Super Sunday Solitary Staycation Summary
I was concerned that, even though the music brings me joy, I would be bored during Wednesday’s performance of Wicked because I had already seen it at TPAC and Charlotte. It turned out I had forgotten many of the quips and Wizard of Oz references. The comedy exceeded my expectations even though the music wasn’t as great as I hoped . I’m very happy I went.
I worked remotely Thursday, as I usually do, but never left the house. I had aspirations of camping out in Franklin coffee shops all day but I decided not to waste any time once I got deeply wrapped up into tasks. My frozen leftover lunch wasn’t ideal but it helped me justify an evening Chipotle burrito after a 6pm run. An early evening run is one example of the simple delights that this time alone has brought me. I reserve 5pm-9pm for Beth & Nolan but I would rather run during that time because it’s not dark, I have energy, and haven’t eaten recently. I compromise by running at 6am or 9pm, during the summer. I hope I pick running back up because I feel mentally & physically better when I do.
I watched The Grand Budapest Hotel after quickly stuffing my face with that burrito. Chips and guacamole too.
Friday was business as usual in Nashville. My small team of 3 makes a point to have lunch together on Fridays. We all enjoy exploring new places and sharing our favorites with each other. We have written a long list of restaurants to consider but usually fall back to one within walking distance. We went to Peg Leg Porker that afternoon and liked. I would like to see more restaurants pop up in old block buildings like that. I think Beth will like it since she is a sucker for a pulled pork sandwich and crinkle-cut fries.
My coworkers and I usually leave the office after 3pm on Fridays so it was unique for me to stay until 5. I wanted to make up for the time I had spent chasing solutions for production problems this week. I also had no one to go home to which is the greatest pull I have to leave.
I stayed home that evening and continued my Wes Anderson streak with Moonrise Kingdom.
I knocked out an epic Saturday errand loop.
- Emissions testing
- Oil change
- Home Depot
- Whole Foods
I spent the rest of the day working down a long list of todos Beth created weeks ago. It’s a blend of ignored tasks, baby nesting, and spring cleaning. I fixed a set of drawers that have been broken for two years. I realized that IKEA packed the wrong screws which is why my drawers were never using the rails. I put up a clothes bar in the attic and brought down some the changing table and car seat to prepare for the deadline that is hopefully 10 weeks away.
We bought a steam cleaner this week that I cleaned the sink, floor, doors, and counters with. I kept finding dirty areas that I wouldn’t have considered to clean but the steam and brush heads do a great job of breaking up the gunk. I think Beth is going to enjoy using it.
I made one of my favorite meals for lunch: grilled italian sausage, pesto couscous, and grilled vegetables. It holds up for future lunches very well too.
I started watching Friday Night Lights and am about 5 episodes in. I’m not hooked but appreciate its unique feeling as a network shows. I’m very curious to see where the plot is going.
This morning I listened to a Jason Mraz acoustic album while baking biscuits and burning bacon. It feels like a quintessential weekend morning. I have a long list of possible tasks today to choose from. Beth just asked me if I like her/my list and I definitely do. Having structure to my day prevents me from sitting on the couch for hours wasting my time or having nothing to show for week alone. I have had plenty of time to relax and those times are more enjoyable to me after a productive day.
In the weeks leading up to this time I started creating a list of little joys I should try and experience while alone as well as specific places, foods, and events. One example is “loud music”. That goes for loud TV as well since the bulk of my time in front of the tube is after Nolan is sleeping. It’s much more enjoyable to listen to the TV with the volume at “20” than “12”.
I get up before Beth & Nolan so even getting dressed with the curtains drawn is noticed and appreciated.
My Mom told Beth that Nolan spends more extended periods in Illinois. For the first years of his life we weren’t comfortable with anyone taking on the responsibility. We are past that now, and probably would have been earlier if he didn’t have his delays. It’s now a logistics problem. 5+ hours in the car & 2-3 tanks of gas is nothing to sneer at. Beth & I really want to do this again, with or without baby. I would pay a lot of money for train tickets to Effingham.
