Gone with the Wind

Big Daddy and I are currently trying to find a house in the nether-regions of East Tennessee. We have alot of expectations, having lived in California, where the cost of living is so high that we’ve been relegated to a 2-bedroom apartment for the bulk of the time. We want room to spread out, but we don’t want to pay a bundle. Not too much to ask, right? BD:  This one kinda looks like Terra. Me:  Tara? Yes, it does. […]

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It Had to Happen

A few weeks ago, you may remember me making a rather startling self-disclosure. Shortly after making said announcement, my coworkers began to come out of the canine closet, revealing to me one at a time, that they, too, were Bh.D. voyeurs. I’m so thankful I’m not sitting in my lawn chair all alone while I tune in to the train wreck every week. Well, I would be if I had cable. Anywho, one of my most precious and best dressed […]

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If You’re Not Watching Cake Boss, You’re Missing the Boat

Here’s what my mom and I like to watch together. Right, so I realize that most moms and daughters bond over quilting or tea or shopping. But my mom and me, we bond over television. It’s what we do. Do NOT judge us. If you haven’t watched The Cake Boss, you’re not in the know. Not only does he make phenomenal cakes, but his bakery is family run. Families argue. And that’s just good television. Hilarious. Honest. Real. Unbelievable. Watch […]

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Elfis: The Book, People!

Awhile back, I told you about Elfis, the Elvis-like Elf that visits our home every night between December 1 and December 23. He revvs us up for the big event on Christmas Eve. Y’all are never gonna believe what I’ve found now! The Diva and I went to our local library last week and there, sitting right on top of a Christmas book display, was this: Unbelievable! For once, I was sure I’d had an original idea (naming our little […]

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I Did It. And I’m Sorry.

I’ve gone and done something. You had your chance to stop me. I asked for your opinion.  Even still, I will apologize in advance for subjecting you to this post. I read the sequel. I wasn’t planning to. It caught me completely off-guard. I was trolling along in life, working on my Bh.D. a little at a time, when the book tour show snuck up on me.  It was all downhill from there. Once I saw all those people lined […]

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I’ve Been Reading Again: Casting Off

One of the benefits of 60+ hours per week of cheer practice, cheer pictures, cheering at games, cheering at tournaments, and cheer clinics is that the cheer mom (that’s me) has lots of time to catch up on her reading. This book was given to me by my mother, an avid knitter. I mean, seriously. The woman knits while we are in line to ride the Sea Screamer for the love of all that’s holy! She’s avid. When she gave […]

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Book Talk: Growing Up Duggar

“Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.” ~Mark Twain Whatever your thoughts about the supersized Duggar clan of TLC’s 19 Kids and Counting, there are facts that you can’t ignore. Fact: they live within their means. While their means may be somewhat larger now than, say, before landing a long-running television show, they haven’t always been wealthy. And yet, through frugality and hard work, they’ve managed to live debt-free for the majority of their married life, quite a feat when […]

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