I painted Sym’s nails this afternoon, they are very sloppy here but I wanted to take pictures right away because I figured she would chip them quickly. It was also hard to keep the polish on her nails because she’s chewed them down to little nubs She’s pretty sensitive/embarrassed about them and some of her friends have been teasing her, but I’m hoping if I keeping painting them she’ll stop.
If she had her way she would have done them green-yellow-purple-blue-orange, but I’m a rainbow order purist.
l-r: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Lacey Lilac; Essie in Turquoise & Caicos; Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Grass Slipper; Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Mellow Yellow; Covergirl Boundless Color in Candy Corn
I thought it would be fun to do them in a pastel rainbow, sort of spring/Easter-like, but the whole time I had to listen to her complaining about how it wasn’t a REAL rainbow because there wasn’t any red. Ugh, really? When I was a kid my mom NEVER painted my nails. I also had to walk ten miles to school. In the snow. Uphill both ways!
Amy sent this vintage Izod Lacoste sweater home to me for Sym, I wasn’t sure if it would fit but it’s great! Thanks, Amy Sym is even kind of channeling you in this pic, haha.
Yesterday was the first time in a long time (like, since well before my trip) that I made anything really good to eat.
dinner: panko crusted chicken, carmelized carrots and roasted brocolli
lunch: havarti, cucumber and sprouts on sesame bread
Friday, April 1st
On Friday morning we said goodbye to Ada and the Barksdale house and moved our base of operations to Amy’s friend’s condo downtown for our activity-packed last day. I did some emergency shopping (I somehow UNDERpacked for this trip) we met up with Amy and had lunch at Earnestine & Hazel’s, a dilapidated bar/former brothel. And by lunch I mean Soul Burgers, because that is the only thing they serve.
After lunch we visited the National Civil Rights Museum, which is only a block away from Amy and Zach’s apartment. It was amazing and heartbreaking, and I strongly recommend checking it out if you are ever in the Memphis area.
Our next activity was a real treat: a tour of the abandoned Sears Crosstown building! It’s an enormous (like, 1.3 million square feet) former retail space/distribution center that Crosstown Arts is hoping to redevelop into like, residential/commercial/everything, but right now it’s just dilapidated and creepy as hell. Like, I’m so glad we were there during the day!
I took this from the roof, looking towards downtown- you can see the pyramid in the center.
Once the tour was over we headed back downtown and had brandy alexanders at the Peabody Hotel, and then went to the roof to visit the Peabody ducks in their duck palace.
This restaurant is just down from the Peabody, I wanted to go in there and demand free shots.
We stayed their for long enough that Zach could meet us for dinner (he’s in law school and has class all day and studies all night) at the Majestic Grille, followed by dessert at Local, because Amy wanted Zach to try the Ice Cream Sandwich à la Mode (aka bacon blondie with ice cream). It was a fantastic end to an amazing day, and with an early morning flight the next day, a perfect goodbye to Memphis!
Coming up: The Long Way Home