81. Local Taco

To celebrate my birthday, Brandon, Neal, Joanna, and I went to a local restaurant called The Local Taco. It’s the first of five local restaurants we’re trying at part of our 101 list.

The Local Taco is tucked away in Brentwood. They claim to be tex-mex but I don’t think any Nashville restaurant really knows how to do tex-mex. They’re never spicy enough. Anywho, we sat outside on the patio which has a really nice vibe to it. The lighting outside might have been my favorite part, they had globe string lights all around the patio. I find them enchanting. 🙂 

Food wise, we started with chips and queso. I had the cheese enchiladas, rice, and queso cauliflower. Brandon had one ‘local bbq’ taco and one korean bbq, rice, and roasted tabasco agave beets. They make their own chips and tortilla shells and those were GREAT. The rest of the meal, however, was just alright. We’re definitely glad we tried it, but not sure we’ll go back.

After dinner we went back to the house. I went back to the room to put warm clothes on cause we got a little chilly after sitting outside at dinner. And when I came back in the living room I was greeted with a red velvet cupcake with a candle on it and they sang happy birthday to me! 🙂

Joanna got the cupcakes from Ivey Cake! They were sooooooo delicious! And SO stinking pretty!

Fun fact: Ivey Cake made Carrie Underwood’s wedding cake! The cupcakes all had really fun/funny names. We had ‘Two-faced,’ ‘Cheat day,’ ‘Big dreams,’ ‘I do,’ and ‘Break up.’ Mine even had edible glitter (or at least I hope it was)! After cupcakes we played games the rest of the evening.

Overall, it was a great evening and a great way to celebrate my birthday! 🙂

Feelin’ the love,



40. Host a Star Wars Movie Marathon


While Courtney was trying to get me on board with the whole 101 in 1001 thing, she tried to come up with some items that might entice me. She quickly pulled out the big guns and went for my first love – Star Wars. I was helpless to resist, and we recently hosted a Star Wars movie marathon weekend. Courtney devised the schedule:

1:15-3:30 Episode I
3:45-6:05 Episode II
7:30-9:50 Episode III

10:00-12:05 Episode IV
1:00-3:07 Episode V
3:15-5:30 Episode VI


Makeshift window blinds.

I have to admit, I was intimidated by the schedule. I love Star Wars, but that is a lot of time staring at a movie screen. Nevertheless, I set aside my hesitations and went with it. Courtney’s office, which happens to be in the converted garage of the parsonage, has a projector, so we set up shop there. Unfortunately, while the sound and video were great, the office has a ton of windows with no blinds. We don’t stay up late anymore, so most of the showings were during the day. We used what was available and improvised. It wasn’t perfect, but the extra mission trip t-shirts were effective enough.

With a mountain of snacks and two friends present at showtime, we hit play. We made the decision to watch the prequels first in order to see the story in order. It was interesting to notice the dis/continuities and to try to imagine Hayden Christiansen beneath Vader’s mask. (Incidentally, I discovered that the Captain Antilles to whom R2-D2 and C-3PO are given at the end of Revenge of the Sith is not related to Wedge. Who knew?) I also decided that our children will watch the original trilogy first. Watching the OT is much less exciting if you already know (SPOILER ALERT!!!) Luke and Leia are siblings and Vader is their father. Why would i want to deprive them (and myself) of this?


My marathon attire.

The marathon was fun. The prequels still don’t hold a candle to the originals, but they were entertaining. Friends came and went throughout the weekend. Trooper that she is, Joanna watched all of them start to finish with us. Despite my fears, watching them back to back to back wasn’t bad at all, although I was definitely ready to be done when the credits scrolled on ROTJ. I still love the movies, I would be alright if I didn’t watch them again for a while, and I confirmed that my level of Star Wars knowledge classifies me as a nerd, although I readily admit to paling in comparison to hardcore SW nerds. Still, I own a Darth Vader mask. And that counts for something.

Still wearing the mask,