Nashville Road Trip

We live in southern Kentucky and love a Nashville road trip.  Especially since spring has finally arrived here in Kentucky.

trees in bloom

With warmer weather comes the urge to travel and to shop. It was my husband’s birthday so I had the perfect excuse for a short get-a-way.

Aloft hotel

If you have never stayed at an Aloft, they are different from most hotels. The bed was comfy and the room nice enough. The only complaint I had were tiny coffee cups (we drink a lot of coffee in the mornings) and the Internet wasn’t working  both mornings I tried to log on, which is why I haven’t posted since last week. This hotel is in Cool Springs, right outside of Nashville, which is a great place to shop.

The Cheesecake Factory

After a delicious meal at The Cheesecake Factory, we went to Cool Springs Galleria. Macy’s was having a big sale and I couldn’t wait to look at spring clothing. Bill wasn’t as excited about shopping as he was about the cheesecake but he took his ear buds and sat patiently while I shopped. Yes, it was his birthday but he insisted he wasn’t interested in shopping and had rather wait for me.

The first department I walked into was the swimsuit department. I hadn’t bought a new suit in years and the ones I have are sort of like me, stretched and faded. At first glance it appeared there were lots of choices but by the time I discarded the too skimpy, too frumpy, too expensive, I was left with a grand total of two suits to try on. I sucked in my stomach and headed to the dressing room, hoping that the mirror would be kind.

It wasn’t.

What was I thinking? Never, ever try on swim suits after you have eaten  at The Cheesecake Factory!

I put the two suits I tried on back on the rack and went to the old lady frumpy section. Then I saw it….the perfect suit for me!

Miracle Swim Suit

It didn’t make my stomach flat, but it did help smash the cheesecake in. Purchase number one completed…on to the dresses.

I  found one I liked and decided to try it on.


The material was too form fitting and unlike the bathing suit, it did nothing to flatten my cheesecake. I tried several more dresses on and finally came to the conclusion that I should write a country song about my shopping adventure entitled, “30 Years and 20 Pounds Ago,” because that’s the last time anything fit (or looked) the way I wanted it too. Anyone out there want to sing it with me?

The Husband Shops

We went to several other stores on our Nashville road trip and I kept trying to get my husband interested in shopping. Finally, at the end of the mall he saw something that caught his interest.

Store closing sign

 He loves bargains. Who doesn’t? Now it was my turn to wait. I borrowed his ear plugs, listened to music and people watched while he shopped.

It was a great weekend get away. We vowed to go again soon. Life is short. Eat your cheesecake now. You can always  buy a Miracle suit later!


It was a fun weekend but for me the highlight of our Nashville road trip was being with my husband (and the cheesecake.)

Tell me about your weekend get-aways. Where do you like to go and what do you like to do? I would love to hear from you!










  1. Mary Alice 6 Apr, 2014

    Loved the account of the trip…

  2. Diane Allen 7 Apr, 2014

    We like to go wine tasting, Usually to the Finger Lakes in NY state. I think I like the tasting even better then drinking it at home!