Atlanta…Here We Come!

So…10 a.m. today was my 5:00 p.m.

THANK GOODNESS!I’m so excited about this weekend.  For those of you that DON’T know, some of my girlfriends are taking me to Atlanta for my Bachelorette Weekend.  At first, and by at first I mean a while ago, I wasn’t that into going away for a bachelorette trip, but when everyone figured out that Tanner and his buddies (the husbands/boyfriends of some of the girls accompanying me this weekend) were going to New Orleans, they said, “No way! We are going somewhere!”  From that point on, all I got to do was help pick the weekend, and then have been almost totally in the dark about the plans.

Most of you who know me know that has been incredibly difficult.  I couldn’t help myself though, so I organized a trip to Sips n Strokes (look at the Paris painting…for Saturday from 1-3 p.m.) in Atlanta to do a fun little afternoon project while we were down there. Basically, it’s a BYOB painting class where they walk you through painting a masterpiece and giving you lots of wine.  The picture below is the one we’re doing:

Paris Painting from Sips N Strokes

So, essentially, the idea is that we’ll go do this Saturday night to get us kick started into happy hour!  Hopefully I’ll come home with a masterpiece. Beyond that, they told me I wasn’t allowed to plan anything else!

Lita’s exact words were, “When I did my trip, I didn’t get to know anything.  So now it’s your turn.  You don’t get to know anything!”

So I’m embracing it and getting really, really excited.  Today, I have a few errands to run, including dropping some stuff I picked up for the Junior League’s Bag a Bargain event at the Junior League headquarters, going to the gym to do a treadmill circuit and burn at least 250 calories, packing, picking up a dress at the dry cleaners, and doing my nails to name a few.

We’re leaving at about 6 p.m. tonight…so I’m so ready for it!  I haven’t had a girls trip since my college senior trip with Lacey Ellis, Stephanie Patrick and Lindsay Locke.  So, needless to say, I’m super pumped.

Going on the trip with me are: Lita Belcher, Raluca Loher, Crystal Bell and Kristen Wilson, they’re all going down with me from Knoxville.  In Atlanta already is Ashley Shearron and coming up from Athens for one night is Amanda Seals.

This is me, Ashley, Lita and Raluca.

This is me, Kristen and Crystal.

This is Tanner, me, Amanda and her fiance Austin. Obviously, Tanner and Austin are not coming to Atlanta this weekend...No Boys Allowed!

So I’m super excited and totally overwhelmed by what these girls have done to keep me in the dark to make everything a surprise and all they’ve done to make this weekend special for me.  Totally blown away by how blessed I am.

I’m sad, however, that I will be missing my future mother in law’s birthday dinner this weekend.  Sorry Silvia!  I will make it up to you!

Also, after plugging Sips N Strokes…I feel like I need to do my part to also plug My Spirited Art.  A store with basically the same premise as Sips N Strokes, but it’s opening up here in Knoxville.  It’s going into the space once occupied by Hargrave’s Books near Wok Hay and Nama on Kingston Pike.  Anyway, they’re opening next week and are doing their whole first week of classes as a way to donate to local charities in town.  Well, for those of you that don’t know, Tanner sits on the board of a non-profit called the East Tennessee Community Design Center.  So, My Spirited Art is doing one of their classes (that costs $35) to donate to the design center (a full $25 of the $35 for the class goes directly to the design center).  I’m taking the class, on Wednesday, November 17th, to benefit the design center.  This is the painting they are doing:

Bird's Nest

They said they picked this one because it’s kind of like a house…which I thought was so cute.  And, I can totally see this cute painting going into our bathroom because it matches our colors in there.  So, I’m taking the class.  If you’re interested, or think it might be fun, feel free to sign up too.  Especially because it benefits such a great cause.  To sign up, click this link –> My Spirited Art Knoxville Calendar and click “BIRD’S NEST – EAST TENNESSEE COMMUNITY DESIGN CENTER BENEFIT” in the calendar box for Wednesday, November 17th. (Or you can just click here to take you to the purchase list.  Once there, click “Add to Cart” in the row for the Wednesday, November 17th class (it starts at 6:30 p.m.).  Then follow through paying for the class.  There are about 48 seats left in the class.  Ok, rant over.  I hope you’ll think about taking that class, or another one that week because they are supporting things like: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, Knoxville Museum of Art, Humane Society of the Tennessee Valley and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation…in addition to the design center.

So…I guess that’s all for now, because it’s time to get my butt in gear for the weekend!


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