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thoughts on my first military ball

J and I went to our first military ball a few weeks ago and it was wonderful. ball1I wish J would smile in pictures.
The night was short but well planned. Food was fantastic and the drinks were even better.
ball2I used Rent the Runway for the first time and it went well. Got a $2,000 dress I didn’t actually have to pay retail for. Always a good thing. You don’t get to keep the dress but how likely would I be to wear a ballgown again in the first place?
My concerns about what I was wearing went away after the first couple of compliments. Apparently I did good. I was worried that I’d be overdressed after hearing some people mention short, cocktail dresses. Negative. Lots of ball gowns, although some chose not to  leave enough to the imagination. To each their own.
Our only bad experience was checking in to the hotel for the night. I work full-time and didn’t have hours and hours to get ready, so we rushed over after I got off from work and got dressed in the car. My hair probably explains that one pretty well. We went to the reception before checking in and went to the front desk after dinner.
Even though I booked the room months in advance.
Even though I called to confirm we’d have an atrium view king (which I would have gladly paid more for instead of using the block rate).
Even though they took my reservation.
Apparently they didn’t know how to keep it. Neither the king or the atrium room we booked was available so instead of viewing this from our reserved balcony:bnago_phototour06Source: Gaylord Opryland Resort

We had a window to nowhere. Literally. There was a window and six inches away from that there was a beige wall. I really wanted to like this hotel despite all of the bad reviews because the resort itself is lovely, but if it wasn’t one thing it was another. Just another thing to add to the list of reasons why I love Hyatt and dislike Marriott properties but lesson relearned, I guess.

Have you ever been to a military ball? What’d you wear?

it’s been awhile

A lot of them

Forgive me, readers. I have a confession to make…
In case you haven’t noticed. It’s been awhile.
I said I’d try harder but I’m busted.
I’ve been busy (I know that’s no excuse because aren’t we all) with the move and it seems like things are just settling down.
I’ve also been going through a bit of a blogging slump.
What can I write that’s interesting? What do you all want to know?
I’ve been at a loss for words but like always I’ve taken a ton of pictures.
Clarksville is growing on me and I’ve met some great women so there’s that.
We joined a CSA (community supported agriculture) and are getting to eat lots of farm fresh fruits and veggies.20130601_231628 (2)20130525_173142 (2)I haven’t done any local races but I’ve started a run club on post and I’m doing The Great American Mud Run in July and The Color Run in October. Both should be lots of fun.
Last weekend we went to Memphis, ate a lot of BBQ, walked historic Beale Street and toured the National Civil Rights Museum (across from where MLK was shot).
We booked a room at The Madison downtown using Priceline’s Name Your Own Price option. I’m officially hooked.
The hotel had a gorgeous rooftop and super cozy bed that I didn’t want to leave.20130616_11341220130616_112820But since our first night in Memphis was spent eating all the barbecue in sight we checked out and headed to historic Beale Street.memphis1memphis2And then to the National Civil Rights Museum.memphis3It’s always grounding to walk where history has been made. I learned more about MLK’s death than his life which was disturbing but I understand the general purpose of the museum. Tracing in the footsteps of history is incredibly different than reading about history in a textbook.memphis4In other adventures, J and I attempted to go tubing with a group of ten on Sunday. Key word: attempting.riverIt all started out OK but half of the cheapo tubes busted on the way to the end point and we ended up stranded next to a cornfield. The company we used brought a canoe and kayaks to the rescue to get us to the endpoint where we grilled brats and veggies. I’d go again in a kayak but I don’t think that particular section of the river is great for tubing. Live and learn? It was still a good time but not the lazy, relaxing float we were all expecting.
Besides our weekend adventures we’ve been busy doing lots of moving in and decorating. We’re not completely finished yet but we’ve turned this:20130521_184948 (2)Into this:room2room3It’s still a work in progress. I’ve got some more DIY projects in the works but I’m pretty proud of the results so far.

What do you think?
What would you like to read about more?
Tell me in the comments.

the movers are here


The move to our FDS has started. Somehow we need to get all of this into our car for the two day drive to Fort Campbell. Haven’t started that just yet. Right now the movers are finishing up packing everything in boxes and will soon start loading the truck. Then I guess we’re sleeping on the floor for the night and we’ll be off tomorrow.
I’m excited for the move, more so now that the stress of scheduling movers is gone.
The hardest part of this move so far has been not knowing when, who or how our stuff was going to be picked up.
It’s kind of crazy how disorganized it’s been. From not being able to receive hard copy orders because J would “get them when he got them” to not knowing if someone would be picking up our things or we’d be moving them ourselves, I’m definitely ready for it to be over.
On to the road trip next.