Saturday, February 28, 2009
The child just asked me to turn it up. That's my girl.
Friday, February 27, 2009
I am no great student of the Old West, but I have read a little about Geronimo. His is a tale both heroic and tragic. There is litigation pending over his skull, which is rumored to be housed at the Skull and Bones headquarters at Yale University. I hope the rumor is not true.
I tried Brunswick Stew for the first time at Jim and Nick's, and it was delicious! I'm going to have to try and make a batch one of these days.
Today is my last day of classes in my new prosecutor training, and we only have a half day today. Today's sessions will focus on practice in General Sessions Court. Sarah and I will no doubt hit the pool one last time before I hit the books, and we will make our way to Bellevue and Grams' house this afternoon. Tomorrow morning we will breakfast at La Peep Restaurant with Sherry's family before heading home to Maryville.
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Sherry and the kids didn't get back to the hotel until about 7:30 p.m. last night, so I pretty much just relaxed in the room, though I did enjoy the live guitar music drifting up from the floor of the hotel atrium. We had a class yesterday that featured a law enforcement officer from Franklin who used to write and perform songs on Music Row. In Nashville everything has a country music angle.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
The tale of the Edsel is fascinating because it's an instance of a large
organization full of talented, competent, well-intentioned people setting a goal
that seemed perfectly reasonable, marching confidently toward that goal--and
going straight off a cliff.
Sherry and Sarah hooked up with Grams for lunch, and they went to Sylvan Park restaurant and then to Green Hills Mall, where Sherry scored several blouses and Sarah got a couple of new dresses. I had a very full day of enlightening classes, and the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference provided us with a nice sandwich bar for lunch.
Joey and Jake are trying out for the Bellevue Middle School soccer team this week, which entails being at the school until 5:30 p.m., so Sherry and the kids didn't make it back to the hotel until about 6:15 p.m. They arrived with Sir Pizza, one of our Nashville favorites, and we munched out on pizza before an evening swim and bedtime.
Today is the boys' dad's birthday, and Sherry's going to take him, his girlfriend and the kids out for supper tonight, so I probably won't see them until close to bedtime because it doesn't make sense for Sherry to drive from Bellevue to the airport and back to pick me up for it. Fortunately, there is plenty of leftover pizza, so I should be fine as far as supper goes.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Sunday, February 22, 2009
According to the News Sentinel, the school is asking for donations. "We need anything kid-friendly. We need toys, books, markers, pencils, paper, pillows. Anything would be appreciated." You can donate by calling (865) 689-3016 or via. e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Since Laura's going to take care of our cats, I'm going to gather some things for the school.
Thackston School has been an important part of Knoxville for a long time. I don't think a fire will kill it.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
McCabe Pub -- McCabe's feels like someone's den, by which I mean the atmosphere there is always very comfortable. The food isn't fancy, but I've eaten there many times and never had a bad meal. It is in Sylvan Park at 4410 Murphy Road. I especially like their meatloaf.
Sylvan Park Restaurant -- If you are in the Sylvan Park area of Nashville and looking for country cooking, Sylvan Park Restaurant is within walking distance of McCabe's at 4502 Murphy Road. In Nashville, this type of restaurant is known as "a Meat and Three."
Pie Wagon -- The Pie Wagon is downtown at 1302 Division Street, and it is another good Meat and Three. I used to love to eat there for lunch.
Loveless Cafe -- The Loveless Cafe is just west of Bellevue on the west side of Nashville at 8400 Highway 100, and it is a Nashville classic. I think of it as a breakfast place, because we used to eat breakfast there so often, but it is also a Meat and Three, with legendary biscuits and photographs of country music stars and politicians all over the lobby walls.
Demos' Restaurant -- Located at 300 Commerce Street in downtown Nashville, Demos' Restaurant is a nice place to go for steak or Italian food. It is pricy, but the food is great and the atmosphere is dimly lit and upscale without being stuffy.
Old Spaghetti Factory -- The Old Spagetti Factory is also in downtown Nashville at 160 North Second Avenue, and it is a fun place. It has a lovely bar area with an antique decor, and a street car inside the restaurant with tables inside it. It is a nice place for a date, but it is also very kid friendly.
