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The Modern-Day South March 29, 2011

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Short post on what was bugging me today:

I sincerely hate to hear people talk poorly about the South; it just hits a nerve in me. A number of people think southerners are a bunch of Bible thumping rednecks that can’t read or write and live in trailer parks feeding 10 babies while watching NASCAR. Why? Why do people think this way about us? Is it the media and how they portray the south? I would say yes, TV shows like the Beverly Hillbillies’ and The Dukes of Hazard portrays us in a false light. Many people watched theses shows and really thought this is the way we lived. We were moon-shining, daisy duke wearing hillbillies.

I would like to shine a new light on this presumption. Most of the people I grew up with, in Tennessee, are true southerners, hard working men and women just trying to make a living.  Many talk with an accent, me being one of them, but that doesn’t mean we are uneducated. Don’t get me wrong there are some not so refined people that live here but you can find the same type of people living in NY or LA.

Tennessee is a beautiful state and has a lot to offer just about anyone. I consider myself lucky to live in east TN because I have the Great Smoky Mountains in my backyard and the Tennessee River in the front. Here you can hike in the mountains, kayak down the river, or ride bikes along the trials. The south is a beautiful place to live or vist.


Wedding Planning: Right on Target March 28, 2011

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On Sunday, Phil and I went to Target to begin our wedding registry because we were starting to get the question “where are you two registered at” and didn’t have an answer. Since this past weekend was a wash out, due to the rain, we decided to run around town to do some shopping and get a start on our wedding registry. First we did a little personal shopping, starting at Borders. I had a 40% off coupon and wanted a new book to read. Of course, once I starting looking around I find 20 books I needed but I was good and only purchased the one I went there for. Afterward, we had a hunger hibachi and sushi so we went to lunch at Kampi of Tokyo, one of Phil’s much loved restaurants.  Following lunch, we had a few other stops: Bath & Body Works for a few hand sanitizer and soaps given that I have developed a small case of germophia since I started working in an office, Victoria Secret for their big sale and finally off to Target for the wedding registry.

We didn’t think this trip would take too long since we already have a house and it didn’t feel too empty. Boy were we wrong, once we started the journey up and down the aisles with that scanner, we ended up needing/wanting a lot more than expected. Presently, everything in our home is either hand-me-downs or discount items, from the mix-matched towels to the furniture. We don’t have themes or colors scheme, we just live with what we have, even if our sofa and love seat are purple with rips in the pillows 🙂 We thought it was would be nice, for a change, to have things in our home that matched one another so we picked out colors scheme: green, brown, and teal.

We started our journey out in the home goods department. One of the first things we looked at was curtains. Currently, we don’t have curtains or binds but in one room of the house and we need them in every room. We didn’t comprehend all the items involved in putting up window treatments and by the time we were done scanning rods, hooks, white curtains, decorative curtains, and curtain ties we were worn out.  We scanned a few other things like sheets and rugs that we liked but Phil’s feet were starting to hurt and I was mentally exhausted from trying to make everything match and flow in my head, so we called it a day. We still have at least one more round at Target, because we didn’t get too in depth in the kitchen section and wanted to scan a few more things we desired. Overall, we had a good time. It was really nice be able to pick out nice things for our home and imaging how our house will look if we got some of those things we put on our list.

When planning a wedding, you get so wrapped up in all of it you forget that there is actually a wedding. Our wedding is no more than 68 days away and I’m starting to get that I’M GETTING MARRIED feeling. We are getting so excited and can’t wait to share our special day with our friends and family!  We still have a few more things to figure out before June 4th but we are moving in the right direction. I am so happy it is finally coming together!



It is Friday! March 25, 2011

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When you work in an office setting, Friday tends to be a small holiday that everyone celebrates every week. Everybody walks around saying “good morning, it’s Friday!” and “today is going to be a good day because it is Friday.” I love Fridays as much as the next person but I don’t see the point to get all wound up about it. I recognize it means tomorrow is the weekend and no work, but I think there are better days to get eager about. In my eyes Friday’s come and goes and there will be another one next week and the next and the next… I do celebrate Fridays around 5:00, quitting time, not in the morning. I never have been a morning person anyway. What I do like mainly about Friday is Friday night, this is when we get to go out with our friends and not have to watch the clock to make sure it isn’t getting too late.

My preferred day of the week is Saturday! On Saturday, I get to sleep in and then do as I please the rest of the day. I like doing outdoor activities on Saturday like: hiking, taking the dogs to the park, working in my garden or in the yard anything to get me outside. The weekends are favorite days because this is when I get to spend the most time with Phil; even if we are just running errands and doing mundane tasks we are still getting to spend time together. To me Saturday is a lot better than Friday, because on Friday I still have to wake up at 5:30, work out, get ready, and go to work all day. By the time I get home it is turning dark and time to cook, clean, and go to bed. What is your favorite day of the week, Friday or Saturday?


Movie Review: Easy A March 24, 2011

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The nightly movie last night was Easy A. We received in the mail from Netflix’s a few weeks ago but due to our enormous collection of DVD’s we just now got around to watching it.


Here is the story line: After a little white lie about losing her virginity gets out, a clean cut high school girl sees her life paralleling Hester Prynne’s in “The Scarlet Letter,” which she is currently studying in school – until she decides to use the rumor mill to advance her social and financial standing.


I actually enjoyed this movie. It wasn’t what I was excepting, but in a good way. Olive, the main character, tried to impress her friend by saying she lost her virginity to a made up college boy named George. Needless, to say the word spread like a wild fire thru the high school. There are a lot of twists and turns thru the movie however in the end it shows you how one white lie can change who you are and how others think of you.  The movie is for a younger crowd but everyone can relate to the troubles and trails of being a young high school student. It was actually very funny and kept Phil and I entertained the whole time.


