Thursday, April 17, 2014

Antiquing in Murfreesboro

Last Sunday Travis suggested we check out some antique malls we hadn't been to before in Murfreesboro. We lived there when we first got married, but I wasn't super into vintage yet so I hadn't been to any of the vintage stores in the area so I wasn't sure what to expect. But this place was amazing! I'll definitely be back, and fellow Nashvillians take note! We went to Antique Centers 1&2, located 2213 S. Church Street. There is another shop next to these called Antique Unlimited, but it was more fine antiques and glassware, not what we're into.
 Right through the doors of the first one we went into was a HUGE booth full of amazing vintage Christmas! I was drooling! Do you love that big santa with the strange black eyes? And now I kind of wanted a frosted tree. It's beautiful!
There was a whole case full of beautiful old glass ornaments. A little tree next to this had the weirdest blown glass mushroom people! I hadn't seen any like them before, shame I didn't take a photo for some reason.
 Spun cotton santas and those pinecone gnomes I love so much. 
 This booth had tons of trees, some old, some new and cute. Feather trees, aluminum trees, everything a Christmas fiend needs! On that mint shelf were vintage style putz houses. They were big and covered with vintage touches.
 I'm not sure if this Santa thing would have looked less creepy in its original state!
A lovely set of putz houses in the original box!. Next to it is a "snowball punch bowl".
 Travis pointed out this creepy snowman baby to me! Ah!
 Speaking of Travis, he is the best vintage shopping buddy. He is really good at finding things I'll like.
 Kewpies! Such a sweet postcard.
 II was on the lookout for vintage Easter but didn't find much in my budget. Check out the little pipe cleaner animals in this case. Aren't they sweet? I was tempted to get one of those little antelope type guys in the front, but wasn't sure where I would put them.
 I have a small collection of buttons like this, but I've never seen them this big! I bought three, lady tickler, when I'm full take me home, and another one I can't remember right now....
 Creepy puppet section.
 How cute are these?  I thought they were going to be the usual days of the week ones, but when I spread them out I saw this!
 I wouldn't go to to circus nowadays but I love seeing old circus stuff. This postcard was so good! Look at the little poodles! "Dog and Pony Act." I've got to get a little poodle someday!
We were cracking up over these creepy mittens and when I was asking Travis to hold them for a photo the dealer walked up and said 'Oh aren't those sweet? I've always thought they were just so cute!" 
 This little chalk dog reminded me of Phyllis but was priced a little higher than I wanted to pay. Shame. 
 And last but not least, some spun cotton pilgrims! 
We browsed for a few hours but just came home with a few treasures. The buttons I mentioned earlier, this Rock City pennant (the cashier said she thought it looked 40's but I'm not sure) and a blank scrapbook!
 Here is a close up. I'm going to put some of my vintage vacation photos in it! I didn't really notice how SAD the illustration is until I got it home. "No Hugging Allowed in this Park" with this crying bear chained to a pole! What in the world!





Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Phyllis in the park!

 It's finally spring and the weather has been beautiful! We spent Sunday afternoon at Centennial park, along with what seemed like half the population of the city! Everyone was so happy, laying in hammocks, flying kites, throwing frisbees. We took Phyllis along, just because she is precious.
 Look at that smug face!
 We took our bocce set and played under the trees. Travis won this round. 
 Her teeth! She doesn't have too many left.
 I had a great day off with two of my favorites. When we got home Phyllis promptly fell asleep and snored the rest of the night away! We spent the rest of the night watching movies and I tried to go to sleep at 8 since I had to get up at 2 am for inventory at work. Blah!
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

Weezer Weekend: Rivers and Me!

