Bone Thugs-N-Harmony is one of my favorite rap groups. When Thugggish Ruggish Bone came out, I bought the EP and listened to that song over and over and over again in my college dorm room for 3 hours straight. Good times Along the way in my fandom, I passed the love onto my sister and she too is an avid Bone fan. Last night, she was able to go see two of the members, Krayzie & Wish, perform in downtown Nashville at 12th & Porter. Kelli was SO excited and had a great time!
Krazyie, Kelli & Wish
BTNH T-Shirt w/ Krazyie & Wish signatures
To hear Kelli tell it, it was great music and great fun! I sent a Tweet to Krayzie to let him know she’d enjoyed it, and then Krazyie tweeted me back! How cool is that???
@iamKrayzieBone my sister attended and enjoyed your show 2nite. I'm living vicariously thru her thx for coming thru #nashvegas!
Kaleya’s school hosts a “museum night” four times a year and they are cool events. Last week, they held their third one of the year. The themes vary by grades and on Kaleya’s floor the theme was “Rainforests.” Here are some pictures of the evening.
The Lorax - preserving trees is what it's all about
What an amazing day we had on our day trip to Chattanooga today. In 13 years of living in Nashville, we have done little to explore our surrounding areas. I’m determined to change that and today we started with Chattanooga; I’ve been wanting to go to Lookout Mountain for awhile. So go we did.
I took many pictures, but here are some highlights.
Lookout Mountain – was our first destination. It is literally a small town up there, with churches, schools, and more. We drove up to the top to Point Park to look around. We went to the Eastern Overlook and looked out upon Chattanooga. It was really chilly up there so we didn’t stay long; didn’t even go over to Umbrella Rock, but next time. The National Park Service’s Visitor Center has a nice mural depicting the “Battle of the Clouds” that happened there, so it was informational.
a sign to go up the mountain
kids in front of Point Park gate
view from the Eastern Overlook
Lunchtime at Hill City Pizza – it was time for lunch by the time we finished looking around Point Park, so we found our way over to Hill Street Pizza. Lunch was GOOD!!!
Hill City Pizza
my lunch - burger and baked potato salad
Covenant College – I’d done some reading prior to our visit and learned of this campus on the mountain, so I wanted to drive and see it. So glad we did. It was absolutely idyllic. I could only imagine going to school in a setting like this – literally, perched on the mountaintop and tucked away. It is the beginning of Spring Break so there was hardly anyone on campus. The chapel was beautiful and the views amazing. What was really neat was that the main hall can be seen from the interstate below. Go to the picture album (link below) to see.
Carter Hall at Covenant College
the boys wave
beautiful scenery at the college
Covenant College chapel
Hunter Museum of American Art- after Covenant College, we descended the mountain. Since the weather was chilly, we thought it best to save Rock City & Ruby Falls for another day. The Incline Railway isn’t open for the season yet, so we couldn’t do that either. So down the mountain we went.
We were making our way to the Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge and saw the museum was right next door. Free admission the 1st Sunday of each month meant we were going! It was 4:20 when we got there, so we only had about 30 minutes, but we made the most of it! The art we did see was nice; they had a great kids book for Kaleya, and I was even impressed by her interpretation of a piece of art (Elizabeth Murray’s “Rollin’ Stone” – while not what the artist says it is, I could see Kaleya’s point in that she thought it had something to do with the heart and the human body.)
the glass bridge
Kaleya's museum book
i don't think they wanted to take this picture
Walnut Street Pedestrian Bridge – longest pedestrian bridge in the world. We walked across it and enjoyed the views. Afterwards, we had ice cream at a shop next to it, the Ice Cream Show. They offered more than 17,000 flavors of ice cream – what?!? I had the Winter Wonderland – vanilla with oreos and peppermint.
view from the pedestrian bridge
on the pedestrian bridge
view from bridge of Lookout Mountain
Then, we made our way back home. Incredible day!! I checked in so many times on FourSquare that I became #1 of all my FourSquare friends – a first for me!
my FourSquare status - oh yeah!
All of the pictures are online here, but here is a slideshow.
