Saturday, March 14, 2015

Don't Stop!

So last weekend Chris and I were able to see the great Fleetwood Mac at Thompson Boling Arena.  I had goosebumps from the first song (Chains) to the last song - which I can't remember right off hand... oops. 

Chris actually first introduced me to Fleetwood Mac when we first started dating - back in 2001.  Growing up I wasn't allowed to listen to anything but Christian music so if it wasn't played on our local Christian station then chances were I had never heard of it. 
Many times we would drive around and listen to their Greatest Hits album and I have been a fan ever since.  

So fast forward to last weekend when we were able to see them live.  They played for almost 3 hours and it was incredible from start to finish.  We were in the nose-bleed section - partly because of the cost of the tickets but just to be able to say we saw them will definitely be a highlight of our concert trips. 

One of my favorite songs (hard to pick just one) is Don't Stop.  It reminds me that even though bad days happen, people let me down and the general stresses of life happen,  tomorrow is just around the corner.  

If you wake up and don't want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You'll see things in a different way.

Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop, it'll soon be here,
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.

Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you've done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop, it'll soon be here,
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.

All I want is to see you smile,
If it takes just a little while,
I know you don't believe that it's true,
I never meant any harm to you.

Don't stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop, it'll soon be here,
It'll be, better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.
Don't you look back,
Don't you look back.

(lyrics from AZ Lyrics) 

Monday, March 2, 2015


So I don't really ever write too much about recipes but thought that after making this delicious recipe, oh going on the 100th time, I might spread the love.

I love my crock-pot and I love salmon.  So one day I was doing a little googling and came across this gem of a recipe .  It is my go-to, make at least 3x a month recipe AND the best part is how easy it is to fix!

I typically pair this with rice and steamed vegi's and Voila!

The other great thing about this recipe is that it works just as well with frozen salmon.  I buy a big bag of Wild-Caught Pink Salmon and whenever I go to make this I just run the individual packets under warm water for about 5-10 minutes and then once I take them out of the plastic wrap I make sure to pat them dry. Otherwise you will end up with a lot of excess water in you packets.

Hope you all enjoy this as much as I do!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ice Day!

The great IceStorm of 2015 hit and it was a doozy.  It started around 10:30 yesterday morning and thankfully I was able to get him from work just in time.  A lot of friends were without power and fortunately ours stayed on until this morning!  It went off around 8 and finally came on around 1:30.  We spent the morning cleaning our office and reading.  Temps in the house dropped to about 62 so we were thrilled it finally came back on!

Currently I'm warming up watching old re-runs of Beverly Hills 90210 and cuddling with the pups. We might venture out later for some dinner but just depends on the roads.

Friday, January 30, 2015


I was just thinking the other day about the dynamic of the relationship I have with my mom and wondered when we became more than just "mother" and "daughter".

Growing up our relationship was always close and she would do just about anything for my brother and I. Heck, she even quit a job at TVA to stay at home with us.

When her and my dad split it was months after I lost my brother in a car accident and I felt that my whole world was falling around me.  She ultimately chose to leave and for close to a year I harbored anger and bitterness that she would leave me to help raise my niece when I was trying to start my own life.

After months of months of pushing my mom away I realized that it was making me miserable.  I don't remember the exact chain of events but I do know that we started to repair the damage.  It took a long time for me to regain the trust that I once had with her but it finally happened.

So through the years the dynamic changed and became one of friendship.  She's usually the first person I call for advice and I know that we can pretty much talk about anything and she will be as diplomatic as possible when I have a decision to make.

Maybe this is normal for most mother's and daughter's but I feel pretty lucky to have her as mine.