with Anne Elizabeth, one of the sweetest people I have ever met.  She picked me up and we went to Urban Grub down in 12South for brunch.

French Toast @ Urban Grub

French Toast @ Urban Grub

Then we were off to the Arrington Vineyards for a wine tasting.  The vineyard is owned by Kix Brooks!  The wine was fantastic, but nothing could beat the views.

Arrington Vineyards

Arrington Vineyards

Anne had seriously thought of everything that I couldn’t leave Nashville without seeing. Next we went to the Historic Downtown Franklin.  The homes were so gorgeous, I just love little areas that have been preserved like that and there seem to be a lot in Tennessee!

Downtown Franklin

Downtown Franklin

Next stop was a master planned community, like Seaside near Destin, FL.  The community is built so that if you don’t want to you never have to leave.  They have doctors, dentists, grocery stores, a pool and clubhouse, and everything you could need right there!  Such a neat idea, and the homes were absolutely gorgeous!

Westhaven

Westhaven

So many people had told me about the Loveless cafe, but I knew it was a little ways out of Nashville, and everything I read talked about how long the wait was to dine there.  So I never ventured down there, until Sunday!  We saw the pretty Natchez Trace Bridge and then made a pitstop at the Loveless Cafe!

Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

We stayed busy, as I’m sure you are thinking right now…. Anne knows how much I love the show Nashville, so we went by the country club and she pointed out the house that is used as Rayna’s house on the show, and also her father’s house!  I just think it’s so awesome that the whole show is filmed in Nashville!

Rayna's Gate

Rayna’s Gate

And as if the day hadn’t already been absolutely awesome, our next stop was a Jana Kramer concert.  I joked on our way over that I bet Brantley Gilbert would be there too, since they’re engaged.  We hadn’t been there ten minutes and were walking around… turned a corner and there they both were just talking!  It was so cute he sat right beside the stage just bobbing his head through her whole concert!

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer

Jana Kramer concert

Jana Kramer concert

The perfect ending to the perfect farewell tour of Nashville was dinner at Virago.  The best view of the city with the sweetest Nashvillian ever!

Nashville

Nashville

With Anne!

With Anne!

So thankful to have met her and spent this wonderful day saying goodbye to Nashville.  Thank you so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey, it’s definitely been a summer I will never forget!

For the last time….
From Nashville,
Shelby

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

Food, Fun, and the Races

I had another awesome opportunity to do a little traveling for a job shadow this week!

Thursday evening I hopped in the car heading for Lousiville, Kentucky!  I made a quick stop in Bowling Green for the Corvette Museum, wow!  Some really awesome cars, it’s a must if you are into that sort of thing.

Corvette Museum

Corvette Museum

I hit Louisville right at 5:30, but for some reason there was NO traffic and I was able to drive straight into my downtown hotel.  Later I found out there was a time change and it was actually 6:30, which explains the lack of traffic.  After checking in to my hotel I asked for a dinner recommendation and it was a good one.  I walked a few blocks to BBC (Bluegrass Brewing Company).  I ordered the bluegrass burger… I mean Kentucky IS the bluegrass state!  It was fantastic.  Grass fed beef with pimento cheese, friend green tomatoes, fried onions, and a big piece of ham.  DELICIOUS! After dinner it was off to bed, I’m always shadowing those morning shows!

Bluegrass Burger

Bluegrass Burger

2AM alarm clock came just as early as it always does!  I was off to the new station WLKY in Louisville, Kentucky.  To make it even sweeter, today I job shadowed an OU alum, Matt Milosevich! We had a blast talking about OU and the TV biz.  Learned a lot about making my ever so important resume tape!

Matt Milosevich, WLKY

Matt Milosevich, WLKY

After my 4-9am shift it was time to explore some more!  I had brunch at Toast on Market… the BEST breakfast I have ever ate out.

Toast on Market

Toast on Market

So amazing.  Then I went and walked by the Ohio River… and just to say I went, drove across the bridge to Indiana and drove around for a few minutes.  Then it was getting time to head to Churchill Downs.  The home of the Kentucky Derby.  First I toured the museum to get the full background.  Then it was time for the races to start.  So much history and so many fun things to do.  I can’t imagine how crazy that place is during the Derby!  So glad I got a taste of what it’s like!

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Derby Museum

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Churchill Downs

Back in Nashville,
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