I managed to . . . wait for it . . . leave Los Angeles. This is the first semi-vacation outside the state in like, forever, or it feels like forever. That's not true of course, but it has been a while.
My cousin Beth is a Naval physician living with her family in Nashville and will be deploying to Afghanistan very soon. She and her twin sister Sarah are my "sisters," i.e. the sisters I never had, and I love them so much.
Sarah graduated from nursing school at Vanderbilt University in Nashville and hasn't been back there since her graduation . . . some time ago! We took Sarah by Vanderbilt and she was able to go by her sorority house and other areas. Nearby is Centennial Park, with the world's only complete replica of the Parthenon. Beth lives in West Nashville and I am going to put some of the gorgeous pictures of white Nashville. It doesn't often snow to "stick" in Nashville. It's not that cold here (mid-20's) but the White Christmas came to stay and it has been snowing lightly ever since . . .
I noticed there was a gryphon on each corner of the south side of the building (could not see on the other side, which features the biggest bronze doors in the world!). The Parthenon was built in 1897 for Nashville's Centennial celebration. I wondered if a gryphon was an authentic Athenian decoration. Maybe it is a winged lion?
Beth's back yard has quite a bit more snow than other areas of Nashville - some school districts are closed here and some are not. Those are river birch trees, and I think elms. The pool is in great shape! Somehow I don't think I'm up to a swim . . .
After we went to Vanderbilt we ate lunch at Rotiers which is a tradition for Vandy students and grads. I was really impressed by the ladies room, which is covered in mostly g-rated graffiti. This is the SOUTH.
This is probably why I have what few good looks I have . . . Sarah, and Beth.