Road Trip: Memphis to Knoxville

A total cheat on the Welcome To Tennessee sign.

 

Another late start today. What has happened to my family? We’ve always been early risers – like 5:30am early – but now, no one can drag themselves out of bed before nine. This, I fear, doesn’t bode well for when they start traditional school next week. Or for when Bug actually has to start going into an office.

Screw that, this doesn’t bode well for when I have to get everyone ready for school and out the door.

Remind me again why I’m putting everyone back into regular school?

Sigh.

Anyway, today we drove from Memphis to Knoxville. Once again, it was  absolutely stunning. Mountains, trees, rivers – big and small – lakes. I loved it all, even in the rain.

But the best part had to be the food. Our first spontaneous stop was to the Casey Jones Museum in Jackson, which just happened to have a wonderful restaurant next to it called Old Country Store & Restaurant. Normally, I’m not a buffet person but this was an impressive spread: fish, pulled brisket, chicken, hush puppies, salad bar, slaw, whole potatoes, greens, beans, BANANA PUDDING (side note: I have an unhealthy obsession with all things banana), corn cakes, etc. Even better: there were plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options (not the banana pudding, and I paid for that – boo)

After stuffing ourselves, we ventured over to the museum. Bug knew nothing about Casey Jones, but The Colonel quickly filled him in. The museum also had a little Civil War history and overall, it was a nice side-trip for the boys.

Now this is where everyone laughs at me, but I ate at a Cracker Barrel for the first time ever and LOVED it. We ended up there because neither Bug nor I could resist the “Half-shop, Half-restaurant” signs. I mean, come on, doesn’t that sound like a shop-a-holic’s dream? And imagine my overwhelming glee when the server told me it was Fish Fry Night. I didn’t even give him time to finish before placing my order right then – even though we’d literally just sat down and no one had opened a menu yet. Seriously. Fish Fry. How can anyone resist that?

Due to the hurricane, we’re cutting our drive short by a day and will be arriving in Northern Virginia tomorrow. I know at some point, this will stop feeling like another vacation and the realization that we are now home will set in, but for now, I’m going to keep enjoying the scenery out my window and dreaming about all the good things that are coming our way.

 

DC: Speed Trip

You all know I thrive on spontenaity, right? So it shouldn’t surprise you that last Monday – three days before I was to fly home to San Francisco – I looked at Bug and said, “Let’s go to DC.”

And so we did.

As soon as we arrived in Northern Virginia, we just knew that it was a place we could live.

So Bug made a few calls. We looked at schools, the weather, the quality of life. We found a house we love.

And…it looks like, if everything goes right, we’re moving to DC!

In less than a week, we went from random suggestion, to planning a cross country move.

But DC wasn’t all about finding a new place to live, we also took the boys sightseeing – mostly at 8am because we’re all jet lagged and awake at 4. We basically had everything to ourselves, which was awesome.

The back of Mt. Vernon overlooking the Potomac.
The Lincoln Memorial
The Washington Monument
Being swept off my feet by Bug…and DC.

The Outfit (top picture):

Shirt: Deep green, cheery blossom print blouse by Jodhpur (random French label, I think)

Jeans: My trusty Levi’s (right now, I only own one pair of jeans that fit me. But I’m sure that will change as soon as I start eating “american” again.)

Belt: Skinny deep orange from Nordstrom

Shoes: wood heal wedges from Schuler & Sons

The Outfit (Bottom Picture)

Cardigan: Lafayette Collection

Dress: Illou (another random French line)

Tights: Wolford Velvet de Luxe 50 in Festival – Wolford makes the most comfortable tights ever.

Shoes: Repetto heeled loafers in Cola

Bracelet: Trina Turk for Banana Republic