Beth is traveling to Florida with her mom and sister while Nolan stays with my mom and sister in Illinois.
Being alone already feels odd. I have a list of things to do but I don’t want it to feel like a checklist. Hopefully I will not feel bored and use this time to relax, indulge, and learn. (I want some extended coding time to myself.) Making a decent biscuit is a goal after making flaking pancakes earlier this week.
Tonight I attempted and failed to get a $25 Wicked ticket in their lottery. But I decided to take them up on their offer of $40 discounted tickets endeding up dead center in Row G, for Glinda. I walked to Broadway and looked at Yelp for dinner recommendations since I have been out of the loop. I’m at Pub5’s rooftop bar with a beer and lamb burger on the way. I hear music from Rippy’s next door.
I miss being downtown. It made Nashville feel like a city to me.
Last night my friend & I saw a man & woman beating each other in a Durango behind us at West End & Elliston. We remained at the light as I called 911. I rattled off the license plate number as they sped around us and pulled into the McDonald’s. We went onto Viener Fest.
Later from the restaurant’s front porch, I pointed to the Durango, now without the man.
Warm Day Checklist
Windows down and sunroof open
Al fresco lunch
One month ago, I mentioned making a Nashville interstate map when I moved here to help me understand the layout. I found it hiding on an external hard drive with a date of 9/2008. I believe it was my first Illustrator adventure and, in retrospect, it shows.
Nashville has a series of “pikes” that extend from the city to neighboring towns and settlements of the past. I have found 32 Nashville roads with “pike” in their name and am thinking about creating a map with them as the focus.
I didn’t realize until this week how close the develop is (may?) going to be to our first apartment in town, the large white L in the lower-right. Residents on the west side of the building had a quiet escape on their balcony even if the view was parking lots. They emptied out at 5 and were empty on weekends. But looking directly into a building or parking garage is going to be terrible for them.
I’m happy for the area to be improved but I think a few existing residents are going to get the shaft.
I enjoyed living in the quiet area between downtown & Germantown that no one can name but would not want to live there any longer.
We saw Neko Case at The Cannery Ballroom tonight. The band was delightfully witty, crude, and fun. A poontang joke was made. Neko also joked about “hugging the shit out of” a fan who expressed admiration. I saw a guy go nuts on a steel guitar. The vocals were top notch.
I would have rather seen her at TPAC a few years ago but probably enjoy her more now.
Blasting in Downtown Nashville by Mark Charles)
The bank across West End has been demolished and they started blasting yesterday. I suggested that we take turns working at the window to ensure we don’t miss any blasts but it wasn’t well received.
Reasons I Love Martins BBQ
- Their Nolensville pit, adjacent to the dining area, fills the room with hickory smoke.
- You smell like hickory smoke after you leave.
- Good beer.
- French fries aren’t always served at barbecue joints but Martins does. They serve a fry up a gold potato that is seasoned with course pepper and salt.
- Their menu has all of my favorites. Wings. Pulled Pork. Ribs. Someday I’ll visit a place that makes me believe in brisket but none have.
- Redneck. Taco.
- Whole hot Saturday & Sunday.
It’s my happy place.
I hated the term staycation when it was thrown around a few years ago during the recession and gas spikes. Perhaps I rejected the idea of not doing fun, local things all the time. With that said, I think Beth & I are going to have our own little staycation.
We are sending Nolan home home to stay with family while Beth & I enjoy 2 days in Nashville alone after a couple of local babysitters fell through for a Sunday night The Lumineers concert.
We have reservations at Husk Monday night and will definitely be eating out Sunday around the concert as well. Beth has planned on using a spa gift certificate Monday. I will likely work from home in silence. (Daddy! What’s that?!)
Nolan loves his grandparents. Our parent’s love Nolan. Aside from the driving back and forth, it’s a win-win-win.
Are we seeing national coverage from yesterday’s flooding because it’s a slow news cycle? It’s a stark difference from 2010 when it took days for anyone to notice.