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Some insect ate my face and we had fun sightseeing in Tennessee!

Some insect ate my face and we had fun sightseeing in Tennessee!

I got to attend my prenatal visit at The Farm with a giant swollen bump on my face from a spider or something! It was swelling and itching and I even had itchy red eyes for part of the day. Add that to the giant cold sore on my lip and I was a walking face full of nasty!

Other than the prenatal visit and the face of nasty we did have the pleasure of sightseeing throughout Nashville and neighboring areas of Tennessee. We stayed at a cheap Red Roof Inn Saturday night and had linner at Whole Foods that day (linner is a combo of lunch and dinner. A un-word N uses for fun).

We were both really beat by about 5pm-6pm that day. After all we did wake up at 5am to make the trip out to Summerfield. So we checked in to our hotel after our linner and then we laied down for a nap after the prenatal appointment. I got to put a hot compress on my spider bite before napping and we also got some natural cortizone type cream for the bite at Whole Foods.

We have no Whole Foods in Evansville (or any decent natural food store for that matter) so hanging out at the Whole Foods in Tennessee was a treat for us. We also stocked up on my favorite breakfast item, Strawberry Hemp Granola! 2 pounds wont last long but it sure is a great treat!

Sunday morning after a good nights sleep we awoke and headed out to sight see. We took a guided tour of the Carnton Plantation in Franklin, TN and had a blast. For some reason we enjoy guided tours of old historic places. While in Flagstaff, we attended a tour of the Riordan Mansion in Flagstaff, AZ that we also really enjoyed.

Anyway the Carnton Plantation is not only cool because it is an old plantation house with tons of history. It is also noteworthy because it was a civil war field hospital during The Battle of Franklin and is now a final resting place for 1,481 men who were killed during the Battle of Franklin.

Carrie McGavock, wife of John McGavock who resided at Carnton Plantation was in the midst of The Battle of Franklin on November 30th 1864 when the Army of Tennessee passed around her home headed toward battle. Carrie took in hundreds of wounded and dying Confederate soildiers during battle and the day following battle. The florrs of the home are still stained with the blood of those who were treated there.

It was a very educational and historic place for us to visit and we had a great time learning and reflecting upon the history of our country. We even kind of like the outlying areas of Nashville and would consider living there.

It was an amazing place for us to visit because as natives of the west coast we never really got to visit and take in all of the sights and locations that played such a huge role in civil war history. Sure we are well aware of the way Native Americans, Cowboys and Hispanics have shaped the west coast’s history but we’ve never been face to face with civil war history so we really enjoyed the day.

Oh and I got the stress cracks on my MacBook fixed up at the Nashville Apple Store. We didn’t have an appointment with the genus bar because no appointments were available during the time we were going to be there, so we talked with a concierge about the cracks and explained we were from out of town. They were nice enough to out us on a waiting list, in case someone was late for or failed to show up for their scheduled appointment.

We waited about an hour in the store but they managed to squeeze us in and they even fixed my cracked MacBook at no cost, right there in the store. It only took them 15 minutes! We figured I would have to send my Mac out for repair and that they couldn’t fix it in store. Amazingly they did and were super friendly about it too!

So all in all the trip was lots of fun and also a great success. We found a place to have our natural birth, got to have some fun while learning about civil war hisstory, got the MacBook fixed and we may have even found the place we want to live after N’s 3 year contract is up here in Evansville. Productive don’t you think?

7 Comments
  • Wow! And I hear that Tennessee is a haven for bloggers!

    Rees last blog post..Graduation ‘81 – Past in Polaroids 19

    January 13, 2009 at 6:28 pm
  • Why, oh why, didn’t you arrange a meetup with Lotus while you were in her neck of the woods. She could have given you the skinny on the best places to eat and stay.
    Also? I just heard from a high school friend who lives in Nashville. The stories he could have told you!

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    January 13, 2009 at 8:50 pm
  • I am so jealous! I love old history, and exploring/touring places. We have Fort Langley here, which I have gone through a few times, and some phenominal old cemetaries. We even bought a ‘cemetary book’ which gives the background on a lot of the families buried in them. Sounds like a fantastic and productive trip!

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    January 13, 2009 at 9:14 pm
  • Oh, the Civil War sites are extremely interesting. History of any kind and museums are among my favorite places. I loved the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn (or is it Detroit – I wasn’t driving!)

    There used to be a Metal Museum in Memphis, I don’t know if it is still there, but it was fascinating and included a working blacksmith shop. When we were there, he was making armor for a theatrical production.

    It sounds like you had a wonderful weekend as well as productive.

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    January 13, 2009 at 11:22 pm
  • Goodness – keep an eye on that spider bite on your face. That doesn’t sound good at all!

    In other news, I’m happy about your Macbook and that you got to go to Whole Foods! 🙂 We had to go to a fuhneral today but we actually got to
    go to a Whole Foods afterwards because there was one nearby. And fortunately, I keep an insulated bag in our car for such occasions.

    January 14, 2009 at 12:01 am
  • That was a very nice productive trip. I love the Nashville area, too.

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    January 15, 2009 at 11:38 am
  • That sounds like a TON of fun! I love tours of old historical places like that, too. I would love to get out east and south to see the old Civil War stuff.

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    January 17, 2009 at 12:11 am

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