Friday, July 30, 2010


--I slept till 10 this morning then laid in bed until 11. Heaven.

--Finally had time to run the errands I've been needing to: bank, post office, stopped by the shop that I drive past everyday, but have never been in, hoping they had a nice dress for my brother in law's wedding in a couple of weeks (didn't find anything that even remotely fit the bill)!

--Did NOT clean up today after I hosted a UTRSA ladies nite out last night!

--Caught up with all the blogs I follow/stalk, read a little and then took a nap.

--Took Smoky on a walk.

--Brent and I have dinner reservations tonight at 7 at a nice, new restaurant in town.

--After dinner is to be determined.

Hope everyone has a great weekend.

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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Poor Birdie

The other week I was taking all the ferns down to put in the front yard because it was about to rain...and found the cutest little birdie....of course, I run inside to get my camera for the awesome photo op. 

Isn't he precious!!
In the meantime, Brent comes home....realizes what's going on and calmly states:

B:  you know his mamma's not going to come back to take care of him now?
R:  huh?  whatever, come look.

One minute later (as I'm snapping pictures) it hits me like a ton of bricks and somewhere from the depths of my childhood I do vaguely remember something about--if you mess with a baby bird, the mom won't come back to feed it.....ohhh, oh my, oh no, oops.

R:  BRENT, put these back up there, HURRY.

and he did (I heart him)....

Is anybody else familiar with this rule or know how true it is?  I mean--this to me--was just one of those things Moms told their kids because they didn't want them to touch dirty animals carrying who knows what diseases.  But I can't be positive.

I have not had the heart to look (nor am I going to) and see what happened to that poor birdie.  I mean, I didn't actually touch maybe it doesn't count?!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sweet, Sweet Corn

Brent's dad bought us some corn---straight from the Hardin farm---last weekend while we were in Mississippi, 
and boy did we enjoy it!

I had to recruit Brent to help chop off the was a pretty tough job. 

We froze some...for later (we also shared some with the neighbors)

Then we boiled the rest.

Can you see the yumminess?  Butter and salt = perfect.

Then I saved some kernels for this recipe (see below) a couple nights later...
(remember when your Mom used to cut the corn off the cob for you?)

(super easy and delicious)

1 box of Jiffy corn mix
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
8oz sour cream
1 stick of butter
2 cans of cream corn (I always use one can of cream corn and one can of kernel corn...or in this case fresh, sweet corn)

Preheat oven to 350.  Combine ingredients.  Bake in a greased casserole dish for 45 minutes.

Friday, July 16, 2010


Yeah, we do our car shopping at night....and we come with the whole family, car packed to the brim because we're heading to Mississippi for a wedding that same,  in our BRAND NEW   {to us} VOLVO XC90!! 

(that's Nate...he sold us the car but sitted, helped the maintenance people clean the car, helped us unpack/pack....just because he knew we were in a hurry...all for $150, that is all the commission they make on each and every car they sell no matter what there is no incentive to sell a better/more expensive car...just to sell a lot of cars.  I thought that actually made a lot of sense.)

Tuesday, July 13, 2010


Ms. '97 Camry (purchased in 2001 w/ 60,000 miles, Thanks Dad)---
Thank you for a great 9 years and 130,000 miles.  I could not have asked for a more dependable and easy ride!  I will miss scooting around town and whipping into parking spots with you.   I will miss getting 500 miles on a tank of gas and not caring where I parked or who next to.  The dents, scratches, leaky passenger floor board, crack across the windshield, CD player that didn't work, and the back door that didn't open from the inside...only gave you character.  But now its time we upgrade---amenities and most importantly for safety reasons (you see, since Brent and I both work in the medical field we've seen the good, bad and ugly that goes along with car wrecks and always bigger/newer is better.  Honestly, my kids may drive Hummers)! Anyways,  I really didn't think it would be such a big deal...but I am truly a little sad and know I'm going to miss you.  I hope your next owner is awesome (at least decent) and appreciates you as much as I did!  You were a GREAT car. 

One Last Hug...


Monday, July 5, 2010


Brent and I don't have much on our summer schedule besides the, weddings, a couple of three day weekends....and well, that's it.  I know, kind of sad.  I'm so  jealous  happy for the peeps that have multiple beach trips planned on top of other summer vacations. 

I will take most of the responsibility here.  I work in a small office and when someone takes time off, others are left with more work.  So, basically two weeks total per year is what I feel comfortable with (really just one, but that's a bit ridiculous).  This Summer we have had to turn down an invite to the beach for a week with my Dad and a week at the lake in Arkansas (the Hardins annual trip).  Don't feel too bad for me/us...I only work four days a week and I love my job (94% of the time).  However, I am really looking forward to the time when I'm a stay at home mom I can take off whenever I want and how often I need without feeling bad. 

Don't get me wrong, I think I would go insane if I didn't work.  In fact, I really almost did go insane when we first moved to Knoxville.  My plan was to take a 2-3 month break while we got "settled in."  That sounds fabulous, right?!  However, after only 2 weeks I was going crazy.  It was a bit depressing....sleep late, move to couch, get up to eat, back to couch, look forward to Brent coming home.  One would think that my house (loft in this case) would have been sparkling clean and dinner on the table, but it was more of a wreck and we had to eat out...for the mere fact that by the time Brent came home I was ready to get out of the house. 

Now, 2 years would probably be a little different since we are actually established in Knoxville and have friends.  Actually, it would probably make a BIG difference.  Regardless (in my case), a J-O-B = Healthy.  I am much more productive if I have a job.  For example, I will straighten up and do the dishes/unload the dishwasher before I even go to work.  And like I was saying, when I didn't have a job I would sleep till nothing all day, not even the dishes. I really wish it were the other way around!

Anyway...I guess I could think of worse things!
Summertime is Summertime and I'm not going to complain!!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Fourth.  Brent was on call all weekend and it was hellacious really busy so he spent most of his time under the florescent lights at the hospital.  I, on the other hand, was able to catch some rays of sunshine.  Now, Brent's golfing and I'm cleaning house!  Oh Joy!