new logo! Thank you to reader Melissa (Melissa, don’t you have a site? Shoot me the url, please, so I can link you!), who created it a few months ago! While I’m talking about logos, I desperately need one for February. I’d like a hearts-and-flowers type logo, but really anything will do! Help a sister out? And include your link, so I can link you!

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So yes, I’m home again. In fact, I was having such a good time that I ended up staying ’til Saturday morning instead of coming home on Friday as I’d originally planned. Fred was happy to “let” me stay, so he could finish up the master bedroom, which he’d done as a surprise to me (the surprise being the color, that is), and I LOVE IT, especially the fact that I need to buy a new comforter to go with it (along, maybe, with new sheets!). I ended up eating more crappy, sugary foods than I should have… and lost three pounds! I think the three-pound loss might be due more to the phenomenal amount of walking we did, rather than what I ate. We shopped our asses off, and thank god I drove there, because I filled the entire trunk area up with the stuff I bought. Just about everything was on sale, which made for some good shopping. The day I got there – Christmas day, and you’d expect there wouldn’t be much traffic on the roads on Christmas day, but you’d be wrong – we had dinner at a buffet place, which was pretty good, and then my mother, sister, and I walked along the main drag in Pigeon Forge, walking off some of the food we’d eaten. The day after Christmas, we went to use one of the gifts I’d given Brian for Christmas – a gift certificate to Flyaway Indoor Skydiving. Part of the gift was that I’d do it with him – and I did! It wasn’t quite what I expected, but it was pretty cool all the same. Brian brought up the idea of doing it again, and now I’m wishing we had, because it was definitely worth doing a second – and third – time. We also talked about bungee jumping (there’s a place on the main drag in Pigeon Forge), but first Brian chickened out, and then I did. Now I’m wishing we’d done it, just so I could brag about it, but oh well. Maybe we can find a place in Maine, and we can go this summer when I visit. We spent a day in Gatlinburg without my father (who was dealing with some stomach issues; something he’d eaten didn’t agree with him), and I drove since I’d been there before (but hadn’t driven!), and at one point we were on a hilly area with a steep dropoff on one side, and I pulled into someone’s driveway to turn around, and Debbie got a little overwhelmed and threw a fit, and at one point she said “I scared!” I thought she was just kind of making fun of herself, but a few minutes later (after we got turned around WITHOUT dying, might I add), she said she didn’t remember saying that at all, and I laughed so hard I thought I was going to pass out. It was fun, vacationing as a family, and we came up with several inside jokes that will most likely live on for years. It was very enjoyable. Annnnd… I could do a day-by-day recap of the trip, but rather than doing that, I’m going to post some pictures, and call it good enough.
Brian in his new t-shirt, which cracked me UP. I call this one “Bitchypoo and her wattle.” We visited Rainforest Adventures, and it was VERY cool. They put on a good show, let you touch some of the animals (here I am, about to hold a TARANTULA. And I didn’t die from the fright!), and are very entertaining. I highly recommend it. And with a ball python around my neck. Fred about died from the jealousy. Brian avec ball python. I call this one “Bitchypoo, confused.” Me and my bebbe sistah. Getting ready to do some indoor skydiving. Lemur, at Rainforest Adventures. Brian bought a cowboy hat while in Gatlinburg. That boy is just so cute I could squeeze him to death. Complete and utter asshole on 75S. Georgians, beware! Thrilled beyond belief that their Momma is home.
There’ll be more pictures in upcoming days – there’ll be a series called “Animals of Gatlinburg” as well as one called “What I Didn’t Buy”, plus Debbie took a ton of pictures she’s going to burn to a cd and send to me, and I know there’ll be a lot of good ones in there – but that’s it for now. Y’all have a good day! (Today’s uploaded pictures are hither)
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Previously 2006: No entry. 2005: Happy New Year! 2004: Happy New Year! 2003: Happy New Year! 2002: Happy New Year! 2001: No entry. 2000: Happy New Year.]]>