If someone had told me ten years ago that one day I would live in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennesse, I would have given them the stink eye. Life is one of the most bizarre rides, isn’t it? Life is lovely, poetic, and yet full of twists and jarring turns that indeed no Pulitzer Prize writer could contrive. So I find myself today, living in a town called Franklin and enjoying every single minute of it.
I was born and partially raised in California, I am a West Coast girl through and through, from my non-dyed hair that is kissed with a few age-appropriate greys, to my ubiquitous black flip-flops on my tanned toes. I will always choose a salad or lightly steamed vegetable (never fried) over a casserole or fast food. I will still be that one person to bring a hearty salad to any gathering…or my cinnamon rolls.
Cooking up a Storm
I grew up idolizing the PBS persona of Jacque Pepin. As I studied my dream father figure on the TV, along with Julia Child, Yan Can Cook, and Great Chefs of the West, I honed my culinary skills to that of a professionally trained chef. Instead of MTV and 16 Candles, I watched cooking shows, old movies, and musicals. I studied cookbooks and listened to The Beatles endlessly, and I still do the same thing today. My single mother loved nothing more than supporting my culinary experiments especially since that meant she wouldn’t have to cook dinner after work. I adore good food, and there is nothing I prefer to do with my spare time than spend it in the kitchen.
Back to The Future
Fast forward many lightyears into the future, I am now married to an Albanian I met whilst attending art school in Florence, Italy. You can read all about that bizarre journey on my (someday it will be a book) personal blog shemarriedalbanian.com. My lovely Italian souvenier and I were married three separate times and never divorced (it’s all explained on the blog), and then moved to Las Vegas, Nevada…where all the world’s degenerates go to hide. Perfect for starting a family no? Well, we had two beautiful boys in Vegas…jackpot! Now we all live a wonderful near normal life in Franklin, TN. I’ve worked in everything from a bakery, assisting in special education, selling Andy Warhols at the Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, customer service with Zappos.com, real estate, a Presbyterian church, to writing a nationally printed travel publication. Whew! What a ride!
What I Love…
I love Franklin, writing, not following recipes in the kitchen, coaching soccer, DIY updating everything in my home, gardening, watching the squirrels outside my window, organizing my succulents, watching DVR PBS, collecting ingredients for my kitchen pantry I’ll probably never use, and avoiding folding laundry like the plague.
Enjoy this new venture of mine on DiscoveringFranklin.com. I hope you will uncover a few moments of peace here, relish in a few laughs, and get excited to explore with me as I discover everything there is to love about Franklin, Tennessee.
Wishing You All Simple Joys,
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