Run-cation, Nashville, and an Audition!

10 Jul

It has been an exciting and busy last couple of weeks around here!  I took my first trip to Nashville to visit Adam, celebrated the 4th, and managed to squeeze in an audition.  I feel like I’m running, running, running! (Okay – bad use of the word running…I’m still not physically running, le sigh).  Remarkably I’m feeling a bit better about the whole not running thing.  Or maybe I’ve just started to accept it as the best thing for right now.  I’m still hopeful a fall race is in my future – though I am also accepting the reality that a sub 1:50 half-marathon is not very likely.  And that’s okay.  At this point, I’d be happy just being able to run at all!  I’m going to pull the trigger on a race sometime in August when I need to start my training.  For the next few weeks I’m going to enjoy a real break from running and focus on fitness in other ways.  I’m thinking of it as my vacation from running.  I also have enough other hobbies to keep me verybusy!


These guys are feeling sad and neglected.


Last weekend I made my first voyage to Adam’s new home in Nashville!  It was a wonderful visit and awesome to check out his new place.  I wasn’t able to help him apartment search so it was my first time seeing his apartment.  He did a great job picking it out – great location and very cute.  It’s definitely small, but the location makes it worth it.  We had fantastic weather and spent time helping some friends from college apartment hunt.  You read that correctly – two of our close friends are also moving to Nashville!  How cool is that?!  The weekend was far too short, and it made me a little jealous of the three of them down there without me!  Patience Kelly.  On my drive back to Indy I was pretty sad.  Okay, really sad…but it makes me so happy knowing Adam has an awesome gig down there!


Out with friends – the new Nashville crew unites!

Adam also officially started his residency!  Scary stuff.  He’s really a doctor now (crazy!) and has 4 years of training to continue learning.  Adam is one of the most calm people I know- just cool as a cucumber, seriously…nothing ruffles his feathers.  The day before his first day of work was a different story – he was nervous, stressed, quiet, distracted.   I was actually fascinated by it!  It was so interesting to see a totally different side to him.  He has now survived his first week and is settling into things.  The days are long (12-14 hours) and he only gets 1 day off a week for this rotation (no 4th of July celebration for him), but I know he’s really happy with his program and is learning a lot!  He’s not really getting workouts in, but at this point I’m just hoping he eats food and sleeps!  Priorities people!  It will be interesting to see how we settle into a new routine of long distance with his extreme schedule.


Absolutely I took a picture of Adam walking into his first day at the hospital like a creepy stalker.


Celebratory sushi! Here’s to the first year of residency! Hopefully not like Grey’s Anatomy.


Look – I’m a doctor now… I get an iPad.

Nashville itself is an awesome city.  I can’t wait to spend more time there.  We ate a lot of great food, heard a lot of awesome music, and soaked in the fabulous warm weather.  It’s an exciting next step!


I love brunch, lunch, dinner, and late night – how convenient!


Our first breakfast out and about in Nashville!

An Audition

One of my favorite Christmas classics, White Christmas, will be on stage in Indianapolis!  I adore the music and story and couldn’t wait to audition for it.  I thought the auditions would come sometime in September, right before rehearsals.  Surprise!  They were Monday of this week – yes, it’s July!  They did joint auditions for another show (which I may or may not have also auditioned for?), which is in September, hence the earlier audition.  I found out about it last week and scrambled to get myself ready in time.  The only problem: I have extreme audition anxiety.  It’s terrible!  I love performing and have been doing it since I was a kid (singing, dancing, acting)… but auditions are a nightmare for me.  I could hardly think on Monday… talk about nervous wreck.  In light of this extreme anxiety, I still did pretty well at the audition!  My definition of pretty well?  Really I just want to perform my pieces well (1 minute monologue, 16 bars of music, dance combination).  Auditions are so much more than just ‘nailing it’ and you get the part.  The director also usually is going for a specific look, age, etc. etc.  There are so many factors going into the final casting – all I hope to do is perform my personal best.  And I did!  I was thrilled.  I may not be what they are looking for – but I showed them what I can do!  I anticipate it will take up to a week to hear any word, and everyone that auditioned will get a call whether we are in the show or not.  That is such a relief to find out either way.  My fingers are crossed!


Number 25 – my FAVORITE number. Can you tell that I’m beyond nervously sickly anxious?

Wedding Dresses!