3pm – Okay – so, I am a bit freaked out right now. We have tornado activity (or very possible tornado activity) headed towards Nashville right now. Thought I would live blog it as I am tracking all that is going on.
cells on the other side of Memphis are what is coming our way; activity southwest of us in Lincoln County has hook echoes and at least one report of a funnel touchdown
The Weather Channel has reporters in town now prepping for the coverage. Not cool. Check out their spot - they can see downtown Nashville.
After a leisurely morning at home today, we ventured out for a few hours. First, going to Edwin Warner Park, then stopping at our favorite used bookstore in town, McKay’s.
At the park we first went to the Nature Center to see what they had. It was fun! Stuffed animals, dead snake skins, a geological exhibit, a “tree-trunk” interactive area, and more awaited us in there.
We then went outside to walk around the trails some. We didn’t stay long since it was more than a little chilly, but we’ll be back out there soon.
After the park we then went to the bookstore. Picked up a movie for Kaleya, and books for everyone else.
At the store there was a great book about comic-cons. Many, many pictures of the cosplay and one that had girls all dressed up like princesses.
Then, we picked up a fabulous book of New York Times newspaper covers spanning 1851-2009. The book itself has selected covers, but the DVDs that come with it have the full-text of ALL covers and the front page articles. This will make excellent educational fodder for the kiddos.
In 2012, I started my year with approximately 800 messages in my inbox alone! That is a LOT of email. I would go through spurts throughout the year when I would try and reduce the number, but don’t think I did better than a few hundred.
Well, this year, I’m going to do much better. Thus, I began the process of cleaning up my inbox.
deleting email messages I no longer needed
archiving email messages that had labels but were still in my inbox
applying labels to emails + archiving them
putting my “To Do” label to use and archiving those messages
In less than a month, I was able to reduce my inbox from 800+ messages to around 30. I am pleased to report that for the past two weeks, I’ve been able to maintain around 30 messages in my inbox on average. The ones that are there, are ones that I REALLY need to address and don’t want to lose sight. It also helps that I’ve been using an application called “The Other Inbox” to help move messages out of my inbox and into a separate folder. Now, when I check my email, I check my regular inbox, then I check my “Other” Inbox. It really helps!
Aren’t you proud of me?
Over the next few months, I want to continue decluttering and plan to do the following:
organize my Google Docs account
whittle my “To Do” list emails down from 400 (this may take awhile….)
transition to cleaning up my email address that I use for the NCGenWeb Project – I have about 300 emails in that inbox.
Progress report in a few more months. Meanwhile, this does not help the fact that my gmail account is 94% full!
Last night, we attended an event hosted by the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee – their Summer Opportunities Fair. My youngest stepson, Q, is autistic and we are trying to make sure we stay aware of what resources are available for him. Though he does not live with us, we want to be prepared for summertime visits. Let me tell you, this fair was AMAZING! I’ve already known that we have access to a plethora of services for him, but to be able to personally interact with representatives from all the agencies, non-profits, services, etc. that attended last night was so incredibly valuable.
Being that it was at the Children’s Hospital, Kaleya couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play on their outside statues.
Kaleya and a family friend
The grand staircase in the hospital is lovely.
kids on the staircase
Kaleya also loves the Butterfly Garden
Kaleya at the Butterfly Garden
And, then we say a cool Gingerbread Town – a holiday initiative done at the hospital.
Kaleya kept saying she wanted to eat it.
The Fair itself was held in the Theatre Room in the Children’s Hospital and the event was hosted by the Autism Society of Middle Tennessee and the Junior League Family Resource Center of the Children’s Hospital. There were many, many places represented and I couldn’t even begin to list them all. Kalonji and I spoke to all but one of them I think! Among the attendees were representatives from camps, art programs, music therapy agencies, applied behavioral analysis therapies, various recreation activities, and research options. Kalonji collected every business card he could find – he is planning to volunteer with a few, and it is always good for him to have contact information for his work in our community.
not the best pic, but some of the material we picked up
Thank you to the hosts for a great & educational evening!