“There’s no way to know what makes one thing happen and not another. What leads to what. What destroys what. What causes what to flourish or die or take another course.”
- Cheryl Strayed, in her book about hiking the PCT, Wild.
Michelle in January and May. Katie and Christine in February. Chloe in March, Kate in April. Patrick in May. Chris and Amanda in July. Jesse and Atom in August. Kate in August, Hayley in August, and Kendle in September. Lindsay in September.
We’ve had 14 house guests since we moved here 299 days ago.
Some of them for 1 or 3 nights, some of them for over two weeks.
Send your friends an application before they arrive.
It’s the best course of expectation-setting, while also getting peeps pumped up and thinking about what they really want. Sometimes people come through town and they want to use your spot as a crash pad. Sometimes they want to rent their own car and be on their own schedule or sometimes they just want to do whatever you might normally do like a stage 5 clinger. You can’t know, and you can’t therefore help them get the most of their special vacation time, if you don’t ask.
What are your preferred/required sleeping arrangements?
Do you have any dietary restrictions? Likes/dislikes?
At what times do you usually eat? Are you prone to hangriness? (Hungry-angry?)
What do you hope to get out of your trip to Nashville?
Is there something specific in Nashville you’re excited to see?
Would you like/be willing to take a day/overnight trip while here?
Are you allergic/do you not like cats?
How involved do you prefer to be in the planning once you’re here?
Does smoke bother you? (Many restaurants/bars have smoking sections.)
Is there anything you’d like us to know?
A few things to note for your comfort: Our home is non-smoking, although smokers are welcome to do so on the porches as necessary. Please ask for an ashtray on arrival.
If your friends are anything like my friends, they will answer the first question about sleeping arrangements, almost uniformly, with: “IN BETWEEN YOU.” Haha.
I finally went to the Country Music Hall of Fame!
Note: Take your AAA card, kids — they’ll give you a tiny discount.
The museum itself is beautiful and the layout is gorgeous. I only interacted with a handful of staff members in my couple hours there but everyone had their best Nashville smiles and friendliness on display! It was a treat, for sure.
- The Reba special exhibit was so charming and I left feeling like I was a total fangirl of hers, even though I hardly know any of her music. Her story is so wonderful — growing up as a rockstar student and rodeo badass. So cute! Go girl.
- Awesome selection of unusual instruments! (See below).
- Lovely dose of Americana. I love me some history, so it was delightful to put together parts of our country’s past and see the connection forged between our economic health and our arts culture. Mostly: During the dustbowl years, many rural families moved west to California in search of prosperity, prompting the musical explosion known as “The Bakersfield Sound.” It was in little old Bakersfield that Buck Owens and Merle Haggard first made big waves.
- And in the future, there will be a Taylor exhibit. SQUEE. I love you, Taylor Swift. You little cute thing, you.
Lower Broadway is a thing here.
It’s where tourists get drunk.
And, y’know. Sometimes locals take their friends and take really drunk photos before violently vomiting for a while in the upstairs bathroom.
1. If you’re really drunk and you think “this is probably one whiskey too many,” YOU SHOULD TRUST THAT INSTINCT. YOU’RE SO DRUNK IT’S AMAZING YOU REGISTERED THE THOUGHT AT ALL! DO NOT IGNORE IT, YOU PLASTERED BASTARD.