With both my Maid of Honor and Matron of Honor in town for the 4th – we made good use of our time and went bridesmaid dress shopping!  Wohoo!  I was hoping for a dress that complements mine, but  also fun and something they love.  Essentially they could pick any dress they wanted as long as it didn’t look dumb.  :)  I’m easy to please.  Amazingly enough we all settled on the same dress!  We all love it (or they are really good liars) – really there couldn’t be a better fit!  It looks amazing on both of them, is comfortable, the same material as my dress (shh… a clue), and has pockets!  Could it get any better than that??  The only issue?  We don’t know what color… yeah slight hiccup.  Unfortunately the store didn’t have samples of the fabric in sizes larger than tiny so we couldn’t decide.  I’m leaning towards blue, gray, and ivory as my “colors” – but there were a couple of shades that fit that category.  Adam is thinking navy would look best against a winter backdrop, as it will add some contrast.  But… a beautiful light periwinkle might be gorgeous too!  Any opinions on the colors?  I keep hoping I will wake up in a moment of epiphany and know the perfect color!


Hmmm… blue? (Not this dress…but this fabric)


Or gray?? (Not this dress, but this fabric)


Or one of these colors??

Happy Hump Day!


Any opinions on bridesmaid dress colors?  Have you ever auditioned for a musical?

11 Responses to “Run-cation, Nashville, and an Audition!”

  1. Brittany July 10, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I don’t sing…at no musicals for me..BUT I LOVE going to musicals!! I am so jazzed about your audition! What a blast and I would love to visit Nashville! I love the idea of a dark blue against the winter backdrop!! Anything to make the dress color POP!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings July 11, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks so much Brittany! I’m pretty excited about the audition too – well at this point it’s more like sweet relief that it’s over :) But we’ll see… hopefully I’ll hear back soon! And thanks for the thoughts on the dresses… I’m leaning towards the blue as well. It seems like I go back and forth every other day. I need to just pick one and go with it. Sigh!

  2. Sarah @ Sweet Miles July 11, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Oh how fun! I grew up in Nashville! I could make you one awesome TO DO list! :) I like the blue, that would be super pretty :)

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings July 11, 2013 at 12:16 pm #

      Oh that’s awesome!! Do you have any great restaurants or must activities we should do?? Also I’m eventually going to be looking for some nice running trails, let me know if you have any thoughts! :) And thanks for the vote…it seems like blue is the clear favorite!

  3. MegBek July 11, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    Aw, yay, Nashville! I loved it when I got to go there, that’s so cool that you went there! I love the scenery… :) I would absolutely stalk my man and take pictures on his first day of work – especially at such a cool and exciting job! YAY for bridesmaid dress shopping! Last time I was a bridesmaid, the dresses were heinous and I actually threw mine away. These look awesome, though, so I’m glad some brides out there have some taste! I really like that blue dress, both the dress and the color… Can’t wait to see what you choose!

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings July 11, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      Thanks for the support on the stalking! :) It was a surprisingly emotional moment watching him go in there…I had to document it! That’s so terrible that you had to throw your dress away… makes me so sad. I hope my girls love their dresses! My sister said she loves it so much she doesn’t care what color it is in! Yay! Thanks for the vote also… I’ve been feeling blue a lot today and yesterday. Two days ago I was feeling gray. I need to just decide! :)

  4. MegBek July 11, 2013 at 10:31 am #

    Such an exciting post!! It’s sad that you can’t be with Adam right now – trust me, I know exactly what that feels like :( So so so so great that his friends are there, though. I’m sure you did great in your audition – I hope you get a part! I wish I could sing/dance/act, but sadly I cannot so I will live vicariously through you, ok? Also, I’m with Meghan (and Adam) I love that blue dress. I know that’s not the dress, but the color is great and it seems perfect for a winter wedding.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings July 11, 2013 at 12:27 pm #

      Thanks so much for the support…glad you feel my pain! So far we’ve been surviving so far and know that it’s not a forever apart thing – I think planning our wedding certainly helps us realize it won’t always be like this! Yay for distractions :) And you can live vicariously through me all you want! Let’s hope I get something for both our sakes then! And thank you for the vote, I’m also leaning towards the blue…it’s just pretty and will provide some color in a blahish season.

  5. lisamitchell21 July 12, 2013 at 10:20 am #

    Glad you got to visit Adam!! Long distance is stinky but you can do it :) And best of luck with the audition!! You’re amazing and I’m sure they loved you.

    • kelly @ racesrepsramblings July 12, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

      Thanks lady! :) I’m hanging in there! And thanks for the luck, I have a callback tomorrow… let’s see!! :)


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