Sunday, April 17, 2011

Juke Joint

This weekend was a whirlwind! Taylor had some business in Oxford on Friday, and I had not scheduled any patients that day, so our original plan was to head up to Oxford early Friday morning. But at the last minute on Thursday, our friend Reed called to let us know that there were still some tickets available for the Zac Brown Band concert in Starkville that night--so we decided to be spontaneous and go! We had the best time with Reed and Maris! The concert was excellent--the band did not disappoint. Zac Brown sounds in person pretty much exactly like he does on his records. Each member of the band was super talented--I think my favorite may have been the fiddle player/violinist/background vocal guy. Every single one of them was multi-talented, and each played at least two instruments.
Taylor and Reed
Tay and me just before the band came onstage. The venue was set up outside, on a big grassy area with a giant stage. The weather was perfect.

Taylor is such a hippie at heart...bless him. One of his comments during the concert: "If I were in a band, my hair would be so long I could wipe my butt with it!" I think he was pretty inspired by the music...he's picking on his guitar right now as I write this.

When the concert was over, we hopped in the car and drove over to Oxford, arriving just before 1 am. I was exhausted and I think I was asleep before my head even hit the pillow! Friday was leisurely--waking up and walking to Bottletree, doing some organizing/cleaning around the house, window-shopping on the square. I also got to hang out that afternoon with one of my best friends from college, Mary Catherine. She had a health scare recently but is now doing just fine--but I felt so much better when I could just hug her neck and chat for a while! Then we went to dinner that night with some friends, J.W. and Elizabeth, at a great restaurant in town, 208. Elizabeth is a Chi O at Ole Miss, and so was I, and she so graciously took Taylor and me to the Chi O house after dinner so I could check out the new updates to the house! Since I graduated four years ago, they have expanded the dining room and redone all the bathrooms (lucky girls!).

Saturday morning we got up and I (of course) walked to Bottletree again and picked up breakfast; then we got ready to head over the Clarksdale for the Juke Joint Festival--my favorite festival! I had a little scare myself though as we started to head out of town--I started seeing spots and then briefly lost all the peripheral vision in my left eye--so strange! It went away after about 45 minutes but then I figured out why it had happened--I developed an AWFUL migraine. If you've never had one, be thankful. I've only had one two other times in my life, and I want to keep that number as low as possible. When we finally arrived in Clarksdale, poor Taylor had been so sweet to me, but he was starving, so we parked the car and he went into the festival to grab some food while I just laid my poor aching head on the console in the truck and tried to block out all light and noise for about 30 minutes. Thankfully, after that, the headache was almost gone.

A random dude checking out one of the folk art booths.

Thought this was a cool old sign:

I was so glad to hang out with Mac this weekend! (Also, I obviously got my face painted. $1, and it took the lady about thirty seconds to slap that strawberry onto my face--hey, it's the simple things in life, right?)

We bought a really cool piece of art for just 60 bucks--and it's an oil painting! It's of John Lee Hooker, one of Taylor's favorite blues artists.

Overall, it was definitely a successful weekend! We left the festival Saturday afternoon and headed home for an engagement party for our dear friend Anna and her fiancee Blake. Then home and early to bed for me! I'm not gonna lie, I love going to bed early after a long day! Taylor thinks I'm an old lady for it, but that's ok! ;)

This morning was palm Sunday at church, and the service was beautiful. We sang one of my favorites, "It is Done". Our choir has done it a couple of times over the past year or two and it is so moving--to me, it captures the victorious emotion of Christ conquering sin on the cross. Joel, a good friend of ours, sings the solo on the song, and his voice is incredible--truly a God-given talent. Taylor and I have become good friends with Joel and his wife Carrie over the last year. I am so thankful for the friends we have made through our Sunday School class and through the choir at church.

This afternoon I got bitten by the spring cleaning/rearranging bug--and we halfway rearranged our whole house! I'm still not sure if I'm happy with it, but I'm going to just live with it for a couple days and then see what I think. Maybe I'll post some pics and get some feedback from the one or two people who actually read this thing!

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