In Which We Are In Fact A Very Grateful People

I can’t say for sure that filming the dotMOM intro video with Melanie and Christy Nockels was an adrenaline rush, but I can tell you that when I finally got home Friday afternoon around 1:30, I hung out with Alex for a little while, visited for a few seconds with some friends when they came by to pick A. up to go see Minions, then stretched out across the bed in the guest room and slept for three solid hours. I didn’t even hear David when he got home from work. However, I did wake up around 6:30 that evening wondering where I was and if I’d missed Friday completely.

Even still, I managed to go to sleep at a perfectly normal time Friday night because WIPED OUT.

And to be clear: we had a blast in Nashville. It was all kinds of fun. I think this was probably the first year when Melanie and I were both (mostly) comfortable with being absolute FOOLS in the video, and since Christy was such a great sport, we laughed a whole bunch. My friend Erin wrote the script, and oh my goodness she outdid herself. She capitalized on the fact that Mel and I have both enjoyed a certain degree of fascination with the lovely Mrs. Nockels for, I don’t know, the better part of a decade, and as a result I got to touch and also sniff Christy’s hair.

It was all for the sake of my acting craft, people. ALL FOR THE SAKE OF MY CRAFT.

My own hair was actually fairly well-behaved, and that was a little bit of a wonder considering that I got to Nashville and realized that I’d left my shampoo and conditioner in Birmingham. By that point it was too late to run back out to Walgreens or wherever, so I went with the hotel products and fared pretty well. I’ll put it this way: it could have been much worse. It didn’t hurt that I had your powerful hair-related prayers working in my favor.

It took most of the day for us to get the video done, and it never occurred to me to take a single picture except for this one when Melanie and Christy were sporting some sah-weet costumes.


That is a lot of good hair in one photograph, people. The fact that Melanie’s is pulled back with several tiny clippies doesn’t do a thing to diminish its wonder.

Our friend Paige made supper plans for us Friday night, so we left the church where we’d been filming (shooting? making? I do not know the lingo.) the video and headed toward a trendy gluten-free restaurant in East Nashville. The traffic was terrible (TERRIBLE), and my enthusiasm may have been suffering since I had mixed feelings about the gluten-free restaurant and couldn’t help but picture a lot of mashed cauliflower and also kale (nothing against cauliflower and kale, you understand – but it had been a long day, and Mexican food sounded really good). Paige is typically a good restaurant-picker, though, so I decided that stepping outside of my gluten comfort zone might be a very fine thing and WHY NOT. Eventually we made it through the worst of the traffic, and I didn’t know it at the time, but Christy snapped this picture from the back seat.

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Y’all, I love it so much, mainly because I don’t have any idea how many cities Melanie and I have driven through together over the last 8 years, but it’s a lot. For some reason I am almost always the driver, she is almost always the navigator, and somehow – through the power of Google maps and no small degree of sarcasm – we manage to find our way. So this picture is totally a framer for me, not to mention that these two comments from Christy’s Instagram cracked me up:

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It was such a fair question.

The food at the gluten-free restaurant turned out to be pretty tasty; however, they were definitely having some A/C issues, but I’m choosing to be merciful about that at this juncture because I’m listening to Watermark on my headphones and snarky feels all wrong. So, even though it was, um, a little on the warm side, it was great to hang out and visit with friends I don’t see nearly enough.

It was also great to get back in the car and turn up the air to full blast and sit there and just REVEL in it, amen.


Praise His name.

So, to recap: Christy was as genuine and wonderful as we knew she would be, my hair mostly behaved, gluten-free restaurants are a real thing, and air conditioning is a blessing from on high.

I believe that just about covers it.

Hope y’all had a wonderful weekend!

p.s. Download Christy’s new album here.

p.p.s. Get your dotMOM tickets here.

p.p.p.s. Go tell your air conditioner or your favorite fan that you love it a lot. You might even want to make it some chocolate chip cookies to show your appreciation.

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  1. Missy Bush says:

    I don’t live in Nashville, but my two daughters do and the traffic there is serious business. I love, love, love that city, but it is imperative to know the back roads on a busy Saturday in Green Hills where they live. Hillsboro Pike can be gridlock.

  2. My husband and I were stuck in traffic there a couple years ago on a Harley. Not fun! It was hot. I was navigating on the back and finally we got out of there.

  3. I am so glad to know your hair was (mostly) cooperative. The week before the 4th, we moved our office from the 10th floor to the 12th floor. No biggie. Except, now we’re on the executive floor-so I feel like I need to bring my professional “A GAME” EVERY. DAY. Unfortunately for me, the 12th floor is a humid swamp. Apparently the CEO likes to open the door to his balcony (hello Houston Summer) and it throws off the whole AC system up here. Its 1000% humidity. I have a fro. I’m throwing every product I can at it, no cigar. Hair woes are real round these parts too. I was mighty concerned for your bob last week.
    Now, when can we see this video??? It’s a promo, right?

  4. My in-laws, who are just past borderline agoraphobic, also were navigating Nashville traffic recently as they headed to my BIL’s in Knoxville. I can imagine riding with you, Big Mama, and Christy Nockels would have been the more entertaining of the two. I think it’s awesome that you guys got to have so much fun while working, even if it did exhaust you.

  5. Glad you had fun in Nashville. I’m sitting here right now debating if I want to go into Nashville today and fight that traffic. Maybe mid-day Monday won’t be so bad. On another note, I don’t know if the pop up ads down the side of your post are the same for everyone or random, but this morning I have Leigh Anne Touhy (Blind Side Mom), Holy Land Adventure, and Busch Beer. Quite the combination.

    • And once I posted my comment, what pops up now?? Monistat — complete care for your feminine health!!

  6. Lived in Nashville for about twenty years. Have been gone for several years….traffic was bad then and even worse now!!!! Glad you had a good time.

  7. 1. So glad your hair cooperated (and with hotel shampoo, even?!)!
    2. So glad one of your lifelong dreams of hanging with Christy Nockels happened!
    3. ELATED that my comment made your blog!! I feel honored! And it’s my birthday! I feel famous!! (But it was a legit question, Christy Nockels in the backseat of a car going down a highway with you and Mel in the front?! I’m just sayin’ 😂!)

  8. I always say that air conditioning was THE BEST INVENTION EVER! Glad you guys had a great time! I hope that, for those of us who can’t make dotMOM, this video gets released on YouTube of Vimeo or whatever once it’s been shown at the conference!!

  9. Katie C. says:

    I feel that you failed to answer the most important question of all: WHAT DOES CHRISTY’S HAIR SMELL LIKE?

  10. Thoroughly enjoyed reading this post. It was all wonderful, but the part about the gluten free restaurant had me laughing so hard! Thank you!! I needed that today:-)


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