Gatlinburg



Saturday was a big day of adventure with my parents, Hal & Linda. They were staying in Gatlinburg for the weekend, so Seth and I went to spend the day with them, and we packed in all kinds of stuff in one day. First thing we did was play Hillbilly Golf. What's that, you say? It's something only Gatlinburg would dream up...you ride a tram to the top of a mountain, then play putt putt golf all the way back down! Awesome, huh?

Much to the dismay of my dad, Seth beat everyone. Mom acted like she didn't care who won, but we all know she secretly loves to win (just like I do) :)

Next stop was the aquarium, and it was so great...

If you've never been to this aquarium, I definitely recommend it. Look at all these awesome animals!!




There were tons more animals than this, but allot were hard to get a good picture of. Anyway, it was just a really fun day! Lots of laughs, beautiful weather, and out-of-the-ordinary things.



Good times :)

I've got the fever

I've got spring fever bad, and it doesn't help that I don't have enough to do at my job (AGAIN). It's 78 degrees and sunny outside this very moment and I'm stuck in this cube, watching the clock. Poor me, I know ;) But really, I don't know why I keep taking these jobs that don't challenge me. Well, that's not true...I know exactly why. I'm scared that anything else would be too hard, too stressful, too unpredictable. So instead of doing something that may be more difficult but I could feel good about at the end of the day, I do the job that bores me to tears just so I can be guaranteed a steady paycheck and to be out the door by 5:00pm.

Here's what's got me thinking about all this today. My friend Jeannette came in town this past weekend from Virginia, and she is a high school Spanish teacher. We got to talking about teaching, and how great it would be to get summers and spring break off, and I mentioned that occasionally I think about being an art teacher, but never very seriously. But something about our conversation on Sunday made me think about it again, and more seriously. I'm not really an artist...I don't spend all my time in a studio, feverishly painting away. I'm more of an organized, follow-the-steps kind of person who happens to have formal training in art (and a fairly good eye for it, I think). So wouldn't that make me a good teacher? The only thing I don't have is the ability to speak in public....I get sweaty and my ears go up in flames and my voice cracks. But Jeannette said that that part of teaching gets easier the more you do it, and I believe it. I used to be a canvasser and talk to 40 strangers every day - surely I can talk to some kids about making art. Right?

But as soon as I start getting excited about the possibility, negative thoughts start creeping in. Do I really want to go back to school? What if I do go back to school and then I find out I hate teaching? Or that I'm bad at it? Or what if I love teaching but I can't find a job doing it, and then I can't get a paycheck, and then I can't save for a house? Kids seem so out of control these days...could I really be in charge of them? The list goes on and on. So I don't know what to think right now. Except that I'm bored and I think my current situation isn't cutting it.

On to a lighter note, this past weekend was such a good one. Seth's band, the Leningrads, played their first 2 shows ever, and they did such a great job!



I took a video of them playing a whole song from start to finish, and I wish I could post it here, but I guess there's no way to do that. If someone knows how, let me know and I'll put it up. It was just so great to see Seth up on that stage doing something he's so passionate about (and be so good at it, too).



Seth's whole family came to see him, too, which was awesome. They're all so fun to be around...I really lucked out in the in-law department :) Three out-of-towners came in also - Al, Callie, & Jeannette! It was great to have so many good pals here.

I guess that's about all for now....time to go take advantage of the beautiful day. Later!

One year older



Yesterday I turned 28 years old, and what a great birthday it was! Here's why:

1. I took the day off work!

2. The weather was gorgeous...70 degrees & not a cloud in the sky.

3. I had lunch with Stacy at a brand new restaurant called Trio (in Market Square), and it was delicious and so fun!

4. My hair has been getting dangerously close to my waist (just call me Crystal Gayle), and it's been bringing me down. So after lunch, I got a much needed haircut from the best hairdresser I've ever had, Jared. I got 4 inches taken off and I couldn't be happier.

5. Seth took me out to Nama for sushi, and it was so tasty and so fun. We sat at the table in the corner by the window, and this is what I got to look at the whole time:



I love this picture of Seth. He looks like he's in a fish tank :)

So yeah...it was a great birthday. And I love getting older. The older I get, the less I care what other people think about who I am or what I'm doing, which I think might be the key to having the most fun you possibly can. That and being able to overcome laziness (which sadly is becoming harder and harder the older I get).

One more thing - March 8th is not only my birthday, but it's also International Women's Day! I always thought that was pretty cool :)
I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sans meat

On Saturday, Stacy and I spent a couple of hours at Barnes & Nobles and I got my first vegetarian cookbooks: The Starving Students' Vegetarian Cookbook and Vegetarian Meals. I can't believe I waited so long to get these! All this time I've been digging through regular cookbooks to find the handful of meatless recipes (which were almost always just a bunch of pasta and cheese), and now I have two books full of meals I can actually make! I don't know why I was making it so hard on myself before. So tonight, thanks to my new books, I threw together a delicious dinner - fettuccine with tomato cream sauce and peas - in about 15 minutes:



1. Boil 1 box of fettuccine.
2. In a saucepan, combine 1 can of tomato sauce, 1 can of pre-seasoned (basil, garlic & oregano) diced tomatoes, & 1/3 cup heavy whipping cream - cook for about 5 minutes.
3. Put about 3/4 bag of frozen peas in a colander, then drain the pasta on top of the peas (this cooks the peas quickly).
4. Mix everything together, and voila! Delicious dinner, just like that.

It was really good, and now I'm fat & happy and ready to relax for the rest of the night. Until next time...

Out with the old, in with the new

I know I haven't been posting much these days, but I really don't think you would have wanted me to anyway...not much going on. But that's all about to change. There are 2 birthdays coming up (mine is this week & Seth's is next week), out-of-town visitors on the way (which is just about the best thing in the world to me), big events (Seth's band is playing their very first show next weekend), and spring!! So hopefully there will be some exciting posts, or at least posts about exciting things that happened, on the way shortly.
In the meantime, did you know that Seth has been wearing the same (great) pair of Steve Madden's almost every day for the past 4 years? It's true, and it's why they now look like this:




Hanging on by a thread, and time to be thrown away and replaced, right? Right!


Look at the difference! Yes, it's a good day for Seth's almost 30-year-old feet.