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    It’s Good To Be King

    It’s Good To Be King If it applies to you, that title holds a lot of truth but, in keeping with our theme of Tom Petty hits, let’s explore this slightly sarcastic number.  “It’s good to be king and have your own way Get a feeling of peace at the end of the day” The reality is, it’s good to be king… right up until it isn’t.  “You’re out there with winners, it’s good to be king” Most of us have had our worlds turned sideways, over the last few weeks. Stay at home orders, supply shortages, and job insecurity, have affected different people in different ways. The very real…

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    The Juggle Is Real – Coronavirus

    Right now is a lot. It just is. Eventually, it’ll be less, but we gotta get by until then. Every member of the family is impacted and we’re all finding our way through it; some of us, with the grace of a ballerina and some of us with the grace of a baby giraffe in a tutu, but we’re getting there. Tomorrow starts a new week and new opportunities to try, try again. Moms are at the epicenter. We always are. This is nothing new really, it’s all the same things we normally do, we’re used to juggling craziness. It’s just that we have to do all of those things…

  • Community,  Home,  Life,  Local,  Real Estate,  Season

    The Waiting

    There’s a lot to unpack this time around. Let’s begin. First of all, there are really no lyrics, from this song, that I could contort into a real estate reference. I mean, I could -“Every day you get one more yard” – but it would be a ridiculous stretch. I’ll let it remain the peppy little love song it is. Instead, I’m going for the obvious: the title, in allll it’s truthy wonder. So much of life is about waiting, though not all waiting is equal. Waiting for a bus when you have free time is no big deal, but becomes much more stressful when you’re running late. Waiting on…

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    Into the Great Wide Open

    As if I could kick off this year’s blog series with any other title. Last Fall, trying to pick a theme for this year’s blog, I ended up doing some crowd-sourcing. My friend, Sean Carpenter, suggested Tom Petty songs. As Realtors, who -presumably- write blogs about real estate, this makes perfect sense.  Or not. Direct relevance aside, I loved the idea and, coincidentally, I’d already named our upcoming summer vacation, “IGWO 2020.” The line, “Into the great wide open,” seemed the perfect way to describe our plans for a roadtrip out west. It was all coming together… >>>  Jumping back to the present, there is a real-estate-related point here and…

  • Activities,  Community,  Holiday,  Life,  Season,  Things to do

    Prayer on a Plate

    It’s finally here. The last blog post of 2019. In keeping with the Food-Holiday Theme, I’ve got the arguable best saved for last.  Ladies and Gentlemen: It is my distinct pleasure to announce to the unaware, that Saturday, the 14th of December, is National Biscuits and Gravy Day! More words seem really unnecessary, in the wake of such an announcement, and yet, I’ll continue. Biscuits and Gravy isn’t just a food, I would argue it’s a culture. A feeling. It’s an old reliable meal; the answer when you’ve gotta feed a crowd, quick! It’s what you can pull together out of the couple things left in the pantry and it’s…

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    3 F-Words We Need to Talk About

    3 F-Words We Need to Talk About in July By pure coincidence, it just so happens that F words are my favorite. I didn’t plan it that way, but here we are, so we’re going to take a look at a few that are currently at the top of my list. (Some of your are cringing at the thought of what’s coming next. Some of you went to get popcorn.) 1. Fortune Fortune can mean a lot of things, like money or good luck, but the first thing I think of is, Cookies! First of all, if you’re having fortune cookies, there is a good chance you’ve just had Chinese…

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    10 People You MUST Know When Moving to Knoxville

    June 12th International Falafel Day 10 People You MUST Know When Moving to Knoxville 10. It 9. Doesn’t 8. Matter 7. They’re 6. All 5. So 4. Nice 3. Laura Fangman 2. Yassin Terou 1. Dolly Parton Allow me to explain. 10-4: It doesn’t matter, they’re all so nice. Now, I understand that no one is immune and there are always exceptions -I don’t live in a bubble- but there truly are so many great folks around here! It was one of the first things we noticed, when we were considering our move. General friendliness was our introduction; strangers who looked you in the eye and smiled, people driving by…

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    4% Of The Time- I Got You

    April is a month where so many things I love come together. It holds the promise of Spring and warmer weather and my birthday. April also holds my very favorite real estate conference and one of the best, food-related holidays on the calendar. April 12th is National Grilled Cheese Day. Although deserving of much more than a day, but humble enough to accept the simple honor, this sandwich is a staple.  From the original white-bread-and-Kraft-singles staple of our youth, to fancier, grown up versions that evolved -either from necessity or maturing tastes- to things like this masterpiece from Le Noir Southern Bistro. Those savory layers were slathered in a tasty…

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    Jealous?

    You should be. March 23rd is National Chips & Dip Day. To clarify, when I think of chips and dip, I’m not talking about fried tortilla bits and runny garden smush (though that combo has a time and place, for sure!). I’m talking about crispy-thin slices of golden potato, lowered into a creamy blend of dairy and a particular selection of spices. Potato chips and French Onion dip. Specifically, Prairie Farms French Onion Dip. If you’ve had it, you know what I mean. Growing up, absolutely nothing else would do and everyone knew it. PF’s dip is distinct and far superior to any other brand, off-brand, or store-brand. It was…

  • Community,  Holiday,  Home,  Life,  Local,  Real Estate,  Season,  Things to do

    Food Focus

      As I began searching for a theme for this year’s blogs, I remembered a fun little calendar that the good folks at Bite Squad sent me. Each month has a clever food pun and the food-related national holidays are listed in the squares. This seemed great, at first blush: I like food, I like blogging and I like Bite Squad. A Realtor, building a year’s worth of blogging on a foundation of obscure, foodie holidays? I could be on to something. Speaking of Bite Squad, have you used the service yet? They bring you food from restaurants that don’t deliver and you can do the whole thing online. If…

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