Two weeks ago, Tony and I were wrapping up our first week on the road in Texas. What an incredible week. Then on Sunday, I flew back to Milwaukee with my only tour souvenir being an uneven magenta sunburn. My folks picked me up from the airport in the 30 degree freezing rain. I felt like I was in the music video for "I'm Not Crying" by Flight of the Conchords... ("I'm not crying.... it's just been raining... on my face..") I was glad to have landed, but sad to be away from Tony for the next week or so.
I work full-time as a registered nurse, and I love it. I have a crazy (but awesome) schedule where I work 7 days in a row, and then have 7 days off. This gives me the chance to go out on the road with Tony a lot, but I usually have a week or two back home by myself. Not my favorite.
The work week flew by, thanks to a very busy unit, and the help of my awesome co-workers. I got 2 hours of sleep on Sunday night, then left for the airport at 3:50am on Monday morning. Two flights later, I was in Atlanta with Tony. Reunited, and it felt so good. :)
We played in the songwriter night competition at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA, and out of 20 acts, we were fortunate to place in the top 3! Such incredible talent. Met some really nice people from all over, and got to see a few friends from Wisconsin that have transplanted to Atlanta. It was a really great night.
The next day, we made our way to Charleston, SC, and stayed with Tony's aunt and uncle. They took us out for some AWESOME seafood and we had a great time exploring the city. It was our first time in Charleston, and we loved it. Can't wait to go back.
We spent 2 days in Charleston, and then made our way to North Carolina and stayed with my aunt and uncle. Fun fact: I was born in Raleigh, NC (hence the "-eigh" spelling of my name). I haven't been back since, so it was really cool to see my old stomping grounds (or crawling grounds, I guess. We moved while I was still a baby, so I don't remember NC at all). I got to see some of my cousins, and we ended up playing some music at the house (with the help of my cousin's 6-yr-old son on drums! He was actually really good!). Music, food, wine, and family that I don't get to see enough. It was a wonderful evening.
My uncle helped us set up a show at Mac's Tavern in Cary, NC, just outside of Raleigh. The bar was PACKED!! People were singing and raising their glasses and having a ton of fun. We met some awesome people there, and we can't wait to go back!
Today, Tony and I made the drive to Washington, D.C. I was here when I was 16, and it's Tony's first trip. We are really fortunate to have a few shows here, but also a few days to see the city. We can't wait!
Off to bed. Exploring D.C. tomorrow. :) Have a great night... thanks for reading!!