Thursday, September 25, 2008

It's A Hard Knock Life

Most of my friends will despise me after this post, but I am not trying to rub it in, I am simply trying to let people in the Nashville area know about a wonderful spa I visited yesterday, courtesy of work. Yes, I said work- the short story goes like this: it's been a very trying year for the Sales and Marketing Team here at R. W. Beck and the Nashville team (Jacqueline, Jennifer, and myself) saw the process through and decided to stay and wait it out hoping for a better resolution than what we previously had. Needless to say, our work didn't go unnoticed and our Director decided to reward us with a much-deserved (I say) spa package. So we ventured out to Escape Day Spa in Belle Meade for our afternoon/evening of fun!

We started off with the Custom Facial which included an evaluation, a thorough rinse, cleansing, collagen production facial, and hydration masque, then followed by stone massage- needless to say, it was amazing and I highly recommend this. The spa uses Skinceuticals which is a new skincare line, and a bit pricey, but completely worth it to me. My skin felt fresh and I could see a drastic difference in my skin after the treatment was complete.
Our next stop was the mani/pedi room- I chose the Indonesian Ginger pedicure which began with the eastern wellness tradition of cleansing your feet...This is used to restore balance in the feet as I soaked in a warm eucalyptus mineral bath. Next, I enjoyed an aromatherapy exfoliation with chakra balancing and stress reducing indonesian ginger scrub. Then I received a deep hydrating massage to ease tired muscles, increase circulation, and stimulate energy flow throughout the body...And last but not least she buffed and groomed my feet and finished it off with beautiful OPI polish.
By this time, we had worked up quite an appetite, so we were given dinner catered by Bread and Company. What I liked about the menu was that you could pick and choose what you wanted so I opted for mixed greens garden salad with the ever-popular honey pecan chicken salad on top (if you've never had this, you MUST try it!) And of course, what spa day is complete without a little wine in the mix, too =)
And we saved the best for last, hour-long massages. I decided that I've had a pretty stressful few months, so I chose the deep-tissue treatment including a penetrating massage to address tight muscle groups…which is proven to be highly beneficial for physical and mental stress reduction. And trust me, it worked. I've never been so relaxed in my life- it was hard for me to even make it home last night before falling asleep like a baby.
All this makes me realize that we get so caught up in the everyday hustle and bustle of our lives that we rarely take time for ourselves (me especially). So from now on, I have made a vow to treat myself every once in awhile because I deserve it and because it feels so good! So next time you're in Nashville and want a real treat, go to Escape Day Spa- I promise you won't be disappointed!!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

A Reunion of All Things UT

This weekend we are venturing to my old stomping ground, Knoxville, for the highly anticipated UT versus Florida game. I have to admit, after what happened last year and how we've looked so far this season, I am a little skeptical of our boys and what they are capable of, but I am a die-hard UT fan and never give up hope. It's like when everyone doubts us, we tend to rise above the scrutiny and perform better than we ever thought, so I am keeping my fingers crossed in anticipation that my glass-half-full attitude will pull through and we'll come home Sunday with another victory under our belt.
This weekend is sure to be loads of fun, with another engagement party for Bev and Christian Friday night, and then bright and early Saturday morning, the beeshes will be up and at it for our fun-filled reunion tailgate! I can't wait to see all of my friends- now that we are all spread out across the South, we have a blast when we all get together, even though it isn't nearly often enough. Roy and I actually have tickets for the game (thanks to his dad's SEC networking abilities), so we'll be enjoying the sights and sounds in Neyland and I couldn't be happier. I have already told Roy we will be in our seats for pre-game festivities- because there really is NOTHING like being there in person when we form the "Power T" and play Rocky Top as the boys come running out.

I'll also have to say Good Luck to Auburn this weekend as they play LSU- College Gameday is going to be there for this showdown, and as much as I dislike both teams, I have to support Rory since he's venturing to Knoxville with me for the weekend =)

In other words, GO VOLS!


