Friday, August 31, 2012

Did you know milk had a booty?

Did you know milk had a booty? Me neither.
But a 2-year-old showed me this evening and I haven't looked at the bottom of my milk gallon the same way since. His words? "The milk's booty is like mine, it has a crack!"

My friends Kyle and Amy are visiting this weekend along with their sons, Jack, age 2, and Ryan, age 5.

Here's what my living room now looks like:

Monster cars have completely taken over. And the culprits responsible for this?


Monday, August 27, 2012

Academic reading is a good sleep aid

I really should have known better.
But I laid in the bed with my textbook anyway. I didn't last a page Sunday night before the sleeps took over. Alas, I gave in and saved the rest of the reading for another day.

Welcome to the life of a grad student. I'm totally enjoying it. But I'm also finding that this finicky thing called tiredness catches up with me a lot more these days. I find that laying on the couch while studying is a good medium. I'm comfortable but not too much.

Tonight, though, I had to keep it upright or it was all over. After about an hour and a half of reading at the dining room table, I felt a face plant coming on. So, I closed the book and went to the kitchen in search of dessert before calling it a night.

Thursday, August 16, 2012


 "People who love to eat are always the best kind of people." - Julia Child

Magpies cupcake. Mmm.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Sarah Moore Greene has died

Photo by Clay Owen, Knoxville News Sentinel
Mrs. Sarah Moore Greene has died.
This was not unexpected. After all, she was 102. But it's still sad. Her godson sent me a text early this morning to share the news.

For those of you who don't know, Mrs. Greene was a beloved schoolteacher and an iconic civil-rights leader in Knoxville. She pioneered a lot of firsts.

I had the pleasure of interviewing her many times during my eight and a half years as a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.

In 2010 when Mrs. Greene turned 100 years old, I did a four-part series about her life for the paper. Web producer Talid Magdy and I spent days with her. I interviewed her while Talid captured video.

I so enjoyed spending time with her that I visited with her a few times after the series ran. She told me she adopted me as her daughter. Mrs. Greene did not have biological children. It was especially meaningful to me that she took me into her heart.

During one of our last visits, I asked if I could pray with her. She turned the television down and she held my hands. I asked God to comfort during the times she felt lonely and that she would have a strong sense of His presence with her. I also prayed that she would be reminded often of how much God delighted in her and how precious she was to Him.

I'm honored and blessed to have known her. I desire to live my life fully and well like she did.

Here's the four-part series and videos on Mrs. Greene:

Greene recalls childhood as 'country kid'

A lifetime of learning for Sarah Moore Greene

Death inspired Greene's work

Sarah Moore Greene, 100, reflects on what's done, what's left

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

1 year at UT

Say what!?
I know, it's a jaw-dropper for me, too. Hard to believe it's been a year since I crossed over to "the dark side" of media relations and began working at the University of Tennessee. I'm thriving, I'm growing, I'm being challenged. What's not to love?

The honeymoon is over. But what's a healthy marriage without a bit of jostling every now and again? I'm thankful for these last 12 months at UT. And I'm happy.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Kim + Erik

Kim and Erik's nuptials today capped a wonderful summer of weddings.
And a lovely ceremony it was. Friends, family and fans alike gathered at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church to witness the joining of these two amazing people.

With a whoop from the bridal party and a cheer from the congregation, the new Mr. and Mrs. walked into their new life together, hand in hand. But first, there was the matter of a proper celebration. Enter the reception. Just a short(ish) drive down Interstate 75 South and we found ourselves at Castleton Farms, where food was a-plenty and drinks a-flowing.

Kim and Erik's wedding was a like a giant reunion for our circle of friends. The three other newlyweds from this summer were also present and glowing with loooooooooove. (I wrote about their celebrations here, here and here.)

Some scenes from today:

Some of the ladies...

Some of the gents...