 Here I am! Back with Weezer Weekend part two! On Saturday, Rivers Cuomo had tweeted about going to the Johnny Cash museum at 3 pm and I figured for sure it wasn't really going to happen, or they wouldn't talk to fans. But I was wrong and when I saw a group photo of him with a big crowd of fans I was sick about it! Like I said in my earlier post, Rivers Cuomo has been one of my biggest loves for a LONG time. So when he tweeted about being at Third Man Records on Sunday, I knew I had to go! I was prepared to get there early in the morning and stake it out, but my good friend Ryan was able to get some details so we headed down about 15 minutes before Rivers was supposed to arrive.
 Here we are! At this point I don't believe it is actually going to happen. I'm sure he isn't going to show up or there will be too many people around or something. We hung out for a while, went inside and tried to use their mold o rama machine (it was broken!) and the photo booth (out of paper!) then I saw the bassist Scott in the reflection of the door and my stomach dropped to my feet.
 And then we stepped outside and there he was, little Rivers, man of my nerdy dreams. Ah! 
I talked to Scott first, he was really nice! And had a half gold tooth (the bottom half) which looked awesome! There were maybe 30 to 40 people hanging out? People were being respectful and not crowding or pushing, just politely asking for signatures and photos. Other Weezer fans might notice Karl in the background!
 Ryan took this one of me waiting for my chance to talk to Rivers. I was trying to make a funny face, but it was mostly a real face. I was shaking! Just a little, but I was very nervous that I wouldn't get my chance. Travis encouraged me to step up and talk to him.
It was awkward, as you expect, but I am so thrilled that this happened! I still can't get over it! Here I am with one of my favorite people ever! The thrill of the year!
I didn't get a shot with Brian but I love this one I took of him with my friend Marissa. Doesn't it look like they are buddies?
 She wasn't able to get one with Rivers, but this one is pretty excellent! Haha!
The reason they were there was to record a record in Third Man's booth. They have this awesome booth where for 15 bucks you can record a record and it makes it right there! Here is a great video of the proceedings. If you have eagle eyes you can spot me at 2:03. I'm one row back, the only person in frame without my phone up. I could really only see Brian's back so I figured I would be able to find a better video online once I got home. It was amazing though! I was less than 10 feet away while they recorded that one of a kind 7 inch! 
 Here was my view. Still cool. 
 They signed it when they were done and played it on the stereo. It sounds like it was recorded in the 40's. I need to think of something we can record in that booth. It's so neat!
 So there you have it! Best experience of the year so far! I'm so happy we were able to go, and I was able to meet someone who has been important to me for so long. I got them to sign my well loved Weezer wallet, and now I'm going to retire it and frame it.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Weezer Weekend: I love a good theme!

My favorite band of all time, Weezer, was here in Nashville this past weekend for a two night gig at the Ryman. I've been looking forward to it for months! You can read a little bit about my love of the band here. They have been my biggest obsession ever and I have the blog name (and big dorky tattoo) to prove it! I'm gong to have to split the experience into two posts because it was the best weekend I've had in a long time! I'll be back soon to tell you about MEETING RIVERS CUOMO only my biggest nerd love. I still kind of can't believe it happened.

A bunch of friends were going, and we love a theme, so we had a little Pr(w)eezer party before the Saturday night show. Here is what we had:  
 Kimmie provided the "Somebody's Heine is crowding my icebox....pie"
 Our host Nettie made these perfect, delicious, Islands in the Sun. It is butternut squash soup with a gnocchi island, broccoli trees, quinoa beach, and a little umbrella. I'm still not over how cute it is!
 Kimmie's other half Jamie proved the El Scorcho spicy snack mix. 
 I made Pink Triangle cookies, which didn't turn out quite how I wanted, but you get the idea. 
 And Ryan brought "I'm a pig, I'm a dog, so scuse me if I drool" dogs! It was kind of a weird mix, but it was delicious and fun! I wish we had gotten a group photo before we headed out.
I wore this button that I made back in high school. See the nice packing tape job? I'm pretty sure I added the text in Microsoft paint. I wasn't sure I would wear it, because it's pretty lame, but a positive instagram response encouraged me.
 I stole this collage from Ryan, here we all are moments before the show started! There I am, looking towards the heavens!
 There really aren't any bad seats at the Ryman. We got the cheapest ones (since we were going both nights) and still had a great view. The shows were part of their "memories" thing where they play through their classic albums, plus a greatest hits set. I think I was one of the few people there who cared about them after Pinkerton came out so I was thrilled to hear the other songs!
The highlight was probably when they did an acoustic version of Suzanne. The Ryman is known for its acoustics (it was the home of the Grand Ole Opry for a long time) and the song sounded amazing. Here is a little video of it from youtube. I wish I had been so close!
After the greatest hits set they had a little slide show and the played the Blue Album all the way through. I cried a few times during the show, mostly from being overwhelmed with happiness. Karl posted this photo on the official site and I love it! We were in the balcony, a little to the left.
The second night saw our numbers a little diminished, and we moved the party to my house. I went simple and just had pork and beans with candy, cuz you know, the song "I eat my candy with the pork and beans." Backdrop provided by the stunning painting I made of Rivers in high school ( I told you I was obsessed!)
Such a delicious combo! We also had salt and vinegar kettle chips, just because.
The pugs love it when people come over because they get even MORE attention. Little Phyllis is pretty hard to resist.
Our seats for night two were a little more to the side, but I loved it because we could see Rivers' kids dancing around backstage!
See that? That is his little toddler son, running around pretending to shred on a ukelele. It was killing me! Rivers' 7 year old daughter Mia came out and played keys for a song both nights. How cool is that?
This time after the little intermission/slide show they came out and played Pinkerton all the way through. That album is critical to me being who I am today. It felt a little like a religious experience being there. I'm not even kidding.  It's just so GOOD, and sincere, and weird and meant to much to me at  a hard time in my life. I cried again, this time during the beginning of Across the Sea, and at the end during Butterfly (OF COURSE).
So it was a perfect weekend. I'm so happy they brought the memories tour here and I was in a position to be able to go both nights and scream along with so many other happy people. My voice was hoarse on Monday. But it was worth it!
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