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Busy, but Fun Weekend!

on August 20, 2012

My husband and I try to go on a date night at least once a month.  Sometimes it’s hard to get away and other times everything just falls into place.  This was one of those weekends where it simply fell into place.  Not just one, but TWO date nights in the same weekend!!

On Friday night, we went to see a free concert downtown.  Not just any free concert – it just so happened to be one of our favorite bands!  The Dirty Guv’nahs!  It was actually a CD release party for their 3rd album, Somewhere Beneath these Southern Skies.

Never heard of them?  I’m not surprised.  They are a local band, but they are growing in popularity all over the country.  Please check them out.  I believe they will be huge one day!!

market square concert

Before the Dirty Guvs went on at 8pm, there were 2 opening bands – Black Cadillacs and Moon Taxi.

dirty guv'nahs

One of my favorite songs from their new album is:  3000 Miles.  I also love Temptation, Don’t Give Up on Me, and This Is My Heart.  Actually, I love the whole CD.  You should download it.  🙂

dirty guv'nahs

Baby We Were Young is probably one of the more (locally) well-known songs.  The official music video is fun because it features a couple of the popular news anchors of a local TV station.

dirty guv'nahs

More good songs:  Blue Rose Stroll  and  Wide Awake  and We’ll Be The Light.  One of my very favorites from the second album is It’s Dangerous.  (And I was actually in the bathroom when they played it.  Dang it.)

(Make sure you click all the links above to watch their music videos.  Or you can go to the website here to listen to all of their songs).

We had so much fun at the concert.  I was worried because the forecast called for rain all day, but the rain held off til the very last song when it just sprinkled for a few minutes.

Then, on Saturday night, I scored some (free) tickets to the annual Feast with the Beasts event at the Knoxville Zoo.  It’s an adults-only party where food and drink vendors line the paths at the zoo.  The ticket gets you all the food and alcoholic drink you want… or until the vendors run out of food, which some of the good ones did.

feast with the beasts


This picture shows me eating a salad from Panera.  From the most part, I was pretty good all evening.  I easily passed up the chips and queso from Moe’s, I passed up the donuts from Krispy Kreme, and I even passed up the pizza from Papa Murphy’s (which is a little shocking because I do love pizza so much).  Our very favorite booth was giving out barbecued salmon.  Oh. My. Word.  It was melt-in-your-mouth delicious.  It was a tiny little piece, though.  So we had to go back for seconds, thirds, fifths, eighths… I don’t know how many we had, but it was a lot.


red panda

The red pandas are definitely my favorite animal at the zoo.  Just look at that fuzzy little face.  SO cute.  I just want to take him home with me!

What a crowd!

Just to give you an idea of how crowded it was.  It was packed.  You had to stand in line for most any booth.  The good ones, at least.

The hubs



belly dancers

Belly Dancers

I kept wondering, though, why belly dancers don’t have nice bellies.  Oops.  Was that rude?  I apologize.  But if you are using all those ab muscles to shake your hips….


Another note: I apologize for the picture quality.  All pictures in this post were taken with my phone (Samsung Mesmerize), so they are not that great.  I just didn’t want to have to carry my DSLR around with me all night, especially when I knew my hands would be full of plates and cups.

If that sounds like a full weekend, it was.  But it’s not over yet.  Sunday was not a rest day for us.  We had friends coming over (with their kids) at 4:30.  So as soon as we woke up on Sunday, we had to get the house cleaned and ready for company.  I had to hit the grocery store, as there was nothing left in our fridge.  I stocked up on TONS of fresh veggies and lean meats.  So we’ll be eating well this week.  And I hope to have a fun recipe or two for you.  I’ve been pondering a few things I want to try.  I hope it works out.

I’m off to get ready for a new week!  Have a good one.


One response to “Busy, but Fun Weekend!

  1. […] love to listen to LIVE music.  As you might recall, we saw The Dirty Guv’nahs in Market Square not too long ago. Brooklyn […]

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