Good morning from Nashville! We had another successful day yesterday checking out places to live, and we actually got to experience more of the city. I met up with a friend from highschool who I hadn’t seen in probably 2 years and that was awesome. We also went to this cool record store place called Grimeys. They were celebrating National Record Store Day with live music, food, and a big sale on cds and records. (You could get like 10 cds for $20). It was pretty cool and the music was great.
Last night we went for the cheesy Nashville experience and took our friend Paul down to Broadway (the main drag). Nashville is hilarious because there’s live country music in every bar and they put the bands up against the front windows of each bar so that you can hear them as you pass by. What makes it so funny is that like every ten feet you walk, you hear a different band. We went in to two places and heard some fun country cover bands. One band was a little more old school and was actually really good. There were so many people wearing cowboy hats and big belt buckles. The rest of Nashville isn’t really like that.
This morning we’re going to church with Ryan and Rebekah. I’m excited!
More to come.
we arrived in nashville at about last night at about 11 central time, rented a car (i felt so grown up!) and made it to the mitchell’s apartment by about 11:30 or so. i was tired, but kinda wired at the same time. i didn’t sleep much last night, but apparently i slept pretty soundly at some point because there was an earthquake in illinois that was felt here in nashville around 4:30am. i didn’t feel a thing…and i’m pretty glad. i probably would have freaked out.
this morning we went to the pancake pantry and i had raspberry pancakes. they really do make the best pancakes. the pancake pantry is a nashville tradition, with long lines every morning–even week days. my brother went to college here in nashville and was married at a church downtown so i’ve actually been to the pancake pantry numerous times, and every time i realize all over again that it really is worth the wait. hands down the best pancakes ever.
after stuffing our faces we went to the store i worked for the summer that i lived in nashville. one of the girls who i actually got to be pretty close with was working and it was awesome to see her again! we had so many great afternoons of talking in the store and it was cool to see that she’s doing well and looks just the same.
we checked out probably 6 or 7 apartment complexes today and i only really liked 1. you really pay for the location in nashville, and i’m realizing that it’s really scary to look at apartments when you’re not really even sure where or if you’ll have a job when you move in. tyler stopped in 4 starbucks today and handed in applications and talked with he managers about a transfer. one of the stores offered him a job. that’s encouraging, but it’s still really scary to think about really picking up and moving here. at the same time, i think it feels really scary because staying in delaware would be so easy. tyler has a job, i could find one, we could keep doing the music, and continue leading worship at obc…maybe even keep the internship going. but i don’t know if it would really be satisfying in the sense that i’m not sure that it’s really what God has for us. we have an itch to move and nashville keeps coming up. i’m hoping that what we’re meant to do will become clear in the next few days.
all in all, we’ve had a great, but tiring day here in nashville. the weather is absolutely beautiful. the people are great. it’s been fun.
tyler is in the living room with ryan and paul right now watching i am legend. i can’t do scary/intense movies so i’m hiding out in here for the rest of the night. those movies become too real to me and i can’t sleep at night. i know, it’s kinda pathetic. i really can’t help it.
well, i’m pretty exhausted. i’ll try to upload some photos tomorrow for you!
We leave tonight!
We’re going to spend the next few days exploring Nashville, trying to figure out where in the city we could live and if there’s a Starbucks that would like set up a transfer for Tyler. Other than that, we’re going to have fun! I can’t wait!
We’ll have lots of pictures and maybe even a video or two to share when we return.
The internet has not been kind to me lately. My wireless signal keeps going in and out, and then doing much of anything online takes forever.
However, I do think a blog post is in order.
A few weeks ago Tyler’s sister Bethany did a photo shoot for us. I’ve posted all of the good pictures on our facebook page, but I thought I’d put a few here. Enjoy:
We have a show tonight at Lancaster Bible College, if you know anyone in the area…pass the word along!
This past weekend after our radio interview with WSTW (which went really well) Tyler and I drove to Avalon, NJ for a little getaway. We spent Monday exploring Avalon and Cape May, eating chocolate, and to Tyler’s delight learning (that would be me who was learning) to drive stick. It all began quite well. I was actually good at driving and Tyler was pleased. Before I knew it he had me crossing some bridge and driving into the heart of Cape May. I guess that’s what happens when I don’t know the area and he does. I did have one emotional meltdown. Tyler caught it on video. I’ve posted it below:
All in all, we had a great time. Tyler bought me earrings and we split a big plate of nachos at an awesome restaurant. A lovely little mini-vacation!
Tomorrow night we’re playing at Homegrown Cafe here in Newark from 10p-1a, and on Saturday we play at Deep Blue from 9p-12a. I hope to see some of you there!