Kebab Gyros -- Kebab Gyros is a fast food restaurant with several locations in Nashville. I've eaten most frequently at the one at 2288 Rosa Parks Boulevard (formerly Metrocenter Boulevard), but I've also eaten at the one downtown at 210 Fourth Avenue North. There's also one on White Bridge Road, which is near Sherry's mom's house, that I've been meaning to try. They serve two meats. One is a combination of beef and lamb, cylindrical in shape, that slowly rotates so that it can be shaved off. The other is grilled chicken seasoned with Mediterrenean spices. They serve either as a gyro or as a dinner with rice and Tabouli. My only complaint this that they don't spend enough time getting the stems out of the parsley in the Tabouli.
Fat Mo's -- Every city has its favorite hometown burger joint, and in Nashville it is Fat Mo's, which has several locations throughout the city. I've eaten at the one on White Bridge Road, and they indeed make a quality hamburger. After three and a half years working at McDonald's as a kid, I've made enough of them to know a good one.
Paradise Ridge Grille -- This restaurant has a sports bar atmosphere, and they specialize in barbeque, though they have a lot of good food on the menu. I especially like their sandwiches. They have one of the few sandwich steamers in Nashville. They are located at 3736 Annex Avenue, which is on the west side of Nashville off the Charlotte Pike exit from Interstate 40.
Friday, February 20, 2009
I took the prescribed doses of both medicines this morning, and my foot felt better as the day progressed. It's not back to 100%, but I can walk without a pronounced limp now. Also, I can avoid shoes for the most part for the next two days while the medicine continues to do its work. I've been in rather extreme discomfort for two weeks now, first with the stomach bug and then with the gout, and I am very happy and grateful to be close to feeling like myself again and am ready for our trip to Nashville. We'll see if we can squeeze in a visit to the cabin next Friday, weather permitting.
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I still have to tolerate tomorrow in dress shoes. (Ouch!) I'm going to try to avoid shoes over the weekend, and I'm hoping the medicine will start to kick in by Monday, when I start my week of prosecutor training in Nashville.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I cooked a meatloaf on Sunday. I layered the doughy pizza on the bottom of a Corningware casserole dish, put a healthy layer of meatloaf on top of that, then doused it with cheese and baked it off. The world can rest easy knowing I will never try this again, though I am pleased to have fetched a decent casserole from the jaws of doom.
In any event, the kids and I enjoyed working in the kitchen together. Sarah likes to add the ingredients to the bowl.
Monday, February 16, 2009
I remember camping with a bunch of my friends up on Gregory's Bald and having a fairly unconventional dinner for a hiking trip. It is good to hike with a chef. When I think of camping food I think of Spam, hot dogs, pork and beans, a Super Granddaddy sandwich from Kenjo Market, with Pop Tarts for breakfast, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch, though steak and taters is easy camping fare as well.
While I was at it, I also ordered us this king size air mattress and pump. Ostensibly I do this for my city girl wife to make camping more appealing to her so I can drag her out in the woods more often. In reality, we'll both enjoy the camping comfort.
I estimate we saw 50 to 75 deer this morning.
We walked through the graveyard at the Primitive Baptist Church, and went into the church. On the altar were several Bibles, a hymnal and many written prayer requests on loose leaf paper. I know a man who grew up in Cades Cove. He is getting up in years, and I wondered if he will be buried in the Cove with his ancestors. I noticed the tombstone of a woman who had been buried there in 2006, so I guess it is not out of the question. Sarah took this picture of me near the John Oliver cabin at the beginning of the loop.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We rented and watched a couple of movies yesterday. Sarah rented Igor, and I watched most of it with her. It was a cartoon rendition of the Frankenstein tale. Jake and Joey rented Will Farrell's Step Brothers, and they watched it while Sarah and I watched Igor. I made my third attempt at homemade pizza, and failed miserably this time out. Instead of the store bought Kroger pizza dough I used the first two times, I made this pizza from scratch with yeast and flour from a recipe Sarah found online. To make a long story short, I made way too much crust, so it wound up too doughy. I was disappointed, but I'll try again.
I'm off tomorrow for President's Day, and I plan to keep Sarah out of preschool and spend the day with her, though I haven't decided what we'll do. I'm in a mind to go up into the mountains, and I think Sarah would enjoy a trip to Cade's Cove if the weather cooperates.