Last week Heath and I went to Tennessee with friends. It was kind of a last minute thing but we ended up getting a crazy good deal on the cabin so we couldn't pass it up. Our cabin was log-arrific but I didn't take many pictures of it (if you want you can see pics here). What the photos from the rental place won't show is the crazy spiral staircase that went between all four floors. We were certain that someone was going to take a dive down them at some point in the trip but thankfully no one did.
Someone drove a convertible down so we took turns riding it in. Usually I'm not a fan of convertibles because of the whole sun blaring down upon me thing (fading my hair and, ugh, all those harmful rays!) but since the weather was overcast and cool (and I was wearing sunscreen) it was wonderful.
We did spend some time in Gatlinburg and honestly, I was not a fan. Although there were some cool things (Hello! Ben&Jerry's!) for the most part I was not impressed with all the cheap, tacky, touristy crap. But hey, now I can say I've been there and I don't have to go again!
Nights at the cabin were spent drinking, playing games, watching movies, or enjoying steak at various restaurants. My favorite meal of the trip as at Bullfish Grill. OMG, they have the most amazing bread, like, EVER. I could have eaten the whole basket but I had to make sure that I had room for my giant 9oz. fillet mignon, rare. Mmmmmm.
The fridge was literally FULL of bottles (okay, there was one shelf for food) at the beginning of the trip and although there was a lot of talk about how we were going to drink the shit out of it, well, that just didn't happen. The first night most of us were up until 4am and then spent the next few days recovering. But hey, emptying 50% of the fridge is pretty good and I don't feel bad about "being old" and not drinking a ton because everyone else on the trip was younger than me.
On our last full day we wandered around an artist community where I scored a super-sweet mug and we discovered a nest of baby finches just hanging out on a wreath near one of the shops. Ohmygoodness, they were adorable.
If you're wondering where Ruby was the whole time, she was at her grandparents house. This was the first time that BOTH Heath and I have been away from her together for more than a night. Thankfully though, our goal of raising an independent child seems to be working. We didn't receive a single phone call because she was crying or missing us. She was quite content to be where she was. She was happy to see us when we picked her up, but only for a second-the ducks at Jacobson Park were much more exciting than us.