I would recommend seeing it if you haven’t. I wouldn’t put in on my must-see list but I would give it 4 out of 5 stars. Enjoy!


Greenback ‘looks like a war zone’ after storm

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Last night we had very bad storms in East TN.

I like to post news articles to keep a time-line of events in 2011.

In Downtown Knoxville we didn’t get the wind damage as bad. A lot of lighting and thunder, but we were okay. We have a lot of trees around our house and we are always scared of one falling on the house.

Please pray for the families that did have damaged to their property

Newspaper Article from The Knoxville News Sentinel 3/24


GREENBACK – As he surveyed the storm damage this morning at his father’s home along U.S. Highway 411, John Dixon was struck by the lack of small debris such as insulation normally associated with powerful winds.

“It’s cars, boat trailers, boats and electrical transformers from the power lines,” the 46-year-old Greenback man said.

“It looks like a war zone, like a bomb hit. There’s debris everywhere.”

A 50-foot trailer on the property in the 5900 block of Highway 411 near the Blount County line was tossed across the road.

“The frame is on the other side of the highway,” Dixon said. “The rest of it must be in North Carolina.”

Dixon said the man who rents the trailer from his father was at work when the storm hit.

Dixon was asleep at his home about one-quarter mile from his father’s property when the storm struck about 10 p.m., knocking out his electrical service.

“I could hear it coming at us,” he said. “I lived in Texas, so I’ve heard tornadoes before and this was a strong tornado.”

The winds, Dixon said, sounded “like a freight train coming through.”

Authorities have not confirmed a tornado is responsible for the damaged homes and downed power lines in the community of about 2,100 people.

Dixon said he saw a 100-yard wide swath of damage nearly 4 miles long when the sun rose this morning.

At his father’s rental home, boats from Viper Customs across Highway 411 were tossed around.

“There’s 25-foot-long boat trailers stacked up and tangled that look like a kid was playing with matchbox toys,” Dixon said.

A woman in his father’s rental home was tossed around when the winds shoved the single-story, wood-frame home about 20-feet off its foundation. The woman was not injured although the roof was ripped off and the rear of the home was removed by the winds.

Dixon said crews from Fort Loudon Electric were on the scene replacing power lines that had been ripped from poles.

Officials this morning are closing State Route 95 to inspect damage caused by high winds that struck the Loudon County community and sent two people to a hospital.

A Loudon County E-911 dispatcher said there were power outages after the storm struck about 10 p.m. Wednesday, but crews were restoring service this morning.

Greenback School, which includes grades K-12, has been closed for the day.

Officials closed one northbound lane of U. S. Highway 411 in the area. Both southbound lanes are open.

The dispatcher said at 8 a.m. authorities will close SR 95 from Highway 411 to Morganton to assess the damage.

The National Weather Service issued a tornado warning earlier Wednesday for Loudon, Blount, Monroe and Sevier counties. A tornado watch remained in effect until 2 a.m. today for areas south and east of Knoxville.


90’s Child March 20, 2011

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Over the weekend Phil went to get his hair cut at the new Sport Clips in Maryville. I normally cut his hair myself but since the wedding is coming up we thought it maybe a good idea to have a professional eye for a change. When he came out it was spiked up with gel. I couldn’t stop smiling at him because it made him look so young. Then, I thought wow I just said “wow that looks good on you, it makes you look younger.”

I know we are not middle aged or getting any senior discounts but we are growing older. Both of us are 25 and starting to feel the child within running away and the adult creepy its way in; neither are bad but just different. When I go shopping now I’m not sure if I am still in juniors or should I shop in the womens department. Small things are starting to make me feel old.

What I miss most about my childhood was the great shows we had. I couldn’t wait for Friday night because, dumb roll please….TGIF. This was why I LOVED Friday’s, not because I didn’t have to go to bed early nor because there wasn’t school the next day, no it was for new episodes of my favorite TV shows. Then the next night was just as good because you had SNICK Saturday Night Nickelodeon.

Here is a list of my favorite shows from the past. (FIY Nickelodeon is bringing back some of their old shows this month!)


Spring Has Sprung

Filed under: postaday2011,Uncategorized — Sheena @ 3:05 am
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Sunday March 20th was the first official day of Spring, my favorite season! Over the weekend I started to scope out my yard for the projects I’m going to do this year. I have decided I am going to have a vegetable garden and add a new flower bed. My yard needs some TLC. It has a lot of mature growth that needs to be trimmed back and some of the flower beds are barely visible to the naked eye. Moss has covered the rocks outlining the beds and weeds have taken over. I’m hoping to have them cleared by beginning of April and start planting some seeds. I haven’t decided on what vegetables we are going to have other than peppers. I have never had a garden before so this should be interesting.
The family that built our house, the mother was an avid gardener and at one time had a stunning yard. However, once she passed her son continued to live there and didn’t maintain the house nor the yard. Once he got married, he put the house up for sale and this is when Phil and I purchased it. We are updating the whole house little by little nevertheless, remodeling cost a lot of money so we haven’t been able to do much recently. This is why we are starting to work on the yard; all you require is manpower or woman power and a lot of time.
I have taken pictures of some parts of the lawn I am going to start on. First, our main goal is to grow grass! The dogs make this mission harder than it should be. Since we have so many trees, the sun doesn’t reach several parts of the lawn. Thus, when it rains it just becomes a mud pit and of course it is the first place the dogs run too when they are let outside. Along with grass we need to purchase gravel for the side driveway. Over the years, since we live on a hill, the rain has washed away most gravel and left mostly dirt. We don’t even park on it anymore we park in the road. Our goal this summer is to add curb appeal to house, even though we are the last house on a dead-end road, it will still add value. We have a lot of work ahead of us but in the end it will be beautiful.