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Boarding the Titanic February 27, 2011

As a late Valentines day present Phil took me to the Titanic Museum in  Pigeon Forge, TN. This is a new attraction that just opened in 4/8/2010. It is a two-story museum shaped like the RMS Titanic and is built half-scale to the original ship. We have been wanting to go for sometime but never could justify the $25 dollar ticket per person, but it made a great Valentines day gift.

image When you enter, you receive a boarding pass with a name of a crew member or passenger and at the end of the tour, in the Titanic Memorial Room, you find out if you survived or perished.

imageThis who Phil was: Colonel Gracie (1 st class) on a trip without his wife and daughters. He had an interesting  survival story. He was in the water once the Titanic sank and got sucked in one of the smoke stacks that had fallen. However, once the whirlwind started in the ocean due to the suction of the boat, Colonel Gracie was shot out of the smoke stack and landed next to an over-turned life boat. He was the last person to be saved from the Titanic but due to his injuries  he received, he would die a week later.


I was  Augusta Goodwin: Mother of 6 and traveling 3rd class to America to find a new job for my husband who was an electrical engineer.  I thought it was ironic since Phil is also an EE. Mrs Augusta Goodwin, 43,boarded the Titanic with her husband, Frederick, 40 and six children, Lillian, 16; Charles, 14; William, 11; Jessie, 10; Harold, 9; and baby Sidney. The entire family was lost in the sinking. It was odd since most women and children survived and most men perished.

You are not allowed to take pictures inside due to copyright laws but I did find some online.


The grand staircase was designed to be used only by first-class passengers; if you were second or third class you were not allowed in this area. We were told a funny story about this grand staircase. The builder of the Titanic wanted the passengers in the first class to only have the best of the best and when they entered the Titanic he wanted them to be amazed. The grand staircase flooring was going to be marble however the builder sent it back because there was a new material that just came out and was more expensive than tile or marble. When passengers entered they would even bend down to touch it because they had never seen this great materiel before. The mystery flooring was linoleum. lol too funny 🙂 This room was built from the blueprints of  the one on the Titanic.

This was the first class smoking room. This was a male only room no women were allowed. If you notice, this is also the room that Leonardo Dicaprio did his famous  stretch of nude Rose. Also built to scale.

This is a picture of the Third class cabin. Beside this display was the story of me, The Goodwin family, They stated that this was our cabin and we fit 8 people in this small room. Also there was only 2 bath tubs for the third class passengers.

The picture with the girl climbing show the different slopes of the ship while it was sinking. Between the first and the second one is only 15 mins and just a few more mins between the second and the third, the third is a 45 degree angle. I tried to climb it a hold on, it wasn’t easy.

Als0, there was an Ice burg room; there you could touch an ice burg. This room was also were you could feel the temperature of the air and the water the night the ship sank. The air was 32 degree but the saltwater was a blistering 28 degrees. They told us to dip our hands into the water and move our figures around to get a real feel for it. I couldn’t honestly keep my hand in there longer than 20 seconds and once I removed them they hurt.  I couldn’t imagine having my whole body submerged. They said no one drown in the water they froze to death. You could only live in the water for 10 to 15 mins.


Bake sale February 14, 2011

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Today we are having a bake sale at work to support the Second Harvest Food Bank in Knoxville. I decided I want to join in on the fun but I didn’t know what to make. Everyone makes cookies and cupcakes, I wanted something different. The problem was that whatever I made had to be in single serving size. After about 2 hours of Google I found Valentines day Chex Mix. It doesn’t take long to prepare and was pretty simple.

Ingredients were : Chex, peanut butter, butter, white chocolate, peanuts, M&M and pretzels. I added the peanuts and pretzels, the recipe didn’t call for them. I found the bags and ribbon at Joanne’s. I only made about 12 bags. I wish I had double the recipe but I ran out of M&M’s


V – Day gifts February 11, 2011

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Here is a peek on what I just finished preparing for Phil. In the bag are Double Stuffed Oreos, his favortie food ever. The Love Jar is full of his favorite candies. I normally always make my cookies from strach however I saw these and fell in love with them. And finally the lucky lotto tickets, maybe he will get lucky 😉 l


VALENTINE’S DAY January 27, 2011

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I have been pondering on what to do for Valentines day for 2 weeks now and I can’t come up with anything 😦  We are short on money due to our up coming wedding and along with being short on money we are also short on time.  I was thinking maybe a trip  to the mountains and rent a cabin. However, we have so many meeting with caterers and bakers etc, we don’t have time to get a way. I want to do  something special but I am short on  ideas.

I was thinking maybe I could make something for him. This way I could save money and it would be a little more personal. I was thinking about this:

I hope I can figure this out soon it is a little over 2 weeks away!