July is almost over and we recently had an amazing week long vacation to Florida. The first chunk of the week was spent in St. Augustine with my parents and brother and sis in law and the latter half took Loss and I to Orlando. This isn’t going to be my trip report and filled with a zillion photos (that’s still to come) but to cover the result of all of it.
By having a week to not worry about our home, work and other normal responsibilities, it opened up room to in my brain to get inspired. Between the beautiful beach and sunrise we woke up super early to view (and admittedly nap again after I saw it) to the beautiful smiles on my friends faces, I’m inspired. My heart is full.
There are people around me who are taking risks, testing the waters of what they dream, they’re creating and making the world around them better. I am inspired. And that’s not just people who are right here, in a ten mile radius.
I’m feeling like things are possible. I feel the explosion of inspiration about to hit. I’m not sure what will come from it, but it’s time. I can’t wait. I’m so thankful for a time to slow down, take things in and see what comes of it.
Just up the road from Chattanooga, right across the state line in Georgia, is my favorite local tourist spot, Rock City. Loss and I usually visit around Christmas time to see all the gorgeous lights throughout this historical park but I also jumped on the opportunity to visit with out of town visitors recently.
Our friends, Jen and Kevin Fox, came through town on their way to Pigeon Forge and we took a visit to Rock City. I was so stoked to hang out with the Happy Living couple and show them our gorgeous city and its neighboring areas (you know we had to visit the Chattanooga Choo Choo before they headed on, too).
As always, Rock City didn’t disappoint and I loved getting to laugh and laugh at Kevin’s corny jokes as we walked down the winding rock paths. Of course, we had to stop to take a few photos throughout and just had an awesome time.
If you’re going to be in the North Georgia/Chattanooga area, I highly suggest a trip to Ruby Falls. Where else can you see gnomes, lots of rocks and a fairy tale land? Yep, right here.
One other thing is for certain: Loss and I can’t wait to have more Sunday Fundays with the Foxs!
Bonus fun: You can check out the vlog that Kevin & Jen did while we were at Rock City as well…my laughter makes a cameo in quite a bit of it…Also, the Sprite joke is mine, Kevin is just borrowing it. You’re welcome. =)
Loss and I don’t go to shows very often, unless it’s a big special outing. This past weekend, after a week solid of working and coming home to do the same thing the next morning, I was ready to get out of the house. After dinner Saturday, I suggested we head out and do something- anything to get out of the house. A little perusing later, I found Abbey Road Live was playing Revelry Room that night and some friends were even going to be there.
Loss is a huge Beatles fan and I fall into a fan category as well, plus it was at the venue I’d yet to check out in town, so we decided to venture out.
The band was great, playing Abbey Road in its entirety, then a second set of random Beatles songs (including “Rhiannon” for the heck of it) and they were spot on. I’ve seen the Rolling Stones and I knew that I’d never see the Beatles in this lifetime, but I am totally ok with settling with having seen Abbey Road Live.
I spent some of the night in the front row but couldn’t quite hang the whole time (am I getting old? Ugh.) but I did take the opportunity to explore the venue a little bit more and take in the details. After seeing the vibe of big sister venue, Track 29, I didn’t expect to be blown away by the Revelry Room and Hush Lounge (the first part of the room you walk in to) but I was. I know it’s got to be hard to make a room feel cozy that will hold thousands of people, such as at T29, but the Chattanooga Choo Choo crew found their niche and interior designer for the smaller rooms.
I loved the warm, welcoming feel with the wood, gold and cushy couches and banquets in the Hush lounge. They flowed well with the Palm Springs style ladies room just outside the hall and the more modern feel of the Revelry Room. Whoever did their design, they can come help me out if they’d like to comp it all…
lighting in the restroom
Epic flamingo wallpaper
Overall, the sound was great, the venue was gorgeous and I dug the vibe and loved seeing a small show in a non-divey venue. I’ll for sure be back to the Revelry Room and may just swing by Hush Lounge for a sweet hang sometime when I’m near the Choo Choo as well. You’ve made a fan of me!