Another year just went by, so long 2014! It was rather a quiet year. We didn't travel much, didn't really do anything to make the year special. As I'm trying to make more plans for 2015, I surely am glad 2014 is over. Scrolling through my iphone's camera roll, gave me the best, and most accurate picture of last 12 months. Otherwise, I had really hard time to remember what we've done, since there wasn't too many memorable events. Or maybe I am just getting older, and don't remember anything anymore.
January and February was definitely really, really cold in Chicago. Everyone talked, tweeted, facebooked, instagramed about the polar vortex. All five great lakes were frozen shut. I have to say, it was probably the coldest I've ever experienced, but with enough layers of clothing, right boots, hats and gloves, it was doable. And not like we had a choice in saying, right? Lake Michigan looked really amazing, something I've never seen before.
[tired after new years shenanigans]
[winter in it's finest]
In March we did a quick weekend in Nashville, even 50's were a huge improvement from what we had in Chicago those days. My sister and her BF went with us. The drive went pretty fast, always does going there, it's the way back home that seemed long and exhausting. But I guess that is what happens after two long days of partying Nashville style. As usual, we stayed downtown, at the Renaissance on Commerce, a block away from Broadway Street, where all the action is, at least the touristy action we were going for. I thought of exploring East Nashville, but we run out of time. Maybe next time. Broadway was just perfect to scratch the live music itch, it always does the trick. Hopping from one Honky Tonk to the other, Jameson was flowing, live music was playing, just a perfect getaway from the cold everyday life in Chicago. My favorite thing about Nashville is that you can walk in to a bar on Broadway at 10 am, and there is a live band playing. 10 in the morning!!!
Nashville is changing though, as we've been going there for last 6 or 7 years, it's not hard to notice that it's becoming more of a "college kids party scene" versus what it used to be, just the casual place to go and listen to some good, ole country. Old bars are building up, making three-story-tall party central clubs, long lines to get in, tons of drunk kids that have no appreciation for the music. Nashville is becoming NashVegas. At least the Broadway Street, where all the old original Honky Tonks are. In my opinion, it's loosing it's character. Maybe next time we should explore East Nashville in hope to experience what we first loved abut Nashville. Live music, live old country music, with Merle and Hank, Willie and Johnny, and many more that helped shaped the music.
April - I am not completely sure, but by April, Chicago had thawed out a bit, and temperatures returned to more of a norm. I actually don't remember much about April of 2014. Was Easter that month?? Tim's mom was turning 70, so we decided to fly to Tampa for a few days, get some sun and celebrate the milestone birthday.
[beach in Venice, FL. day]
Beach, pool, good food, and good company made the few days fly by. I was so sun-hungry, that all I wanted to do is lay on the lounge chair, on the edge of the pool, and bake. It worked, we had a beautiful weather, just a bit of rain on the last day, I came back with a nice golden tan... feels good to have some color. Pale skin just doesn't look good on me.