Thursday, January 31, 2008
Here's what our forecast looks like with our local news:
Rain likely this afternoon and evening, thundershowers included. Might see changeover to snow late tonight.
THURSDAY: Mostly cloudy with rain and isolated thunderstorms especially late in the day, winds east 5-10 mph. HIGHS: Nashville-46, Lawrenceburg-46, Dickson-46
THURSDAY NIGHT: Rain expected early with a change over to snow/rain mix late, winds south 5-10. Snowbird may well fly on Friday morning. LOWS: Nashville-32, Altamont-30, Dover-30
So the schools closed....makes total sense right? Oh and note to self - look up what the heck "Snowbird may well fly on Friday morning" means. Snowbird? Is this for real?
Friday, January 25, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Thursday, January 17, 2008
For the fourth time, Billy Currington came into Mortons last night and had a little chat with Jason. But first let me give you a little recap of prior conversations with him in a nutshell.
First Visit - Jason asks Billy if he wouldn't mind listening to one of his songs. Billy says "Sure, if you can get it to me before I leave, I'll take it with me." (maybe not exact quote) So Jason calls me up and says, "Baby, can you get here with a CD for Billy Currington with a couple songs on it?". So I bust my tail to get dressed, burn a cd and rush down to Mortons. I meet Billy and his girlfriend Kristin and we give him the cd.
Second Visit - Billy comes in and tells Jason he loves his song. Kristin says she plays it in the car all the time.
Fourth Visit (last night) - Billy comes into Mortons with his girlfriend Kristin again and his manager. Kristin talks to Jason over by the bathroom and tells Jason that his song is by far her favorite one out of all the songs that Billy's been listening to for his upcoming album. She said she's told Billy to cut it cause it will for sure get on the radio as a single and go #1. (very sweet compliment). As Billy gets ready to head out, Jason and Billy cross paths again in the lobby of Mortons. Billy asks once again if Jason's got a cut on "that song" yet. Jason says no, still waiting for a break. Billy's manager, who was dining with them, asks Billy, "what song?" And I KID YOU NOT - Billy busts out singing Jason's song right there in the lobby!! "Hey beautiful kiss me goodbye, I hate to run but I gotta fly...." He freakin knew Jason's song off the top of his head!!! As awesome as that is, I only wish I was there myself to witness it.
As Tyler was wrapping up his set, here comes one of the members of Little Big Town to shake his hand and meet him. (blonde guy in the picture above) I tried my best not to stare and let my jaw drop to the floor. Us...just chillin with the big boys. And as we're sitting there waiting for the next singer to come up and do his set, a particular huge songwriter who will remain nameless, that wrote with Jason years ago, comes up to Jason and says hi and I got an introduction. And the next thing out of this guys mouth is "I heard that song you wrote with Andrea Pearson - how the hell did you write such an awesome song?" Um Thanks? You gotta love the backhanded compliments these guys who are too big for their britches make. So of course - I step up to the plate and respond with - "Um excuse me, but my husband's been writing awesome songs for the last few years!" nice one. And then I think I threw something in there about being his muse...blah blah blah, let's not rehash that one. As we were getting ready to leave, he catches our eye again and I tell him it was nice meeting him and he tells me how lucky I am to have Jason and not to let him get away or something to that effect. I'm like - dude, your a flake - being as how he NEVER responds to emails or returns phone calls and then he goes off about ALL the people that are CONSTANTLY calling him, cause he's so big and amazing and - "Have someone in coach play fiddle for us!" and "Bring me the head of a pig!" (all you Brian Reagan fans will appreciate that). I'm all "cool, it was nice meeting you - bye!" and we walked out the door. Leave with the ball in our court ;-) SO there you go - a couple exciting days in the world of country music. Jason has had some great meetings with publishers and even with a couple labels pitching his music. He's gotten all positive feedback and we have a song being pitched this week to Julianne Hough, who is the winner from the last two seasons of Dancing With The Stars (she's making a country album, see picture above), and then he's got a couple songs being passed up to the Exec of A&R for BMG, which he's heard good things about. Then today he's meeting again with Jennifer Johnson, the lady who's been so supportive of Jason's music and has been trying to work something out where eventually she can offer Jason a writing deal at Midas Records, which is the publishing company she works for.
Something is bound to happen soon! So please keep us in prayers!!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
To finish off the day together, we got dressed up and headed to The Stoney River Steakhouse in West End for a delicious dinner. Jason had a steak that was actually cured in coffee! I wonder if anyone in Seattle has picked up on this little trick? It was so good too! Everything was so wonderful and I would love to take my parents there sometime when they come for another visit, I think they would absolutely love it.
We also received some cards & gifts from our families, which was really fun! Kati sent us a Dama Stovetop Espresso Maker from Starbucks - I included a picture of it, and I'm sure we'll love using it once we figure out how it works. :-)
Then Mom & Dad Kelly sent us a check to get something fun for the house, but where do we even begin? I'm thinking of looking up a house plaque with our name on it or something - I'll have to think about that one for a bit.
It was a rare occasion, but Jason had four whole days off this last weekend and we had a lot of much needed time together and spending it with friends as well. Friday night was girls night, where some of us girls from work get together and go out to dinner and drinks (or in my case, a shirley temple). We decided to try something other than the Morton's happy hour and went down to Hillsboro Village and had dinner at Boscos - yummy! There were 8 of us girls total!! It was such a blast - and when I was driving home later that night talking to Jason on the phone, I told him how much I am blessed with some wonderful friendships out here in Tennessee. I'm not much of an outgoing person, so making friends has been really rough for me. I'm not as trusting to put it all out there on the line, so I've been observing a lot and really testing the waters before opening up. And after a year and a half I've finally come to a place where I've made some really great friends and love to hang out with them when we get the chance.
Here's my homegirls from work - we have so much fun together! Brooke is on the left and Kacie on the right and when the three of us get together, there's sure to be trouble. Brooke is my cube-neighbor. Our cube walls are about chest high, so when something weird, funny or bad happens in the office, our little heads pop up above the walls like little turtles and we start laughing at each other. Then Kacie has also become a really good friend - but she is one busy girl working part time at the office as a paralegal and then going to law school full time at night. Its rare when the three of us can actually all get together, but when we do - we have such a blast!
Here's Kacie with Kathy in the middle and Angela on the right. I really haven't gotten to know Kathy all the well until recently, because when I first started working at Adams & Resse, she was about ready to have a baby and then shortly after her maternity leave she found out she had thyroid cancer and had to be home with surgeries and treatments. She is one strong woman and I really admire her great attitude and hard work ethic. Then Angela on the right is actually still pretty new here - she is so much fun and has an accent like you wouldn't believe! I love listening to her talk and I swear she's one of the funniest people I know.
And then I had to include this last picture I had of Brooke being a goofball. We like to go on movie dates and see chick flicks together. The last movie we saw together was Atonement, which we both totally enjoyed.
Saturday I got to spend 2 hours on the phone with one of my closest and dear friends Jessica, who I've missed like crazy these last couple years!! Then later that night, Jason and I met up with our friends Nick & Mel for dinner. On Sunday after church we did a little shopping at Pier 1 with a gift card we received at Christmas and got a rug for our dining room!
It was such a relaxing and fun weekend and I enjoyed every minute of it! Thanks for all the voicemails, messages and cards - we love you all and are grateful for your friendship!