Work

Farewell, Nashville

by Lindsey

You may have noticed that I haven’t written in a while, readers. (If you haven’t noticed, that’s okay, too.) Things have been busy in my neck of the woods. In early May, I applied for a job and completed two interviews. I accepted the position in June, went to my first board meeting, and found a place to live (in my new little Stars Hollow-esque town). I’m thrilled about this opportunity, but I’ll save that for another post. For the past three weeks, I’ve been finishing up things at my old job and packing up my life. Tomorrow I’m saying goodbye to a place I’ve called home for more than four years.Nashville Skyline

If you’ve ever visited Music City, you know there’s a lot to love about Nashville. It offers shopping and amenities (aside from an IKEA, but no place has it all). Culturally speaking, Cheekwood and the Frist have been treats to visit during my time here. As one might expect, the opportunities to see live music are plentiful. My favorite Nashville concerts include Death Cab for Cutie, Fiona Apple, Josh Ritter (twice!), and, the folk queen of hearts herself, Patty Griffin.

I think I might miss the food most of all, though. Next time you’re in town, grab a non-dairy latte from Crema or a cortado con leche from Eighth and Roast. Get tacos as Mas Tacos Por Favor, sushi at Peter’s Sushi and Thai (their number is saved in my phone), grits from B&C, everything at Silly Goose, and eat a Marathon veggie burger (the best I’ve ever had anywhere) and truffle fries from Burger Up. Think of me fondly as you do.

Though this has been the longest I’ve lived in one place other than my home town, I have moved several times since graduating from college. My trajectory went like this: Savannah, GA –> Greeneville, TN –> Chattanooga, TN –> Nashville, TN. It’s funny to look back and think about each place you’ve lived. I miss Savannah like an old friend. Her charm seeped in deep during my short time there. Greeneville is my hometown, so it’ll always make me feel a little claustrophobic and a lot nostalgic. Chattanooga was a pretty little bump in the road, but I’m happy to say I got a couple of wonderful friends out of that deal. Nashville was an answered prayer: a way out of a job I didn’t like and into a place already home to several friends and family members.

Of course, not everything has been biscuits and gravy. As much as it pains me, I’ve realized that now is a good time to leave. People have been slowly trickling out of my daily life since I arrived. It happens so slowly you hardly realize. First, a college roommate gets married and moves away, then a friend finishes grad school and gets a job elsewhere, and others find serious relationships and drop away into coupledom. It happens. It’s natural. Naturally, it was bound to happen to me.Lindsey with the "I Believe in Nashville" sign.

In addition, the traffic truly, truly sucks. I mean, it’s not Atlanta, but it’s still pretty bad. I started having panic attacks while living here (largely originating in said traffic). My apartment flooded in a freak pipe accident a couple of years ago. I had a live bird stuck in my apartment wall over a long weekend. The city sees lots of severe weather, though the @NashSevereWx Twitter account helps us all through.

I know I talked about the food a lot, but what I’ve come to realize in the last few weeks is that it isn’t the city of Nashville I’ll miss. You’ve heard it said that it’s the people that make a place home, but those are not empty words. Even with all the changes and people leaving, etc., that still holds true. It’s the people I hate to leave behind.

The other truth in all of this? I’m really looking forward to an exciting new job, living in the mountains, and small town traffic. Good and bad, it is difficult to leave any place one has come to call home. I’ll look forward to visiting, and I’ll take comfort in knowing I never really leave any friends behind. FaceTime is a beautiful thing.

 

 

Desk Decor

– by Lindsey

I don’t know about you, but sometimes a 40 hour work week feels much longer than that. So, this post is dedicated to making our cubicles away from home a little more homey, homies. Here’s my list of (nonessential?) essentials:

A pretty calendar

Screen Shot 2014-08-06 at 8.22.26 PMNothing brightens my work day like flipping a page on my page-a-day calendar. My favorite is this one from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, because the pages can be used as prints after the year is through. Bonus: A feel a little rebellious when a day comes up with a nude artwork. There are naked people on my desk and nobody says a word because ART. (If you don’t like flipping pages, this one from Rifle Paper Co. is a close second.)

A “What’s that?” piece

I’ve always loved finding unusual items on friends’ desks. These could range from an interesting travel souvenir to a Chia Pet. My favorites are this awesome pencil holder from MOMA that sits on my desk at home and this weird lady with paperclip hair that my dad found at Big Lots. Get creative. Now, this can go too far, and I don’t recommend the extreme, which might include a bright green pig people squeeze as they pass your desk to make a horrible squealing noise. You know, something general like that.

A good pen (or two)

Kelsey loves pens more than anyone I know, so she should probably write this section. However, I feel confident that she would recommend the classic Le Pen (because I know she buys them in bulk). I prefer Sharpie pens because they write well or Poppin pens because the outsides are fun colors and the insides are normal blue. Party on the outside, business on the inside.

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 A whimsical mug

Hi, my name is Lindsey, and I buy too many mugs. My mug of choice at work is a great dinosaur mug I just stumbled upon in the cabinet one day. (If it belonged to anyone, please know I’ve given it a happy home filled with exotic teas.) At home, I might go for a more elaborate dinosaur mug (sensing a theme?) or this amazing art history study guide of a vessel.

 

A few desktop wallpapers on rotation

If I’m going to ruin my eyes staring at a screen all day, I want that screen to be pretty, darn it. I’ll change out desktop wallpapers at least once a week, if not more. My favorites are freebies offered by some of the design blogs I mentioned in the last Lazy Sunday Links post. Design*Sponge released several (some years back) that I still use today, while designlovefest pops out gorgeous new wallpapers often.

A desk stretch manual to undo all the damage to our seated bodies

Now that you’ve made your horribly open cube feel so cozy, you might never want to get up from your chair. Please don’t fall into the trap! I like to keep a handy sheet of exercises nearby to prompt me to refresh my tired eyes and sedentary body. My yoga instructor recommends these moves, man or woman. Also, for you fellow dry-eyed lovelies in the audience, remember these tips to fight eye strain.

Any great desk accessories I missed?