Friday, September 12, 2008

Tonight We Celebrate

Yesterday was my best friend Malcorn's 24th birthday and tonight, let the festivities begin. I've made reservations for our closest friends downtown at Fiesta Azteca Mexican Restaurant on Elliston Place, and then we'll be heading out afterwards for a fun-filled birthday party! The cupcakes are made (with her favorite flavor I might add), and I know I'm definitely in need of some yummy margaritas to get the celebration started.

Margaret Parks Alcorn is my best friend, my lobster, and my roomie. She means so much to me and I've loved every minute of living with her these past 2 years. We were extremely close in college, but our friendship got even closer when she took a job in Nashville and we moved in together. We think alike, love the same things, and I find it hard to function sometimes without her- we practically do everything together and we like it that way. Her friendship means more to me than she will ever know and she has gotten me through some of the hardest times of my life- I am truly thankful for God blessing me with her in my life! Love you Malcorn! OXOX


Thursday, September 11, 2008

A Day We Will Never Forget

For my generation, September 11th is the day we stop what we're doing and remember exactly where we were when we heard the horrific news of the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and United Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. It's been 7 years and to this day, I remember in full detail my actions that day and just how I felt when I learned what had happened.

I woke up that morning (a Thursday) and went to my 8:10 Biology 101 class in the University Center (UC) just like I did every Tuesday and Thursday. And I remember walking through the hall and seeing the two towers on the TVs and not knowing what was going on. Then when I got to class, a friend told me what had happened and my mouth dropped... I was in complete shock. I remember everyone being really quiet that day and everyone pretty much keeping to themselves.

So here we are, 7 years later and though it's sad to say, this type of occasion is what makes people realize just how proud they are to be an American. I am thankful for the United States and all we stand for as a nation, I am thankful for the people who risked and gave up their lives that day so that others could live, I am thankful for the men and women who serve our country day in and day out so our way of life can continue, and I am thankful for family and friends who make each day on this earth worthwhile.

Of course we all have differing opinions about a variety of topics including war, the economy, healthcare, education, and ESPECIALLY politics, but even now in the middle of our election year, I am glad candidates can put their differences aside, even if only for one day, to remember a day when we all stood as one against the foreign enemy. I don't know why people care to cause harm to others and I will never understand their actions, but it does give me hope about our future and just how much we have to be thankful for. God Bless All of You- We Will Never Forget! OXOX

Friday, September 5, 2008

Cocktails All Day and Parties All Night

This past weekend, we made our journey down to our favorite beach in the world yet again! Even though the hurricanes were coming, and friends and family told us not to, if you know how my close group of friends act, we didn't care at all... we had the best time ALL 11 OF US! Yes a bit cramped at times, but it does make me realize just how lucky we are to have a fun getaway a mere 8 hours away. Whenever we visit our old failthful "Art and Soul" it's always tons of fun and this special trip was no different... I've put up pictures so I can walk you through our exciting Labor Day weekend adventure!

So, we begin our trip and as we're driving down I-65, the boy car pulls over and says the steering wheel column is smoking= Rachel's car is donezo (for the trip at least)... so here we are waiting for AAA to come pick it up and haul it off- next thought... how are 7 people going to fit in car?

So then we decide everyone is going to ride in my car to Birmingham (this is where we were meeting Christian and Bev with the other car)- see the following pic (you can't even see out the back window of the car, but never fear, my cornhole boards are strapped to the top of my Jeep)

Here comes Gray's Towing from Columbia (p.s. what is even funnier is that Rachel and Ryan's last name is Gray-kinda fitting, huh?? hehe) Us playing Honky Honk with Truck Drivers waiting for the tow truck- oh the things we do to keep ourselves entertained =)Roofop Party Before the Bar!!

Photoshoot on the Way to Bud N Alley's
Look at our Hot Boys!!

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