My Summer Goals: Bakeries and Travel

I’ve grown to enjoy some of the simpler things in life, one of my favorites being a good bakery. There is something so comforting about a bakery. The smell of of fresh bread baking, the deliciously decadent pastries, and the calming coffee aromas. I could sit in a bakery and work all day or brunch all weekend.

One of my favorite places in Nashville to visit is Marché Artisan Foods. They have breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner and are located in East Nashville. Everything I’ve ever ordered there has been so delicious, I really don’t think anything on the menu is bad! There is just something about the atmosphere that makes me forget about the world and enjoy my time and company there. But at the same time, also reminds me of home. When I lived in Virginia I used to go downtown to brunch at Bread Furst Bakery with my friends and family. Bread Furst is located in Van Ness, a great location right in the heart of Northwest DC. One of my good friends actually just moved into the Park Van Ness apartments and has become a regular at Bread Furst. She is always taunting me with pictures of her baked goods, it’s cruel!

ParkVan Ness Bread Furst

Now that it’s warm out all I want to do is spend time outside. I’ve loved the adventure of moving to Nashville and starting my life here. But there are times when I miss things about living in the DC area –especially sitting outside brunching with my friends on a beautiful day! I can’t wait to visit my friend in her sweet new apartment and catch up over a tasty brunch. Yet my envy over her pastry pics has launched a new desire, more-so a mission, for my summer. Instead of getting jealous over my friend’s new routine now that she has moved to Park Van Ness, I’m going to take charge and explore Nashville this summer. Now I know I live here but there are so many things to do and places to see, it never gets old. And on top of that, I now have a beautiful little baby to introduce to all the cool places in the city we call home! I’m looking forward to starting this new summer adventure. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

 

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Veterans Call: Honoring My Grandfather and all Veterans

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On April 9, 1942 the US surrendered to the Japanese during WWII on the Bataan Peninsula. The Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make the long 65 mile journey back to the prison camps. They marched on foot for days without food and water. Thousands died during that long march, which is why it is aptly called the Bataan Death March, today.

I grew up with stories of my grandfather, the war hero, but it never really sunk in until I was much older. My father’s father was in the Battan Death March. Let that sink in. . . he survived – which was a miracle in itself. . . therefore my father was born, and me, and so on. . . . Wow.

Now, I don’t know if my grandfather suffered from PTSD or not, but I know that he didn’t sustain any life altering injuries – which is just mind boggling to me. I’m from pretty good stock, eh? I just know that because he was a medic during the war he just so happened to have some insulin on his person at the time of the surrender, and we believe that is what kept him alive during the march – as well as his will to live. Many died due to the brutality of their captors, these men were starved, beaten and bayoneted if they were too weak to walk.

This seems like a black and white movie to me, to think that my grandfather suffered this way and survived, however it makes me that much more aware of the casualties and sufferings of war. I have donated to many causes over the years, but donating to veterans causes is one the ones that really makes me feel like I’m honoring my grandfather. I just recently downloaded an app, Veterans Call. It’s easy to download, choose which veteran charity you would like to donate to, then the money is just charged to your monthly cellphone bill. It’s easy and it’s a great way to help the brothers and sisters of war that fight so valiantly for our freedom.

So, this summer, right after Memorial Day and on to Independence Day, I salute those who have fought for our freedom. They are more brave than we’ll ever know. So if you want to help a veteran or just say thank you for what they have done, I would download the Veterans Call app today and donate. . . here’s a link as well.

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