I didn’t think it was possible for me to be this exhausted.

Note: Yes, today is a two-for-one, because this post was typed last night after my little day-trip to Franklin, Tennessee. But since I was so, so, so tired from this week, I forgot to finish the post after a small distraction. That distraction led to a break, which led to me sitting on the sofa to watch this week’s Project Runway, which led to me waking up on the sofa well after midnight this morning.

Today was the day for my little excursion up to Franklin, Tennessee. BUT FIRST: I had about a two hour window of opportunity to look over some paperwork sent to my son regarding the collection of his totaled-out car by the at-fault party’s insurance company. This meant taking stuff to have it notarized, and as everyone knows, 11AM in a bank can easily stretch into a half-hour or more. Which it did.

On the plus side? It was a lot less to fill my car up than I thought it would be.

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It’s a beautiful time to travel in this area, as evidenced by these sunset-washed, slowly-turning trees. (Don’t worry; there was no one else around me when I snapped this one, so I didn’t put anyone in danger)

My experience with the Walgreen’s Healthcare Clinic was fantastic. I made it to Franklin with no issues, checked myself in, and was brought back exactly at the time of my appointment with the Nurse Practitioner, which took about thirty minutes. She addressed my concerns and didn’t insist on doing a lot of extra work like my former doctor always did. The pharmacy was also very helpful, and had my new-patient prescription ready in under thirty minutes. In fact, I was in the front of the store checking out makeup and sniffing perfume samples and had to be called back to the pharmacy to collect my prescription. I was still in and out of Walgreen’s altogether in about an hour.

You know I said I was going to make this trip count by thrifting after the appointment, so thrift, I did! There was a Goodwill store about three minutes down the road from Walgreen’s so I definitely wanted to check it out. I have a love-hate relationship with Goodwill. On one hand, they sometimes have some really fabulous stuff! On the other hand, I hate to contribute to their CEOs’ grossly disproportionate and bloated salaries. This stop didn’t net much, but I did walk out of the store with a possibility for Ghost Rain Vintage and a bright, groovy 1970s mushroom potholder:

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And that’s as far as I made it thrifting, because I got caught in some Nashville-level rush hour traffic for a short while on the way back. I had also come across some interesting things on the way up that I decided to photograph on the way back, so here they are:

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This was snapped at a red light, so a little blurry – one of at least two Christmas Trees already set up in the town of Ardmore. Are other towns doing this already? I want to scream “TOO SOON!”, but I know a lot of places get their towns decorated early so they can work out any kinks before things like Holiday parades. What can I say? We seem to be moving past Thanksgiving, when we really should be moving past Columbus Day instead.

And….this:

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This is the only photo I took while driving (again, made sure I never took my eyes off the road), so it is super blurry. It’s a photo of what I’ve always referred to as “the Fiero graveyard,” but it is, in fact, The Fiero Factory – “…the worlds largest Fiero specialty shop and used parts provider.” Although I never owned a Fiero, they have always held a special place in my heart. Yes, you are going to have to just take my word for it when I tell you that the cars in that photo are (mostly) Pontiac Fieros! And if you ever wondered what happened to all those Fieros after the 80s, I have a feeling most of them ended up here.

All in all, I’d say this was a good day. And I’ll take it, because I am trying to learn the art of finding the silver lining!

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