Weekly Top Five: Tara Tocco
By Tara Tocco
What a week it’s been! CMA Fest wrapped up and all the sunburned, country-drunk tourists have returned to their respective homes. (At least we hope!) Hopefully you’ve come out from hiding, at least until this afternoon when the bachelor and bachelorette parties make their weekly descent and our streets are once again taken over by mobs of peddling parties and matching tank tops.
I know, I know, wearing the It City crown can be really exhausting, right? Especially for those of us doing our thing, driving up and down Woodmont or Gallatin so much we could do it in our sleep (but we don’t!). But I hope that in all the weekly chaos, there are always a few things to help you keep your sanity, make you laugh, and remind you to stop and enjoy the moments.
Here are the Top 5 things I was really feeling this week:
1. Podcasts with my wireless earbuds
This is really like two things in one. I am lucky that I don’t have a long commute to work every day, and I often have one or maybe two littles in the car with me, so podcasts while driving – no bueno. Pray tell dear friends, when do you listen to your podcasts??? But then, I got some wireless headphones and it was like the heavens opened up! Now, I pop them in after I put my kids to bed, and tedious chores like cleaning up and making lunches has actually turned into a time that I can laugh, be entertained, or be educated while still folding two loads of laundry. (There are so many good podcasts, I’ll share more favorites soon, but for now I’ll link to my personal favorite, NPR’s Hidden Brain.)
Speaking of the heavens opening up, have y’all seen the sunsets in Nashville lately? They are breathtaking swirls of pink and peach and ohmygosh that is so pretty. No links for this folks. Get off of your phone and go look west.
I have to be honest, I’ve generally always felt a bit indifferent about this stone fruit. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I like them - just like I like cherries and watermelon and all the other lovely seed-bearing sweeties we have access to right now. But this week, I’ve been loving me some peaches. The soft, fuzzy skin is so inviting, the fresh taste of summer in one juicy bite. You can pick up peaches at numerous places around town right now, like our portable friends The Peach Truck or our fixed friends The Produce Place in Sylvan Park. If you want to go out to dinner and are counting on a tasty peach dessert to help you choose your adventure, Husk has a delicious peaches and ricotta dish that is sure to satisfy. Or go hit up Urban Cowboy’s The Public House and try Trevor Moran’s peach kakigōri – just be prepared for potential public humiliation when you lick the bowl to get the last drop of sweetness.
This little camera (that comes in several fun colors!) by FUJIFILM is the new-school version of a Polaroid so it gives you the instant gratification of a picture with the old-school twist of being on film paper and not on a screen. (I know, craaaazzzy right?!?) I like to use it to snap a picture that I include in a thank you note (yes, a handwritten card that I send out via the United States Postal Service) or to have something tangible because I do still like paper. The other day my hubs got this super cute one of our kids that I have carried around in my purse all week because it’s been pretty busy lately [You don’t say!] and I haven’t gotten to spend as much time with them as I would like. Having this little photo to peek at helps to tide me over.
5. Drake’s latest song “Nice for What”
Apparently there is controversy over his star-studded female empowerment video that accompanies the song, featuring the likes of Olivia Wilde, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoe Saldana and Misty Copeland, just to name a few, and how he’s “faking” his support of feminism. I don’t really want to get in to feminism and hip hop right now, so let’s stay focused. What I do know is that the song makes me want to dance and most importantly, it samples Lauryn Hill’s song “Ex-Factor” from her 1998 album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. If you’re too young to know that album, or you were hiding under a rock (or consumed by Marilyn Manson) in those days then you must immediately rush to iTunes and listen. And then listen again. Because sometimes when things get crazy one one of the best remedies is to turn the music up really loud and just lose yourself in it.
Have a great weekend my friends!