April 2014 archive

The Grand Ole Opry

Hey Y’all!

I’ve been so busy the last two days trying to get caught up with house work and work-work after my Nashville adventure. If you missed my posts last week I was in Nashville, TN for the annual NIRSA (National Intramural Recreational Sports Association) conference. The conference ended Saturday so Danny and I played tourist for the rest of the weekend. We ate at several delicious restaurants during our stay and were able to try a few local brews (more on that later).

Sunday Brunch

Sunday Brunch

Afternoon Brew

Afternoon Brew

But before we went exploring Sunday, we went to tour the Grand Ole Opry on Saturday! The weather was beautiful and the Opry house was just a short walk from our hotel the resort, The Gaylord Opryland (have you ever stayed here? It’s MASSIVE!) Rather than rambling on about the tour let me show you…


Dressing room themed "Into the Circle"

Dressing room themed “Into the Circle”

Dressing room themed "Welcome to the Family"

Dressing room themed “Welcome to the Family”

Dressing room themed "Women of Country"

Dressing room themed “Women of Country”

These were just a few of the dressing rooms. Each dressing room had a theme associated with it. For example, “Welcome to the Family” is dedicated for those who were recently asked to become a member of the Grand Ole Opry.

Opry Stage

Opry Stage

Opry Stage w. Danny

IMG_2959We toured the back stage studio where shows like “Yee-Haw” and “Nashville” have been filmed. The tour then lead us to the Opry stage where we were able to get our picture taken on center stage. The center stage circle is a historic part of the Opry where many great legends and current stars have performed. The circle was originally a part of the side stage flooring from the Ryman Auditorium (the original Opry house in Nashville).

Ryman Auditorium

Ryman Auditorium

We weren’t able to catch a show at either venue but the Grand Ole Opry Tour was well worth the 20 bucks to see backstage of such a historic place. Part two of my Nashville adventure (Food, drinks, and entertainment) will be coming later this week. Have you been to Nashville? What’s your favorite thing to do there?


100 Miles Done!

That’s right, 100 miles in the month of April are done! I was able to complete my 100 miles for Wounded Warrior Project this week on Thursday during a Real Ryder class at the NIRSA conference. But since the months not over there is still time to donate to our fundraiser! Just click here, no amount is to small!



Here’s my weekly recap and how I finished off the 100 miles.

Monday, April 21st

  • 1.18 miles walking the dogs

Tuesday, April 22nd

  • 1.56 miles walking the dogs

Wednesday, April 23rd

  • 1.68 miles running

Thursday, April 24th

  • 9.3 miles cycling

Week total: 12.54

Grand Total: 102.94

Five things I’ve taken from NIRSA 2014

Happy Friday y’all,

I was able to attend two workout sessions and two lecture sessions yesterday. All of which were informative in their own way. One of the workout sessions I did was a Power Vinyasa Yoga class. The instructor, Kelsey, was the fitness coordinator for the University of Nebraska. At the end of class Kelsey asked us to set an intention for the conference. Mine was to take at least one things from every session I attended. So as promised here are five things I’ve taken from the NIRSA conference so far…


1. Exercise is one of the best treatments for attention disorders (like ADHD) and mood disorders (like depression).

2. Our bodies synthesize Endocannabinoids, which is a chemical compound that releases THC (the active ingredient in marijuana). The compounds provides holistic relief for chronic pain sufferers and can be synthesize by exercise!

3. Exercise is listed as a treatment for depression by the American Psychiatric Association.

4. Have a passion and have a purpose. “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” – Simon Sinek

5. Exercise and the Brain all in an awesome rap

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